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Why Shakira’s Not Pregnant with Baby #2 Yet

Friday, March 7th, 2014

The singer and passionate judge and mentor on The Voice has been in love with her son, Milan, ever since he was born 13 months ago. She shares photos of him on Twitter (and what a cutie he is!) and can’t stop talking about him in interviews. It seems she wishes for lots of brothers and sisters for Milan (her son with boyfriend, soccer player Gerard Piqué), as she tells Latina magazine that, “I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard—my own [soccer] team!”

So what’s the hold up? Something I think we can all relate to: Work! “If it weren’t because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already,” she shares. Working moms are often torn between wanting to move up the corporate ladder—both because they (hopefully) love what they do, and because they’ve got to help bring home the bacon. Babies are expensive (um, understatement of the year)!

Unless there’s a surprise pregnancy, there’s usually a lot of thought that goes into when to try for baby number two. Since there isn’t a universal paid maternity leave in the U.S. yet—and some women are still even being put on unpaid leave while pregnant and possibly getting let go from their jobs for getting pregnant—it’s as much about financial readiness than just emotional readiness.

I know I’ve heard the dilemma from my friends: “If I want two kids, do I have them back to back, so I’m getting my baby-making years out of the way all at once and then can focus more on job promotions?” “Do I spread the babies out, and maybe find a new job in between, because most companies frown upon multiple maternity leaves?” “Can I afford to not go back to work until they reach a certain age? And if so, will I still have a career to go back to?”

So you not only have to worry about the best baby spacing for your family, but for your career too. And it seems the same goes for the rich and famous. I always say, “Pregnancy is the great equalizer!”

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Work-Life Balance in America
Work-Life Balance in America
Work-Life Balance in America

Image of Shakira on Latina magazine via Twitter.

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The Most Googled Celeb Pregnancy of 2013 Goes to…

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Not so fast! Before I announce the winner, let’s recap the “nominees” aka all of the lovely pregnant stars of 2013 (well, most of them—there isn’t enough space or time to go over every single one of them but these are the highlights!).

In the newsmakers category we have Kate Middleton, who was the picture of perfection—period. Jessica Simpson was a boho goddess in major maxis. Though Kim Kardashian was often criticized for her fashion (and her pregnancy weight gain), I think she was graceful under pressure (that said, note to pregnant women everywhere: a head-to-toe, long sleeve, high-neck rose-patterned gown is not a good look—ever).

As for our favorite musicians, Shakira’s hips didn’t—and still don’t—lie. Even nine months pregnant, she was just as perky and petite as ever (how’d she do it?). Fergie was able to maintain her rocker edge from start to finale (I wanted an encore!). Gwen Stefani has been the master of (bump) disguise in fashion-forward staples any girl would die for (especially me!).

Then you have the sweet girl-next-door types who’ve melted our hearts with every interview or Twitter post about what it means to be a mom: Drew Barrymore (I am eating up every gushing word she utters!), Jennifer Love Hewitt (I wish your mom was still alive to see your adorable bump!), Kristen Bell (cuteoverload!), and Jenna Dewan-Tatum (who was one of the most stunning pregnant women ever! Am I right?).

And we can’t forget the mamas-to-be who just recently surprised us all with their pregnancy news: Kelly Clarkson (sending morning sickness-ending vibes your way, girl!), Olivia Wilde (the kid’s going to have looks and humor!), Ginnifer Goodwin (yes, I’m a little jealous! First, you had an on and off-screen fairytale romance, now you’re getting your happy ending!) and Kerry Washington (brains, beauty and unbelievable style!).

And the title for most Googled pregnant woman of 2013 goes to…drum roll, please! KIM KARDASHIAN! Now here’s the top 10 list of the most Googled pregnant babes of 2013 in descending order:

1. Kim Kardashian

2. Kate Middleton

3. Megan Fox

4. Shakira

5. Jessica Simpson

6. Halle Berry

7. Tamar Braxton

8. Olivia Wilde

9. Kerry Washington

10. Jennifer Love Hewitt

TELL US: Are you surprised by the list? Did your favorite pregnant stars make the cut? Who was left out that should have been on it?

Image of pregnant belly courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Pregnancy Myths: What Should You Believe?

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Shakira’s Clueless about Maternity Leave

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Shakira maternity leave confusionI love Shakira! I love her on The Voice. I love her voice. But I do not love her recent comments about maternity leave. Clearly, Shakira’s wearing celebrity-tinted glasses and has no idea what non-famous moms go through. How else could you explain her telling People, “I didn’t have my four months maternity [leave], like every woman on earth has”? Poor Shakira, she had to report for duty on The Voice two months after giving birth to her adorable son, Milan, and all she got in return was a reported $12 million. Meanwhile, the average new mom in America is afforded just three months of leave (not four)–unpaid!–and only if she works for a large enough company.

I get Shakira’s plight, though. I have a 9 month old, and I understand wanting to spend every second with him, and I was fortunate enough to take two months off of work, and then work from home after that because I’m a freelance writer. But that also means no one was paying me during that time off (also, no one was helping subsidize my sky-high medical insurance). That’s a reality for a lot of women.

While paid maternity leave is standard practice in many countries (in Shakira’s native Colombia, women are entitled to 1-2 weeks off prior to birth and up to 13 weeks after at their full salary)—not in the U.S.

The passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993, entitles many female workers up to 12 weeks of job-protected medical leave for birth or adoption, but this is without pay. In general, coverage for maternity leave varies state by state and can also depend on how many employees your company has (FMLA only applies to companies with more than 50 employees within a 75-mile radius), how long you’ve worked for the company, and how many hours you’ve worked in the past year (most policies say you’ve had to have worked at least 12 months and 1,250 hours).

So you have to do your research, ladies. Some women in the U.S. are fortunate enough to get six weeks paid maternity leave, while others can cull their unused sick and vacation days, and in some states you can take temporary disability leave. But the bottom line is that things are not clear cut, so Shakira should stick to talking about music (which she’s great at!), rather than chiming in on a topic she knows nothing about. That said, we still love you, Shakira. Moms (and moms-to-be) have to stick together!

Tell us what you think: Do you think Shakira’s comment was blown out of proportion, or do you think she needs a maternity leave lesson? Leave your comments below.

Image of Shakira courtesy of Shutterstock.

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