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Top 10 Baby Names of 2020 So Far: {The Curfew Babies Edition}

Now that the novel coronavirus is forcing a lot of schools and workplaces to shut down and driving everyone indoors and to work and go to school from home, a lot of families will be spending more time together.

Not having to get up early to go to an office means later, more leisure nights, snuggling with the one you love and sometimes getting intimate.

Naturally, we can foresee a possible baby boom about 40 weeks from these days.

Just in time, the guys at Names.org,  this week, released their predictions for the Most Popular Baby Names of 2020.  New entries in the top 10 for boys this year includes Henry and Alexander, while Mila cracked the top 10 for girls.

The rankings were determined by analyzing the most recent data from the Social Security Administration, trends from the past five years, and current user interest from millions of visitors to our site.

So while it is probably too soon to be thinking of names, or having a baby, depending on whether you want a common popular name or not, it doesn’t hurt to take a sneak peek at the names that are trending already 3 months into 2020.

baby girl

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Charlotte
  6. Sophia
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Mila
  10. Harper

baby boys

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Olivia
  5. Lucas
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. James
  9. Henry
  10. Alexander

Celeb Fitness Pro Schools Fans on First versus Second Pregnancy Belly Pop

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We can always count on an Australian fitness Instagram celebrity to school the masses on diversity in pregnancy experiences and this time, fitness pro Emily Skye shared two side by side shots to show how earlier a baby belly “pops” after a second pregnancy compared to the first.

“Last pregnancy vs this pregnancy – both at 19 weeks along!” she captioned the photo of herself at 19 weeks pregnant for baby #1 and the same gestation for baby #2 with a much larger bump. “EVERY PREGNANCY IS DIFFERENT!!”

Indeed at South Florida Morsani College OB-GYN maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Stephanie Ros told Insider, it’s “totally normal” because the stomach muscles and tissues around them get stretched out during the first pregnancies.

“In future pregnancies, it doesn’t take much pressure to get those tissues to allow the growing uterus to push forward,” Ros said, adding that women may also find their baby bump sinks lower after the first pregnancy since the pelvic muscles are looser too.

Midwife Clare Herbert wrote in The BabyCentre., a second pregnancy (or any pregnancy after the first) may also look bigger sooner because the future child actually is bigger, which is common for second children.

It’s also possible for women to look bigger because they’re actually further along than they think they are, Herbert added, especially if they were still breastfeeding when they became pregnant. That’s because breastfeeding can interrupt the menstrual cycle, making tracking when the pregnancy occurred more prone to error.

The more you know….

Report: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are Expecting First Child

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joe and sophie turner at billboards

Sophie Turner is about to be a mom!

Multiple sources confirm to E! News that the Game of Thrones star is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband Joe Jonas.

“The couple is keeping things very hush hush but their friends and family are super excited for them,” one source shared with JustJared who was first to report the news. Another insider added, “Sophie has decidedly been choosing outfits to wear on and off the carpet to accommodate her changing body.”

The couple’s last major public appearance together was at the 2020 Grammys where Sophie cheered on her husband during the Jonas Brothers‘ performance of “What A Man Gotta Do.

Joe and Sophie surprised fans in May 2019 when they got married in Las Vegas after the Billboard Music Awards. The duo enjoyed a second ceremony in France one month later.

Since then, the couple has continued to document their love story that includes everything from sweet social media posts, unforgettable vacations and red carpet date nights.

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Court: Woman Can’t Use, Must Donate Her Fertilized Embryos After Divorce

An Arizona woman cannot use frozen embryos fertilized by her ex-husband to have children and has to donate them, according to a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court.

Ruby Torres had her eggs fertilized before undergoing cancer treatment in 2014, court documents say. At the time, she and her then-boyfriend, John Joseph Terrell, signed an agreement at the fertility clinic that said if they split up the embryos could either be donated to another couple or used by one of them to have children — but only with the “express, written consent of both parties.”

The couple married days later and underwent in vitro fertilization, court documents state. The viable embryos were frozen and stored away. Torres’ chemotherapy caused a “significant drop in her reproductive function,” the documents say.

They divorced in 2017, kicking off a court battle. On one side is Torres, who wants to keep the embryos. On the other is Terrell, who doesn’t want to father any children with his ex-wife and wants the embryos to be donated.

A family court initially ruled in Terrell’s favor, saying his “right to not be compelled to be a parent outweighs (Torres’) right to procreate and desire to have a biologically related child.” An appeals court then overturned the family court’s decision and ruled in Torres’ favor.

In its ruling Thursday, the Arizona Supreme Court pointed to the contract and the condition that said the embryos “cannot be used to produce pregnancy against the wishes of the partner.”

The court said it was “cognizant of the unavoidable emotional fallout” that could come from the decision. But because the couple couldn’t come to an agreement, the court said, under the contract, “the court could only direct donation of the embryos.”

“These are extremely difficult and emotional issues, so it’s best for couples to make decisions ahead of time,” and that was what happened in this case, said Eric M. Fraser, Terrell’s attorney, in a statement to CNN.

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Usain Bolt And Girlfriend Kasi Bennett Are Expecting First Child

Congrats to Jamaican Olympic and world champion track star Usain Bolt who is expecting his first child with girlfriend of five years, Kasi Bennett.

Thia past Thursday, the multiple world-record holder took to Instagram to announce the news.

“I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE,” he captioned a breathtaking photo of Bennett in a flowing red wind dress maternity photo

Bennett, a marketing director,  then peppered her own Insta with the news adding captions on a series of images: ‘Our golden child. Coming soon… Our greatest celebration… Our biggest blessing’.

The two have been low key with their romance so it’s a big step to see them coming out now with this news!

congrats!

Bump Watch Round Up: Maren Morris, Erica Mena and Malika Haqq

erica mena and safaree samuels gender reveal

It’s been awhile since I stalked checked in with some of our fave pregnant celebs.

They look like they are doing well.

erica mena and safaree samuels gender reveal

Love and Hip Hop‘s Erica Mena has been styling and profiling on Insta and recently revealed during a “gender reveal party” that she and hubby Safaree Samuels are havig a baby girl.

“God I can’t thank you enough,” Erica wrote in an Instagram post that featured footage from the big gender reveal party. “My husband and I are living a dream,” Mena told her fans. “Everything we’ve ever wanted has officially come true.

Meanwhile, country singer Maren Morris, who is expecting her first child — a baby boy with husband Ryan Hurd,  is cracking us up with her funny posts on Twitter.

Her last post was about a quasi back handed compliment she appreciated getting at the nail salon

Actress and Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality TV show bestie Malika Haqq recently went retro posting a nude black and white bump photo at eight months pregnant.

“We’re tiny but mighty,” Haqq captioned the very beautiful and romantic looking photo. Haqq and her 2-year off-again-on-again ex, rapper OT Genasis are expecting their first child together.

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Decade in Review: 10 Celeb Parenting Trends That Are Now Outdated

Having covered celebrity pregnancy, parenting and the “bump watch” for over a decade, I pride myself in being an institutional memory of the trends in this space.

As we close out on another decade, I’ve identified 10 trends that have come and gone from the past decade, including old ones that have faded out of style over time and new ones spearheaded by the recent popularity and usage of social media.

Let’s start with the trends that are

Outdated and going bye bye:

10. Million Dollar Deals for First Baby Photos

In 2007, Julia Roberts reportedly was the first celebrity to demand a six figure payday ($250,000) from PEOPLE magazine to get the rights to publish the first photos of her twins Phinnaeus and Hazel. OK magazine got a steal and paid merely a little over a half a million for pics of Gwen Stefanie’s 2 week old son, Kingston. OK Magazine lost their $2 million dollar bid for Britney Spear and Kevin Federline’s first baby pic to People magazine. Nicole Richie reportedly received $1M for her photo of son, Max and Christina Aguilera for her son.

With magazines, along with newspapers, losing tons of revenue as people start to rely on digital forms of media for news and information, it no longer made business sense to pay these astronomical amounts of money.

Also, with the advent of social media and more conscious celeb couples publishing their babies on Instagram for free, the less famous personalities who used to shop for first photo deals found there was no longer a market for them.

9. Pregnant Nude Covers

After Demi Moore posed on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in 1991, it became a thing for stars to do the same.  Since then, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Nia Long and many more graced covers in the buff while expecting.

Soon, it became more of a quick and easy way to get publicity and attention, and eventually the public interest in them waned.

The last big photo issue was of Alanis Morissette in 2016. She did an undercover water shoot but the naked baby bump photo thing is more or less passe and not a public rosy stunt many will do.

8. The Celebrity Bounce Back

Around the same time that gossip magazines started to cover celebrity parents, we saw a lot of photos about the “bounce back”. It was as if it was a competition to see who could pop up slim and trim months or even weeks after baby.

It was ridiculous for several reasons: 1) a lot of the covers were photoshopped; 2) some of the celebs either genetically were predisposed to lose weight fast or underwent surgical procedures to quickly trim down after baby; 3) it set up a dangerous standard given that a lot of celebs have private chefs and trainers to help them lose weight fast; and 4) it sent a damaging message to women who should be concerned with safely healing from delivery and focusing on nursing and connecting with their newborns.

In any event, those magazine covers are not as common as before. In fact, a bunch of celebrity women like Chrissy Teigen, Blake Livey, Mila Kunis and others have spoken out about the ridiculous expectations on them to return to their pre-pregnancy form after baby.

The industry has gotten the message and do not sensationalize the bounce back as much as before.

7. Sponsored Baby Showers

Once upon a time, celebrities were approached by companies and brand representatives to host a baby shower for them in exchange for promotion of their products. The companies knew there were tons of promotions that came with the exposure.

Amazon.com sponsored Khloe Kardashian’s baby shower in 2018. Although the trend is dying out, over the past decade, Danielle Jonas and her husband Kevin celebrated a baby shower thrown by Fit Pregnancy magazine.

Also, Burt’s Bees was among the sponsors of Kourtney Kardashian’baby shower when she was pregnant with daughter Penelope. Similarly, Le Bebe CoCo  was among Kristin Cavallari‘s baby shower sponsors. Target hosted Beverley Mitchell’s baby shower. Several liquor companies provided the libations for cocktails served up at Love and Hip Hop’s  Yandy Smith‘s baby shower.

Jaime King enjoyed some fab brand goodies at her shower.  Ecoya‘s Sweet Pea & Jasmine home fragrance collection, a pink Quinny Buzz Special Edition stroller, a mamaRoo baby swing, a pink Hoppop Bath tub, a pink Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket, a Timi and Leslie diaper bag and a 5 ft. custom-made giraffe by Melissa and Doug all contributed to Victoria Beckham‘s baby shower.

Finally, Belly Bandit sponsored Jewel’s baby shower.

While this trend continues, audiences do not respond as favorable to them any longer and the comment section on sponsored baby showers are sometimes filled with negative commentary from fans who want less rich new parents to be showered with the gifts.

SOCIAL MEDIA DRIVEN

6. Hiding Children’s Face in Social Media

We famously were contacted by Stella McCartney’s reps over 10 years ago to remove paparazzi photos of her traveling with her children in the street posted on the blog. A few years later, Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard launched a campaign in 2014 to get a California state law passed to protect children of celebs from paparazzi. Others have done the same.

Eva Mendes and Kerry Washington do not show their kids in public or social media at all.

In the social media era, a few refuse to feature their children in social media or they hide their faces when they do: Zoe Saldana, Beyonce, brit star Rochelle Humes, Kylie Jenner  and Jenna Dewan all have done that in the past or continue to.

5. Celebrity Kids Instagram Accounts

On the flip side, several less famous stars realize the tremendous money making and marketing opportunities in giving their children their own account and branding their name and fame from birth.

It’s a pretty recent phenomenon, but starting with , DJ Khaled who launched an Instagram account  for his son Asadh in 2016 when Baby Khaled was just one month old, many celebs have created accounts for their kids as well.

Little  Asadh now has 1.8M followers, Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade‘s 1 year old daughter Kaavia James boasts 1M followers and Michael Phelps’ 3-year old son Boomer Phelps  now has 665K followers of his Instagram page.

I think the youngest baby to get an Insta was Cali Clay Shephard, daughter of model Chanel Iman and Sterling Shepard whose account was opened at just 16 days old.

This is a trend that is not getting old but is growing as more realize the revenue generating options that open up with having a massive engaged following.

4.  Hiding Pregnancy to Late Trimester

From my memory in covering this topic, I think that Kylie Jenner, Anna Kournokova and a few others did the best job at hiding their pregnancies for all 9 months. It’s pretty hard to hide from the paparazzi and shield their bump during events, filming and promoting a project.

But in 2011, Evangeline Lilly managed to almost completely disguise her entire pregnancy until papps found her in Hawaii while almost done gestating her first child. Jennifer Lopez and Adele managed to hide their respective pregnancies for over 5 months.

Given how common miscarriage is, a lot of women, whether a celebrity or not, wait until the latest time possible when they feel comfortable that they will be able to carry their baby to term to announce baby news.

Hiding an early pregnancy while building a career in front of the public is not easy to do as Cardi B learned but it can be done and the more private or celebs are learning from others how to do it.

3. Launch New Career/Re invigorate Career

Also during the height of the interest in celeb baby bumps, a lot of stars who were formerly very popular but whose fame had waned were able to reinvigorate their respective careers after having a baby.

For example, Kim Karadashian West once lamented that she saw a spike in paparazzi photos whenever she is expecting.

About 10 years ago, Mommyish published a gallery of celebrities who became more famous after becoming pregnant or becoming a mom.

It is not clear is the general public is as enamored with celebrity pregnancy as it once was before so a baby may not be the career boost as it was in the past.

2. Launch a Maternity or Parenting Related Brand

Tia and Tamera Mowry famously launched a breastfeeding brand called Milky after becoming parents for the first time.  Others like Jessica Simpson, Heidi Klum and Jessica Simpson, Heidi Klum launched maternity lines or added children clothing to their existing lines as with Stella McCartney and The Kardashians after they became a mom, respectively.

Instagram famous women shift their feeds and started featuring their babies and promoting parenting and motherhood related brands as part of their new post baby rebranding.

So at least in social media, a new baby can create opportunities.

1. Being Open and Honest about Miscarriage

Micarriage is a taboo among many families. It is unspoken and women who go through it suffer in silence or keep it a secret. It occurs more often than many would believe, yet women usually keep it a secret from family and friends. It certainly taints and colors one’s journey to motherhood, whether it happened in the early weeks or mid term. A woman will earnestly never be the same after suffering through one, especially she and her partner were planning for the baby they lost.

In recent years, a lot of celebrities have been open and transparent about having gone through a miscarriage.

And a lot more are being open and transparent about losses they’ve had in the past.

From many of the stars of BravoTV‘s Real Housewives of Atlanta to Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mithcell to Michelle Obama to Beyonce and Carrie Underwood and Gabrielle Union, openly sharing about a miscarriage or pregnancy loss is the thing to do.

Because of their influence, platform and reach, it’s awesome that these women are sharing their stories to help comfort and empathy for those who have endured it or may be unknowing about how common it is.

In the coming decade, let’s hope the trend of being relatable and real continue and we can leave behind those trends that created stress and anxiety among their followers behind.

 

Ashley Graham Says Serena Williams, Kim K and Amy Schumer Gave Her Messy Scoop on Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond

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First-time mom-to-be Ashley Graham covers the January 2020 edition of VOGUE, photographed by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The Sports Illustrated cover model shared a photo of the cover of her draped in a gold down cradling her bump. A second photo she shared featured Graham with her husband Justin Ervin bare-chested standing behind his wife cradling her belly on a beach.

Draped in gilded “Oscar de la Renta” caftan, the model looks radiant in her first solo cover for the U.S. edition of the fashion publication.

Inside the mag, Graham discusses social media’s “baby bump” obsession), what her mom pals Kim Kardashian, Amy Schumer and Serena Williams taught her about motherhood and her struggle to find support during this complete life change.

“I’ve always had control over my body — when everyone else wanted to dictate what it should be, I took full control over it — but I had this life inside of me saying, ‘It’s not yours anymore, it’s mine,‘” says Graham. “I was gaining weight rapidly. And I felt alone. And the one piece of advice that my stylist, Jordan Foster, gave me was, ‘Make pregnant friends.’ None of my friends were in relationships, let alone pregnant. And now I have nine pregnant friends.”

“When I look at this picture, I get so emotional because this moment feels bigger than me,” she captioned the post. “It’s indicative of our entire relationship – my husband @mrjustinervin supporting me ALWAYS from day one.”

The model continues, “I’m overwhelmed with so much joy and filled with such gratitude that we are doing this together 🖤 Thank You Thank You Thank You.”

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A VOGUE COVER!!! — celebrating inclusivity, mothers, pregnancy and love —  is so surreal. I have dreamed of this moment my entire career since I was a catalogue model living in Nebraska two decades ago. Thank you @voguemagazine and #AnnaWintour for embracing a conversation around pregnancy and motherhood, which can be both incredibly exciting and also isolating. The community and support I have discovered along the way has been incredible, and to share this monumental moment with my son and husband in the pages of Vogue could not feel more special. @annieleibovitz, you made me feel like a true pregnant goddess 🤗 Photographer: @annieleibovitz Fashion Editor: @tonnegood Makeup: @hannah_murray1 Hair: @sallyhershberger Bookings Director: @felicitybwebb Writer: @jonathanvanmeter

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Readers in New York City and Los Angeles, California can nab a copy of the January 2020 issue today and nationwide on Dec. 17. To see more photos from Graham’s photo shoot, styled by fashion editor Tonne Goodman, and to read her full interview, visit Vogue.com.

My fave part is about Williams who parrots everything chronicled on this blog. Woot! Yes sis!:

“Serena Williams wonders if it all started with Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991, naked and pregnant, shocking all the squeamish prudes and church ladies. “I was only 10 at the time,” says Williams, “but I remember thinking that was cool.” Ten years later, when Us Weekly focused its attention on questionable gossip and paparazzi shots of actresses pumping gas in Beverly Hills, the whole bizarro obsession with the “baby bump” took off. Tabloid copycats escalated their pursuit of the possibly pregnant, raising it to the level of stalking. One afternoon of bloat while leaving The Ivy and suddenly: IS JENNIFER PREGNANT? And then social media came along and women began to own their narrative by curating the journey of getting and being pregnant and giving birth and bouncing back—or not.

“I think it’s a good thing,” says Williams, “but it also puts a lot of pressure on women. For me, the whole lie about ‘the snap back’ was what bothered me. I had a little problem with the lies of girls on Instagram—like, coming out of the hospital holding the baby and . . . you know . . . looking thinner than before. That’s not happening to me! That’s one thing I’ve learned, and the thing I tell Ashley: Everybody—literally every body—is different. You might jump back in an hour. I didn’t.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Trademarked Their Two Week Old

Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West have trademarked their fourth child, son Pslam West‘s name for 70 businesses.

This all happened just 14-days into the newborn’s life. It’s not uncommon for the famous duo (or many celebrities these days, Beyonce and JayZ have trademarked their kids’ names).

However, for North, Saint and Chicago who were trademarked earlier this year, she hadn’t specified so many companies.

TMZ reported on Thursday that the savvy couple secured the bag by filing for the baby’s trademark at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 18 under Kardashian-West’s company, Kimsaprincess.

The product categories include: fashion and beauty sectors, baby goods, children’s clothing, jewelry, watches and skin care among others were included in the request.

Currently, Kardashian-West is studying to become a lawyer and plans to take bar exam in 2022. She and Ye also revealed that their family doctor Paul Crane, the same one who delivered Psalm’s bis sisters North and Chicago and big brother Saint delivered Psalm.

She and Kanye celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary yesterday, May 24th.

Big happy news all around for the family!

The ‘Shahs Of Sunset’ Beef Has Gone Off the HIPPA Rails

The Shahs of Sunset feud between former besties Reza Farahan and Mercedes  “MJ” Javid has turned really really ugly now that one of the cast members is being accused of violating federal HIPPA (Health Information Privacy Protection Act laws!

It all started when Javid accused all but one (Shervin ) of her fellow cast members of that BravoTV show of not visiting her in the ICU (intensive care unit) after being admitted there following a very challenging and life -threatening C-section delivery of her first child.

After struggling with infertility and going through a few IVF rounds, and enduring several other complications and extended bed rest, the 46-year gave birth to son Shams Frances Feight on April 17th.

The other cast members clapped back at Javid’s claim!

The most damaging and maybe illegal clapback happened in a series of screenshots that accidentally included MJ’s home address, phone number and other private info regarding medical procedures that took place and personal fertility info.

“When you’re evil and plotting against your best friend of 30 years, make sure not to leave receipts in plain sight,” Farahan captioned his post, where he included screenshots of his text exchanges with Javid, adding, “If none of my friends came to see me while I was in ICU giving birth I’d look inward.”

javid’s husband Tommy Feight reportedly responded by going to Farahan’s home and trashing a few potted plants which Farahan’s husband Adam Neely allegedly witnessed from the couple’s porch cam. 

By Monday, May 20, Farahan had filed a restraining order with legal documents obtained by E! News including allegations by Farahan that Feight “called and said he was going to kill me.”

LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) confirmed to E! News that “officers took a report after an act of vandalism occurred at the address.”

Though a lot of people speculated the feud and drama might have been feigned for the show, insiders claim it is real and with them getting the police and courts involved, it’s not looking fabricated to me either. 

“MJ is confused and heartbroken that her friends haven’t congratulated her on Shams’ birth, or asked about her health after she nearly died,” an inside source told E! News. “Not even her best friend Reza has reached out to her. Reza stopped contacting her a few weeks ago, and his since unfollowed her on social media.” 

According to the E! News report, MJ initially claimed she planned to skip season 9 but has been seen filming. The other members of the cast Destiney Rose, Golnesa Gharachedaghi, Mike Shouhed and Nema Vand, have all been seen filming for the show. 

MJ was the last to sign in for another season.

On Wednesday, Farahan apologized for the leak of private info and clarified the spat

“I want to make an apology and clarify something, then sign off,” he captioned his video apology on Instagram. “In my haste to get the timeline of events out, I included a text w/ sensitive information, that was sent to me by Tommy, using MJ’s phone. For that I’m truly sorry.” 

The reality TV star continued, “I had forgotten that was in there and I genuinely wish I could go back and cut that one out.  Unfortunately it’s out and I’m very sorry. Our lives are more important than a feud. I can’t explain how unsettling it is to feel unsafe in our own home, so we’re signing off.” 

In his post, he tagged fellow cast Mates.

Feight defended his actions:

“This is how my wife spent her 1st 2 days as a mom—it was without a doubt the most terrifying experience I have ever been through, i have never felt so alone and helpless and even now I can’t think of this experience without breaking down—she is a warrior and stronger then any women I know—she is my Queen my hero and my universe,” he wrote to his followerswith a photo of MJ from the hospital. “I will let NO ONE disrespect minimize and devalue all that she went through to bring our son into this world—i took vows to protect her and keep her safe and I will do that until my last dying breath #tillthedirt #myqueen #smother #khaleesi #bendtheknee.” 

MJ reposted the image. 

In sum, it appeared that having a baby is a sure fire way for your childless and single friends to forget about you or leave you out. 

It happened to original cast member Asa Soltan who left the show after becoming a mother.

Also, in my unsolicited opinion, if these folks really aren’t her true “friends” and maybe just TV show cast member “friends” if they cannot be there or hangout and socialize with each other when the cameras aren’t rolling.