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All about Idris Elba’s pregnant girlfriend Naiyana Garth who wore Tiffany Rose at the Golden Globes

Long Walk to Freedom actor Idris Elba attended the 71st annual Golden Globe awards Sunday, January 12 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills with his longtime pregnant girlfriend Naiyana Garth.


Elba was nominated for Best Actor in the Motion Picture Drama  for his role in the Freedom, the Nelson Mandela biopic and for Best Actor Miniseries or Television Film for his role in the BBC criminal drama Luther.   He didn’t walk away with either Sunday night. There’s always SAG and the Oscars, both coming up where he is also nominated.
Nonetheless, the British actor has much to look forward to with Garth who looked radiant in a black floor-length Tiffany Rose gown. 
The designer, which we have  featured before, has dressed our other current Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms-to-be Princess Madeliene of Sweden and No Doubt  lead vocalist Gwen Stefani.


Garth, a fellow Brit and celebrity make-up artist, tweeted to a friend in early October about being very early in her pregnancy.
She later deleted the account.
Despite being seen out and about at various events with Garth sporting a noticeable bump, Elba who stars in this Summer’s Thor  only confirmed the news  two months later in December.  
This will be their first child together.  Elba has an 11-year-old daughter named Isan from his marriage to ex-wife Dormowa Sherman. They live in Atlanta.
Garth reportedly attended Waldegrave School for Girls in London, then West Thames College in West London., Hello Beautiful  recently noted., adding that Garth’s career in make-up artistry started with humble beginnings at local mall counters. She worked her way up in the business to eventually to work on the faces of Jamie Oliver, Rupert Everett, Simon Bird, Freddie Fox, and Elba, hence how they met. 

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Study: Teen Pregnancy Reality TV shows reduced teen pregnancy rate

Reality television shows helped reduce teen pregnancy and abortions in the United States, a new study in this month’s National Bureau of Economic Research  concludes.
The research discovered that between 2009, when cable network MTV debuted 16 and Pregnant and the end of 2010, there was a 5.7% drop in teen births of babies that “would have been conceived” and teen abortions.
The authors monitored Nielsen ratings data, tweets about the show and Google searches for the show to discover spikes in online searches for terms like “birth control” or “abortion” precisely “at the time a new episode was released. 
This analysis led researchers to find that the shows “had an influence on teens’ thinking regarding birth control and abortion,” Economists Melissa S. Kearney of the University of Maryland and Phillip B. Levine of Wellesley College, authors of the study, said
In  2012, the US teen birth  was at a 2.94% rate (29.4 out of every 1,000 girls between 15 and 19), which is high for a “developed” nation.  Nonetheless, the US has seen a significant drop in its overall teen birth rate since 1991 when it was 61.8 births per 1,000.
If one considers the less than ideal situations the girls from 16 & Pregnant‘s spin-offs,

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Golden Globes 2014 Red Carpet Trends

Last night at the 71st annual Golden Globes awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, we spotted certain trends worn among our recent Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms and other celebrity mothers, generally. One such trend was the traditional form-fitting evening dress as worn by actresses Paula Patton, Reese Witherspoon and model Camila Alves whose husband,  Mathew McConaughey walked away with Best Actor in a motion picture, drama for Dallas Buyers Club.

 Actresses  Sandra Bullock, Tina Fey (host of the night)  and Sofia Vegara went with billowy floor length ball gowns.

 And new mom Uma Thurman and Heidi Klum  went in black.

Who was your fave mom last night?

And generally, other trends included:

Black and White theme: Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Roberto Cavalli ,Hayden Panettiere in Tom Ford, Downtown Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael in a white strapless with minimal black striping dress, Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana, Allison Williams from Girls  in a mostly black evening dress with a structured striped bodice and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.

 Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren, Lena Dunham in Zac Posen, Taylor Schilling in Thakoon, Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein, and Maria Menounos did rich jewel tones.

Going with color block was Amy Adams in Valentino, Aubrey Plaza win Oscar de la Renta, Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera, Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung  and Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera.

We saw muted neutrals with Anna Gunn, Rocsi Diaz, Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta, Michelle Dockery also in Oscar de la Renta, Naomi Watts in Tom Ford, and Sarah Paulson in Marchesa.
credit: Zimbia 

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10 Tips to protect you & your kids from catching the flu

It’ flu season again.

Kids are back in school and susceptible to coming home with a virus they pick up for a classmate. There are things families can do to try to prevent catching the flu. Dr. Muhammad A. Mirza, Medical Director at the Allied Medical & Diagnostic in Clifton, NJ, offers these flu prevention tips for parents and their children.

  1. Wash your hands—The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs and the flu virus is to constantly wash your hands.  For those occasions where you are unable to wash your hands properly keep a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 70% isopropyl alcohol or 60% ethyl alcohol) nearby. 
  2. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing—Rather than into your hands, try sneezing into a tissue (if handy) or into the fold of your elbow. 
  3. Avoid frequently touching nose, eyes & mouth—Even with frequent washing, your hands are still covered in germs, so keep them away from the most common germ entrances  of the body. 
  4. Keep surfaces and objects used daily clean—The flu virus can live and be transferred on a variety of surfaces.  So regularly wipe down desks, phones, tablets, doorknobs, counters, light switches, etc.
  5. Eat right—Help your body fight off flu viruses with a well balanced diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables and foods that are rich in Vitamin-C.
  6. Stay active—Whether it is taking a quick walk or going to the gym, any type of cardio exercise will activate your body’s infection-fighting defenses and stimulate your immune system. 
  7. Sleep—Let your body recover and fight off any germs that may have gotten into your system by getting plenty of sleep.   
  8. Stay hydrated—Drinking fluids, especially water, is a great way to flush out any toxins that may have found their way into your system
  9. Manage stress—Stress can affect your immune system, reducing your body’s ability to fight off the flu virus or other germs.  Find ways to keep your stress low this winter season.   
  10. Get vaccinated—One of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated.  So save yourself the misery and visit your doctor and get the shot. 

Hope these are helpful. Stay well!

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Drew Barrymore relived her Flower Power days on the Golden Globes red carpet

The red carpet to the Golden Globes tonight rounded off with this interesting sheer Monique Lhullier dress that actress Drew Barrymore wore to the event held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
Tonight, Barrymore gave away the award for Best Picture, Musical Or Comedy to American Hustle. She’s no stranger to the awards show. She won a Globe in 2010 for her role in TV movie Grey Gardens and was nominated in 1993 and 1985 in past years. 
Barrymore and her husband Will Kopleman are expecting their second baby. They are parents to daughter 1-year old Olive, seen below in an Instagram pic with talk show host Ellen Degeneres three days ago when she was on the show.





So….

Who was your fave Bellyitch Bumpwatch Babe’s look tonight? Drew, Kerry or Olivia

E!Online photo collage

photos: Zimbio/Getty/Instagram

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Olivia Wilde shares due date on Golden Globes red carpet

Another one of our current Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms Olivia Wilde looked stunning in a shimmery sequinned Gucci gown, toting an Emm Kuo clutch and stepping in  Charlotte Olympia platform pumps on the red carpet to tonight’s 71st annual Golden Globes awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

The actress, who captured attention for her role in TV’s House glistened with Forevermark diamonds.

The Rush star was beau-ti-fulllllll with the wavy ombre hair and the smokey eyes and nude lip were winners! Yass!
Before hitting the carpet, she tweeted:

Hilarious!

Wilde, who is 6-months pregnant with actor fiance Jason Sudeukis’s child, announced on the carpet that she is due May 4.
On the red carpet, the actress, currently starring in Her, also talked having boobs now made choosing a dress a little different this round.
Funny for a woman who took a stage name after the late great Irish poet Oscar Wilde!
Look at those heels tho! wow!
Olivia Widle, preggers in pretty high Charlotte Olympia heels. 

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Kerry Washington confirms pregnancy at Golden Globes red carpet

EDITED:  After refusing to confirm her pregnancy for months, Scandal actress Kerry Washington hit the red carpet to tonight’s 71st annual Golden Globes cupping her growing bump, wearing a light mint green Balenciaga gown with matching clutch, Casadei shoes, and Fred Leighton jewels.

The soft pink lips were well set off with subtle nut brown lids.

“I have the best date of the night — my little accessory,” Washington said of her bump in a brief interview with Ryan Seacrest during E!’s red carpet pre-show.

The mom-to-be is up for a Globe for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama at the event held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel  in Beverly Hills, California
Washington and new husband of under a year NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha are expecting their first child after marrying last June 2013 in Idaho.

Rumors began in September that the couple were expecting starting on last year’s Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet when interviewers took note that she refused to answer questions and appeared a bit green. 
Tonight’s belly caressing pose confirms it! She should be between 6 to 7 months along based on reports.
Congrats!
photos: Zimbio

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A Utah woman, 58, to give birth to own granddaughter soon

courtesy Salt Lake Tribune/Al Hartmann
A 58-year old Utah grandmother will soon give birth to her first grandchild, a baby girl.  


Julia Navarro is the gestational surrogate carrier for her daughter Lorena McKinnon and son-in-law Micah McKinnon.
The couple had trouble to conceive “naturally” starting three years ago, and went through about a dozen miscarriages when Navarro offered to carry the baby after a sister and friend offered, then backed out.
“As a family, we have to help each other,” Navarro, a Peruvian immigrant,  told The Salt Lake Tribune.””I was praying, ‘If this baby works, I am going to help others.’ “
Navarro underwent 3-months of hormone shots before she could have an embryo fertilized by her daughter, a SkyWest flight attendant and son-in-law. Despite the 45% success odds given Navarro’s advanced age, the procedure work.
And in a few weeks, she’ll be delivering her own grandbaby.
This is not the first time this has happened. 
Last year, a 53-year-old Iowa woman gave birth to her twin granddaughters. And in 2012, a 49-year-old woman in Maine gave birth to her grandson.
Read more about this story in the Salt Lake Tribune. 

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Rockmond Dunbar and wife Maya welcome daughter, Berkeley Seon

A belated congratulations to actor Rockmond Dunbar from The Mentalist on the birth of his daughter, Berkeley Seon.

Dunbar, known for his role in  the Showtime TV show Soul Food  and Prison Break  tweeted the news:

 “Mom is doing great,” he tweeted on December 6. “We are absolutely in LOVE with our daughter.”

His wife, actress Maya Gilbert Dunbar stars in this season of Banshee on Cinemax. The couple got engaged in December 2012 and married in June 2013.

Back in October, Dunbar had to clear up with his Twitter followers that Maya had not yet given birth after they misinterpreted his “praise” tweet.

Last September, Dunbar’s co-stars (Vanessa Williams, Boris Kodjoe and spouse/co-star Nicole Ari Parker and Malinda Williams)  from the serial sitcom spun off the hit cult classic move Soul Food came out to help him celebrate the impending arrival at a baby shower for Maya.

photos: starcast, Instagram

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MLK Day of Service is Coming: 6 Websites to help you find volunteer opportunties

1963 and 2013 photo of the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington – ABC7/WJLA
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Each year, January 20th is considered MLK Day of service and people nationwide are encouraged to volunteer and teach their children about community service. 
Here are some links to some websites that will help connect you, wherever you live in the US with volunteer opportunities near you. You can filter by activity and by appropriateness of the project for kids’ participation. 

Good Luck searching! Thanks for your service!

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