Jarred and Machel Green—who are both huge Britney Spears fans—are expecting their second baby come fall. Already parents to a 3-year-old son, the couple decided to go all out with a highly produced, five-minute video that announces the big news by way of a series of Spears covers with lyrics tweaked to spell it out!
Mom Machel is the star of the video, which covers the first half of her pregnancy set to the tune of hits like “Oops! I Did It Again” (remade as “Pregnant Again”), and “Toxic” reimagined as—wait for it—“Nauseous.”
All the while, the second-time mama-to-be knocks off the hitmaker’s famous dance moves… but in decidedly different environments. For instance, in an interpretation of “Slave For You”—in which she tells her friends that she’s “A-Voiding You” in order to keep her early-pregnancy secret—she dances through the aisles of Target, a major impending parenthood pit stop. She covers her face with shades in the sunglasses section, and ducks through the baby-gear aisles while she sings, “I’m avoiding you… I’ve got a secret. Too soon to spill it!”
And like any good pregnancy video, it contains a sequence with a big gender reveal, handled in this case with a paint gun photo shoot (a major trend in gender-news sharing). Check out the whole video here:
I’m not gonna lie: I feel like this video is pretty over the top, especially compared to my own super-understated and literal reveal to friends and family. (When I found out it was twins, I was too nervous to approach it any other way!)
But I do love how mom Machel described the approach to E! News. “My hubby Jerrad and I hope our kids grown up and find that their parents worked really hard, followed their own paths, weren’t afraid to go after their dreams, were kind to others, and always found time to play. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t still play.”
Amen to that! And congrats to the second-time parents to be.
Remember last year when Nick Lachey dished candidly about his sex life with a second baby on the way? Back then he talked about how he and wife Vanessa had to “get very creative.”
Well, now another star is speaking freely about pregnany sex—and you’ll either love or hate her candor.
In a post as a celebrity blogger for People.com, Naya Rivera wrote that she felt a lot better after entering her second trimester of pregnancy, carrying her first child with husband Ryan Dorsey. But she still realized her limitations—for instance when it came to sex!
“During my second trimester, I felt like the black cloud of extreme fatigue had lifted and I was 100 percent myself again,” she wrote. “I was ready to hit the town in a cute outfit, grab cocktails with my girls, have wild sex with my husband … Oh, but wait, I’m still pregnant.”
Tell us how you really feel, Naya! And she did indeed go on to provide more details about why “wild sex” wasn’t exactly in the cards.
“Things like sex with my husband became a bit odd for me due to the fact that I was now limited to about two positions in order to not squash—as my husband puts it—it’s roof, or have the baby (my belly) staring him in the face. I feel like men are constantly imagining their baby winking at them when they make love to their pregnant wives, thus making sexy times more few and far between.”
The study used discharge data from all state hospitals in Scotland, with a total of nearly 15,000 women followed for a maximum of 30 years dating back to 1981.
The study’s authors explained that the impact of endometriosis—a not-uncommon condition in which cells from the uterine lining are found elsewhere in the pelvic region—hasn’t been well known among women overall. This is because most studies are only done among women struggling with fertility issues, and opting for intervention to help them conceive. But this study compared the whole population.
And it showed that the risk was 76 percent higher for miscarriage and three times higher for ectopic pregnancy.
So what can women do with this news? Well, the study’s authors hope that its findings will help medical professionals counsel women with the condition, both as part of family planning as well as during the course of their pregnancies.
I didn’t get pregnant until I was 36, and the event was very much wanted and planned. So it’s not as if pregnancy caught me off guard! I was as well prepared as I could reasonably be in various aspects—mentally, professionally, financially, logistically—but of course hindsight is 20/20.
And now that my twins are 10 months old, I have a bit of clarity on just a few more tweaks I could have made to be even better prepared. Here’s what I’ve been thinking I might have done:
1. Strengthen my core. Until I got pregnant with twins, I was a physically fit and active person. I assumed that would continue through my pregnancy. However, halfway through I became too big, too uncomfortable, and too high risk to reasonably or safely do much in the way of exercise. It’s possible that this factor contibuted to my diastasis recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles. Perhaps focusing like a laser beam on strengthening my core while I was physically able could have helped minimize this issue during and after pregnancy. And bonus if I had even educated myself a bit on the condition,given how common it is.
2. Travel only to the least kid-friendly places in the world. Regular readers of this blog know my obsession with travel. And knowing kids would be in our future, my husband and I stamped the heck out of our passports as much as possible before I got pregnant—hitting far-flung and off-the-grid places. But we also used our funds and vacation time to travel as a kid-free couple to some places accessible by much shorter flights and with family-friendly amenities. If I had it to do again, I’d have saved those experiences for the first few years with the kiddos, and used our couple’s-only time for the more exotic destinations.
3. Realizemy ignorance. Until you’ve been pregnant, and then brought children into the world, you may think you know about the experience—but you just don’t. That’s why I recall with shame the small ways in which I judged friends who were TTC, pregnant, or already parents. Now that I’ve been through it myself, I realize how naive I was. And If I had fully grasped that concept years ago, I might have been a better friend, daughter, sister along the way. (But it’s never too late to make up for lost time!)
The news of Kim Kardashian’s second pregnancy quickly swept through the media, and since then, we’ve gleaned a few additional pieces of information about how she’s progressing—though she’s still in the early stages and barely showing. Here’s what we know so far:
Thanks to her social media candidness, we know the reality star is suffering from debilitating morning sickness. Recent tweets have included comments like “So f–king sick today on all levels!!!!! UGHHHHHHHHH I can’t deal!!!!!!!!!! Praying I get through the day.” She also opted out of a silly holiday last week, tweeting, “Today is National Doughnut Day! Thought I would enjoy it more but morning/all day sickness really ruins things! LOL Maybe its for the best!”
2. She’s reportedly hired a nutritionist.
Kim’s struggles during her first pregnancy, including preeclampsia leading to early delivery, were much publicized. In the hopes of avoiding similar problems this time around, she has reportedly hired a nutritionist. According to TMZ, the star commissioned an expert to create a meal plan that is low in sodium and includes plenty of water.
3. She’s not (necessarily) having a boy.
While reports circulated that Kim already knew the gender of her baby—and that it’s a boy—the star fired back, calling that news baseless. She took to Twitter (a favorite social medium) to respond, writing, “Nothing is confirmed unless you hear it from me!” In addition to the gender reports, she responded to others that suggested an array of erroneous details: “So many rumors…we are not having twins, yes I am carrying my own baby lol & we have not told anyone the sex of our baby yet!”
Of course, the wording there indicates that shedoes already know if she’s having a baby boy or a baby girl!