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Grammy-nominated Wayna featured in Essence mag’s “New & Next” (VIDEO)

Grammy-nominated songstress Wayna wore the Arielle Dress by Tabii during a recent Essence shoot

Singer-songwriter Grammy-nominated  Wayna is featured in today’s Essence.com‘s “New & Next” series.
“Ethiopian-born American singer Wayna describes her eclectic sound as a ‘blend of international sounds and soul music.’ the mag writes about the Maryland native who is currently 7 months pregnant while promoting her 3rd studio project. “Best known as a hip-hop soul artist (her remake of Minnie Riperton‘s “Lovin’ You” earned her a Grammy nod in 2009), Wayna was ready for a musical change for her third album so she called to her cultural heritage to create a sound she describes as ‘world soul.'”
In the video listening session, Essence asks its readers to “listen in as she sings ‘Send It Away’ from her current album, ‘The Expats.’Let us know if you’re loving Wayna as much as we are.”
Wayna and her husband Kyle Stephen are expecting their second child within weeks.  The couple are parents to 2-year old Beza.
We love the new project which is available on iTunes and record stores nationwide! Take a look!

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Pace Wu is a stunning contender for Best Maternity Style

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Oooh! File this under missed but we think Taiwanese model and actress Pace Wu was an overlooked contender for best maternity style of 2013 when she rocked the heck out of this lemon Valentino Resort 2014 dress at the launch of her “Pace Wu’s Style Book: Fashion Alive” last Christmas.
And she dared to do it in quite dangerous yet fashionable sky high Tiffany‘s blue Christian Louboutin pumps. 
Wu and her wealthy businessman beau Ji Xiaobo welcomed their baby this month and plan to marry later.
Sizzzling. Cute. 

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Actress Teresa Palmer ice skates 9 months pregnant, 3 Extremely Pregnant Athletes (PHOTOS)

Look at this! 


Warm Bodies star Teresa Palmer posted a photo of herself on her Instagram account this past Saturday, January 5 showing off her ice skating moves….at 9 months pregnant! 
“Preggo-on-ice!! #Ninemonths @likemark,” Palmer wrote in the caption to the photo.
Wowza! Talk about putting your baby in danger.  At that far along, your center of gravity it off balance and you are less able to control your movement while walking, let along on ice skates.  Let’s not forget to mention the fact that another skater could bump into you while on the ice and cause you to fall ON her tummy and accidentally kill the baby.
Sheesh! I am going to assume she was not aware of the risk and she didn’t think that the list of things you shouldn’t be doing in your trimester included ice skating, but yeah.  This was an uncool move here, Ms. Palmer.
I suppose the Australian actress wanted to join the long line of women recently who caught a lot of attention for engaging in athletic activities at 9 months pregnant like:

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Kerry Washington’s Scandal castmates helped her conceal her pregnancy, 5 Ways to Hide your Pregnancy

During promotion for the next season of Scandal, Kerry Washington’s cast mate Joe Morton explained that when the cast learned she was pregnant with new husband Nnamdi Asomugha‘s first baby, they all worked to make sure her secret stayed safe and not leaked to the public until Washington was ready to reveal. 
“We sort of new, but she obviously wanted to keep it private, so we helped her do that,”  Morton told  HipHollywood at Essence Women in Music event. “So there was no kind of big celebration. ” 
For women who work in offices, concealing a pregnancy may take some work too.  For professional and personal reasons, women don’t want the beans spilled too soon. Here are some tips on how to keep your pregnancy a secret until you are ready to reveal the news.
5 Ways to Hide a pregnancy 
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1. Hiding morning sickness. You  may have one challenge to not be caught by a co-worker throwing up in the bathroom. If you work in a multi-level office environment, use the bathroom on another floor. Chances are the people from those other floors won’t know who you are or won’t recognize the shoes to the woman losing her lunch in the stall next door.
2. Shielding alcohol avoidance. You may be known to NOT skip a drink offer. So if it would be uncharacteristic of you to say no to booze,  take the glass when offered and pretend to sip it. Then replace the liquid with alcohol-free version when no one is looking. If it’s white wine, replace it with apple juice if convenient. If it’s pure vodka, water works. If it’s rum and coke, get just the coke.
3. Covering up the Early Pregnancy Look. There is a certain look that women who are suffering from morning sickness get: glazed eye, red nose, puffy cheeks are indications of vomiting and dealing with nausea. It’ll be hard, but just try. Also, don’t look too dumpy because that is a dead give-away that something is up. Keep your hair coiffed and keep wearing make up even if you’re feeling queezie and not up to it. If you have to heave, reapply your make up so you don’t look so green coming out of the restroom.
4. Disguising the hand on the tummy posture. You may feel the uncanny urge to rest your hand on your tummy. It’s an unexplainable phenomenon. Try to be conscious where your hands are and make an effort to keep them at your hips or another natural place OTHER than resting on your tummy…LIKE A PREGNANT WOMAN! A couple of years ago, when Mariah Carey was pregnant and before suffering her miscarriage, many outlets, including this blog, reported that she MUST have been pregnant based on that photograph alone! (see right)
5. Dressing to Hide a growing bump. Finally, dress in chunky but hip sweaters or A-line or empire waist tops or dresses to take the focus away from your tummy. Keep it fresh and trendy so it appears that you are wearing those tummy hiding outfits for style, not for the convenience of hiding a pregnancy you don’t want someone to know about.
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Bump Watch: Emily Blunt’s comfy maternity style

Maybe it’s because she always has a camera following everywhere she goes, but the papps have done a great job of capturing British actress Emily Blunt’s casual style. The Devil Wears Prada star must love comfy long sleeve maternity jersey tops and dark denim or stretch pants because that is all she is seen wearing when out and about. Not mad at her. Keep it comfy and functional, mama!

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Ciara rocks the stage at official Grammy after party (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

Immediately after showing up in a show-stopping gold Emilio Pucci gown at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, mom-to-be songstress Ciara headlined the official annual Grammy after party.

The Body Party singer looked futuristic and Matrix-like in her all black long jacket with trousers wearing dark shades to sing some of her hits old and new before an audience at the Los Angeles convention center located next to the Staples Center.

Ciara released her 6th studio album last year.  Pregnant women do Rock!

Check out a full gallery of photos over at JustJared.com.



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Bump Watch: Drew Barrymore bumpin’ it upon Instagram

Mom-to-be Drew Barrymore looked bumpilicious in an Instagram photo her Blended co-star Bella Thorne shared Thursday, January 23.
“Da baby!! @drewbarrymore,” Thorne wrote in the caption to the photo.

Barrymore and her new husband Will Kopelman since 2012.  The couple are parents to daughter, 15-month old Olive.

Blended hits theaters this May 23rd.

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The Chew’s Daphne Oz dishes to Wendy Williams, says dad Dr.Oz won’t be in delivery room

Can we adopt The Chew TV hostess Daphne Oz as our celebrity pregnancy spokes model?
The mom-to-be whose dad is famed TV doc Dr. Oz visited The Wendy Williams show on January 22 and dished on her pregnancy. Daphne and her investment banker husband since 2010 John Jovanovic  are expecting their first baby on March 6.
Daphne was featured on the cover of the latest issue of Fit Pregnancy  magazine and it is fitting as she has a healthy approach to unloading the post-pregnancy weight.
“First of all, I didn’t start off a size 2 so I’m not trying to get back there,” the down-to-earth blond said after revealing she struggled with her weight her entire life. “I also kind of feel like it took me 9 months to get here, I put on like 30 lbs, it’s going to take 9 months to get back there.”
Kudos!
 “I’m not rushing there,” she added. “My most important thing is to keep my nutrition strong,so I want to breastfeed, so I want my baby to get everything, I’m not going on a diet route.”
We also love her healthy approach to sensuality. When Wendy pried as she does so well and inquired about Daphne Oz’s sex life, she opened up about how pregnancy actually liberated her from issues she had growing up.
Like many women, she said she had body image issues and never felt comfortable in her clothes and skin but being pregnant “you own every bit of it.”
She added, “that’s the most attractive quality, I mean I think pregnancy is sexy anyway, but I think that you can own your self-confidence, that’s the biggest thing,” 
Oz has 6 weeks left and is due March 6. She said she is getting the ultimate “push” present and doesn’t know the gender of her baby. She also told Wendy that her dad will NOT be in the delivery room but her mom and husband will.
Check out the video of the appearance below:

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Shop Kerry Washington’s EW Party Red Carpet Look!

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom-to-be Scandal actress Kerry Washington is not letting her pregnancy slow her down from getting hitting all the award-season galas and events.
The Screen Actors’ Guild,  Emmy and Golden Globes-nominee was spotted in a printed Tory Burch Edna dress, paired with some wicked So Kate Artistic Print Python Christian Louboutin pumps, and accented with a bold magenta statement necklace from Yves Saint Laurent House of Lavante and a Kotur box clutch.
She rocked this look at the Entertainment Weekly SAG Nominees Pre-show party at Chateau Marmont  in Los Angeles, California yesterday, Friday 17th. 
The look is tres cute and the dress, at least is modestly priced on sale at $265! Totally doable if you want to rock the same style which is sold not as a maternity dress. Washington forewent the sash belt the dress comes with and turned it into a maternity frock. Effortless!
The dark nails polished off the outfit with a little edge. Flawless.

SHOP THE LOOK:

So Kate Artistic Print Python Louboutin Pumps
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                                  Kotur Espey Snakeskin Minaudiere, Magenta

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BumpWatch: Dominique Dawes promotes Kaiser Permanente’s Prenatal Care campaign (VIDEO)

In September, retired US Gymnastics and Olympic medalist, Dominique Dawes gave her followers a clue into the fact that she was pregnant when she tweeted herself filming a video for Kaiser Permanente.


Not everyone got it and only one of her followers responded to the image with a “hmmm.”


Dawes, who is the only modern American gymnast to compete and medal in three Olympic games (1992, 1996, 2000), has been the health organization’s Health Advocate and official spokeswoman for several years now, but when she began to show, she started to help promote its prenatal care program among patients and in communities.
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But in that September photo, she was much smaller than when she first openly shared news of her first pregnancy this past December in a photo (below) which also shows the petite Maryland-native wearing a wedding and engagement ring.
The motivational speaker is quite secretive about her private life so no one had a clue she was even married, let alone expecting!
Dawes, who was a member of the  US Gymnastics Olympic Overall Gold medalist team at the Atlanta 1996 games, posted a video from the campaign on her Twitter account recently.
“Prenatal health is the first step to being a good mom!”  the alumnus of University of Maryland (my alma mater)  wrote. 

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