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Kardashian Baby Bump Comparison: Kourtney vs. Kris

Friday, August 8th, 2014

In honor of Throwback Thursday (and of the trend of recreating old family shots) reality star Kourtney Kardashian posted naked pictures of her sporting her first baby bump with boyfriend Scott Disick—and of her mom, Kris Jenner similarly posed from a decades-ago pregnancy.

It seems to be a hot trend amongst celebrity moms-to-be to pose for nude bump shots and share them with the world: Christina Aguilera just did it, and Demi Moore, Britney Spears, Cindy Crawford, and Jessica Simpson also showed it all, often splashed across a magazine cover.

But celebs are the only moms-to-be I know who are following this trend—I haven’t seen or heard of a single dare-to-bare bump shot amongst my entire mom cohort.

Tell us: Did you pose for a bare bump shot? And did you share it on your Twitter feed?

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Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump

Image: Kourtney Kardashian, via Twitter

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Take THIS to Reduce Your Risk of Preeclampsia

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

If you’re like I was when I was pregnant, I was reading everything about pregnancy that I could get my hands on. It was great to be informed, but at times I thought I’d drive myself crazy trying to self-diagnose what I was feeling after reading all of the various ways pregnancies can be complicated (for the record I developed gestational diabetes but otherwise had a healthy pregnancy, and a very healthy son).

One of the big baddies is preeclampsia, a condition usually occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy and characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine, liver disease and blood-clotting abnormalities. Nearly seven million pregnant women suffer from it a year (including stars like Angelina Jolie, Faith Hill and Jennifer Lopez and rumor has it Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears had it too), and it’s the leading cause of death in pregnant women.

When a pregnant woman develops preeclampsia in the second trimester, her infant often must be delivered prematurely to avoid severe maternal complications, like stroke (similar to the eclampsia death on Downtown Abbey).

But there’s a silver lining to this Debbie Downer of a disease. To prevent the dangerous disorder, The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force is recommending 81 milligrams of low-dose aspirin daily—after 12 weeks of gestation—for pregnant women at high risk. Women are considered high risk if they’ve had preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy, are expecting multiples, or if they have a history of diabetes, hypertension or kidney disease.

This recommendation follows other medical organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Heart Association , which have also advised that high-risk women use low-dose aspirin.

However, the task force also recommends that expectant women with multiple moderate-risk factors may also benefit from low-dose aspirin. These risks include obesity, a family history of preeclampsia, women older than 35, and African-American women.

Research shows that “low-dose aspirin every day lowers the risk of preeclampsia by 24 percent,” says Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, the co-vice chair of USPSTF. “And it lowers the risk of pre-term birth by 14 percent.”

As always, consult your doctor before taking any medicine—including over-the-counter drugs—while pregnant.

TELL US: Have you ever developed preeclampsia while pregnant? Share your story.

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Swelling During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Swelling During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Swelling During Pregnancy: When to Worry

Image of pregnant woman courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Nude Pregnancy Pictures: Trashy or Classy?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Boudoir PhotographyNude photo shoots aren’t just for Playboy Bunnies anymore! More and more women are baring all while pregnant in boudoir-style photo shoots. And not just celebrities like Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and Mariah Carey (who were all inspired by Demi Moore)—regular pregnant women like you are taking nude pregnancy pictures.

Some take naked pictures to preserve how beautiful pregnancy is. You have that natural “pregnancy glow,” making your skin look fabulous, and oxytocin, the natural feel-good drug, is pumping through you, making you happy 24/7 (even when your body is aching, heaving, or any number of other bad stuff!). Your body, and life, are both going through one of the largest transformations you will ever undertake. Why not capture the moment, and celebrate it?

Others do these risqué shoots to feel sexy at a time when their self-esteems could use a much-needed boost. Yes, even your fattest of jeans are too small right now. Yes, you can’t even reach your shoe strings let alone stand the thought of wearing a G-string (granny panties, anyone?). But, no, that doesn’t mean you aren’t attractive! The proof is in the photographer’s proofs. Embrace your newfound curves, and capture a priceless keepsake for you and your honey.

Or not. While many women are lining up to get their nude pregnancy pictures taken, there are still a lot of ladies who think the whole idea is just plain obscene, or downright embarrassing for their future children—another pic that will end up on Awkward Family Photos, right? And getting all dolled up in between Braxton Hicks contractions and putting on nothing but a smile for the cameras (which supposedly add another 10 pounds) is the last thing on earth you’d want to do when you already don’t feel comfortable in your very-stretched skin.

So the question is: Are nude pregnancy pics cheap and trashy or sweet and classy? And only you can answer that question for yourself.

TELL US: Will you be stripping down for a nude pregnancy photo shoot? Why or why not?

Image of pregnant woman courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Kim Kardashian Wants An Elective Cesarean? Don’t Judge

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Kim Kardashian Elective CesareanLife & Style is reporting that Kim Kardashian is planning an elective cesarean—mostly because she’s terrified of the labor pains. For some reason, when women hear this they get up in arms, and visions of Victoria Beckham, who has been labeled “too posh to push,” dance in their heads. But why as women are we judging each other? As long as we’re not putting our babies at risk, why do you care how another woman chooses to give birth—one of the most private, sacred events in ones life?

If Kim does go through with it, she wouldn’t be the first star to choose to have an elective cesarean. Britney Spears admitted she had one because she didn’t want to go through the extreme pain of childbirth; Christina Aguilera had one because she was scared of tearing “down there”; and Kate Hudson dreaded the idea of going home and having to come back to the hospital because her contractions weren’t progressing fast enough, so she requested a c-section for convenience.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones doing it either. In a 2005 study conducted by the British Medical Journal, the number of American first-time moms who chose to deliver by cesarean—with no medical need to do so—rose by 67 percent between 1991 and 2001. As of 2009, close to 100,000 deliveries in the US were considered maternal-request cesareans and that number is thought to be on the rise.

Some women choose to have an elected cesarean because they are admittedly Type A and want to be able to plan the birth down to the last detail without any surprises that come with going into labor earlier or later than their due date; others have a great phobia of the unknown amounts of pain that come with delivering a baby naturally; more are scared that their sex lives will never be the same if things are stretched or torn during vaginal delivery.

While new guidelines by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published in March state vaginal deliveries should be the norm and early c-sections (before 39 weeks) for “big babies” (Note: ultrasounds can be wrong about weight by +/- 1.5 lbs) and “maternal-request” surgeries should be avoided, isn’t the ultimate decision the mother’s? Doctors have taken an oath, and would not allow a woman to make a decision that is going to harm her child. So why don’t we all leave the personal decision making to those actually having the babies?

TELL US: Do you think it’s wrong for Kim Kardashian to have an elected cesarean? Do you plan on having one?

Image of Kim Kardashian via Instagram.

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Britney Spears wants another baby!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Britney Spears baby daughterPop 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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