27 February 2009
“I loathe pregnancy. I hate it more than anything else in the world,” Nadya Suleman told Dr. Phil on her continuing tour de media.
For a woman who is now in the possession of 14 young children, it is hard to believe that someone would choose to endure the physical hardships of pregnancy if they hated it that much. There has been some speculation that Suleman is 'addicted' to pregnancy, although there is no known condition. Rather, some experts have been suggesting that Suleman is in denial about her ability to parent these children appropriately when in fact, the reality is that she will need her own entourage to manage her brood. Dr. Drew Pinsky, best known for his love advice on MTV, but whom also is a psychiatrist and a parent of triplets himself, told Matt Lauer on Today that the situation that Suleman has found herself in is actually far more grave than has been reported:
"It’s not mere speculation, but a matter of life and death...With octuplets, you have to have six or seven people going 24/7 in order to prevent, frankly, the death of one of these children. It’s a really serious issue."
26 February 2009
In Asheville, NC, Crystal Everitt, 28, was approached by an employee of the food chain asking her to move to a more 'private' area while she was breastfeeding her 1 year old son. Everitt claims she was harassed and garnered the support of local mums who are holding a 'nurse-in' outside the restaurant.
Bring in the hooter hiders, Denny's is anti-boobs.....
25 February 2009
24 February 2009
Behold 'The Fetal Educator Strap', a belt with a cassette player and some transmitters. Apparently foetuses get smart when you play them music.
23 February 2009
Rosie Dodds, of the National Childbirth Trust, said: 'The message we want to get across is for women not to rush into it. Start with gradual exercise which is free and which can boost mood and confidence - such as simply walking with the baby in the pram or in a sling. Weight loss should also be gradual because that is the best way to keep it off.
'The last thing you need after you have had a baby is some unrealistic pressure to get back to a particular size or shape. Society should value women for being mothers.'A good point, but nevertheless is this really new information? Even when women are not pregnant they know on some level that crash dieting is never a good thing and yet, the dieting industry in the US, Australia and the UK is thriving because women continue to buy into quick and seemingly simple but dangerous schemes for dropping weight. Is merely telling new mums that crash dieting is wrong an effective solution when our globalised world relies on and upholds celebrities and their bodies as the templates for daily life?
Nicole Richie is pregnant with her second child. Joel Madden announced the news on the Good Charlotte website in a message titled “Better than winning an OSCAR!,” he wrote on Saturday night, “I am so happy to tell everyone that Harlow is going to be a big sister! God has truly blessed my family. Hope your [sic] all feeling as good as I am right now.”
We can all look forward to another year of baby bump scouting, maternity fashion and Paris Hilton saying she wants to be pregnant too.
21 February 2009
The report states that midwives must meet an advanced level of professional education and experience before being given greater access.
What do we think?
Fancy a decorated baby bump?
An artist in the UK is offering her services to pregnant women as part of growing trend of bump painting or bump art. Erica Norman of New Brighton gives pregnant mums a 2hr bump painting session plus photo shoot. She says: "I want to offer it as a service to pregnant women. It's a little bit different and it's nice for mums-to-be because it's a chance for them to sit back and relax."
Laila Ali opened up to The Insider to say that losing weight has been extremely difficult. Almost to her pre-pregnancy weight since giving birth to her son Curtis six months ago, Ali is working on the last 10 pounds.“It takes nine months to put the weight on, so you just have to know it’s going to take time to get it off, which I do,” but says she is “not crazy about it like some people are.”
Nevertheless, a seemingly 'healthy' attitude to weight loss is punctuated by a disappointing summation of her post-bab body: “My body didn’t get stretched out too much to the point where it looks like I had a child, so I’m very lucky,” she explains.
God forbid you actually look like you gave birth after giving birth! Oh the horror!
20 February 2009
Some obstetricians, however, are firmly against the move. Dr Christoph Lees, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, said: “I strongly disagree with this prescriptive condition setting. Sometimes well-informed women, often older and very unlikely to have further children, do request caesarean sections and it is unreasonable to refuse if they are fully informed.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. Although the rates of caesareans are ridiculously out of control at present, is it productive to limit women's choices even further? Sure, I would never choose to have a caesarean unless medically necessary but what's right for me isn't necessarily the right choice for everyone else.
What do we think? Is this something that should be implemented in the US, Canada and Australia?
Well, there are lots of people saying I told you so because tragically, the babies have died one month after being born, unable to survive separation surgery.
"When Hope was in the operating theatre and we got rushed down to see them and they were trying to keep her alive, I just thought it was time for her to go because it wasn't fair on her.
"Her lungs weren't big enough to take the oxygen in so everybody had done what they could.
"With Faith, she had been through so much in four weeks, we just didn't expect her little body to go through that. The time we spent with her was the most precious to all of us."
The parents say they don't regret their decision to have the babies. Would you?
19 February 2009
"He does take care of Sasha [their nickname for Alexander] in the night, but he can't do Sammy because I'm breastfeeding," she says. "Although with the first one, he was like, 'I want the man boob.'"She added: "You can get those things. You can attach them and they feed through a tube!"
Any of your male partners out there feeling the same way? Has anyone used those man boob things?
Anyway, you can have Paltrow's post-baby body if you are willing to pay $900 month in gym fees. In addition to the monthly dues, members must pay an initiation fee of $787.50 for six months or $1,500 for a year. Actually, you can't really get Gwyn's bod even if you pay. Tracy Anderson basically lives with Paltrow and Madonna depending on whose career is in higher gear, while working with the other through video chats and custom DVDs, or by dispatching one of her associate trainers. Last summer, she trained Madonna during the day in Manhattan and took the train almost every day to the Hamptons to put Ms. Paltrow through a workout in the evening.
"I never work out. I just don't enjoy it. I gained 60 pounds during my pregnancy, so [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer hired me a trainer for Confessions of a Shopaholic. But the trainer said I had a bad attitude. He told me I was genetically blessed because I'm little, but he did warn me that it was gonna catch up with me.
Just when you start to think that she's refreshingly 'normal', she goes on to say:
"I didn't feel self-conscious about my body until I had a baby, and now I think, 'Thank God there's a photograph of my thighs when they looked like that."
Aw. It's sort of like putting ketchup on an expensive steak. Can you just admit that like most other women and celebrities for that fact, you do care about your weight? The whole 'I never exercise or worry about my weight' thing is so old it's like 1985 and we're all wearing leg warmers.
Bristol Palin, 18, is back in the news following her candid comments about life with her baby Tripp. Have to give the girl credit, with a mother who bangs on about the importance of abstinence, when asked if she used contraception, Bristol declined to give details. Abstinence, she said, is the best option but "not realistic at all."
Apparently, her boyfriend Levi loves parenthood as well. According to People, "He has been staying at [the Palins' home] a lot with Bristol and helping her out," a pal of Levi's said. "He really likes being a father." Of course he likes being a father. Not having to wake up in the middle of the night, worry about losing the baby weight and dealing with the stigma of being a young mum is a pretty good deal.
Bristol, on the other hand, wants to be an advocate against teen pregnancy. "I'd love to [be] an advocate to prevent teen pregnancy because it's not, like, a situation that you would want to strive for, I guess." Ya think?
Photo by: FOX News / AP
18 February 2009
I'm interested as to whether any of you following pre-conception care closely or if you think it's all a load of bollocks?
Source: British Medical Journal, Online First, February 13, 2009.
17 February 2009
Angie is doing everything she can to get pregnant,” a source close to the actress tells OK!.
“She’s taking prenatal vitamins, has dramatically cut down on her junk-food consumption, and is seeing her obstetrician regularly whenever she’s back in L.A.”
I don't know if seven children at different ages is necessarily better than octuplets? Still a case of too many children if you ask me.
Of her changing shape, Kate Moss told New York Magazine:
"I am a woman now! It’s true. No, honestly, I’ve never worn a bra in my life. Ever! It’s so awful, even my friends are phoning me up and saying “Are you pregnant?” And I’m like, “No! I just put on a couple of pounds, and they went in the right place.” Isn’t that weird? And how perfect for lingerie."
15 February 2009
As pregnancy can be the ultimate career-ender for dancers, the Australian Ballet has introduced 14 weeks post-natal paid leave; leave for fathers, flexible safe duties for pregnant dancers, the opportunity for families to travel and stay together on tour, assistance with air fares and accommodation, and support in maintaining peak fitness in preparation for a return to their previous dancing roles.
Now Australian ballerinas do not have to worry as much about choosing between motherhood and dancing. This is great news considering most dancers leave at the peak of their careers in order to have families.
12 February 2009
Yeah, the bisexual woman that David Beckham had an affair with a few years ago.
Well, she's pregnant to an unnamed new boyfriend:
"We're both delighted with the pregnancy. He wasn't a fling, he's my boyfriend and I hope to spend the rest of my life with him."
She tells the Daily Mail her 'crazy days' are over.
11 February 2009
I'm still trying to understand the appeal of Twitter. Micro-updating, however, thanks to Facebook and other technological annoyances that come with this postmodern life is here to stay. Just this week rapper Erykah Badu and her partner twittered her labour and birth. Her last tweet before handing over the updating to her partner, Jay Electronica was "contractions are 3 min. apart..... breathing". Hours after her daughter was born, she wrote "I can't believe it's over. Home birth, no painkillers, about five hours, she was a little past due date, but I didn't mind waiting. Breath."
Badu isn't the first woman to tweet her birth. Back in August, one woman in Denver twittered her way through labour and was made fun of on a number of websites including Gawker: http://twitter.com/ginnycase/statuses/900727494.
Another woman used to Tumblr to describe her experience of abortion:
Is this the way of the future or a case of too much information?
She tells Ok!, "I eat more now than I did when I was pregnant! With breastfeeding, you have to eat... and you're always hungry."
And then the kicker.
"I haven't even done much exercise yet, but I intend to."
Another day in celebrityville.
10 February 2009
M.I.A. is now being referred to as the 'hero' of the Grammy's for getting her rap on while 9 months pregnant. In fact, not only did she manage to make it to the show, she actually performed on her due date. She wore an outfit that was clearly meant to draw attention away from the pregnancy
In response, she said, "I just don't know what labor is. It's my first baby. So I'm not walking around going, 'Maybe this is it.' The baby is just moving around, getting his swagga on."
There you have it.
09 February 2009
Contrary to popular belief, however, a new study reveals that having babies actually SHARPENS women's brains. A 10-year study into the phenomenon by scientists at the Australian National University in Canberra concludes that "baby brain" is an urban myth. Instead of suffering a slump in mental and verbal abilities during the early stages of motherhood, women's cognitive abilities improve when they become pregnant.
"We found that women who were pregnant during the second or third batch of interviews performed the same on tests of logic and memory as they did before, and there was no difference between the pregnant women and the controls," said Professor Helen Christensen, who is director of the centre for mental health research at the university in Canberra.
"It really leaves the question open as to why [pregnant] women - and, often, their partners - think they have poor memories, when the best evidence we have is that they don't," she said. "Perhaps women notice minor lapses in mental ability and then attribute it to being pregnant because that is the most significant thing in their mind at the time. Or sleep deprivation could mask the positive cognitive effects." Christensen believes the improvements in mothers' mental abilities could be permanent.
What do you think? Does pregnancy brain exist?
According to reports in USA Today, lawmakers in 11 states are considering bills that would require ultrasounds before a woman is permitted to have an abortion. The most stringent laws are being proposed in Nebraska, Indiana and Texas, which would require a doctor show the ultrasound image of the foetus to the woman. Oklahoma's law is currently being challenged in court after it has been deemed to infringe on women's rights to privacy and assault dignity.
"They really do not even veil their goal, which is to make a woman feel badly and to make her change her mind," said Celine Mizrahi, a lawyer for the New York-based center. "It really is a ridiculous position to put the doctor and patient in."
Even bills that are considered 'less restrictive' are still problematic. South Carolina is trying to require that women must wait 24 hours before being permitted to have an abortion and women are given the option of viewing the foetal photograph one hour before the procedure. Mizrahi notes that women women may be referred to a centre that performs ultrasounds for free. This is a problem because many of these clinics are considered pregnancy 'crisis centres' and are run by pro-life groups which actively discourage women from having abortions.
06 February 2009
Jessica Alba reveals to Elle this month that losing her baby weight was more than just hard. In a race to get fit for the sexy photo shoot for Campari (above), she says,"[The workouts] were horrible. I cried. And I haven't worked out since."
Looks like the life of a celeb mum isn't so easy after all. But do we believe she hasn't worked out at all since then?
02 February 2009
1) I wrote about infertility the other day and how the pressure for women in their 20s to start thinking about their ticking biological clocks is a precedent established historically by the new 'empowerment' brought to women in a post-feminist world. I noted that as soon as certain groups of women gain power in the public sphere, institutional powers-that-be remind women of their 'duties' as wives and mothers and all of these moral panics about fertility start to emerge. Ironically, the next day, we hear about the octuplets mum and her growing brood of 14 children. If this women, is clearly, if not a little overzealously, fulfilling her procreative 'duty', why is it that the many commentators have gone to great lengths to establish this woman's insanity? It seems that fertility is only desirable when you are a 'good' woman or a desirable candidate for motherhood.
2) Although the octuplets mum has wanted to remain nameless, according to The Australian today, the unemployed woman is seeking $2 million from commercial sponsorship and media interviews in order to defray the costs of her children. She apparently has Oprah and Diane Sawyer on board for interviews.
What do we think? Would the picture be different if the octuplets mum was 38, happily married and employed?