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5 Tips For Coping With Anxiety While Pregnant

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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.

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Celebrity Bump/New Baby Round Up: Kelly Rowland, Meghan Trainor, Pump Rules Stars Scheanna Shay, More

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collage of pregnant celebs

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.

Bravo TV star Scheanna Shay of Vanderpump Rules who is expecting her first child, a Rainbow baby, conceived after a loss posted photos of her babymoon trip in Hawaii on social.

The petite reality TV star announced in October that she was expecting her first child with her boyfriend after suffering a series of miscarriages.

The impending birth is part of a Vanderpump Rules baby boom.

Former castmember Stassi Schroeder and her husband Beau Clark welcomed a baby girl named Hartford Charlie Rose Clark on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Brittany Cartwright and husband Jax Taylor are also expecting their first child, a baby boy.

Meanwhile, fellow castmember Lala Kent is expecting a girl with her fiance with Hollywood exec Randall Emmett.

It’s another baby boy for Kelly Rowland and her husband Tim Witherspoon! The “K” singer’s family grew by one when baby boy Noah Jon was born last month, joining the couple’s older brother Titan.

“My happy. My happy place,” she captioned a photo of herself in bed cradling her newborn with his big brother gently touching his head.

Congrats All!

Halsey Is Expecting Her 1st Child, a Rainbow Baby

Singer Halsey 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.”

In her Manic album notes for Apple Music, Halsey shared that her song “More” is about her struggles with reproductive health.

“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.

Congrats!

Bump Watch: Christina Milian, Fantasia and Cassie

Cassie Ventura and Christina Milian are expecting their Irish Twins, children born within a year of one another.

Cassie and her husband Alex Fine announced the news that they are expecting their second child ten months after welcoming in their son.

The couple shared their pregnancy news on Instagram a couple of Thursdays ago.

“Can’t wait to meet you,” the model captioned a slide show from her maternity photoshoot.

The couple married last August 2019 and welcomed their first child, daughter Frankie, on December 5, 2019.

got engaged in August 2019 and wed just two weeks later during an intimate ceremony in Malibu, California.

She confirmed her relationship with Fine in a December 2018 Instagram post, which included a photo of the couple kissing.

Then on Dec. 6, 2019, the pair welcomed their first child, daughter Frankie.

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-husband The-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.

Kevin Hart and Wife Eniko Parrish Welcomed 2nd Child, Daughter Kaori Mai

Kevin Hart can’t get enough of his baby girl.

Nearly three weeks after the birth of his fourth child, the comedian posted his first picture of daughter Kaori 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.

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Kelly Rowland is Expecting her Second Child

“Motivation” singer Kelly Rowland revealed news that she is expecting her second child in a bare bump reveal on teh cover of the November edition of Women’s Health magazine.

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.

Well said! Congrats!

Nicki Minaj Gave Birth to Her First Child

“#Preggers,” captioned her first post. She followed up with another message, “Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes.”

The couple got married one year ago this month.

Emma Roberts is Expecting Her 1st Child, A Baby Boy

Actress Emma Roberts confirmed that she is expecting a baby boy with boyfrend Garrett Hedlund.

The actress confirmed her baby’s sex last week in an Instagram post.

“Me…and my two favorite guys 

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The Scream Queens star’s famous aunt Julia Roberts commented on the post, with “Love you

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The American Horror Story actress previously dated actor Evan Peters for years until they called it quits for good in March 2019.

“Tron” star Hedlund, meanwhile, dated Kirsten Dunst for four years, but they broke up in 2016.

Congrats!

Expecting: Chrissy Teigen Didn’t Think She Could Get Pregnant ‘Naturally’ Even After Having 2 Kids

While dealing with infertility, Chrissy Teigen waited along time to have her child, weathered through many prying eyes and brushed aside the hurt of getting constant queries from strangers, the media and general public all wanting to know when she would start a family.

After years of fertility, she welcomed her first child, daughter 4-year old Luna with husband singer/songwriter John Legend in 2016 and second, now 2–year old son Miles  in 2018.

Soon, she will be a mom of three, with the upcoming birth of her first child conceived without the aid of in vitro fertilization and science.

The model turned TV host and cook book author announced her pregnancy over the weekend.

In a video posted onTwitter the Lipsync Battle host and Chrissy’s Court ‘judge’ cradled her baby bump in a video posted to social media and said, “Look at this third baby s–t.”

 

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Both of Teigen’s previous pregnancies have been through in vitro fertilization (IVF), she said. She didn’t think she could get pregnant naturally.

This time, though, she was wrong. And she was scared, she said.

“Was pretty positive you shouldn’t get your boobs out while pregnant? Pretty sure,” she said.

“So we prayed to the boob surgery gods that everything would be okay. Went to every appointment terrified. Even without the surgery, I didn’t think I could get pregnant naturally anyway. So the odds just felt…bad.”

So far, things have been going pretty well for the soon-to-be mom of three. But she’s still worried.

“Part of me misses the safety of my perfect embryos, created in their little dish. They felt untouchable and safe. Now I feel a bit…eggshelly,” she said.

Still, she said she hopes her experience getting pregnant naturally will give others, who may have struggled with it in the past, some hope.

Teigen and Legend are already the parents of Luna and Miles, 4 and 2, respectively. Teigen has, in the past, been very open with her struggles getting pregnant, even opening up about her postnatal depression she experienced after giving birth to Luna.

Congrats!

3-D Ultrasound Helps Blind Moms ‘See’ Their Baby’s Face Before Birth

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One of the most powerful experiences for parents-to-be is seeing the image of their baby via ultrasound. But for blind parents, that moment was impossible.

Now, however, sophisticated technology allows them to “see” their little ones before they are born by creating a 3-D image to be formed in the likeness of their baby’s face.

Receiving a 3-D bas-relief model of her baby’s face in the mail was “really emotional” for Taylor Ellis, 26, a blind woman in Cockeysville, Md. “I was a little bit nervous about opening the box,” Ellis said. “I had never seen a 3-D [image], and now, it’s your baby, and it’s, like, wow.”

The idea evolved from a procedure developed several years ago at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for fetuses with spina bifida. Jena Miller, an obstetrician and surgeon with the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy, realized that a 3-D print would allow her to get a clear image of the spines of babies who needed surgery in utero for spina bifida.