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Why Gail Simmons Is Not a Fan of ‘The Birth Plan’

Well, we agree that birth plans rarely go according to plan, but she said it!

Gail Simmons, who is a judge on Bravo TV‘s Top Chef and is expecting her second child with her music executive husband Jeremy Abrams, joked during  in an interview with HATCHland“I call BS on the birth plan.”

Simmons, who also was head critic on Top Chef Duels and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, B, told the blog for the maternity label that chronicles motherhood before, during and after pregnancy. she’s trying to relax and let nature take its course.

“That shouldn’t scare anyone, nor is it a bad thing, it’s just one of the few times in life you can’t control,” she said. “My goal is to have a healthy baby and to get to the hospital on time. That’s my plan. My plan is to not 

It will be a balance and the working family will play it by ear. The couple are parents to 4-year old 

“Once the baby comes, I’ll see how it goes … you never know what kind of birth you’re going to have or what kind of baby you’re going to have. My plan right now is to take off the summer to be with my family and aim to go back to work as soon as I feel mentally and physically able.”

Now, that’s a good plan!

Meanwhile, the cook book author of “Bringing It Home” has been living her best life

RHOOC’s Meghan King Edmonds Does Her Own Beyonce Shoot

Because Beyonc’s 2017 exotic pregnancy shoot photos can never be parodied enough, BravoTV’s Real Housewives Of Orange County expecting star Meghan King Edmonds did it too, recently.

Why not? Edmonds too is expecting twins similar to Bey when she was shot on a car before a floral Frame.

Edmonds posted two photos of a shoot that looked exactly like the Queen B’s from February 2017 and some behind the scenes footage.

She did acknowledge the inspiration in the captions:

“If I Can’t be Queen Bey I’ll settle for King Edmonds #twinscomingsoon #imitationisflattery #thisIsNotMyMaternityShoot,” she wrote, adding, “Incredible photos and shoot organized by @heathermohrphotography #stlouismaternityphotographer fresh flowers by @awildflowershop makeup by @mwmakeupdesigns and hair (all those clip-in extensions!) by @salonmarosie (all your Stl needs!).”

Edmonds who is carrying twin boys and is mom to one year old daughter, announced this past January that she plans to retire from the Housewives series.

“After three seasons of the rollercoaster that is The Real Housewives of Orange County I’ve decided to hang up my OC Housewife hat,” she wrote in a blog post. “Filming is grueling.”


She Picked Her Baby’s Sex in IVF then Felt Punished When Born with A Birth Defect

I love the Real Housewives series on Bravo TV though I am not always up to speed on the seasons and the newer members. I was catching up with the latest season of the Beverly Hills housewives series of the franchise when I got introduced to Teddi Jo Mellencamp Arroyave. (Yes, her dad is John Cougar Mellencamp. *swoon*)

The gorgeous blonde seems down-to-earth and has a 5-year olf daughter, Slate and 3-year old son,  Cruz, and a hunky security company owner husband Edwin Arroyave. During a couple dinner date hosted by Dorit Kemsley and her husband Paul “P.K.: Kemsley  in an early episode, Teddi and Edwin share about the guilt they endured over their son’s health following their decision to select his gender.

After getting pregnant easily the first time, they struggled the second time and turned to IVF for help. During the process, they had 12 embryos fertilized and all but one was female. Edwin wanted a boy, perhaps given they already had a daughter at the time, so they rejected the overwhelming majority of available fertilized embryos to implant the only male egg.

Their son was born with two healthy instead of three aortic chambers and as a result, may have lifelong challenges though he is quite healthy now and the prognosis seems good that he will live a good life. It started out pretty horrific.

“We had a really scary delivery with Cruz,” Teddi relayed during  the episode, explaining that Cruz wasn’t breathing when he was born. “They put him on me and one of the nurses was like, ‘He’s not okay, Code Blue.’ And I was just sitting there, and he wasn’t breathing.”

As docs rushed in to attend to their baby, Edwin immediately connected the trauma to his decision to pick the baby’s sex.

“I just remember my sisters were in the room and they’re crying. [Teddi’s] crying. I was like, ‘Holy crap,’ ” he said. “I was just praying like, ‘Lord, give me one more chance. I’ll never do this again.’ ”

He was referring to the selecting of the baby’s sex during in vitro fertilization.

“I made sure it was a boy,” he told the Kemsleys. “I kept saying, ‘I want the boy, I want the boy.’ ”

The couple sincerely expressed regret and felt they were being punished for picking their child’s gender (or sex) when they could have just been grateful for whatever God gave them. I am presuming this. Not putting words in their mouth.

“I’m his mother. My job is to protect him, and that little bit of me who felt like I was selecting something — I choose for him to be a boy, God didn’t choose for me — it’ll always make me feel a little guilty,” Teddi said.

“IVF is one of the hardest things you can go through as a woman,” she added. “One of your biggest jobs is to make babies and when you can’t, you feel sad cause you’re not able to make your baby. And you also feel sad cause you feel like you’re failing.”

You guys know I have an institutional memory and so the disclosure and exchange reminded me a bit of Toni Braxton who revealed in her book that she felt that God punished her for a previous abortion she decided to have in the middle of her then-sizzling hot career. Her son Diezel has Autism. She since went on to explain that her un-evolved notions at the time have changed, after a lot of backlash.

It is not uncommon as I, personally, know women who had fertility struggles and said they felt they too were being punished for an abortion they elected to have when younger. It is a touchy subject.

The ethics of selecting a child’s gender came into play publicly among another celebrity lately. Chrissy Teigen revealed that she felt her first child should be a girl because she wanted her husband, John Legend, to have a daughter. She also got blasted for expressing her decision.

In any event, I have no opinion on the matter other than I am happy that people are being open about these very sensitive issues beause someone out there can relate and perhaps can benefit from hearing and seeing these topics actively and candidly being aired.

Bravo! (Pun intended)

Photo: Jorge Bautista

Kenya Moore Fans Think She’s Giving off a Pregnancy Glow In Her Recent IG Photo

I watched Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore when she was on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last week.  When host Cohen, the head of programming at the popular network, asked her if she was pregnant and she said something to the effect to, “I can’t say.”  I took that to mean perhaps yes.

Moore recently sat down on the Wendy Williams Show where she addressed the pregnancy rumors by saying: “We have been very upfront about wanting to have kids together. I am not saying either way [if I am pregnant or trying] when I am able to say; I will be happy to tell the world.”

This week, the newlywed reality TV mainstay shared a photo which her fans believe reveal a pregnancy glow. Check it out:

#originalface ? #blackbarbie #blackdontcrack #kenyamoore #kenyamoorehaircare #RHOA

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What say you? I think I see one !

Couple Conceives A Baby While Taping New BravoTV Show ‘Stripped’

This week, the first couple featured on the new BravoTV show called Stripped revealed that they conceived their first child while taping the reality TV show experiment that required them to start off the show naked and void of all of their material possessions.

Accountant Justin and his wardrobe stylist wife Ali revealed at the end of the show, which is about going 21 days with nothing, that they are expecting a baby and that Ali is 6 months pregnant.

On the show, participants are allowed to retrieve one item they “cannot live without” each day from an offsite storage locker that contains all their stuff. The shop is about exposing people’s personal relationships with their personal belongings and how their lives and values change once all their material possessions are stripped away.  The stars of the show are expected to go about their daily lives by showing up to work, maintaining their families and keeping up with social circles – without their everyday necessities.

On day one, Ali gets a dress but Justin comes back with a couch on which they make a baby on! Funny stuff!

They bathe in their pool and brush their teeth with honey and lemons. They both state in the end that the show forced them to communicate with each other and Justin said he used the opportunity to convince Ali to finally start a family!

Well, that worked!

The show airs every Tuesday at 10pm on the cable TV channel.

Major Network Reality TV Casting: Show About Searching for Your Child’s Dad

If you are a solo parent who has lost track of your child’s father and aren’t shy about expanding your search before the public, you can consider auditioning for a new show by Squeaky Wheel Casting, an agency which has cast for reality TV shows on HGTV, BravoTV, TLC, Spike, Food Network, Oxgyen, Lifetime channels and more.

The new lifestyle series which is being cast on behalf of a “big time network” will take viewers through the process of a single mom or mom-to-be who is trying to track down her child’s dad.

Now this would apply for those who had a one-night stand that resulted in a pregnancy, or someone who got pregnant for a former lover or partner and for one reason or another failed to inform him of his fatherhood. Or maybe, the dad was aware but dipped out of the picture to avoid responsibility.

If this fits your situation and you’re cool about being on TV, you can contact casting agent at [email protected] or fill out this FORM HERE!!

Do let us know on our socials Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram if you get cast! We would love to follow your story and root you on your journey!


What’s up with our new obsession with Upper Eastside Manhattan Moms?

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It seems we are all obsessed with the posh and uber competitive lives of mothers of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York.

They’re the buzz these days.

Recently, everyone went gaga after reading that New York Post interview with author Wednesday Martin about her much anticipated expose “Primates of Park Avenue” based on her life living among these women. All over comment pages, readers, mainly women, proclaimed their eagerness to see the bizarre world of wealthy Manhattan parents Martin described in her book eventually come to life on the small or silver screen.

It was as good as fiction! It very well could have been because it’s been revealed there were many holes in Martin’s claims about people, places and even the length of which she lived in Manhattan. 

In any event,  eager audiences wouldn’t have to wait for Martin’s account to be adapted into a movie or series. BravoTV got ya covered!

Tonight, at 10pm ET, the cable network will debut Odd Mom Out, a scripted series that chronicles Momzilla life on Manhattan’s Upper East Side but from the perspective of a mom who doesn’t fit in.

Jill Kargman, a mom of three, created and stars in the series and chats about the series in the July issue of Parents magazine.

Here is an excerpt, reprinted with permission from Parents:

What is a Momzilla? A Momzilla is someone who channels all of her type-A ambition and energy into her child. I do believe there’s a Newtonian law of energy where all of your drive for your career abruptly gets funneled into the fetus.

Your character, Jill Weber, also has three children. Is she based on your own experience? When I had Sadie, I had no friends in New York who were parents and I felt really lonely. The challenges of that period of my life have been retooled for this show. A lot of moms I speak to say, “Enjoy this time while it lasts because it flies by.” And I want to smash them in the head because it was really hard.

Have you ever felt like the odd mom out? At a ballet class when my oldest was 2, I told her to sit down “Indian style.” These four perfect moms gasped and glared at me. One said, “You can’t say that. It’s ‘crisscross applesauce’ now.” I ran into the bathroom and burst into tears because I felt like I was doing it all wrong.

What’s your advice to other parents who feel this way? Fly your freak flag and know there are others like you. Even people you perceive to be the perfect mothers, who have it all together, sometimes feel like the odd mom out too.

Good stuff! Read the rest of the interview in the July issue of Parents on magazine racks now.


Check out the series teaser:



8 Questions with BravoTV’s TTC ‘NewlyWeds’ Kirk and Laura Knight

Trying to conceive your first child as a newlywed can be exciting and anxious-filled, but imagine doing that under the ever-present eye of reality TV cameras?
That’s exactly what newly married business owners Kirk and Laura Knight are going through right now as one of the couples in BravoTV‘s reality experiment show, Newyleds: The First Year.  The show follows and chronicles the entire first year of marriage four couples. This is the second time the show has aired and like last time, in 2013, we also have a couple that is preparing to conceive a baby within that first year. 
We sat down with Laura, a stylish and very fit Pilates instructor, business savvy insurance brokerage company owner  and her very witty and snarky hubby, Kirk, a StartUp founder, top investment and commercial real estate owner and a former ultimate bachelor (he collects expensive exotic fish for goodness sake!) –to check in on their trying to conceive (TTC) efforts and the ups and downs of doing it all on TV!
1.       How has it been trying to get pregnant under the watchful eye of reality TV cameras and now audiences watching the show?
LK: It is exciting to share our journey with the audience. Our hope is that other couples will be able to relate to our new TTC (trying to conceive) status.
KK – I really don’t mind the cameras and feel very excited to share this part of our story with the public.  It is a very exciting time.
2.       What has been the response from family? Co-Workers? Clients? Etc.
LK – I don’t know who is more excited – our families or us?! Having a baby would finally make my parents grandparents for the first time. They are already planning Disney vacations with their imaginary grandchildren. Kirk’s family has been very encouraging & supportive – they would like to see Kirk enter fatherhood again. As far as work is concerned, we don’t really talk in great detail about our personal lives with clients – I guess they will have to watch the show if they want to know more.
3.       How have the cameras made the TTC (trying to conceive) road easier or harder, if at all?
LK: It can be a bit stressful when you share your vulnerabilities with the world. We made the decision to have the baby and we want it to all happen right away, seamlessly. We are planners and are forced to let go of that control when TTC. I have to remind myself that this isn’t a race to the finish line. Luckily, our relationship is filled with a lot of love, intimacy & playfulness – this peels away the pressure and allows us to enjoy our time together.
4. Are you prepared for fertility challenges and Kirk, do you realize how the pressures will be different for you, who already have children (he has two teenage sons from a previous relationship), compared to Laura who is looking to have her first?
LK – Most people don’t try to have a baby immediately after marriage, but Kirk and I have been together over 4.5 years and we are not spring chickens. I feel there is no better time than the present. When planning for a baby @ 34 years old (Kirk being 40), I try to be realistic. It may take some time, there may be complications – we are pushing into the “higher risk” category.  Above all, we should enjoy the process – we are making a baby!
KK – I do not anticipate any fertility issues as I have super-sperm (top shelf).

5.       Are you open to other alternative means for getting pregnant if you cannot the natural way? If so, will you consider IVF, surrogate pregnancy or adoption?
LK – I am certainly open to IVF, surrogacy & adoption. Kirk has more of the “we will cross that bridge when we get there” mentality.
KK – I understand there may be problems but I believe things have a strange way of working out.
6.       If not, will you be cool to just be a stepmom, Laura or do you think you will always ache for kids of your own and will continue to strive to have them?
LK – I know that I was meant to be a mother, it is very important to me.
KK – We will do what is necessary to have a child.
7.       How has family planning impacted your career, Laura and/or your startup Kirk?
LK: Family planning hasn’t really impacted our careers. Of course, as business owners, there are no “maternity leave” perks. Scheduling will be paramount.
KK – Planning for a family hasn’t had any impact on my career.  The challenges will come when you have to balance your time between the family, baby, career, start-up, teenage sons… I need a drink.
8.       What advice would you give any couple who is thinking of putting their first year of marriage or their TTC moments on TV?
LK: Think before you speak – JK. You have to be able to go into the realty tv world with open eyes – there are always going to be ups and downs, but what matters most is that you and your partner are there for one another through it all.

KK: You open up your entire life and expose the good, bad, and ugly.  Making the decision to share the first year & TTC moments on TV is not for everyone.  You really need to have a strong relationship and confidence in each other to show it all to the world.
Very fun interview and from watching these two each week, we’re thinking they’ll be married for a very very long time! They did not confirm whether their efforts have been successful or not so for now, we all just have to keep up by watching them each week on Bravo Tuesdays at 10pm ET.
If you’re reading this on the east coast, it’s time to watch! Check your local listings!

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UPDATE: RHOA’s Kandi Burruss speaks on pregnancy rumors (AUDIO)

During a radio interview last week, BravoTV‘s Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Buruss addressed rumors (um including some fueled by our blog post) that she was expecting.  The reports started after she canceled her musical theater production, ” A Mother’s Love”. 
The star of the short  Bravo series Kandi’s Wedding confirmed that she and her new husband Todd Tucker have been “working diligently” on getting pregnant 
“I have all this stuff going on. Once things happen and I’m blessed with the situation, I’ll figure it out. Don’t we all?” she  told on the “Russ Parr Morning Show”, adding “as far as I know, we haven’t had any luck. I’ve been seeing people tweeting…but I haven’t confirmed that.”
She said the traveling show was canceled because the promoter handling  the tour of the show quit because he wasn’t equipped to do it. 
So there you have it. She is working on getting pregnant but no baby yet!
It’s always great when you can get these bump watch speculation cleared up straight from the source!

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