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Friday, April 25th, 2014
Kim Kardashian and hip-hop star Ciara have been friends for years, but the sisterhood of motherhood has brought these besties even closer together. Kim—who’s already mom to baby North, 10 months—has shared mommy advice with Ciara, who is expecting a baby boy with rapper/producer fiancé Future, on “everything from breastfeeding to how a stroller works,” Ciara told W magazine.
Kim’s greatest advice to date? She encouraged Ciara to allow “your child to be who they want to be—as long as they want to be something great.” After all, “you don’t know your child until they get here, you don’t know their personality,” Ciara says in the interview with W. “There is a lot of learning to do. I loved that advice.”
The “Body Party” singer—who, as W notes, originally announced her pregnancy with Barbara Walters on The View and had Kim by her side at her blue-and-white themed baby shower—was also recently spotted looking at cribs at Bel Bambini in West Hollywood with Kardashian. Beforehand, Ciara tweeted, along with a photo of herself: “Me Before Going 2 Do Some Baby Prep Stuff With My Friend Kimmie. #ExcitingTimes.. Still Feels Surreal That This Is Actually Happening. Xo. Mommy.”
It might still feel surreal, but the proof is in the photos! To accompany the interview in W, Ciara did a gorgeous pregnancy shoot in everything from long, glamorous gowns to one-piece bathing suits to a crop top and leggings, revealing her beautiful bare belly (below).
“My mom and I don’t have a lot of photos of my early years,” Ciara explains in the interview. “So I decided we should document everything. This is one of those moments you can’t repeat.”
Clearly, Ciara loved the results (as she should—she looks mamalicious!) as she tweeted: “Thank You @Wmag For Documenting One Of The Most Special Times In My Life, In The Most Beautiful Way Possible. #MyMostFavoriteShoot2Date #HappyTimes.”
Pregnancy is one of the most special times in your life, and deserves to be celebrated! I encourage each of you to take lots of photos for yourself and for your future child to see. You don’t want to look back and wish you had taken more pics, so document every second of your journey!
To see more of the photos from Ciara’s W shoot, click here.
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Image of Ciara and Kim Kardashian via Instagram; Ciara in W via Twitter.
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Hip-hop artist Ciara has always been gorgeous, but she seems to be even more glowing now that she’s pregnant. A big part of her secret? Exercise! The super-fit singer—who recently celebrated her baby shower with besties Kim Kardashian and La La Anthony—hasn’t revealed her due date, but she is reportedly 8 months along with her first child with fiancé rapper-producer Future, and is still doing hour-long workouts with trainer-to-the-stars Gunnar Peterson (as evidenced in a recent Instagram post, which shows her on the Gazelle Glider, pulling ropes, lifting weights and medicine-ball moves).
Ciara does a mix of plyometric movements and weight training to get a good balance of cardio, while still maintaining her muscle tone. But she has had to do some training modifications since becoming pregnant.
“I can’t do crunches or lay on my stomach anymore, but we still do things that are close to what I would do if I wasn’t pregnant,” she told Fitness magazine. “It’s all about still keeping that energy up, still keeping the cardio strong and just having balance in your body overall.”
While doctors do advise against scuba diving, horseback riding, or any contact sport that could cause blunt-force trauma to the abdomen, if you’re having a healthy pregnancy, exercise isn’t going to harm your baby (though you should always ask your doctor before starting a new routine). Exercise will tire you out more quickly than it did pre-pregnancy, though. The amount of blood a woman has increases during pregnancy by about 50 percent, and her heart needs to work harder to push all that blood around—including circulating it through the placenta, an extra organ. So you can work just as hard doing less than you did before you were pregnant and be twice as exhausted!
Exercising through out your pregnancy not only gets you in a better place to drop the pregnancy weight faster post-birth, but it helps with your ability to breathe during labor and gives you the strength to push when you’re body is telling you it’s completely tapped out. Research has also shown that working out while pregnant can help prevent gestational diabetes and C-section births.
Oh, and working out also helps with those sometimes-nasty pregnancy mood swings. Once your endorphins kick in, it’s a natural high that can balance those Debbie Downer feelings that might occasionally creep up thanks to hormone overload. And bonus: according to a recent study, Canadian researchers have found that just 20-minute workouts three times a week while pregnant, leads to excelled brain development in your baby. Yep, a little physical activity for you could make your baby smarter!
Check here for signs you should stop exercising and consult your doctor.
TELL US: What’s your pregnancy workout routine? Do you feel better after exercising?
Plus: Take our quiz to find out what your ideal pregnancy weight is.
Image of Ciara courtesy of S_Bukley/Shutterstock.
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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
After months of internet rumors swirling, hip-hop star Ciara confirmed on The View that she and producer-rapper fiancé Future are expecting their first child together (which will be his fourth!). The “Body Party” singer made her announcement thanks to some prodding by the show’s creator, Barbara Walters. When Barbara asked Ciara if she wanted to confirm the pregnancy rumors, Ciara said, “Of course! I would love to, so…” and she stood up revealing her sizable baby bump (which she’s tried very hard to conceal in the last few months).
Co-host Jenny McCarthy quickly tweeted a photo of her and the mama-to-be with the message: “Congrats to my girl @Ciara so happy for your bun in the oven.” But even before the pregnancy announcement was made, Ciara—who is an only child—shared with E! that she wants a big family. So even though this is Ciara’s first child, it probably won’t be her last!
Ciara and Future announced their engagement in October 2013, when Ciara was gifted with a huge 15-carat rock. Ciara admitted at the time, “I think I’ll be part Bridezilla,” she told People. “I’m not going to lie!” Now the question is, once the baby comes will she become a stage mom? I say yes, because with mommy and daddy’s musical talents, this little one is bound to be a star!
TELL US: Do you think Ciara should have admitted she was pregnant sooner when the pregnancy rumors first started? Or do you think celebrities deserve more privacy when it comes to personal matters?
Image of Ciara and Jenny McCarthy via Twitter.
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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
After new performance photos of Ciara hit the internet, fans stopped talking about her hot R&B single, “Body Party,” and instead started talking—and tweeting—about her supposed baby bump. The hip-hop beauty, who has been in an exclusive relationship with rapper Future for about a year, has always been in tip-top shape, and usually wears clothes that show off her flat abs and killer curves. So Twitter blew up when photos of her dancing on stage seemed to outline a very rounded belly. To add to the “Is she? Or Isn’t she?” questions, the usually scantily-clad singer was conspicuously wearing a loose leather top and matching black leather pants with a plaid shirt tied around her waist (to cover something up perhaps?!—not her usual sexy stage look by any stretch).
This isn’t the first time Ciara’s been plagued with pregnancy rumors, however. In November 2012, she was supposedly having rapper 50 Cent’s baby. NOT TRUE! So should we really believe the bump watch hoopla now? Well, whether Ciara has a baby on board or not, Ciara and Future are definitely in that honeymoon phase of love. They recently had each other’s initials tattooed on their hands, and Future told Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez that Ciara is “the one.” Aww.
Rewind to January, and Ciara—a total romantic—sweetly told Us Weekly that the only thing she fears “is not having a family, kids and love,” and that she wants twins “when I’m ready.” So the question is, Are the rumors true? Is she ready for those twins now?
TELL US: Do you think Ciara is really pregnant this time, or is it just another internet rumor?
Plus: These 13 signs could tell you you’re pregnant (even before a test) and take our quiz to find out if you might be expecting.
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