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Actress Rebecca Gayheart and her growing baby bump were spotted shopping in Los Angeles with friends.

She and husband Eric Dane are expecting a girl later this winter.

So cute!

Kourtney Kardashian and boyfriend Scott Disick welcomed their son into the world today!

Baby Mason Dash Disick weighed in at 7 pound, 6 ounces and 19.5 inches long.

Congrats to the new parents!

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Supermodel Heidi Klum and singer Seal have welcomed a baby girl to their family.

According to reports, Klum gave birth to her fourth child, daughter Lou Samuel, early Friday morning.

Klum, who recently filed a petition to change her last name to her married name Samuel, has two sons, Henry, 3, and Johan, 2, with Seal.

She also has a daughter, Leni, with Italian businessman Flavio Briatore.

Click here for photos!

heidi klum_seal last name changeIt looks like Heidi Klum may adopt hubby Seal’s last name…Samuel.  The couple has been married since May of 2005, but on Monday of Oct. 5, the supermodel finally filed legal papers to change her name.

Although her request has not become official yet, another hearing will take place on Nov. 20.

Meanwhile, the couple is waiting for their third child together, a baby girl due mid-Oct.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Freddie Prinze baby girl charlotteSarah Michelle Gellar and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. welcomed a baby girl this weekend.   Charlotte Grace Prinze was born on Saturday, Sept. 19.  

Gellar’s rep said, “The family is over the moon.”


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Nicole Riche gave birth to her second child with Joel Madden on Sept. 9, 2009 in Los Angeles.  The couple welcomed a baby boy named Sparrow James Midnight Madden. 

“He weighs 7lbs 14oz.  Nicole, Joel, Harlow and Sparrow are all doing well. Thank you for all of your good wishes,” the couple wrote on Richie’s Web site. The newborn joins older sister Harlow Winter Kate Madden, born in January 2008.

Richie, 27, recenlty introduced a maternity line for A Pea in the Pod and has a jewelry line called House of Harlow.

Photo by doriana_s

Photo by doriana_s

Your special little someone is about to arrive and baby is going to need an equally special birth announcement – after all, this is his/her debut  and first impressions are everything.  It may seem like an easy task, but once couples get started they may find it more challenging than they initially thought. 

Here are five tips for creating the perfect birth announcement for your little bundle of joy:

1. Select a card that shows your family’s style—unique and individual to represent you and your new baby.

2. Selecting a photo—choose one with sentimental value that evokes a special memory.

3. Keep it simple—a simple introduction followed by the birth details such as name, weight and birth date is ideal.

4. Save time and money by using an Internet photo card company, like  Easily select a template and then insert the photo and text. Once complete, the birth announcements are delivered directly to your home.

5. Research photo card company websites prior to the birth. Then, insert the photo and information to complete the project when baby arrives. Traditional etiquette suggests birth announcements be sent within 6 months of the birth.

tips expecting momElizabeth Stein, a leading midwife and women’s health expert with 25 years of experience in fields of obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health gave Marvelous Girl her Top Tips for Expectant Mothers.  And some of them might surprise you…

1.      Vitamins:  Take prenatal vitamins with folic acid and essential fatty acids, starting 2-3 months before conception (when you start having unprotected sex in order to get pregnant).  Take at least 800 micrograms of folic acid per day.  Folic acid prevents open neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The neural tube closes approximately day 24 of pregnancy.  Also take a supplement of essential fatty acids (omega-3, 6, & 9) each day.  Essential fatty acids can be found in many foods, but have been added to most prenatal vitamins. They have been shown to be good for babies’ brain and eye development, as well as moms. 
2.      Dental Health:  Have a dental check up prior to conception to make sure there are no infections in your mouth.  This is important because bacteria in your mouth may cause preterm labor and preterm delivery (premature baby).
3.      Clean Living:  Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or use street drugs.  Cigarettes expose the embryo/fetus to over 200 toxic chemicals which can interfere with the growth of the baby, causing the blood vessels to constrict. This constriction of the blood vessels causes as increase in blood pressure and a decrease in oxygen and nutrients going to the developing fetus.
4.      Sleep:  Once pregnant, rest as much as possible.  During pregnancy you should not take any sleeping medication, but you can have a glass of warm milk to help you relax. 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep every night is usually sufficient, although sometimes your body wants more sleep. A nap during the day or late afternoon will provide a wonderful “pick me up.”
5.      Stay Hydrated:  Drink lots of water.  At least two quarts of water a day is recommended. If dehydration occurs during pregnancy, it can cause your mouth to feel dry and your uterus may cramp, which is very concerning when pregnant. Also, avoid adding salt and sugar to anything you eat or drink. 
6.      Watch your weight:  A pregnant woman’s goal should be to gain no more than 25-35 lbs.  Being pregnant is not a license to pig out and gain 40-50lbs or more.  Nutrition during pregnancy is very important and a meeting with a nutritionist can be helpful. Try to eat three servings of protein a day (3 ounces each, about the size of a credit card).  All protein should be thoroughly cooked.  Also, eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Carbohydrates are important too since they are the energy food (bread, rice, potatoes, pasta). Average calories per day should be 1800-2000 and that includes the 300 extra for the pregnancy (per fetus). 

7.      Eat Small Regular Meals:  Eat and drink within a half hour of waking and then every three hours (5-6 small meals per day rather than three big meals). You need to have a continuous intake of food (known as grazing) so your body can break it down to provide glucose to your pregnancy on a continuous basis. If you don’t eat small, frequent meals you will feel very light headed (hypoglycemic). 
8.      Office Visits:  Find a midwife (or physician) you are comfortable with and keep your appointments. 
9.      Stay Informed:  Bring a written list of questions to every visit. Questions may be whatever concerns you.  Be sure to discuss your expectations for labor and delivery (natural, vaginal, epidural, cesarean delivery) and breastfeeding. 
10.  Know who will deliver you!  Ask who will be delivering your baby.  Will it be the midwife or physician you see every visit or someone else in the practice?  Sometimes midwives and physicians have cross coverage among practices, so it is important to ask these questions and not assume your midwife or physician will be there on delivery day.

To learn more about Elizabeth Stein and Ask Your Midwife, please visit

parker_broderick_twin girlsSarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick welcomed twin baby girls on Monday – via a surrogate. 

Their publicist said, “The babies are doing beautifully, and the entire family is over the moon.”

It hasn’t been announced whether the surrogate was the genetic mother of the twins or whether embryos from Parker, 44, had been transferred to her. 

“Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick weighed five pounds, 11 ounces and Tabitha Hodge Broderick weighed six pounds,” the publicist said. “Both Hodge and Elwell are family names on Parker’s side.”

Married for 12 years, the couple has a son, James Wilkie, 6. He was named after Broderick’s father, actor James Broderick.

Nadya Suleman

Nadya Suleman

Beyond just the ethics of implanting excessive embryos during in-vitro fertilization (IVF), an investigation into the track record and success rates of the fertility doctor responsible for the recent birth of octuplets, sheds light on a controversial issue in the fertility community – claims on pregnancy and IVF success rates and what is actually behind the reported numbers.

Reports indicate that success rates at the clinic responsible for the octuplets were significantly below the national average, and that they were unable to treat patients over the age of 35. In order to increase conception odds, the doctor allegedly implanted six embryos, more than twice the recommended amount. Other fertility clinics are known to report above average success rates, yet place specific guidelines on the difficulty and type of patients they will accept. As a result, experts urge patients not to focus on numbers alone, as some statistics may be misleading.

Dr. John Rapisarda with Fertility Centers of Illinois – one of the nation’s leading infertility treatment centers – explains that physicians and clinics have different criteria that limit entry into their IVF programs; and that the more restrictive criteria leads to higher pregnancy rates, because only individuals with the best prognosis are eligible for treatment. “This may then limit access to services for some couples who are less likely to get pregnant, making it difficult to directly compare statistics between programs,” he adds.

While maintaining high success rates that are recognized throughout the nation, Fertility Centers of Illinois has earned a reputation for successfully treating challenging patients and overcoming hard-to-solve fertility issues. As a result, FCI encourages all patients to explore the following factors when selecting a physician and fertility treatment center:

1. High Order Multiples: Like the octuplets case, if a clinic reports an elevated number of high- order multiple births, it may suggest that the program is transferring more embryos in order to maintain a competitive success rate.

2. Success of Cryo-embryo Transfers: A high rate of success reflects an excellent embryology lab that can culture and store embryos and improve the overall cycle efficiency from a single retrieval. Ideally, success rates should be no more than 10-15% lower than fresh transfer rates.

3. Egg Donor Success Rates: Avoid a program with low egg donor success rates. This is a great equalizer as it is the most controlled group going through IVF. When trying to evaluate a program, it eliminates other variables such as different selection and cancellation criteria.

4. Size of Practice: A smaller practice often cannot offer all of the cutting edge services or perform them as well as a larger practice, where the physicians and embryologists continually face a larger variety of the most challenging cases that enable them to gain added expertise and maintain their skills.

5. Services Offered: For the absolute best chance at conception, ensure that the program offers all of the latest techniques, such as PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) and Third Party Reproduction.

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