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4 Very Popular Recording Artists That Wrote Lyrics About Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

Earlier this year, we blogged about the fact that Harry Styles‘ first single off his self-titled debut solo album, “Sign of The Times” is about a woman dying in childbirth  and this week, we reminded you that Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott penned “Thy Will”to to help herself cope with her 2016 miscarriage.

But did you know there have been a couple of famous rappers who have also released songs with lyrics about pregnancy loss, fertility and miscarriage?

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter might just takes the prize for doing it the most.

In his recent song, 4:44, off the same-titled album, the platinum-selling chart-topper seemingly blames himself for his wife’s Beyonce’s miscarriages and losses by rapping, “I apologize for all the stillborns/ ‘Cause I wasn’t present, your body wouldn’t accept it.”

It’s more likely he was being colloquial and was probably referencing the miscarriages and not stillborn which occur in less than 1% of all pregnancies and happens when a baby is born deceased after 20 weeks gestation.

Later on in that same song, he raps about the praises of having twins, naturally, an acknowledgment is probably an indicator that the duo were anticipating getting help with their fertility from science via IVF.

“Look, I apologize often womanize / Took for my child to be born / See through a woman’s eyes / Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song / I don’t deserve you,” he rapped.

This is not the first time the biz mogul has penned lyrics about pregnancy loss. In 2012, his song “Glory” also addressed a miscarriage Beyonce had before the couple found success and finally welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy Carter.

“False alarms and false starts /All made better by the sound of your heart / All the pain of the last time / I prayed so hard it was the last time,” he opens up in the song.

Later on in the song, he raps, “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic We was afraid you’d disappear, but nah, baby, you magic,” referring to the fear that Blue would have been miscarried too.

Tender huh?

Female rapper Nicki Minaj also seemingly opened up  about a child she lost either to abortion or miscarriage in her 2014 song “All Things Go” on her album “The Pinkprint.

While referencing her baby as an angel watching over her baby brother Micaiah, (who she calls Caiah), she raps:  “I want Caiah to go to college just to say we did it,” she raps about her younger brother Micaiah then adds, “My child with Aaron, would’ve been 16 any minute / So in some ways I feel like Caiah is the both of them / It’s like he’s Cai’s little angel looking over him.”

In a Rolling Stones article published that year also, the Queens native reveals that she had an abortion at age 15 and that she remains haunted by it:

Minaj’s first love was an older guy from Queens she dated while attending the prestigious Manhattan performing-arts high school LaGuardia. When she discovered she was pregnant, “I thought I was going to die,” she admits.

“I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.” Minaj says about the decision that “haunted me all my life,” though it was the right choice for her at the time. “It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.”

It was never confirmed, but a few folks hypothesized she was singing bout that same child in that song.

Pregnancy Loss is still quite taboo so it’s great awareness building to have A-List stars include it in lyrics to their music, we think.

The Top 10 Names Millennials Parents May Give Their Babies This Year

photo: Danielle MacInnes

photo: Danielle MacInnes

Earlier this year, Nameberry came out with its list of top 100 Trending baby names that the popular baby naming site predicts will be most used. Just getting around now, albeit 6 months later, to check out the list and I like a lot of the names on it.

After combing through it, I picked the top 10 Millennial friendly names I think will be most attractive to young couples under 30 and the reasons why I think so:

Thor

  •  Because that new Avengers movie is coming out and it will inspire all the Superhero geeks out there.

Yara

  • The actress, Black’ish‘s Yara Shahidi, is beautiful, smart and on every magazine cover and red carpet looking powerful and smart; and she’s going to Harvard. Nice legacy to want your little girl to aspire to.

Wilder

  • This name just screams Millennial friendly to me!

Remy

  • Rapper Remy Ma famously feuded with Nicki Minaj this year and for all her effort in breaking the internet after her diss tape came out, she won a coveted Best Female Rapper Award at this year’s BET Awards besting lots of great vet rappers including her arch nemesis Minaj herself. For everyone who wants their daughter to overcome tough times and take on Goliath of the world, yes to Remy.
photo Jenna Norman

photo Jenna Norman

Loyal

  • Like Royal but less douchey. Also, it is unique and has tons of personality.

Echo

  • Because who doesn’t love a competitor to Siri. Besides Amazon.com is taking over the world and naming your kid after one of its newest signature devices will make you feel invincible too, maybe.
photo: Chien Pham

photo: Chien Pham

Fiona

  • Classic yet not too pretentious.

Frank

  • For a boy and similar reason.

Cassius

  • Because reality TV housewives competed over Cash and Cassius sounds maganaminous. Also, anyone nostalgic and want to remember Mohammed Ali may want to pay homage to him this way by naming their kid after Ali’s birth name.

Arrow

  • Another superhero fan’s dream name.

Check out the complete list at Nameberry here!

Foxy Brown Had a Baby Girl but Stayed Mum Entire Pregnancy

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Congratulations to rapper Foxy Brown who gave birth to a baby girl though no one even knew she was pregnant.

This morning on the Wendy Williams Show, the radio host turned talk show host discussed why Foxy turned down her offer to perform one of her most famous tracks on the show: she was pregnant!

“Literally, as I’m putting on my bracelet, the telephone rings,” Williams told her audience today.  “Congratulations to Foxy Brown. She had a baby girl. No word on exactly who the baby’s father is, but allegedly it’s a reggae star and I’m not going to say his name because I think that me and Foxy have some sort of relationship, and the bureau does have a working telephone. So, maybe she’ll call us.”

Brown, who was most famous during the 1990s as one of the very few successful female rappers, suffered some hearing loss and actually was recently hospitalized a few months ago, but seemed to be in good health soon after.

Fox seemingly was negatively mentioned by Remy Ma on the Love and Hip Hop: NY reality TV star’s recent “SHEther” diss track with a reference to a “deaf” and not battling with the “impaired” but Brown took the high road and opted out of snapping back.

She was probably too busy being a mom.

Congrat! Can’t wait to see the new baby!

Our 2016 AMA Red Carpet Celeb Moms Showcase

Last night, the stars came out to celebrate the nominees of the 2016 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Performers included Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and others at the event co-hosted by model GiGi Hadid and SNL alum, comedian Jay Pharoah.

Several of our Bellyitch “bumpwatch” alums attended and looked fabulous on the red carpet.

Idina Menzel, Danica McKellar, Teyana Taylor, Jennifer McCarthy, Milla Jovivch, Garcelle Beauvais, Heidi Klum, newest mom Behati PrinslooZoe Saldana in Monse and Chrissy Teigen all walked the red carpet.

 

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Baby Father’ reference to Meek Mill This Weekend Was a Joke (VIDEO)

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Despite the fact that Friday night Nicki Minaj referred to her rapper beau Meek Mill as her “baby father”, it’s pretty much safe to say that the “Anaconda” hip hop star was not serious.

During her Friday, August 7 tour stop and performance in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, the Trinidadian American pop star introduced one of Mill’s cameo performances  by saying, “Make some noise for my baby father!”

Maybe she did it to squash rumors that the two had split after the fall out surrounding Mill’s (real name: Robert Rihmeek William) beef with Minaj’s label mate and frequent collabo partner rapper Drake.

She retweeted a fan who congratulated her on the baby news, adding a bunch of crying/laughing emojis, which suggested it was a joke.

Besides, Minaj has already said she is not interested in being a “baby mama” on purpose.

“I definitely will be married before I have my baby,” she told Complex magazine last November 2014. “I’ve always felt like that since I was young, my mother always put that in my head.”

Catch the controversial snippet from the concert HERE:

Former Teen Mom creates Post-Pregnancy Friendly Swimsuit Line

 

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A former Florida Teen Mom has released a brand of two piece swimsuits to cover moms’ stretchmarks and C-section scars.

Altrichia Cook says after having her son ten years ago, she struggled finding swimwear to accommodate her post-baby body, Buzzfeed reports.

“I was just looking for a high-waist suit for a vacation with friends to Puerto Rico,” Cook told Yahoo Parenting. “I couldn’t find one, so I took matters into my own hands and designed one.”

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Altrichia Cook, center, and models                                   Cendino Teme Photography

When her friends saw the ones she made for herself and began inquiring on how they could get one just like it, Cook realized that she was not alone in her feelings about swimwear and launched  her line, Allusions by A.Lekay.

Her designs are a welcome addition to the market.

“As I have grown, I get so many thank-you emails of women thanking me,” says Cook, who has since reunited with her son Anthony’s father. “One instance, a customer told me that she hadn’t worn a two-piece swimsuit in over 20 years.”

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Her line got a recent boost when rapper Nicki Minaj was photographed in one of her designs from her Rockstar collection on the cover of the July issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Now that’s what’s up!

Recently, there has been a movement for mothers to embrace their post-baby bodies including all the marks that come with it.

While Cook agrees its important to “love the skin you’re in,” but still, says  “realistically, no woman wants to share her stretch marks or C-section scars.”

Kudos to her and that line! We’ll pick up a pair for the Bellyitch moms on staff!