Friday, April 10, 2009

Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr. Are Expecting!

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are expecting their first child together, a source close to the couple confirms exclusively to PEOPLE. "They're very excited," says the source, adding that the actress, 31, is due in the fall.

Gellar, who has been married to Prinze, 33, for six years, will next shoot the HBO pilot The Wonderful Maladays, for which she serves as an executive producer. Prinze recently shot the comedy pilot No Heroics for ABC.


Thursday, April 09, 2009

Brooke Burke Talks Pregnancy and Postpartum Workouts

What was the most “fashionable” aspect of your belly while pregnant? I wish it was a fashion statement! It’s funny, but fortunately miniskirts were kind of back in style with my third baby. I was working, so I had a television pregnancy too, which adds a lot of pressure, but as my baby got bigger my skirts got shorter – I was diverting attention from the belly! But I don’t think I ever really felt fashionable – I worked through my pregnancies – so I didn’t get the chance to rock it like other moms do. I love to see a woman with her belly out there – it’s so sexy! – but I had all winter pregnancies.

Readers are curious about your exercise routine during your pregnancy with Shaya. I walked a lot. I pretty much did what I normally did, sit-ups, Pilates. I didn’t change my workout, and I checked with my doctor first. I had a healthy pregnancy, I had energy, I felt good and didn’t have compromising situations. But Pilates was nice and gentle, and totally approved by my doctor. I did yoga, which helped me stretch into my growing body. I ate healthily, as much as I could; you have a little leeway when you’re pregnant and can cheat a little bit!

Our readers want to know if your Baboosh Baby Tauts can help with their stomachs even though they aren’t using it right after they gave birth. Absolutely. There are a lot of different beliefs for tightening up your core. I think just being conscious of it and being aware to engage your muscles will help any woman’s tummy get in shape. The concept behind it is to create compression and help your uterus go back to its original size as quickly as possible. It’s a healthy approach to getting your tummy back. We sell them to people who haven’t even had children, because it feels good and holds in that baggy skin. It makes you more aware of your posture and trains your tummy muscles – the more you use them the firmer you get. It reminds you to keep everything engaged; it acts like a girdle in many ways so it feels good, and was designed for postpartum bellies.

Readers would like to know how you got back into shape after giving birth to Shaya. I don’t do much with weights. I do Pilates and really like it – I want to enjoy my workout, not suffer through it. Pilates feels good on my back, feels good to stretch and uses my core muscles, which I’m most concerned about. For me, getting out and doing a little cardio, even a walk, feels good. If you don’t have access to a gym you can do sit-ups and push-ups with your own weight. Doing exercises around the house is so much better than doing nothing. But having a healthy diet is really the most important thing.

When do you find the time to work out? I try to pick my spots either when they’re napping or stimulated in another activity so I don’t have to feel bad about it. But I think it’s important for moms to just make the time to commit to it and not get distracted. Don’t do anything but feel good about it; you’re going to have more energy if you work out, and feel better about yourself. Emotionally, it’s a release of a lot of stress we hold onto. It’s just super important for a woman to feel good about herself and take the time for herself, and feel healthy.


Monday, April 06, 2009

The new "natural" Cesarean

The surgeon gives the nod: it's time. The drape across the patient's abdomen is lowered and her head is raised. Her eyes widen as she and her husband watch their baby, tiny and pink with a mop of black hair, being gently delivered from her. There is a moment of collective awe before the newborn's cry fills the air. “It's a boy!” his mother gasps, before enveloping him in a warm hug.

This mother has just had a “natural Caesarean”, a revolutionary technique that attempts to turn one of the world's most common operations into an experience closer to vaginal birth. The idea was conceived by Professor Nicholas Fisk in response to the rising numbers of Caesareans in the UK.

His team concentrated on three areas. First, parental involvement: this meant dropping the drape that “divorced” the mother from her abdomen, to allow her to see her baby's head emerge; the baby itself blocks the mother's view of the operation.

The second point was physiological: Fisk showed that when a Caesarean is performed slowly the baby is able to “autoresuscitate” - start breathing unaided - while still attached to the placenta, as in normal birth. The baby is “half-delivered” and a combination of the naturally contracting uterus and the baby's vigorous wriggles allow the lungs to expel fluid in a similar way to a vaginal birth. This reduces the risk of the baby needing help to breathe; a common occurrence after a Caesarean.

Finally, Fisk wanted to see newborns handed immediately to their mother for skin-to-skin bonding. “There are now official standards for skin-to-skin bonding in childbirth, but these are almost never met with Caesareans,” he says. One obstruction is that the monitoring equipment needed for patients in surgery is routinely attached to the mother's chest. “In a natural Caesarean we attach the ECG wires to the back of the chest so that the baby can be placed on the mother after birth,” Plaat says. The anaesthetic dose is lowered so that there is no “heaviness in the arms” to prevent holding the baby, and a clip that measures oxygen in the blood is attached to the toe.

Smith, whose book Your Baby, Your Body, Your Birth advocates a softer general approach to birth, adds: “And while keeping both mother and baby safe, we focus on the fact that this is a birth. We bring in the elements of normal birth: the mother can see her baby's sex at the same time as the operating team. The father can perform a second ‘cutting of the cord' and the midwife can show him where to clamp it. It is entirely different from the experience parents have had before.”

The procedure is unsuitable for babies who are in the breech position, or when the baby or mother, or both, are in danger, or for premature babies whose lungs are not mature.