Feeling frenzied all the time can take a toll on your fertility. Here’s how you can chillax and boost your odds of baby-making success.
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If you don’t have bucks to burn on a professional photographer for that perfect baby announcement photo, don’t stress. Follow these tips from photographer Ted Catanzaro of Los Angeles-based Ted & Debbie to best capture your cutie:
Avoid using flash: Create soft, filtered light by hanging a sheer curtain in front of a window or lamp.
Get up close and personal:
Capture close-ups of your baby’s toes, hands and face.
Remain neutral: Choose a simple background, such as a light-colored solid blanket, so your baby “pops” in focus.
Designed exclusively for Fit Pregnancy by Strollercize founder Elizabeth Trindade, this is a 30-minute circuit-style workout that alternates between 5-minute cardio intervals (pushing the stroller) and 1- to 2-minute toning sessions (using the stroller as support).
For some women, new motherhood is a snap. For others, it can be tough getting into the swing of things and it takes time to become a natural. A 2012 study has actually put a number on it: four months and 23 days to be exact, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
On her morning routine with daughter Arabella:
“I got her a subscription to National Geographic kids' magazine … and as I’m reading the newspaper each morning, she’ll flip through that or sit on my lap and ask me questions about what I am reading. She’s pretty verbal for a 2 year old, so she’s able to engage in these types of dialogues. It is very cute. Before it was just looking at pictures and pointing; now she’s able to tell me about the giant whale that she thinks is very cool.”
I make kale chips. I toss kale leaves with salt and pepper and olive oil. Then I roast them at 400° F for about 20 minutes.
Beauty is another area I go organic during pregnancy. I use a lot of Tammy Fender products. They’re all organic and her creams have rich texture.
So many organic diapers are brown; they look like recycled paper, not what you want to put on your cute baby! Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company makes the cutest organic diapers that really work.
The hottest new baby boy names are strong and sophisticated, including Declan, Archer and Remington. Today’s parents are also looking to the future, giving their sons modern names like Iker and Kason. What other boy names are climbing the charts? Find out our predictions for the hottest new baby boy names of the year.
The first days and weeks of breastfeeding often boil down to sheer survival: getting your baby to latch onto (and stay on!) your breast; functioning on what often feels like mere minutes of sleep; and willing yourself to keep going if you’re having problems.
Yet at some point down the road, when you and your baby have made it through the getting-to-know-each-other period, you’re likely to have different questions and concerns.
Swaddling your newborn may help her wake less at night, sleep longer and calm her crying, but improper technique could have an unintended side effect: hip dysplasia, or problems with the hip joint, according to some pediatric orthopedists. Seventeen percent of newborns have some degree of “immaturity” of their hips, studies show, which usually resolves on its own in the first few months of life. While this happens to coincide with prime swaddling time, it’s safe to wrap your baby as long as the hips can move and bend, experts agree.
Garam Masala has one of those fabulous, exotic names that scare most people off when they see it in the spice aisle. It’s actually a mix of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black pepper and coriander. This dish has a mix of protein, vegetables a starch and is vegetarian.
Cannelini beans, also known as white beans have a smooth texture and a nutty flavor. Combined with the brown rice, you have a complete protein. I’ve been making the adult version of this dish for years. When you make this for babies it becomes a creamy purée that—I’ve found—they can’t stop eating.
1. From the very moment she announces her pregnancy, she’ll be the center of attention — not you. Get used to it.
2. When the baby comes, they’ll both be the center of attention — not you. Aren’t you glad you had nine months to practice going unnoticed?
3. Your house is too small, it was always too small, and to suggest otherwise simply proves that your brain is too small.