Friday, September 22, 2006

Twins take over Hollywood!

Every once in awhile, we hear that a celebrity baby is, in fact, celebrity babies. Cybil Shepherd, Mia Farrow and Julia Roberts have all had twins, but their pregnancies were months - years - apart. This has been true for decades when it comes to multiple pregnancies in Hollywood. Apparently, not anymore! According to Celebrity Baby Blog, not one couple, not two couples, but SIX hot Hollywood mamas are on schedule to give birth to twins this spring. Actors Marcia Cross and Patrick Dempsey, and musicians Melissa Etheridge, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Elvis Costello and Nick Valensi, along with their significant others, will soon join the ranks of the 20,000 couples who give birth to twins in the United States each year.

The most obvious reason for the growing birth rates of twins and multiples is the use of fertility drugs and treatments. Recent studies from the Center for Disease Control show that approximately 43 percent of live births resulting from assisted reproductive techniques were multiples.

But fertility drugs can't be the only reason.

I thought it might have something to do with geography, so I did some research. According to a study done by the National Center for Health Statistics, if you reside in Massachusetts or Connecticut, the rates for twin deliveries is as much as 25 percent higher than the overall national rate. On the other hand, if you reside in Hawaii, your chances of having a multiple pregnancy will decrease to about 30 percent below the overall U.S. rate. But what about Beverly Hills?

It must be something in the water.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Pregnant Model Promotes "Non-Alcoholic" Beer

It's hard to give your opinion on something when it leaves you speechless. Before I noticed that this is an advertisement for NON-alcoholic beer, all I saw was a photoshop-perfected pregnant model wearing something she shouldn't be wearing and holding something she shouldn't be holding. I thought, "What could possibly be the message behind this?" Then I realized it's not an ad for regular beer but non-alcoholic, and I thought, "Oh, ok, I see what they're getting at. As a matter of fact, that's pretty clever!" Maybe they were trying to say: "Hey, look! Hot pregos can drink our beer, too!" But then I did a little research and found that the term "non-alcoholic" is a bit misleading when it comes to supposedly alcohol-free beer and wine, something I wasn't aware of during either of my pregnancies. I suppose I never thought to ask my doctor because I'm not a big drinker anyway. Still, it's something every expectant mother should know. Non-alcoholic beers and wines do contain a very small amount of alcohol (no more than .5 percent), and though researchers aren't sure what such a small amount could do to a developing baby, they recommend avoiding it altogether. That said, I think the advertising execs at this Brazilian beer company need to rethink their campaign. What do you think? Thanks to The Scene at Maternity and Style for posting it first.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The pleasure is all mine.

Hello, lovelies! I'm so excited to be filling in for Debby while she's getting acquainted with Miss Emily, but before I get to all things prego, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bryn, I'm 28 years old and I have a wonderful little family that just seems to keep growing! I'm a freelance magazine writer and my husband Ryan works in high-tech public relations. We've been together for seven years now, married for four, and we're having an unimaginably fun time raising our two girls, Emma, 3, and Ava, 1. Emma, our first, wasn't a planned baby. Ryan and I had both just started to feel comfortable in our new careers and we wanted to enjoy married life one-on-one before having to worry about scheduled feedings and dirty diapers. But that didn't last for long! Almost a year after our wedding, a little purple line changed our perspectives on everything. It didn't take more than a few days for our mutual shock to turn into unabashed excitement. Our little miracle was all we could talk about, think about, dream about. There are no words to describe how truly ecstatic we were. My mom says we were the last to realize how badly we both wanted a baby. I think she must have been right because almost as soon as we had one, we had the other! Both of my pregnancies were fairly easy; I think that's why I'm so eager to have more, and so is Ryan. For nine months straight, I think he talked to my belly more often than he talked to me! It's incredible to see him interact with our girls. I would choose watching them cuddle, giggle and play together over my favorite movie any day. I think we're going to give it a year or two before we decide have another baby, but I definitely see more additions to come. Emma and Ava mean everything to us, but I know Ryan would love to see a little man scooting around the kitchen floor with his sisters. I'm going to try to post here at least once a day while Debby is away, so I'd love for you to check back on occasion. Thanks so much for reading!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Debby had a Girl, Emily Marie!

Hello Pregnancy Weekly Moms, I just wanted to announce that Debby went into labor and early this morning, at 5:45am, had a baby girl. I am thrilled to announce that I am a proud Father to Emily Marie! Debby and the baby are great! Debby will not be posting for a while, but she wanted to reassure that she will get back to it as soon as she can. In the meantime her friend, Bryn, will be guest writing! Thanks for everyone's support and best wishes! ~Big-Daddy Jon

Monday, September 18, 2006

? OF THE WEEK: Was Your Partner In The Delivery Room While You Were Giving Birth?

During my 2nd trimester I was debating whether or not to have my hubby, Jon, in the delivery room with me. I was more on the "no" side, because I didn't want him to see me in so much pain. I don't think I want anyone to see me like that, except for maybe a doctor or nurse or two. He recently opened up during a discussion and told me that he wants to see the birth of his first baby. I thought what he said was so touching that I changed my mind. I will have my hubby next to me while giving birth. I spoke to my Mother about the issue of having your partner in the delivery room throughout the birth process and asked what she thought about it. She told me that she didn't want my Father in the delivery room with any of the three births. She didn't want to "deal" with my Father. Meaning she didn't want him around to stress her out even more. She told me that he would just make her feel more uncomfortable. My Dad didn't want to be there either, and witness the painful birthing process. He said that he would worry too much about my Mother and if everything was going alright. Giving birth is a very special occasion. Since Jon confessed and told me he wanted to be present, I woudn't want him to miss out on any of his child's births (if we were to have more). For me to have the power to control whether or not he is present is a very big deal. It would be heart breaking if he were to miss out, because I have my own personal issues and insecurities. Was your partner in the delivery room while you were giving birth? If not, did they not want to be by your side or did you send them to the waiting room?

No Baby Yet

I just wanted to let everyone know that the baby didn't make an appearance over the weekend. :( Any day now... What else can I do but wait and write the Question Of The Week. Any ideas on what it should be? Let me know.