Gone are the days of simple pregnancy announcements, where you tell your friends one by one that you’ve got a bun in the oven. These days, the bigger the hoopla, the better. (Professional photo shoots! Adorable YouTube videos!) Well, preggos, now the bar has been set even higher—because it doesn’t get any bigger than having mega moviestar Will Smith as your baby news-breaking wingman.
I’ve always liked Will Smith, but this makes the actor even cooler in my eyes. Apparently, a fan named Emily recognized Will at a coffee shop and asked the A-lister if he’d help her break her baby news to her family and friends via an Instagram photo. Clearly, he said yes! Just take a look at the photo of the Men in Black star holding up a hand-written sign that says: “Emily’s Pregnant!” with Emily standing next to him, giving a thumb’s up. He looks almost as excited as the mom-to-be does! How cute is that?
While Emily’s last name is still unknown, she has her friend to thank for making her and her bump internet celebrities. The pal, whose screen name is “yogaposer” posted Emily’s birth announcementon Reddit with the caption: “My friend’s baby announcement is pretty fresh.” Come on, how do you top that? I mean, really?!
“We would love more children if God saw fit to give us more, I just want to make sure that I am ready to catch a baby if that would happen,” Michelle Duggar says in tonight’s episode, as she goes to see Dr. Paul Wendel, an ob-gyn in Little Rock, Arkansas, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.
At 47, if Michelle were to get pregnant again, it would be considered a high-risk pregnancy as the risk of birth defects and complications rise with age. Her doctor says getting pregnant at her age isn’t impossible (just look at Halle Berry!), but “very unusual.” “As we age, your chance of getting pregnant naturally begins to drop. And in the mid-40s it drops to less than 5 percent.”
He also shared that if Michelle were to get pregnant the chances of having a child with down syndrome would be high. (At age 47, the risk is as high as 1 in 4. In comparison, at age 24 the rate is 1 in 2,000.) Of course, this isn’t new news to Michelle, who has had six children since turning 36.
While Michelle would love to have another baby, she says she will be able to come to terms with not having any more children—if it should come to that. “If I am in that season of life where we’re not able to have any more, then I’m fine, I ‘m happy with that,” she says in the clip. “But if there are things physically I need to know, that I need to do, health-wise just to be ready to catch a baby if God saw fit to give us one.”
What’s interesting is we now have a sneak peek into what pregnant women around the world are Googling, thanks to researcher Seth Stephens-Davidowitz—who has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard—and his recent piece in the New York Times. He studied anonymous, aggregate Google search data from 20 countries to get inside the heads of pregnant women to see what they are truly worrying about.
As it turns out, the top safety-related questions in the U.S. are: Can pregnant women “eat shrimp,” “drink wine,” “drink coffee” and “take Tylenol”? In Canada, their biggest concern is whether or not they can eat dairy products, especially cream cheese (pregnant women are at a higher risk of getting listeria from unpasteurized cheeses). In Nigeria, the top question is whether pregnant women can drink cold water (in some countries it is thought to give your baby pneumonia). Meanwhile, in Mexico, the fifth most common question is: Can pregnant women wear heels? And they rarely ask about whether pregnant women can eat shrimp or drink wine.
How-tos are another area where there are huge differences of concern by country. In the United States, Australia, and Canada, the top search is “how to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy?” But in Ghana, India, and Nigeria, preventing stretch marks is not in the top five. Instead, they are more likely to search “how to have sex” or “how to sleep” while pregnant. Surprisingly, in India, one of the top searches beginning with “my husband wants,” and/or “how to” and “my husband” is “how to breastfeed my husband.” Luckily, that’s not a big trend in the United States!
The place where most pregnant women seem to be on the same page is when it comes to their pregnancy symptoms—and what’s worrying them. Searches like “nausea,” “back pain” and “constipation” in conjunction with “pregnant” seem to come up consistently in the U.S., Britain, Australia, and India. I always say that pregnancy is the great equalizer. No matter where you’re from, how much money you have, or even how famous you are, for better or worse pregnancy symptoms are the same no matter what. We’re all in this together, ladies!
Driving with a baby bump may lead to a bumpy ride! You know that “pregnancy brain” everyone keeps talking about? It could be affecting your driving too. According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, women have more car crashes when they are pregnant than any other times in their lives. “It amounts to about a 1 in 50 statistical risk of the average woman having a motor vehicle crash at some point during her pregnancy,” said Dr. Donald Redelmeier, a researcher with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto.
When you think about it, it shouldn’t be so surprising, as Dr. Redelmeier explains: “A normal pregnancy is associated with fatigue, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, and distraction. All those changes could contribute to driver error.”
What is shocking, however, is that during the second trimester, a woman’s odds of being behind the wheel in a multi-car accident—one that was bad enough to send her to the emergency room—were 42 percent greater than they were in the three years before she became pregnant. But in a woman’s third trimester, when her belly is at her biggest, she presumably drove more cautiously, because the risk of a crash was significantly lower than even before she was pregnant.
So why the increase in crashes during the second trimester? The thought is that women in the first trimester, when they could be at their queasiest, either have someone else drive or that they are super-cautious because they know they don’t feel their best, and the idea of being a mom is brand new, so they are on their best behavior in all facets of their lives. And in their third trimester, their super-sized bellies are a constant reminder that they have a baby onboard who needs protecting. But in the second trimester, when most women are feeling like their old selves—after the morning sickness subsides for most—they are more likely to let their guards down and let their minds drift.
The conclusions were formed by looking at records for more than 500,000 women who gave birth in Ontario. The women were tracked for four years before and one year after the births. The researchers counted each car crash that was serious enough for a woman to show up in an emergency room.
Before pregnancy, the number of serious crashes for all the women, as drivers, was 177 per month, an annual rate of 4.5 per 1,000. That stayed steady in the first month of pregnancy. By the fourth month, the same women were having 299 serious crashes a month, or an annual rate of 7.6 per 1,000. The rate fell sharply by the last month of pregnancy, to 2.7 per 1,000—and stayed low the year after the births.
Researchers point out that this doesn’t mean women shouldn’t be driving while pregnant, they just need to pay extra-attention to the road. According to USA Today, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urges pregnant women to always buckle up with a lap and shoulder belt, keep air bags turned on, and keep 10 inches between the steering wheel and their breastbones. And pregnant passengers should move front seats back as far as possible or sit in back seats, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
No matter which trimester you’re in, just keep reminding yourself that you’re carrying precious cargo!
TELL US: Have you or someone you know gotten into a car accident while pregnant?
Some moms on the Today show got the surprise of their lives when they thought they were being treated to a special Broadway performance from Violet in Rockefeller Center as part of a lead up to Mother’s Day, and instead found out that they’re going to be grandmas—as one-by-one, their daughters walked up on stage and held up a card that read: “I’m pregnant!”
Simultaneously, seven grandmas-to-be—and the rest of the country watching the surprise birth announcement live on TV—were excited and in tears at the same time. The expressions on the grandmas’ faces as they heard the news was absolutely priceless. Plus there were gasps and screams, huge grins, hugs and kisses, and tears of joy.
“I’m so excited—I don’t know what to say, I’m flabbergasted,” one grandmother-to-be exclaimed.
“You had no idea?” Matt Lauer asked.
“Absolutely none!” she cried.
The daughters said they were about to burst because they couldn’t have kept such a big secret from their moms for much longer. It’s tough, because when you find out you’re pregnant, you might be so happy that you want the world to know—but at the same time you want to make sure all is going fine with the pregnancy before you tell too many people. Holding it in is the hardest thing ever! So to keep it to yourself when your surprise is even bigger than the baby news (which is already huge!) must have been nearly impossible.
In yet another twist, the mamas-to-be weren’t the only ones dolling out the surprises—they received one themselves, too: Each was gifted with a new baby stroller filled with baby products and a $500 gift card. In Oprah fashion, Savannah Guthrie yelled out, “Everybody gets a stroller, and a grandbaby! Congratulations!”
Needless to say, this Sunday will be a Mother’s Day these soon-to-be moms and grandmas will never forget! But you have to wonder, how are they going to top this Mother’s Day present next year? Oh, right, by actually having them spend it with their grandchildren. Nothing trumps one-on-one time with a new baby!