Friday, July 25th, 2014
Stars—they’re just like us! And that means that when there’s a baby on the way, they celebrate in a big way. Recently, Chelsea Clinton, Savannah Guthrie, Snooki, and Jwoww shared the details of their baby showers—how do they compare to your celebration?
They picked elaborate themes. Snooki’s shower featured a grand “Great Gatsby” theme, and she (and several other guests) sported fascinators and flapper-esque ensembles to fit with the party.
They invited the guys. Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea’s husband Mark Mezvinsky both made appearances at Chelsea Clinton’s celebration.
They hired entertainment. Jwoww’s shower featured a drag queen emcee to keep the crowd entertained.
The gift opening happened elsewhere.Chelsea Clinton’s shower featured lots of celebrating, but the mom-to-be took home her bounty and opened the onesies and strollers in the privacy of her home.
They turned a “sprinkle” into a full-on fete. In the past, moms-to-be usually saved lavish showers for their first-born, with very small (or no) celebrations for future children. But perhaps Snooki’s part of a trend to celebrate every baby’s arrival. (And really, doesn’t every baby deserve a party?)
They planned a menu perfect for the mom-to-be. Chelsea Clinton’s gluten-free menu meant she could enjoy any of the goodies offered at the celebration.
They asked their guests to provide gifts for those who really need them. At Savannah Guthrie’s totally cute shower guests were asked to bring one book for her baby, and one to be donated for those who may have a harder time stocking their bookshelves. Because let’s face facts: Savannah can probably swing a pretty nice stroller.
Tell us: What made your baby shower special? If your party’s still in the planning stages, check out our Baby Shower Planner for inspiration.
Image: JWoww & Snooki at JWoww’s shower, by David Ragsdale/Courtesy of JWoww
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Friday, May 30th, 2014
Whether we remember or not, we all have dreams every night, but when our hormones are in hyperactive overdrive during pregnancy our dreams tend to be extra-emotional (no shock there!) and super-vivid. Pregnancy dreams could include everything from anxiety-inducing “Where did I leave my newborn baby?” to ones with larger-than-life action sequences or blush-worthy sexual fantasies with a partner you’d never even think twice about in your awake hours (the mailman or that pimply barista, really?).
Pregnant Today host Savannah Guthrie is no exception. She shares in her hilarious blog that she’s bump-deep in wacky dreams right now. “In the last few weeks, I have had some of the oddest and most vivid dreams of my life,” she writes. “Every night has become a hormone-addled tour of my increasingly freaky id.”
She confesses she’s had the standard “Am I really ready for this?” anxiety dreams, like the ol’ “my teeth fell out” and “the school dream,” where you forgot you had a test and you won’t graduate if you don’t pass it. Her pregnancy cravings have even played a role, frustrating her when she couldn’t order a sundae at an ice cream shop.
“Every time I went up to order they were out of ‘my’ flavor,” she explains. “So then I tried the-self-serve ice cream place, but instead of paper cups they had edible cookie bowls that kept crumbling before I could get to the cashier. Bottom line: I could. Not. Get. My. Ice. Cream. In my dream, this was an epic tale of determination, frustration and struggle. For ice cream.”
And then things get weird: She dreamed she gave birth, which seems pretty normal, until she’s forced to pilot a helicopter, which she crashes into the water, and escapes as it bursts into a fireball.
Savannah writes, “Hey, subconscious, thanks for the subtlety. Evidently, I am nervous about doing something I’ve never done before. And fear it will result in a dramatic, blazing crash, with innocent bystanders caught in the burning flames of my ill-preparedness. Nothing like your inner self beating you over the head with a metaphor.”
As insane as all these dreams seem, they’re actually very normal, say experts. During pregnancy, you’re adjusting to massive changes in your body and you’re soon going to be taking on a new, very important role that you’re likely nervous about. So dreams are essentially your way of handling all of that stress in a healthy way.
Increased progesterone levels during pregnancy (especially in the later trimesters) are also linked to more intense dreams, and since pregnant women tend to wake more throughout the night, they’re more likely to wake up mid-dream—which makes it easier to remember all of the craziness!
So even if you’re suddenly dreaming about hooking up with an ex, know that it has no basis in reality. It’s just that you’re likely feeling vulnerable about this rapidly approaching role as mommy and those feelings of insecurity are manifesting themselves in wacky ways. Relax, we’ve all been there!
TELL US: What’s the craziest pregnancy dream you’ve ever had?
Image of Savannah Guthrie courtesy of Joe Seer/Shutterstock.
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