Pregnancy Week 26 – Embracing your labor of love

YOUR CHANGING LIFE Overcoming the challenges of backaches, leg cramps and pregnancy brain Welcome to week 26 of your pregnancy. In week 25, your burgeoning bump swelled to become the size of a soccer ball and your hair took on an abnormally shiny - but ultra luxurious - sheen that made you even more of an attention-grabber. But in week 26, it's a whole new ballgame. You're at the tail end of your second trimester, and with all the changes your body's been through over the last …

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Jessica Simpson confirms her second baby bump

Last month it was pure speculation, but now congratulations are officially in order for singer Jessica Simpson and her ex-NFL fiance Eric Johnson, who are expecting their second baby! Simpson, who appeared on the hit reality show, "Newlyweds," with former husband Nick Lachey as well as "The Dukes of Hazzard," gave birth to the couple's first child, Maxwell Drew Johnson, in May 2012. "Merry Christmas from my family to yours!" Simpson wrote on Dec. 25 on …

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Baby bump no more! Claire Danes gives birth to son

Actress Claire Danes and her husband, actor Hugh Dancy, are the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy they've named Cyrus Michael. The baby, who was born on Dec. 17, is the couple's first child. The two were married in a private ceremony in France in 2009. Danes announced her pregnancy in June 2012 and has stayed mum on the experience. However, the "Homeland" star turned heads in September when she arrived at the 2012 Emmy Awards in a spectacular yellow dress by designer …

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Holly Madison flaunts baby bump at Miss Universe Pageant

Putting new meaning into the phrase "pregnancy glow," happy mom-to-be Holly Madison looked radiant on the red carpet at the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant, which was hosted at the Planet Hollywood Resort And Casino in Las Vegas on Dec. 19. Donning a remarkable blue evening dress that complemented her complexion and changing physique, Madison was all smiles as she showed off her growing baby bump and stellar pregnancy clothing in front of the cameras. Madison is pregnant with her first …

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Peaches Geldof conceals growing baby bump in purple coat

British socialite, writer and television personality Peaches Geldof made headlines when she announced in November that she and husband Thomas Cohen are expecting their second child. Geldof and Cohen welcomed their first child, Astala, more than seven months ago. Geldof noted that her latest bun in the oven is a little boy whom she and Cohen plan to name Phaedra. "It's a name that comes from an ancient Greek play but it also features in a song Tom and I both love called "Some …

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How to plan a baby shower

Ask most expectant moms and they'll agree - apart from the joy of welcoming a new little boy or girl into the world, baby showers are the best part about being pregnant. And honestly, what's not to love? From presents to games to scrumptious party treats, baby showers may ostensibly be about stockpiling must-have items before the baby arrives, but they're actually an opportunity to celebrate women who are expecting and the tremendous job they've done so far! If you have a …

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Pregnancy week 25 – Getting to know your soccer ball-sized bump

YOUR CHANGING LIFE You won't have to wait to become a full-fledged soccer mom Welcome to week 25 of your pregnancy. In week 24, you duked it out with stretch marks and scheduled a glucose screening test with your healthcare provider. While it's a good idea to keep that cocoa butter handy during week 25 - after all, stretch marks can happen at any time! - there are more than enough things going on during this period of your second trimester to keep you occupied. You may have noticed …

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Is a home birth right for you?

Giving birth is a remarkable experience, and while many deliveries occur in a hospital setting, more women are turning to alternatives like home birthing for greater intimacy during the labor process. From Pamela Anderson to Gisele Bundchen, many celebrity pregnancies have resulted in home births. Former television personality and actress Ricki Lake sang her praises of the experience, telling Parent and Child magazine, "That high is something I will never forget. The feeling that 'if …

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Heiress Petra Ecclestone takes her baby bump to dinner

Socialite Petra Ecclestone may be pregnant, but that hasn't stopped the Formula One heiress from looking like a million dollars in her ultra-sleek maternity clothing! While Ecclestone and her private investor hubby, James Stunt, never formally announced that they are expecting their first child, Ecclestone's growing baby bump has been photographed at a variety of red carpet events. On December 16, Ecclestone celebrated her birthday at Giorgio Baldi Italian restaurant in Santa Monica, …

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Baby bump no more! Actress Samaire Armstrong welcomes baby boy

Actress Samaire Armstrong, who stars on "The Mentalist," welcomed a bouncing baby boy over the weekend and made the happy announcement on Facebook on December 16. "Thank you so much for all the love," Armstrong wrote on the social networking site. "Will post pictures after a little rest. We're all doing wonderfully. It was an amazing experience and we couldn't be more thrilled with our new arrival. xoxo!" Armstrong announced that she was pregnant with her …

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