Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Two months of bed rest may sound like a lovely spa vacation—unless it’s in a hospital, under doctor’s orders, and you’re having scary pregnancy complications. In that case, it can be total hell, according to Tori Spelling, whose new book Spelling It Like It Is describes her 50+ days of hospital bed rest when she was pregnant with her fourth child, Finn.
She told E! News, “I was flat on my back. I wasn’t allowed to even get up to walk in the halls. My bathroom privileges would be taken away. I wasn’t allowed to shower. Everything was stripped from you.”
And keep in mind she was in a hospital room that she describes as tiny, where she was only able to see daylight a little bit each day. Sounds more like a prison cell, right? So does Tori’s feelings of freedom when she finally got to leave the hospital. “I was like, ‘I appreciate the sunlight. I appreciate the warmth on my skin,’” she said.
Tori’s “lock up” was thanks to being diagnosed with a serious condition called placenta previa, which is when the placenta grows over the cervix, and often blocks the baby’s exit from the uterus during delivery. Placenta previa occurs in one in 200 pregnancies and can result in heavy bleeding, a danger for mom and baby. It can happen to anyone, but occurs most often in women who are pregnant with multiples or for the second or third time, who smoke or use drugs, who are older than 35, or who have had a C-section (At the time, Tori was over 35, on her fourth pregnancy, and had already undergone three Cesarean sections). Tori also became pregnant with Finn just one month after giving birth to daughter Hattie, which could have complicated things further.
Though Tori’s pregnancy with Finn was a struggle (to say the least!), there was a happy ending—he was delivered at 37 weeks and is a completely healthy 14 month old!
If you’re one of the 1 million women per year who are prescribed bed rest, check out this guide to surviving bed rest and the 19 must-have survival supplies.
TELL US: Were you put on bed rest? Was your experience as scary as Tori’s?
Image of Tori Spelling courtesy of S_Bukley/Shutterstock.
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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
The world is fixated with the baby gender guessing game whether you’re a celebrity or not. We want to know the big question, “Boy or Girl?,” whether it’s Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian, or the neighbor down the street! So it’s no shock that pregnant beauty Jaime King is now under the microscope. Though the internet is a buzz that the Hart of Dixie star will be having a girl, the ex-model took to Twitter to squash the rumors. She says it’s 100 percent false, because no one knows the sex of the baby—not even her! “We want a surprise,” she explains.
Other stars have patiently waited to find out whether they were having a boy or girl until they met the baby in the delivery room: Tori Spelling and Melissa Joan Hart each had a birth day surprise with their third babies, and Gisele Bündchen with her first child (though hubby Tom knew but kept it a secret—what? how?).
Do you think you could go nine months without knowing whether you were having a boy or girl? I know I couldn’t! I was the kid who shook Christmas presents, trying to figure out what was inside. As an adult, I want to be prepared for every scenario in every situation. And if I hadn’t found out at 20 weeks that I was having a boy, I wouldn’t have had the amazing experience of excitedly shopping with my husband for our son’s first outfit on the way home from the doctor’s office after the big announcement. That will forever be a cherished memory for me. It was the moment things suddenly felt real. Whoa! In just a few short months, I was going to be a mom.
Knowing I was having a boy, I could start imagining what this little guy would look like, what name he might go by (though I was that girl who started a list of baby names I liked even before I was married!), and his voice. Then, of course, there are the wardrobe and nursery concerns. I know you can go gender-neutral on everything these days (my crib bedding is actually a brown, orange and green jungle theme that could go either way), but for me, knowing whether I was having a boy or girl made me instantly feel closer to the baby growing inside me.
A part of me would like to be that spontaneous person who doesn’t need to know. I’m beyond obsessed with Gender Reveal Cakes, and want one desperately just because they are so darn cute. Who knows, maybe the second time around, now that I have somewhat of a handle on this whole pregnancy thing, I’ll keep things a secret too. I’ll at least try to. No promises!
In the meantime, check these crazy old wive’s tales about how to tell if it’s a boy or a girl–so funny!
Tell us: Are you waiting to find out whether you’re having a boy or girl? Would you let your husband know the sex of your baby if you wanted to keep it a secret from yourself? Leave your comments below.
Image of Jaime King via Instagram.
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