Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana.
The couple released a statement Sunday announcing their daughter’s arrival, who was born Friday at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
Both she and Meghan are healthy and settling in at home.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the statement said. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
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.
The couple, who wed in May 2018, are expecting their second child together. The exciting news was announced on Sunday — Valentine’s Day — via the couple’s friend and photographer Misan Harriman. Harriman shared a sweet black and white photo of Meghan and Harry gazing lovingly at each other while lounging in a field of grass.
The sweet photo was taken via a remote photoshoot and was shot by Harriman using an iPad.
Meghan’s happy news comes after she revealed in November of last year that she suffered a miscarriage in July 2020. “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” Meghan wrote in an essay for The New York Timeson Nov. 25.
The pregnancy announcement also comes as Meghan and Harry continue to adjust to life in the U.S. after officially stepping down from their roles as senior royals last year. The couple made the decision out of a desire to focus on their family. Meghan also recently won her privacy and copyright infringement case against Associated Newspapers last week.
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.
A 51-year-old woman who served as the gestational carrier for her daughter and son-in-law gave birth to her granddaughter.
Julie Loving, 51, delivered a healthy baby girl in an Illinois hospital on Nov. 2 with her daughter, Breanna Lockwood, by her side.
The newborn, named Briar Juliette Lockwood, is the first child for Lockwood and her husband, Aaron, who are the baby’s biological parents.
“It was definitely a surreal process,” Lockwood told “Good Morning America” about Briar’s birth. “All the feelings came at once, just watching my mom go through everything and all she’s done for me and is continuing to do.”
Loving gave birth to Briar after being induced about 10 days before her due date. She had to undergo an emergency C-section due to difficulties with the umbilical cord, according to Lockwood.
The delivery marked the first C-section for Loving, a mom of two, whom Lockwood described as having a normal pregnancy.
“She definitely rocked the pregnancy and the birth rocked her a little bit, but she did a great job,” said Lockwood. “It was a super emotional day with lots of tears and lots of happy times and some scary times but our doctors and team were great.”
Lockwood, a 29-year-old dental hygienist, and Aaron began trying for a baby almost immediately after they wed in 2016. After one year of trying naturally without success, Lockwood began seeing a fertility specialist.
Nearly two years later, after multiple rounds of in vitro fertilization, multiple surgeries and several miscarriages, including a pregnancy with twins, Lockwood’s fertility doctor told her that she would need to start considering surrogacy because her uterus was unable to withstand a pregnancy.
Pregnant women or those hoping to conceive should avoid coffee altogether, a scientist has urged.
Excessive caffeine consumption during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of low birthweight and miscarriages, however, the NHS states 200mg – around two mugs of instant coffee – a day is safe.
To better understand the potential dangers, a scientist from Reykjavik University analysed 48 studies carried out in the past 20 years.
Although the results were mixed, Professor Jack James concluded there is “substantial cumulative evidence” that drinking coffee while pregnant is linked to everything from a miscarriage and stillbirth to childhood obesity and even leukaemia.
Being cautious, he stressed no amount of coffee should be considered safe while expecting.
Not everyone is convinced, however, with experts calling the research “overly alarmist” and “of questionable significance”.
‘Evidence supports pregnant women avoiding caffeine’
As well as the NHS, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the European Food Safety Authority all recommend a maximum 200mg caffeine consumption a day during pregnancy.
Congratulations are in order to rapper Nicki Minaj who is expecting her first child with her husband Kenneth Petty as she announced her news on her Instagram yesterday to the surprise of none of the Internet sleuths who had already recognized all the clues that she was pregnant, beginning with speculation last month when she posted a curious photo trying to conceal her bump in high rise bikini bottoms.
“Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes,” Minaj captioned the third in a set of formal colorful maternity photos where she is sitting on a pink couch. The last of the photos is her draped in white in an editorial shot made to look angelic, taken by famed photographer David LaChappelle.
Part of being a celebrity woman of child bearing years is that you have people constantly speculating about whether or not you are pregnant. It can frustrating especially if you had been actively trying but keep having to see and respond or ignore rumors published in the tabloids or social media. Model Chrissy Teigen, actress Gabrielle Union and many others suffered with infertility while batting down insenstive demands from people asking when they would be having their first chilld.
However, when the moment that a star does get pregnant, she then has the challenge that many women have of trying to keep it private for at least the first three months when the risk for miscarriage is the highest. After the first trimester, the chances of that mom-to-be carrying a baby full term and having a healthy labor and delivery shoots up exponentialy.
Still, sometimes the public guesses right because there are tell tale signs and Minaj displayed them ALL!!!
After the Super Bass performer made her announcement, many fans said in the comment sections under news reports that the news was of no surprise to them based on the various clues that exist when a woman in the spotlight is hiding her pregnancy:
1. She only shared head shots in social media
For women who famously show off their fab bods at every chance they get, seeing them suddenly stick to posting head shots inscial meida is a dead giveaway that they are trying to perhaps hide weight gain in the tummy area and elsewhere.
For the weeks leading up to the announcement the Anaconda rapper shared photos of her self performing songs with only her head in the shot.
2. She wore clothes that covered her belly.
You can hide your body by carefully selecting what you post but unless you plan to live a hermit life or escape to another country, then there is a high liklihood that the paparazzi will spot you out and about.
When Kylie Jenner was secrety pregnant with her daughter Stormi, fans speculated her condition because she wore baggy clothes. Her sister, Khloe Kardashian, revealed that she used an A-line coat to hide her bump until she announced the news that she was expecting a baby.
Similarly, it is always suspicious when women who usually crave the spotlight drop out of the public eye. That too is a signal they may be secretly expecting. On the real, Minaj literally told the world she was baby making when she quit music via Twitter last September to start her family. But because she had quit Twitter before after having beefs with her ex Meek Mill, rap nemesis Remy Ma, not a lot of people took the announcement seriously.
Some have tried to keep the secret for the total nine months and have come close.
Evangeline Lily and Jennifer Hudson got caught by paparazzi both around 8 months pregnant. They were in remote places where there is no Hollywood scrutiny but still got busted.
In 2018, How to Get Away with Murder’ starKarla Souza, and in 2014, Ozark star Laura Linney announced the birth of their first child, respectively, after the baby was already born.
4. She Subconsciouly (or her partner) Touches her Belly
Last month, Minaj gave yet another clue when she showed a video of Petty rubbing her belly. In other years, the maternal subtle cradle of the tummy is a sign a woman is expecting. It’s a subcouncous and natural maneuver which is a sign.
Weight gain is a sign of pregnancy and even for women who manage to not pack on the pounds, a dead giveaway is a fuller rounder face. Many fans speculated and noticed that in the video for Trollz with Ta, Minaj face looked significantly more cherubic than usual.
Well there you have it. If you are a woman in the lime light and seek to totally hide your pregnancy from the media and the public, avoid doing any of the above. Good luck!
Miscarriage awareness was the theme of a Rainbow Luncheon thrown in honor of babies lost to miscarriage thrown by the March of Dimes in honor of its latest celebrity ambassadorPorsha Williams of BravoTV‘s Real Housewives of Atlanta, and featured on Season 12, episode 20.
Over 50,000 others experience life-threatening complications as a result of pregnancy and childbirth each year, and 380,000 babies are born prematurely, and sadly, in the United States, there is a maternal health crisis that disproportionately affects black women.
During the episode which featured the October 2019 event, Williams opened the luncheon by sharing how she suffered a miscarriage alone in her bathroom six years ago, adding that it was something she had never spoken about openly and decided to join the crusade to ensure other women are aware of the prevalence of miscarriage and do not have to go through it alone.
Three of the “Friends of the Housewives” of this franchise of the show also spoke up:
Tanya Sam opened up about having limited egg reserves because she found love later in life.
“I got the news that like I didn’t have a lot of egg reserves so that’s why it was so hard [to have a baby],” Sam, a tech angel investor says. “I recently started talking about it and I find there’s a lot of strength in being able to say that to other women.”
Shamea Morton Mwangi spoke up about having severe complications with her epidural before she gave birth and recovery.
Marlo Hampton shared that she have had two ectoptic pregnancies and used to question God about why she couldn’t have a baby but later resolved to herself that she was deprived of motherhood so she could be in a position to mother her nephews 12-year old Michael and 11-year old Matthew in place of her sister who is mentally incapable of caring for the boys.
Cast member Nene Leakes said in a confessional that she too has had a miscarriage as has her arch nemesis Kenya Moore who struggled with infertility before welcoming her daughter Brooklyn Doris with her estranged ex, Marc Daly.
“Being a woman doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to have children.” Moore said in a confessional. ” I nearly died having Brooklyn and you should never shame women for not being able to have children because those are things you cannot change.”
The March of Dimes is hoping Williams will use her advocacy to draw attention to the , as well as to spotlight her own challenges and joys of pregnancy and motherhood.
March of Dimes President and CEO Stacey D. Stewart presented Williams with a painting by a black female artist as a thank you for hosting the event.
Another Bravo franchise Real Housewives of Potomacfeatured an episode last season centered around three women from that show that suffered miscarriage loss, Monique Samuels, who hosted a Unicorn celebration in lieu of a baby shower, during which co-star and new mom Ashley Darby opened up about her own loss. Friend of the Housewives Katie Rost also has a sad pass with loss.
“These past 24 hrs have been an adventure to say the least!!” the brand new doting dad captioned a photo of his daughter holding onto his finger he posted on Instagram announcing the news. “I’m a part of the #girldad club now ??. Perfection is here ❤️”
Mena later shared a photo of Safaree loving on his newborn.
The couple married last October 2019 in a lavish ceremony in Atlanta. He is best known for penning several songs for his ex Nicki Minaj. He is from the Hollywood permeation of the hit VH1 reality TV series and she from Atlanta.
“Just here staring at my husband as he obsesses over our daughter ♥️??? I thank God,” she captioned the sweet photo. “I prayed for this life.”
Earlier in the day, she revealed that the newest addition to their family is a rainbow baby, a baby born after a loss such as a miscarriage or still born. Mena has 12-year old son named King from a previous relationship.