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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In one of the saddest, most-upsetting news stories ever, a pregnant woman in Daytona, Florida, drove her minivan—filled with her three kids and her unborn child—into the ocean in an attempt to kill them all. Meanwhile her 9 and 10-year-olds were screaming, “Please help us, our mom is trying to kill us!” as they flailed their arms out of one of the rear windows in hopes of saving themselves and their 3-year-old sister.
The woman—identified as 32-year-old Ebony Wilkerson—was in town from South Carolina visiting her sister, who called the cops because she feared Ebony might pose a risk to herself and her children. Police stopped her earlier that day, fearing she had depression, but were not able to hold her under Florida law since she was acting normally and they had no proof of mental illness. Just hours later, she drove her minivan into the ocean.
Police officers said she claimed she feared for her safety and that her former husband may harm them, but so far there is no evidence to back up that claim. Once rescuers got the 9 and 10-year-olds out of the van, Ebony walked out of the van, not saying a word about the third child. It was her children, who alerted the bystanders that their 3-year-old sister was still inside the sinking minivan.
Ebony is still in the hospital, pending mental evaluation, while the Florida Department of Children and Families currently has custody of her three children. Officials said the children will be placed with family members after a background check.
While domestic violence may or may not have played a part in this (Ebony was also speaking of Jesus and demons before driving her kids into the Atlantic), depression most likely did. Thirteen percent of pregnant women and new moms suffer from depression, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Women’s Health.
If you have any of the following symptoms while pregnant or postpartum for longer than two weeks, call a doctor: Feeling sad, hopeless and overwhelmed; crying a lot; having no energy or motivation; having trouble focusing; memory problems; feeling worthless or guilty; withdrawing from family and friends; eating or sleeping too much or too little; having headaches, pains or stomach problems that don’t go away.
The hormones brought on with a pregnancy can change your brain’s usual chemistry that can then trigger depression, even if you’ve never experienced it before. If you see these changes in yourself or a loved one while pregnant or postpartum depression after having the baby, seek help. You don’t want this sort of tragedy to happen to you or someone you love.
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Chris Hemsworth’s gorgeous wife Elsa Pataky—who is seven months pregnant with twins—was working it on the Oscars red carpet. The Fast & Furious 6 star was totally owning her bump, which was proudly on display in an eye-catching teal custom-made Elie Saab embellished gown. She looked like she was having a blast posing beside her hunky husband (Who wouldn’t? Um, hello, he’s Thor for a reason!). I’m sure she was savoring the big night out, which will likely be few and far between once the twins join big sister India, 21 months.
Then E!’s Fashion Police had to go and burst her precious mama-to-be bubble by making fun of her bump. “I’m sorry, look at her tummy! She is HUGE. I know why she’s huge, I saw her sonogram,” joked Joan Rivers as the camera cut to the selfie of Ellen DeGeneres posing with 10 other stars (plus Lupita Nyong’o’s brother). And making things worse, jerky co-host and fashion stylist George Kotsiopoulos chimed in, “That doesn’t look like a baby bump—looks like a beer belly!”
Oh, no they didn’t! Yes, yes, they did! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! I wanted to yell back some choice expletives at the TV screen. How could they? Being pregnant is such a sacred time, and one when you truly have no control whatsoever over your body. Of course, Elsa’s not the first star to be fat-shamed while pregnant (Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson!), but it doesn’t make it anymore acceptable. Yes, the show is supposed to be funny—supposed to be—but this time it crossed the Mean Girl line, in my opinion.
TELL US: Do you think when it comes to comedy everyone’s a fair target? Or should pregnant fat jokes be off limits?
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The queen of curves is about to get even curvier! It seems the Her star—who announced she was engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac just six months ago—is pulling a Christina Aguilera. That’s right, she is announcing she’s pregnant shortly after her big engagement news (and even bigger engagement ring) were revealed! But unlike Christina, this will be ScarJo’s first child.
The 29-year-old, who was married for nearly three years to fellow actor Ryan Reynolds (who has since found love again with his second wife, former Gossip Girls’ starlet Blake Lively), told People magazine back in January that she was in no hurry to say “I do.” “Being engaged is an exciting time to enjoy and to really savor,” she told the magazine. That same month, she told Good Morning America that she wasn’t doing any wedding planning at the moment—instead merely enjoying being engaged.
No news yet on whether the pregnancy was a surprise, but something Scarlett told the UK’s Daily Mail in December makes me doubt that. “They say it’s never the right time [to start a family] and I am sure that’s true, but I think you have to plan it like anything else,” she said.
So now the big question is: Is she doing baby planning instead? No doubt the fashion maven will be gifted with tons of free designer duds (see Nori West’s wardrobe as an example), and whether a boy or girl the baby will be gorgeous (like mom and dad). Only time will tell if the baby will have a catchy nickname like mama, but my vote is yes!
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Kerry Washington! The Scandal star wins Everything Pregnancy’s Preggy Award for the most stunning, effortlessly gorgeous mama-to-be. Where do I start? The Old Hollywood glamour of the half-up coif, the berry lips, the eye-catching eye makeup, subtle Jennifer Meyer sparkle, and a beautiful, belly-skimming Jason Wu gown in violet—it doesn’t get any better than Kerry!
Best Makeup: Olivia Wilde
The actress—who is set to go back to work two months after she delivers her baby—was positively polished as if she was channeling Audrey Hepburn in a simple-yet-chic black column Valentino gown, romantic updo and—the reason Olivia wins this category—amazing cat eyes. Meow!
Best Accessory: Elsa Pataky
And, no, I’m not talking about Elsa’s Graziela Gems earrings and blinged-out bracelet by Dana Rebecca Designs! Elsa is a gorgeous and glowing pregnant gal (who is carrying twins!), and she looks even better with her equally-hot hubby, Chris Hemsworth, by her side (but who wouldn’t?!). They’re like the modern-day Ken and Barbie!
Best Bump-Hugging Dress: Kristin Cavallari
While E! had the fashion maven comment on everyone else’s red carpet style, I was in awe of Kristin’s Alexander McQueen gown that was truly fit for a goddess. The white confection hugged the soon-to-be mama of two‘s curves in all of the right places (especially her belly!), making her look feminine and flawless.
TELL US: Who is your vote for best dressed mama-to-be pick from last night’s Oscars?
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