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Celeb Pregnancy Roundup: The Latest on Sara Gilbert and Shakira

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Sara Gilbert is expecting again! The actress announced her pregnancy live on her show The Talk, when she backed out of a dare that involved lying on a bed of nails and having a cinder block broken over her belly. (Neither thing would be especially good for baby, am I right?) This will be the third baby for Sara, who has a daughter, Sawyer, and a son, Levi, from a previous relationship. (Sara’s currently married to rocker Linda Perry.)

And it looks like Shakira and her fiancé, FC Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, are having a boy again! As People.com reports, in an interview with Hola! magazine, the pop singer’s parents spilled the beans that it’s another boy to join big brother Milan.

Congrats to both couples! (And I can’t wait to see what baby names they pick—as both made some intriguing choices the first times around.)

If you’re expecting, sign up for our pregnancy newsletters to give you the inside scoop, every step of the way. And don’t forget to like Everything Pregnancy to keep up with the very latest in pregnancy news.

Image: Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

How to Make Gender-Reveal Cupcakes
How to Make Gender-Reveal Cupcakes
How to Make Gender-Reveal Cupcakes

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Which 7th Heaven Star Is Expecting?

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

It’s baby #2 for 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager alum Beverley Mitchell, who announced that she and husband Michael Cameron are expecting early next year. Her big announcement came via her WhoSay account: “#tbt to the place where Michael asked me to marry him, and this past year where we stood as a family of three! Can’t believe in 2015 we will be a family of 4!!!”

Beverley is already the mom to daughter Kenzie Lynne, who was born in March 2013.

Congrats to the happy couple—and looking forward to hearing all about their new arrival in the next few months!

Tell us: How did you share your baby news with the your friends and family? (And if you’re looking for ideas, check out these creative ways to share the big baby news.)

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Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 3
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 3
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 3

Image: Courtesy of the Cameron Family

 

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5 Things We’ve Learned About Jill Duggar Dillard’s Pregnancy

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Newlywed Jill Duggar Dillard recently announced that she’s expecting, just two months after tying the knot in June. That makes her the latest member of the 19 Kids and Counting family to have a baby on the way (big brother Joshua already has three little ones…and counting). Jill and her husband Derick will welcome their new baby in late March.

Here’s what else we learned about her pregnancy so far, through their big announcements on Good Morning America and People Magazine.

She’s nicknamed the baby. Their little one will be called “Baby Dilly”—at least until they find out the sex and determine a name. (They’re not sure yet if they’ll follow in the Duggar footsteps and choose a letter theme for their baby names.)

She has morning sickness. And apparently, it’s pretty bad. “They should call it ‘pregnancy sickness’ because it’s all day,” she quipped on Good Morning America. (If you’re dealing with the same thing, check out our tips for managing morning sickness.)

She’s craving sour foods. Dill pickles, lemons, lemons with salt—those are all on Jill’s list of must-haves for dealing with her morning sickness—and in fact, hubby Derick carries around a “pregnancy bag” stocked with the essentials for helping his wife curb the nausea.

She’s planning a home birth. Jill Duggar is a trained midwife who has assisted on many births, and likes the vibe of a home birth. I feel like it will be way more relaxing… and having the baby at home with a midwife provides more of that personal care,” she said. (Considering the same? Find out if you’re a good candidate for home birth.)

She’s planning a gender reveal. Just like her big brother and his wife, Anna, Jill and Derick are planning to learn the sex of their baby (and likely, doing that in dramatic fashion during the taping of their show).

Here’s the scoop from GMA:


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Tell us: How does your pregnancy style mesh with Jill’s? Would you consider home birth? And are you planning a big gender reveal?

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How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings

Image: Jill and Derick Dillard’s pregnancy announcement, courtesy of Jill Dillard/Facebook.com

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Pregnant Cop Forced to Go on Unpaid Leave—Is It Discrimination?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Kentucky police officer Lyndi Trischler worked all the way through her first pregnancy—but when her bump got too big for managing her gun belt and wearing her bulletproof vest, she went off patrol duty and onto desk work until her baby arrived.

But for baby #2, she wasn’t given the same option when her bump became too big to manage. That’s because the city of Florence issued a change in policy that wouldn’t allow for job modifications unless the police officer was injured in the line of duty. And so at 23 weeks pregnant, Lyndi had to give up working and go on unpaid leave—and now may need to move back in with her parents in order for her and her older daughter to live until she’s able to go back to work.

Lyndi has filed a complaint against the city, as Today.com reports, “alleging discrimination that violates both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act,” and is hoping to force a change in policy—and get back to work. As she told Today, “I worked very hard to get to this point. This is the career I’ve really wanted. I just want to get back to work.”

Not every line of work would allow for pregnancy accommodations—you may not be able to compete in a marathon, and maybe wouldn’t be able to perform in a ballet, for instance. But if desk duty is a possibility, why not make that accommodation? Hopefully, Lyndi’s police department can get her back in uniform as soon as possible.

Tell us: Did your workplace make it difficult for you to continue working as your pregnancy progressed? How did you manage it?

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Work-Life Balance in America
Work-Life Balance in America
Work-Life Balance in America

Image: Courtesy of the Trischler Family

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Pregnant? Make Sure You Get This Vaccine…

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

One immunization should be on your to-do list if you’re expecting: the flu shot. According to new guidelines announced by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, getting the annual flu shot is especially important for you and your baby when you’re pregnant.

Your immune system changes when you’re expecting, making it more likely that you’ll develop complications, including early labor, more serious illness, and pneumonia, if you get the flu. And getting the flu vaccine when you’re pregnant lets you pass on the antibodies and protect your newborn until he or she is old enough to be vaccinated at six months.

Right now, only about half of all pregnant women get the flu vaccine each year, but experts are hoping the number of pregnant women who get the shot increases with the announcement of these guidelines.

Tell us: Did you get the flu shot when you were pregnant? Why or why not?

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The Vaccine Schedule
The Vaccine Schedule
The Vaccine Schedule

Image: Vaccine by Peerayot/Shutterstock.com

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