Kerry Washington is Not Down with the ‘Pump and Dump’ Practice

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Scandal star Kerry Washington isn’t into the whole “pump and dump” thing, the practice of pumping out contaminated breast milk after a breastfeeing mom indulges in alcoholic, spicy, gassy or other food and drink that could filter to baby.

Instead, she has just been staying away from it all.


“I haven’t been drinking a lot of wine because I’ve been with child and nursing,” Washington told attendees at the Scandal cast’s panel during the Disney-ABC portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 10 in Pasadena, California. “I’m not really into the pump and dump.”

During the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday, the Confirmation star shared that her 2-year old daughter Isabelle Amarachi has been a very good big sister to her brand new 3-month old baby brother Caleb Kelechi.

“She’s enjoying it,” the Emmy and Golden Globe nominee told ExtraTV.

“It’s good. I’m an only child, but my husband [former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha] has many siblings, so he can walk her through it,” she added.

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Janet Jackson Confirms Pregnancy in PEOPLE 

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Janet Jackson has confirmed that she is pregnant at the age of 50, posing for a photograph showing off her baby bump.

The singer married Wissam al Mana, a Qatari billionaire businessman, in 2012, and the couple live in Dubai.


In April this year, she announced that she was taking a break from her tour to start “planning our family” and “rest up.”

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She had not confirmed pregnancy rumors, however, until the publication of PEOPLE magazine on Wednesday.

The magazine carried an exclusive photograph of a smiling Jackson with her hand on her stomach.
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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are Expecting Baby #5!

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Reality TV star, blogger and TV personality Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott are expecting their 5th child.

The couple told PEOPLE magazine in an exclusive interview this week that the pregnancy was unplanned.


“It was a total surprise,” the Beverly Hills 90120 alum said. “But we always wanted a big family. I’m really excited.”

The couple are parents to 9-year old son Liam, 8-year old daughter Stella, 5-year old daughter Hattie, and 4-year  old son Finn. Dean has an 18-year old son, Jack, form a previous marriage.

During the interview, they joke about using a test from an old stash of tests they had laying around the house from 4 years ago when they were last expecting because they thought the papps or someone in public would see them buying one from the store.

They also joked about being the modern day “Brady Bunch” or the “McDermott Bunch” as Dean added. Funny.

Congrats!

 

Private Couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Welcome 2nd Child You Won’t Ever See

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Congrats to actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds on the birth of their second child, PEOPLE reports.

The very private couple have not announced the name or gender of this baby. Recall, noone knew their daughter James’ name or gender for a while after she was welcomed into the family. The Reynolds’ are among a select fraternity of celebrities who have managed to successfully keep their children completely out of the public eye altogether, like Eva Mendes and Ryan GoslingKelis, Kerry Washington, Evangeline LilyDido, UK stars Rochelle Humes  and Lily Allen and Neve Campbell. 

Doe anyone blame them given that every other month, some celeb has to defend against mean trolls who have negative and hurtful things to say about their child’s looks?


Lively gave birth in New York.  The new addition joins big sister 22-month old James for in 2015.

Study Credits Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt with Destigmatizing Unwed Parenthood

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A new study says that Angelina Jolie and Bradd Pitt‘s unwed parenting changed the way the gossip press covered pregnant celebrity couples, and credits them for destigmatizing out-of-wedlock pregnancies altogether.

Researcher  Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, an assistant professor of sociology at theUniversity at Buffalo, State University of New York, told  LiveScience.com that PEOPLE magazine, in particular, helped to de-stigmatize non-marital fertility.


The researcher noted that in the 1970s and 1980s, celebrities who got pregnant out of wedlock were often married before the child’s birth, and when People announced pregnancy news, it would also include an approximate wedding date on its front cover.

But when Jolie and Pitt revealed their pregnancy in 2006, but made no public announcement of either engagement or marriage, the magazine started shifting its policy of putting wedding dates of pregnant celeb couples on its cover.

That change, Grol-Prokopczyk says, “calatlyzed a larger movement — mainly, making it more OK for a couple to be pregnant without news of wedding bells in their future, the new study suggests.”

It gets deeper and had wide-reaching implication on society as a whole, the research suggests.

“Overall, People’s coverage appears likely to have contributed to destigmatization of nonmarital fertility ” Grol-Prokopczyk said.

And it is very interesting to read how she came up with the idea for the study in the first place as it mirrors our exact experience with Google alerts for  the term “pregnancy.” A lot of the news out on that topic is about celebrities, and so much so that even mainstream news sites that focus on strict news are doing more celebrity pregnancy coverage.

Grol-Prokopczyk too had such alerts when she was expecting a child.

“I was expecting to get stories about nutrition during pregnancy, or how to avoid complications during birth,” she said. “Instead, over 90 percent of those stories emailed to me were about celebrity pregnancies.”

She said the headlines made her realized that many celebrities were having out of wedlock babies, counter to popular culture’s habit of stigmatizing unwed marriage. (Though arguably, I can attest to regularly seeing people who are traditionalist make negative comments in all unwed celebrity pregnancy stories in PEOPLE and US Weekly)

To conduct her research, Grol-Prokopczyk’s assistants found 384 stories on celebrity pregnancies between PEOPLE magazine’s inaugural year in 1974 to 2014. They coded each one, noting whether the parents were dating, engaged, married or not in a relationship at the time the mag announced the pregnancy on its cover.

Why PEOPLE?

According to the Alliance for Audited Media, PEOPLE magazine had the ninth highest magazine circulation in the United States in 2013,  which made it an ideal proxy for popular culture at large, Grol-Prokopczyk said.

She said that the magazine always celebrated pregnancies, even unwed ones, but before the early 2000s, it made sure to mention that marriage was  imminent.

And as to gay marriage, the researchers pointed out that they were referred to as single even if they had a partner. Jodi Foster, for example, famously had a partner but was featured in a cover with the title “And Baby Makes Two,” describing her as a single parent even though she had a partner.

It looks like they’ve evolved on that front too.

PEOPLE did not respond to Live Science’s request for comment and the study is yet to be published in a peer-review journal. It will be presented to the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Seattle in August.

Interesting sociology research!

Kandi Burruss with new son Ace dishes IVF, Nursery in PEOPLE

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Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss and her 2 month old new born son Ace Wells Tucker are featured in a recent  People Magazine and in it, the biz mogul & award-winning songwriter talks about the fertility treatment she and her husband Todd Tucker underwent in order to have a baby.

“We really worked hard for him,” said Burruss, who turned to  IVF treatment  in Spring of 2014 after failing to get pregnant after a while. “It was a long process and lots of needles.”


The couple are already parents to two daughters: 13-year old Riley, Burruss’ daughter from a previous relationship and 19-year old Kaela, Tucker’s daughter from a previous relationship.

And now that they are first time parents all over again, they are going through parenthood brand new.

“It’s like starting all over,” Burruss added. “We were like, ‘Which bottles do we use? What diapers do we buy?’ Simple stuff that you would think I already know and I don’t. It’s silly.”

She also talks a bit about the nursery theme. They are sitting in the middle of it in the feature story photos.

“We wanted a safari theme because we met in Africa, but we didn’t want it to be over the top,” says Burruss. “It’s safari chic,” adds Tucker. “Safari clean.”

Nice!

Sherri Shepherd: She agreed to Surrogacy so Ex wouldn’t Leave her 

 

The View alum Sherri Shepherd is opening up about her controversial surrogacy and divorce.

Four months ago, a judge ordered the comedic actress to pay child support for the surrogate child she and her ex husband Lamar Sally arranged to bring into this earth but was born after the couple split.


In a new interview with PEOPLE, Shepherd suggests she agreed to the surrogacy in the first place out of fear Sally might have left her if she didn’t.

“My situation was a sense of, I didn’t state what I needed and what I wanted and what I didn’t want for being scared of somebody leaving the relationship,” Sherri told the magazine at a recent charity event. “There are consequences to everything, but I was scared to say, ‘That’s not going to work for me. I don’t want that.’”
Sherri has plans to file an appeal to the Pennsylvania judge’s ruling.

“He’s happy,” adds Sherri. “There nothing I can do. It’s out of my hands. You move on and I have a son. I have to take care of him so everything is good.”

Sherri also has a son named Jeffrey from her marriage to ex-husband Jeff Tarpley.

Ashlee Simpson gets fab PUSH Present; 8  Ideas for New Moms Who Have Everything

At a recent event celebrating his new album, singer-songwriter and Hunger Games star Evan Ross surprise gifted his wife Ashlee Simpson a plush PUSH present as she prepares to give birth to their first child together.

A source to PEOPLE magazine who attended the celebration held Tuesday at the Kia Beach House in Malibu, California said Ross brought out the vintage limited edition 2102 Chanel Green Graffiti Body Bag to the deck and presented it to his wife who was elated to receive it.


Nice! It’s quirky, eclectic, unique and perfect for the Bohemian flower child that Simpson-Ross is!

It can be tough for guys like Evan to shop for the posh mom (an expectant or new) who has everything. So for those dads-to-be out there one wondering what to give that woman who has everything, here are some ultimate gift suggestions:

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1. Any mom would be happy to receive a Tiffany blue box, especially if in it there is a Tiffany & Co. Bezzet Yellow Diamond Ring in platinum with a yellow diamond in an 18k gold bezel setting. Cushioned in modified fancy intense yellow diamond, carat total weight 1.57 Get it at Tiffany’s for a mere $27,100.
2. If she is a bag freak and doesn’t already have one, you can get her the Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag which costs $120,000.  Named after after British singer/actress Jane Birkin. The clasp of this tote, which is actually made out of a crocodile, features 10 carats of white diamonds. Less expensive bags are available starting at $5,000. Good luck finding one. Last I heard, there is a wait list. But Jet Set Socialite site that had the list has since gone off line.
3. If  that affluent new mom in your life loves sweet spells, you can get her one of the world’s most expensive bottle of perfume, Clive Christian No. 1 which sells for $2,150 for 2 ounces. The perfume is an extravagant combination of Indian jasmine, mandarin and sandalwood. Its bottle is handmade from lead crystal, while the neck is 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver, set with a solitaire. Wow!
4. If that spoiled rich new mom has a sweet tooth, she may appreciate getting a dark chocolate truffle from Knipschildt for $250. It sells for $2600 a pound. With candy that rich, you have to cherish every calorie.

5. My favorite  gift is anything spa related. If your mom has time on her schedule, book her a spa trip to the Hotel Victor in South Beach (which was bought out by the Hyatt) It offers guests of its penthouse suite the opportunity to lounge in a tub filled with 1,000 liters of pure Evian water, fuchsia, and orange Gerber daisies. Serena Williams was the first to try out the $5,000 bath, which is given in a 350-gallon infinity tub. You can also snack on smoked salmon lollipops, foie gras and chocolate as you bathe.

6. A monogrammed robe. For the first weeks after the baby is born, a new mom will be restless, sleepless, and anxious trying to navigate her new role, nurse, recover and heal from the pains of labor and delivery and entertaining guests. It can be overwhelming. Nothing can make a new mom feel comfortable and comforted than being enveloped in a nice plush robe, especially during cold and crisp Fall or Winter nights. Having it monogrammed adds the nice extra special touch. For those in warmer climates, a pretty frilly robe in pastels, paisley or other feminine design can help a new mom feel sensual during a time when she may be dealing with bloating and other pregnancy side effects. Brookstone sells a nice one starting at  $59.95.
  
7. Plush Slippers Many new moms experience water retention in their feet and legs during and immediately after giving birth. C-Section moms have it even worse because surgery creates even more water build up. As such, many moms quickly become to realize that they may not be able to fit into their old shoes and won’t for a while. A great warm and comfy pair of slippers would be an ideal for any new mom, for lounging around the home or just for slipping into after a day out and about on feet that are still recovering from childbirth.  makes a comfy shearling slipper that retails for $75.

8. Anything from Tiffany’s – The sight of that little blue box can put a glimmer in any woman’s eye. For a new mom whose fingers may be swollen from retaining water, she may be upset and frustrated that she can no longer fit her wedding or engagement ring. Rather than put it away, wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise to present her with a lovely chain to hang the rings on and wear around her neck so she can keep the symbol of your love and fidelity by her heart? Yes. Yes indeed. And as a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things Tiffany’s related, believe me, that you are sure to find a necklace in a variety of budgets at Tiffany’s.

An Elsa Peretti Pendant Chain  sells for $185.00 and can fit a ring easily along with the alphabet pendant bearing either the mom’s or new baby’s initial.

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A ‘Dancing with the Stars’ First: A Pregnant Celeb performs

For the first time ever, a pregnant dancer will take the stage on Dancing with the Stars!
For this Tuesday’s broadcast of the 10th Anniversary special of the hit prime-time TV dance competition, returning pro-dancers and celebrities from past seasons will perform including Season 14th’s Katherine Jenkins.
The British opera singer is 4 months pregnant with her first child, a girl, with husband since last September 2014 Andrew Levitas
“Thankfully I’ve been very active in my pregnancy so far, so when I got the invitation to perform on the show it was too much of a wonderful opportunity to pass up,” she told PEOPLE. “Obviously we had to consider certain things with the choreography, but everyone is looking after me and she’s getting a lot of attention! Even the wardrobe department have kindly offered to make me a sequin sparkly dress.” 
We will see Jenkins dance in a short fringed frock with Mark Ballard
A photo posted by Katherine Jenkins (@realkathjenkins) on Apr 24, 2015 at 1:03pm PDT
She announced her pregnancy recently on her Instagram page on April 16.
A photo posted by Katherine Jenkins (@realkathjenkins) on Apr 13, 2015 at 3:27am PDT

“Couldn’t be more excited to meet our little girl! #MummyToBe #DaddyToBe #ArtProject #Collaboration #Family @andrewlevitas,” she captioned the photo.

The show airs Tuesday, April 28 at 8pm ET on ABC.

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Kimora Lee Simmons welcomes 4th child, son Wolfe

Congratulations to former Supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons who welcomed her fourth child, son, Wolfe with husband Tim Leissner.
The ex-designer turned Reality TV star and her investment banker hubby said in a statement released to PEOPLE magazine through their reps, “We are filled with joy, adoration and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our son.”
Simmons is already mom to daughters 15-year old Ming and 12-year old Aoki with biz mogul Russell Simmons and son Kenzo with actor Djimon Hounsou. 

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