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The Celeb ‘Bump Watch’ Term We’d Like to Gossip Blogs Leave in 2015

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Is it time yet to nominate phrases and terms we will like to see left in 2015 and not carted over to 2016??

If so, I’d like to nominate the phrase “shows off her bump” to describe the sighting of a celebrity pregnant woman out and about the street doing regular stuff.

I’m certain we might have used the term in Bellyitch before so I’m not throwing stones from inside a glass house. No ma’am. No sir.

I just was going through our Google Alerts the other day and noticed how many of my fellow gossip blogs and websites abuse the overused term to describe something that really isn’t there.

Whoa  Baby  Pregnant Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Bump   E  Online

When I think of someone “showing off” something, I think of a person boasting or proudly presenting something for others to see, almost in an “in your face” sort of way. I don’t think of the person who is just casually walking down the street and is caught by paparazzi.

Pregnant Emma Willis shows of growing baby bump at The Voice UK launch   OK  Magazine

Now, if the mom-to-be has starred in a maternity photo shoot and purposefully exposes her pregnant belly or growing bump for the cameras, then perhaps, I can see that descriptor being appropriate.

Kimberly Stewart Shows Off Her Bump   Kimberly Stewart Shows   3


Any other time, nah!

Coco Austin Shows Off Her Daughter Chanel as a Baby Bump

So, in order to be part of the solution and not part of the problem, I’ve come up with a few other terms we can use in its stead:

  • Celeb Mom-to-be Chills
  • Check out Celeb Mom’s Cute Baby Bump
  • We spotted Celeb X at the Cinema and Look How Adorbs her Bump Is
  • Celeb X Enjoys the Park while Waiting for the Arrival of her Next baby
  • Celeb X looks radiant in Pink and Her bump does too
  • Celeb X is Bumpilcious in Red
  • Look whose bump is gettting big: Celeb X
  • We checked in on Celeb X and See how Big her Bump Has Grown

There! Just some ideas. Approps with a hint of “click bait” too. lol

Ok. Ready Set…Happy 2016!!

Pregnant Chrissy Teigen proudly shows off her baby bump in selfie   Daily Mail Online


Writer suggests society bans ‘Bump Watch’


In 2007, I wrote a blog post about the “Bump Watch” phenomenon, generally, discussing it in context of when the tabloids, public and media are wrong. In 2010, I wrote about how Jennifer Aniston is the most bump watched female celebrity even though she’s never been pregnant. At the same time, I was one of the early blogs that speculated in a post as to whether Jennifer Lopez was pregnant given her choice of dress during a concert. (I was right).

I am in that space so I get the fascination. And we here at Bellyitch have a long-standing ongoing “bump watch” tradition of following and covering celebrity preganancies.

I do, also, recognize that people hate the term “bump watch” as well as “bump” and “baby bump.”  It’s cool. No scene.

However, I think writer Rachel Kramer Bussel was going a weeee bit too far in her recent Salon commentary where she called bump watch anti-feminist and suggested we, as a society, should ban bump watch.

*Clutch the pearls!*

Bussel’s piece was a bit rambling and read like a stream of consciousness rant but I understand her thesis:  the incessant watching of and obsession over a woman’s pooch is offensive and reductive of her value to society outside of procreating.

In her post, Bussel bemoans how insulting it is when women are asked if they are pregnant when they may have just had one too many chicken wings the night before.

I can dig it, right.  I support women’s liberation and rights. I am a woman after all and I do and have benefited from all the work that my feminist and womanist sisters have done over the years.

Notwithstanding all of that…. I still think Bussel goes overboard in her rant.

I dunno. Head over to Salon and have a read and let me know your thoughts.


Thanksgiving Travel: Flying With an Infant: How to Avoid Disaster

With Thanksgiving around the corner and some people opting to fly to visit family during the holidays, our blogger Marc Courtiol, is sharing tips on dealing with flying with an infant:
Having a newborn can be stressful enough without leaving the house, so it is easy to understand why so many new parents are reluctant to travel. Babies need constant care, they are unpredictable, and their crying is sometimes difficult to stop. All of these things work against travel, which requires as much predictability as possible. The good news is that many infants fall right to sleep as soon as the plane starts moving, but you just cannot know beforehand. Plus, nobody wants to be those poor parents stuck on an airplane with a baby who refuses to be quiet. That is no one’s idea of a fun vacation.
But you do not have to be scared to travel with your infant. Sure, things may not go perfectly, but the trip does not have to be a disaster. Here are some ideas to keep in mind.
The right attitude
Start preparing by getting in the right mindset for traveling with an infant. Especially if this is your first child, this may require you to alter your view of the world to some extent. For starters, while it is important to be considerate of others, you simply cannot get hung up on what strangers think about you. There are always going to be curmudgeonly people who bellyache when a crying baby is in their vicinity, and there is nothing we can do about them. So just forget about them and focus on your family.
Also, try to approach the whole thing with a sense of calm. The best way to do this is to take it slow. Give yourself plenty of extra time for everything. If you usually leave for the airport two hours early, give yourself two and a half to three hours this time. Move slowly through the trip, and stop to attend to the baby whenever he or she needs anything. If you can cultivate this sort of attitude, your baby will pick up on it and will likely be more calm.
Plan early
Plan your trip as early as possible so you can reserve seats in an optimal row. Exit-row seats are great because they give you extra room to maneuver with the baby. Also, if you have never traveled with an infant before, you might want to call the airline and talk to a real person about their policies. Your baby should be able to fly for free, but many parents choose to buy a seat for their infant anyway for the extra room. Airplanes are generally a tight fit, but a full three-seater in an exit row can be a cozy little temporary home for mommy, daddy, and baby.
Knowing what to bring 
When flying with a newborn, the key is to bring as few things as possible while having everything you need to take care of your baby. It can be difficult to find this balance. Here are some things that you definitely need:

A few changes of clothes (bring a couple more than you reasonably expect you will need)
An item or two, especially a blanket or stuffed animal, that smells of home and reminds the baby of safe, comfortable places
Diaper-changing supplies, including a changing pad, sanitizing wipes, and multiple extra diapers
Pastic bags for storing soiled baby clothes
Cloths to wipe spit-up and other substances
If you are breastfeeding, bring a bottle with a little extra milk in case the baby needs to be fed at an inopportune time for breastfeeding.
Other than these crucial items, keep what you pack to a minimum. If your child is a newborn, then she is probably too young to need any books or toys to keep her occupied.
Be prepared to carry
If you have a baby carrier, make sure you have it ready, as maneuvering through the airport, especially the security section, is much easier if the baby is strapped to you rather than in a stroller. Of course, it is fine to bring the stroller on your trip, but treat it like a piece of luggage until you pick it up at your destination.

On the flight, it is fine to keep the baby with you if you have not reserved an extra seat. If you do have an extra seat for the baby, you of course cannot have her sitting on it when the craft is in motion. That is why the airlines recommend bringing your infant car seat and strapping it in if you are not going to be holding the baby through the entire flight. If you do not have too much other luggage, brining that seat is a good idea.

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