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Olivia Wilde Clearly LOVES Pregnancy!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

You can always count on Olivia Wilde to tell it like it is. After all, she recently tweeted: “People who confuse surprise births of 9 pound babies with gas pains should really consider adjusting their diets.” So of course she’s equally outspoken about one of her favorite things about being pregnant: finally having cleavage! “I’m like, double D, hello! I’ve never been in this section of the bra store! I’ve been flat-chested my whole life, so it’s a wonderful new world,” she professed to Lucky magazine.

On a more serious note, the mama-to-be, who’s expecting a baby boy on May 4 with funny fiancé Jason Sudeikis, seems to love her growing body, especially her baby bump. “I just thought, Oh I’m going to hide this forever,” she tells the magazine. “But I ended up getting kind of excited to show the bump, as a badge of pride, like, ‘I’m a woman! Look at me making a human! I am a goddess!’”

Being pregnant has been a bonding experience for the star, too, making her feel “connected to women” and, of course, her growing babe. “He’s moving around in there and no one else can tell—it’s a little secret friendship,” she says.

Trust me, Olivia, that friendship with your little buddy will get even stronger once he’s born! The moment you meet your son, you will fall truly, madly, deeply in love with him, and he’ll be cracking you up and making you smile in no time—after all, with you and Jason as parents, comedy has to be in his genes!

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Pregnancy Myths: What Should You Believe?
Pregnancy Myths: What Should You Believe?
Pregnancy Myths: What Should You Believe?

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Is Your Pregnancy “Pretty Gross?”

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Morning Sickness, Constipation, Diarrhea, FlatulenceIf you watched America’s Next Top Model, you know that Lisa D’Amato doesn’t sugar coat things. So it was no surprise that the outspoken contestant, and winner of the All-Stars season in 2011, told People magazine that, “The whole pregnancy glow thing is a joke! There is nothing pretty about pregnancy except creating a life – other than that I think it’s pretty gross.”

While I may not have put it so bluntly myself, I have to agree with Lisa. When you’re pregnant, it’s like your body is on cruise control. It knows what to do, even if you don’t! I was warned about morning sickness, but you don’t fully comprehend what it’s going to be like until you’re, ahem, down on your knees worshipping the porcelain god at all hours of the day. The overwhelming feeling of nausea is your new normal (at least for 70 percent of you who will have  morning sickness, the other 30 percent are off the hook—and you have won the million dollar jackpot as far as I’m concerned!).

Now, I’m going to enter the unmentionables territory—the stuff we ladies don’t usually talk about. Pregnancy also brings with it the trifecta of discomfort: heartburn, constipation and/or diarrhea, and flatulence. No matter how much you mentally prepare for it, it’s going to be worse than you can even imagine! Add to that all of the bathroom breaks needed because you’re trying to stay hydrated and the larger the baby gets the more bladder pressure you’re feeling from your growing baby. And as things begin to loosen up “down there” to prepare for your baby’s arrival, a sneeze or a loud laugh can cause you to unexpectedly have an accident (so wearing panty liners is a really good idea, especially in the third trimester!).

You can also say buh-bye to those perky breasts of yours, because they are now larger than ever (which could seem like a good thing for about a minute!), sagging where they’ve never sagged before, and your areolas are going to get larger and darker in an almost alien-like way. You suddenly don’t recognize the body you’ve had your whole life!

While pregnancy can be “pretty gross,” you just have to keep reminding yourself that the prize at the end is a beautiful baby. Bonus: once you are able to go through all of that yourself, you’re going to be strong enough to handle anything your baby throws at you (atomic diapers and all!).

TELL US: What gross thing were you most surprised about during pregnancy?

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Pregnancy Breasts: Pregnant Jamie-Lynn Sigler Hates Hers!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

pregnancy breastsPregnancy breasts: a miracle or a curse? That’s the big question. Everyone knows that your chest gets huge when you’re pregnant and nursing. Bigger breasts sound great in theory, but you can’t really prepare for how you’re going to react to your new breasts until your fun bags fully inflate.

When former Entourage and Guys with Kids star Jamie-Lynn Sigler was recently on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, she confided in chatty talk show host Andy Cohen that all of the physical changes that come with pregnancy aren’t a breeze. “It’s hard being pregnant! Your body does change; my boobs have quadrupled in size!” Jamie-Lynn said. Sing it, sister!

Christina Aguilera reportedly went up to an E cup when she was pregnant with son Max, and Kim Kardashian has been estimated at a G (maybe by the time she gives birth she’ll be a K!). Most women will go up two cup sizes during a pregnancy—and your breasts alone account for two pounds (!) of your weight gain.

I was a B cup on a good day pre-pregnancy. I was never one of those people who secretly wished they had bigger breasts, though. I’m very introspective, so I had thought a lot about this. I was happy they weren’t overly bouncy, I knew I wouldn’t have to worry too much about sagging later in life. I was content.

Then, within just a few weeks of being pregnant, my cup size grew and I had real cleavage no matter what sort of bra I wore (no push-up required!). By early in my second trimester I was the proud owner of D cups. And I say proud, because I admit something changed in me. I’m a little ashamed to say it, but I noticed I was walking with more confidence and feeling more feminine with my pregnancy breasts. It felt good.

Of course, it might not have been because of some inner desire to have bigger boobs. It could have just been that I no longer felt like I had to live up to some beauty expectation, and I was free to let my belly hang out without the need for Spanx or sucking it in. I was pregnant; I had an excuse! Add to that the ever-so-wonderful burst of oxytocin—the natural feel good drug your body starts producing in your first trimester that increases as your pregnancy goes on (Oxytocin is also released when you’re not pregnant, and you get a hug, kiss or caress).

My husband is way too diplomatic to say whether he liked the change in my upper deck, but I soon realized that these new-found tatas were not all they were cracked up to be. They contributed to my growing back pain. They were constantly sore, sometimes throbbing. My areolae (the area around your nipples) had grown to the size of sand dollars, and they had turned into a dark mocha color. I was already sagging! I had to buy all new bras (BTW, why are they so expensive!). As I was getting closer and closer to labor day, my breasts even started leaking. I know it was my body getting ready to breastfeed, which is a beautiful thing, but at the time I was turning each shirt into a wet mess all I could think was, “Ew!” As a friend of mine put it, it was like having a gift that you couldn’t fully enjoy!

So I completely understand Jamie-Lynn’s frustration with her newfound pregnancy breasts. Just know that they will eventually go back down, and everything will return to normal. Though, they may be a slightly different normal!

Learn more about how your body changes week-to-week right here!

Tell us: Are you excited to have “pregnancy breasts”? Or are they just a hassle? Share your stories in the comment section below.

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