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Celebs And Conception: What You Won’t Get From Most Media

When it comes to celebs and conception, the picture is often pretty skewed. If media accounts were anything to go by, our fave famous people are visited by conception fairies during the night. Just like that, they wake up pregnant. The speed of Meghan Markle‘s pregnancy is a fantastic example. If there were ever motivation to believe in the baby and stork story, our celebs would be it.

But, this is far from the baby reality. Conception is harder work than most of us expect it to be. Far from becoming impregnated overnight, we have to go all out to track ovulation and make the most of prime moments. Even after all that, around 6.1 million women in the U.S. struggle to conceive. That’s a lot of women, and this immaculate conception image of our celebs doesn’t help.

The fact is that struggling to conceive can take its toll on any couple. Continual reminders of how easy this is for others just makes things harder. Not to mention that it’s unrealistic . A quick look at the facts suggests that not everyone gets as lucky as our royal love birds. Many famous women have come forward over the years to speak out about conception struggles. If this is a battle you’re caught in at the moment, read on to remind yourself that you aren’t alone.

Kim Kardashian

Health problems meant pregnancy was no longer an option for our favorite Kardashian

Kim and Kanye are fan faves. Along with having millions of adoring fans. This is the ultimate glam couple that a lot of people love to hate. Don’t get us started on the politics game either. Right now, the duo are over in Africa donating shoes to poor kids and pledging to build schools and infrastructure.  They’re also known for their speedily grown family. But, Kardashian makes no secret about the fact that it took over a year to conceive her second child due to something called placenta accreta. The condition caused her to have operations which led to complications resulting in a hole in her uterus. While the two did overcome the odds and conceive, the struggles weren’t over yet. During her second pregnancy, Kardashian developed preeclampsia. This meant that, despite her desire for a third child, doctors warned pregnancy was too risky. The couple didn’t let that stop the growth of their family, though. The pair decided to look into using a surrogacy program instead. They’re now strong advocates for the cause, claiming that they’re ‘really thankful’ they went down this route. See, even Kardashian’s come up against medical complications on this challenging journey.

Sarah Jessica Parker

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Our favorite Sex in the City girl has a story which rings relatively similar to the one above. Though she conceived her first child naturally later in life, SJP experienced secondary infertility issues with gusto. Unlike the Kardashians, this struggle on went on for years until she and her partner decided to consider alternative routes. SJP has never come forward about the exact reasons behind her troubles, but it’s thought she attempted IVF before settling on a surrogate which led to the birth of twins in 2009. During an interview in Vogue the following year, SJP said, “Meeting your children rather than giving birth to them, it’s as if, um, it’s suspended animation. The gestational experience is gone,” adding, “it’s so different and equally extraordinary… But it’s amazing.” So, it seems as though this story, at last, has a happy ending. But, let us not forget the struggle which came before it. Ladies of the world; Sarah Jessica Parker has been here before you.

Nicole Kidman

Even the fantastic Nicole Kidman has come up against conception demons. The actress adopted two children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, but she didn’t conceive her daughter until the age of 41. She then spoke out on Australia’s ‘60 minutes’ about her struggles to conceive again. This is a journey which again led Kidman to turn to a surrogate to achieve her family dreams. “Anyone who’s been in the place of wanting another child or wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss that you go through trying,” she said. “We were in a place of desperately wanting another child. I couldn’t get pregnant.” Luckily, it all worked out okay in the end, with a second daughter for Kidman and husband Keith Urban.

A final word

All these stories could be real inspirations for struggling women. We can’t thank these amazing ladies enough for coming forward. The only trouble is, these stories aren’t as easy to find as they should be. We certainly don’t see celeb IVF battles on the covers of magazines. Perhaps, then, there should be less focus on ‘how to get rid of your baby belly’, and more attention on how to conceive in the first place.

SAG Awards Red Carpet, Winners

We are still in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp when it comes to outing sexual harassment, assault and disparity in Hollywood and it too center stage again at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Kristen Bell was the first host (of any gender) of the annual show.

Also, women made all the presentations of awards during the event.

Unlike during the Golden Globes, we saw a lot of color on the red carpet. Attendees showed their solidarity to the movements with lapel pins and speeches.

Along with Bell, other celeb moms featured on the blog attended including Kate Hudson, Halle Berry, Maya Rudolph, Giuliana Rancic, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Reese Witherspoon and Allison Janney. The latter four were nominated for awards with Janney and Kidman walking away with the top honors for their respective categories.

These Were the Top 14 Most Anticipated Celebrity Births of All Time

We can safely say that if and when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome their first child, the occasion will be included in the short list of anticipated babies of all time which include the other Hollywood actress to welcome a child with a Prince.

1 Grace Kelly, a Hollywood legend, captivated the nation after she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become princess consort of Monaco, and the world watched closely as they started a family. On April 19, 1958,  presented her newborn son Albert to residents of the principality on April 19, 1958, from the balcony of the palace, along with their daughter Caroline.

2. Before then, over in the states comedienne Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz‘s son, Desi Jr, born on January 19, 1953, was most anticipated. That baby was the first to grace the cover of TV Guide in April 1953 with cover headline, “Lucy’s $50,000,000 baby.”

3. Then came the big Camelot birth on November 25, 1960 of little John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, born just 6 weeks after his dad became president.

4. It will take a few more decades for there to be a baby to capture so much attention. This one was anticipated worldwide. Prince William, the first born child to Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales joined the world on June 21, 1982.

5. The next big Hollywood baby was Lourdes “Lola” Leon born Oct. 14, 1996 to mom Madonna and her then  boyfriend and personal trainer, Carlos Leon.

6. The year 2006 was big for the birth of two celebrity baby girls of two popular actors: The April 18, 2006 birth of Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; and

7. A month later, in May 27, 2006 of Shiloh Pitt, the daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

8.  Two years later came the first major celebrated twins: the son and daughter of singer Jennifer Lopez  and  Marc Anthony on  born Feb. 22, 2008, when Max and Emme came into the world.

9. Also that year, fans of Nicole Kidman were happy to see her end her openly discussed fertility quest with a baby when her first daughter, Sunday Rose, with husband Keith Urban was born  in July  2008.

10. Then there was the first baby girl after a couple of boys for Victoria Beckham and David Beckham who welcomed their first daughter, Harper Seven on July 9, 2011.

11. A year later  came Queen Bey, Beyonce and Jay Z‘s, much anticipated arrival, Blue Ivy Carter born on January 7, 2012, after her mom had already experienced at least one miscarriage.

12.  Later that year,  another woman who openly talked about her struggles to get pregnant was Mariah Carey who, along with her then husband Nick Cannon greeted twins, Monroe and Moroccan, on April 30, 2012.

13. A year later, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their first child, daughter, North, on June 15, 2013.

14. The last big anticipated birth was Beyonce’s twins Suri and Rumi Carter on June 14, 2017.

Red Carpet AMA Trends: Black, Velour and Pink!

I’ve missed a few red carpet coverage because…life but I was quite excited about what I saw this week at the American Music Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California….A lot of pink and black, but not together!

Speaking of P!nk, she and our other Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Kelly Clarkson performed together.

Not a mom but a blog fave, Tracee Ellis Ross killed it as host and the tribute to her mom Diana Ross who took home the Lifetime Achievement Award was all that and a bag of chips! (Do the kids still use that phrase?)

In the mix was her daughter in law Ashlee Simpson Ross, whose husband is Evan Ross, the baby boy of the Ross family.  their daughter Jagger Snow stole the show! Ashlee wore a Christian Siriano dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and Neil Lane jewelry.

She was part of the sequins in black trim along with Clarkson who also went bold and brave in a velour and gold gown hugging her gorgeous hour glass figure. I’m loving her sleek blunt parted ombre hair too.

Kelly Rowland too did black with floral in a interesting long split Galia Lahav dress  with sheer sleeves, fresh off witnessing Serena Williams‘ nuptials in New Orleans last Thursday. Her good friend Ciara went a bit S&M in an asymmetric black leather coat dress by Alexandre Vauthier haute couture and thigh high boots with wet look hair. Nicole Kidman played in safe in Black as well but looked stunning as usual in an Olivier Theyskens dress, Giuseppe Zanotti boots, a Versace bag, Fred Leighton jewels, and an Omega watch

Opting for the lighter part of the spectrum was Heidi Klum in a pink and gold slip dress with a deep v plunging neckline which is in a vintage Gianni Versace from Morphew, accented with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Mom-to-be country singer Jessie James Decker did a shade of pink too in a bump hugging off-the-shoulder dress, a shade of pink. Speaking of P!nk, she too went with the color of her name in a hot pink and tulle  Monique Lhullier dress and her signature pink hair.  Jenna Dewan-Tatum in gold and looked hot as usual in a beautiful Julien MacDonald gown, John Hardy jewels, and Giuseppe Zanotti  strappy sandals.

Congrats to our alums Shakira for winning Favorite Latin artist and Carrie Underwood for winning Favorite Female Country Artist. 

One of the first celebrities we ever bump watched, Christina Aquilera brought the house down in a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston film, The Bodyguard singing “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing” and “Run to You” and “I’m Every Woman”. She killed it in my book! Did all the songs justice and Whitney with her voice, range and power! Wow!

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Reese Witherspoon’s Fave ‘Little Big Lies’ Fan Halloween Costumes

I just loved our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Reese Witherspoon and frequent feature Nicole Kidman in the HBO mini series Little Big Lies and so did these superfans who dressed as some of the characters in various scenes for Halloween.

Witherspoon featured some of them on her Instagram this week!

Yup, all of your #BigLittleLies costumes made my #Halloween!!! Some of my faves!????

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New Study Blames Older Celeb Moms For Fueling Misconceptions About Fertility Later in Life

We’ve discussed this before, how celebrity women over 40 who have babies but do not disclose their fertility journey contribute to a common misconception among older average women. A lot who want to start a family but have been putting it off because of their career, not yet ready or not in a committed monogamous relationship or marriage see these older celebs popping out kids and assume it will be easy for them too.

A new piece in the Sun laments on how celebs that have children later in life to get pregnant are fueling misconceptions about the chances of becoming pregnant later in life.

The piece points out recent work by researchers at New York University  who found that more than half of celebrity pregnancies and births mentioned in the likes of Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and US Weekly were over the age of 35.

The findings were presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) congress in Texas.

ASRM president Dr Richard Paulson said: “A reluctance to show challenges is misinformation and can affect decisions.”

While Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman and others have been quite open, some like Janet Jackson and Halle Berry who had pregnancies in their very late 40s have not.

A February Time.com article addressed how older women should be more open about their fertility.

“The likelihood of a healthy live birth without fertility treatments at age 50 is less than one in a million,” Eve Feinberg writes. “There are limits, however, to what technology can accomplish. IVF cannot completely overcome age related infertility. To date, the oldest woman to be successful with IVF using her own current eggs is 46 years old. Women who conceive with IVF beyond age 46 are either using their own eggs that were frozen at a younger age or, more likely, donor eggs.

Donor eggs are a game changer: the success is tied to the age of the age of the woman donating the egg, not the age of the woman who receives the egg. The average woman donating eggs is under 30 and national success rates are upwards of 50 percent per attempt.”

The research blames the media that reports on pregnancies of older celeb moms for not balancing their coverage with information about fertility.

Present company excluded, of course, right? (smile)

We have a running tally of over 40 celebs who gave birth over 40, but this blog frequently posts articles, news pieces and opinion features warning about the dangers of relying on celebrities to guide your family planning decisions and choices and about the challenges of getting pregnant starting in the 30s.

2017 Emmy Red Carpet Trends: Black, Silver, Color and Feathers!

 

The 69th Prime Time Emmy Awards went down yesterday at the Microsoft Theatre on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Several of our fave celeb moms we’ve featured on the blog before and whose red carpet style we’ve admired showed out again.

Several were nominated like Padma Lakshmi‘s show Top Chef, Anna Chlumsky for her role in Veep, Thandie Newton for Westworld, Regina King for American Crime, Heidi Klum for Project Runway, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara  for Modern Family.

Other Bump watch alums and pasta features Jessica Biel, Neve Campbell, Jane Krakowski, Felicity Huffman and Keri Russell also looked stunning on the carpet .

Congrats to Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman (in Calvin Klein by Appointment) for their short series Little Big Lies and to Kidman for a top actress win in her category.

Here are the trends we spotted:

All Black everything on Jane Krakowski, Neve Campbell, Leslie Jones in Christian Siriano, and Julie Bowen in Alberta Ferretti.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Armani Prive, Gabrielle Union in Zuhair Murad and Emmy Rossum in Zac Posen.

Shimmering and Blush on Thandie Newton  in Jason Wu, Anna Chlumsky and Jessica Biel in Ralph & Russo Couture.

Silver Belles: Zuri Hall in Raisa & Vanessa, Susan Kelechi Watson in Christina Ottaviano, Madeline Brewer, Tracee Ellis Ross in Chanel, Regina King in Galia Lahav.

Colorful on Viola Davis in Zac Posen,  Heidi Klum,  Issa Rae  in Vera Wang, and  Padma Lakshmi in Zac Posen.

Stand outs that go bold with texture: Priyanaka Chopra in Balmain, Zoe Kravitz in Dior and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

We Have so Many Bellyitch Bumpwatch Alums to Root For this Oscars Sunday

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The Academy Awards will be broadcast tomorrow and three of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums are up for awards.

Natalie Portman is up for Best Actress for her role as Jackie Kennedy in the film Jackie

Viola Davis and Nicole Kidman are up for Best Supporting Actress: Davis for her performance in the movie Fences and Kidman as an adoptive mom in Lion.

We can’t root for one. Wishing them all best of luck tomorrow.

Reese Witherspoon Dressed like Kate Middleton during UpFronts…Literally

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Reese Witherspoon  is the  executive producer and stars in a new HBO series called Big Little Lies Tells the tale of three mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder and has been described as “a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”

This week, she and her castmates including Nicole Kidman and Zoe Kravitz attended the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2017 in Pasadena, California. During the HBO portion of the presentation to press, on stage, Witherspoon looked super cute in an outfit that I think it inspired by Kate Middleton.

It included a dress called “Middleton” from Witherspoon’s dress shop, “Draper James” and a pair of Christian Louboutins from its “So Kate” line (named for Kate Moss actually). Witherspoon topped off the look with dainty midi rings by Jennifer Meyer.  Tres chic and sophisticated!

 

Middleton Dress • Draper James • $140

Christian Louboutin So Kate Mosaic Patent Leather Pumps • Christian Louboutin • $745

Jennifer Meyer Two Heart Ring – Yellow Gold • Jennifer Meyer • $750

Jennifer Meyer Open Center Diamond Ring • Jennifer Meyer • $1,275

Celebrity Infertility, Gestational Surrogacy and the Vanity Stigma

Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick, their then 7-year old son James and twins Marion & Tabitha Broderick delivered via gestational surrogate in June 2009.
Within the past year, Jimmy Fallon and his wife, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, The View host comedienne Sherri Shepherd, veteran songwriter and former American Idol Kara DioGuardi all openly shared that they were blessed with babies using a gestational carrier.
Different women have varying reasons for choosing this method to give birth but most are health related. Celebrity women are no different.
 
Like DioGuardi  E! Entertainment hostess Giuliana Rancic suffered through infertility, several failed in vitro fertilization attempts and at least one miscarriage before opting on a gestational carrier. The surrogate pregnancy of their son Edward Duke was the subject of her Style channel reality TV show Giuliana and Bill





Camille Grammer, the ex wife of Kelsey Grammer and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality TV star reportedly suffers from irritable bowel syndrome which prevented her from being able to carry her own kids and forcing her to bring her two children, Mason and Olivia, into this world via a carrier.





Elizabeth Banks’ two kids were birthed via gestational surrogate. Her recent child was just birthed last November.

And before Nicole Kidman finally settled on a carrier given her advanced maternal age, she had two miscarriages trying to conceive the traditional way. 

After having her first child “naturally”, Sarah Jessica Parker struggled to conceive again and turned to surrogacy to deliver her twin girls in 2009.  

After 7 years of failed attempts to conceive, actress Angela Bassett and husband Courtney Vance welcomed twins Brownyn and Slater in 2006.

Irrespective of the reasons, there remains a stigma and unspoken presumption among many that women who conceive this way are trying to save their bodies from the stretching out, pigmentation and other trauma and stresses of carrying a child, including excessive weight gain in some cases. Camille Grammer‘s co-stars reportedly went on record saying that was her true reason for not having her babies through conventional methods. 

Former cast member Adrienne Maloof was under a similar controversy after castmate Brandi Granville revealed during a dinner party that was taped for airing on the Bravo TV show that Maloof’s two children were born via a carrier. Apparently, Maloof had previously spoken about actually carrying her babies herself.  I don’t know if this is true. Don’t sue me, Adrienne. Read this post from Tamara Tattles which covers it well.

It’s a tough route to go especially considering that no matter how you explain your reasons for using a carrier, there will always be a cloud of suspicion that they were truly for vanity sake.

And when a star does admit that she is afraid of the effects pregnancy  would have on her body, she is harshly criticized over it. 





Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels got a lot of heat and flak after saying that she had decided to adopt a child rather than try to get pregnant because she worked too hard to have the body she has and was not willing to let pregnancy ruin it.

The New York Times has a wonderful, but a bit lengthy, piece, “Her Body, My Baby” written by a woman who welcomed a child via a surrogate. It’s a worthwhile read for anyone thinking of going that road to have a child. 

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