When Matthew Knowles Hinted Beyonce Is Due and Pics (PHOTOS)

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When asked to satisfy the curiosity of the Beyhive, Matthew Knowles told TMZ that his daughter Beyonce is due more than two weeks from now.

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Pregnant Beyoncé celebrated her last Mother’s Day as a mother of one by wearing matching designer gowns with 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.

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The twin mama-to-be, 35, shared new photos on Friday from her May 14 celebration on her website and Instagram.

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Bey and Blue were decked out in tiered hydrangea-print chiffon dresses by Dolce & Gabbana. The pair’s designer ensembles featured cap sleeves with draped detailing, smocked frill-trim empire waist, tiered maxi skirt, and floor-sweeping hem. For a retail price of $5,395, you too can coordinate the same look as Bey and Blue.

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Bumpwatch Roundup: Beyonce, Whitney Port, Serena Williams

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If you keep up with this blog, by now you know that we stalk keep track of your fave expectant celebrity so you don’t have to.  This week, we spotted The Hills alum Whitney Port doing a great job masking the fact she has had a tough pregnancy by looking fabulous in a black kimono during a press call in NYC recently while promoting a partnership with Dove.

On the Snap, we spotted Serena Williams posted a new series of bump progression photos after attending her baby shower in Miami with family and friends (UPI)


Bey is also back serving up sheer styling and bringing back her famous fedora hat from her “Freedom” video. (Instagram) She rocked a $120 maternity dress from Mina Roe and a pair of  $1,140 Stella McCartney platform sandals made by our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Stella McCartney, and carried a $2,700 Gucci GG Marmont shoulder bag. (h/t PEOPLE for the finds)

GET HER $4,000 LOOK for $150

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Beyonce’s Publicist Had to Set The Blogs Straight on Lip Filler Rumors

img_5525Recent photos Beyonce has posted of herself reveal that her lips are a lot fuller than usual.

When gossip Blogs started to report on suggestions that she was using lip fillers,  Bey’s  longtime publicist Yvette Noel-Schure set one straight.

In a sternly written letter to Media Take out, Noel-Schure set the site whose writers clearly know-nothing about pregnancy straight:

“What do you know about the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s entire body? Please tell me. Did you know that in addition to weight gain there is often a dramatic change in the blood flow in the system and increased fluid causing swelling? Do you know that often women’s gums get swollen? Do you know that it sometimes affects our speech, our ability to chew intently and a host of other things?”


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Damn straight! Wait! There is more! She continued:

“But the sacrifice to our faces, our feet and our entire bodies is something we welcome because we bring beautiful humans into the world who will one day combat your hate and negativity. I stood silent during Beyoncé’s first pregnancy when you thought it was okay to bully her like the cowards you are, when you accused her of never being pregnant, but I simply cannot this time.”

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She polished off the read:
“You are the saddest individuals and picking on a pregnant lady is tantamount to possessing the coldest, despicable heart. You need to find something else to do with your time and maybe stop by a store that has happiness on sale because you need to buy some.”

Yes! Yes and Yes!!

Just like I would have read them

 

 

Bump Watch: Whitney, Beyonce, Serena, Heidi and Lauren

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Serena Williams is having a very social week. A day after making her red carpet baby bump debut, the tennis champ attended the launch of the Burberry DK88 Bag hosted by Christopher Bailey at Burberry Soho on May 2, 2017 in New York City.

Whitney Port is finally coming from under the exhaustion spell of pregnancy. She posted a photo of herself looking happy and well…energetic on her Instagram account recently.


FINALLY feeling that 🤰🏼 energy! How are all you pregnant ladies staying fit?! 📷: @emboslice_

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Her fellow MTV The Hills alum co-star Lauren Conrad has been laying low but was spotted  at designer Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring 2017 ‘See Now, Buy Now’ Fashion Show on February 4, 2017 earlier in her pregnancy.

And another MTV family alum, Heidi Pratt showed off her bump with her hubby Spencer Pratt this week. “Sunday Fun. The 3 of Us,” she captioned an Instagram photo of the growing family.

Sunday fun day.. the 3 of us🤰🏼💛🤰🏼

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Meanwhile, Beyonce has been busy making news as well. She appeared at her mom Tina Knowles Lawson and step dad Richard Lawson‘s charity fundraiser to support the WACO Theater Center in California. The event called the Inaugural Wearable Art Gala raised $1M, according to a recent post  by Beyonce. It is reminiscent of the Met Ball, which also encourages attendees to wear artistic renditions of clothing or vice versa, wear art like clothes.


Meanwhile, Bey released the collector’s edition of her multi-award winning visual album, “Lemonade.” The box set will set you back $300 but it comes with behind the scenes photos, prints of Beyonce’s personal hand written notes drafted during the creation of the project and much more.

 

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And just for kicks, Queen Bey blessed her fans and followers with another video of a game night date night she went on with her husband.

 

🤰🏽🏡 😂

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Easter’s Over But We’re Not Over Beyonce’s New Easter Baby Bump Pics

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Speaking of Beyonce [See earlier post today], Easter may be over but that hasn’t stopped the Queen Bey from sharing pics that she took from her and her family’s Easter adventure. The videos and pics include photos of herself in a white dress matching with her daughter Blue Ivy. The duo are wearing matching braided cornrows with beads on the end. Blue wears real bunny ears and the pop star uses her two fingers to simulate rabbit ears.

Beyonce Knowles Carter and her husband, rapper and biz mogul Shawn “Jay Z” Carter are expecting a pair of twins later this year. They are parents to 5-year old Blue, the first child for them both. Unlike with Blue Ivy, she has been taking and sharing a lot more photos of her pregnancy and herself out and about at events. It’s refreshing and perfect for the BumpWatch Brigade like this blog! (ha!) Enjoy the pics!

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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Just Won the Prestigious ‘Peabody Award’ on the Visual Album’s 1 year Anniversary

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Yesterday, the Internet was celebrating the one year anniversary of the release of Beyoncé’s powerful HBO visual album “Lemonade” on April 23.

There was more reasons to celebrate as last week, the pop diva’s well-received and critically acclaimed project won a prestigious Peabody Award.


The Peabody Awards are for excellence in journalism; and annually a body of jurors,  consisting of TV and Film producers, news magazine editors, critics and college professors, review a slate of nominees and select only 30 for the honor of a recognition.

This year, 12 Entertainment projects were awarded honors. Of the 12 recipients, two are music documentaries.

About Lemonade, the announcement read:

“The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture.”

Congrats! Incubating two humans and racking up awards. You go mama-to-be!

My other fave, Donald Glover, won a Peabody for his FX series Atlanta.

I am also a fan of Ava DuVarney and was happy to see her documentary “13th” was also recognized.

Finally, as a life long lover of Hip Hop music, I found it also very noteworthy that Banger Film’s documentary “Hip Hop Revolution” also won!

In its 76th year, Peabody Awards honor excellence in radio, television and other forms of electronic media. The winners for News, Radio/Podcast, Children’s, Education and Public Service categories will be announced on April 25th. The ceremony takes place on May 20th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

H-t: Rolling Stones

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.

Beyonce Shared Some Never Before Seen Labor and Delivery Footage Recently

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For Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s 9th wedding anniversary on April 4, the mega star released a clip a lovely love song, assumingly dedicated to her love, a single “Die With You“. She posted it on Instagram  and the small sample of the lovely tune plays to the video background of home video footage from her pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy.

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It’s tender and very personal because it reveals never before seen footage of her wedding, getting the number IV tattooed on her fingers and inside the labor and delivery room, moments before she gave birth.

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Not only was it a good way to promote her latest track but it also seemed to get back at those incessant rumors and naysayers who do not believe she carried her first child. She’s never been able to shake those who believe she used a surrogate and probably will never convince them otherwise, but these beautiful moments make us smile because we’ve always been a believer.

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Do it for your fans and believers, mama. Ignore the rest. The video also includes video of Blue kissing her bare belly full of the brand new twins she and Jay are expecting.

Oh and she also pitched a playlist that includes this song and 63 other tracks with tunes from Michael Jackson, Kanye and Bill Withers. Hmmm! All of our faves in a close to 5 hour playlist. We’re down. But…you gotta get Tidal first to enjoy it! Smart given she and her hubby are part owners of the subscription streaming service.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Had a Date Night and We Got Tons of Pics

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Beyonce and Jay-Z had a date night and what do you do when you get all dressed up in your nice clothes to go somewhere fancy? You take pics and have an impromptu photo shoot, of course! I am almost 100% certain Jay-Z is the photographer behind the recent slew of photos Beyonce posted on her Tumblr blog this weekend.  Here are some of the gorgeous photos of the expectant star all dressed up in an eggplant bump hugging long sleeve dress with runching on the side:

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The multiple-award winning artist and her biz mogul husband are expecting a pair of twins. They are parents to 5-year old daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

Because sometimes you cannot pick which one to post, it’s easier to put it in a slide show and that’s just what Queen Bey did. And hers was all creative and stuff with flowers and interlocking images and graphics! Just for her fans on Instagram. Check them out!

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5 Performers who Appeared Very Pregnant in Their Music Videos

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A long time ago, women were hidden away when pregnant and certainly, they weren’t flaunted in the media or music videos.

In modern times, beautiful pregnant women are featured prominently as with a very 9-month pregnant Natalie Portman, days before giving birth in the music video for James Blake’s  song “My Willing Heart,” released on Monday.


But she isn’t the first one. Beyonce, P!nk, Deborah Cox, and Whitney Houston have also appeared very pregnant in music videos for their songs

In 2011, Beyonce was pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy in her Countdown Video. That year, P!nk was also visibly pregnant with her daughter Willow in her girls empowerment song “F*&>Perfect”.

Before then, Canadian -born artist Deborah Cox showed off her 3rd trimester belly in the later frames of her “Beautiful U R” video” which is also about female empowerment and self esteem.  Finally, Whitney Houston, was also uplifting women in her remake of Chaka Khan‘s “I’m Every Woman” and was pregnant with her daughter Bobbi Kristina. (RIP to both of them)

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