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E! Dissects Celebrity Parenting Trends in Recent History

Having children is one of life’s great equalizers. Famous parents may be able to spend more on decorating the nursery, but at the end of the day Beyoncé just wants what’s best for her babies, and the Kardashians hope their kids are happy and healthy. And don’t all moms and dads want the same thing for their little ones?

The difference here is that when someone like Chrissy Teigen claps back at a mommy-shamer, it makes national news. And when Khloe Kardashian says she plans to eat her placenta, just like Kim Kardashian did, other moms-to-be may be intrigued enough to look into the encapsulation process for themselves.

Of course in all cases it’s important for people to do their own research and consult with their personal doctors about what’s best for them and their children. But we couldn’t help but be curious about a lot of these things we hear celebrities talking about these days, so we checked with medical and parenting experts to get the low-down on the usefulness of some of these parenting trends.

Placenta Pills Taking

Meanwhile, this information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. But let’s get right down to it and start with eating placenta…

Kim did itKourtney Kardashian did it and Khloe says she’s going to do it, but human placentophagy definitely didn’t start with the Kards. Nikki ReedKatherine HeiglJanuary JonesAlicia SilverstoneHolly Madison and Padma Lakshmi all had their placentas encapsulated and turned into pills to take after giving birth, too, while Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Gaby Hoffman say they ingested theirs in smoothie form—and they all had positive things to say about their experiences.

All the way back in 2013, before delivering daughter Rainbow, Madison wrote on her blog, “I heard it helps women recover faster and I want to recover as quickly as I can!”

“All I’ve been doing is breastfeeding and eating chocolate chip cookies—and eating placenta, which helps,” Hoffman told E! News in 2015 about how she was taking care of herself after welcoming her daughter Rosemary.

Mayim Bialik, who in addition to playing a neuroscientist on TV is also one in real life, as well as a placenta-consuming mother herself, explained the thought process behind this practice in a 2012 blog post for Kveller, writing, “Human beings are the only mammals that have chosen to not routinely ingest their placenta, which is consumed by every other mammal for its protein and iron-rich properties that are critical in helping the mother’s body recuperate after giving birth.”

According to Dr. Daniel Benyshek, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, there’s not enough research yet to back these positive claims. “There’s a great deal of anecdotal evidence,” he tells E! News. “[But] on the scientific side, there’s very little evidence at all to suggest that there are the sorts of objective measurable benefits when compared to a placebo that some of the proponents claimed.”

There has been at least one documented case of a baby who contracted a serious bacterial infection while the mother was taking placenta pills, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a warning last year about the practice.

The child was treated and discharged, but the incident did raise a red flag for some in the medical community. This past August, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a review with its take on the trend.

“If there were no harm in consuming placental tissue, we would argue that it doesn’t matter [if a mom eats placenta pills],” Dr. Alex Farr, a gynecologist and one of the authors of the review, explained to E! News. “But the problem is that with placenta consumption, there is a possible harm—mainly the harm of transmitting infectious diseases from the mother to the baby. This is why we are straightforward arguing and voting against placental consumption.”

Experts say that if moms do plan to eat their placenta, they should discuss it with their doctor and choose an encapsulation company that practices proper food safety protocols for handling, storing and preparing the material.

Or, another option is to plant the placenta beneath a tree like Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves. In 2008, the actor talked about burying son Levi‘s placenta in an orchard beneath a giant tree, telling Sanjay Gupta on CNN’s House Call, “It’s going to bear some wonderful fruit!”

Placenta trees haven’t caught on the way placenta pills have, but according to Dr. Stacy Zamudio, a senior scientist and Hackensack Universal Medical Center’s Director of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, burial of the placenta is actually “the most common practice” and “goes back to medieval times.”

“The idea [is] that you bury the placenta on your property near your house, and you plant a tree in that place that will carry the attributes that you want your child to have,” she tells E! News exclusively. “Those cultural beliefs across western Europe were very very widespread right up until the enlightenment era.”

But still, even if you’re just planting a placenta, make sure to act in compliance with any federal and local regulations for the disposal of human material. 

Cord Blood Banking

Audrina PatridgeNick CarterMario Lopez, and Bill and Giuliana Rancic have all spoken out in favor of (or in official partnership with) private cord-blood banks. Cord blood is pretty much what it sounds like—blood taken from the baby’s umbilical cord—and it contains potentially life-saving stem cells that can be banked for future use.

“CBR [Cord Bank Registry] came highly recommended to us, both by Giuliana’s sister and our OB/GYN, but we also did our own homework and visited the lab right before Edward Duke was born. We even saw where his cord blood stem cells would be stored!” the Rancics explained their decision on People.com in 2012.

When stored in a private cord-blood bank, the family pays an initial fee (typically somewhere between $1,000 and $3,000) plus an annual storage fee (ranging from $100 to $175) so that they can access their child’s stem cells at any time. With the public system, a baby’s cord blood is donated (at no charge to the parents) and becomes available to anyone who is a match and needs it.

Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics released an updated policy statementhighlighting the option of cord blood banking. Dr. William T. Shearer, the lead author of the policy and a Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine, tells E! News “it’s a matter of personal choice” what parents do with a child’s cord blood.

Cord blood stored in private banks has “a very restricted use,” says Dr. Shearer. “The chances that the cord blood is going to be used to save someone’s life is far greater with the public system.” “Now there is a chance,” he notes, “that new developments could happen in science and medicine in which the technique is discovered provided we could do more than the cord blood than is being done currently.”

Breastfeeding

Danica McKellar breastfed her son until he was 2 1/2, Mayim Bialik weaned her son at age 4, and Alanis Morissette said she would breastfeed “until my son is finished.” Like these moms, Kourtney Kardashian was criticized for breastfeeding son Mason Disick for too long, but on the flip side, Adele got flak for not breastfeeding son Angelo for long enough.

In this case, there’s no right or wrong amount of time—and to breastfeed at all or not is an entirely personal decision. “It’s what works for each mother,” Dr. Robin Berman, a psychiatrist and author of Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child With Love and Limits, tells E! News. “If women choose to breastfeed, that’s wonderful. If they make the choice not to breastfeed and to use formula, that’s wonderful, too.”

Attachment Parenting

Pink, Alicia Silverstone and Bialik have all spoken out in favor of attachment parenting, a child-rearing philosophy that promotes closeness through near constant touch.

Angelina JolieMilla JovovichTori Spelling and Tia Mowry have practiced some form of co-sleeping, which is a key tenet of attachment parenting, and countless celebs including Chris HemsworthandElsa PatakyJessica AlbaGwen StefaniChanning TatumJennifer GarnerRyan Reynolds and Gisele Bündchen have been spotted babywearing (the official term for strapping the baby to your chest—remember when Reynolds was criticized for not properly securing his daughter in the carrier?), which can also be considered a form of an attachment parenting.

The verdict? “If it works for you, great. It doesn’t work for everybody,” Dr. Sonya Rasmisnky, a psychiatrist specializing women’s mental health and reproductive psychiatry, tells E! News about the overall concept of attachment parenting.

“When I think about attachment parenting, I think of an insistence on particular care practices: Baby-wearing, co-sleeping, that kind of thing,” she says. “But attachment is a much larger thing…Attachment is having a responsive parent who’s attuned to you and to your needs, and that that can take multiple forms… I don’t think it’s necessary to babywear and to co-sleep in order to be attached to your child.”

Mom-Shaming Resistance

More and more, many famous moms—and dads—aren’t afraid to clap back: Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Jada Pinkett Smith, Julia StilesKristin CavallariHilary Duff and Snookiamong others—have all shut down mom-shamers, and David BeckhamJohn Legend and, as mentioned, Ryan Reynolds have all had opportunities to defend themselves from the dad police.

Celebrity parents definitely aren’t the only ones dealing with this, either.

Dr. Berman says the shaming culture “has really gotten out of control,” explaining, “It’s like a bubble—somebody’s gotta pop it and deflate it and realize that they’re parenting from their ego and not from their soul. Because when you’re shaming other people and you’re judging other people, you can’t be loving them at the same time.”

Parent shaming is obviously prevalent online, but there are friendly, supportive corners of the web, too. As Dr. Rasminsky puts it, “[T]here are lot of downsides to the internet, but one of the upsides is that you can find pretty much any kind of community there.”

“I guess I would say if you’re feeling shamed, go find some other moms to hang out with who are going to be more supportive, because they exist,” she adds. “I think finding your people is one of the tasks of early parenting because it’s a whole new world—so that’s making friends who are moms who share your view of parenting and of what’s important, that’s possible to do and i think it’s important to do and it’s sustaining, and they’re out there.”

Ultimately, we all need to remember “there is no exact science to parenting,” says Dr. Berman. “I am a mother of three, I am a psychiatrist, I am a parenting book author—there is no one way to parent. There is not a perfect formula, and if we all look at each other with a lot more love and support and less shame, we would all raise happier kids.”

 This article originally Appeared in E! Online and is reprinted with permission

 

Jessica Alba Doesn’t Plan on Stopping at Having Just Three Kids

Jessica Alba and her hubby Cash Warren are expecting their third child together, but could there be more babies after this one?

Not so fast…

E! News caught up with the actress to chat about The Honest Company’s new Honest Cleaning Collection during which she opened up a bit about about work, family and her pregnancy.

“Last one,” she quipped, laughing when we asked about being pregnant with baby No.3. She’s already a mama to two daughters, Honor, 9, and Haven, 6.

And we don’t blame her! How does someone raise three children, uphold a successful acting career and manage her own company all at the same time?

Well, that’s actually something she explained a bit more in-depth.

“I think it’s the quality of time that you put in at work and how you’re fed at work and what you bring home,” Alba explained. “And also what you let go of when you come home.”

She continued, “A happy work place actually makes for a healthier person and healthier children. If you work five hours a day but you hate your job, your attitude when you come home and what that imposes on your kids outlook and their life and their relationship with them, it actually really affects it. But if you’re happy—even if you come home late and you’re working long hours—if they see that you’re happy and you’re in a good mood and you’re present with them that’s way better than you spending ten hours a day with them in misery.”

This is a topic Alba has taken into consideration when it comes to running her business.

“I try to create as healthy and inspiring and creative of an environment for everyone, whether you’re a chemist, or you’re an [operations] person, or you’re a developer, an engineer… I hope people feel inspired, and I hope they feel like they can be creative, think outside the box, push the envelope.”

Meanwhile, as she gets ready to welcome another baby into the world, we had to pick her brain on how she balances her kids’ healthiness with letting them be every day kids.

“I want them to get into the dirt and play,” she said. “You know it’s important for kids to be exposed to things in the environment. If you put a bubble around them, then their immune systems actually are weaker so it is important for that.”

She continued, laughing, “I think there’s a balance between filth and sharing snot and then letting them get dirty, right? There’s a balance. So washing hands is important in the house.”

As far as healthy eating, Alba says kids will mimic their parents.

“Your kids are just going to really mirror what you do,” she explained. “If you’re sitting there chowing on processed food and fake food all the time, and you don’t have any healthy options and you’re trying to only make then eat differently, they’re going to see that you’re a hypocrite. So I think it’s like walking the walk and not just talking the  talk.”

This article was originally published in E!Online and has been reprinted with permission

Bump Watch: RHOC’s Meghan King Edmonds on her Third Trimester

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We watched Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds realize her dream of becoming pregnant play out on the Bravo TV reality TV show.

Meghan recently shared with E! News an update about how she is prepping to welcome her first child into the blended family she has with husband Jim Edmonds.

“We just can’t believe we’ve created this little baby together and can’t wait to meet her. Jimmy is constantly doting on me, but he’s usually very attentive,” Meghan shared with E! News exclusively. “He has a close relationship with my parents and siblings and is happy my parents live so close. He’s looking forward to having them at our house as much as possible! It’s not a typical in-law relationship!”

She is keeping her social media followers updated on her baby prep plans as well and recently showed off her nursery building plans.

“It’s more sophisticated than I anticipated with lots of statement pieces including an original painting I had commissioned, children’s Versailles chairs from Restoration Hardware, a round crib in the center of the room and big, billowy puddled drapes,” the #Hashtag Hats founder said of the nursery decor. “Jim has great decorating ideas but he tends to under decorate. He thinks I over decorate, but he loves whatever I do. He’s thrilled with the nursery!”

She also showed off on Instagram a bump progression photo in a formal dress she wore while attending a family members wedding.

“It was hard to see all the new chub without a bump at first. Now that my bump has caught up I’m loving my womanly body,” she captioned the photo. “I’m fascinated by my body and how it nourishes our baby. I feel sexy!”

 

Nice!

 

Inside Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett’s baby shower

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett celebrated the impending arrival of her baby girl with about 20 close friends at a baby shower last Saturday, April 19, at her gal pal Jessica Hall’s home in Santa Clarita, California.
Kendra Wilkinson wears the Isabella Oliver  Vienna Print T-Shirt Dress in a Pink snakeprint (retails $195)

“The first time around, it was more formal and cute and getting stuff I needed,  the WE TV reality TV star told E! Online. “This time around it was more fun. The expecting mom went into a bit of detail about what she and her friends did at the party explaining to E!, My friends had some fun drinks [and] we all had some delicious healthy food from Paleta and massages from these big guys from Manly Handz!”

She got a bunch of sponsored goodies from some cool brands like Isabella Oliver, Joovy, Stride Rite and others, E! reports. 
Guests enjoyed a wine-tasting and hand and feet massages at the event which Good Carma Studio presented. 
Wilkinson and her husband TV presenter and former NFL player Hank Baskett are parents to 4-year old Hank Jr. who joined the couple on a recent baby moon to Santa Barbara.
Fun! 
photos: compliments DustyLu for E!

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Report: Scarlett Johannson is pregnant

The Internet is a buzz with reports that actress Scarlet Johansson  is pregnant with her first child with fiance journalist Romain Dauriac.
E!Online reported the news this past weekend and TMZ claims its sources say The Avengers actress is about 5-months pregnant. 
Johnasson, who was once married to Ryan Reynolds for 3-years and dated Justin Timberlake for a long time, has noted in the past that she is ready to settle down, marry and raise a children after a long career.
“”At some point it is something I forward to. I am fortunate in that I have had a long career – 20 years – that has been very diverse,” the Captain America star told People after announcing her engagement.   “So, you know, picking a time to plan a family feels like something that I could do and not feel as though I was missing out.”
Congrats!

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