Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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President Obama Declares H1N1 National Emergency


Saturday, President Obama declared H1N1 influenza a national emergency. The White House said that Obama signed a proclamation last night allowing public health officials to bypass certain federal regulations.

Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says there’s no need for alarm. “It’s really more a continuation of our preparedness steps,” she told USA TODAY on Sunday. The declaration will help with flexibility in case hospitals see a greater influx of flu cases in coming months, “she said.

The national emergency is a reminder how important it is to be well informed …

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“Project Runway” Style for Pregnant Moms

 

In keeping with our month long theme of “Staying Stylish While Pregnant,” this post looks to the popular show “Project Runway.”  Here what Michael Kors, top designer for First Lady, Michelle Obama has to say:Project Runway Style for Pregnant Women

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Do You Know The Expectant Mom’s Best Accessory? (Part II)

As we mentioned in Part I of this two-part series, your smile is your best accessory. Consequently it is essential that you take care of your teeth. Watch the video now from WGN News on dental hygiene for pregnant women:

Here are some frequently asked question on dental hygiene and pregnancy from the American Dental Association’s website; http://www.ada.org/public/topics/pregnancy_faq.asp#1

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Do You Know The Expectant Mom’s Best Accessory? (Part I)

women2Hands down, the most inexpensive way to change your looks and look like a million dollars is to Wear a bright smile!  Nothing elevates the mood more. Expectant moms have even more to smile about – the advent of new life! 

Keep your smile in tip top shape with these tips from Healthy Days: (HealthDay News) — Daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits, are important ways to keep your pearly whites healthy.

Here are additional suggestions for better tooth health, provided by the Nemours Foundation:

Be careful not to brush your teeth too hard, which can damage sensitive gums.
Brush from your gumline to the top of each tooth in short, gentle …

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Banish Bad Hair Days During Pregnancy

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Aretha Franklin once quipped, “I’m a big woman. I need big hair.” What she’s talking about is balance.

When you’re pregnant, it’s no time to sport a Sinead O’Connor hairstyle or get your hair closely shorn.  But having longer tresses can be challenging and a cause for bad hair days. The solution is extra care.

According to Onslow’s OHealthy article– “Dry hair may be crunchy, brittle and lack that healthy softness and shine of hair with enough moisture.”

Here are potential causes of dry hair, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

Having anorexia nervosa.
Washing the hair too frequently.
Using harsh, drying hair products, or those that contain
   alcohol.
Blow-drying the hair …

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Accessorize to Glamorize

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One of the most inexpensive ways to rev up your maternity wardrobe is to wear accessories. And the best thing is that you can still wear them after the maternity clothes are long gone!

Think of the added mileage you’ll get from boosting a monochromatic outfit with a long colorful necklace, a pretty silk scarf, earrings or a brightly-hued handbag.

Bear in mind though that when it comes to accessories for expectant moms, less is definitely more!

Here are some pointers:

• Balance is the operative word. Keep your accessories in line with your growing body.
• Don’t wear a belt for obvious reasons
• Wear cool sunglasses (with the adequate UV protection)
• Wear one …

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Expectant Moms Need “Happy Feet”

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Since you’re carrying an extra burden on your legs and feet right now you may not be up to tap dancing like the penguins in the movie “Happy Feet.” But you can take extra care of your legs and feet. And you can wear shoes that help you to look stylish without jeopardizing your health.

You may find to your consternation that not only your belly is growing but also your feet. Sometimes by a half size or more! Consequently, it’s important that you re-measure your feet to get a good fit for your shoes.

Whatever you do, don’t squeeze into your pre-pregnancy shoes. The good news is that you …

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Good Scents During Pregnancy

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A big part of a woman’s style is the scent or perfume she wears. In fact, women brand themselves with certain scents. Think Coco Chanel who famously said: “No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.”

Women make style statements in a subtle way: “I’m bold,” “I’m soft and ethereal,” and “I’m sexy” to name a few.

To Giorgio Armani: “A perfume is more than an extract it is a presence in abstraction. A perfume, for me, is a mystique.”

Like many women, expecting moms want to extend their mystique by wearing their favorite scent. But pregnant women sometimes are more sensitive to certain smells, some of …

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The Four Stages of Dressing for Success When You’re Expecting

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You already know about the traditional stages of pregnancy – first trimester, second trimester and third trimester. But we’re not discussing these stages today. Since it can be challenging and sometimes downright frustrating to find the right clothing for work, we have devised our own fashion stages for expectant moms:

The “I don’t look pregnant” stage. Naturally, this occurs at the beginning of the first trimester. Even though your body is going through monumental changes internally it’s yet to manifest on the outside. At this stage you can get away with wearing most if not all of your regular clothing.
The “thick around the middle” stage. From the middle …

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How to Stay Stylish During Pregnancy

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Around this time of year in coastal North Carolina, temperatures fluctuate from one extreme to the other. Some days are hotter than a sweltering summer’s day while on other days, cool temperatures prevail.

Erratic temperatures are especially worrisome for expectant moms. One of the biggest questions that image consultant, Patrice DaCosta of Stoosh Images (a New York based image consulting firm) gets from her expecting clientele is: How do I stay stylish when I don’t know what the temperature will be?

She advises that no matter the trimester you are in:

It’s important to keep your body from overheating. Wear cotton or cotton blend fabrics to keep cool if the day is unusually warm. …

 

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Basics About Your Newborn’s Body

Even the best-prepared parents may be surprised by a few things that are quite normal in newborns!

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