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Robert De Niro And Wife Grace Hightower Have Daughter Via Surrogate

Robert De Niro, 68, and his wife Grace Hightower, 56, had their second child since their marraige in 1997. The girl, Helen Grace, weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and was born via a surrogate on December 11, 2011.

Grace Hightower is known for her work previously on NYPD Blue. Robert De Niro is known for his work in the 70s in the God Father II, The Deer Hunter, and Raging Bull. More recently, he is well recognized in his role as the psycho ex-CIA officer father-in-law in Meet the Fockers.

Study Shows Exercise For Nursing Mothers Is Not Harmful

The Journal of Pediatrics has reported from a study that mothers can regularily exercise without hindering their babies’s growth.

They also addressed the issue of breast feeding women having a change in their milk if they exercised. There has been some controversity by conflicting reports about whether excessive exercise would decrease immune-boosting protiens or make the breast milk impalatable if the lactic acids would get too high.

The study looked at several clinical trials that measured growth among breastfed babies with mothers who execised and show no sign of their babies’ wetigh gain slowing. In fact, there was statistically no difference in breastfed babies who mothers’ exercised when compared to breast fed babies whose mothers did not exercise.

Still, one should be sensible about their exercising after childbirth. Be sure to get a good bond with your child and have a really strong breastfeeding routine. You will also be more tired and worn out, and with the possibility of engourged breasts, you many not want to do anything too vigourous. Walking for 15 minutes a day may be a good way to start out.

Health experts reccomend that babies should be breastfed exclusively for their first six months and then slowly introducing solids to the baby’s diet. They also recommend to try to breastfeed for the first year.

A 16 Month Pregnancy!

9 months is too long to be pregnant for many women but if you are an elephant then you have to hang on for 16 months. Added to this is the fact that the elephant babies are a lot bigger than the average human at 250 pounds.

The elephant is an Asian elephant known as Rose-Tu and lisves at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. What is really amazing abou this is that you will need to look really close if you want to see any sign of bulging in Rose-Tu’s belly. Zoo veterinarian Mitch Finnegan states that the elephant abdominal’s organs move around to make room for the baby. It’s harder to notice with elephants and many animals than it is to see if a human is pregnant.

There are currently about 38,000 to 51,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild. Much of their decline is due to the loss of habitat and fight for their land with humans.

Asian elephants are considered highly endangered in their range countries, threatened by habitat loss and conflict with humans. It is estimated that only around 38,000 to 51,000 remain in fragmented populations.

Rose-Tu has given birth to before while in the zoo back in 2008. At that time she almost trampled her baby to death but zookeepers intervined to ensure the health of her baby.

We wish Rose-Tu luck!

Lawyer On Maternity Leave Told To Show Up In Court

Amber Vazquez Bode, a lawyer in Travis County Texas, was on maternity leave recovering from a C-section when she was called into court to by Justice of the Peace Glenn Bass. Bode had faxed in a continuance to delay the trial but it was denied.

She brought her baby with her who apparently was crying the whole time as would be expected of a new born in such a situation. The judge felt that Bode’s attitude was in contempt of court given her upset demeanor.

What would you do? If you were nursing a baby and were forced to go somewhere due to your job would you bring the baby or leave him with friends.

Jessica Simpson Is Just A Normal Mother

Credit: Carter Smith/ELLE.

On May 1st Jessica Simpson, 31, gave birth to her daughter, Maxwell Drew Johnson, who weighed 9 pounds and 13 ounces and measured 21.75 inches! Jessica and her fiancé Eric Johnson decided to use the name Drew because it’s Jessica’s mother’s maiden name.

It’s nice to finally see a “normal” baby name from a celebrity after a trend of celebrity baby names that sounded more like fruits, plants, cars, verbs and adjectives than anything a human being would go by. For most of us, this odd celebrity naming convention just furthers the gap between clearly privileged celebrities and the rest of us normal folks with baby’s names like “James” or “Audrey” who either stay at home with us as we try to multi-task with carpools and older kids activities or who get sent to preschool or daycare was we try to multitask at work and quickly change hats to fulltime mom when we get home for evening and weekend shift.

Jessica Simpson is one billionaire celebrity new mom that I can’t help but like. She’s very endearing and relatable with her upfront humorous honesty about everything and particularly her above average pregnancy weight gain. While most celebrity new moms often seem to the average mom like myself like some alien from outer space who look perfectly manicured throughout their effortless pregnancy, gain the perfect amount of weight in all the right places only to be placed on the cover of magazine weeks after birth with their swelt pre-pregnancy figure all intact. It does set the bar rather high for the rest of us “normal” moms without the benefit of special cooks, round the clock nannies and personal trainers and of course professional airbrushing in our photos.

It’s a bit of relief seeing a celebrity who “has it all” looking like most of us when she’s pregnant in her final trimester. She even shows she is a loyal trooper as a friend as she doesn’t shirk her bridesmaid responsibilities and dons the ill-fitting pre-ordained bridesmaid dress in her last weeks of pregnancy (which she has to know all the world will soon see in photos).

Jessica has weight gain much like I did in my first pregnancy which is basically everywhere and in a way that goes beyond flattering in the final countdown months and weeks. However, she does not hide from the cameras or shun interviews or appear embarrassed by her plus size pregnancy figure as you might expect from most former size 0 sex symbol celebrities. Instead, she appears to embrace her new full figure and weight gain with confidence, humor and grace which I think is our best take-away from her example.

I’m sure Jessica will have her enviable figure back in no time she is fulltime breastfeeding her baby in addition to recently signing a $4 million deal with Weight Watchers. (The rest of us would have been happy to have this deal for free, given the appropriate childcare, transportation, overall support for our house and older children, support for our day jobs, meal prep, housecleaning, etc) However, since this is Jessica Simpson, who I would like as my new BFF, I can’t help but support and cheer her on!

Selma Blair Breastfeeds Her Baby Anytime Anywhere

Actress Slema Blair has been talking about when she will breastfeed her baby and we are proud to say that it is anytime anywhere. She’s been heard to say that she doesn’t care whom she offends.

Additionally, she’s been ensuring that her diet and nutrition is done correctly so that her son can receive the best nutrition possible.

TummyStyle suggests the Maternal America Mesh Nursing Top as a good option for Selma for her on the demand breastfeeding needs. This nursing top has pull to the side access. Its sleeves are down to the elbow and has a stylish stripe pattern. It’s a great deal at only $78.

Breastfeeding Hospital Crib Cards

Nursing Bra Tank by Bravado

I just found these really cool breastfeeding hospital crib cards from the CDC.

There is a boy breastfeeding card and a girl breastfeeding card, but they say exactly the same thing. Just the colors are different.

They point out the advantages of breastfeeding such as less chances of being overweight, fewer ear infections, less chance of diabetes, among others. They also give you the hunger cues such as hands in mouth, searching from side to side, stretching and lastly crying (which means you are late!).

The intent is for the hosiptals to put them on the cribs but you can always print one out and put it there to remind the nurses you are breastfeeding.

Nursing Bra Tank by Bravado

The weather is starting to warm up and it’s time to get that one essential item for the nursing mom: The Bravado Nursing Bra Tank.

This iconic piece of nursing clothes is a must have. Ranging in size from 32 D/E up to 40 F/G it can be warn alone or as a great layering piece under a blouse. It provides the support you need when nursing without compromising easy access.

With a ton of different colors and the quality of Bravado, your are sure to find at least one that works with your wardrobe. In addition to the great colors is the fact that it is made from cotton and will feel cool and comfortable all day! This really is the Essential Nursing Bra Tank!

Nursing Pajamas Set By Olian Maternity Makes A Great Gift!

Are you looking for that perfect gift for a baby shower? Then look no further than the Olian Maternity 3 Piece Dot Nursing Pajama Set.

This cute and comfortable set comes with a cap sleeve pull the to side nursing top and adjustable drawstrings bottoms. What makes it special for a baby shower gift is the matching sleeper. The new mom will feel extra special holding her new baby in this set.

The nursing pajama set is made of a soft 100% cotton fabric. It comes in either a blue dot or yellow dot pattern.

Jay-Z Gives Beyonce A “Push Present” With A Lot Of Bling!

Well it looks like Jay-Z has raised the bar for new fathers everywhere. Not only does he block out entire wings of the hospital for his wife to give birth in privacy and style (imagine the details of that birth plan!), but he also showers the mother of his newborn with a special “push present” ring.
Beyonce was spotted flashing a chunky blue ring with matching blue fingernail polish, no doubt in honour of her newborn daughter, Blue Ivy. I’m sure if it was a C-Section birth, there would still be a ring, maybe even a bigger one!

Beyonce proudly wore the ring on her index finger while stepping out for the first night of Jay-Z’s two legged NYC Carnegie Hall gig. Her sexy black lace gown, by bridal favorite Monique Lhuillier, was skintight and adorned with sequins around the sweetheart neckline. Beyonce also rocked some towering strappy stilettos with grace and ease. Who says you have to be a frumpy mom four weeks after having a baby?!

As Beyonce shows with her style, tighter is better than looser for a sexy curvy look. Pregnancy and postpartum is one time you have a few more curves to show off. Black maternity dresses or nursing dresses are a great way to accent those curves and look sexy, even if you did just have a baby. For a similar look, check out the Maternal America Satin Border Maternity Dress. This little black maternity dress is a great go-to dress for any occasion.

You also may want to pass along the idea of “push presents” to your husband or partner. Not a bad way to be appreciated and to celebrate the birth of your new one!