Monday, March 31, 2008

Get The Look

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Gestational Diabetes Hits the Tabloids.


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According to reports, Angelina Jolie is suffering from “gestational diabetes.” The actress is believed to be pregnant with twins. Sources claim she is having a rough pregnancy. 

Whether these reports are true, or not, it got us thinking.

Should you be concerned about gestational diabetes?


The short answer: Yes.
Good care means a lot for your health and your baby's health.


What is gestational diabetes?


Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood sugar (glucose) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States each year.

We don't know what causes gestational diabetes, but we have some clues. The placenta supports the baby as it grows. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother's insulin in her body. This problem is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance makes it hard for the mother's body to use insulin. She may need up to three times as much insulin.

Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia.


How gestational diabetes can affect your baby


Gestational diabetes affects the mother in late pregnancy, after the baby's body has been formed, but while the baby is busy growing. Because of this, gestational diabetes does not cause the kinds of birth defects sometimes seen in babies whose mothers had diabetes before pregnancy.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Celebrity Baby Update!!





So far, 2008 has been a huge year for Celebrity Babies! 


Seems like every time we turn around, there is another little star being born!


Here's an update on who's who of the celebrity baby world...



Christina Aguilera


Max Liron Bratman, born Jan. 12



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"I'm head over heels in love," says Christina Aguilera of her new son, Max Liron Bratman, born Jan. 12. The new mom, who has given breast-feeding credit for her post-baby bod, says her husband Jordan loves her new figure! Aguilera recently told Access Hollywood: “I think they say that when you’re breastfeeding, you know, your weight kind of slims down. It’s a little easier. It’s like a workout within itself. It’s very tiring actually and you find yourself snacking more often.”

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Greenville's Katie Darby Gives the Scoop...

Time for a change


Maternity fashions catch up with today’s trendy moms-to-be


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By Cheryl P. Allen • STAFF WRITER • March 27, 2008 • GreenvilleOnline.com

Who says you can’t be pregnant and fashionable at the same time? Today’s mothers-to-be don’t have to fret about looking stylish.

Maternity clothes have evolved drastically over the years, adding flair and elegance to pregnancy, said Katie Darby, owner of Pickles & Ice Cream on Augusta Road.



Darby, who opened her store eight years ago, said she was inspired by conversations with pregnant friends who were frustrated over trying to find trendy clothing for their changing bodies. “I actually opened the store before I had children,” said Darby, now a mother of three young children. “So then, when I did have babies, I had something to wear.”


In the past, options were very limited, Darby said. “It was always a season or two behind the regular women’s fashion. Everything was very loose, big, long panels ... extremely frumpy, a lot of button-up tops and not much fun. You had to completely change your style and just wear what pregnant people wore. Now you don’t have to change your style.”


Greenville Pickles & Ice Cream, Fashion Show!



The Greenville Pickles & Ice Cream boutique was featured on morning show, Your Carolina, featuring Jack & Kim! Here is the video of the Pregnant Fashion Show featuring fashions from the Greenville Pickles & Ice Cream.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cravings Baffle the Best of Us...

  


Food cravings has even the celebs baffled


Courtesy of Easier.com

(March 25, 2008) - Reports this week revealed that pregnant Cate Blanchett is experiencing cravings for pickles and ice cream, making her one of the estimated 68% of pregnant women experiencing similar unusual food hankerings.

What some might not know is that these cravings can reveal a lack of certain nutrients, such as olives potentially indicating a lack of sodium and cheese a common sign of calcium, phosphorous and aluminium deficiency. Amongst other such desires, some pregnant women experience irrepressible cravings for chocolate and this could mean that you may be slightly anaemic (lacking in iron). Dark chocolate in particular, can be a useful source of magnesium and iron, whereas milk chocolate actually tends to inhibit the absorption of iron.

With this in mind there is a resource available for pregnant women to sort the nutritional facts from the fiction - the ‘Guide to healthy eating in pregnancy'. Produced in association with Midwife Maggie Evans by natural iron-rich water supplement, Spatone, the guide contains concise information for mothers-to-be on why healthy eating is important for their unborn baby, how much to eat, what particular cravings mean and which foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Halle Berry Has a Baby Girl

 
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PEOPLE - "Halle Berry, who only recently said, "I want to stay pregnant forever",  had a baby girl Sunday and "is doing great," her rep has confirmed.


The father is Gabriel Aubry. Berry, 41, and the 32-year-old model met while shooting a Versace ad in Los Angeles in November 2005 and first stepped out publicly together three months later at the February 2006 opening of a Versace boutique in New York City.


Berry first announced her pregnancy in September last year, when she was three months along.


During her pregnancy, the Oscar, Emmy and Razzie winner told InStyle she felt "fantastic" thanks to eating right and keeping fit with yoga, swimming, light weights and an elliptical machine. "Right now I just have so much joy and energy," she said. "I can just go and go and go."



For his part, Aubry has been reading
baby manuals and parenting books." Read more...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Monday, March 10, 2008

BabyLegs Wins Marco Polo Award


(3/6/2008)

The World Trade Center Tacoma announced Seattle-based BabyLegs LLC as the 2008 Marco Polo Award winner at its 15th annual awards dinner on Feb. 7. The award, along with the Globe Award, is given to a business that makes a significant impact on the world of international trade.BabyLegs was started in 2005 by Nicole Donnelly. Its products are now sold in retail stores in 50 countries on five continents, including 1,200 retailers in the United States. The company has sold more than 1 million pairs of its arm and leg warmers. At the awards event, BabyLegs gave the 500 WTC gala attendees a pair of its Marco and Polo BabyLegs, styles created for the event.

BabyLegs was also recognized for its community involvement on a local and global scale. Employees are encouraged to live a sustainable lifestyle, work remotely from home, carpool to work or use biodiesel fuel; the company also regularly sponsors, fundraises and donates product to organizations such as Children's Hospital, the Ronald MacDonald House, various women's and children's non-profit organizations, and a university in Uganda. Visit www.babylegs.net.



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Friday, March 7, 2008

We are loving... Mama Mio!!


 Meet our new obsession.


It's a little treat called Tummy Rub Oil, by Mama Mio.


And, it's fabulous... Pregnant, or not!


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Pickles & Ice Cream was lucky enough to have met with the National Sales Manager for MamaMio, (she's a jewel by the way), and she gave us an awesome presentation on their products. We are so pumped about this stuff, that we want to share everything that we learned with all of you.


She made a good point...



We will spend $200 on a piece of clothing that we wear occasionally,
but we are hesitant to spend money on something we wear every day...
Our skin.



"Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil is a super nourishing blend of the richest and most healing oils available. It absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling soft and nourished but not at all greasy. It super-hydrates your taut tummy to add elasticity, sparing you itchy belly syndrome and helping you win the battle against stretch marks. We offer an oil alongside our Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter as your skin naturally produces oil and therefore it is easily recognised and used. Every ingredient in Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil has a distinct moisturising purpose and is laden with Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) - Omegas 3, 6 & 9. Combined with our non-nauseating Gravida fragrance it is a tremendous stretch mark fighter.


The decision between Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil and Stretch Mark Butter is entirely yours. Do you prefer an oil or a butter they are both equally powerful at fighting stretch marks. For mega-tummies (does it feel like twins?) try layering Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil first and Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter second. With this dynamic duo in place, stretch marks wouldn't dare!" - ♥ mamamio.com


Continue reading for more information about Mama Mio!


Learn how to use the product for the best results...


Plus, what exactly is in this stuff??