When celebrity mom Drew Barrymore picked the super-cute name of Frankie for her brand new daughter, she also started a brand trend in baby naming: nicknames as first names! Check out these 14 nicknames that are strong enough to stand on their own.
Jacqueline Tourville is a freelance writer and coauthor of the book, Big, Beautiful and Pregnant. A regular BabyZone.com contributor since 2009, Jacqueline’s writing has also appeared in Fit Pregnancy, the Huffington Post, Spoonful.com, and Parenting New Hampshire, where she writes a monthly travel column. Upon her thousandth reading of Fancy Nancy, she decided to try her own hand at writing children’s books, and her first picture book, Albie’s First Word, about the childhood of Albert Einstein, will be published in 2014. Jacqueline lives in Maine with husband and two young daughters. Connect with her on Twitter (@missmashable) or stop by jacquelinetourville.com to say “hi! “
In news straight out of the “forget everything you think you know is true” files, a recent study from researchers in Canada has found that moms who have their labors induced on or near their due dates have a 12 percent lower risk for Cesarean delivery than women who go into labor naturally.
Mama, we’ve all heard it said: good prenatal nutrition is the cornerstone of growing a healthy little person in nine short months. But what about what we eat before pregnancy? Does that matter? Yes, and maybe way more than we ever thought, say researchers, who have made a pretty groundbreaking find that a woman’s pre-conception diet can have long-term effects on her child’s health and—get this—even change her baby’s DNA.
For the past few months, I’ve felt really low energy, it’s been difficult to sleep, and I have a sinus infection that I just can’t seem to shake. After spending some quality time with Dr. Google a few weeks ago, I became convinced that I have a vitamin D deficiency. The symptoms seem to match, I live in New England and have barely been outside since last year, and I don’t normally take a vitamin D supplement.
I made an appointment with my doctor and asked to have my vitamin D levels checked. She agreed and sent me to the lab for a blood draw. Because she’s a caring kind of doc, she called me up that night to let me know the results said my vitamin D levels were completely normal.
I didn’t believe her. Why not?
Because Dr. Google is never wrong.
Or is he?
Vitamin D has been in the news a lot lately, with new studies showing that getting enough of the vitamin during pregnancy can help with everything from reducing risk for postpartum depression to preventing cavities in Baby’s teeth! Prenatal vitamins are a source of vitamin D, as are vitamin D-rich foods in your diet. Another way to get plenty of the “sunshine vitamin”? Go outside! Direct sun exposure stimulates vitamin D production in the skin. However, if you choose this last option for boosting vitamin D intake, it’s important to pay attention to protecting your skin from too much sun. Which sunscreens are best for pregnant mamas-to-be? These seven options will have you made in the shade.
When these celebrity parents say, “eat your veggies!”—they really mean it! Here are seven famous moms (and a dad!) raising their children as vegetarians and vegans.
As Mad Men kicks off its seventh and final season, what better way to commemorate your love of this classic show than by giving your baby one of these retro cool names? Dick Whitman approves!
We don’t shower too frequently, and the last time we pee’d with the door closed? Please! However, there’s one thing we all have in common. We wouldn’t trade the #momlife for anything. Check out the celebration of mommyhood taking place on a Twitter feed near you.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage. Well, not exactly. Here are seven celebrities who announced their pregnancies and engagements (or weddings!) almost simultaneously.