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
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?
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With their wit and killer senses of humor, actress Olivia Wilde and her adorable fiancé Jason Sudeikis (of SNL fame) are bound to be great parents. But while Olivia was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, she confessed she has a lot to live up to, because her mom was a “strong, badass pregnant lady”. Her mom, journalist Leslie Cockburn, went all over the world for 60 Minutes, ABC News, and Frontline for years, Olivia explained. “So when I’m worrying about like, ‘Am I allowed to get on the treadmill?’ My mom is like, ‘I was in warzones with you guys.’”
And she’s not kidding! “The way most moms tell a cute story about something that happened at like a ballet recital, my mom likes to tell the story when she was eight months pregnant with me and we were on a plane that had a bomb somewhere in the Middle East,” she shared. “And she’s like, ‘Remember and you almost didn’t arrive because of the bomb?’ And then you know they landed, they evacuated the plane, there was no bombing, but I’m like, ‘That’s a terrifying story!’” But Olivia went on to say that her mom being such a great example has shown her that there’s no need to be afraid of anything while you’re pregnant. You can overcome anything!
One thing she does find humor in, however, are the polite people who don’t want to point out she’s pregnant—just in case she isn’t. “That’s the worst thing in the world when you congratulate a non-pregnant woman on her pregnancy,” she said. “I find that people will go to such great lengths to not mention it and even when you are—like I feel like I’m clearly pregnant—people will be like, ‘Hey, would you like a glass of whiskey? Or would you like to get on this rollercoaster?’ And I go, ‘Well I’m actually pregnant.’ And they go, ‘What?!’”
Olivia, believe me, you will relish these moments when people still aren’t sure whether you’re pregnant or not—especially when you’re not due for months and people start saying things to you like, “You look like you’re about to pop!” or “Are you sure you’re not expecting twins?”
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Celebrities and sky-high heels go together like chocolate and peanut butter (yum!). But when you’re in the late stages of pregnancy, should you be wearing the same six-inch pumps you worshipped pre-pregnancy? Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe certainly does. But even heelaholics like Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Fergie wore flats on occasion while preggers.
At nine months pregnant, Rachel was recently spotted wearing stiletto over-the-knee boots. This is nothing new for her, of course, with her first pregnancy with son Skyler, she tweeted: “Who said one can’t rock 6 inch high leopard booties by Brian Atwood at 38 weeks pregnant!!”
Yes, she’s looked fabulous with both pregnancies, but isn’t rocking massive heels while so pregnant down-right dangerous? As your belly gets bigger, your center of gravity can get wonky, leaving you less steady and more likely to trip over your own feet, starting at around the 25-week mark.
Most doctors suggest wearing under a 2-inch heel with good arch support once you enter the third trimesters, because of fear of falls as well as the fact that you can make existing back pain and leg cramps even worse when you’re in heels for extended periods of time. The best solution: if you really have to wear high heels, Women’s Health recommends alternating them with flatter ones through out the week, and as silly as it sounds, doing some calf stretches before wearing them, so not to cause cramping.
My feet were completely swollen my entire third trimester, so I couldn’t have squeezed into heels even if I tried (thank God I delivered during flip-flop weather)! But who can blame a fashionista for wanting to look and feel like her fierce pre-pregnancy self? After all, many women may not be able to wear their favorite footwear post-baby. That’s right, I hate to break it to you, but pregnancy can make your feet wider and increase your feet by up to a full shoe size by the time you deliver (mine are definitely wider and a half-size bigger!). So enjoy your favorite heels while you still can, ladies!
TELL US: Will you be wearing your stilettos till the very end of your pregnancy? Or at what point in your pregnancy do you think you should switch to flats and kitten heels?
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All anyone has been able to talk about is Beyoncé’s surprise “visual” album of 14 new tracks and 17 videos—which she released on iTunes with no advance notice, yet it’s still set to claim the #1 spot on the Billboard charts this week with a projected sales of over 600k! No shocker there—she’s a musical genius. But what is surprising is that back in October the internet was buzzing that Beyoncé was recording an album and filming all its videos so she could take a proper maternity leave because she was going to be concentrating on getting pregnant in 2014. Well, it now seems Beyoncé may not be the only one getting pregnant. Her sexually-charged lyrics on new songs like “Rocket” and “Blow” from her new self-titled album seem to have women all over Twitter claiming that just listening to them is getting them pregnant!
We’re not sure that’s scientifically possible, of course, but if anyone could do it, sexy Beyoncé could! She and hubby Jay Z have definitely had baby-making on their minds for a while. She told Good Morning America in May: “I would like more children. I think my daughter [Blue Ivy] needs some company,” the Grammy-winning singer said with a smile. “I definitely love being a big sister. At some point, when it’s supposed to happen [it will],”
She also shared in her HBO documentary, Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream just how much she loved being pregnant, describing it as “falling in love.” “You are so open,” she said. “You are so overjoyed. There are no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you.”
So it sounds like in 9 months, we can expect a boom of Beyoncé-induced pregnancies! Whether they’re metaphorical or literal, we’ll have to wait and see!
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They always say not to talk about sex, politics or religion. I’ve already broken the sex rule talking about pregnancy sex on the blog, now I’m about to break the second one! While America is a world leader in a lot of things, maternity leave is not one of them. In fact, the US is the only industrialized nation that does not provide paid maternity leave (many other countries even include paternity leave too, so the proud papa can spend time with his new little one as well). How is it that in a country that is supposed to be all about family values, we put so little money where our mouth is?
Now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, hope to change that. They have introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, a bill that proposes an insurance plan ran by the Social Security Administration that would provide paid family and sick leave to every employee (whether you work for a private or public company, are full or part time, or self-employed). The idea is that the employer and employee each pay two-tenths of 1 percent of wages (about $1.50 per week for the typical worker), which would fund payments of 66 percent of monthly wages, up to a capped amount for employees on leave, as well as the administrative costs of the program. According to the New York Times, the suggested benefits would range from a $580 monthly minimum up to a max of $4k per month, for a max of 12 weeks within a one-year period.
While I am extremely hopeful that this bill will pass, and I think it should be a no-brainer for a country that says it cares about families and our next generation, I’m also skeptical. You see how difficult it was to pass the Affordable Care Act, and how unpopular it seems to be. What will the fate of this bill be? In my eyes, family leave is clearly a win-win for everyone—it brings a stronger bond to families, and with women (and men) being able to take off time to raise children without worrying about losing their jobs or their promotion capabilities, they will be more dedicated workers, and will have the income to put back into the economy, which in turn helps businesses. Research shows that companies that provide family-friendly policies have less turnover, higher shareholder return, and greater profitability. Other research shows a correlation between short maternity leaves and reduced breastfeeding rates, increased risk of postpartum depression, and higher infant mortality rates. There is also some evidence to suggest that longer paid maternity leaves improve employee retention. When you’re a new mom worried about your baby, not getting anywhere near enough sleep, and struggling with adjusting to parenthood, your job performance suffers. By giving women the time they need after having a baby, you’re ensuring that when a new mother does return to work, she’s able to give her full attention to her job, which benefits her employer. Are you listening, Washington?
It goes without saying that so many women would like to take off time for maternity leave, but can’t afford to, or would like to be able to take off more than they’re able to. This act could potentially change that—allowing every woman who wants to stay home for three months with her child, the ability to do that (or at least more of a chance to since they’ll have 66 percent of their paycheck in hand).
Right now women hold 101 seats—the highest ever—out of the 535 voting members of Congress and the House of Representatives. Only time will tell if men will back the act. But before voting, I hope members of the Congress and House—both Democrats and Republicans—take a good look at who is suffering from not having paid maternity leave in place. The answer is simple: All of us.
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