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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Talk about must-see TV! On any given Thursday night at 10 pm, your butt is probably firmly planted on the couch watching one of the most buzzed about shows on TV, Scandal (and if it isn’t, it should be!). Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope is just the coolest, most brilliant and powerful badass who has ever walked in Louboutins. She runs (or at least fixes!) Washington, and she looks fantastic while doing it! What’s not to love?
When I heard Kerry Washington and her hubby Nnamdi Asomugha were pregnant, I was so excited. Love her! Love her wardrobe! She’s just going to be the cutest pregnant woman ever, I thought (and she’s proving me right!). Then I started to think, How will this affect the show? Will Olivia have a love child with the President? Or will they choose not to add the pregnancy to the plot, and she’ll just be at her desk a lot, or carrying really conspicuous file boxes in front of her at all times?
Well, now I know the pregnancy will not be incorporated in—which I’m fine with. But, sadly, Kerry’s surprise pregnancy means a shortened Scandal season. Say it isn’t so, ABC! Unfortunately, it’s true. In order to work around Kerry’s pregnancy, the network has decided to cut the season by four episodes, from 22 down to 18.
According to TVLine, “The actress’ spring due date would’ve made shooting those final four episodes next to impossible (and, according to sources, writing Olivia out of the show for an extended period of time was not an option.)”
In the end, of course I want Kerry to take things easy. Filming those super-intense, drama-filled scenes can’t be easy on her or the baby. The spring can’t come soon enough! Hurry up and have that baby, Kerry, so we can have our beloved Olivia back!
TELL US: Are you bummed Kerry’s pregnancy means less Scandal this season?
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Friday, September 20th, 2013
It’s Emmy weekend, and no one could be more excited than Homeland’s Morena Baccarin. Sunday might just be twice as nice for her, because not only could it be her first Emmy win with her cast of the hit Showtime show, but Marena is also due with her first son any day now, and could in fact go into labor at the awards. Something as exciting as an Emmy win could certainly cause her to go into labor!
Morena recently joked on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “My doctor is my plus one, so it’s all good,” she said. “He’ll be waiting in the limo just in case.” Since it’s such a big night for her and her costars (including new mama Claire Danes), Morena doesn’t want to miss a moment of it. So what’s her birth plan? “I told myself that I was going to go, and if I went into labor at the Emmys, I was going to sit through it. I mean, no baby comes in four-and-a-half hours anyway. I’m going to wait it out. I’m going to cross my legs and hold tight.”
Well, I hate to break it to you, Morena, but it is possible to go into labor and deliver all in four-and-a-half hours. While according to a 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health, the average first time mom spends six-and-a-half hours in labor, 50 years ago the average was four hours, and plenty of women have had children in under a few hours. Um, haven’t you heard of all of those roadside baby deliveries on the way to the hospital? But the all-time craziest story happened in 2007, when a British woman set the record for fastest delivery when she gave birth to her daughter just two minutes (yes, a mere 120 seconds) after her water broke!
I hope for Morena’s sake, she doesn’t go into labor on Emmy night. But it would make for one unforgettable TV moment!
Homeland premieres its third season Sunday, Sept 29, on Showtime.
TELL US: Would you go to the Emmys if you were due any day, or is Morena coo-coo bananas for going so close to her due date?
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Who Is Pregnant
Monday, September 16th, 2013
There seems to be so much contradictory news out there when it comes to inductions.How are you supposed to know what to do?
One recent study sings the praises of inducing a pregnancy (which is when a doctor gives you medicine like pitocin, or other drugs, to artificially start or speed up your contractions) as a major way to stave off the need for a C-section. Though this is contrary to a British study from two years ago that said the use of pitocin doesn’t lower the risk of a Cesarean section.Their findings stated that the use of pitocin sped up labor by about two hours, but that it did not lessen the need for a C-section or increase the number of unassisted births.
Meanwhile, an anxiety-inducing study was also recently published in the journal, JAMA Pediatrics, that says inducing a pregnancy can increase a child’s chance of having autism. Researchers say the method used to kick-start the labor process likely doesn’t cause the autism, but it comes from a larger underlying problem with the pregnancy. Studies have found that children are at higher risk for autism if they are born early or very small; if they are in medical distress during delivery; if they have older mothers or fathers; or if they are born less than a year after an older sibling. Autism risk also goes up if a mother has diabetes or high blood pressure; is obese; is exposed to significant air pollution during pregnancy; had low levels of folic acid; or makes antibodies toxic to the fetal brain.
There are plenty of medical reasons to induce, such as you’re one to two weeks past your due date; you have gestational diabetes and the doctor fears the baby may be getting too big; your placenta is no longer bringing nutrients to the baby properly, you have too little amniotic fluid, or your baby isn’t growing as it should; your water breaks but your labor doesn’t start on its own; you develop preeclampsia, which restricts the flow of blood to your baby; or you have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease.
You should note that the March of Dimes advocates that a baby is not fully developed until at least 39 weeks of pregnancy, so if you’re having a healthy pregnancy they suggest you wait for labor to begin on its own. Why? At 35 weeks, a baby’s brain weighs only two-thirds of what it will at 39 to 40 weeks, and babies born after 39 weeks have fewer health problems and have an easier time feeding and staying warm.
I’m especially interested in—okay, obsessed with— this topic because my OB induced me at 39 weeks. My water had broken at 4 am, and by 8 am, I was still just dilated one measly centimeter. I also had gestational diabetes, so she worried that I could end up having to have a c-section if all did not go well. Luckily, all did go well! In fact after getting the pitocin at around 9, I went to sleep around 10 and when I woke up at noon, I was fully dilated! The best part was meeting my ridiculously-cute son, Logan (pictured on the day we took him home from the hospital).
But now to hear that induction can be a sign that your baby may be on the autistic spectrum only makes me analyze his every move, wondering if what he’s doing is a sign of autism (I’m a first-time mom—we freak about about anything and everything!). As scary as the media makes autism out to be, though, having a child with autism is not the end of the world—far from it. I know a few parents who have children with autism, and they’ll be the first to tell you that there are incredible ups and very emotional downs with coming to terms with the diagnoses and the day-to-day challenges that affect the entire family. But life with kids with autism is still good—just different, and those differences deserve to be celebrated too.
TELL US: Which study do you believe? Were you induced? Are there any signs of your child having autism?
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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
The official due date that the Buckingham Palace has announced for Kate Middleton is July 13 (just two and a half weeks away!). But the UK’s Daily Telegraph has reported that the Duchess of Cambridge might be taking a page from Princess Di’s pregnancy playbook, and keeping her true due date a secret to ward off prying paparazzi (which wouldn’t be a bad idea!).
Prince William was born 10 days before his expected due date back in 1982, so speculation is that Kate could give birth as soon as July 3. This news has all of England in a tizzy—as if they weren’t already excited enough for the birth of the heir to the throne!
I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but whether she’s really due on the 13th or the 3rd, there’s really no way of successfully predicting when she’ll go into labor. Due dates aren’t very accurate. Only a measly 5 percent of women actually give birth when their OB predicts they will.
For first time moms like Kate, one indicator of when she might give birth could be to look at when her mom Carole had her. According to research, if Carole was a week early, Kate could likely end up having her baby a week early also, because a lot of elements of pregnancy are hereditary. In my case, my mom was 10 days early with her first child, and I was 10 days early with mine. Freaky, right?
So as anxious as we all are to meet the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge, just like Kate and Will, we’re going to have to wait until nature takes its course!
TELL US: Did you go into labor on your due date? If you haven’t given birth yet, have you compared notes with your mom on when she went into labor with you?
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Who Is Pregnant
Monday, May 13th, 2013
When Prince William married Kate Middleton in April 2011, one million people lined the streets near London’s Westminster Abbey, where the two wed, and an estimated one billion people watched their nuptials on TV from the comforts of their homes. So it’s no surprise that the world has gone mad over the pending birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s heir—and what Kate Middleton’s due date might be!
Ever since the Royal Palace announced Kate Middleton’s pregnancy in December, everyone has been clamoring for more royal baby news. Since the announcement was forced out by the Duchess’ severe morning sickness, it has been difficult to figure out just how far along she actually is—until now!
According to the Brit newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, it was recently revealed at a barbecue (of all places!) that Kate Middleton’s due date is July 13. To add to the frenzy, that date falls within the Coronation Festival, a four-day celebration to mark 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, which gives Royal Watchers even more reason to freak out!
Let’s face it, as much as people love a good wedding, a baby’s birth trumps the “I do’s” every time. Add to that a royal spin, and it’s all-out Babymania. When Kate wore a white-and-black polka-dot dress from Topshop‘s maternity line last month, within days the dress had completely sold out online. She bought a navy blue Bugaboo stroller, and it made headlines. People were shocked by the cost (they range from $700-1800 with all of the extras), and questioned whether the hue gave away the fact that Kate and William are expecting a boy (they have yet to comment on the baby’s sex, but in March it was believed that Kate accidentally let it slip at an event that she was having a daughter).
Just like how people stayed up all hours and threw parties to commemorate the royal wedding, I’m sure the same amount of fervor will go into celebrating the birth of William and Kate’s baby, whenever that is (due dates are rarely spot on!). I can see all of the tacky tchotchkes now—the royal onesies and toddler-sized plates with the baby’s face on them, the special-edition diapers stamped with the Palace seal, the rattle in the shape of the royal scepter. And as cheesy as they all are, they will sell out in a matter of seconds.
I remember it being weird for me that all of my mom’s friends (many of whom I’d never met) seemed to know everything about my pregnancy, because my mom can’t keep quiet about good news. I can’t even fathom how it must feel for Kate to have the whole world talking about her, the royal bump, her maternity style, baby gear purchases, due date…and the list goes on! Of course she knew when she married William that it would be a crazy life, but with all of the added emotions that come with pregnancy, I can’t help but wonder how she’s holding up. I’m sure she sneaks off for a good cry every now and then. I know I would.
Tell us: Are you excited for Kate to have the baby, or do you think it’s silly there’s so much hype surrounding the birth?
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