These Celebrity Dads Will Celebrate Father’s Day for the First Time on Sunday

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Father’s Day is this Sunday. Along with many other dads who became father’s for the first time over the past year, several celebrity dads did also. Here is a rundown of the ones that we’ve featured on the blog:

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The newest new dad is George Clooney, who welcomed twins Ella and Alexander with his wife Amal Clooney earlier this month.


Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo welcomed daughter Dusty Rose at the end of September.

Three months after welcoming marrying, The Walking Dead alum Stephen Yeun announced his photographer wife Joana Pak were expecting and welcomed their son Jude Malcolm Yeun this past March.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a new dad to daughter Sienna Princess Wilson with wife Ciara. He is also a step-dad to Ciara’s son Future Zuhair with her ex-fiance Future.

 When reality TV star and wrestler Brie Bella gave birth to her first child, daughter Birdie Joe Danielson, she made her hubby, WWE superstar Daniel Bryan, a first time dad too.

Bradley Cooper and his long time girlfriend Victoria Secret model Irina Shayk became first time  parents when they welcomed daughter Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper in April.

Comedian Russell Brand became a first-time father back in November when his fiancée Laura Gallacher welcomed their daughter Mabel

Congrats and Happy Father’s Day in advance to all!

The Clooney Twins are Here! Here’s What We Know So Far

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The Clooney Twins are here!

George and Amal Clooney announced in a joint statement on Tuesday morning that they are now the parents to a son and daughter.


The babies were born at a hospital in London where the couple has been residing in a historic mansion west of the city in Berkshire.

Both mother and children are “happy, healthy and doing fine,” the statement read.

“George is sedated and should recover in a few days,”  the family’s statement humorously stated as well.

No other details were immediately available.

The couple married in 2014 in Italy and this the first children for both. They announced the news just this past February after lots of speculation and bump watch

In an interview in February with the French program Rencontres de Cinema, Clooney said fatherhood was “going to be an adventure.”

How exciting for them! Congrats!

Okay Bey and Jay! What you got? They are set to welcome the other set of anticipated Twins this year.

Photo: Getty

George Clooney Probably Just Hinted Amal is Set to Deliver the Twins Soon

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George Clooney probably signaled inadvertently to the public that his wife, international Human Rights lawyer Amal Clooney is expecting to deliver the couple’s twins any day now.

On Sunday, the actor and director was slated to attend an awards event in Armenia but he passed in order to not miss out on the birth of his twins while he would be away. .

“I really would have been (there) but if I came there and my wife had twins while I was there, I could never come home,” Clooney explained in a message.

The event was for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, an annual $1 million prize bestowed on a humanitarian in honor of the survivors of the Armenian genocide. Both George and Amal have been consistent human rights advocates, and Clooney is the co-chair of the prize selection committee and has attended the ceremony in the past, per Time Magazine

The couple confirmed that they were expecting two babies earlier in the year.

How exciting if the new babies are indeed on their way!

Amal Clooney Plans to Get Back to Work 6 Months After Twins Are Born

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It’s the final countdown!

In less than a month, Amal Clooney and George Clooney will welcome twins—a boy and a girl. Since The Talk‘s Julie Chen announced the barrister’s pregnancy in February, Amal has been taking it easy as she continues to advocate on behalf of the Yazidis in Iraq—a cause near and dear to her heart. “Amal is trying not to overexert herself,” a source tells E! News exclusively, adding that she’ll give birth in London. “She’s been very sensible throughout this pregnancy.”


After the twins’ birth, Amal will begin maternity leave. “She plans to be back at work around six months after giving birth, but her schedule will be greatly different than before,” the source says. “A lot of time spent working at home. She has a great office set up at the Sonning house.” According to the source, Amal has no intention of quitting the career she’s worked so hard for.

And, as E! News previously reported, the Clooneys plan to raise their children in the U.K.

Ahead of the twins’ arrival, the source says the couple consulted with Ilse Crawford, a London-based interior designer who focuses on human needs and “has a somewhat holistic approach to design.” According to the source, Amal and George waited until she was six months pregnant before they had the twins’ nursery decorated, because “they didn’t want to rush or jinx things.”

The Clooneys chose many of the items themselves. When they visited Paris in February, for example, they bought a few items at a boutique called Baudou and shipped them to the U.K.

The couple has also decided that after the twins come home, they won’t hire a live-in or full-time nanny. Instead, they’ll have a night nurse to help set a sleeping schedule in the beginning. Amal’s mom, journalist Baria Alamuddin, has expressed that she would like to be involved, too.

Amal’s final trimester hasn’t been all about the babies, of course. As E! News exclusively reported Monday, she orchestrated a surprise 56th birthday party for George; She asked their friends, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, to help her pull it off. “Amal made it a joint birthday celebration,” an insider revealed, “since Rande’s birthday was just a couple of weeks ago.” Both Cindy and Rande shared photos from the celebration via Instagram, but Amal—who’s been keeping a low profile—did not appear in any of them. As the insider explained, “Technically her due date is next month, but they expect the twins to come early. It’s just a waiting game now.”

Cindy and Rande can’t wait.

“I’m very excited. Obviously we’re fans of parenthood. I think it’s incredible for George and it really took Amal, I think, [for him to want to be a dad],” Cindy told E! News‘ Marc Malkin in March. “She’s just so amazing and they’re just so happy. It just seemed like a natural next step.”

“I’m not sure he’ll be changing diapers,” Rande joked.

Cindy teased her husband, saying, “By the way, you don’t know how to do diapers.”

When E! News caught up with George later that month, he promised that he does, in fact, know how to change diapers. “Hang on for a minute! I played a pediatrician on ER, so I know how to work on extra children,” the actor explained. “If there are any accidents, I’m there. I’m the guy.”

reprinted with permission of E! News

photo credit: Mark Ralston for Getty

Authors: Sorry to Rain on Your Twin Obsession Parade, But Twins Are Risky, Period

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Twins are always considered a blessing and lately, they’ve been getting even more glorification, especially with celebs like Beyonce and Amal Clooney making recent headlines for the fact they are carrying twins.

But as with any celebration, there are those who will swoop in to offer a reality check. Like one Daily Mail columnist, Jill Foster, herself a mom, who wrote about how twin pregnancies are high risk and come with a boat load of additional concerns, cautions and care that mom (and dad) must undertake.

“Multiple births are fraught with risk, no matter how rich you are,” Foster writes in a recent column. “Carrying my twin girls was the most arduous and terrifying thing I’ve done — and the professionals agree with me.”

She quotes consultant obstetrician and gynecologist Shazia Malik, a sub-specialist in reproductive medicine at London’s Portland Hospital, who said that “people underestimate the risks of a multiple pregnancy.”

There is a risk “of miscarriage, stillbirth or pre-term birth is around five times higher than a singleton pregnancy. Once premature babies are born, they may spend several weeks or even months in Special Care and may have growth restriction, brain damage, problems with vision and later have developmental delay,” Malik said.

She adds: “There’s a higher risk to the mother, too, of developing gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, which could lead to death.”

Foster says her identical twin daughters were conceived without medical intervention but that she went thru her pregnancy in fear because her twins developed in the same sac, increasing the chances of dual death were something to go wrong.

“At 11 weeks’ pregnant, I’d learned that the babies were growing in the same amniotic sac. Called a mono-amniotic pregnancy, it meant their umbilical cords could easily become entwined and strangulated.

“Not even one baby would survive if this happened. They would live or die together, and death would be sudden or spontaneous. I lived my pregnancy on a knife edge. It seemed sensible to only tell my closest family and friends.”

She also thinks she suffered post partum depression which is common among moms of multiples.

According to the Twins and Multiple Birth Association (TAMBA), mothers of multiples have almost twice the average risk of postnatal depression and it tends to last longer and can still require treatment up to seven years after the birth.

Then there are the myths of twin pregnancies.  In a new book Twin Mythconceptions: False Beliefs, Fables, and Facts about TwinsDr. Nancy L. Segal attempts to bust over 70 myths regarding twin pregnancies.


Here are some of the top 10 Myths, (many of which we have blogged about before here on Bellyitch), Dr. Segal has identified:

the “Top 10” myths or beliefs about twins, which include:

  • Identical twins can communicate by extrasensory perception or ESP (False)

o   There is no scientific evidence that twins exchange thoughts or ideas by reading each other’s minds—identical twins’ social closeness is better explained by studies showing that their common genes underlie their within-pair communication skills.

  • Older mothers are more likely to conceive fraternal twins than younger mothers (True)

o   Since releasing two eggs at the same time is not typical, this is possibly a reflection of the aging process.

  • Identical twins have identical fingerprints (False)

o   These features, which develop between the 10th and 25th gestational week, are affected by factors such as temperature, intrauterine position and density of amniotic fluid near the fingers.

  • Your consumption of yams and other dietary choices increase the chances of conceiving fraternal twins (True)

o   It is thought that the white yam contains fertility-inducing properties that trick the female body into releasing hormones that promote ovulation–this may partly explain the high fraternal twinning rate among the Yorùbá of western Nigeria.

Dr. Segal is currently Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton and Director of the Twin Studies Center. She has authored more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as four highly acclaimed books on twins.

The moral of the story is celebrate twin births. Admire them. Dote on moms carrying twins. Offer help and support to family and friends who deliver twins, especially afterwards, given the higher PPD risk. But certainly, be very aware that they are risky pregnancies and deserve extra care and consideration before venturing into IVF in hopes of carrying them if you cannot conceive a set without medical intervention. Don’t let these celebrities out here lull you into a fairy tale la la land.

We’re a Bumpwatch Blog so We’re Gonna Keep Posting On Amal Clooney’s Maternity Style


 

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Mainstream news organizations were admonished for commenting on human rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s baby bump when she delivered remarks to international organizations.


But Bellyitch has always been about bump watch fashion so we’re gonna keep on doing us.

And we love the wife to actor director George Clooney‘s exploratory play with color in her wardrobe.

While delivering remarks during an event titled “The Fight against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da’esh to Justice” at the United Nations headquarters, March 9, 2017 in New York City, she opted for sunny yellow. It was International Women’s Day at the time.

This past, Wednesday, March 29, the svelte Arab American was pictured arriving at Chatham House in London to give a speech on war crimes in Syria and Iraq in a crimson dress under a camel coat.

And earlier in the month while visiting The Secretary-General Of The United Nations Antonio Guterres, she wore a navy blue knot dress on March 10.

We did notice that for a woman carrying twins reportedly in her third trimester or end of second, she is awfully tiny and carrying small.

The bellies of most  moms pregnant with twins are three times the size of Amal’s.

All women’s pregnancies are different, after all.

Amal Clooney Conundrum: News Sites Doing ‘Bump Watch’ is The New Normal


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A bunch of serious news publications like Time, Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, and the like got dragged in social media this week for their reporting on International Human Rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s International Women’s Day speech at the United Nations.

On Wednesday, Clooney, also famously known for her actor-director husband George Clooney, accompanied one of her clients, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Yazidi genocide survivor,  Nadia Murad to an important meeting in New York City.

During the meeting, titled “The Fight Against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da’esh to Justice“, Amal gave a speech asking more be done to stop Da’esh, better known to Americans as ISIS, to prevent another Rwanda.

Rather than cover the very serious and substantive content of the first time mom-to-be of twins’ speech, those publications had articles that focused more on her baby bump and outfits.

As we’ve blogged a plenty before, the rules have changed in the digital and post-bump watch era and a lot of previously strict news sites have seamlessly encroached on salacious  news and gossip territory.

The Atlantic cracked the code, in the case of Time magazine, anyway, and figured out Time is just keeping up with the new generation of readers. The outlet noted a few years ago:


Over the last two years, TIME’s digital audience has expanded dramatically, and close to half our readers are millennials. They are drawn not only to TIME’s coverage of the world but increasingly to TIME’s content on how to live a richer, smarter, more meaningful life—how to negotiate a raise, how to manage your inbox, how to actually unplug on vacation. It was, we discovered, millennial women who were most passionate and most engaged with that content, and they were looking for more.

So we’ve created Motto, a new platform from the editors of TIME dedicated to empowering the next generation. It’s about offering the advice and support to blaze new trails and redefine success in the fundamental aspects of our lives: how we work, play, and live (and you’ll see that we’ve organized the site around these three sections).

The Atlantic gets it, writing,

“We are living, at this point, in a new regime. A reality TV star is president. Teen Vogue is  politics and policy. The Atlantic is covering the Kardashians. It is difficult—indeed, it is pretty much impossible—to find the line that divides politics from culture. Again: Convergence. Which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily—life is complicated and messy, and to divide its happenings into neat, newspapery columns was never fully true to that disarray—but it means that news organizations will need to be much more intentional about the way they present their stories to the public. It’s one thing for Entertainment Tonight to effuse about Amal Clooney’s baby bump. When Time does it, though—Time, which has spent years branding itself as a fairly straight-ahead summarizer of human events—the effusion will read as an insult, to Amal Clooney and to readers.

Yes, this may be The Atlantic covering itself here for getting into gossip news because clicks equal revenue and celebrity news sell.

All of digital media has to compete for the same eyeballs and cannot afford to leave any on the table…well er on the screen.

So we say lay off, though it would be in our best interest to not have to compete with established news organizations. (Ha!)


 

Bump Watch: Amal Clooney glows in White

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Since the first time announcing that they were expecting twins this summer British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Clooney and  her Ocean’s Eleven actor husband George Clooney made their first public appearance.

They walked the red carpet at the 42nd edition of the Cesar Ceremony at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on Friday, February 24.


She glowed in a custom-made Atelier Versace dress, which featured a fitted top and ombre train.

Stunning!

Why Amal and George Clooney Will be Staying Away from Some African Countries and Iraq

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Now that international attorney Amal Clooney is pregnant with her and actor husband George Clooney‘s twins, she will avoid hostile countries like Iraq, and will “avoid places where she knows she isn’t welcome,” George told Paris Match magazine in a recent interview.

Likewise, the philanthropist and director producer says he “won’t go to South Sudan anymore or the Congo” in order to stay safe and “be much more responsible, to avoid the danger” now that they are soon-to-be new parents.


The babies will arrive in June and the human rights attorney will have to put on the back burner her legal work as a human rights attorney for human-trafficking survivor Nadia Murad , for example, which is very hostile to ISIS.

Good for them! Put those babies first.

h/t PopSugar

Amal Clooney is Reportedly Pregnant with Twins

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This rumor has circulated a while now but Yahoo! is reporting that Lebanese-Brit human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is expecting twins with her husband actor/director George Clooney.

“She’s pregnant with twins,” the friend said told AFP, asking to remain anonymous and without providing any further details about the sexes of the babies or due date.

The couple married in Venice, Italy in 2014 and have been rumored to be expecting kids since then, so we’ll take this news with a grain of salt as well.

Amal represents the former Ukranian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

She defended Al-Jazeera reporter Mohamed Fahmy after he was jailed in Egypt and was part of the legal team for former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed following his toppling in 2012.

She has also defended the cause of young Yazidi women who were abused by fighters of the Islamic State jihadist group.

Amal was born in Lebanon before her family moved to Britain when she was three years old.

If true, this would be the first children for both of them. George was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993 but that union produced no children. This was before he became the breakout star in the hit television series ER  which propelled him to the major A-list star he is today.