By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.com
Rachel Zoe and familyRachel opened up to The Bump about the best and worst parenting advice she's gotten (and her perspective is very refreshing!). She also let us in on how she's giving back to families in need.
The Bump: What's something most people would be surprised to know about your pregnancy?
Rachel Zoe: Being pregnant with Sky was really great actually. Maybe the fact that I wore heels until I gave birth. A lot of people made fun of me for it. I was determined!
TB: There's a moment in every new mom's life where you realize, "Holy crap. I'm really a mom!" What was yours?
RZ: I think it was when realized the amount of time I was spending on ModernNursery.com and Diapers.com -- almost as much as I'm on Style.com! I also think the fact that my bag's filled with everything from makeup to toy cars and crayons, to baby wipes. I think I realize every day at some point that I'm a mom. But I love it so much.
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Veer / The BumpI believe I am an independent and strong woman but I feel that during pregnancy women should get a"free pass." While I don't think this gives preggo's carte blanche to act entitled and irritable toward everyone around them, I do think giving them a helping hand is not too much to ask. Let me explain why. In the last few weeks, I've been completely dumbfounded by the lack of humanity and respect towards pregnant women today in our society.
My first experience with this attitude happened on a flight from Chicago to Houston for work. I was only traveling for a few days and had a carry-on bag. I figured a carry-on would be easy enough to tote around. Wrong. I had quite a hard time lifting my carry-on in the overhead bin. So much in fact, that I caught the eye of several businessmen who just stared at me as if I were some circus spectacle. Embarrassed and frustrated, I struggled to lift the carry-on and almost hit one of the men in the head. Even
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By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Does Kim Kardashian Want to Eat Her Placenta for the Right Reasons?
Courtesy of InstagramAnother day, another amazing Kim Kardashian pregnancy tale. Today, the mama-to-be is contemplating eating her placenta - and you're never going to guess why.
On the next episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim is giving some serious thought to her life - and her age - after she gives birth to her baby girl in July. In the episode, which airs Sunday night at 9 EST (run! Program your DVRs right. this. instant!), Kim reveals that she's interested in eating her own placenta after her little lady's arrival to maintain her good looks.
She even asks her doc, "Don't you think it makes you look younger?" To which her doctor adds: "Some people believe in that. There are cookbooks on placentas." Even Kim's momager, Kris Jenner, is a little taken back by Kim's reveal. She said, "Yuck! I don't think we're going to be eating the fountain of youth, if you know what I mean." (Spoiler alert! Kris Jenner did not eat her placentas, apparently.)
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By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com
Courtesy of Lollyphile / The BumpOn a super hot day, have you ever thought to yourself, "I really wish I could give baby a breast milk flavored lollipop to cool him down?" If you have, you're in luck! (And if you haven't, well, congrats! Now you'll never have to think of it again.) A company in Austin, Texas, called Lollyphile has whipped together and is now selling Breast Milk Lollipops.
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The pops are intended to mimic the flavor of a mother's milk and according to the company, they've done their research when it comes to making the flavors sync up. Numerous moms, the Lollyphile's said, came forward to share their breast milk with the company's flavor experts to make sure that the pops came as close to the real deal as possible, until they were able to turn the breast milk flavor into a candy. Modern marvels, I'll tell ya!
Here's the description on the Lollyphile website about the flavor:
"So, what's happening is
- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
By Abigail Green for TheBump.com
Veer / The BumpI have a small Ziploc bag in my desk drawer containing a lock of hair from my son's first haircut. I'm not sure exactly why I saved it (or what I'm going to do with it) but it seemed like something a mom is supposed to save. Same with other stuff I've kept for sentimental reasons - the extra birth announcements, the burp cloths, the binkies and every stuffed animal he ever snuggled.
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I know some people who've made lovely shadow boxes and scrapbooks with their baby keepsakes, but I'm not that crafty. And besides, what do you do with the bigger stuff, like the teddy bears?
Here's what I've decided to save and toss:
The birth announcement. Well, duh, right? But with my first baby, I handmade my birth announcements (I was 10 days overdue and had a LOT of time on my hands), but forgot to make myself one. I thought I'd remember every detail - time of birth, weight, etc. I didn't realize then what years of
By Jessica Collins Grimes for TheBump.comRead More »from 10 Things I Wish I Did Before Babies
Thinkstock / The BumpAs a mom of a 6-year-old and a soon-to-be 2-year-old, it's easy to forget what my life was like before having kids - you know, back when I could sleep until noon or spend an entire Saturday afternoon leisurely window shopping. Of course, I love my children and cannot image my life without them (that goes without saying) but I think it's only natural to sometimes miss the freedoms of your kid-free days. And it's okay. Simply recognizing how some things were just easier back then doesn't mean you don't fully relish and embrace your current role as mom.
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I admit, I sometimes reminisce about my pre-kid days and think, I wish I had appreciated that more back when I was able to enjoy it! Or I'll read an article about a woman who went on a solo adventure around the world and think, I wish I had done that when I had the chance! That's not to say that I'll never be able to do some of these things,
- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Tue, May 21, 2013 4:46 PM EDT
By Kylie McConville For TheBump.comRead More »from Physical Activity: Does it Help or Hurt Your Fertility?
Thinkstock / The BumpNew research appearing in the American Journal of Human Biology suggests that a woman's reproductive functions may be tied to her immune status. While previous studies have found this same immune and reproductive association in men, this is the first time the association has been found in females.
Beginning by speaking of animals in general, Kathryn Clancy, anthropology professor at the University of Illinois who led the research, said that first and foremost, "an animals energetic resources must be carefully allocated. The body's first priority is maintenance, which includes tasks inherently related to survival, including immune function." From there, Clancy said, that any remaining energy is dedicated to reproduction. And due to a "resource allocation" to maintenance and reproductive efforts, often times environmental stressors can lessen the available resources.
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By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Could Breastfeeding for Longer Reduce Baby's Risk of ADHD?
Shutterstock / The BumpThe latest study to come from the journal Breastfeeding Medicine found that children with children who breastfeed for shorter durations may be more likely to have ADHD.
Researchers at Schneider's Children Medical Center studied over 50 children (age 6-12) who had been diagnosed with ADHD between 2008 and 2009. These children were compared to two control groups: the first consisted of healthy (non-ADHD) siblings of ADHD children and the second control group was composed of children of similar ages without ADHD. Researchers also presented a questionnaire to both parents of children in all three groups that addressed: demographic, medical and perinatal findings, as well as feeding history during their child's first year of life. Parents were also given a validated adult ADHD screening questionnaire.
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From the study and the questionnaire results, researchers found that the rates of breastfeeding were
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By Erin van Vuuren for TheBump.com
Jupiter Images / The BumpEven if your guy is super-pumped to be a Dad, chances are he's a little freaked out too. Here are a few of the biggest new-daddy fears (and some things you both can do to ease the pressure).
FEAR #1: "Will I do everything right?" --Andrew
MOM TIP: Let him know that it's okay to be clueless. "Any father can care for his child," says psychotherapist Tammy Gold, founder of Gold Parent Coaching. If he doesn't know how something works, help him learn and then back off to give him a shot. Practice makes perfect.
FEAR #2: "I fear not being able to properly provide for my family once baby is here." --Brian
COUPLE TIP: Do your homework to get a feel for what you'll really need to spend. "You can get a rough enough estimate," says Gold. "Then make a baby budget -- no different than how you'd make a house budget." Having a written game plan can relieve some serious stress.
From cutting back on caffeine to putting the kabosh on workouts, find out what's fact and what's fiction.Read More »from 9 Pregnancy Myths Busted
By Alonna Friedman for TheBump.com
Thinkstock / The BumpDon't do this. Don't do that. With all the pregnancy "advice" out there, it's hard to know what to believe -- or whom to believe. But remember, every pregnancy is different, so follow your doctor's orders above anything else.
Myth 1: Eat three healthy meals a day
False! You should be eating six or seven small meals (every two to three hours). "Eating frequently and from various food groups will keep your blood sugar in a constant range, which is healthy for you and your baby," says Stuart Fischbein, M.D., coauthor of Fearless Pregnancy.Don't obsess about food and don't diet. What was good for you pre-pregnancy is good for you now. And yes, that includes an ice cream sundae with butterscotch sauce if you so desire.
Myth 2: Decaf only
False! One small cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine. While a recent study at McGill University in Montreal did