Friday, May 16, 2008

Angelina Jolie's Summer Baby Plans

According to People magazine, one of the most-discussed topics at this year's Cannes Film Festival is Angelina Jolie's pregnancy.

First, Jolie's Kung Fu Panda costar Jack Black spilled the beans and confirmed that Jolie and partner Brad Pitt are expecting twins. Fellow costar Dustin Hoffman revealed her due date as Aug. 19 – and the Today show passed along the news Thursday morning – but it's more likely that Jolie will give birth prior.

The new arrivals will be the fifth and sixth children for the Jolie and Pitt. The family currently consists of Maddox, 6, Pax, 4, Zahara, 3, and Shiloh, who turns 2 this month.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mother's mental health tied to child's development

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Evaluating the emotional health and social connectedness of pregnant women may help determine if their children will need extra help to meet developmental goals later on, Canadian researchers say.

If children get this assistance early, there's a good chance they will do just fine, Dr. Suzanne C. Tough of the University of Calgary in Alberta, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health.

But Tough and her team found that more than half of the three-year-olds in their study who were identified as being at high risk for developmental problems had never been referred for assessment to see if they actually did have speech and language delays.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One-third of pregnant women drink alcohol

Up to a third of Australian women continue to drink alcohol during pregnancy, despite growing awareness that it puts the unborn child at risk.

And contrary to expectations, higher levels of education make the mother-to-be more likely to imbibe, Australian medical researchers say.

The findings are based on a national survey of 1103 women of child-bearing age in 2006 and undermine health educators' hopes that the message not to drink when pregnant has resonated with expectant mothers.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Brangelina's Baby-Monitoring Mother's Day

Angelina Jolie celebrated Mother's Day by doing a little bumpwatch of her own, logging some quality time with the forthcoming family additions.

The expectant mom, accompanied by Brad Pitt and sons Maddox and Pax, checked out the inner workings of her womb and its current denizens via sonogram at a hospital in Grasse, France.

"Angie was due for a scan and they thought it would be cool to do it on Mother's Day and take Maddox and Pax along to see the twins for themselves on the sonogram machine," a source close to the couple tells E! News.

Read the full story here.