How Watching Too Much TV Really Affects Your Health

There’s really nothing like an unfettered Netflix binge when you need to unwind, and doing this once in a while is probably more cathartic than harmful. But what happens to your body when most of your days entail answering “yes” to the dreaded pop-up question “Are you still watching?” 

Experts classify binge-watching as watching more than three hours of TV in a single sitting (via Everyday Health). And if you’re from the United States, you’re more likely than almost anyone else to be guilty of doing this. In fact, a third of Americans between 18 and 35 years old do this regularly, and Netflix metrics show that Americans tend to finish an entire television series in less than a week.

Studies have shown that there are different types of binge watchers, ranging from occasional to habitual, meaning that while some will only engage in three or more hours of TV watching once in a while, others do it regularly. As you might expect, like most things that are better in moderation, it is those who are classified as “habitual bingers” that tend to suffer the most consequences.

How too much TV hurts your body

The first way bingeing TV can be harmful is due to the sedentary nature of the activity. For the most part, while we are viewing hours of TV, we are sitting on our couches or lounging in bed. Further, we are less engaged mentally and physically while lounging and consuming entertainment than we are while sitting at a desk, working. This is the difference between active and non-active sitting.

Non-active sitting, which is what most of us do while watching TV, has been linked to 25 percent higher body mass index (BMI) and also higher body fat in young adults. It even contributes to the occurrence of metabolic syndrome according to the Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Another issue that crops up with TV bingeing is that while we watch, we often snack, and not always on healthy foods. We are all guilty of having vegged out watching TV with a bag of chips in our lap.

The issue is, if we eat chips while paying attention to what we are eating, we are likely to eat less of them. However, when we eat while watching TV, it is usually “distraction eating,” which means we aren’t paying attention to our actual level of hunger or the portions we are consuming. So, we just keep eating. Distraction eating is directly associated with consuming more food and being overweight, per the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Need to sleep? Shut off the TV

Watching TV right before bed can actually have a negative impact on both quantity and quality of your sleep (via Reverie). Once again, Americans are the worst about this; a whopping 90 percent of us admit to watching something on a screen in the hour before bed. Interestingly, 60 percent of us also report some type of sleep issue. Are the two related? Maybe.

Our bodies and brains just weren’t built for this screen-related behavior. All screens are backlit, and so when we engage with them in the hour before bed, we confuse our brains into thinking it’s daytime. Studies have shown that looking at screens in the hour before bed reduces the secretion of the hormone melatonin by over 20 percent (via Applied Ergonomics). Melatonin is the hormone that helps to make us sleepy. Also, watching TV engages our minds in a way that makes us want to stay up and watch the rest of the episode or just one more. In this way, watching TV before bed encourages us to stay up later than we otherwise might (via Health).

Further, according to Buffer, doing anything in bed other than winding down to sleep (like doing work, answering texts, eating, or watching TV) over time sends the message to our minds and bodies that bed isn’t necessarily for sleep, and so we might find it harder to fall asleep than if we automatically associate crawling into bed with dozing off by reserving our bedrooms for that purpose.

Too much TV can affect your mental health, too

And let’s not forget our mental health. According to Everyday Health, binge-watching TV can become a substitute for social interaction and can lead to social isolation. This can happen in a cycle; people who are stuck inside may turn to the TV for company and entertainment, and at first it helps to alleviate the loneliness. But eventually, the desire to actually interact meaningfully with other actual people can decrease, because they start to feel that the TV is sufficient company and that their needs are being met. 

This also relates to another mental health issue that can come of too much TV bingeing: addiction. In the same way that some people can experience potentially addicting things but only use them occasionally (like alcohol, gambling, etc.) while others become dependent, habitual TV bingers can become addicted to the behavior. The pleasure centers of the brain are stimulated in a way that is calming and joy-inducing when we watch a show we enjoy. While most of us can enjoy that feeling and then go about the rest of our lives, others become dependent on TV to help them feel happy and relaxed, and this addiction can interfere with their ability to live a normal and healthy life. 

So, at the end of the day, no one is telling you to give up your favorite shows! We are just reminding you that like all good things, moderation is key to enjoying all the wonders Netflix has to offer without damaging your health or well-being.

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Khloé Kardashian's Daughter True Turns 3 — See Family Tributes to the 'Precious' Birthday Girl

Baby True is growing up!

On Monday, Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's daughter turned 3 years old, and her family is celebrating her with heartfelt tributes on social media, including galleries of family photos of her throughout the years.

Grandma Kris Jenner writes on Instagram, "Happy third birthday to our beautiful, sweet, kind, loving, precious True!! You are such an incredible blessing and it brings me so much joy to watch you grow."

"You have the sweetest soul, just like your mommy, and you make us all smile every day! I love you so much and can't wait to celebrate you, our angel girl! 💗 Lovey xo," adds Kris, 65. In the comment section, Khloé, 36, says, "I love you mommy."

Aunt Kim Kardashian shared a series of photos showing True with her kids — daughters North, 7, and Chicago, 3, and sons Saint, 5, and Psalm, 22 months — on her Instagram Story, writing on one slide, "Happy 3rd Birthday to my sweet baby True!!!"

Thompson, 30, shared throwback photos and videos on Instagram, including one sweet clip in which a tiny True gives her dad a kiss as he says "I love you." He captioned the post, "My Princess 👑Daddy Loves you Baby TuTu❤️❤️❤️❤️," as Khloe commented, "You're three today!"

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Khloé has been open about her journey to welcoming a second child, sharing that she wants to give True a little sibling. Last month on The Drew Barrymore Show, she said, "I have so many brothers and sisters, so I do want to have a sibling for True," she said of having more children. (Thompson is also dad to son Prince, 4, with ex Jordan Craig.)

"With the world of COVID, I've been doing IVF and all that kind of stuff and it's been more challenging in a quarantine year, but I definitely do," Khloé added.

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In a February Instagram exchange with fans, Khloé shared her disbelief in how fast her daughter is growing up. She called True "the sweetest angel ever," showing love for True's "cute smile and tooth gap." When one commenter noted how quickly she's growing, Khloé said, "I know! I can't really handle that. She'll always be my baby."

"The time moves way too fast for me," wrote the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star to another fan at the time. "I can't believe she's going to be three soon."

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Teresa Palmer & Sarah Wright Olsen Write Book About Pregnancy Loss, Parenting

Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen have supported each other through the joy and pain that comes with motherhood, including pregnancy loss.

Now, the actors and co-founders of the Your Zen Mama blog, are sharing their stories in a new book that encompasses motherhood — from infertility to postpartum — and advice so parents and little ones can be healthy and "zen(ish)."

"We want it to feel like we're giving you a big warm hug, and we are being encouraging and supportive and uplifting," Palmer, 35, says in a joint interview with Wright Olsen, 37, about The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond, which published on Tuesday.

"We also really hope that women will take away from the book that they need to let their mama intuitive voice be the loudest voice they listen to," she continues. "Take what works for you, and leave the rest."

Between them, the women are raising seven children. Palmer, who stars alongside Matthew Goode in the hit show A Discovery of Witches, is mom to Bodhi, 7, Forest, 4, and Poet, 1, and stepmom to Isaac, 11. She and husband Mark Webber are currently expecting their fourth baby together.

Wright Olsen, who has starred in Mad Men and currently appears in Netflix's Spinning Out, shares Esmé, 4, Wyatt, 7, and Winter, 6 months, with her NCIS: Los Angeles star husband, Eric Christian Olsen.

While they both consider themselves "pretty relaxed" moms when it comes to their parenting style, they've also ridden out storms together. In 2015, Palmer says she suffered a pregnancy loss, which she shares in The Zen Mama Guide.

Years later, while writing the book together, Wright Olsen says she also experienced a pregnancy loss — and she turned to her friend and her words for comfort.

"I actually suffered a pregnancy loss while we were writing the book. Teresa had written the pregnancy loss chapter in her voice," says Wright Olsen. "I did a disclaimer at the beginning that said, 'This is how you can support someone and be a good friend.' And 'Don't shy away from them, it makes them feel even more isolated.' Then in the process of editing, I actually had a pregnancy loss."

The star continues: "I called Teresa, and went back and I read all the pages that she had written and all the different stories. It was something that really helped me to heal and made me feel so held."

For Wright Olsen, reading their draft after her pregnancy loss served as an "affirmation."

"It's so good that we [included a section on pregnancy loss] because it helped me in real time," she says. "So I knew that it would help someone else."

Keep reading for more from the candid joint interview in which the stars share about giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic and their parenting styles.

PEOPLE: What kind of misunderstandings and misconceptions about pregnancy loss do you want to dismantle with your book?

PALMER: I had been through a pregnancy loss in 2015, and I remember that one of the saddest parts of it was that the pregnancy books that I had got out again for the second time and I was excitedly reading through, I suddenly felt kicked out of the club, because I lost my baby. In these pregnancy books, there was nothing about pregnancy loss. I just sheepishly put away all my pregnancy books again.

We want women to pick up this book and read it and feel so included in the process. If they're reading this book and they suffer pregnancy loss, they don't have to put this book away. They can continue reading this book. If they're struggling with infertility, they can continue reading this book. You hear pregnancy loss and you think of one particular thing, but there are so many specific types of loss. We just wanted to dedicate that time to writing about all of it.

PEOPLE: What helped you heal after you pregnancy loss?

PALMER: Probably just reaching out to my community, my sisterhood, who uplifted me and held my hand. I had told everyone at four weeks pregnant that I was pregnant. I had blabbed to the whole world, essentially. Then I had to go back and remember all the people I had told. But I felt really held by my friends.

WRIGHT OLSEN: I would say the same: hearing other people's stories and just talking to my friends. I wasn't aware of how many people in my life had experienced pregnancy loss at that point. But I do remember, after this weekend where I took a lot of time for myself to process what was happening, I came home to flowers on my doorstep from one of my friends who had also suffered pregnancy loss. Another one of my friends sent chocolate and a bottle of wine to my house. Someone else showed up at my door, and Teresa FaceTimed me. I was just like, "Whoa!" I honestly had no idea that that was a way that people show up for you when something like that happens. I've suffered different kinds of loss in my life, but never that, and [the support] was just so beautiful.

PEOPLE: Sarah, what was it like to give birth during the pandemic?

WRIGHT OLSEN: I was nervous… I'd had a home birth before with my first child. I kept thinking, should I go back to do a home birth again? Because I had planned a hospital birth and I just really love my doctor. My gut kept telling me that I wanted to be with my doctor at the hospital, even though it was COVID, which was crazy because I'm like the most locked down person. For me, it definitely felt like more of a medical setting this time around….

But it was still a beautiful birth. I'm so glad that I did it there. At the end of the day, I was safe and I went home and nothing happened. I was so grateful that I had my baby and she was healthy.

PEOPLE: Teresa, how is this pregnancy experience different from the others?

PALMER: I went in for a scan and the whole experience was so different. The signs everywhere saying you cannot bring a guest in, one person at a time in the waiting room. It was actually a very well-oiled machine….

It was funny, I got to see my daughter, not for the first time, but I guess for the first time in her full form, really looking like a baby now, and seeing her face. I was like, "Oh, this is so interesting. I'm doing this on my own." I'm so used to my other three babies, having my husband there getting all giddy and excited with me. So I FaceTimed him and I took video, but that is just a different experience too. It's quite isolating.

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PEOPLE: What advice do you give to new moms in your book? Especially as they navigate physical and emotional challenges after giving birth?

PALMER: We have a postpartum section of the book where we focus on how your mind is affected. When your lows feel too low, what do you do? Who do you turn to? Who can you call? We write out very distinct symptoms and signs so people can actually read them and say, "Oh, this does sound like me. I am feeling like it's getting worse, not getting better again."

We talk about postpartum anxiety with dads, which is something that's not really talked about that much. The statistics are quite high in terms of dads navigating anxiety after the birth of their baby. We talk about body image, we talk about newborn care, we try and cover the whole gamut of that postpartum experience because there's so many things that collide at once. You're also not sleeping, you have all these hormonal dips and shifts, your milk is coming in, you're trying to breastfeed. It's just a really challenging time for so many mothers.

WRIGHT OSLEN: I had postpartum anxiety and the craziest intrusive thoughts that would happen to me. I didn't really understand it with my first [baby], but then as I started talking to a postpartum therapist about it, I was like, "Oh, that's what this is." I'd been having these crazy, intrusive thoughts about something bad happening to my child in the middle of the night. She explained it to me and she's like, "It's totally normal." It really takes [the pressure] off your shoulders when you hear that you're not the only one that that happens to.

PEOPLE: How would you describe your parenting style?

PALMER: Sarah is my No. 1 go-to when there's something going on with the kids. I'm like, "Oh my goodness, it's crazy over here. How do I deal with this?" Because we're so like-minded in the way we parent … I like to say we're with both pretty relaxed. We're pretty chill. I try and keep things fun and light.

It's important to set boundaries with your kids, but we try and make things an adventure and be as understanding and compassionate to the children as possible. … Sarah and I don't practice traditional discipline with our kids. It's definitely more of a conscious-minded, gentle discipline and actually just talking to them, communicating with them, talking about their feelings.

WRIGHT OLSEN: For example, I told my daughter the other day, "I'm feeling really nervous, I have this meeting. I'm feeling it right here, like tension in my chest, and I'm feeling nervous. What do you think I should do about it?" And my daughter, who's now 4 years old, she was like, "Well, you have to do the meeting, right?" I was like, "Yeah." She goes, "So I think you need to take a deep breath into where you're feeling it." And she was like, "And then exhale." And she said, "And you got to tell yourself, we got to just keep moving forward." And I was like, "I love that, that's a great thing! Okay, I'm going to do it." [Then she said,] "And really? At the end of the day, it doesn't matter."

Teresa and I both follow this philosophy with our kids: Meet the needs as the needs arise.

The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond is on sale now.

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Jimmy Fallon's Wife Nancy Juvonen 'Went All Out' to Make Pod School for Their Girls: 'It's Legit'

Jimmy Fallon's wife Nancy Juvonen brought homeschooling to a new level.

On a special episode of The Tonight Show, marking one year since the show was forced to shoot remotely at Fallon's home, the late-night host, 46, greeted viewers in front of a group of excited children.

The at-home pod school is where his girls, Winnie and Franny, do their learning, along with the kindergarteners and first graders of neighbors and family friends.

"It's called the Barn School and it's a New York curriculum school and they're very good students and they're very polite," Fallon said during the opening of Friday's episode. "Before it was a school, we did a show from here a year ago. And before it was the show, it was my home. So welcome to our show."

Speaking with PEOPLE ahead of the episode, Fallon explained that Nancy took it upon herself to create the safe and productive place for their kids to learn.

"Last spring, when they were on Zoom school, you can see they get distracted. You look away and a couple of minutes later they're playing with dolls," Fallon says.  

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So when the new school year rolled around and the talk show returned to the studio in Manhattan, "My wife started a school," he says.

"We said, 'Let's just have a pod school with our neighbors and friends,' so we got teachers and a principal and a teacher's assistant and a curriculum from the school district, so yeah, it's legit."

Fallon adds that they outfitted the school with old lockers from a high school and materials from eBay. "My wife went all out. We were so lucky to be able to pull it off."

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Last May, Fallon told PEOPLE that Nancy was the one keeping their at-home Tonight Show all together, coordinating the kids' schooling and keeping them occupied with art projects, while also running cameras, essentially helping to produce the show.

"My wife is the brains behind this whole thing," he said at the time. "She's the production scout, the producer, the lighting person, the editor, the director. I could not do any of this without my wife. She is everything."

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Wyatt Russell Says Becoming Father to Son Buddy Rewired His Brain: 'Now It's About Him'

Wyatt Russell says becoming a parent is better than expected.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor, 34, and his wife Meredith Hagner recently welcomed their first baby together, son Buddy Prine, and as the new dad says, fatherhood is simply "incredible" and "can't be better."

"It's everything you didn't know it was going to be," he tells Entertainment Tonight. "I think everything you hope it's gonna be is like a mish-mash in your mind before it really happens and then after it happens, whatever happened before is almost like [it never happened]."

Russell adds, "Biologically, I think it does something to your brain where you just erase half your life before you've lived there. And now it's about him and your family and trying to balance everything, and time, and new, amazing problems, amazing issues to have."

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Russell and Hagner, 33, connected on set in 2016 while filming Folk Hero & Funny Guy together, following in the footsteps of his parents Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, who hit it off while shooting Swing Shift in 1983. They got engaged in 2018 and later tied the knot in September 2019 at Hawn's house in Aspen, Colorado.

Sharing a glimpse at her baby shower in November, the Search Party actress wrote on Instagram, "What a wild gift to carry this sweet life. my soulmate/ husband and I are overjoyed. Thanks to my california nearest and dearests for this magical, heavily covid tested day."

Wyatt's sister Kate Hudson revealed their pregnancy news on Instagram in November. "Celebrating our next family member today 👶 🍼 First for my bro Wy and @merediththeweasel We are over the moon and can't wait!!!!" Hudson wrote at the time, sharing a photo of her kissing Hagner's baby bump.

Wyatt previously raved about spending time with his nieces and nephews, telling PEOPLE in August 2018, "We get to go on vacations and stuff in the summer and be able to see each other and hang out it's nice. … I just try to spend as much quality time with them as I can."

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Bachelor in Paradise's Krystal Nielson and Boyfriend Miles Bowles Welcome Baby Girl: 'Our Little Angel'

Krystal Nielson is officially a mom!

The Bachelor in Paradise alum, 33, and her boyfriend Miles Bowles welcomed their first baby together, a daughter, on March 31 in La Jolla, California, at 10:17 p.m. PT. The newborn weighed 6 lbs. 3.5 oz and was 18 inches long.

"She is a happy and calm baby and everything we dreamt she would be. We are still in awe of our little angel," the new parents tell PEOPLE.

Ahead of the baby's arrival, the Total Body Guide fitness entrepreneur updated her Instagram followers about her mindset before heading to the hospital to be induced. "Feeling less anxious about labor and delivery than I did yesterday! If you saw my stories, you know those emotions were getting REAL!!" she wrote on Sunday.

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Nielson first announced her pregnancy in November with an emotional video, sharing that her baby was due in April.

Back in December, Nielson opened up on the Scheananigans with Scheana Shay podcast about what it was like to learn her pregnancy news in the middle of her split from ex Chris Randone. Nielson announced her separation from Randone in February 2020 after nearly eight months of marriage. Over the summer, she went on to confirm that they were still moving forward with their divorce.

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"It was scary finding out we were pregnant," Nielson explained of the pregnancy, which she learned of in August, about four months after she began dating Bowles. "Especially me still being legally tied in this marriage and having this whole public thing around it."

Although Nielson said she initially had a "lot of anxiety and worry" about her pregnancy, it ended up strengthening her faith "in myself and Myles."

"This can be an incredible story that I'll be able to share one day to inspire a lot of women in my position," she continued. "We're so excited about the future."

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Meet Newborn Grace! Bindi Irwin's Pregnancy Chronicled in Discovery+ Special Crikey! It's a Baby

Bindi Irwin's road to motherhood is set to be showcased in a new television special.

Streaming Sunday, April 25, only on discovery+, Crikey! It's a Baby will chronicle Bindi, 22, and husband Chandler Powell throughout her pregnancy leading up to baby girl Grace Warrior Irwin's arrival on March 25 (which was also the couple's one-year wedding anniversary).

In an exclusive first look at the special, viewers also see how Bindi's mom Terri Irwin and little brother Robert reacted to the baby news, as well as how they supported her through the journey.

The special features poignant and intimate moments leading up to the birth of Bindi and Chandler's daughter, whom discovery+ audiences will also meet in the special.

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Robert Irwin Looks Almost Identical to Late Dad Steve Irwin in Photo with Baby Niece Grace

Bindi first announced her pregnancy news on Instagram back in August and kept fans up to date on her experiences on the road to becoming a parent. On Friday morning, Bindi shared details about welcoming her baby girl in a loving Instagram post, featuring a photo of her and Chandler holding little Grace.

"March 25, 2021. Celebrating the two loves of my life. Happy first wedding anniversary to my sweetheart husband and day of birth to our beautiful daughter. ❤️ Grace Warrior Irwin Powell. Our graceful warrior is the most beautiful light. Grace is named after my great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler's family dating back to the 1700s," she explained in her heartfelt caption.

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"Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior. Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad. There are no words to describe the infinite amount of love in our hearts for our sweet baby girl. She chose the perfect day to be born and we feel tremendously blessed," the new mom added.

Robert, 17, also shared a snapshot of himself holding his newborn niece, writing: "Let the uncle adventures begin! Love you so much, Grace ❤️ This little one picked the two best parents in the entire world. The most incredible, caring and strong Mum… and the funnest, coolest and kindest Dad. Love you three so much – I can't wait for this exciting journey ahead!"

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Bobbie Thomas Says She's 'Working to Establish a New Routine' with Son, 5, After Husband's Death

Bobbie Thomas is opening up about her family life three months after the death of her husband Michael Marion at 42.

The Today show contributor, 46, shared an emotional video message on Wednesday marking her first social media post since Marion's death.

Showing appreciation for her fans' support while she and her 5-year-old son Miles grieved in private, she wrote,"Thank you for the outpouring of support… your messages have been comforting and it's made a heartfelt difference during this time."

"Miles and I are working to establish a new routine, which is hard, but we're slowly starting to resume some of the activities that make us feel like us again," Thomas continued. "There are going to be so many firsts for us this year, but I feel a little stronger than I did yesterday, and hopeful for the days to come."

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In the video, Thomas holds back tears as she reflects on Marion's death, saying that it still "doesn't feel real."

"Back in December, I shared that we lost my husband Michael," she says, noting that it's "really tough to say that out loud still."

"But I've been so lucky to have a little pause to take a minute and be with Miles and family and friends," Thomas shares. "The worlds is dealing with so much right now. There are a lot of people dealing with loss and I feel pretty lucky that I haven't had to resume all my responsibilities right away."

Thomas goes on to reveal that she's slowly getting back to work, explaining "tomorrow is a big day on the calendar" as she prepares to make an appearance on HSN. Bobbie Thomas/Instagram Bobbie Thomas/Instagram Bobbie Thomas/Instagram

"I'm really excited about it — and nervous at the same time — where I'll be jumping back into work," she explains. "I know Michael would be so happy to see me step back into doing what I love."

Calling her return to work a "new journey," Thomas says she feels "fortunate to be backed by such great people" during a difficult time.

"I just wanted to say thank you because amidst all the feelings I had, one in particular that will always be my compass is gratitude," the morning show contributor adds, wiping a tear from her eye. "It's pretty special that I get to do what I love for work."

Thomas had been married to Marion for seven years when he died in December.

Before Marion's death, he had "landed in the hospital due to problems involving several organ systems, separate from his stroke of 18 months ago, and unrelated to COVID-19," Thomas said in a statement released by the Today show at the time.

"I will be forever grateful for the time I had with him. He was so worth it," her statement read. "I only wish people could have been more intimately aware of how worth it he was and why I would do it all again and again without a second thought. He was a rare, devoted force of unconditional love in my life who made me feel so loved, so beautiful, and unequivocally supported."

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Bekah Martinez Feels a 'Lot of Anxiety About Being a Good Parent' After Recently Hiring a Nanny

Bekah Martinez is still getting used to having a nanny.

Last week, the Chatty Broads podcast co-host, 26, revealed to her Instagram followers that she was in the process of hiring a part-time nanny to be with daughter Ruth Ray De La Luz, 2, and 8-month-old son Franklin James while she and boyfriend Grayston Leonard work. She said the move was a "big step" for her, accepting that she needs occasional childcare help to meet all her demands.

On her Instagram Story Monday, Martinez shared some of the anxieties she's felt since bringing on the babysitter, whom she says is a "great fit."

"The past few days I've been having recurring anxiety that I've been drugged (it's something that's happened off and on in the past, nothing new)," she writes. "but in the car I got to sort through why it's been coming up lately… I think that fear is tied to the feeling of being out of control."

"And lately I've felt that 'out of control' feeling in regards to the new babysitter," continues Martinez. "We love her, and it seems like she's a great fit. I just have a lot of anxiety about being a good parent and being present enough for my kids."

The mom of two adds that she "realized that certain forms of obsessions are just other fears in my life manifesting themselves as specific anxieties."

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 Bekah Martinez Talks Overcoming 'Dark' Postpartum Mindset, Pressures of Being the 'Perfect Mom'

Last week, Martinez said on her Instagram Story that she has been experiencing periodic breakdowns while juggling parenting, schoolwork, professional obligations and other life demands. As a result, she says she realized it's okay to ask for help, and she posted a listing seeking a nanny for three days a week.

"I came to the realization that I'm not superwoman. It's also really hard to come to that realization because it's hard to realize that I need help," Martinez said. "Especially right now, what I need help with is my kids. And it's really hard for me to admit that."

Martinez added that, having once worked as a nanny before becoming a mom, she never expected she would "want or need help with my kids."

"[Kids] deserve to have someone's undivided attention, and you deserve time to get your s— done that you need to get done," said Martinez.

"I'm really excited," she said, adding, "Still feeling guilty and kind of feeling like s— about it, but I think it's a good step in the right direction of letting go my control. And hopefully taking stress off my plate and hopefully, I don't know, giving my kids something special too."

Concluding her message to fellow parents, Martinez said fellow moms and dads don't have to have as many demands as she does to feel "validated" in their parenting struggles.

"I understand. And I know that it's f—ing hard. And I see you," she said. "Don't you dare tell yourself, like, 'Oh, this person is doing this, this and that, and they're doing it. And I can't even do just this and this.' That is bulls—. Do not tell yourself that."

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iCarly's Nathan Kress, Wife London Welcome Baby Girl Evie Elise: 'Can't Seem to Stop Crying'

Nathan Kress has met his second "little gift!"

The iCarly star, 28, and his wife London welcomed their second baby, daughter Evie Elise Kress, on Saturday, March 20, at 5:31 p.m., he announced on Instagram Monday, sharing photos of the newborn. The baby girl weighed 6 lbs., 4 oz., of "light and love," Kress writes in his caption.

"🎵 'You are the dawn of a new day that is breaking… a masterpiece still in the making… the blue in an ocean of grey.' 🎵 And just like that, 3 became 4 ❤ Evie Elise Kress, born 3/20/21 at 5:31pm. 6 lbs, 4 ounces of light and life," the proud dad says.

"My wife is superhuman, and doing extremely well," adds Kress, who also shares 3-year-old daughter Rosie Carolyn with London. "My children are the greatest little gifts on the planet, and I still can't seem to stop crying."

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On her Instagram page, London shared a photo of herself holding her new addition in her hospital room, along with other images of their family after the delivery.

"A year ago, the world changed in drastic ways. Three months after that, you were conceived straight out of us getting Covid (guess we got restless after weeks of exhaustion 😜)," the mom recalls. "You are the epitome of a Covid baby amidst the Covid baby boom."

"Now, almost exactly one year since lockdown began, our lives have drastically changed again. But, our sweet one, this change has been one of hope and light," adds London. "You have signified life to us, after so much life has tragically been taken. You have been a rainbow in the cloudy days of Covid, and a rainbow baby to us personally. Evie means 'Life', & Elise stems from a family name (including my middle name) that means 'God's promise'."

"You are 'God's promise of life' to us, baby girl. You are a child of hope. We love you deeply, Evie Elise Kress (EEK 😅)," she concludes.

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The couple announced their pregnancy in October, explaining that the news comes after "multiple miscarriages." He wrote in his Instagram caption at the time: "Absolutely thrilled to announce that Baby Girl #2 is well on the way!! After multiple previous miscarriages, we can thankfully report that mom and baby are doing perfectly so far. Yet another reason to be excited for 2021!!!"

Kress and London costarred in the 2014 thriller Into the Storm and tied the knot in November 2015 after a six-month engagement.

In 2017, Kress opened up to PEOPLE about his journey to fatherhood ahead of his first daughter's birth.

"It's a joy, and fortunately, I'm able to be home a decent amount with the way that I work because what I do is in short concentrated bursts, so I've been able to help out," he said at the time. "It's been nice — it's been a cool time to change the house and get nesting and get things together."

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