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Spanx Founder + Celebrites +Painted Bellies = The Belly Art Project

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Spanx founder Sara Blakely released a new book last week called “The Belly Art Project” which is a book that features over 100 women with their bellies painted creatively.

Blakely launched the initiative in partnership with the nonprofit international organization “Every Mother Counts“, founded by model Christy Turlington, dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for women everywhere. It receives 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the book.

Blakely describes the initiative as part movement, and part celebration of the mother in all of us—the beautiful, creative, inventive spirit that connects everyone. Part of the project’s vision is to present the bellies as billboards for change.

Among celebrities whose painted bellies are featured in the book are Milla Jovovich, mother of two and Kate Winslet, mother of three.  Tamera Mowry-Housley is also featured and she recently shared a photo of the experience of having her belly painted.

“I’m so excited to share an incredible project I got to be a part of while pregnant with Ariah,”  the TV host of FOX TV show The Real shared on her personal blog. the television personality tells blog readers. “On the pages of this book you’ll find over 100 mommas-to-be with painted baby bumps, including an appearance by yours truly.”

Tamera’s spread features her and little Aden hanging out at a lemonade stand. Mowry’s stomach is designed after a lemon and the celebrity mom appears excited to share the sweetness of a drink such as lemonade with fans.

“Thrilled to be part of@sarablakely‘s book, The Belly Art Project!” Mowry-Housley captioned a photo of her belly getting painted when she was pregnant with daughter Ariah.  “Click the link in my bio to learn more about it and to see some bts photos from the shoot when I was pregnant with Ariah.”

Over 300,000 women die every year during labor and delivery due to lack of education, transportation to medical facilities and clinics for routine check ups, and insufficient medical supplies.  A number of women who live in developing parts of the world are miles from health carfe facilities and therefore are often subject to unsterlized equipment.

Every Mother Counts raises awareness and provides support for moms all over the developing world. Buying the book can save a mom or baby’s life. It retails for about $22.

Mowry-Housley and husband Adam Housley welcomed Ariah last year ad are parents to son, almost 4-year old. Aden Tanner.

12 Celebrity Women Who Didn’t Rush to Peel Off Pregnancy Weight

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clockwise: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Vanessa Simmons, P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Reese Witherspoon, Shakira, Kerry Washington, Hilary Duff, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jessica Simpson and Kristen Bell, all took their time to shed pregnancy weight gain.

There is tremendous pressure on women to get back to pre-pregnancy size after having a baby. Celebrities who make their living by looking a certain way are under even more pressure. Many succumb and take extreme measures to peel off the weight. We’ve heard rumors about post-C-section liposuction, stomach stapling and other tactics being used. It doesn’t help that many gossip magazines love to flaunt post-baby celebs on their covers, sort of tauntingly telling other women they should be able to do the same.

Then there are those who do not buckle to the same exceptions and take their time. Christina Aguilera embraced her post baby curves but then was slammed heavily by the public and critics who were used to seeing her 100 lb frame from when she first launched her music career a decade earlier. She eventually dropped most of the weight but still remained an advocate for women to take care of themselves first.

“Mothers are constantly expected to be the nurturers, the givers, the providers of a comfortable home,” she told  Women’s Health magazine. “We’re expected to be pregnant, have the kids, breastfeed once we have the babies. And we’re expected to look amazing after baby, right? Keep our husbands and boyfriends interested – because we’re supposed to get back to sexy and keep things exciting in the bedroom. There’s such a long list.”

The platinum-album selling powerhouse singer added that deprivation is not the thing.

“I’m not into deprivation; I’m not into suffering into getting a great body or the body that you want,” The Voice coach said. “I’m into enjoying life, being conscious and aware, but also breathing into yourself and owning what you got.”

It was not the first time she had to get active  and defend her weight.

Before she even became a mother, back in 2002, during the promotion of her album “Stripped” in 2002, she told Billboard magazine,” I got tired of being a skinny, white girl.”  She added after gaining 15 pounds and returning for a break browner and with piercings, the label lost it and told her if she didn’t lose the weight people, some people would be out of a job because she wouldn’t sell albums any longer. Aguilera buckled but later, older reclaimed her confidence and didn’t let them control her body any longer.

“I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl,” the Daily Mail reported her saying. ‘You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it.’They need a reminder sometimes that I don’t belong to them. It’s my body…My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore—my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”

Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt also didn’t rush to shed the baby weight. She acknowledged it takes a lot of time to recover after a baby.

“I’ve been doing Zumba, and I’ve worked it out so the baby’s been doing Zumba with me,” Hewitt told US Weekly in 2014. “We dance together, and I carry her as a weight so we’ve been having fun that way. The body takes about six months to fully come back so I haven’t wanted to injure myself so I’ve been swimming because it’s low impact on my system.”

Hilary Duff kept it real with her fans when she shared how tough she had it trying to get back into shape. “’20 minutes on the elliptical seems like an eternity!!! What the hell…’,she shared in a tweet.

Kristen Bell famously told Redbook magazine after giving birth to her first child, daughter Lincoln, in 2013.

“I’d like to get back down to where I was before the baby,” she said. “But if this is where my body wants to be, so be it. I’m not going to make myself miserable for the rest of my life trying to get back to where I was before.”

In 2011, Tisha Campbell-Martin opened up about working hard to unpeel 40 extra pounds she gained during her second pregnancy. Her post baby weight gain was actually worked into the plot while she was on My Wife & Kids.

In 2015, P!nk too had to call out social media critics of her weight gain. “I feel beautiful,” she clapped back at them. “So, my good and concerned peoples, please don’t worry about me (sic). I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you either. I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.”

Last year, Kerry Washington also opened up about not rushing to get back to pre-baby size. “I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now,” she said in an issue of Self magazine. My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”

Jessica Simpson, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Reese Witherspoon and Vanessa Simmons all looked beautiful carrying the extra pounds and didn’t let the noisy body-shaming critics get to them. Bravo ladies! It’s wonderful to see influential women being healthy body role models.

Inside Nurseries of Newest Celeb Kids

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Three of our recent Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms, Amber Rose, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Eudoxie Agnan Bridges showed off their nurseries recently.

Spotted some of the photos curated from Black Celeb Kids from the Instagram of the trio of high-profile women.

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Amber Rose’s son Sebastian’s room

Amber Rose went with a Jake and the Neverland Pirates for son’s Sebastian’s room.

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Tamera Mowry-Housley’s daughter Ariah’s nursery


Tamera Mowry-Housley went once again with the brilliant exepertise of Shalena Smith of Shalena Smith Interiors and GaGa Designs for daughter Ariah’s pink nursery .  Smith designed Mowry-Housley’s son Aden nursery.

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Eudoxie Agnan Bridge’s daughter Cadence’s nursery

Eudoxie went with tranquil purple and used neutral tones to bring together daughter Cadence’s room.

Very Cute!

h/t BlackCelebKids

National Siblings Day: 5 power celeb moms who are sisters

Today is National Siblings Day so we salute some of the power celebrity moms we admire and follow who are also sisters. 
We also got a chance to keep up with and “bump watch” these ladies when each were pregnant in recent years. (Including currently pregnant ones)
And if you have a sibling, take this day to let them know how much you appreciate him or her. Also, if there is a sibling you are beefing with, today is a good day to reach out and maybe attempt to reconcile. 
Solange and Beyoncé Knowles
Haylie and Hilary Duff
Tia and Tamera Mowry
Currently pregnant sisters Zooey and Emily Deschanel
Tina and Erica Campbell 

10 Jennie Mai Summer Trends Styling Tips for busy moms

If you could have a style concierge or stylist, you’d effortlessly fab all the time just like celebrities. One lucky winner in a contest hosted by Colgate Optic White won a styling session with celebrity stylist Jeannie Mai last Friday, July25th.  Mai, who will co-host The Real with Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Tamara Mowry-Housley  and Tamar Braxton- Herbert this fall, dressed the winner (above) in Walmart apparel, accessories and shoes in addition to sharing tips and tricks on how to rock the latest and greatest summer fashion trends without breaking the bank.
We’re in luck because Mai offers the following additional 10 styling tips to Bellyitch readers who also may want to make a statement without spending too much:
1. One of the most stylish and sensible ways you can partake in summer trends without jumping into temporary trends is to shop vintage. Today trends are taking strong struts from the past, and celebrities like Beyonce and Carrie Underwood are jumping right in. A good tip to help you  shop vintage and stand out is to aim for statement accessories that add the throwback to your modern wear. Tortoise shell sunnies, natural fiber woven clutches and bags, or low block heel footwear are essentials. One of my ultimate fave places around the world to shop at is in my very own home of Los Angeles. Decades on Melrose is a legendary must to all the fashion mavens everywhere. It’s worth the trip back in timeless style.
Decades on Melrose
2. As a fashionista, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends. This year’s Pantone color of the year is Radiant Orchid – so swipe some lavender polish onto your lovely nail beds the next time you go to the salon. Manis and pedis are fun and easy ways to add pops of color to your look.
3. I am a fan of a bright, bold lip. But if you are drawing attention to your lips you need to make sure your pearly whites are sparkling white. I recommend stashing lip colors with blue undertones and the new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen in your purse for an on-the-go beauty update.
4. Neon orange lips are officially in. The bright orange shade provides the necessary pop to your lips and looks great on multiple skin tones. 
5. While we all love to rock bright and bold colors, remember that black is and always will be classic. Make sure to keep a little black dress stashed in your closet to rock at the next event you attend or night out on the town.
6. Tie your look together with some great accessories. Adding a statement necklace can really set the tone for the rest of your outfit. You can really transition an outfit from day to night with the help of a stylish accessory.
Fashion blogger Olivia Palermo in statement necklaces  – FabSugar
7. Ladies, it’s all about the blue eye makeup these days! Apply shades of teal and seafoam to your eyelid or as a liner to make those gorgeous eyes of yours sparkle and shine.
8. Looking to jump on a fashion trend from the 90’s? Well ladies, you are in luck – overalls are back in full force! This laid back outfit looks comes as a romper or in the traditional full length get up 
– so why not have a blast from the past and rock the overall!

9.  Accessories are a girl’s best friend, am I right? We all love to dress up our look with bangles, earrings and the hottest new handbag. But ladies, don’t forget your best accessory is and always will be your smile! Make your smile pop by using the full Optic White line of products – brush, rinse, whiten and go for whiter teeth in just one day!
10. No one wants to feel weighed down, especially when it comes to their makeup. Instead of wearing a heavy foundation, try a tinted moisturizer – it provides the coverage you want/need in a light weight formula.
Excellent tips! Happy Summer Styling, ladies!

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2014 BET Awards Red Carpet dominated by WHITE (UPDATED PHOTOS)

Tamar Braxton-Herbert, Amber Rose, Eva Marcille, Apryl Jones and Gugu Mbatha-Raw all wore White to the 2014 BET Awards at the Nokia Theater at LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 2014.
UPDATED: It seemed like WHITE was the color of the evening on Sunday night’s  2014 BET Awards red carpet. Several of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums and other celebs went with the summer shade while working the arrivals to the annual show at the Nokia Theater at LA LIVE in Los Angeles, California.

Jennifer Freeman, Holly Robinson-Peete and Tamera Mowry-Housley looked fab and glam in gorgeous in their red carpet looks. 
We spotted several brand new moms including Kerry Washington and Eva Marcille, both who welcomed their first child, respectively this year. Here is what they and other celeb moms who we have covered in the past looked like and who they wore: 

Kerry Washington, who welcomed a daughter, Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha with husband Nnamdi Asomugha on April 21 wore the Dolce and Gabbana strapless cotton silk brocade dress  (GET IT HERE) accented with a green clutch and Casadei pumps in Summer white. 

Eva Marcille went with a fitted white SEN Couture  dress showing off her bounced back body after welcoming daughter Marley with Kevin McCall in February this year. 
My Wife and Kids alum Jennifer Freeman was gorgeous in a floor length hot pink Michael Costello gown. 
Amber Rose showed off her tiny waist cinching it with a gold colored belt around the middle of her long sleeved V-neck dress. She barely smiled because her mind was on son Sebastian who she cut out on the award show mid-broadcast to go home and see. Awwww! That’s realness right there. 
Omarion is expecting with his girlfriend Apryl Jones who also did white and  long fishtail train similar to the sheer style she wore for her coral-themed baby shower last week.

Tamar Braxton-Herbert, who had a fainting spell while performing last week, went va-va-voom in a white jersey SEN Couture dress though she looked to need a little more support to really polish off the look which she accentuated with gold clutch and jewels and Christian Louboutin pumps.  
Holly Robinson-Peete  showed off one of her best assets: her strong shoulders in a peach one shoulder dress.
Tamera Mowry-Housley is gorge in a fitted Yigal Azrouël python leather zip up mini dress. Not seen in this pic are her fab Saint Laurent Snake Embossed Silver and Black Cap Toe Pumps.
Interesting mesh and satin dress and strappy wrapped pumps there Kyla Pratt. The mom to 3 1/2 year old Lyric Kai Kilpatrick  and another daughter born last August with beau Danny Kilpatrick and actress was giving “tude” and Face on the red carpet. Love the confidence.

Oh Hi Tameka “Tiny” Harris. Going with the Little Black Mermaid scales dress we see. hmmmm. 
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30 New Year’s Eve Greetings & PHOTOS from Celeb Bellyitch Moms

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It’s been a wonderful year for many of our past, current and recent Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms and moms-to-be. Several of them have been enjoying the holidays celebrating with their first babies and their families. And of course, they’re amped to share the love and the moment with their fans and followers in social media.
We assembled 30 tweets, WhoSay, Instagram and Facebook shares including photos and well wishes and greetings that some of our favorite celeb moms shared in social media for the New Year!

 Adrienne Bosh rung it in with her hubby Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and their friends, including recently engaged Gabrielle Union and Heat player Dwayne Wade.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez was showing off on her Facebook page  the fact that she’s still one of the hottest chicks in the game. You know, randomly chilling on the IRT.

Bey and Jay were doing the wifey/hubby thing via her IG page

Eva Marcille shared this awesome inspirational 2014 poster on her Instagram Page

Fergie was looking like she didn’t just drop a baby months prior in this black sequinned catsuit she rocked out in during NYE
Tamara Mowry-Housley rung in the new year with her hubby and their friends.

Tamar Braxton-Herbert lamented on her shows, baby, multiple Grammy nominations and amazing year via IG

Rasheeda looked fab heading out for the night

Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman sent greetings via IG


Monica shared some inspirational messages about what she wishes for her fans and followers.

Kim Kardashian was marveling her amazing year which included a new baby and a fat 15 carat engagement ring

Jaime King got all controversial with it, sharing a firm kiss with our Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom from the past, her bestie Selma Blair with Blair’s son sandwiched in between.

Holly Madison went throwback and shared tons of pics from her FairyTale wedding to fiance Pasquale Rotella and this photo of her looking like a Ballerina.

Laila Ali run in the New Year as a bridesmaid in her sister’s wedding, pictured here with her children.
Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Rasheeda rang in her New Year with another 2013 Bumpwatch mom, Phaedra Parks of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

             Aubumn Reeser shared photos of her New Year’s baby, her second child. Too sweet.                            
Courtney Lopez had fun playing a joke about having too much fun in NYE.
Rochelle Humes from The Saturdays shared a Flipagram of her celebration with her hubby Marvin Humes and friends.