New mama Shakira looks fabulous just months after giving birth to son, Milan. However the 36 year old first time mom recently revealed that dropping the pounds to be in shape to promote “The Voice” was extremely stressful and difficult.
“I know I had to come back here to do “The Voice” two months after I had delivered a baby. I didn’t have my four months of maternity like every woman on Earth has. I’m not trying to complain, but it’s been a process full of challenges.”
Shakira went on to add that the pressure to shed the weight for our generation is much more intense than it has been for previous generations of women. She said, “I think that our mothers and grandmothers weren’t under the pressure women of today are after delivering a baby. My dad says there’s nothing better than meat over the bones. So he likes my mom a little chubby. She was never under the pressure to have to get to her old weight – and she never did.”
I’m sure that the pressure as a rock star is even more intense than the pressure most women face. However the example we see in the media of super swelte new moms like Beyonce and Shakira just months after giving birth, can make us all feel a little inadequate. So, it’s a nice reality check to hear that it was extremely challenging for them as well, even with all the dieticians/chefs, personal trainers and nannies at their call.
Shakira was also very honest about the ups and downs of new motherhood to a newborn. She told US Weekly, “I didn’t expect babies to need so many diapers! Nobody told me they needed to be changed so often! I mean he’s a great, great, baby. He’s an easy one, I think. But nobody told me it would be this hard. It takes a lot of energy from you.”
I always admire a star that says it like it is! It also shows that she is putting in the effort as a new mom and not just token baby carrying on a shopping photo op excursion. Being a mom is hard work, but it is also so worth it!
Kim Kardashian made her pregnant mom fans feel a little better the other day by admitting on the Red Carpet of her new movie, Temptation, that’s she’s just as human as the rest of us with a bout of pregnancy fatigue to contend with:
“Being pregnant is not as easy as my sister made it look or as my mom has made it look. I like to be active ….but I’ve been chilling out. I took a week off, just to rest and it was amazing.”
We’re glad that Kim is taking care of herself first as we know she keeps a busy schedule. Pregnancy is a good time to slow down and listen to your body. If you feel tired and run down, take some extra rest. Overall you may need to adjust your routine for less stress and more R&R. You deserve it and it’s good for the baby!
Despite what seemed to be a slip of the tongue a few weeks ago (implying a royal daughter was on the way), the Duchess of Cambridge said Sunday that she did not know the sex of her child and actually hopes it is a boy. She says her husband, Prince William, would prefer a girl. This revelation was made to a soldier during a St. Patick’s Day ceremony honoring the Irish Guards.
Kate is 5 months pregnant but claims she does not know the baby’s gender yet and it appears she will not find out until the birth of her child, just to keep everyone guessing! It was also revealed that the couple had not decided on names yet for their baby who will be third in line for the British throne.
Due to a change in policy for royal succession, Kate and William’s firstborn will succeed to the throne ahead of any future siblings, regardless of gender. In the past, the first male child was given precedence over birth order. These reforms were announced in October 2011 and agreed upon by the commonwealth nations. Finally gender equality in the modern monarchy!
Maya Rudolph looks radiant! The pregnant Up All Night actress showed off her baby bump on the red carpet at the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
The 41 year old Maya is expecting her fourth child with father Paul Thomas Anderson who is a movie director.
Maya was seen in a loose, leopard print caftan taling with her friends from SNL.
In addition to her regular SNL friends, she was also seen with producer Lorne Michaels as well as always fashionable Anne Hathaway.
Maya Rudolph sat near Amy Poehler, Wiig and Lorne Michaels. Maya went on stage later to introduce Steve Martin who in turn presented Lorne Michaels with the Distinguished Collaborators Award.resented the Distinguished Collaborator Award to Michaels.
Congratulations to Maya on her baby to be. She certainly knows how to “Rock the Bump!”
In her first public engagement since announcing her pregnancy in December, Kate Middleton visited the Action on Addiction center Hope House yesterday in South London. During her visit the Duchess of Cambridge opened up about her difficult morning sickness and bonded with one expectant mother, Natalie, who was receiving treatment at the center.
Natalie, 28, who is expecting her second child in July, just like the Duchess, shared her conversation with Kate with The Mirror. Natalie said: “We’re due about the same time. She’s been unwell and feeling better now and I felt pretty much the same the first time.”
Speaking to the Duchess she said: “This is my road to recovery. When I was in addiction, my life was in complete darkness and then gets a lot brighter.”
With Kate replying: “Well done to you for getting sober.”
Afterwards Natalie said: “I’ve got to say I’m sober and clean. When I was in the darkness I never thought that would happen.”
Kate’s visit was to raise awareness for the charity, of which the Duchess is patron, but the Kate’s beautiful appearance with her growing baby bump in a Max Mara wrap dress stole the show.
Chief Executive of the charity, Nick Barton said Kate was very well received by the women at the Center: “She was wonderful with the clients. They fell in love with her. They opened up to her.
“She’s such an easy person that they were talking to her in a very comfortable way, and I think surprised themselves at how easy that she made it for them. She seemed in good spirits, in good health, and very comfortable.”
Singer Fergie, 37, and husband actor Josh Duhamel, 40, announced via Twitter on Feb 18th that they are expecting their first child this summer. “Josh & Me & Baby makes three!!!” she tweeted. Earlier this month Duhamel told iVillage he would be a strict dad, “I will probably be a bit of a disciplinarian,” he said. “But at the same time, we’ll have a lot of fun.”
Josh‘s new romantic film Safe Haven which he costars with Julianne Hough as his love interest is currently in theatres!
We look forward to plenty of fashion forward maternity clothes styles by Fergie this Spring during her pregnancy. All the best to the happy couple during this exciting time!
Jessica Simpson is making us smile again. Recently spotted in very comfortable sweats or pajamas maybe, she did appear on route to the gym. Here’s a girl that took pregnancy weight gain to a whole new level just a year ago, while still sporting super high heels, only to become the Weight Watcher Spokesperson and get quickly svelte to surprise us once again (and herself apparently), by becoming pregnant less than six months after just had her baby. We do have to admire her discipline in working out during pregnancy, which is a habit may expecting women drop by the wayside when morning sickness or pregnancy cravings appear (sometimes at the same time).
Although Jessica is usually quite the fashion mogul, it looks like her wardrobe could benefit from a maternity tracksuit, like this chic one by Maternal America:
This comfy maternity tracksuit is made to fit over your growing belly and has a smooth waistband and drawstring on the pants that can be worn under your belly. You can wear this suit to the gym or the mall and stroll about in comfort and style.
Another great choice and a great buy is Noppies Maternity Tracksuit in Sparrow. This fashionable tracksuit has been worn on the runways in Europe for everyday wear or gym wear. The jacket is super long and made to stretch comfortably over your expanding belly (and zip both directions). This will be your go-to tracksuit jacket for the grocery, errands or a run in the park.
Doctors and fitness experts recommend maintaining a regular fitness routine throughout your pregnancy to help you stay healthy and feel better. There’s evidence that exercise during pregnancy can prevent you from getting gestational diabetes, help you relieve stress and build stamina that you will need for labor and delivery.
Although you will want to maintain a regular workout routine, you will want to listen to your body and only exercise in moderation. Also opt for low impact fitness excercises as your tendons and ligaments are looser during pregnancy and your center of gravity is also shifting, not to mention your joints are supporting more weight as your pregnancy progresses.
Remember to always consult your doctor before embarking on a new exercise regime during pregnancy or if you notice any difficulty during exercise including bleeding or spotting or any pains.
Philipps chatted to E! about her strategy in dressing for the awards in her third trimester of pregnancy.
“It was hard to decide which way to go. Do you hide the bump, do you show it off?’ the Cougar Town said of her Gabriella Candela gown.
‘I went with show it off! I embraced it!’
Busy, who is due in June, said she’s been craving sandwiches. She also opened up about announcing her pregnancy on Twitter, joking, ‘I didn’t want people to think I was just getting chubby. I was excited to share the news!’
Dressing in the latter stages of pregnancy can be a tricky thing, but typically showing a bump, particularly when it is a big bump, with a stretchy tight wrap clothing or ruching, does more to show off your overall glamour and style than placing tent clothing around it try to disguise it, which only makes you look “bigger” particularly if the emphasis is to hide your belly.
Another good rule of thumb is to go for solid colors and less busy patterns if you are in the later stages of pregnancy with a bump that feels more like a mountain. A full length maxi dress or gown in a solid color in the later stages of pregnancy will greatly elongate your look and streamline your figure. The early and mid months of pregnancy are generally a better time to mix up the patterns and prints, before the bump becomes the main focus of your shape. Also, as we all know, darker colors are more slimming and the winter months are a good time to take advantage of that strategy.
Pregnancy is a beautiful time in life and one you will want to remember fondly. If you have fun with your curves and bump at each stage of your pregnancy than you will feel as beautiful as you look.
Buble, the Canada-born crooner, and his wife Luisana Lopilato, is pregnant with their first child. The couple announced on Thursday that they are expecting with a 22-second YouTube video set to the song “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet.” The video starts with the text “Mike, LU and Mini Buble!!!” and displays images from his wife’s live ultrasound as well as cute photos of the couple.
“We’re having a baby Bublé!!!” was written in both English and Spanish with audio of children cheering.
Bublé and Lopilata, an Argentinian actress, were married in 2011 in Buenos Aires. The happy couple has always been very vocal about their desire to have children. Soon after their nuptials Buble told ET Canada, “I’ve said to her a million times I’d love to have kids. “But I always say to her when you’re ready — when you feel like you’ve lived and you’ve partied and done all the things you want to do. When you’ve worked your butt off, then tell me.”
He added, “All my friends have babies so every time one of them says, ‘Guess what, you’re going to be an uncle,’ part of me is so happy for them and the other part of me is jealous.”
Lopilato also announced the pregnancy news on her Facebook page:
I wanted to share with you this great joy with which God has blessed our families and us. Thanks to my family for being with me in every second of my anxiety for wanting to tell, and take care of me with love as they do every day. Thanks to my friends for being as happy as me and giving me the most beautiful hugs. And thanks to God for giving me one of the most beautiful joys and opportunities that a woman can get.
The couple did not reveal how far along the 25-year-old actress and model is in her pregnancy.
Congratulations to the adorable couple on their pregnancy!
Congratulations to Columbian songstress, Shakira, 35, and her boyfriend, professional soccer player Gerard Pique, 25. The two welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday, according to Shakira’s personal website.
“We are happy to announce the birth of Milan, son of Shakira Mebarak and Gerard Piqué, born January 22nd at 9:36pm, in Barcelona, Spain,” the statement read. “The name Milan (pronounced MEE-lahn), means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic; in Ancient Roman, eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification. “
Shakira had already hinted to her fans via Twitter, where she has more than 19 million followers, that her baby was due to arrive soon. Tuesday morning she tweeted, “I’d like to ask you all to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life. Shak”
Just last week Shakira announced she and Pique were throwing a “virtual baby shower” to support UNICEF and would “soon be welcoming” their first child, though they did not specify any dates.
The couple reportedly scheduled the birth so that Pique could be sure to be there to welcome their baby.
Congratulations to Shakira and Gerard for their baby boy!