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Laila Ali In Pregnancy Magazine

Laila Ali In Pregnancy Magazine

On her cravings: I’ve always had a sweet tooth and that hasn’t changed. It is really important not to have too much sugar, because that’s how you end up with a big baby—so that’s a struggle for me. I’ve been told that in my third trimester it’s really important, so I’m there and I’m really trying.

On how she stays fit: I stay active. I try to work out at least four days a week. I do an hour of cardio on the elliptical and then light weight lifting, just upper body. I don’t do lower body because you want your lower body to loosen up to make room for the baby to come through.

On details about her birth plan: I’m going to have the water there, but I know that I might not end up giving birth in the water. Or, I might just use my own tub.

On her plan to breastfeed: I’m definitely breastfeeding. God gave us this gift. Our bodies are made a certain way to nurture our children. To a certain point, anyway. I’m not going to be one of those mothers breastfeeding my 3 year old.

On what has surprised her about being pregnant: I’ve just maintained [my weight] well and I’m very surprised about that. I always thought I was going to gain a lot of weight because I’m a big girl naturally. I walk around at 175 pounds, I’m 5’11″, and I love to eat. I [thought] “Oh God, I’m going to be like 250 pounds and huge.” I think a lot of women have that fear. But because I’m already a big girl, I was just imagining myself to be this giant.

On how she decided to have a home birth: I saw Ricki Lake’s documentary, The Business of Being Born. I think all women kind of like to be in control, but I want to really experience [the birth]. Society tells you, “You get pregnant, you go to the hospital,” and that was just naturally what I was going to do, but once I saw that there was another option, it just fit me. I want to be fully present—I don’t want any medications. I just want to be in control of the situation—as much as I can be anyway. It’s not for everybody. So you have to do your research and at least be informed. Even if you don’t decide to do a home birth or work with a midwife, you can at least be aware of the fact that you can have a voice at the hospital. And make sure you pick a good doctor.

On feeling any trepidation about giving birth: Now if I was the first woman in the world having a baby, I’d be scared to death! I have never experienced it for myself, but I see all of these other women that I know are nowhere near as strong as I am physically, emotionally, mentally. So if they can do it, so can I. There’s gonna be pain, and my thing is learning the ways to reduce that pain, and to be in control of yourself so you’re not making it worse and working against yourself. I feel like I have an advantage just with my mind-set and with my experiences as an athlete and knowing my body.

On what kind of mother she hopes to be: I hope to be patient and fair and just a good example to my kids…and consistent. I think that it’s important to teach kids values and morals and how to love themselves and be a leader not a follower. Hopefully I won’t be too strict, because that’s something that I could see myself doing—being too protective and too strict.

On things about her own parents she’d like to avoid or emulate: I have lots of things I want to avoid. Some people loved everything about their parents, but I don’t know many. My dad has always taught us never to step on people to get ahead. He treated people with love and respect no matter what their position in life was—I learned that from him. Both of my parents, regardless of their faults, are good-hearted people, and that’s what’s important to me.

Source : Pregnancy Magazine

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Felicity Huffman Is A Modern Mom

On her definition of a Modern Mom: I’ll start with my definition of an old-fashioned mom: a mom who puts the needs of everyone else above hers to her own detriment. A modern mom respects herself and honors her needs on par with those of her family.

On her secret to balancing career and family: Honestly, I don’t have one. I rush from one thing to another and have a lot of guilt…I’m still striving to find that balance. But, I will say that having great, reliable childcare is essential and I’m thankful that I can have caregivers who have been with us since our girls were born. For any mom, solid childcare — whether it’s a babysitter, a relative, or daycare — makes all the difference. And, my husband, Bill, is amazing too…he travels a lot for work, but when he’s here, he’s HERE.

On what her parents taught her about parenting: My mom raised me and gave me the gift of fun and pleasure. She showed me how to enjoy every moment. Another great gift was that she didn’t make motherhood out to be the best thing in the world she was honest about how tough it can be. I can always call her and say, “It’s so hard!” and not feel bad about it.

On what she wants to teach her daughters, Sofia and Georgia: I want them to have a strong sense of self…that they can always listen to and rely on.

On her favorite family activity: Tickling on the couch! And we sing a lot…Bill plays the ukulele or the guitar and we sing together. We also love to take long walks in our neighborhood.

On who she admires most: My mom. Maya Angelou, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Oprah. And Cate Blanchett for her astounding talent and skill…I’d do craft services (serving meals on movie sets) just to work with her!

On her greatest achievement: Actually, I won a Good Housekeeping Excellence award last year for my Head’s Up Comfort Pillow- a pillow I created when my girls were young. My neck hurt when I’d rock them in the glider and pillows would always slide down, so out of frustration and sleep-deprivation, I pulled out my sewing machine and made myself a pillow that stayed put. We put it on the market about a year ago and then Good Housekeeping gave us this award! It was so thrilling!

Winning an Obie (off-Broadway award); and winning the Golden Globe and being nominated for an Academy Award for Transamerica also rank high…along with marrying Bill Macy (aka actor William H. Macy).

On the product(s) can’t you live without: Truly, my pillow when the girls were younger…I needed it so badly I created it! I still love my glider in their room. Our sound machine that instantly settles us down wherever we are. And, Kate Somerville’s Kate in a Jar.

On what she does when she’s feeling selfish: I read and drink tea in bed.

On what’s keeping her busy these days: Promoting the Head’s Up Pillow — not because I think I’ll make a gazillion dollars, but because I feel that everyone needs to know about products that help moms and I really think every mom should have one.

I also wrote a book with my best friend, Patricia Wolfe: A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend (Hyperion) which was released about a year ago.

And of course, my family and Desperate Housewives always keeps me busy.

Source : Modern Mom

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Kerry Katona With Baby Max After Being Declared Bankrupt

Source: Daily Mail

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Kirstie Allsopp Welcomes A Son

‘Between us we’ve got Orion, Hal and Bay so a name like John is probably out of the question,’ the 36-year-old said. ‘We’ve toyed with all sorts of names, but we have probably sought too many opinions, my mum, my dad and the boys who would probably like it to be something out of Dr Who.’

Source: Daily Mail

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Mel C Expecting First Baby!

Mel C Expecting First Baby!

“Well, I can now announce that Tom and I are expecting a baby and we are very happy. As I’m sure you’ll understand we needed time to wait for results and tell our families. Thank you for all your kindness, good wishes and support (even if it was based on speculation!). You all know how much I value my privacy so I’m sure I can rely on you to respect that, particularly at this time. I will be taking it easy but am also excited to start writing for the fifth album. I’ll need some time off to be a mum but, before you know it, I’ll be back.”

Source: Mel C Official Website

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Real World’s Season 2 Alum, Beth Stolarczyk Is Married & Expecting!

“I have never been happier in my life. We are over the moon,” Stolarczyk tells Us. “I was not expecting to be pregnant on my wedding day, but then I’ve always done things a little controversial.”

As told by her Rep, Beth’s feet were so swollen she decided to go barefoot during the ceremony.

Some of the couples guests included that of Real World Boston’s, Syrus Yarbrough and Valerie Penso of Temptation Island fame.

Source: US Magazine

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