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Which Celeb Moms Are Expecting Again?!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Amanda PeetWritten by Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow

Forget carefully worded statements from PR flacks — two celeb moms-to-be just announced they’re expecting in a most public (and kind of glamorous) way.

In true Hollywood fashion, actress Amanda Peet debuted her bump on the red carpet at last night’s Emmys. Dressed in a flowy Giambattista Valli gown, the 42-year-old looked radiant next to husband David Benioff as they confirmed that baby number three is on his/her way, US Weekly reports. The couple are already parents to daughters Frances Pen, 7, and Molly June, 4. Peet said her pregnancy is going well so far, though she admitted that she planned on getting comfy as soon as her red carpet duties were done. “I’ll be taking these heels off in a minute,” she said with a laugh.

Another mom-to-be took to the airwaves to share the news about her pregnancy. Today Show anchor and correspondent Jenna Wolfe let a photo of her ultrasound do the talking during a baby-themed segment on Friday, according to Today.com. After it flashed on the screen, she announced that she and partner Stephanie Gosk, an NBC News foreign correspondent, were expecting a daughter in February. This will be the second child for the couple; they’re already parents to daughter Harper, who turned 1 on Thursday. (Side note: First Savannah Guthrie, then Carson Daly, and now Jenna Wolfe — what’s in the water at 30 Rock?)

Peet and Wolfe are in good company — celeb moms Kourtney Kardashian, Ali Larter, Milla Jovovich are also expanding their broods later this year.

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What You Need to Know About Birth Order
What You Need to Know About Birth Order
What You Need to Know About Birth Order

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Why an Unborn Baby Boy With a Birth Defect Is Getting the Adventure of a Lifetime

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Jenna Gassew and Dan HaleyThis unbelievable story will touch your heart: Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley, a young couple living in Pennsylvania, is making sure their unborn son gets to experience a bucket list of fun adventures before his birth on October 12. The reason? Their baby was diagnosed with an incurable birth defect, one that lowers his chances of survival.

After slipping on some black ice two months into her pregnancy, Gassew went to the doctor’s office, where she found out her baby had anencephaly, a rare birth defect where a baby is born without parts of the front brain and skull; CDC statistics list 1 in 4,859 babies as being born with anencephaly each year. The young mom and dad learned about the diagnosis two days before their fourth wedding anniversary.

Even with the probability that their baby would die shortly after birth, Gassew and Haley decided against an abortion and relied on the strength of their Catholic faith. They set out to create a list of things and places they wanted Shane to experience.

According to the New York Daily News, the couple created a “Prayers for Shane” Facebook page where they post updates on Shane’s growth and milestones (like kicks and hiccups) and chronicle #shanesbucketlist. So far, the list includes eating cheesesteaks, watching Haley play baseball, seeing Zack Brown Band in concert, and feeding animals at the zoo.

Along the way, friends, family, and readers who have been touched by the couple’s journey have showed tremendous support (the page currently has over 97,000 likes) and posted encouraging messages. Responding to the outpouring of love, Gassew and Hale wrote, “We are truly blessed and forever grateful! Shane will be here in a little over a month and we can’t wait to meet him, but it’s quite clear that he has already had an enormously positive impact on the lives of so many people, and that is a miracle all in itself.”

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

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Image: Photo of Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley courtesy of their “Prayers for Shane” Facebook page.

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Guess Which “Good Wife” Star Is Going to Be a Daddy?!

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Josh Charles and Sophie FlackFans of “The Good Wife” will be excited to hear that actor Josh Charles and his wife Sophie Flack are expecting a baby, confirms People. Charles is best-known for his role as lawyer Will Gardner on the Emmy-nominated CBS show, in which his character had a shocking death this past season.

Charles and Flack, a former ballet dancer, married in fall 2013. The couple was recently spotted at a Heifer’s International event, where Flack showcased her belly bump. This is the first child for both of them and they are remaining mum on the sex of their child.

What an exciting time for the first-time dad, who joins other Hollywood dads waiting for their babies to arrive next year, including Ryan Gosling, Robert Downey Jr., Dax Shepherd, Ashton Kutcher, and Armie Hammer.

Expecting a child? Figure out the big day with our due date calculator. And keep up with the latest pregnancy news and trends by following Everything Pregnancy on Facebook.

Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month:  Preparing for Labor
Pregnancy Month by Month: Preparing for Labor


Image: Josh Charles and Sophia Flack via Shutterstock.

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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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Zoe Saldana’s COOL Pregnancy Announcement

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Zoe Saldana
She finally did it! Rumor has been out for some time now that Zoe Saldana is pregnant—with no official word from the actress herself. But now, finally, the Guardians of the Galaxy star has acknowledged her mama-to-be status in the most au courant way possible…an ALS ice bucket challenge video! How’s that for a cool pregnancy announcement?!

In the video, Zoe explained that she wouldn’t be personally fulfilling the challenge while motioning to her growing bump, then nominated husband Marco Perego to take one for the team. You can check out their adorable video here:

Kudos to Zoe and Marco for finding a clever way to announce their pregnancy, though we are kind of baffled as to why Zoe claimed her pregnancy meant she couldn’t take the chill…can’t an expectant mom douse herself with ice water?!

Tell us: Have you taken the ice bucket challenge—and would you do it if you were expecting?

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