"The economy’s so bad we had to lay off one of our kids," comedian Jonathan Katz recently joked. Pretty funny. And absurd. But what about laying off the stork? Now there’s an idea…
From the time we enter adolescence, we're told how not to get pregnant. When we get a bit older, we're told what not to do if we are pregnant. But what should couples be doing if they aren't yet pregnant, but want to be? For starters, take cough medicine. So says Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect Before You're Expecting (and the entire series of What to Expect books). During an appearance on the CBS Early Show this week, Murkoff explained that there are a variety of unorthodox ways that couples can make baby-making easier.
Former Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph and her partner, There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, are expecting their second child, Rudolph announced Tuesday on The View. "Somebody spilled the beans, but I'd rather break it here," Maya told Barbara Walters. "I'm having another one. I've got another bun in the oven. No. 2. I'm so excited."
According to blogger Ian Halperin, a close source confirmed that Lindsay is indeed seven weeks pregnant. I swear she’s carrying,” the source said. “She’s going through big emotional turmoil. She’s not sure if she’ll have it or go through with an abortion that she booked to have in the next few days. Saddest part is she has no idea who the father is. She must have slept with more than two dozen men in the past couple of months.”
Let's first make something clear. We don't think everyone should procreate. In some cases, we really wish they wouldn't. In fact, if we had our druthers, we might actually sit down with a few of them and ask: "Are you really sure you want to do this, Mrs. Hitler?" That being said, we also aren't in favor of arbitrarily picking and choosing who should be allowed to receive fertility treatments. For example, if you're a 27-year-old woman who's been trying for over three years to get knocked up, we wouldn't deny you fertility treatments just because your husband fathered two kids in a previous relationship. A nationally funded clinic in the UK, however, seems to see things differently.
Hubby Josh Duhamel, on the other hand, doesn't feel as strongly about having his black eyed peas implanted in another woman's uterus. Josh would rather Fergie have the baby herself, a natural request to make of one's newly wedded spouse. "Josh has told Fergie that if she can take time off to have their baby, he's more than willing to play Mr. Mom after the child is born."
"The childbirth books speak of diminished desire post-birth and suggest lubrication, but nobody talks about the other possibility. What if sex were better? What if all of the inhibitions and disparaging thoughts that once filled our heads fled? What if the very act of childbirth forced them out?" How one couple's sex life improved after they had a baby.
Here's a bit of cheer for baby bump watchers. People magazine has confirmed that Grey's Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo and her music producer husband Chris Ivery are pregnant with their first child. People quotes Pompeo's rep, Jennifer Allen as saying, "It's great news," and that "they're ecstatic."
Star magazine's latest cover, has the 'world' exclusive claiming to have the skinny on Angelina Jolie's next pregnancy. If you choose to take Star magazine's word for it (hopefully with a big pinch of salt), Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt are expecting baby number # 7, with a "source" claiming, "Angie is two and a half months along."