'Real Housewives' Babies! See Which Bravo Stars Gave Birth

Welcome to the world! When it comes to adding more babies to their broods, these Real Housewives have been busy.

Meghan King Edmonds, who appeared on Real Housewives of Orange County for three seasons, has three children ages two and under. The former reality star gave birth to her daughter, Aspen, in 2016 — and she and her husband, Jim Edmonds, welcomed twin boys, Hart and Hayes, 18 months later.

“You guys, I’m IN IT right now,” the Missouri native captioned an August 2019 pic with her tiny trio, one month after revealing that Hart had been diagnosed with “irreversible brain damage.”

“Hart and I leave for several weeks of intensive therapy and I’m going to miss the tar out of the rest of the fam,” Meghan wrote at the time. “Some days I feel less like a person and more like a machine going through the motions. Thank you to everyone who has made me feel like a person: preschool moms organizing last minute play dates, my sister for letting me nap for an hour, my nanny for watching Netflix with me.”

Another former RHOC star Gretchen Rossi welcomed her first child with her fiancé, Slade Smiley, in July 2019 after doing in vitro fertilization. She gushed over her husband after her C-section, telling Us Weekly exclusively, “Slade has been the best support any woman could dream of. He is a rock of strength!”

The former Bravo personality went on to praise her own body on Instagram, writing three weeks after birth: “I went into labor and delivery at 170 pounds and I think I’m down to 145 and I’m not even trying. … I’m pretty amazed about how amazing the body is. It can grow a little baby and go back like that. It’s just crazy what happens.”

Keep scrolling to take a look at more former and current Bravo stars who have recently given birth, from Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore to Real Housewives of Potomac’s Ashley Darby and Monique Samuels.

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Lindsay Arnold 'Feeling Incredibly Grateful' for Her Body 11 Days After Giving Birth to Daughter

Lindsay Arnold is giving an update on how she’s doing 11 days after welcoming her daughter, Sage Jill.

The Dancing with the Stars pro posted a mirror selfie on Instagram Friday alongside a lengthy caption sharing how thankful she is feeling for her body.

“11 days postpartum 💕 feeling incredibly grateful for this body that carried our sweet Sage and is now feeding her and taking care of her,” Arnold, 26, wrote. “I think it's easy to only feel grateful for our bodies when we feel we are at our tip top shape but I have truly never felt more proud of my body and it's tired/sore muscles, sore nipples 😂, and my new c section scar that will always remind me of the most special day of my life when we got to hold our little girl for the first time.”

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“Going to try and remember this feeling forever and focus more on loving my body because of what it does for me rather than how I look,” she concluded.

In addition to the touching post, the dance pro shared an adorable video of her newborn baby trying on a onesie on her Instagram Story. “Sage in her Moose onesie,” she wrote atop the clip, adding a series of heart-eyed emojis.

Arnold and her husband Samuel Lightner Cusick, who tied the knot in June 2015, welcomed baby Sage on Nov. 2.

"The most beautiful surprise on this very special day," Arnold wrote in the caption for a photo taken shortly after she delivered her daughter via C-section. She also revealed that her newborn's arrival was a week early.

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"Baby Girl and mama are healthy and well," she added in the caption. "More details to come but wanted to share this first pic of our little family 💕 #birth #mama #babygirl #csection #pregnancy #39weeks."

Two days later, Arnold revealed her daughter's name and noted that her middle name, Jill, is a nod to her late mother-in-law, who died in 2019.

"She entered this world on the same day that we lost Sams beautiful mother just one year ago and we couldn't help but see God's hand in this and know that Sage was handed down to us by her beautiful angel grandmother, Jennifer Jill Gillette Cusick," the dancer explained.

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44 Very Candid Celebrity Snapshots Every Mom Can Relate To

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Parents Through the Pain

You thought your hangovers were bad before? Add a high-energy toddler who definitely doesn’t care that your head is pounding and you need a bacon, egg and cheese, stat, and you’ll swear to never drink again. 

“When you’re hungover but still have to be a mom post,” she wrote on Instagram. “Poor Angelo. I look dead.”

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Mina Starsiak Hawk Keeps it Real in a Postpartum Diaper

The Good Bones star shared a very candid snap of her post-C-section situation five days after welcoming Charlie Drew, as a way of encouraging all new moms to take it easy on themselves and not rush to look a certain way after welcoming a baby. 

“Next time you wish you looked like this or dressed like that, or had it ALL together like so many of the influencers we follow, just remember … you’re only being shown what they want you to see; part of them for sure, but usually not the whole story,” she wrote on an Instagram post comparing her “sucked in” stomach to one in the hospital-issued undies. “So be kind to yourselves and to those you might be quick to judge based solely on social media. My Monday soap box moment 😂 Hope it helps at least a couple of you feel good this Monday!!!”

 

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Ashley Graham’s Mid-Shopping Diaper Change 

When your baby’s gotta go, there’s no stopping them! Ashley Graham had to improvise when her newborn son, Isaac Menelik Giovanni, had a “diaper blow up” while she was shopping at Staples. 

In the candid photo, the model is crouching on the ground, changing her son’s diaper in the middle of the store’s stationery aisle. 

“Sh💩t just got real!” she captioned the picture. “First diaper blow up while running errands with no restroom in sight! Thank God I remembered to put the changing mat in the diaper bag!!!”

Hey, a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do! 

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Ali Fedotowsky-Manno Shares Her ‘Riley Pooped In the Pool’ Story

When your kid is constipated, you celebrate when he finally poops — unless he does it in the hotel pool during your family vacation. That’s what happened to the Bachelorette alum, who shared details on her Instagram Story in Feb. 2020.

“So, Riley pooped and I’m so mortified at what went down when he finally pooped that I don’t think I’m ready to share — or will ever be able to share — but I’m just letting you guys all know it happened,” she said in a video, after sharing hours before that her one-year-old hadn’t pooped in three days.

“You all guessed that Riley pooped in the pool. That’s the truth,” she confirmed in another clip. “He pooped in the pool. They had to shut the pool down for like an hour-and-a-half.”

She continued, “It was super embarrassing, so that’s Riley’s poop story.”

Fedotowsky-Manno went on to explain to followers that she had tried to prevent the accident by having Riley wear a water-resistant nappy in the pool. Unfortunately, she said, he had “runny as F poops and it all leaked out of his swim diaper.”

However, the incident didn’t put a damper on her day.

“Anyway, today was awesome. We had the best day,” she told fans in another video. “The kids had so much fun. I still don’t have a voice, but I don’t care. I had the best time and we’re really happy.”

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Olivia Wilde’s Early-Rising Toddler Has Her Considering Drastic Measures

Parenthood has a way of making you ask yourself the questions you always thought you knew the answer to, as Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis have discovered recently.

“When your 3 yr old becomes an (early morning) photographer and you wonder if it’s “bad” to put a industrial level padlock on your bedroom door,” she captioned this sleepy (and somewhat annoyed) snapshot taken by daughter Daisy.

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Jennifer Garner Knows the Morning Struggle

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The actress is never afraid to keep it real about her parenting hits and misses, as she shows in this snap of her wearing a robe, slippers and wet hair to school drop off – but hey, at least her daughter “barely made the bus on time” while her mother “kept it classy.”

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Meghan King Edmonds Compares Instagram vs Reality

The beauty of social media is that you can perfectly curate photos of a seemingly fabulous life — except, most of what you see is not at all close to what it’s really like. That’s what Edmonds tried to explain in her latest Instagram post.

“Instagram ➡️ Reality (swipe left),” she began her note, directing her followers to look at her “Instagram” version of motherhood, a beautiful shot of her and her twin boys Hart and Hayes, and then her “Reality” version, the same shot, except her facial expression shows shock and horror.

“The reality is that I wish my life was closer to the feeling I get when I see this beautiful photo with my twins… but it’s not: my life is summed up by the look of fright in the next photo 😂,” she added.

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Amy Schumer’s Postpartum Glamour Shots

Bringing a baby into the world is a beautiful thing. The aftermath? Maybe slightly less glamorous, as the comedian makes clear in this shot from the hospital room where she welcomed son Gene captioned “Milf alert 1 o’clock”.

Schumer got a chorus of cheers for her extremely honest shot from stars including Selma Blair, Orlando Bloom and Jenna Fischer, who wrote “Happy Mother’s Day! This is it right here!!”

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Jessica Simpson Snaps

The singer was very candid about her difficult third pregnancy, but no photo crystallized her pregnancy woes better than this silly shot of her holding up a toilet lid with a stricken look on her face. “Warning…Don’t lean back on the toilet when pregnant 🤦🏼‍♀️” she wrote.

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KELLY RIPA NEEDING A VACATION FROM THE VACATION

With her #TBT shot, Kelly summed up what parents across the country have been thinking all summer with her throwback shot featuring all three of her children under the age of 6 and a hilariously deadpan stare: “A vacation with your kids is a trip, not a vacation.”

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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’s Workout Woes

The Jersey Shore alumna opened up about the tribulations of being a mother, sharing an exercise video on her Instagram Story with the caption “Giving Birth PROBLEMS.”

While filming herself riding on her Peloton bike at home, Polizzi — who shares daughter Giovanna Marie, 5, and sons Lorenzo Dominic, 7 and Angelo James, 7 months, with husband Jionni LaValle — asked her 13.1 million followers, “Do any other moms pee on the Peloton?”

“It’s not on purpose,” she quipped. “You’re just like, ‘Whoa!'”

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JENNIFER GARNER JUGGLING IT ALL

This mama’s definitely got her hands full. “Every single time I get out of the car. How? Why?” the actress joked of her haul, which included a hat, an iced coffee, a waterbottle, books, notebooks, homework, her phone and her keys. She added the hashtags “not staged” and “I’ve got it.” 

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And Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’s Third-Child Improvisation

Ask any mom of multiple kids: The first child gets weekly staged photoshoots with specially-designed chalkboards and excellent lighting. The second child gets an official monthly check-in, give or take a few days. The third child (that would be Polizzi’s son Angelo) gets a Post-It note to help jog your memory when you go through your camera roll later.

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TORI ROLOFF’S SON WITH A SMELLY SURPRISE

Talk about being on mom duty (no pun intended)! The Little People, Big World star shared this snap of son Jackson for “all those mamas out there that sometime[s] feel like they are sinking.” She captioned the shot with a detailed recount of her day — which started with hosing husband Zach Roloff’s vomit off the porch after he woke up sick, and ended with finding their son (and his crib) covered in poop. And it didn’t stop there — since they had no hot water in their house that day, Tori had to drive him to another house to get him cleaned up. “If you were having a rough day I hope this helps. I can laugh now that Jackson is asleep in a throughly scrubbed crib,” she wrote. 

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PINK ENLISTING COOKING HELP FROM DAUGHTER WILLOW & SON JAMESON

Can we take a moment to acknowledge how adorably mesmerized Willow and little brother Jameson (whom the singer shares with husband Carey Hart) are?

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AND PINK’S KIDS FALLING ASLEEP ON TOP OF HER

The singer stayed wide awake as son Jameson sleepily breastfed and daughter Willow clocked in some zzz’s. Heaven on earth.

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BUSY PHILIPPS WIPING GOO FROM HER DAUGHTER’S HAIR

Philipps looked distraught in a snap she shared, as she wiped goo from her and husband Marc Silverstein’s daughter Cricket Pearl’s curly strands. “ITS ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEONE GETS SLIME IN THEIR HAIR,” she wrote alongside the post.

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CARDI B UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF BABY’S NAP TIME

… and in the same vein, mom’s nap time.

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JANA KRAMER’S DAUGHTER DRINKING OUT OF THE DOG’S BOWL 

The country singer documented a little construction project happening in her backyard as her husband Mike Caussin and their daughter Jolie Rae built a house for the family’s two dogs. And after a long day being “Daddy’s little helper,” Jolie decided to take a break and quench her thirst — with water from the dog bowl. “You’re not a doggy,” Kramer told her little girl, joking that she’ll show this video to Jolie’s future boyfriends.

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LAUREN PAUL WITH A SERIOUS DROOLER

“I am pleased to offer up this photo as the start to your week,” wrote Story’s mom, who is married to actor Aaron Paul.

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KELLY CLARKSON’S LITTLE GIRL SCREAMING DURING HER PHOTO WITH SANTA …

… and the singer wasn’t mad about daughter River Rose’s reaction. “So this happened…. #RiverLovesSanta ….is it wrong I slightly enjoyed this ha!” Clarkson, who has two kids (and two stepkids) with husband Brandon Blackstock, captioned the crying pic.

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WHITNEY PORT’S SON MAKING HIS PICK

The Hills alumna snapped this funny photo of her son, Sonny — whom she shares with husband Tim Rosenman — as he picked his newest friend’s nose. Port hardly even noticed. “But also look at their toes,” she wrote.

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OLIVIA WILDE’S SON TAKING AN IMPROMPTU NAP ON A PARK SLIDE

Otis, whom Wilde shares with comedian Jason Sudeikis, had a very long day.

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AND OLIVIA WILDE WAITING IN HER DELIVERY ROOM, RIGHT BEFORE ‘THE DRUGS KICKED IN’

The actress documented her daughter’s birth, jokingly flipping off the camera “juuuuust as the drugs kicked in.” In the same photo caption, Wilde revealed daughter Daisy’s birth wasn’t smooth sailing, but that she felt “deeply grateful” for the medical team who cared for her during her stay.

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BRIE BELLA STAYING UP ALL NIGHT WITH A BREASTFEEDING BIRDIE

“Birdie was teething so bad and wanted to breastfeed all night,” wrote the wrestling champ, captioning a middle-of-the-night selfie with daughter Birdie, whom she shares with husband Daniel Bryan. “I knew a bunch of the girls were next door and I didn’t want them to wake up to Bird crying so I kept her in bed with me. No sleep but I survived the day on pure adrenaline for the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble.”

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AND BRIE BELLA WITH A MESS ON HER HANDS

Have you seen a cuter sight? “Usually how we end dinner,” Bella wrote on Instagram.

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JAIME KING GETTING A KISS WHILE GETTING GLAM

“Multi-tasking, getting rest, working, being a mama, the world as it is now… It’s hard, beautiful and messy AF,” the model-actress, who is mom to two sons with husband Kylie Newman, wrote, doling out advice to fellow mamas. “Reminder to myself and all to be gentle with ourselves. We are doing the best we can with what we know and have in each moment.”

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JESSICA ALBA BREASTFEEDING AT TARGET

Nursing can happen anytime, anywhere, as The Honest Company founder proved during a day of shopping. Alba’s trip to Target was interrupted when the actress had to stop and breastfeed her and husband Cash Warren’s son Hayes in the store’s dressing room. 

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JENNY MOLLEN DEGUNKING HER SON’S NOSE

Oh, you know, just another day in the life of the funny-lady (a.k.a. Mrs. Jason Biggs), who posted a photo of herself sucking out the snot of son Lazlo’s nose.

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NAYA RIVERA’S SON FAKE-CRYING

The Glee star was pretty impressed with her child, whom she shares with ex Ryan Dorsey. “And the Oscar goes to … Josey Dorsey for best performance in a fake cry!”

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PADMA LAKSHMI BREASTFEEDING WHILE DOING HER MAKEUP

The Top Chef host didn’t waste anytime when getting ready for an appearance. The model’s daughter, Krishna, breastfed while Lakshmi did her own makeup in this throwback snap. 

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TIA MOWRY-HARDRICT COMPARING BELLIES WITH SON CREE

“He said he swallowed a big burger,” the Sister, Sister alumna said, captioning this funny mother-son mirror selfie, ahead of the arrival of baby No. 2 with husband Cory.

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JADE ROPER TOLBERT GOING TO THE BATHROOM WITH DAUGHTER EMERSON

The Bachelor grad has never been one to hold back when it comes to giving followers a sneak peek into her life — particularly motherhood. “If my life has been looking too glamorous on Instagram lately, just know 4 out of 5 times this is how I use the bathroom,” wrote Roper Tolbert, who shares daughter Emerson with husband Tanner.

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JESSIE JAMES DECKER ASKING AN IMPORTANT QUESTION

New moms can definitely relate: The Eric & Jessie: Game On star shared a picture of herself feeding her and husband Eric Decker’s son Forrest Bradley, pairing the sweet snapshot with a relatable question. “Is it possible for a baby to want to be on the boob 23 hours a day?” the singer jokingly asked her Instagram followers.

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CHRISSY TEIGEN DONNING ‘ASIAN PEAR UNDERWEAR’

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The Lip Sync Battle star did her bit to show the reality of being a new mom by sharing a photo of herself just four days after giving birth to son Miles Theodore, her second child with husband John Legend.

In the picture, the model is dressed in postpartum mesh underwear, which she hilariously called “Asian pear underwear” — a reference to fellow mom Ali Wong‘s Netflix special, Hard Knock Wife. And she was even holding a carefully wrapped pear!

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PETA MURGATROYD TRAVELING WITH A TODDLER

Murgatroyd and husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s son Shai decided that sitting with Dad by Mom’s feet made the most sense during the family-of-three’s trip to Hawaii. “Poosh wanted the floor, so Papa gave him the floor,” Murgatroyd captioned the snapshot.

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KYM JOHNSON HERJAVEC WITH A ‘VERY REAL NEW MOM’ MOMENT

Leaks happen — and the Dancing with the Stars pro and first-time mom isn’t afraid to share her experience with her Instagram followers. “Thanks [husband] @robert_herjavec for capturing these VERY REAL New Mom Moments!!” she wrote, crediting her husband for taking the candid snapshot. She continued: “I’m just a rookie at this job and learning every day but I’ve never done anything more challenging or amazing!”

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BROOKLYN DECKER FLAUNTING HER PREGNANCY SKIN

A far cry from her What to Expect When You’re Expecting character who somehow inherited a glowing complexion and superhuman energy with her pregnancy, Decker (whose husband is athlete Andy Roddick) took to Instagram to show off her skin blemishes — a direct result of pregnancy hormones, she says — which she sarcastically called “effin awesome.”

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AND BROOKLYN DECKER TAKING A MOMENT OUT OF HER BUSY SCHEDULE TO PUMP

Dressed up and ready to take on the day, the model-actress headed to a private room to pump (and snap a selfie!) before returning to a press event for her company, Finery. “Yes I am in a back room pumping as they talk outside,” wrote Decker. “Yes this sucks. But YES this is why it’s awesome to be a part of a female founded, female-run startup.”

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HILARIA BALDWIN SHARING A LESS-THAN-PERFECT FAMILY PHOTO

Getting the perfect Santa photo is often a Christmas miracle and something parents everywhere struggle to achieve — the fitness guru (and mom-of-four!) included. “This is us… Rafa: hates Santa,” Hilaria, who’s married to actor Alec Baldwin, wrote in the caption. “Carmen: asked for a magic carpet. Leo is like: whatever…as long as food is involved in this experience. Alec: the forever photogenic celebrity, And me: trying to avoid traumatizing my 2 year old and GETTING MY OBLIGATORY SANTA PHOTO…while sacrificing any attempt at a decent pose.”

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KIMBERLY VAN DER BEEK INTRODUCING HER KIDS TO THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THEIR FAMILY

The sweetest meet-cute you’ll ever see! After her home birth, James Van Der Beek’s wife introduced her four kids to their little sister, Gwendolyn, and the kids took turns holding their baby girl.

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BONUS DAD PIC: JAMES VAN DER BEEK GIVING FANS A TOUR OF THE COUPLE’S DELIVERY ROOM

The Pose star shared a photograph depicting the scene immediately following the birth of his daughter Gwendolyn, including a “messy bed,” “plastic sheeting underneath old sheets,” a “vomit bag (unused),” an “inflatable birthing tub (also unused),” a “happy, healthy baby,” a “happy, healthy mom in her own shower right after giving birth” and the placenta, which sat in a metal bowl (out of frame here).

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JAMIE OTIS EMBRACING HER POST-BABY BODY

“… I love every bit of my postpartum bod,” wrote Otis with this Instagram pic of herself posing in a white tank top and matching “hospital undies” three days after the birth of daughter Henley Grace, whom she shares with husband Doug Hehner.

She continued: “It’s truly amazing how my body helped create & carry an 8 lb 2 oz baby … I’m feelin’ like I can conquer the WORLD after pushing her out. Women are SO much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.”

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JENNA DEWAN GETTING A MAKEOVER, COURTESY OF HER DAUGHTER

Spending the day with daughter Everly proved to be quite artistic for Dewan and ex Channing Tatum’s only child, who very creatively painted the World of Dance star’s face.

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BLUE IVY CARTER WEARING MOM BEYONCÉ’S LOUBOUTIN HEELS

Like mother, like daughter! Clad in pink pajamas, Miss Blue Ivy Carter channeled Queen Bey by slipping into the Grammy winner’s high heels at home. 

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Bushfires and COVID take their toll on new moms and babies

Almost seven in 10 pregnant women and new mothers (65%) in the ACT and southeast New South Wales say they were severely exposed to bushfire smoke in our recent summer.

Almost nine in 10 (85%) said they isolated themselves and their family at some point this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are early results of the Mother and Child 2020 (MC2020) survey being conducted by researchers from The Australian National University (ANU), University of Canberra and University of Wollongong, in partnership with Canberra Health Services and NSW Health.

The MC2020 study is examining the effects of this year’s bushfires and COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and their babies. Mid-way through the survey, 750 women have participated.

The researchers are urging more women to enroll to increase the strength of the study findings. They are encouraging mothers from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and multicultural communities to share their experiences.

The survey highlights the challenges women and their babies faced throughout the bushfires and pandemic as well as their adaptability and resilience in both the short and longer term.

Lead ANU researcher Professor Christopher Nolan said the results will be used to form a series of recommendations on how to improve our health system and emergency responses during major crises. “We need to listen to the experiences of these mothers and look at the challenges they faced during the bushfires and pandemic. Understanding these challenges is the only way we can look to improve these systems in the future,” Professor Nolan said. “We are very grateful for the women who have already joined the study.”

Ms Namita Mittal gave birth to twins during the lockdown and says that balancing looking after her newborn babies, helping her daughter do school from home and handling the pandemic without her family’s support caused her a great deal of anxiety. “None of my family could fly to visit me from India. Having a family member come to stay with you 24/7 to help with the babies is important to me and different from hiring help. There was extra work for me to do and not having that family support was the main thing that caused me anxiety,” Ms Mittal said.

“When my daughter was born my mum came, so I had no experience of how to handle everything myself. Recovering from a cesarean section with two newborns and one child doing school from home, I was really anxious having to do this without my mum.”

Dr Amita Bansal, from ANU, said mothers and babies have been disproportionately affected, and the long-term impact of bushfires, bushfire smoke and COVID-19 on the health of mothers and their babies is unknown.

“If a majority of women felt that exposure to smoke was severe, this may influence their stress levels. Isolation from COVID-19 most likely will add to this stress. Pregnancy itself is an overwhelming period for many women, and any additional stress can be detrimental for health of the mother and her child.”

Dr Bansal said it is important researchers get results that more accurately reflect the population to better prepare our emergency response and health care systems in the future.

“We want to hear the unheard, uncover the unknowns and best represent our diversity, so that we can better inform clinical practice and make policies that are more inclusive; inclusive of our women and children, and inclusive of our diverse perspectives and community,” she said.

“Through our study, we want to uncover if our multicultural community was indeed disproportionately impacted, so that we can improve our clinical practices and policies to reduce health disparities between ethnic groups.”

The survey is available to anyone who was pregnant or had a baby no older than three months on 1 February 2020 or became pregnant by 30 April 2020 in Canberra and Southeastern New South Wales.

The four-part survey asks mothers a series of questions about how the bushfires and pandemic impacted their pregnancy care, birthing and early months of having a new baby, including on their own mental and physical health, as well as the health of their baby.

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Frere Jacques, are you sleeping? Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Virtually all new parents quickly discover that a lullaby will in fact help an infant unwind, but they might surprised to learn that babies aren’t fussy about the language.

Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language. Their results were published in Nature Human Behaviour Oct. 19.

“There’s a longstanding debate about how music affects listeners as a result of both prior experiences with music and the basic design of our psychology,” said Samuel Mehr, a Department of Psychology Research Associate and Principal Investigator at the Music Lab. “Common sense tells us that infants find the lullabies they hear relaxing. Is this just because they’ve experienced their parents’ singing before and know it means they’re safe and secure? Or is there also something universal about lullabies that produces these effects, independently of experience?”

The new findings supported the latter hypothesis: Infants responded to universal elements of songs, despite the unfamiliarity of their melodies and words, and relaxed. The study was conducted in 2018 and 2019 at the Music Lab, which focuses on the psychology of music from infancy to adulthood.

In the experiment, each infant watched an animated video of two characters singing either a lullaby or a non-lullaby. To measure the infants’ relaxation responses to the recordings, the researchers focused on pupil dilation, heart rate changes, electrodermal (a measure of “arousal” or excitement, from electrical resistance of the skin), frequency of blinking, and gaze direction as indicators of relaxation or agitation. Generally, the infants experienced a decrease in heart rate and pupil dilation, and attenuated electrodermal activity in response to the unfamiliar lullabies.

The researchers had to act quickly because of the limited attention spans of their subjects; most babies could pay attention for about five minutes before getting distracted.

“In an ideal world, we would play babies a dozen songs that are lullabies and a dozen songs that are not lullabies and gather a lot of data from each infant. But an infant’s attention span is short, so the experiment is short too,” said Mila Bertolo, co-first author of the research.

The songs were chosen through a previous Music Lab study, in which adults rated how likely a foreign unfamiliar song was to be a lullaby, a dance song, a healing song, or a love song. Using a cross-cultural sample of adult-rated lullabies helped the researchers avoid incorporating their own selection bias into the process, where they might be more inclined to choose songs that most closely resembled a western lullaby, said Bertolo.

The 16 songs selected for the experiment came from the Natural History of Song Discography, and included lullabies and other songs originally produced to express love, heal the sick, or encourage dancing. Languages like Scottish Gaelic, Hopi, and Western Nahuatl, and regions including Polynesia, Central America, and the Middle East were represented in the songs chosen.

“Melody is one of the things that sticks out for lullabies. In comparison, in a lot of other song types, such as dance songs, you would see rhythm as being more of a driving force,” explained Connie Bainbridge, who co-led the research with Bertolo in the Music Lab, and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in communication at UCLA.

Separately, researchers asked parents to listen to both types of song and choose which they would use to soothe their infant. They almost always chose the lullaby, indicating that they also recognized the universal elements of the lullaby, even subconsciously. “Calming a fussy infant is an urgent matter for parents. Those of us with kids might be particularly sensitive to the acoustic features that appear universally in lullabies, as these may be most likely to calm our infants efficiently,” said Mehr.

The findings are “a testament to how effective music is,” said Bertolo. “This piece of the puzzle helps us make sense of certain kind of downstream effects” like music therapy in clinical settings. “It’s an interesting question to see whether the same thing that drives the relaxation for infants would carry through into adulthood.”

The researchers predict that the results could be replicated with a different group of subjects from another culture. They also plan to continue investigating questions raised during the experiment, such as which of the specific acoustical elements of a lullaby encourage relaxation, how singing interacts with other activities and environments to induce relaxation, and what inferences infants might make during listening.

The research provides evidence that singing can help infants relax—and in doing so might improve daily life for both child and caregiver.

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Small Risk of Autism Seen in Babies Born Preterm and Post-Term

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 — There may be a slightly increased risk of autism for each week a child is born before or after 40 weeks of gestation, according to a new study.

Researchers are still trying to pinpoint the causes of autism, but both genetic and environmental factors are believed to play a role.

Some previous studies have suggested that being born before or after full term (40 weeks) may be associated with an increased risk of autism. But many of those studies were limited in scope and didn’t account for sex and birth weight.

In this study, researchers analyzed data on more than 3.5 million children born in Sweden, Finland and Norway between 1995 and 2015. Of those, 1.44% were diagnosed with autism, and 4.7% were born preterm (before 37 weeks of gestation).

The overall risk of autism was low, especially for girls born after 42 weeks of gestation, but the risk increased for each week of gestational age before or after 40 weeks.

Of the children born at term (37 to 42 weeks), 0.83% were diagnosed with autism. The autism rates were 1.67% for those born at 22 to 31 weeks; 1.08% for those born at 32 to 36 weeks; and 1.74% for those born at 43 to 44 weeks.

These differences in risk were independent of sex and birth weight for gestational age, the researchers said. Dr. Martina Persson, an adjunct senior lecturer at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, led the study.

The findings were published Sept. 22 in the journal PLOS Medicine.

In a journal news release, Persson and her colleagues said the study offers new information about the potential link between autism risk and gestational age at birth — a factor that’s potentially modifiable.

They also said further research is needed to learn more about these possible links and whether they could point to ways to reduce autism risk by addressing preterm birth.

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'If I Could Spit Out a Litter of Kids, I Would': Blake Lively's Most Memorable Motherhood Quotes

ON HER DESIRE TO START A FAMILY
















“I made a Cookie Monster cake … and she just looked at it and reached for a steak … She was hand-fisting two steaks. Her sleeves were dripping in blood from steak.”

— on The Tonight Show in 2017

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Kailyn Lowry and More Celebs Who Welcomed Babies in 2020

The next generation! Celebrity parents from Cameron Diaz to John David Duggar gained adorable mini family members in 2020.

The actress and Benji Madden shared their surprise baby news on Instagram in January, writing in a joint Instagram statement: “Happy New Year from the Maddens! We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this new decade by announcing the birth of our daughter, Raddix Madden. She has completely captured our hearts and completed our family. While we are overjoyed to share this news, we also feel a strong instinct to protect our little one’s privacy. So we won’t be posting pictures or sharing any more details, other than the fact that she is really really cute!! Some would even say RAD. From our family to all of yours, we’re sending our love and best wishes for a Happy New Year and Happy New Decade.”

A source told Us Weekly exclusively at the time that the couple “went through so much” ahead of their baby girl’s arrival. “Cameron feels like this baby is truly a miracle,” the insider shared. “They just can’t believe their little miracle is finally here. They’ve spent the last five years hoping for this, and it surpassed all of their expectations.”

As for Duggar, the Counting On star welcomed his first child, Grace Annette, with his wife, Abbie Duggar (née Burnett) the following week on January 7. “Our lives have changed forever with the arrival of our baby girl,” the reality stars told Us exclusively. “She is a beautiful gift from God. We are so blessed the Lord has given her to us. It’s still surreal to know that we are really parents but it’s a great new adventure that we are excited to take on together.”

Annette arrived weighing 7 pounds and 2 ounces, measuring 20.75 inches long.

Keep scrolling to see more stars’ infants, from Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone and his wife, Sheila Rathbone, to Today’s Dylan Dreyer and her husband, Brian Fichera.

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New test better predicts which babies will develop type 1 diabetes

A new approach to predicting which babies will develop type 1 diabetes moves a step closer to routine testing for newborns which could avoid life-threatening complications.

Scientists at seven international sites have followed 7,798 children at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes from birth, over nine years, in The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) Study. The TEDDY Study is a large international study funded primarily by the US National Institutes of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control, as well as by the charity JDRF.

In research published in Nature Medicine, scientists at the University of Exeter and the Pacific Northwest Research Institute in Seattle used the TEDDY data to develop a method of combining multiple factors that could influence whether a child is likely to develop type 1 diabetes. The combined risk score approach incorporates genetics, clinical factors such as family history of diabetes, and their count of islet autoantibodies—biomarkers known to be implicated in type 1 diabetes.

The research team found that the new combined approach dramatically improved prediction of which children would develop type 1 diabetes, potentially allowing better diabetes risk counseling of families. Most importantly, the new approach doubled the efficiency of programs to screen newborns to prevent the potentially deadly condition of ketoacidosis, a consequence of type 1 diabetes in which insulin deficiency causes the blood to become too acidic. Identifying which children are at highest risk will also benefit clinical trials on drugs that are showing promise in preventing the condition.

Dr. Lauric Ferrat at the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “At the moment, 40 per cent of children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes have the severe complication of ketoacidosis. For the very young this is life-threatening, resulting in long intensive hospitalizations and in some cases even paralysis or death. Using our new combined approach to identify which babies will develop diabetes can prevent these tragedies, and ensure children are on the right treatment pathway earlier in life, meaning better health.”

Professor William Hagopian of the Pacific Northwest Research Institute, said: “We’re really excited by these findings. They suggest that the routine heel prick testing of babies done at birth, could go a long way towards preventing early sickness as well as predicting which children will get type 1 diabetes years later. We’re now putting this to the test in a trial in Washington State. We hope it will ultimately be used internationally to identify the condition as early as possible, and to power efforts to prevent the disease.”

Researchers believe the combined approach can also be rolled out to predict the onset of other diseases with a strong genetic component that are identifiable in childhood, such as celiac disease.

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