Congratulations to Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum! The couple welcomed a baby girl yesterday, and while we can't wait to see their baby, we can't stop thinking about the mom's chic maternity style! Since announcing her pregnancy late last year, Jenna has showed a knack for dressing her bump with style, wearing a combination of glamorous gowns, including a Rachel Roy lace showstopper at the Oscars, and casual jersey dresses and skirts, leggings, and workout gear. We can't wait to see Channing and Jenna's beautiful offspring, but in the meantime, entertain yourself with 12 of mama Jenna's chicest maternity looks!
Whether you tend to remember your dreams or not, having a dream about being pregnant is pretty unforgettable. I'm sure you can relate to that panicky feeling, where you suddenly wake up and reach for your belly just to make sure. That kind of dream is so vivid that for a split second, you're not sure if it's real.
I've always wondered what those kinds of dreams mean. Is my body trying to tell me something? Am I really pregnant? Do I secretly want to be pregnant? Is someone I know pregnant? Does it have anything to do with pregnancy at all?
Actually, pregnancy dreams for women are pretty common, and they usually represent new beginnings, renewed connections with others, changes in your life or career, or something in the future you're looking forward to. Being pregnant in your dream is usually a positive thing and indicates that you're growing in your life or in a relationship. It can also be a symbol for how you're blossoming creatively or spiritually. If your overall feeling in the dream was of happiness and anticipation, then I'd try and think about what exciting or life-changing events are happening right now or that what you've been hoping will happen. If having a baby is something you're thinking about, your dream could definitely be about the actual baby. But if pregnancy is far from your mind, then most likely the baby in your dream is just a metaphor for something in your life that's new, exciting, different, or joyful.
Have you ever experienced a pregnancy dream?
Even if you didn't receive one of the elaborate ballerina music box invitations to Sunday's shower, check out 10 gift ideas that would suit the expectant Ms. Kardashian (and her superstar beau)'s baby-on-board just perfectly. And for a look back at Kim K's most memorable maternity looks, click here!
I thought I'd always been the type to fear swimsuit season. Maybe. But there was a time in my life when I was apparently possessed of enough confidence to strut poolside in a string bikini. At least that's what my swimsuit collection tells me.
For the past three Summers, I've been in some state of either pregnancy or postpartum "WHAT IS MY BODY DOING?!" panic; so, needless to say, those bikinis have remained dormant at the very bottom of my drawer. In fact, some of them I've even permanently retired to a box in the basement wardrobe. But I digress.
Last Summer, just barely popping with our second, we took a family trip to Mexico. I had to find something to contain pregnant boobs, smooth the bulges of early pregnancy, and boost my confidence enough to not detract from the fun of seeing my then-16-month-old on the beach for the first time. When it's time for fun in the sun with your family, the last thing you want to worry about is tugging a swimsuit back into place.
That's when I saw it! It wasn't the awful maternity options turned out by Motherhood and Target. It wasn't some ridiculous attempt to put myself into a two-piece. (Some moms-to-be can pull this off; my pregnant tummy ain't that cute.) And it wasn't reminiscent of something my grandmother wore once either.
Let us start by saying — this is not a joke. Dolphin-assisted childbirth is something that people actually do with the help of the Pahoa, HI-based Sirius Institute. According to its website, Sirius is "dedicated to the creation of human/dolphin cocreative habitats where dolphins and people can learn from each other through music, underwater birth, dolphin sound healing, and restoration." The trend hit the news this week when The Charlotte Observer reported on Adam and Heather Barringer, a Charlotte couple who have settled in with Sirius's Star Newland in Hawaii to bond with a pod of dolphins in preparation for the July birth of their first child. "It is about reconnecting as humans with the dolphins so we can coexist in this world together and learn from one another," Heather told the Observer. "Having that connection with the pod of dolphins anytime — even if the birth doesn't happen in the water — still brings peace, comfort, and strength to the mother and baby during labor." According to the Sirius Institute, "Children born in the water with the dolphins develop six months faster over their first six months, have perhaps 150 grams more brain weight, and are ambidextrous." This sounds great, but some skeptics wonder how safe giving birth while surrounded by dolphins actually is. After all, these are wild animals with a track record for unpredictable violence. So what do you think? Is a dolphin-assisted birth something that you would ever consider?
The sight of a smiling baby can help brighten any mom's day, but Texas mom Erica Nigrelli literally was brought to life at the sight of her child.
English teacher Nigrelli was 36 weeks pregnant when she started feeling faint while at work one February morning. When she passed out, the school called 911 and two co-workers started CPR to try to restart her heart, the Huffington Post reports.
When Nigrelli arrived at the hospital, the doctors stopped CPR so that they could deliver the baby.
"The doctors told me that Erica delivered post-mortem because she did not have a heartbeat when they took the baby out," Nathan Nigrelli told The Star. "But I married a fighter, and now I had a baby girl who was a fighter, too." After the C-section, doctors diagnosed Erica with the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and gave her a pacemaker, reports KHOU 11.
One of the many questions a pregnant mom is likely to be asked by her doctor before she has the baby is whether she wants to bank or donate cord blood after the birth. "I've been thinking about this for months now. I'm having my first child, and I wanted to bank because I thought it was [a] cool and beneficial idea. However, if I'm having a healthy baby is it necessary? Should I just donate?" asks Circle of Moms member Ashley B.
Cord blood is helpful in transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and many other life-threatening diseases, according to the National Marrow Donor Program.
Despite the life-saving opportunities, however, I decided to forgo banking or donating my children's cord blood when they were delivered. Here are five reasons why.
Not every mom-to-be is ready to rock a bikini while she's pregnant, and there's nothing wrong with that! If you consider yourself a more modest mama, you can still look great when hitting the beach this Summer. We've rounded up eight beautiful one-piece swimsuits for flaunting your fabulous figure, while keeping the belly undercover!
Stripes are a wardrobe staple when we're not pregnant, but who says you have to be afraid of a horizontal line or two when you're expecting? We found 14 fun and flattering striped options just for moms-to-be, from body-conscious dresses to loose tunics, from sweet shorts to stretchy pencil skirts. Whether you prefer a traditional navy and white stripes or want to go crazy with colors, you'll discover the maternity stripe for you. Keep clicking to find your favorite.
We've been following Kate Middleton's flawless maternity style since she first announced her pregnancy, and we are loving her polished look. The royal mom-to-be was recently spotted attending a friend's wedding in a black and white polka-dotted Topshop dress and black jacket, a youthful, fun ensemble that we absolutely loved.
Inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge's mod dots, we've rounded up seven chic polka-dot maternity finds that every mom-to-be can work into her own Summer wardrobe. Click through and "spot" your favorite!