Viral Pregnancy Video: See This Expecting Mama’s Fun Dance With Her Daughter!

Pregnancy viral dance videoI’ll tell you what I was doing when I was eight months pregnant with my twins, right about this time last year: I was riding around in a motorozed cart at Target because I was too winded, and too big, to even walk the aisles for those last-minute essentials!

Well, eight-months-pregnant mom Nikki Taylor is much more mobile—and in great spirits, too.

The expecting Illinois mom choreographed a high-energy dance routine, which she performed alongside her six-year-old daughter in a video that’s now going viral. The clip showing the mother-daughter dance got 20 million views over just the first 48 hours alone, and now has more than 22 million views and 600,000 shares since Nikki posted it to Facebook on June 26!

As the two dancers get ready to perform together in front of a wall of family photos, daughter Jaylyn sets the stage. Speaking right to the camera with her missing front teeth, she introduces herself and her mom, saying, “My mom is going to rock. But don’t laugh at her!” Then the song “Watch Me” by rapper Silento comes on, and the two turn on the energy.

she kills me, im winded.. but this is as good as it gets lmao

Posted by Nikki Taylor on Friday, June 26, 2015

Nikki captioned the video, “She kills me, im winded.. but this is as good as it gets lmao.” True indeed!

Nikki’s expecting a son this summer, and Jaylyn couldn’t be happier. During her moment in the spotlight, Jaylyn told the camera, “I love my baby brother!”

We suspect this expanded family will share many happy dances together in the coming years. Congrats!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Red Carpet Baby Bump! Evangeline Lilly’s ‘Ant-Man’ Surprise

Evangeline Lilly pregnantI write about a lot of pregnancy announcements around here, including fun surprises. But rarely does an expecting mama have as big of an audience for her pregnancy announcement surprise as does a star at a huge summer blockbuster movie premiere!

Illustrating that point was Evangeline Lilly, who turned up on the red carpet in Los Angeles for her new movie Ant-Man in a color-blocked black and white gown that clearly showed off her pregnancy. So how’s that for a high-profile announcement?

“It’s so great. I feel wonderful,” the star told People at the event. But she added, “I have to say, high heels and doing a red carpet is starting to ache.”

This will be Lilly’s second child with beau Norman Kali, whom she met on the set of Lost. Of the second-time experience, she added, “My first one, I was 30, now I’m 35. I’m much more tired this time. The last time I was off work, I had no children, I had a partner who was busy working 18 hours a day, so I had all day to meditate and love on my baby and just be pregnant.”

Not so much now, of course! In addition to her Hollywood career, Lilly has recently become an author, too: Her children’s book series The Squickerwonkers debuted in November.

Back then she told us that she’s glad when her professional decisions dovetail nicely with her family life. “The Hobbit is great family entertainment. Ant-Man will be great family entertainment. The Squickerwonkers is for the whole family. I think that’s the kid in me coming out. I never really grew up,” she said.

Congrats the newly expecting couple!

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Bristol Palin on Pregnancy Controversy: “I Made a Mistake, But…”

Bristol Palin pregnantAfter calling off her engagement recently, Bristol Palin, 24, announced her pregnancy last week in a post that sounded very contrite. But over the weekend, she certainly changed her tune.

To recap, she wrote on Thursday in the faith-based blog Patheos, “Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one… I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.”

Well, critics let her have it, unsurprisingly. Media pros and amateurs were quick to point out what they perceived to be her hypocrisy; they pointed out she became a paid spokesperson for abstinence after she became an unwed teen mom in 2008.

But by Sunday, Palin had had enough. And she went right back to Patheos to speak out—but this time with a decidedly different tone.

“I made a mistake, but it’s not the mistake all these giddy a$$holes have loved to assume,” she wrote. “This pregnancy was actually planned. Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family. Believing I was heading that way, I got ahead of myself. Things didn’t go as planned, but life keeps going. Life moves on.”

She also sought to clarify for the record that she was not technically a paid abstinence spokesperson, but rather an employee of the group The Candie’s Foundation, which emphasizes abstinence as well as contraception for teens. Mostly, she wanted to point out that this latest pregnancy makes her feel stronger than ever about her pro-life stance.

What do you think of the Bristol Palin pregnancy controversy?

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Yes! A Tech Startup CEO’s Real Talk About Work and Pregnancy

Pregnancy and work“It’s the worst feeling in the world having to hide your pregnancy… I am going to hide my pregnancy as long as I can.”

Pregnant CEO Talia Goldstein wrote those words in her journal in 2012 when she found out she was expecting. She was in the throes of fundraising for her dating startup, Three Day Rule, and she was afraid that investors would be scared off by her pregnancy.

Despite her business pedigree—a former producer at E!, a member of a tech incubator program, and even a presenter on Shark Tank—she knew investors had biases against pregnant women. And she wasn’t wrong: One popularly known investor even wrote a blog post back in those days about pregnant entrepreneurs, which included the line: “A pregnant CEO/founder is going to fail her company.”

To hide her pregnancy, she did things like wear trench coats to meetings—even when temperatures were in the 80s.

But since those days, she’s built her business to a six-city enterprise with 30 employees, and closed a big round of funding with IAC/Match—the world’s biggest dating site. In short, she’s proved all the haters wrong.

That’s why, now that she’s pregnant with her second child, she’s going public. She wrote an opinion piece in Fortune about her past struggles, and her decision to be upfront this time around: “Things are different this time, though. As I look around the tech events I attend, I see more and more women. Although we still have a long way to go, there are more women joining the industry every day,” she wrote.

And she’s determined to take an active role in making things different for those who come after her, too: “Now, as I begin another round of fundraising, I am determined to take a stand. I have proven that it is possible to do both: to be a great mom and to run a successful startup. This time, I won’t hide my pregnancy, and I won’t be afraid of what investors might think. This isn’t just an argument about ‘having it all.’ This is about having the opportunity to show that we can.”

Amen to that, mama!

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4 Big Fears About Bringing Home a Newborn (And How to Manage Them!)

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Looking for a bit of guidance through those dicey first weeks and months with a newborn?

The book Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality, a guide to the first year of baby’s life, is now out in its third edition. Jennifer Shu and Laura A. Jana, both moms and pediatricians, co-authored the the book from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and it’s filled with all kinds of practical tips and essential info for new parents.

(Take it from me: It’s useful to have a trusted guide to refer to—instead of the darkest reaches of the fearmongering Internet—when you’re overwhelmed, sleep deprived, and generally feeling clueless in those early weeks!)

In honor of the new edition, Dr. Shu offers some guidance on some of the biggest new-parent fears—and how to manage them.

You’re afraid of hurting the baby. This is a common fear, but new parents should know that their babies aren’t quite as fragile as it may first seem. “Many parents I see handle their babies very timidly in the first few weeks,” Dr. Shu says. “Baby went through a complicated birth process and can handle firm, steady manipulation rather than kid gloves.”

You’re afraid your newborn isn’t eating enough—especially if you’re breastfeeding, when it can be harder to tell. But Dr. Shu says, “Pay attention to wet and dirty diapers and weight gain rather than the exact amount that baby eats,” and that will tell you what you need to know.

You’re panicked that you won’t know what the baby needs. “Since babies can’t talk, it will take time for you both to learn how to communicate with each other,” Dr. Shu says. “Watch closely for baby’s patterns. What does she do when she is tired or hungry? Soon you will learn to let her sleep rather than forcing her to eat when she’s not hungry.”

You’re not sure you’re doing it right. “There’s more than one way to be a good parent,” Dr. Shu says. So when it comes to receiving feedback from others about their own methods, try not to let it affect your confidence. “Many gather ideas from friends and relatives and even the Internet, but your pediatrician can tell you what’s healthy and safe. Then feel free to use your own style and best judgment.”

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