We’re so pleased you like our blogs featuring celebrities, which we originally did as one-offs to illustrate issues of interest to new mums. But what we’ve discovered is that we all love learning from the ups and downs of celebrity mums’ lives. Because, when all’s said and done, they’re on the same (bumpy) parenting journey as the rest of us…
So we thought we’d bring you a regular roundup of our favourite celebrity parenting stories, as well as our informative, non-celeb blogs. Hope you like it!
Jade Jagger becomes grandma and new mum
Jewellery designer Jade Jagger, 42, who became a grandmother for the first time in April, gave birth to a little boy on 13 June. Jade’s daughter Assisi Jackson, 21, had a baby girl in April.
We say: Congratulations to them both! Our survey shows that mums draw most often on their previous experience of having a child for information on parenting, followed by the experience of their parents or in-laws. Jade and Assisi will certainly be able to support each other in their parenting journey!
Fairy tale for Ginnifer Goodwin
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin gave birth to a baby boy on 29 May. Ginnifer and her actor fiancé Josh Dallas met on the set of Once Upon a Time, playing Snow White and Prince Charming respectively.
We say: How’s that for a fairytale ending? (Sorry – couldn’t resist it…)
Christina Ricci expecting her first child
The Addams Family star’s representative confirmed Christina’s pregnancy recently after she was spotted at LA airport with a definite baby bump. The actress, 34, married camera technician James Heerdegen in October last year, more than a year after meeting on the set of TV series Pan Am.
We say: Congratulations to Christina on the first step of her parenting journey – we wish her well!
Pink’s cryptic tweet – is she pregnant again?
Singer-songwriter Pink was deluged with congratulations after she tweeted: ‘I love that every time I find a box of Girl Scout cookies I’m pregnant. Guilty: I’m having a thin mint :)’.
However, it appears that Pink and husband, motocross racer Carey Hart, aren’t expecting a sibling for their three-year-old daughter Willow. Instead, she was simply responding to magazine suggestions that she was pregnant because her stomach was looking rounded. Well – we guess time will tell…
We say: Makes all of us think twice before sending that tweet! And we blow a big, fat raspberry to the magazines commenting on the size of her tum. She has a great figure and her tum’s fine the way it is…
Mila Kunis on pregnancy cravings
Actress Mila Kunis, 30, revealed on the Ellen show that her fiancé Ashton Kutcher had stocked a fridge with foods commonly craved during pregnancy, ‘just in case’. “..He stocked our secondary fridge with weird food,” she told Ellen DeGeneres, “… like pickles and sauerkraut or like anchovies and ice creams…just in case at one point during this pregnancy I’d be like, ‘I really want something’. Kutcher’s hunch was right – Mila has craved dill pickles, which were, fortunately, in that secondary fridge…
We say: Despite much research, it’s still not entirely clear why pregnant women crave certain foods. The most common theory is that cravings are the body’s way of asking for particular nutrients – in Mila’s case, her pickle craving could mean she’s lacking sodium. The other most popular explanation is that hormone shifts can trigger an appetite for certain foods at certain stages of pregnancy. Sweet and salty foods are craved most often, so it’s best to indulge your food cravings in moderation – unless you’re craving non-food items (a condition called pica), in which case don’t indulge and let your doctor know.
CELEBRITY MUMS SPEAK OUT
Drew Barrymore talks about being a double mum
Actress Drew Barrymore, 39, spoke to People magazine about being a mum-of-two. “They’re awake and asleep at different times, or awake at the same time, and it’s a juggling act…” she said of daughters Olive, 22 months, and newborn Frankie. She also revealed that she’d spent time when pregnant helping Olive prepare for being a sister. “I always pointed to my belly and had her say ‘baby’ or ‘sister’ and I got her some books: I’m a Big Sister and What to Expect When the New Baby Comes Home,” she said. And when Olive met Frankie, “…she looked right at her and said ‘Frankie sister’.”
We say: We confess to having a bit of a soft spot for Drew Barrymore – she’s just so sensible! Full marks to her for taking the time to get her young daughter used to the realities of having a new sibling. The books she used are available widely in the UK, and you can check their reviews online.
Halle Berry talks about her ‘geriatric pregnancy’
X-Men actress Halle Berry, 47, opened up on Ellen, telling Ellen DeGeneres that her seven-month son was a miracle. “I didn’t think it was possible at my age, honestly,” she said. “They call it a geriatric pregnancy.” She went on: “I was really kinda premenopausal, so to have this happen was huge.”
We say: In the UK, the number of women over the age of 40 having a baby has increased more than fourfold in the last 30 years, to around one in 25. Women are choosing to have their babies later for various reasons such as pursuing their career, cost and lack of a stable relationship. Websites oldermum.co.uk and mothers35plus.co.uk point out that being an older mum is nothing new – before the Pill was invented in 1961, women often had children right up until the end of their reproductive lives.
Angelina Jolie advises celebrity mums
Actress Angelina Jolie told the New York Daily News that she and other celebrity mothers have no right to complain about how hard it is to juggle children and career. “She said: “I actually feel that women in our position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain. Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”
We say: We applaud Angelina for sending these words of caution to other celebrity mums. She’s using her celebrity status so responsibility, whether she’s highlighting the difficulties faced by ordinary mums, encouraging women to face the fear of breast cancer or promoting humanitarian causes. She’s a REAL star…
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