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Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Of course you want your labor to go as smoothly as possible, but is it important for you to look good while actually pushing out your baby? Apparently it is for a growing number of women, according to the Daily Mail.
The new trend is to shell out bushels of bucks to look your absolute best before you go into labor, so you can guarantee an amazing post-birth photo op with your brand new baby. As if everyone will be looking at you in the photo!
While everyone in the article seems to have prepped to the hilt with French manicures and pedicures, highlights and blow outs, bikini and leg waxes, and spray tans, 29-year-old Heather wins for most high maintenance by actually applying another layer of self-tanner while in labor. Yes, while in labor! I’ve heard of keeping busy to get your mind off of things (like pain), but that is crazy!
I think it’s a bit ridiculous to have a spray tanner, bikini waxer, nail technician and hair and makeup artist on high alert so they can bronze you, dehair your nether regions, paint your nails, add color to your pout and straighten your locks for what could be 24 hours or more of hard, painful labor!
While some say if you feel beautiful, you’re more confident, and therefore you’ll get through the labor pains easier, for me, a face full of makeup is the last thing I would have wanted since my birthing room was already a total sauna thanks to a bum air conditioner in the dead of summer. I assure you it wasn’t pretty!
I went into labor 10 days early, with my water breaking at 4 am, so I was not prepared whatsoever. My mani and pedi were chipped, my hair was a mess, and I was still wiping sleep from my eyes as I was in shock and wondering if what I thought just happened really did (Could I be dreaming?). But once I gathered my thoughts—and things—I knew I wanted to be completely comfortable for what could be a long wait at the hospital. I wore a loose sundress and flip flops with no makeup whatsoever (Heather, mind you, was in heels and full hair and makeup).
I admit, though, I see those first photos taken right after my son was born and the vain part of me thinks, “Jeeze, I look awful!” instead of concentrating on what an awe-inspiring experience it was to hold my son in my arms for the first time. I was absolutely elated, proud, and in love with this tiny little Buddah baby that would one day call me mom!
Sure, a part of me wishes I looked straight off of the red carpet rather than the treadmill in my very first photo with my little man, but I now know from other moms that there is a happy medium between my carefree attitude and the makeover madness of other women. Some friends I know had the baby au naturale, but then had hair and makeup people come to the hospital for a post-birth touch up on the day the family was checking out of the hospital. It also served as a mini spa day for the mamas, and much needed pampering as their bundles of joy were getting all of their tests ran before they could be discharged anyway.
Waiting that extra day or two, mom and baby had a chance to bond, rest, and lose some of that blotchy coloring that comes with extreme labor pushes for mom, and the wild ride down the birth canal for baby. That way, they had their (possibly cringe-worthy, but emotional) first photos for family viewing only, and then the glamour shots that were sent to everyone. It’s the best of both worlds.
TELL US: Will you be getting a makeover before you give birth?
Image of mom and newborn courtesy of Shutterstock.
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Monday, June 3rd, 2013
It’s a girl! After months of enquiring minds wanting to know whether Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a boy or girl, in fitting fashion for any KK, the big announcement was made on the premiere of the eighth season of the family’s E! reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Of course the episode was taped about three months ago, so Kim—who is due in July—has known since then that she’s having a daughter, but now it’s finally confirmed to the world. The big news came the same day Kim was feted at her baby shower brunch in Beverly Hills by friends and family including Nicole Richie, Kelly Osbourne, Maria Menounos, NeNe Leakes and Mel B.
“I’m so excited we’re having a girl,” said Kim to mom Kris and sisters Kourtney and Khloe when the doctor told her the results of her ultrasound. “Who doesn’t want a girl? They’re the best and I know that’s really what Kanye has always wanted. He wanted a little girl.”
Too bad Kanye wasn’t at the appointment to actually hear he was having a daughter (he was reportedly in Paris working on his album—lame!). IMHO, that was a once in a lifetime missed bonding moment for the couple. One of the most special and exciting times in every woman’s pregnancy—if not the most!—is when she finds out whether she’s having a boy or girl. When the doctor makes that announcement, it is suddenly very real that you’re actually going to be a mom. Of course you knew that (the bump doesn’t lie!), but there is something about knowing what you’re carrying that connects you to your baby even more than ever. It further connects you with your partner too in some indescribable way that even Hallmark doesn’t have a card for.
Another thing that was glossed over in the episode (much like Kanye’s absence), was the fact that Kim told her OB that she wants to eat her placenta. “I really wanna do it!” she exclaimed. It’s a thing, I know. Fellow celebs like January Jones and Holly Madison have done it, as have plenty of other women around the world, and there are supposed to be great health benefits, but I can’t help it, the thought of gulping down my own placenta (or any part of my body, really) still gives me the heebie-jeebies! But good for Kim for having the guts (pun intended) to do it.
Now back to the baby! Though her name hasn’t been revealed yet, here’s what we do know about Kim and Kanye’s daughter: Lil’ miss Kardashian-West is for sure going to be spoiled rotten by Aunties Khloe and Kourtney and honorary Uncle Hova and Aunt Bey; she’s going to have a designer wardrobe that any adult would die for; and she’s going to have the paparazzi clamoring for photos of her. Come July, a star-in-the-making is born!
TELL US: Are you excited Kimye is having a girl? Would you forgive your guy for missing the gender-reveal appointment for work? Are you considering eating your placenta?
Photo of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West via Instagram.
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Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Pop star Britney Spears wants her sons Sean, 7, and Jayden, 6, to be big brothers—to a sister. “I want a girl!” the 31-year-old told Extra. After breaking off her engagement to Jason Trawick, reportedly because she wanted more kids and he didn’t, the working mom of two is now in a relationship with bartender David Ducado and things are getting pretty serious.
I’m not surprised that Britney wants more kids—especially a girl—because I’ve interviewed Britney multiple times over the years, and even at 15, when she had just released “…Baby One More Time”, she knew she wanted to be a mom.
“My mom is the coolest mom, ever,” she told me when I interviewed her for a teen magazine. “I want to have kids one day and be just like her.” At the time, Britney treated her little sister, Jamie Lynn, like her daughter. She was super-protective and spoiled her with anything—and everything—she wanted, including a mini Mercedes toy to drive around so she’d be just like her big sis, who drove the real thing at the time.
Britney talked about Jamie Lynn being a tomboy, but how her influence on her little sister was turning Jamie Lynn into a “girly girl.” Britney—who is as girly as they come—loved helping Jamie Lynn pick out clothes and teaching her how to wear makeup. She’d be a natural with a daughter. What girl wouldn’t want to inherit that sparkly two-piece number she wore at the 2000 VMAs, or the belly dance outfit she slithered onto the stage with, while carrying a snake at the 2001 awards?
As it is, Britney is a devoted mom. She goes to her sons’ Little League games and soccer matches, but I know deep down she’d love to be taking a little girl to ballet and hip-hop classes (she started taking dance classes when she was 3!). I can just imagine her walking into a store and buying every pink and purple outfit in the place for her little princess.
When I interviewed Britney again after she had her first son, she told me that she wanted a big family. “Family is the most important thing in the world,” she said. “I want lots of kids running around me, laughing and playing, and having a good time.” I really hope she gets her wish!
Tell us: Are you excited Britney Spears wants another baby? Do you think she’d be a good mom to a daughter? How big of a family do you want?
Image of Britney Spears courtesy of Shutterstock.
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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Once you’re a mom, people suddenly feel compelled to ask you: “When are you going to start trying for another?” “When can we expect baby #2?” “Don’t you want more?” It can be overwhelming!
While on Good Morning America during a tour stop in London, busy superstar-mom Beyoncé was asked just that for the umpteenth time. She answered graciously and honestly, saying she does want Blue Ivy—her 16 month old with hubby rapper Jay-Z—to be a big sister. But she cushioned her answer by adding, “At some point—when it’s supposed to happen.”
Why is everyone in a rush for a new mom to have another baby? In February, when Hilary Duff’s son Luca with retired hockey player Mike Comrie was just under a year old, Hilary told Life & Style “Motherhood is an adjustment…I’m not trying to have [another] baby any time soon!”
For me, the baby questions started coming right after I got married—literally, at the reception! Five years later, when I actually was pregnant, people couldn’t resist asking when I was going to have another. My prepared answer (because the question was asked so many times) became: “I need to meet this baby first, before I even think about having another one!”
When children come into the picture, it’s suddenly acceptable for everyone—including complete strangers—to basically ask you, “When are you going to be having sex?” I understand that everyone loves babies. They’re cute! How can you not fall head over heels for their smiles, laughs, and that new baby smell? But unless you’re in an episode of Sex and the City, most women don’t go around spouting off about what goes on between their sheets. Call me a prude, but I prefer to keep my sex life, and baby-making plans, private. I think most people—celebrity or not—do too!
Tell us: Have you been asked when you’re going to try for baby #2 even before you have baby #1? Do you understand everyone’s enthusiasm, or do you find it annoying?
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