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Mila Kunis is Pregnant with Ashton Kutcher’s Baby!

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The latest celebrity baby trend seems to be announcing your engagement, then your pregnancy, and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have done just that! Following in the footsteps of Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson, Mila and Ashton are expecting their first child, nearly a month after confirming their engagement. Mila has even been spotted taking a prenatal yoga class recently in Hollywood, according to E!.

“Ashton and Mila feel like they won the baby lottery,” a friend of the couple told OK magazine, which reports that Mila is four months along in her pregnancy. “It was a total shock for both of them, but they feel up for the challenge,” the friend said. “It didn’t seem like it was possible for them to fall any deeper in love, but the prospect of raising an insta-family together has solidified their commitment to each other.”

The longtime friends—who are only expecting one baby, not twins which has previously been rumored—first met on the set of That ‘70s Show in 1998 and went public with their relationship in 2012 after Ashton split from first wife Demi Moore. This will be the first child for both, though Ashton became very close to his ex-wife’s three daughters, so he has some dad experience—just not with babies!

Ashton described (step) fatherhood to USA Today in 2011: “It’s a completely learn-on-the-job thing,” he said. “Your best teachers are your parents anyway. You take the ‘best of’ from your parents and you try to eliminate the ‘worst of’ from your parents.”

Congrats to Mila and Ashton! You’ll get the hang of parenthood by feeling your way through, just like the rest of us!

And in more baby news, Alyssa Milano announced on her website that she is expecting her second child—a little brother or sister for son Milo, 2 ½ . She told People in September: “I want to have another child, just because I want Milo to have a sibling and have someone to grow with. My brother and I are so close, and I can’t imagine not giving my son that kind of relationship.”

We’ll have to wait to see if two is enough for Alyssa, or if little Milo will be getting more siblings soon.

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Our Favorite Celebrity Babies of the Year
Our Favorite Celebrity Babies of the Year
Our Favorite Celebrity Babies of the Year

 Image of Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher via Twitter.

 

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Why This Woman Sued Her Doctor After Getting Pregnant

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

While you are likely over-the-moon ecstatic to be pregnant, Cynthia Williams of Illinois was not. She and her husband both carry the trait for sickle cell—which causes pain, infections and eventually life-threatening organ damage—so after having three kids, one with sickle cell anemia, Cynthia decided she wanted to get her tubes tied, a permanent birth control operation. Six months after undergoing the procedure, Cynthia found out she was pregnant.

Instead of calling all of her friends to tell them the good news, Cynthia admits to ABCnews.com, “I was livid! I just lost it.” Cynthia’s worst nightmare came to fruition: she gave birth to a baby girl with sickle cell disease, Kennadi, now four. The same year Kennadi was born, Cynthia filed a lawsuit against Dr. Byron Rosner of Reproductive Health Associates in Hazel Crest for “wrongful pregnancy” in hopes of getting money to cover the “extraordinary” medical expenses of raising a child with sickle cell disease as well as personal injury to her, emotional distress, and for lost wages.

A small percentage of women do become pregnant after having tubal ligation (2 to 10 out of every 1,000 procedures), but since Cynthia only had one ovary, the doctor only tied one fallopian tube, and Cynthia believes her doctor tied the wrong one, causing her to still have the ability to get pregnant. It seems she was right. According to medical records obtained by ABC, Dr. Rosner ‘tied,’ ‘excised’ and ‘cauterized’ Williams’ right fallopian tube. However, her right ovary had been removed at age 12 due to a cyst. So he should have been tying the left one.

To make matters worse, Cynthia also suffered from congestive heart failure following the pregnancy she never wanted in the first place. Due to the congestive heart failure, Cynthia was in intensive care for two weeks after her C-section with Kennadi and wasn’t able to work for nine months—that’s why she’s also suing for lost wages.

Though Kennadi is now the love of her life, Cynthia says that raising Kennadi and knowing all the pain she will be suffering is very difficult. So she was delighted to hear that after years in court limbo, an appellate court has finally ruled that her case could go forward despite a move to dismiss it by Dr. Rosner’s attorneys.

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When to Worry: Anemia
When to Worry: Anemia
When to Worry: Anemia

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You Must Read This One-in-a-Million Birth Story!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Talk about the opposite of sibling rivalry! This is the epitome of togetherness!

By chance step-sisters  and best friends Lydia Crispin and Dawn Bamber shared a birthday of April 1. Nothing too odd there, but then they both also found out they were pregnant on June 18, 2013.

“On June 18, I did a pregnancy test and found out it was positive, and the first person I phoned was Dawn.

“That night, she texted me to see if I was still awake and if she could phone me.

“She was crying her eyes out and told me she was pregnant.”

Then—even though they both had different due dates—they gave birth on the same date, in the same hospital, and they both delivered daughters too!

Dawn was originally due on February 15, while Lydia was expecting her bundle of joy on February 20. Lydia gave birth to baby Summer at 12:30 a.m. on February 28, who weighed in at 7 lbs and 12 oz. Meanwhile, Dawn—who was almost two weeks past her due date—was induced before having 10 lb, 11 oz. baby Courtney at 7:50 p.m.

“For our girls to have the same birthday, like us, is lovely,” said Lydia. Dawn agreed: “I think they will be best friends like me and Lydia.”

According to a piece in The Daily Mail, Experts say the odds of two sisters discovering they are pregnant and giving birth on the same days are a million to one.

It’s a little crazy, but it got me thinking: You know how they say female family members, or even coworkers, who spend a lot of time together can have their periods sync up? Is it possible to have pregnancies somehow miraculously sync up too? A good friend of mine and I—unbeknownst to each other—found out we were pregnant around the same time, and our due dates ended up being just a week apart. We couldn’t believe it. If we had the story of these two step-sisters, we really would have lost it!

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Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline
Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline
Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline

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Playing Music During IVF Helps Fertilize Eggs

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I’ve heard playing music for plants can actually help plants grow to be taller and stronger, thanks to the mild vibrations the music emits. But could the same technique help to fertilize eggs during IVF? A new study suggests yes.

This far-out idea could potentially help the 7.3 million infertile couples in the U.S. as well as millions of others struggling to have children around the world. While infertility affects one in 8 couples in America, one in four couples are plagued by it in developing countries. That is a lot of people who want desperately to have kids, but can’t.

This promise of new hope is music to their ears. At the Institut Marques fertility clinic in Barcelona, Spain, researchers studied whether playing music in IVF labs would boost the odds of fertilization by injecting sperm in almost 1,000 eggs and putting them in dishes in incubators.

Then they divided the incubators in half. Five hundred received no music, while the other 500 had speakers placed in them, where everything from pop tunes by Michael Jackson and Madonna to rock songs by Nirvana and Metallica to classical works by Mozart and Vivaldi were played 24/7.

Not all of the eggs were fertilized, but fertilization rates were 5 percent higher in incubators with music (there seemed to be no difference in success rates based on type of music played). The theory is that musical vibrations could mimic what occurs naturally during conception, where the fertilized egg is rocked as it rolls down the fallopian tube, and then receives gentle contractions in the womb. As bizarre as it sounds, according to The Daily Mail, “Music is thought to ease the passage of nutrients into the egg and speed the removal of toxic waste, so increasing the odds of fertilization taking place and the fledgling embryo surviving.”

Though it is too early to say whether the technique makes a significant difference in the odds of giving birth, couples in 17 countries have become parents thanks to the unorthodox technique. So just as music can help a couple get in the mood for baby-making, it seems it has the same effect on your eggs—even if they’re in a petri dish.

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Sperm Meets Egg: Weeks 1 to 3 of Pregnancy
Sperm Meets Egg: Weeks 1 to 3 of Pregnancy
Sperm Meets Egg: Weeks 1 to 3 of Pregnancy

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Why Shakira’s Not Pregnant with Baby #2 Yet

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The singer and passionate judge and mentor on The Voice has been in love with her son, Milan, ever since he was born 13 months ago. She shares photos of him on Twitter (and what a cutie he is!) and can’t stop talking about him in interviews. It seems she wishes for lots of brothers and sisters for Milan (her son with boyfriend, soccer player Gerard Piqué), as she tells Latina magazine that, “I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard—my own [soccer] team!”

So what’s the hold up? Something I think we can all relate to: Work! “If it weren’t because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already,” she shares. Working moms are often torn between wanting to move up the corporate ladder—both because they (hopefully) love what they do, and because they’ve got to help bring home the bacon. Babies are expensive (um, understatement of the year)!

Unless there’s a surprise pregnancy, there’s usually a lot of thought that goes into when to try for baby number two. Since there isn’t a universal paid maternity leave in the U.S. yet—and some women are still even being put on unpaid leave while pregnant and possibly getting let go from their jobs for getting pregnant—it’s as much about financial readiness than just emotional readiness.

I know I’ve heard the dilemma from my friends: “If I want two kids, do I have them back to back, so I’m getting my baby-making years out of the way all at once and then can focus more on job promotions?” “Do I spread the babies out, and maybe find a new job in between, because most companies frown upon multiple maternity leaves?” “Can I afford to not go back to work until they reach a certain age? And if so, will I still have a career to go back to?”

So you not only have to worry about the best baby spacing for your family, but for your career too. And it seems the same goes for the rich and famous. I always say, “Pregnancy is the great equalizer!”

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

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