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Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s TV Show ‘Underground’ Incorporated Her Pregnancy Into the Script

Who knew that when Jurnee Smollett-Bell was filming the second season of her hit WGN TV show about 1850s era slavery Underground that she was heavily pregnant with her first child?

We didn’t and are late to the game! That was one of the revelations shared this Spring with Elle magazine in an interview about her and son’s participation in a GAP commercial for the Every Mother Counts campaign to make pregnancy and childbearing safe for women around the world.

“Yeah, we started shooting for seven months pregnant,” reveals Smollett-Bell, who has had cast appearances in the last season of Parenthood.  “I had a midwife on set, and on the show, I’m pregnant the entire season. They had to write it into the script because it was just so visible. We wrapped our season literally two weeks before I went into labor.”

She added that it was great that being a pregnant actress didn’t stop her from work.

“And for me, it’s such an otherworldly experience to be pregnant and at the same time, to live out my dreams as an actress,” the Eve’s Bayou actor and True Blood alum said. “It felt really empowering as a woman. There’s a misconception we have to choose career or motherhood. Look, you need a lot of help, of course, but I was so glad I didn’t have to choose. I could embrace all that I love at the same time growing this baby inside of me that I love more than anything. I think that sets a powerful example.

The show has since been canceled though there is a campaign to get the show back for a third season though it lost its host, and Oprah Winfrey has said her OWN channel cannot afford to pick it up! We hope some channel does soon! It’s great TV that deserves to continue!

h/t Elle

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.

HURRY: Download TheBump.com’s new Apps for Charity today!

There is only a few days left for you to download one of TheBump.com’s pregnancy apps for iPhone and Android for its “Bump it Forward” in October campaign.
For each download of The Bump Pregnancy App on iPhone and Android and newly launched The Bump Baby app for iPhone, The Bump will give a donation to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
The Bump is also launching a Charity Registry Program featuring Every Mother Counts. Nice!
Good stuff! Go support!

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