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P!nk Surprises Instagram Followers with This Very Pregnant Photo

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P!nk is going to be a mom to two kids and she pulled a surprise pregnancy on us, sharing a photo of her very pregnant figure with her daughter Willow on Instagram.

“Surprise,” she fittingly captioned a breathtaking maternity portrait of herself in a layered sheer gown with a black top hat and native/Frontier influence necklace and bracelets. Her 5-year old snuggled by mom’s side in a lace embroidered frock with a brown cowgirl hat herself. They pose outside the wooded hillside.

 

Surprise!

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Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, and husband Cary Hart welcomed Willow in June 2011. The couple got married in Costa Rica in 2006.

She will join a long list of celebrity women who did an excellent job concealing their pregnancy from the media and public for most of their term including  Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Evangeline Lilly and others who waited past the second trimester to share the news, or in the case of Hudson and Lily, get busted by paparazzi. Nicole Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Beyonce all waited until after the typical 3-month mark.

Sneaky sneaky! Good job shielding all the bump watch press and scrutiny!  (smile)

 

Did you Know ‘The Pregnancy Loss Club’ is Just like ‘Fight Club’?

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If you have ever had a miscarriage early in a pregnancy and gone on to successfully conceive and have live births to subsequent children, then you are part of a very very large sorority of women.

You are also among those who likely had little to no information about the prevalence of miscarriage before hand and who likely received insufficient follow up support.  You are also among a secret society of people who do not talk much about suffering a miscarriage. You are a member of The Pregnancy Loss Club.

HuffPo writer and mom of three Alexandra Owens wrote about her and her husband’s experience of losing their very first child, who was unplanned, unlike their subsequent children:

And that was it. No follow-up, no pamphlets on loss, no mention of it – nothing. Because I was a stat – especially being only 11 weeks – and they weren’t being cold on purpose. They were just following the unspoken rules.

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1. Don’t talk about PLC

2. Offer minimal support to avoid awkwardness

3. Don’t screen for postpartum depression. The chances of being affected are slim anyway because they weren’t that far along or didn’t actually have a baby

4. Remind them that they are still young and can have plenty more children. Or remind them to be grateful for the children they already have

After my husband and I came home I had zero clue what to do. I had convinced myself that this wasn’t a big deal. That I could easily move on. That is, of course, until my latte spilled all over the carpet and I lost it.

I can relate very much as it almost mirrors my exact experience after having a miscarriage of my very first child. I too went on to have three children like this author. Her piece hit home.

It’s a wonderful and insightful piece that I recommend you all read.

Ways to Commemorate Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

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Approximately one million pregnancies in the United States end in miscarriage, still birth and death of a newborn. October is recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, as designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

Having a baby can be one of the most joyful moments of a person’s life, but what is the emotional impact when that joy turns to grief if the child dies during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Nationwide, at health centers, women and patient support initiatives hold events in memory of those lost and to raise awareness, and aide women and their partners dealing with loss.

This type of loss is very very sensitive and when talking to a woman or her partner who have endured this type of pain, here are some stats to consider:
  • One in four pregnancies ends in the loss of a baby
  • The loss of a child is recognized as the most intense cause of grief
  • Parents never “get over” the loss of a child – no matter the age
  • Parents experiencing grief without supportive care can have debilitating consequences such as post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) , depression and anxiety that could further result in job loss, divorce, difficulties in daily living, or impediments with parenting of living children
Getting support through grief is key to recovery, according to Missouri-based Perinatal Bereavement Care.
This month, search for a support event near you and/or consider doing one of the following to commemorate a loss:
  • Wear a special piece of jewelry in the name of the lost child
  • Get a tattoo
  • Purchase a star in the lost baby’s honor and name picked out for her or him
  • Hold a special ceremony with friends and family
  • Put together an album with photos of the mom while pregnant to commemorate that special time
  • Visit the burial plot if you got one for your baby
Also, to spread the word, talk openly about infant and pregnancy loss because the more people are aware, the less a stigma it becomes and more women know that they are not alone and have allies and supporters.

The World Welcomed its First ‘Designer’ Baby Recently 



We’ve blogged about research into 3-parent IVF designer babies before here in 2014 and here in 2012 but it looks like they’re here!

Well one anyway.

A couple gave birth in April to a baby who has DNA from his mom and dad; and also from a donor whose  DNA was used to replace a portion of mom’s DNA with a genetic predisposition to a deadly disease.

According to NYMag, a Jordanian couple welcomed a son on April 6, 2016 after going to Mexicio to have genetic splicing done to make sure the baby wouldn’t inherit a fatal condition.

He is said to be the world’s first so-called three-parent baby using a new IVF technique.

Mom carries a fatal disorder called Leigh syndrome. She had four miscarriages and lost two children, one at age 6 and another at 8 months to the disorder.

The genes for Leigh syndrome (and several other debilitating and fatal diseases) are found in mitochondrial DNA, which is passed only from mothers to their children. The three-parent-baby IVF technique replaces a mother’s mitochondrial DNA with that from a donor.

It is important to note that the technique has no effect on appearance or personality traits.

The U.K. approved the procedure in 2015 for research for purposes of studying why some embryos result in miscarriage 

A couple of years ago, the US Food and Drug Administration held hearings to discuss proposals to do the same here but it ultimately was not approved.

There is much opposition to this technique which ethicists say may eventually lead to designer babies where parents mess with a future baby’s DNA in order to welcome a baby with socially preferable features: think blue eyes, blonde hair, chiseled cheekbones, high IQ.etc.

Religious groups were concerned that researchers would harvest eggs not to be fertilized but to be destroyed later.

Because of the opposition and limits on use of the technique in the Western world, the couple went to Mexico to get the splicing done because regulations there are lax.

It reminds me of Gattaca, that Ethan Hawke Sci Fi movie about designer super  humans that the government bred for its army of perfect agents.

Pregnant Vanessa Bryant Enjoys Perks of Not Having to Share Kobe with NBA

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Third-time mom-to-be Vanessa Bryant is enjoying the perks of having her husband, retired NBA veteran Kobe Bryant, home more often. The couple is currently baby-mooning in Hawaii.



Bryant shared photos of some of the sights that she is enjoying on the big island.

And a couple of weeks ago, on the way home from the Adele concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, she enjoyed a nice foot massage to soothe her achy pregnancy ankles.

“#Adele #Concert #Prego#TinyAnkles #BigBelly #PregoProblems#AcidReflux #SpriteBurp #FootMassageThx baby! ” she captioned the photo of Kobe rivaling Jay-Z for the best celeb hubby.

She also shared photos from the concert.

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The former high school sweethearts are parents to 10-year old daughter Gianna and 13-year old daughter Natalia. Baby #3 is certainly a blessing because Vanessa suffered a miscarriage loss in between giving birth to her two daughters when she had an ecoptic pregnancy in 2005.

 

The Pregnancy Test Hack Giving TTC Women False Hope

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So…the new thing in women’s online parenting and pregnancy forums is a practice called pregnancy test “tweaking”.

It entails a woman who is trying to conceive posting an image among other members of the online or bulletin board community of a recent pregnancy test that doesn’t’ definitively indicate she is pregnant. There is usually a very faint second line or indicator that could be perceived to be indication that she is pregnant.

Afterwards, members of the community use digital imaging tools to enhance the photo so they can decipher better if there is a second line.

The “tweaking” process give women false hope, some critics say. They worry it could be a damaging practice that toys with the emotions of  women who are struggling to conceive.

Some tweakers defend the practice.

“We can NEVER bring something out that IS NOT ALREADY THERE,” says Brandy Linex, who says she tweaks photos on BabyCenter.com  “We do not create positive tests out of negative ones. It’s either already positive or it isn’t and we are VERY up front and honest about that.

There is a common explanation for the faint line that is seen after the tweaking: It could be residual indication of an early miscarriage.

Doctors warn that some tweaked photos may actually reveal a chemical pregnancy, which often times go undetected and women recognize them only as a late menstrual period.

Only a follow up test at a doctor’s office, usually a blood one, can confirm the home-based test.

The tweaking process is just an exercise that lasts only until the obvious is confirmed a few days or weeks later when there is either positive confirmation of an active pregnancy or not.

What are your thoughts about “tweaking”?

h/t Dr. Drew at HLN

Report: Iron Deficiency Puts 1/3 Pregnant Women At Risk

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Around 35 percent of expectant mothers may be at risk of pregnancy complications – such as miscarriage or preterm birth – as a result of iron deficiency. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

Iron deficiency is a common form of anemia, arising when the body does not have enough iron – a mineral present in a number of foods, including beef, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dried fruits.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 30 percent of the global population are anemic, with most cases attributable to iron deficiency.

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AMAZING STORY: These ‘Twinblings’ Were Born 5 Weeks Apart

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After struggling for years with infertility and a number of failed IVF attempts, Nancy and Justin Rohde felt that surrogacy could be their best bet to finally become parents. But when their first surrogate pregnancy ended in miscarriage and their surrogate didn’t want to try again, even that started to seem like a dead end. But little did the couple know that they’d soon be in for, well, double what they’d originally bargained: not only did their second surrogate get pregnant, but Nancy did too, five weeks prior.

The Rohdes shared their incredible story with Cosmopolitan this week, and with the help of their surrogate, Ashley Brown, and her husband Josh, they documented the months leading up to both women’s deliveries. Although Nancy and Justin were on the verge of becoming parents to two infants, just like any other couple expecting twins, the unusual difference was that their daughters were going to be born in two different states. By two different women. More than a month apart.

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Here is Your Bellyitch ‘Bumpwatch’ Roundup (LINKS)

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We track your fave celebs so you don’t have to and here is what is going on with a few of the moms-to-be we are tracking and are on our Bellyitch Bumpwatch list:

John Legend shared a tender photo of his wife Chrissy Teigen and daughter Luna (Black Celeb Kids)

Mariah Carey gave Black Chyna a lap dance (US Weekly)

Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo joke about Prinsloo’s bump (Enstarz)

Hillary Scott shares that she went though a miscarriage (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

Mila Kunis debuts her baby bump. (PEOPLE)

Inside Nicky Hilton’s Baby Shower, the New York City edition

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I’m not saying I’m a Hilton or nuthin’ but I too had a two baby showers in separate cities for my first pregnancy too just like Nicky Hilton yesterday, Wednesday, May 31.

This time, her sister Paris Hilton hosted the posh event at swanky The Towers at the top of  the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. Nicky previously celebrated the impending arrival of her first child with husband wealthy businessman, James Rothschild in Bel Air, California mid- May.

The guest of honor wore a little white dress with lace adornment for this shower as well.

Along with her family, Real House of New York cast member and Skinny Girl founder Bethenny Frankel and actress/singer Bisou Phillips attended.

A bi-coastal shower is a great way to give family and friends living in different parts of the country a time to also celebrate the mom to be.

“Hosted a beautiful baby shower for my sister @NickyHilton today at the #WaldorfTowers,” Paris captioned a photo of the event. “Love her #Porthault cake & seeing all our New York friends together to celebrate the new baby.”

Guests dined on “mini sandwiches and mini desserts,” a source told US Weekly.

And now the Instagram stalker pics: (smile)

Beautiful day with my mom & sis. ???????? Love my family so much! ? #NickysBabyShower

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#nickysbabyshower ???? @nickyhilton

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Can’t wait to meet this little girl! ??? #AuntParis ☺️

 

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Doing something girly @nickyhilton

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