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Crib notes: With 'Mommyrexia' on the rise, there's no fat and happiness in pregnancy

Remember when pregnancy was the one time in a woman's life where she could be fat and happy about it? No more, as experts say "Mommyrexia"is on the rise, with women carefully watching their calorie intake and exercising excessively during pregnancy in an effort to avoid putting on any extra baby weight. They say some women are even going so far as to schedule C-sections during their eighth month o

Remember when pregnancy was the one time in a woman's life where she could be fat and happy about it? No more, as experts say "Mommyrexia"is on the rise, with women carefully watching their calorie intake and exercising excessively during pregnancy in an effort to avoid putting on any extra baby weight. They say some women are even going so far as to schedule C-sections during their eighth month of pregnancy and are skipping breastfeeding, all in an attempt to stay thin. Some say celebrities like Victoria Beckham, who stay ultra-slim during pregnancy and seemingly lose their baby weight in a matter of weeks, are putting pressure on moms everywhere to remain svelte while gestating. Guess that means no more pickles and ice cream...

It's an itsy-bitsy, polka dot bikini, on a teeny-weenie baby -- and many say that's just plain wrong. Aside from logistical questions, like how one is supposed to fit a swim diaper under a string bikini bottom, many are asking why people are dressing babies and toddlers in string bikinis to begin with. Whatever happened to senior citizen-style swimsuits, with full bottoms and ruffled-waists for the under-three crowd?

Behold the high school prank designed for all the world to see -- everyone with access to Google Earth, that is. Back in 2009, some enterprising students in New Zealand drew several, larger-than-life penises on the lawn of their school. Their medium? Weed killer. While the prank happened over a weekend, it took time for the grass to die off, revealing the images, bit by naughty bit. Ever since, the school has been trying to care for the lawn and blur the manly parts with additional applications of weed killer. All might have gone relatively unnoticed, except that the images were picked up by Google Earth's satellite cameras and were recently detected by one man, who was using the popular site to search for real estate in the area. The phallic artists were never caught and have since achieved folklore status at the school.

In a recent interview, President Barack Obama showed that he's not just Commander-in-Chief, but is also a pretty typical dad to a nearly teenaged-daughter -- with a few extra perks, of course. Many fathers of daughters make jokes about owning shotguns to intimidate wayward male suitors, and the President's no exception. When asked how he feels about his daughters potentially dating, he responded by saying, "I have men with guns who surround them all the time ... and it means they never get in a car with a boy who had a beer." If dating the President's daughter wasn't intimidating enough, the Secret Service detail ought to do it.

Kids, step away from the keyboard and pick up a pen and paper instead. New research is showing that handwriting benefits children beyond being able to write a nice letter to grandma. Handwriting has been shown to increase brain activity, hone fine motor skills, and can even predict future academic success. One of the scientists involved in the study said that “handwriting can change how children learn and their brains develop.” Now the question is, will the dreaded penmanship grade make a comeback?

Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.