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Travel Outfits For New Moms

You love everything about being a new mom, but you have to admit, since the baby arrived, it’s given a new meaning to the word luggage. In fact, you’re pretty sure that your diaper bag alone would probably qualify as “over-sized” by most airline standards, and that’s the one without the built-in changing station. And now you have to travel. Your relatives are dying to meet your newest addition and your dying show off your latest accomplishment. But the last thing you want is more to pack, and comfort is a top priority. Here are some simple travel outfits to keep things easy and fashionable.

Post Pregnancy Clothes
You don’t want to spend a ton of money on clothing you won’t wear for very long, but you need comfy and cute items to accommodate your figure and make nursing easy.

Leggings
Two of the best outfits for new moms are leggings with a loose, long top, and elastic waist jeans with a peplum shirt. Since your main concern right now is probably your middle, look for a top that will cover the hips with a thin fabric to avoid adding bulk. Horizontal stripes will add width, and should be avoided, while a belted shirt will keep large breasts from looking bigger.

Travel Outfits For New Moms

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Flared Jeans
Flared jeans can help to balance out hips and make them look less noticeable. Your tops can be a little shorter than the ones you would pair with leggings, but you will still want to find ones that cover the hips a bit without totally eliminating your waistline. Flared jeans with a flowing shirt can make you look bigger in general. Add a belt to cinch the waist. Elastic belts tend to provide the most comfort.

Maxi and Midi Dresses
Maxi and midi dresses are really on trend right now and a great easy option for the new Mommy. They’re easy to adjust and you don’t have to worry about length issues when you’re reaching up or bending over.

Button-Down Shirts
A button down shirt tied around the waist is a blessing in disguise for new moms. It helps camouflage problem areas, while doubling as an accessory. It can also make for a quick cover up when you’re feeling shy, or when the air conditioning is a little high.

Kimono
If you’re traveling in the heat, you may feel a bit exposed in loose shorts and a tank top. Kimonos or drapey vests are fashionable ways of getting some extra coverage on those scorching hot days.

Travel Outfits For New Moms

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Sundress
A sundress is a light to pack and easy to throw on. Bring that kimono along for some extra style and a last-minute cover-up. Look for interesting details and eye-catching colors to make the focal points of more revealing clothing.

Accessories
If you’re trying to keep your packing list low, it may be necessary to include a few accessories to keep your pieces looking fresh A watch is a functional accessory that will spare you the trouble of digging through your purse for a cell phone while dealing with your other accessory.

Cross body bags are smart alternatives to handheld purses, and will leave your hands free to tend to the little ones. Their style will also prevent you from setting them down unconsciously and forgetting to pick them up.

Stud earrings can add flash without becoming a plaything for small hands and hats are always great for blocking the sun and covering frizzy locks.

If you’re a new mom with plans to travel, great excitement is in store. Make sure to keep comfy and prepared. Let us know how you gear up for travel.

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Biggest Health Issues for Women in 2016

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Health problems faced by women worldwide include breast and cervical cancer, depression, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and pregnancy complications to name just a few. It is often easy to dismiss health problems as being a problem for the developing world or other countries where access to healthcare is limited or nonexistent, but there are many issues that face women in the United States. Here are four of the biggest health issues women face in 2016.

Cardiovascular Disease
Often, cardiovascular disease is considered to be a “male” health problem, but according to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease “…is the number one killer of women.” It is crucial that women learn the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack, because these can be different in women than they are in men. Some of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Pressure, squeezing or fullness in your chest – may remain constant or go away for a few minutes then return
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, jaw, neck, stomach and/or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea and/or lightheadedness
  • To prevent cardiovascular disease it is important that you maintain a nutritious diet, get regular exercise and trying to reduce stress in your life.

Pregnancy and Childbirth
You may think that pregnancy and childbirth are only issues women face in the developing world, and while a majority of deaths occur in the developing world, it is a health issue that hits close to home. Every day in the United States alone, two to three women die from pregnancy complications, a number that is double what the rates were in the United States 20 years ago. Each day, 70 Afghani women die due to pregnancy complications and annually more than 529,000 women globally will lose their lives as a result of pregnancy complications.

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Breast Cancer
“Breast cancer is the leading cancer killer in women aged 20-59 years worldwide,” according to the World Health Organization. Two of the most important tools for catching breast cancer early, which improves your chances of survival, are your hands. Women should perform monthly self-breast exams and check for any unusual hard lumps or changes in breast tissue.

Mental Health
It can be far too easy to discount mental health problems because they are “invisible” problems, but the consequences of mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are very real and tangible. “Depression is the leading cause of disease burden for women in both high-income and low- and middle-income countries,” says the World Health Organization. Women are more likely than men to suffer from mental health issues and are also more likely to experience a life event that causes depression and anxiety such as domestic violence, rape or disaster. An estimated 800,000 people die annually from suicide. If you, or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, it’s okay to ask for help.

Taking an active role in your health and living an overall healthy lifestyle can go a long way in preventing serious health conditions. Eat a nutritious diet, get plenty of exercise and give up vices like smoking immediately. There are a number of charities and organizations that you can get involved in that advocate for women’s health issues both in the United States and around the world. Being aware of potential threats and knowing warning signs can help you identify health problems as they arise and before it’s too late.

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