Which Star Copped to Gaining 55 Pounds During Pregnancy?

The medical community recommends that average-weight women carrying a single baby in pregnancy gain in the neighborhood of 25 to 35 pounds. And wouldn’t it be nice if we all fell magically into that ideal window?

Well, reality frequently gets in the way of ideal guidelines, especially when it comes to the wild journey of pregnancy. And not just for us mere mortals — but for celebrity mamas too. Turns out stars are just like us! (Sometimes.)

Case in point: Kendra Wilkinson Baskett recently revealed that she gained 55 pounds during her second pregnancy. “I started at 120 and ended up at 175,” she told Giuliana Rancic in an interview recapped in E! Online.

And although she’s got plenty on her plate these days with a 4-month-old daughter, 4-year-old son, and marital turmoil amid allegations of her husband’s cheating — she’s found a diet that she says is working “so good” to get back in shape. She credits Atkins with the fast weight loss, though she says she’s really having to work at it instead of the weight just magically dropping off.

“I’m an athlete. I thought I would lose the weight so fast right after having the [first] baby, but I didn’t,” she said.

And ain’t that the truth? For many of us, postpartum recovery and fitness takes major commitment. And it’s refreshing to see a star whose pregnancy and post-baby arc seems to mirror many of the experiences of those of us here in the real world.

No, doctors don’t advise a 55-pound weight gain — but life happens. Even to celebs.

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Weight and Pregnancy: Gain Only What You Need
Weight and Pregnancy: Gain Only What You Need
Weight and Pregnancy: Gain Only What You Need

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Molly Sims Is Pregnant Again!

Molly SimsShe opened up to People.com about trying for baby number two recently, and now it’s official: Molly Sims is pregnant again!

The 41-year-old mom shared the happy news that she and hubby Scott Stuber are expecting again on her website, mollysims.com, writing: “I am BE-yond thrilled to share some very special news with you” and posting this adorable photo with her son Brooks:

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She continued, “I can’t even being to explain just how excited we are for a new baby. We are so, so, so blessed as a family, and I’m speechless at the fact that we have the opportunity to bring a second bundle of joy into the world.”

Congrats, Molly!

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Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 4
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 4
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 4

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Royal Twins on Board: Is This the Strongest Evidence Yet?

I like to think I have a lot in common with Kate Middleton (ahem). Her first son, Prince George, shares a July 22 birthday with my own twins. Beyond that, she also may have twins on the way!

No, it’s not something the palace has confirmed, of course. And yes, all sorts of false rumors have been swirling about Kate’s pregnancy—even long before she was actually pregnant (both times). But one bit of recent news from across the pond actually has us really wondering.

It turns out that bookmaker William Hill has refused to take any further bets on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having twins after a throng of first-time betters opened new accounts and heaped cash on 20-to-1 odds for twins. The odds fell steeply to 9-to-1 before Hill called off bets.

“We have had a load of unexpected bets including a large number of new accounts,” Hill spokesman Rupert Adams told the U.K.’s Express. “With any other market, I would say that people know.”

Did you catch that? People might actually already know about a twin pregnancy. I am a gambling gal, and it’s getting to the point where I’d stake some chips on this one!

The Express also cites that the Duchess’s apparent hyperemesis gravidarum (acute morning sickness) is a condition experienced more frequently by women expecting twins. But of course let’s remember that she also had it in her first pregnancy—while carrying a singleton.

It was the 15th century the last time the mother of a future monarch delivered twins in Britain. So if Kate is actually expecting two babies, she may find it hard to relate to people in her sphere. But fear not, Duchess: As the new mother of twins myself, I have two months of experience and can provide you with tons of advice! Text me, sister.

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Celebrity Pregnancies: Who’s Due Next?

Now that Snooki and Chelsea Clinton have had their babies, you may be wondering what to do with those precious moments of your day spent scrolling the tabs for celebrity baby bump news. Fear not! We bring you a digest of who’s yet to deliver, and when to expect their bundles of joy.

Mila Kunis: Ashton Kutcher’s future wife may be next—she’s due any day! (Just remember it’s Mila herself who’s pregnant, and not her fiance—or face her wrath!) Of course, she’s still out doing tons of yoga.

Kelly Rowland: Speaking of prenatal yoga fans, this former Destiny’s Child star may be due around the end of the year, given she announced her pregnancy in May—when she wasn’t even remotely showing.

Alicia Keys: Just looking at the the size of her bump, which she splashed nude across Instagram for a good cause, the singer looks to be a few months from dropping her latest release. In fact, she told the AP she’s expecting her second child with hubby Swizz Beatz in December—the same time of year she often chooses to release her albums!

Kourtney Kardashian: Also probably delivering in December is this Keeping Up With the Kardashians star. She’s expecting her third child with boyfriend Scott Disick.

Vanessa Lachey: Social media also delivered the announcement of this star’s pregnancy, on her wedding anniversary on July 15. She’s expecting her second child with husband Nick Lachey.

Zoe Saldana: Although this mama-to-be has kept mostly mum on her pregnancy even while her bump continues to grow, it’s growing alright. How big will it get before she pops? There’s no telling—as the star is rumored to be expecting twins!

Jill Duggar: The 19 Kids and Counting star didn’t waste any time getting pregnant after saying “I do:” She wed on June 21, and announced her pregnancy on August 20, before clearing that first-trimester hurdle.

Carrie Underwood: Among the newest stars to announce a pregnancy, this country crooner shared the news with her fans on social media on Labor Day. (Get it?)

Kate Middleton: The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child with Prince William. As with Kate’s first pregnancy, the palace was forced to make the announcement early, given the royal is suffering from acute morning sickness.

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Confession Time! What Pregnancy Rules Did You Break?

I’m generally not the type of person who colors within the lines. But in pregnancy—such an uncertain and often scary time for a first-time expecting mom especially—I played things pretty safe when it came to my diet and activities.

That meant, for instance, avoiding every last food item that might have possibly been unpasteurized during our babymoon in Italy, Spain, and France. Let me be clear: If you are a vegetarian, and you cut out cheese as well as undercooked eggs in Paris, you will eat nothing but bread, and you will look with hungry eyes at what’s on everybody else’s plate.

That said, I sometimes had a sip—or a couple of sips—from my husband’s wine glass. (When in Venice!) And throughout pregnancy, I did have my daily cup of coffee—well within my doctor’s recommendation to stick to 200 milligrams of caffeine a day. I even colored my hair in my first trimester before I realized even that activity in pregnancy is controversial (and then I panicked and called my doc and my M.D. dad). There you have it—my (borderline) transgressions revealed on the Internet!

The fact is, all moms-to-be make their choices about which rules to bend, and which ones to break. And frequently they keep those choices secret to avoid judgement. So I wasn’t surprised to see that a Reddit thread opened up the topic for a lively discussion, begging moms’ confessions regarding their pregnancy diet, drinking, and activity choices.

“I’ve been really bad. I never stopped eating lunch meat. I don’t even heat it up. I eat eggs with runny yolks and I ate raw brownie batter. Worst of all, I rode every roller coaster at my local Six Flags at 6 weeks pregnant,” the Redditor began, listing even more taboo behaviors before opening it up to other posters: “Leave your judgement at the door for this thread. Confession time! What have you done that you aren’t supposed to?”

And other moms delivered. They copped to eating sushi, beer, wine, bleu cheese, cookie dough, and more. Some did verboten activities like taking hot baths, horeseback riding, gymnastics, and cleaning the litter box. (By the way, I opted out of litter box duties—and didn’t miss it one bit.)

Sure, there are prevailing theories about food safety, caffeine, and alcohol in pregnancy, as well as about what exercises and activities to limit or avoid. But we all decide for ourselves—with our doctors and a huge dose of common sense, ideally—what’s O.K. and what’s a total no-no.

So let us know: What forbidden or controversial thing did you do while pregnant?

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