Online moms are all a Twitter over drugmaker's web commercial.
So what did we learn this weekend? Don't make moms mad, according to one PR expert.
Motrin posted a video ad on its website advertising the over-the-counter pain reliever as a cure for the pain that moms experience when they carry their babies in slings, also known as "baby wearing." However, online moms were offended by the suggestion that they carry their babies to be "fashionable," The New York Times reports. Some saw the narrator's tone as snarky and the wording as griping about the social pressure to "wear" your baby.
The line that raised the most ire, just from gauging the NYT story and other responses online: The narrator says that wearing a baby in a sling "totally makes me look like an official mom."
Well that set off a firestorm from women on Twitter and mom blogs all over the U.S, who saw this web clip as offensive. There was talk of boycotts. So upset in fact that one mom produced a protest video. On the
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Online moms are all a Twitter over drugmaker's web commercial.Read More »from Motrin Ad Triggers Outrage: What Do You Think?
We've got 7 surefire ways to get your body back in shape after baby.Read More »from Lose the Baby Fat
From the moment the baby weight starts to accumulate on our bodies, the scheming begins about how to drop the pounds once the little one arrives. After your baby is born and your days gradually begin to regain somewhat of a routine, it's time to put your ideas into action. If you're not sure exactly how to begin, here are seven proven steps for working your way back to your prepregnancy bod-or better!
Check out the full details by clicking on any link, and be sure to check out our fitness videos for exclusive workouts from Gabby Reece!
1. Get Up and Move
Start by walking around the block. If it feels good and doesn't cause or exacerbate bleeding, walk a little farther the next day.
When you're breastfeeding, you need an extra 500 calories a day, or about 2,700 total. But since breastfeeding burns 600 to 800 calories a day, even if all you do is sit comfortably and feed your baby, you could still be
Labor and Delivery in the comforts of home are becoming all the rage.Read More »from Renewed Interest in Home Births
A majority of people in the U.S. think "hospital" when talking about giving birth to a baby. However, home births are gaining in popularity, even in cramped Manhattan. A growing number of moms-to-be without medical problems have been choosing to stay in their familiar surroundings of home with the goal of giving birth without any medical interventions (but with a certified nurse midwife on hand for assistance, of course).
Even with the physical challenges of some residences-tight spaces, neighbors, and don't forget the mess afterward-the sound of "home" sounds too good to pass up for some women when it comes time to push. Plus, those challenges can be overcome: The NYT story talks about gathering up old towels and sheets in advance; buying disposable pads used for house-training puppies; leaving notes for your neighbors giving them the heads up of your birth plans in case they hear you screaming. Not to mention,
- FitPregnancy | Parenting – Mon, Nov 17, 2008 7:32 PM EST
Move over Jacob and Emily-the hot new names for babies from Kenya to the U.S. belong to the incoming presidential family: President-elect Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their kids Malia and Sasha, according to various news reports.Read More »from Baby Baracks: The Obamas are Inspiring the Hottest New Names for Baby
Honoring new presidents with baby namesakes has long been an American tradition, said a baby-name expert quoted in The New York Times. And it looks like new parents across the U.S. are reviving that tradition: A woman in Phoenix named her newborn son Barack Jeliah; a Chicago mom named her baby girl, who was born during the president-elect's victory speech, Michelle Obama; and in Queens, N.Y., a mom gave her baby boy the name Jordan Barack; and the Atlanta mom who no matter the election results said her baby boy was going to be named Obama (Pierre Obama Adell Willis to be exact). The list goes on and on.
According to the Social Security Administration, other presidential name boosts include Franklin (from No. 147 in 1931 to No. 33 in
Good or bad, prenatal nutrition affects your child well into adulthood.Read More »from What You Eat = Your Baby's Future
You are what you eat. That's old news. So is the fact that your diet during pregnancy affects your newborn's health. But the new news is that what you eat in the next nine months can impact your baby's health, as well as your own, for decades to come. Here are easy nutrition tips that will help you both.
1. Get enough folic acid. Ideally, you need 400 micrograms of this B vitamin daily before conceiving. Because sufficient intake in the first trimester reduces neural-tube defects such as spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent, you should increase the dose to 600 micrograms when pregnancy is confirmed. New research suggests that supplementing with folic acid for a year before pregnancy and in the second trimester can also dramatically reduce the risk of preterm delivery.
2. Don't "eat for two." Some 46 percent of women gain too much weight during pregnancy. The upshot: an increased risk for preeclampsia,
Oct. 31 marked the 30th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), which outlaws job discrimination against moms-to-be. But the news that pregnant women need to be treated as any other worker with a temporary disability-you know, not get fired or demoted-hasn't fully registered with some employers, Time Magazine reports. Read the full scoop here.Read More »from Pregnancy Discrimination Persists
Working U.S. women are filing more pregnancy-bias complaints, according to a new study form the National Partnership for Women & Families. The study found that women in 2007 filed 65 percent more grievances (5,587) with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission compared to 3,385 cases in 1992.
Filings from women of color and employees in female-dominated fields fueled the increase-75 percent of the 50,277 total complaints between 1997 and 2007. The National Partnership for Women & Families notes discrimination grievances have risen at a faster rate than the influx of women into the workplace.
The report urges targeting
Check out our Buyer's Guide for great gifts.Read More »from Holiday Shopping? We've Made it Easy.
A couple of years ago, our annual Buyer's Guide began to reflect what was then an emerging trend: Creators of products once considered strictly utilitarian were treating such "tools" as high chairs, strollers and diaper bags as functional objects that could be attractive, fun and easy to use as well. Today, we're happy to report that what was so recently trendy is now mainstream.
Our Buyer's Guide has our editor's recommendations for what you need during pregnancy, baby, and beyond. Here are a few categories:
And if all this shoppiing is leaving you overwhelmed, be sure to check out our Guide to a Stress-Free Holiday. You'll be able to relax, renew, and concentrate on you and your baby.
A new study says light drinking may be fine.Read More »from Is One Glass of Wine During Pregnancy OK?
Pregnant and bemoaning the fact that you can't have even a teeny-tiny drink of wine at a party?
It's better to be safe than sorry, health experts said, but a recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology might offer a respite for some moms-to-be. University College London researchers found no link between light drinking while a woman is expecting-described as one glass of wine per week-and any behavioral or cognitive problems in children at the age of 3.
The UCL study discovered that boys born to mothers who drank lightly were 40 percent less likely to have conduct problems and 30 percent less likely to be hyperactive.
Researchers also said that these boys had higher vocabulary scores and could ID colors, shapes, letters and numbers more easily than those born to nondrinkers. Girls born to light drinkers were 30 percent less likely to have emotional symptoms and peer problems compared with those
- FitPregnancy | Parenting – Tue, Nov 4, 2008 8:44 PM EST
Fit Pregnancy has advice on how to keep your marriage happy and healthy.Read More »from 3 ways to keep your marriage intact after bringing home baby
1. Address marital conflicts before baby arrives. Issues that spark small disagreements before baby comes can cause all-out arguments when you add stress and sleep deprivation to the equation.
2. Avoid other high-stress situations at this time. If possible, put off changing jobs or moving to a new home around the time baby is due. "A lot of people buy a house when they're expecting, and it's the worst time," says Los Angeles psychotherapist Marcia Bernstein, L.C.S.W. "You're already going through a stressful transition." Wait at least six months or whenever you resume some sense of a daily routine before taking on a new project or financial obligation.
3. Set limits on visits from relatives. A nonstop stream of house guests can challenge any marriage, but more so now than ever. Agree to time limits, communicate them to visitors and stick with those limits, suggests Bernstein.
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It's easier than you think to help make lives better for families, including your own. Rule #1: Activism begins at home.
We have 5 ways to become a "naptime" activist:
2. Volunteer in your community.
3. Write to editors and legislators.
4. Speak out against injustices toward moms and children.
5. Read The Motherhood Manifesto (Nation Books), then pass it on.
Read the full story here. And most importantly, cast your vote tomorrow!