More Clever Pregnant Halloween Costumes

Mwwhahaha it's Halloween season, well, according to Walmart and Pinterest it is. Hot damn, I love halloween! 

So, you may remember my first Pregnant Halloween Costume post. Killer, right? 

Well, I've found even more because people are brilliant. 

Check it out:

 

thecostumeworks.com

thecostumeworks.com

The bald cap and moustache topped off with the chest hair just makes this costume rock.

 
Pinterest

Pinterest

I suppose you could cheat this with a regular maternity top, but I really think this was well done with the stripes. If you know the source for it let me know because the link on Pinterest just leads to a worm hole in Narnina. 

 
currystrumpet.com

currystrumpet.com

How adorable is this girl in her Angry Bird costume? Such a smart and simple idea. Although, there would always be a looming danger that someone would hurl you into a bunch of boxes screaming "Aiyaaaa" to take out green pigs.

 

 
coolest-homemade-costumes.com

coolest-homemade-costumes.com

Yes! Marge Gunderson from Fargo. Brilliant! There's no way I could have handled the heat in this getup for an indoor party, but doing the rounds in the neighbourhood with my little candy hounds? Perfect! "Ah, hon, ya got Arby's all over me."

 

 
countryliving.com

countryliving.com

This isn't maternity but I thought it would make a perfect costume when you're pregnant with a built in globe. Also, check out the whole post if you're a halloween fan because they've put together some really cool craft ideas. 

 
evilmilk.com

evilmilk.com

When I first saw this photo I just got mad. Mad that I didn't think of this. That is what you use those damn half-doll faces for! I honestly think this is what I'm going to wear for halloween this year. I can eat and drink without havng to worry about my mom paunch and it has a nice brand tie in to Pregnant Chicken. Marketing!

 
instructables.com

instructables.com

I am just so impressed with the ingenuity and effort that went into this costume.  The most expensive part was actually the ball which you already have built in so there's a win, but I'm not sure what the best way to attach the mirror to you. Maybe just a black maternity tee? 

 
babycenter.com

babycenter.com

This gal gets a slow, standing clap from me. A headless horseman. Dang.  I can't tell how she's allowed for vision (maybe she just buttoned up for the picture) but getting chips in  my face would be essential no matter how cool the costume was.

 
coolest-homemade-costumes.com

coolest-homemade-costumes.com

Aye, the wee lass as a pot 'o gold with her leprechaun. I can't get over how beautifully executed both of their costumes are. Well done or "maith thú" as they say on the Emerald Isle!

 
coolest-homemade-costumes.com

coolest-homemade-costumes.com

Again, not a maternity costume, but what a great idea for dressing up (or hiding) a bump.  It *might* be hard to pee in but if you didn't wear underwear and just paused in the bushes you could bypass that small hurdle.

 

 
theforce.net

theforce.net

bitrebels.com

bitrebels.com

Both of these Death Star costumes warms my nerd heart. You could do this or simply goes dressed as Princess Leia in her slave bikini in Jabba the Hut's Palace – depending on the statement you're trying to make.  

 

So there you have it. Aren't those great?!

As always, feel free to send me pictures or links to any other kick ass costumes you make, wear or find and I'll add them to the post. 

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Clever One-Second-Every-Day Pregnancy Video

Someone passed this video along to me and I just love it.  When I first read the title I assumed it was going to be a day-by-day time lapse of a growing belly (I love those) but I was wrong. 

This video shows a second from each day during this woman's pregnancy that shows their dogs, their activities, their family, and just, well, their lives.  It's so beautiful.

It's cool now, but imagine how mindblowingly awesome it's going to be for their daughter (spoiler, sorry) to watch one day. How neat will it be to see what was going on in her parents' lives just before she was born?

Just brilliant. 

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WTF is a Kegel?

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Many pregnant women go through 40 weeks of people telling them "Get plenty of rest! Drink plenty of water! And do your Kegels!"  in that sing-song voice reserved for drunk buddies and toddlers.

The problem is not all of us know what a Kegel is, how to do them, or what the hell they're even for. So here's a little crash course on the virtues of your pelvic floor. 

Note: That kind of rhymed.  It's a like a poem, NO, a rap! It's a Kegel rap. Wickety Wack! Nevermind. Let's figure out how to not wet our pants, shall we?

What is it? 

Arnold Kegel came up with an exercise for pelvic floor muscles in 1948 and called them "Kegel Exercises" – a legacy I'm sure his future relatives were thrilled with. They are done by flexing and strengthening the muscles in your pelvic floor which acts like a hammock to hold the basement together. You want this area in good shape because these are the muscles that affect your "Snissing" (sneeze pissing), keeping all the important stuff like your uterus in place, plus, they play a part in how good sex feels. 

 

How do you do them? 

First identify the muscles: Stop peeing midstream. The muscles that you used there? That's the one you're looking for. (Don't do this all the time as it will actually weaken instead of strengthen your muscles over time.) Once you have that figured out, you're ready to do a Kegel.

  • STEP ONE: Contract that muscle and try to hold it.
  • STEP TWO: Do this about 12 more times.
  • STEP THREE: Sit back and reap the benefits of your toned pelvic floor by laughing with reckless abandon or coughing in white pants. Easy Peasy, right?!

If you're still not sure if you've isolated the correct area, some sites suggest you get a hand mirror and flex in front of it. Done correctly, your perineum, (you know, your "taint" - it ain't your vag and it ain't your anus – it's the area in between), well, this spot should contract with each rep. If you're really good, maybe you and your hand mirror can go on the road and make a few bucks. I'd be really impressed if you can pull this move off in your third trimester by-the-way.

Some sites go with the "more is better" attitude and have you doing hundreds of them while you're at stop lights, brushing your teeth, making spaghetti., etc. but it sounds like it's better and more effective if they have your full attention – it's not like you're doing bicep curls at the bus stop. (If you are, then switch to lunges – they use larger muscles and you'll look more crazy. Go big or go home.)

It's also noted that you can actually over do it and tighten these muscles making things like sex painful and you don't want to go there. Although, seeing as I have trouble remembering they even exist, it's amazing to think some people have over done it.

They are pretty simple and don't need anything more than your flexing. If you do them on a regular basis, (amounts are all over the place, but 12 reps once a day seems to be the average) then you should see tighter sneezes in a couple of months.

Obviously these muscles are really important, but sadly don't get a lot of attention in North America. Many women are just told it's a part of having kids and that they'll need surgery if it gets bad. However, in France every woman is prescribed 10-20 free postpartum treatment sessions in la reeducation périneale to restrengthen their pelvic floors after they've had a baby.

This vagina boot camp is done by inserting a “sonde” into the vagina that monitors your muscle contractions. Oh but that’s not all, they can even connect it up to a laptop so you can play video games and watch how hard your muscles are working on the screen. You know, just simple games where you try to jump and stuff, not like Gears of War or anything.

To me it’s just another example of how the French have it figured out – like staying skinny while eating cheese and inventing the guillotine.

Thankfully, we are catching up and getting over the taboo of treating these muscles and pelvic floor physical therapy is becoming more and more available. You can do a search to find one in your area, or ask your doctor, midwife or OBGYN to recommend one.

I stumbled across this great video on The Lady Brain Show where a woman named, Marcy Crouch from Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center talks about pelvic floors and what the 'sitch is. She doesn't rap like me, but it's still really good.

 

If you know of any other tips or resources on the magic of kegels, please pass them along and I'd add them to the post. After all, we could all do with dryer sneezes and the good china staying put, right? 

 

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