Rappers featured prominently in a roundup of pregnancy related news, including some unexpected and unusual references related to Drake and Lil Nas X’s respective album releases.
Kylie Jenner confirmed what’s been speculated for weeks: She’s pregnant with baby No. 2.
The Kylie Cosmetics mogul documented her pregnancy journey thus far in a moving video she shared on social media on Tuesday. The clip starts off with Kylie holding a positive pregnancy test. She appears to film boyfriend Travis Scott’s reaction to the happy news as he can be seen hugging her in the bathroom.
Kylie also reveals exactly how she told mom Kris Jenner — with Stormi handing the momager an envelope filled with sonogram photos. Read the Rest
And the hip hop community had a few odes to pregnancy recently.
Rapper Cardi B and her husband Offset from the rap group Migos welcomed their second child, a son.
The “Up” singer shared a tender Instagram photo of her and Offset sitting on a hospital bed cradling their newborn. She captioned the photo, “9/4/21” with a set of three emoticons including a blue heart, dinosaur and tiger.
Rapper Drake released his much-anticipated latest album, “Certified Lover Boy” with a cover art that features a grid of 12 multiracial “pregnant woman” emojis wearing differently colored shirts.
British artist Damien Hirst designed the cover which Internet sleuths have stated looks to be a cross between the artist’s Spot Paintings with monochromatic canvases covered in rows of dots painted in complimentary colors and colourful dots and his work, sculptures of pregnant women is what seems to have inspired Drake’s CLB.
Rapper Lil Nas X stirred up some noise when he decided to do a maternity style photo to announce the birth of his latest album project. In photos, featured in a PEOPLE magazine spread, the “Montero” performer wears a prosthetic bump.
There was a lot of buzz and chatter over the social media display, including among women advocates who said it make a mockery of pregnancy, child birth and fertility struggles.
Maybe to difuse some of the hate, the “Old Town Road” singer invited expecting women to share a photo of themselves and their bump along with their CashApp account
United States Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix just won her 10th Olympic medal becoming the most decorated female athlete in all time! And she did so after giving birth to her first child, Camryn, and fighting back naysayers who counted her out since she became a mom!
The 35-year-old California native ran blind, situated in the less favored lane 9, and accelerated fast enought to win the bronze medal in the women’s 400 meters on Friday. She ran a season-best at 49.46 seconds and did so wearing her own brand of shoes, Saysh.
Defending Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas was the gold medalist in a lifetime best 48.36 seconds, and Marileidy Paulino of Dominican Republic the silver medalist; her 49.20 clocking was also a lifetime best.
With today’s medal Felix broke a tie with Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey, who has nine medals. She has also tied the legend Carl Lewis for the most medals by an American track and field athlete.
Felix parted with her longtime sponsor Nike after pushing back publicly about the athletic company’s battles with atheletes who return to the field after having a baby. She eventually created her own line.
Felix gave birth to her daughter, Camryn, in 2018, and she has since been candid about her recovery and struggles while returning to training. In 2019, she broke up with her then sponsor Nike due to the circumstances related to her childbirth, sharing in a powerful New York Times op-ed that she faced a 70% pay cut in her sponsorship because of it. “During my pregnancy, I faced a gender injustice that I couldn’t run from,” she tells Vogue. “My employer [Nike] did not support my maternity in a way that I could be proud of.” With no big shoe sponsor this year, Felix decided to take matters into her own hands. But instead of finding the right performance shoe, she decided to channel her frustrations into creating an athleisure sneaker under her new brand, Saysh.
Felix competed in the finals with teammate Quanera Hayes who skated into the last round of the 400M competition on her time but came in 7th. At the Olympic Trials this year, her son Demetrius and Camryn met and hugged.
US Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk appealed to the IOC which had intially banned her from bringing her nursing newborn along to Japan. Amidst outcry from the world, she won and was able to take her daughter Zoe!
Here are some headlines about other moms who competed and are competing in these 2021 Tokyo, Japan Olympic games
Recent research shows that many women undergo mental stress during pregnancy, likely triggered by the hormonal and other changes in their body during that delicate time they are carrying life.
If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from clinical anxiety, you may be wondering how best to navigate this diagnosis during your pregnancy journey in the most healthy way without jeopardizing the health of your unborn baby.
Dr. Alan Lindemann, an obstetrician and maternal mortality expert collected some of the most common questions asked by his patients over anxiety experienced during pregnancy:
Lindemann, who teaches women and their families how to create the outcomes they want for their own personal health and pregnancy, offered a disclaimer before dispensing the following five Q & A tips: “As with any pregnancy advice you read, I recommend you connect with your personal care providers to help support you through your unique pregnancy experience.”
1. Are many pregnant women bothered by anxiety?
Anxiety is the most common psychiatric disorder, and women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with it. If you historically suffer from anxiety, you are likely to need strategies to deal with it and keep you and your baby happy and healthy during your pregnancy. Onset of new pathologic anxiety during pregnancy is not common, but communicate with your care provider if this is your experience so you can get additional support as needed. (Normal pregnancy related anxiety is common, and doesn’t need any treatment.)
2. Does anxiety carry risks to my pregnancy?
Anxiety and other stresses in pregnancy are associated with miscarriage, preterm delivery, and delivery complications. If you are suffering from anxiety and become pregnant, it’s important to work with your care provider to create an action plan so you can optimize your pregnancy outcomes.
3. What are some natural (drug-free) ways to deal with anxiety during pregnancy?
Enlist the help of your partner in creating and maintaining a calm pregnancy environment. You can also tryyoga, meditation, and walking. Be sure to talk to your obstetrician, as well. If s/he doesn’t feel comfortable helping you with your anxiety, ask for a referral to a counselor
4. Is it safe to take anxiety medications while pregnant?
Taking anxiety medications during pregnancy does carry some risks to your baby (depending on the medication), including cleft lip and “floppy baby syndrome” (i.e., hypothermia, lethargy, poor respiratory effort, and feeding problems). Your infant may also suffer from withdrawal from certain medications. Be sure to consult with your prescribing physician and understand all the risks before making your decision.
5. What if I’m on anxiety medication when I get pregnant?
Work with your prescribing physician to slowly decrease dosage over a period of about three weeks until you can wean yourself off. While some anxiety medications can be taken during pregnancy, they all cause some risk to your baby, and it is best to go off the medications if possible.
In the end, the decision needs to be weighed from the perspective of where the greatest benefit will be compared to the greatest harm. If not taking your medication could result in self-harm, for example, your physician may recommend you continue taking it in spite of the potential risks to your pregnancy.
It’s been a minute since we dedicated a post to celebrity bumps and new baby arrivals.
Congrats are in order for singer Meaghan Trainer and her husband, who welcomed their first child.
The “All About the Bass” singer announced the birth on Valentine’s Day.
“This sweet baby boy’s due date was today on Valentine’s Day💝 We got to meet him Monday, Feb 8th! We are SO IN LOVE Thank you @darylsabara for the best Valentine’s gift ever! Welcome to the world Riley!” Trainor wrote.
SingerHalsey is expecting her first child after a series of miscarriages and a history of fertility struggles.
Surprise!” the “Without Me” recording artist captioned an Instagram photo on Wednesday, January 26, debuting her baby bump while wearing a crocheted rainbow top to reflect the fact that she is having a “Rainbow” baby, a child conceived after pregnancy loss.
A few years ago, the New Jersey shared openly that she had frozen her eggs following a lifetime of struggilng with endometriosis.
When she shared a tweet version of the photo, she captioned the photo,” my rainbow”.
“Doing ovarian reserve is important for me, because I’m fortunate enough to have that as an option, and I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility [and] about protecting myself,” Halsey said in April 2018 during an appearance on the TV show The Doctors.“Reproductive illness is so frustrating because it can really make you feel like less of a woman.”
She added: “You don’t feel sexy, you don’t feel proud, and you don’t feel like there’s much hope, so taking these measures to make sure that I get to have a hopefully bright future and achieve the things that I want to achieve by doing the ovarian reserve is really important.”
Before then, she was forced to choose between a loss and work.
Right before a 2015 perfomance, she told Rolling Stone that she lost a baby.
“I’m like, ‘I have to cancel this show!” the “Bad at Love” singer said in the July 2016 interview. “And everyone’s kind of like, ‘Well, it’s Vevo LIFT, and it’s three-million impressions, so … no one knew what do to. It’s the angriest performance that I’ve ever done in my life. That was the moment of my life where I thought to myself, ‘I don’t feel like a f–king human being anymore.’ This thing, this music, Halsey, whatever it is that I’m doing, took precedence and priority over every decision that I made regarding this entire situation from the moment I found out until the moment it went wrong. I walked offstage and went into the parking lot and just start throwing up.”
And she was hardest on herself over the loss.
“I wasn’t drinking. I wasn’t doing drugs. I was f–king overworked — in the hospital every couple of weeks because I was dehydrated, needing bags of IVs brought to my greenroom. I was anemic, I was fainting,” she revealed. “My body just broke the f–k down.”
It is the first child with her boyfriend, Alev Aydin.
“Heart so full, I love you, sweetness,” Aydin posted in the comment section of her post to which Halsey replied, “I love you!!!!! And I love this mini human already!”
It’s been a long time coming.
Halsey told The Guardian in February 2020 that becoming a mom was “looking like something that’s gonna happen for me. That’s a miracle.”
“I’ve been really open about my struggles with reproductive health, about wanting to freeze my eggs and having endometriosis and things like that,” she wrote. “For a long time, I didn’t think that having a family was something I was going to be able to do, and it’s very, very important to me.”
“Then one day my OB-GYN tells me it’s looking like I maybe can, and I was so moved. It felt like this ascension into a different kind of womanhood,” added Halsey. “All of a sudden, everything is different. I’m not going to go tour myself to death because I have nothing else to do and I’m overcompensating for not being able to have this other thing that I really want. Now, I have a choice. I’ve never had a choice before.”
The songwriter was spotted out and about with Aydin in October 2020. Prior to her with Aydin, she was romantically linked to singer Yungblud and actor Evan Peters and dated G-Eazy on and off from 2017 to 2018.
Meanwhile, Christina Milian and her husband are also expecting their second child together within a year.
“You and Me + 3,” the Love Don’t Cost A Thing singer and actress captioned photos on Instagram highlighting her growing baby bump. “#morelove.” and announcig that she and her boyfriend since 2017, French singer Matt Pokora, are expecting.
The couple welcomed son, Isaiah on January 20 and she is mom to 10-year-old daughter Violet Madison, who she welcomed with ex-husbandThe-Dream in February 2010.
Fantasia shared some pretty regal looking family Christmas photos starring her husband, her 19-year old daughter Zion and her 9-year old son Zion, both from other relationships.
Nearly three weeks after the birth of his fourth child, the comedian posted his first picture of daughterKaori Mai on his Instagram page. The sweet photo features the newborn wearing a too-cute onesie with pink hearts and a matching pink bow.
In the picture, Hart’s mother-in-law Honey Andrea is cradling baby Kaori who is looking up at the camera with her eyes open and tongue sticking out.
“All I can do is smile 🤦🏾♂️,” the actor, 41, raved.
Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish welcomed their second child together on Sept. 29. Baby Kaori Mai joins her three siblings: Kenzo Kash, 2½, and Hendrix, 12, and Heaven, 15.
She is shot by renowned photographer of African, French and Italian heritage and my namesake, Djeneba Aduayom.
The Grammy-winning recording artist also shared with New York-based author Dawnie Walton how the pandemic played into the baby number 2 makign process, saying that she and hubby Tim Weatherspoon, “had been talking about it loosely, and then COVID happened, and we were just like, ‘Let’s see what happens.'”
The former Destiny’s Child bandmbember also talked about how she decided to share the news during these uncertain times.
“You still want to remind people that life is important. And being able to have a child … I’m knocking at 40’s door in February. Taking care of myself means a lot to me
But also top of mind was her fans who she knew had been asking her to produce a new album.
The thought “Oh my god, my fans are gonna be so disappointed .… They wanted an album first, but they got a baby!” then added, “and I was like, ‘I have to figure this out so they get both.'”
The super mom is figuring out how to do both and says she is in fact, working on new music!
“I want it to feel very organic, coming from me,” she said about her music, adding that she likes “to touch on everything” with her songs.
While the gender of the baby has not been revealed, she did speak on the Breonna Taylor Grand Jury decision to not charge the officers in her killing and how that impacts her own parenting and child rearing of a black son.
“I promised to protect my kid. That was the main thing I was thinking about: protecting this little innocence,” she said when reflecting on these deaths.
Congratulations to rapper Nicki Minaj who reportedly gave birth to her first child this week.Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty welcomed the new addition on Wednesday, September 30 in Los Angeles according to media reports.
The Queen recording star only recently announced the news while in her final trimester back in july.
They got their marriage license in July 2019, but did not finally tie the knot until three months later.”Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19,” the singer posted at the time with a video that showed all of her bridal-themed merch.Congrats!