Maternity Clothes - Buying Maternity Clothes OnlineWritten by Beverley Brooke
Here is a sampling of best maternity shops online. You’ll undoubtedly find one or several that match your budget and style! Remember to feel good it helps to look good, so why not indulge in a maternity outfit or two?
BabyStyle http://www.babystyle.com In this store you’ll find maternity fashions at reasonable prices, with free shipping on large orders! Babystyle also offers a selection of what they call ‘transition’ maternity wear… clothes you can wear after baby comes but before you are ready to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothing!
Motherhood http://www.motherhood.com This is another great maternity stop for moms looking for well-priced maternity clothes for all seasons. Motherhood contains a comprehensive selection of maternity wear and nursing items for moms young and old alike.
Bella Blu http://www.bellablumaternity.com Designer maternity fashions for fashion conscious mother. If you are looking for something hip and stylish, check here first!
Mom’s Maternity http://www.momsmaternity.com This store features maternity clothes, lingerie and more for tall, petite and plus sized women.
A Pea in Pod http://www.apeainthepod.com Slightly more expensive maternity clothes and accessories. Considered one of more popular maternity outlets.
Mimi Maternity http://www.mimmaternity.com Fashionable maternity clothing for hip mothers everywhere.
Maternity Mall http://www.maternitymall.com Features maternity fashions from a variety of top label and designer maternity fashion providers.
Don’t forget many traditional retailers also offer a wide selection of exceptional maternity wear and clothing. The stores listed below carry traditional and maternity clothes for fashion and budget conscious moms. Here are some other places you should consider when shopping for maternity wear:
20 Common Pregnancy Questions & AnswersWritten by Nisha Bunke, M.D.
1. How much weight should I expect to gain during pregnancy? Most women with a normal body mass index gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Women who are obese are advised to gain less weight. On other hand, women who are underweight may gain up to 40 pounds. Women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy should see a dietitian. (click here to determine your bmi). 2. When do I first need to see a doctor? A first prenatal visit should take place within first trimester. If a woman is uncertain about date of her last menstrual period, it is especially important to schedule an ultrasound appointment to accurately determine gestational dates. At first doctor visit, a comprehensive medical history will be taken to assess any obstetrical risks and special medical needs of a patient. Simple blood work that is usually done at first office visit includes ABO and Rh blood typing, screening for anemia, immunity to rubella, and testing for viral hepatitis and HIV. A pelvic exam, pap smear, chlamydia and gonorrhea test is also usually performed at first visit. Urinalysis, blood pressure and weight checks, fundal height measurement and fetal heart auscultation are performed routinely at each office visit. 3. Should I seek care from a midwife or doctor? This is a personal decision. Typically, complicated pregnancies (i.e., women who have certain medical conditions, smoke, have a history of miscarriages, past c-section, or have other risk factors for a complicated pregnancy) require care of a physician. Midwives are an option for normal, uncomplicated pregnancies that do not require advanced care. Either way, a woman should seek routine prenatal care by a qualified health care provider. 4. Can I consume caffeine during pregnancy? Caffeine in moderate amounts is probably safe in pregnancy. 5. Can I use artificial sweeteners? Saccharin containing products should be avoided during pregnancy. Saccharin can cross placenta and enter fetal tissue. 6. Why have I been told to avoid cats during pregnancy? Cats can carry bacteria called Toxoplasma, which can be harmful to developing fetus. Women should avoid changing a cat's litter box since Toxoplasma can be found in cat's feces. You should discuss with your health care provider specific precautions that you need to take to avoid infection caused by Toxoplasma. Poorly cooked meats, seafood and unpasteurized milk can also be contaminated with Toxoplasma. 7. What is gestational diabetes? Some women develop diabetes during pregnancy. Most of time, it will resolve after pregnancy. However, these women are at a higher risk of developing diabetes in later life. 8. How do I know if I have gestational diabetes? Late in second trimester, a one hour glucola test is performed. If this is number is elevated, a women will undergo another test called a three hour glucose tolerance test. A woman should discuss her risks of developing gestational diabetes and this test with her health care provider. 9. Are there any foods that I should avoid during pregnancy? Canned tuna fish and farmed salmon should be eaten in moderation. Tuna steaks, swordfish, shark and king mackerel should be avoided because they can contain high levels of mercury, which can harm fetus. Raw fish and shellfish should be avoided because they can be infected with parasites and Norwalk-like viruses. 10. Is aspirin safe to use in pregnancy? Aspirin is not safe to use during pregnancy. Aspirin is a class D medication meaning that it may cause harm to fetus.