All the pregnant celebrities due in 2021

Jennifer Lawrence is expecting her first child with husband Cooke Maroney.


If you're expecting a baby this year you've got plenty of celebrity company, mama. From reality TV stars to bloggers and A-list actresses, there is a baby boom happening in celebrity circles right now.

[Correction, August 9, 2021: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Paris Hilton was pregnant. We regret the error.]

Here are some parents-to-be expecting in 2021:

Jennifer Lawrence and husband Cooke Maroney are having a baby!

Oscar winner and Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is going to be a mom! PEOPLE magazine confirms the news that Lawrence and her husband, art gallery director Cooke Maroney, are expecting their first baby.

Lawrence and Maroney were married in 2019. When asked why she chose to marry Maroney on Catt Sadler's podcast that same year, Lawrence said, "I don't know, I started with the basics: 'How do I feel? Is he nice? Is he kind?' "

"It's just — this is the one, I know that sounds really stupid but he's just, he's — you know. He's the greatest person I've ever met, so I feel very honored to become a Maroney," she said.

Congratulations to the soon-to-be parents!

John Mulaney and Olivia Munn are having a baby!

On Late Night With Seth Meyers Tuesday, John Mulaney announced he and girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn, are having their first baby together! Mulaney, who is recently out of recovery for drugs and alcohol, also got divorced earlier this year. He credits Meyers, who is his good friend in real life, and Munn with helping him along the way.

"She got to date me right out of recovery, which is what they call a reverse catch," Mulaney joked. "And that's been very incredible. And she's kind of held my hand through that hell. And we're having a baby together."

Meyers shared his heartfelt enthusiasm for the exciting news, and Mulaney gave an earnest response to his friend in regard to how he feels about becoming a dad.

"I love you, Seth. You know, you guys saved me from drugs. And Olivia and this baby have helped save me from myself, and this early journey out of recovery," Mulaney said. "And, yeah, I don't have a joke for that. I'm really grateful to you, buddy. Thank you."

Kylie Jenner is pregnant with baby #2!

Multiple sources have confirmed the exciting news to E! News—Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are expecting baby number two! Apparently, little Stormi is going to be a big sister.

After a brief break-up in 2019, the couple has been happily together since sometime last year. "Neither of them has been interested in anyone else over the last year and really love being a family unit together," one source tells E!

Jenner, 24, and Scott welcomed 3-year-old Stormi Webster, in February 2018.

In a March 2020 cover interview for Harper's BAZAAR, Jenner said that she had no concrete plans to have more kids. "My friends all pressure me about it. They love Stormi. I definitely feel pressure to give her a sibling, but there's no plan," she said.

Well, there is now! Congratulations!

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost are going to be parents!

Scarlett Johansson is expecting her first baby with Colin Jost!Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty

Newlyweds Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson are expecting their first baby together, the comedian shared during a stand-up routine in mid-August. Johansson has a daughter, Rose, from a previous relationship.

'Dr. Pierce' is pregnant! 

Kelly McCreary, better known as Dr. Maggie Pierce on Grey's Anatomy (and Meredith's half-sister), is expecting her first child! The excited mama-to-be shared the happy news in an Instagram post sponsored by Clearblue, the pregnancy test company.

"When being late comes right on time… Surprise! WE'RE HAVING A BABY!" she wrote. "Pete and I are thrilled to be growing our family, and to share the news with all of you!"

McCreary and her husband, director Pete Chatmon (whom she met on the set of Grey's) have been married since 2019. McCreary also says she plans to raise awareness for Black maternal and infant health through her partnership with Clearblue.

Congrats to the beautiful mama-to-be!

Christina Ricci shares sweet sonogram photo

In an adorable Instagram post, actress Christina Ricci shares that she's expecting her second child (but her first with partner Mark Hampton). She captioned the photo, "Life keeps getting better."

Ricci is already mom to 7-year-old Freddie with her ex-husband, according to PEOPLE.

Many fans and fellow famous friends offered her their congratulations—and we second those happy wishes! Congrats to the expecting mama.

Ashley Graham announces baby #2 is on the way with stunning photo!

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Ashley Graham has been one of our favorite celebrity moms during the past year-and-a-half, chronicling life with her one-year-old son Isaac and her motherhood journey with confidence and humor. Today she took to Instagram and announced she and her husband, Justin Ervin, are expanding their little family!

"The past year has been full of tiny surprises, big griefs, familiar beginnings and new stories," she captioned a gorgeous photo of herself holding her pregnant belly. "I'm just beginning to process and celebrate what this next chapter means for us."

She also shared the news in a hilarious TikTok video, validating the many reasons why we love her to pieces.

Congrats to the beautiful, expecting mama!

Cardi B and Offset are expecting baby number two!

Cardi B is expecting her second child with husband Offset.

Once again, the rapper revealed her pregnancy during a live television performance—this time at the BET awards. While performing onstage with Migos, Cardi B wore a sheer outfit that showed off her bump.

She also shared an image to Instagram of her nude body rocking either white paint or plaster. She captioned the post, "#2!" and tagged Offset with a heart symbol. The proud father-to-be shared the same image to his Instagram stories with the caption "another blessing."

In 2018, Cardi B announced the couple was expecting their first child during an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Their daughter Kulture was born later that year.

Congratulations to the growing family!

Ludacris is expecting baby number four!

Ludacris is about to be a dad again!

The actor and rapper is expecting his second child with wife Euxodie Bridges, after daughter Candace, 5. Ludacris is also dad to daughters Karma, 13, and Cai, 6, from previous relationships.

During an interview with Today, Ludacris said despite having three girls, he's not hoping for a boy this time around.

"I will be happy with whatever the Most High wants to give me," the "Fast and the Furious" star said. "We don't know the sex of the child. We're gonna wait until the day. It's like one of the only things that's left to just be unpredictable these days, and it's exciting."

Ludacris went on to say that he loves being a girl dad.

"There's so many great things that have happened from me being a girl dad," he said. "One in particular, I have a Netflix series called 'Karma's World' that comes out at the end of this fall, and it's literally to enrich and empower young girls."

We love that! Congratulations to the growing family!

Nick Cannon is expecting his 4th child this year!


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Nick Cannon is going to be a father—again!

The Masked Singer host is expecting a baby boy with model Alyssa Scott, according to Us. Their son will be Cannon's seventh child and fourth this year.

Scott recently shared a photo of herself and Cannon to Instagram, celebrating him on Father's Day. In the snap, Cannon's head is turned away from the camera and he's embracing Scott's pregnant belly.

"Celebrating you today ❤️" she wrote in the Instagram story.

One user commented and wished Alyssa "and Nick" congratulations, to which she replied with a thank you, according to People.

In May, Scott shared another Instagram post where she revealed that she intends to name the baby Zen S. Cannon, The Sun reported. The post has since been deleted.

Scott's announcement comes one week after Cannon welcomed twin boys with former Nickelodeon star Abby De La Rosa.

Cannon currently has six children: twins Moroccan and Monroe, 12, with Mariah Carey, and son Golden, 5, and daughter Powerful, 5 months, with Brittany Bell. Cannon and De La Rose welcomed twins Zion Mixolydian Cannon and Zillion Heir on June 14.

Lance Bass + Michael Turchin are expecting twins!


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Lance Bass and his husband Michael Turchin are going to be dads—to twins!

The *NSYNC alum confirmed the happy news in an interview with PEOPLE. Bass revealed that they're expecting boy-girl twins in early November.

The couple also shared that they've actually spent the past four years trying to build their family, through surrogacy, failed IVF treatments, and a miscarriage.

"We went through nine different egg donors, which is rare," Turchin revealed to PEOPLE. "We picked a donor for some of them. We got all the way down the path of about to retrieve their eggs. Some just wouldn't produce enough eggs, some weren't good genetic matches. If you're going to be a match, you don't want to even risk it."

Last year, their surrogate miscarried while being pregnant with twins.

"Because of what we've been through the last four years, we were very cautious to get excited," Bass explained. "And it kind of sucks because when you find out you're pregnant, you want to celebrate with your family. You start planning their future in your head already, but we were so scared because we didn't want to go through the pain again of losing them. We told our friends and family about the ninth week, when we finally felt comfortable. You think you're going to jinx it or something."

We understand the mix of emotions that come with the journey to parenthood. We're so happy for Bass and Turchin!

Usher is expecting his fourth child!

Usher is going to be a dad again!

The singer is expecting his second child with girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea. They welcomed their daughter Sovereign Bo in September 2020.

Usher also has two children from a previous relationship: sons Usher V, 13, and Naviyd Ely, 12.

Goicoechea shared an image of the couple together during the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which Usher hosted.

"'Another One' in my @djkhaled voice #Iheartawards 🥰😘," she captioned the post.

In the photo, they are each cradling her growing baby bump and smiling.

Usher recently revealed the inspiration behind their daughter's name in an interview with Extra.

"So Sovereign… is such a beautiful word and name to me, you know, a supreme ruler is obviously the defined name. She's definitely ruling the household."

"Bo is at the end of it, so she's my little reign-bo," he continued, pronouncing it like rainbow. He added, "I'm on diaper duty plus, man, and she has yummy toes. Yes, I can't help it."

Sounds like Usher's ready to add another baby to the mix!

Princess Beatrice is pregnant with her first child!

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are expecting their first child!

Buckingham Palace announced the happy news with a photo of the couple on their wedding day last July. According to the announcement, the newest royal baby is due this fall.

Princess Beatrice is the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson. Their younger daughter, Princess Eugenie, welcomed her first child this year with husband Jack Brooksbank. August Philip Hawke was born in February.

While this is Princess Beatrice's first pregnancy, Mozzi has a son from a previous relationship. Christopher Woolf, nicknamed Wolfie, was born in 2016.

We're loving this royal baby boom! After August was born in February, Beatrice's cousin, Zara Tindall, the daughter of Princess Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, welcomed her third child in March, a boy named Lucas. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their second child this summer, too.

Bode Miller and his wife are pregnant again!

Olympian Bode Miller and his wife Morgan are expecting another baby.

The couple is already parents to sons Nash, 6, Easton, 2, and 18-month-old twins Asher and Aksel. Their daughter Emeline drowned in June 2018 when she was 19 months old. Bode also has two children, daughter Dace, 13, and son Nate, 8, from previous relationships.

"After losing Emmy, we both felt like we wanted to try for a girl. You know, there's obviously no replacing kids," Bode told People. "All of ours are so unique that it's always a surprise, but then we had the identical twin boys [in 2019] and we were kind of like, 'Whoa, maybe, maybe that's the end for us.'"

"We constantly knew that we had more space in our hearts to give more love," added Morgan.

In a post he shared to Instagram, Bode wrote, "Cats outta the bag: we're at the finish line. Excited to announce that Miller baby ocho is due in November! @morganebeck you are beyond incredible."

Congratulations to the growing family!

Jennifer Love Hewitt is pregnant!

Jennifer Love Hewitt is expecting baby number three!

Hewitt and husband Brian Hallisay are already parents to daughter Autumn James, 7, and son Atticus James, 5. Now they're about to be a party of five!

The actress revealed her pregnancy on Instagram, writing, "Oh baby! We have another one on the way. So excited to finally share this news with all of you."

In an interview with People, Hewitt said, "We had always been open to a third, but definitely didn't think in the crazy year that the entire world was having that it would necessarily be this moment."

"I feel like we've been able to so far raise two really special kids who will be great role models," the 9-1-1 actress added. "This has been such a pleasant, beautiful, surprising gift in this time to be able to get to do all that again with another little human."

Congratulations to the growing family!

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins are having another girl!

The Rhett family is gaining another baby girl!

Country music star Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins revealed that they are expecting their fourth child together. Rhett shared a sweet photo of the couple on Instagram, writing, "Well... we are pregnant again!"

In the photo, the couple is holding Akins' growing baby bump and smiling.

"Tonight when I was on stage in Fort Worth about to play 'to the guys that date my girls' my wife talked to me in my (ear monitors) and said 'you can tell them if you want' so anyways, now you know. We are pumped to be having our 4th girl🙌🙌🙌."

The "Die A Happy Man" singer added, "feel free to buy all the merch you want, knowing that all the proceeds are going straight to all these weddings I'll be paying for one day! Love you so much @laur_akins we always wanted a big thanksgiving table😭."

In a post of her own, Akins revealed that their baby girl is due this November.

Rhett and Akins have three daughters: Willa Gray, 5, Ada James, 3, and Lennon Love, 1.

Congratulations to the growing family!

Danielle Fishel announced her second pregnancy on her 40th birthday!

What a sweet birthday surprise from Danielle Fishel!

The "Boy Meets World" alum announced her second pregnancy while celebrating her 40th birthday today.

"F O R T Y! I've never been more excited or hopeful for the next decade of my life," she began a post on Instagram, where she shared a sweet picture of herself cradling her growing bump.

"I couldn't be more grateful to enter my 40's with my amazing husband and son, excitedly expecting the arrival of baby boy #2."

Fishel married Jensen Karp in 2018. They welcomed their first son, Adler Lawrence, in 2019. He arrived four weeks early and had a prolonged stay in the NICU before the couple was able to bring Adler home.

"We feel helpless and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our 'birth plan,' unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life," Fishel wrote in his birth announcement.

Adler is now a healthy and happy toddler—who's about to be a big brother!

Congratulations to the growing family!

HGTV star Erin Napier is pregnant with her 2nd child

Erin Napier, the star of HGTV's Home Town, recently announced via Instagram that she's expecting her 2nd child with husband and co-host Ben Napier. While it may be hard to believe that she's already 32 weeks in this photo, Napier tells followers, "32 weeks. I know it's weird," noting that her 3-year-old daughter Helen, "hid the same way right up until the day she was born."

Much to her surprise, Napier found out she was pregnant the day before filming the couple's new show, Home Town Takeover. Suddenly allergic to her favorite face wash, Erin tells PEOPLE magazine, "My face was on fire, and my skin was peeling. I called one of my best friends, who's an aesthetician, and I was like, "What is the deal?" She was like, "Are you pregnant?" I said no."

After a visit to her doctor, the couple was able to confirm the news, telling PEOPLE, "It was happy news, and I've been allergic to my favorite face wash ever since. I didn't know that you can suddenly become allergic to things that you've always been fine with. So, watch out everybody, if you're suddenly allergic to something you'd never been allergic to."

Baby number two, a girl, is due in May.

Abby De La Rosa, DJ and girlfriend of Nick Cannon, is expecting twin boys

Nick Cannon is a soon-to-be father to another set of twins with girlfriend and international DJ, Abby De La Rosa. Nick recently participated in a gorgeous maternity shoot featured on De La Rosa's Instagram page where she wrote, "Your Dad & I will always be here for you both; in complete unison and support. No matter what this world may throw your way, know that forgiveness is key and what is for you - is for YOU! You both are already so loved and we can't wait to meet you both."

The Masked Singer host is already the father of 4 due to previous relationships with Brittany Bell, with whom he has 2 children, 3-year-old Golden and 1-year-old Powerful Queen, and ex-wife Mariah Carey, with whom he has 9-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

Queer Eye’s Tan France and his husband Rob are expecting their first child via surrogate!

Tan France and his husband Rob are going to be fathers!

The Queer Eye star and his husband are currently expecting their first child via surrogate. Tan announced the happy news on Instagram with a fun photo of himself with an ultrasound image over his stomach.

"So happy to finally share that WE'RE HAVING A BABY!!" he writes. "No, I'm not pregnant, despite this VERY realistic pic. With the greatest gift/help of the most wonderful surrogate, Rob and I are lucky enough to be on our way to being parents, this Summer. Something we've wanted for SOooo many years."

"Our hearts are so full right now. I cannot wait to hold this baby, and to show him so much love," France concludes.

Rob France, an artist, shared a sweet, illustrated image of a baby on Instagram.

"We have a beautiful little angel on the way and I didn't think it was humanly possible to feel like this. ❤️😭❤️😭" he wrote.

Congratulations to the parents-to-be!

One year after losing her son, Kara Keough Bosworth is pregnant!

Last year, Kara Keough Bosworth suffered the unthinkable when her son McCoy died following a complicated birth. The former Real Housewives of Orange County star shared an emotional post revealing that her son had experienced shoulder dystocia and a compressed umbilical cord during his delivery.

Now one year later, Keough Bosworth is preparing to welcome her rainbow baby. The mama shared her news on Instagram on Easter Sunday. But first, she paid tribute to her late son.

"For Christians, for Jews, and for me, this time is a reminder of the death of firstborn sons. Sacrifice. Suffering. Mourning. Grief," Keough Bosworth wrote. "Why is this night different than other nights? Last Easter was the worst night of my life. We held our firstborn son in our arms as he took his final breaths. We spent time in the hell that is watching your child die."

The mother also shared that this Easter has been much, much better for her family, along with an explanation of how the holiday ties into her happy news as well. "Despite that wretched Easter night, I can't ignore that this day also represents rebirth. Renewed hope," she wrote. "It is said that the word 'Easter' is derived from the goddess Eostre. Eostre, the goddess of fertility, symbolizes the birth of new life and the dawn of spring."

Keough Bosworth, who also has a daughter, Decker, included a photo of an Easter basket filled with Easter eggs, baby books, a stuffed animal and a rainbow onesie—surely a nod to the rainbow baby who is on the way.

"We miss you, Mack-a-doodle," the mama wrote. "Thank you for sending us this sacred gift. You're a big brother! Tell Grandpa that I said he was right. He'll know what I mean."

The last line is a nod to the mama's father, who died just weeks after his grandson's death. Last year was truly an unthinkably difficult one for Keough Bosworth and her family, and we hope this rainbow baby brings them some much-needed joy.

Lilliana Vazquez is expecting her first child!

E! host Lilliana Vazquez is pregnant after a long fertility struggle. The 40-year-old shared the news with fans on Instagram with a gorgeous beach bump photo.

Vazquez said that while she's feeling overjoyed now, there was a lot of "pain and heartbreak" along the way. "Over the last six years y'all have been a part of my day-to-day story," Vazquez wrote. "But there's a part of my story missing. And it's finally time to share more of that [with] you."

She shared how battling infertility and undergoing IVF treatment made her feel hopeless at times, and each month that passed without a positive pregnancy test made her question her self-worth. At times, she was ready to give up. "Would I ever experience the joy [of] being a mother?" Vazquez wrote. "Could we be happy if life were just the two of us? Was I enough?"

Thankfully, with "Baby M" on the way, Vazquez and husband Patrick McGrath no longer have to ponder those painful questions.

Vazquez ended her announcement with a heartfelt message for others trying to get pregnant. "To all of you out there fighting for your family, you're not alone. I see your pain, I feel every disappointment and I know what it's like to suffer, often in silence, while you pretend that everything is ok," she wrote. "Please know that I'm here to listen unconditionally and without judgment, whenever you're ready to share your story."

Kirsten Dunst is expecting her second child!

Bring It On star Kirsten Dunst is pregnant!

Dunst revealed her baby bump in a cover shoot for the latest issue of W magazine. Dunst joked that the pretty poses weren't easy to pull off with her growing belly. "Every shot was on the floor. I was like, 'I can't get up.' I felt like Urkel," she said.

This isn't the first time Dunst has had a high-fashion moment during a pregnancy reveal. She and husband Jesse Plemmons are already parents to a 2-year-old boy named Ennis. Dunst confirmed that pregnancy by cradling her couture-clad bump in a photoshoot for Rodarte.

Having a family has been a goal for Dunst ever since she and Plemmons got engaged. "I'm at a stage in my life where I'm like, 'I've been working since I was 3. It's time to have babies and chill,'" she said in a 2017 interview with Marie Claire U.K. "I wasn't one of those 'I need a baby!' people until my goddaughter was born. I love her so much. That love is just like… you can't experience that unless you have a kid."

Now, Dunst will soon get to experience that love times two!

Jason Derulo is expecting his first child with girlfriend Jena Frumes!

Jason Derulo is going to be a dad!

The "Ridin' Solo" singer announced the happy news on Instagram with his girlfriend Jena Frumes.

Derulo shared a sweet video of the couple walking on a beach in the Bahamas that ends with the words "coming soon" written in the sand.

"Couldn't be more excited for this new chapter in our life," Derulo captioned the sentimental video.

Frumes shared an image of the couple together on social media, simply captioning it as "Mom & Dad."

The couple began dating shortly before quarantine began. Last year, Derulo told Page Six that they met at the gym. In the same interview, Derulo opened up about the possibility of having children, saying, "You know, I think I'm getting to that age, you know what I'm saying?"

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Ilana Glazer is pregnant!

Former Broad City star Ilana Glazer is having a baby. The actor and comedian posted a sweet bump shot on Instagram to share the news with fans. It'll be the first child for Glazer and husband David Rooklin. The two have been married since 2017.

Fans and friends were quick to offer congratulations to the mama-to-be, with co-star and real-life BFF Abbi Jacobson writing "Lil babe ❤️." Talk show host Kelly Ripa also chimed in: "I'm not crying. I'm sobbing. Auntie MeMaw reporting for duty."

Glazer's baby news is a bit of life imitating art. She's starring in the upcoming thriller False Positive—playing a mom who begins to grow suspicious of her fertility doctor. She told Entertainment Weekly that the timing is kind of mind-blowing. "This was not supposed to happen this way, but it's just so eerie and cosmically funny that it has," Glazer said.

The film is due out on Hulu in June, but no word yet on when Glazer herself is due.

Aja Naomi King is pregnant with a rainbow baby 🌈

Aja Naomi King is pregnant!

The How To Get Away With Murder actor shared an emotional essay to Instagram, where she revealed that she previously experienced two miscarriages.

"I also want to express that this beautiful journey has not been devoid of heartbreak. This is my beautiful little rainbow baby," she wrote.

"I've been so deeply moved by the women who have openly shared their miscarriages. It brought me solace in a time that was incredibly painful to know I wasn't alone. To understand that this experience is common, horrible but still common," she added.

King says she's learned that pain is not a competition and that "once you are touched by [loss], it stays with you forever."

She's grateful to be carrying a healthy child and hopes that her followers know that they're not alone, wherever they are in the journey to parenthood.

The actor also shared a photo of herself, cradling her growing bump.

Congratulations, mama!

Granger Smith and his wife are expecting another child!

Almost two years after the tragic death of their son River, Granger and Amber Smith are expecting another child.

The country music star and his family announced their happy news with a video dedicated to River.

"We're pregnant. I don't have many words for this video. Life isn't perfect. Sometimes it's beat up and broken but it's NEVER hopeless. God promises that. Our story isn't finished yet, and neither is yours! Through our suffering and joy, God's glory radiates through it all!" Smith wrote in the post. "A new Smith boy is due in August."

In a separate post, Amber wrote, "Sweet Riv, because of the beautiful life you lived, we are forever changed and we will continue honoring your big, little legacy until we come home to you."

River was three years old when he drowned at the family home in 2019.

The couple told People that they are still grieving their loss but they're excited for their miracle baby, who's due later this summer.

They also revealed they experienced a miscarriage and underwent IVF to bring this baby into the world.

"We didn't want to stay stuck in our grief where we couldn't grow as people and be the best parents that we can be for London and Lincoln," Amber said. "And while this is, like Granger said, never going to be a replacement, we're doing the best that we can moving forward carrying what we have to carry in this new road that we're walking."

We know the Granger family will continue to honor River's life and legacy. Congratulations to the growing family!

Gal Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano are expecting their third child together!

Gal Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano are expecting their third child together!

The Wonder Woman star announced the happy news on Instagram, with a sweet photo of her family holding her belly.

"Here we go again," Gadot captioned the photo.

Gadot and Varsano are already parents to Alma, 9, and Maya, 3.

Gadot previously revealed that she filmed reshoots for the first Wonder Woman film while five months pregnant with Maya. The costume department covered her growing belly with green fabric that could be digitally altered in postproduction.

"On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman," Gadot told EW. "On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog."

Congratulations to the growing family!

Ellie Goulding is going to be a mom!

Ellie Goulding is pregnant! The "Love Me Like You Do" singer is expecting her first child with husband Caspar Jopling.

Goulding revealed she's 30 weeks along in a new interview with Vogue.

She says she found out she was pregnant shortly after the couple's one-year wedding anniversary. It was a happy surprise for the pair.

"The thought of getting pregnant didn't seem like it could be a reality. Becoming pregnant kind of made me feel human."

"I want a better word than 'womanly,' [but] I have curves I've never had before. I'm enjoying it. My husband's enjoying it," Goulding added.

In the interview, the singer also described the challenges she's faced in her pregnancy so far.

"The sickness and tiredness was nothing I'd ever experienced before," she said.

"I feel like it's a taboo to talk about pregnancy as being challenging. It's not always serene and like you're not always glowing. I'm not saying that every second of this pregnancy has been miserable," she clarified.

"It's not always going to be easy. [But] I have a newfound respect for any woman who has children."

We love how honest she is—and she's so right! Pregnancy is hard and we don't give women enough credit for all that they endure.

Congratulations to the parents-to-be!

Catelynn Powell and Tyler Baltierra are about to become parents again!

Catelynn Powell Baltierra and Tyler Baltierra are about to become parents again!

The Teen Mom OG stars have announced that they're expecting a new addition to their family.

"This rainbow was worth the storm. Baby Baltierra coming soon," Catelynn shared on Instagram, alongside a sweet photo of daughters Novalee and Vaeda wearing matching shirts that read, "My Parents Did Not Practice Social Distancing, Big Sister 2021."

Catelynn also shared pictures of a positive pregnancy test and ultrasound.

The MTV stars were featured on the first season of 16 and Pregnant back in 2009, when Catelynn was pregnant with their first child. Viewers watched the teenagers decide on adoption for the little girl, who was named Carly.

Since then, the couple has had two more daughters and gotten married. In December 2020, Catelynn revealed that she experienced a miscarriage.

We're thrilled for the Baltierra family and their rainbow baby!

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald are expecting their fourth child after pregnancy loss

Jessa (Duggar) Seewald and Ben Seewald are expecting baby number four!

"After the heartbreaking loss of a baby last year, we're overjoyed to share that another little Seewald is on the way," said the Counting On couple in a statement.

"The pregnancy is going smoothly, and both baby and Jessa are doing well. We are so grateful to God for the precious gift of a new life!"

Jessa and Ben are parents to Spurgeon, 5, Henry, 4, and Ivy, 1.

"The kids are delighted, and we can hardly wait to welcome this little one into our arms this summer."

The Seewalds recently revealed that they lost a pregnancy in 2020, though they understandably haven't shared many other details.

In an Instagram post, Jessa shared an image of their current baby's latest ultrasound, writing, "We're looking forward to summertime, and here's our #1 reason! Thank you, God, for this precious gift! #RainbowBaby 🌈."

Jessa is the fifth oldest of the 19 children from the original 19 Kids and Counting reality series on TLC. The new baby will be the 21st grandchild in the Duggar family.

Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn is pregnant!

Christine Quinn is expecting her first child with husband Christian Richard!

The Selling Sunset star shared the happy news with PEOPLE.

"We happily can share the news that we are going to be parents!" Quinn told PEOPLE. "I'm a firm believer in manifesting my dreams and 'til this day, have always done so. This beautiful pregnancy was manifested. We knew that we wanted to create a family in 2021 and I envisioned myself pregnant as I did my daily meditations."

"We are so grateful to be expecting our first child," she added. "I'm so ready for what this next chapter holds and cannot wait to be a mom!"

Quinn and Richard tied the knot in December 2019.

Quinn has been a cast member of Selling Sunset since the show premiered on Netflix in 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just announced that Meghan Markle is pregnant again!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just announced that Meghan Markle is pregnant again!

A spokesperson for the couple announced today, "We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."

Archie will be two years old in May.

The spokesperson also shared a sweet black-and-white photograph of Harry and Meghan. In the photo, Harry is sitting up, while Meghan is lying on her back with her head in her husband's lap. Her hand is also placed over her visible baby bump.

37 years ago to the day, Princess Diana announced her pregnancy with Harry. The couple's spokesperson shared a photo of the front page of the Daily Express with the headline that read, "Valentine's Day joy for Charles and Diana."

What a sweet way to honor Princess Diana and include her in the birth announcement of their second child!

Congratulations to the happy and growing family!

Marie Kondo is pregnant with baby #3!

The decluttering expert and her husband are expecting their third child!

Kondo announced the news on Instagram, sharing a picture of herself wearing a flowing pink dress and cradling her growing bump.

"I have some news! Another bundle of joy on the way," she captioned the image.

Kondo, 36, and husband Takumi Kawahara are also parents to daughters Satsuki and Miko.

Kondo might be best known for her Netflix hit show, "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo," where she offers useful tips for keeping spaces clean.

"When I first became a mother, I felt frustrated when I couldn't tidy my home exactly the way I wanted," she wrote on her website.

"Then, after having my second child, I didn't even have the energy to consider some of my former practices around the house!"

Kondo added, "Motherhood taught me to be more forgiving of myself. The joy that comes from parenting exceeds any satisfaction that could have come from a perfectly neat home."

Halsey is expecting her first child!


Halsey just announced her pregnancy with a trio of photos featuring her growing belly on Instagram.

"Surprise!" captioned the singer, along with emojis for a baby bottle, rainbow, and an infant angel.

In the first picture, she's wearing a crocheted rainbow top and blue jeans.

Halsey didn't immediately release any other details about her pregnancy, although screenwriter Alev Aydin is tagged on her bare bump in the photo.

Aydin commented on the post, "Heart so full, I love you, sweetness." Halsey replied, "I love you!!!!! And I love this mini human already!"

Halsey's rainbow top and emojis may be a reference to her previous pregnancy loss.

In a 2018 interview on The Doctors, the singer revealed that shortly after finding out she was pregnant, she suffered a miscarriage during a performance.

"And before I could really figure out what that meant to me and what that meant for my future, for my career, for my life, for my relationship, the next thing I knew I was on stage miscarrying in the middle of my concert," she said.

The singer also revealed that she had surgery to treat her endometriosis, a condition that she had struggled with for years.

We're so happy for Halsey and her rainbow baby!

Brett Young + wife Taylor are expecting baby #2 🎉

Country singer Brett Young and his wife are expecting their second child!

The couple is already parents to their 15-month-old daughter, Presley Elizabeth.

Young and his wife announced the pregnancy in People this week. The "Lady" singer told the magazine that they knew they wanted to give Presley a little sibling.

"We really wanted them to be close enough in age so they could have a lot of things in common and be best friends," Young says. "Tay had her sister close in age growing up, so we both felt strongly we wanted Presley to have the same."

"Tay is so close with her sister, and that's something we always knew we wanted for Presley," he adds. "We feel very blessed!"

Taylor is due this summer. Congratulations!

Nick Carter + wife Lauren expecting no.3 after miscarriages

Backstreet Boys band member Nick Carter is expecting his third child with his wife Lauren who didn't find out she was pregnant until she was 5 and a half months pregnant!

" I didn't have any symptoms, I didn't have anything indicating that I was pregnant. One day I just, I felt something move in my body and I said, 'Nick, there's something not right. I think I need to go to the doctor. Something's wrong with me.' I was not supposed to be able to have any more children, so I never assumed that I was pregnant," Lauren tells People.

The pregnancy was super surprising after Lauren suffered multiple miscarriages, something she describes as really traumatic.

Things are going well in this pregnancy and the new baby will join 4-year-old Odin and 15-month-old Saoirse.

Emma Stone is pregnant with her first child 🎉

Actress Emma Stone and her husband Dave McCary are expecting a baby, People reports.

The couple were married in 2020 and have not yet publicly talked about the pregnancy, but back in 2018, Stone explained her feelings on family during an interview for Elle, stating: "My perspective about kids has changed as I've gotten older. I never babysat or anything. As a teenager, I was like, I'm never getting married, I'm never having kids. And then I got older and I was like, I really want to get married, I really want to have kids."

Lauren and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino are adding to the Jersey Shore family! 

Lauren and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino are the latest Jersey Shore couple to start a family. The duo announced the big news on social media this week, noting the due date is May 2021.

This is a rainbow baby for the couple who just celebrated their second wedding anniversary. They've been through a lot since getting married in 2018: Mike went to prison for tax evasion three months after they got married, and served 8 months. After his release in September 2019 Lauren became pregnant but suffered a miscarriage.

"It was the most traumatic thing I've ever experienced in my life, and I think also for Mike, because he was seeing me suffer and he didn't know how to take it away," she told People.

Things are changing for the couple and 2020 has proven to have some bright spots.

Cast member Deena Cortese (who is also pregnant) was quick to comment on the social media pregnancy announcement: "So excited for you both! Love you guys so much."

Karlie Kloss is expecting her first child 

Model (and former Taylor Swift bestie) Karlie Kloss is pregnant!

Multiple outlets have reported Kloss and her Joshua Kushner (Ivanka Trump's brother-in-law) are expecting their first child together.

According to People, 28-year-old Kloss is pretty thrilled to be expecting her first child two years after marrying Kushner.

Kloss has not yet made an announcement on social media or spoken publicly about the pregnancy.

Jersey Shore Star Deena Cortese just announced her 2nd pregnancy with the a Halloween-themed pregnancy announcement 🎃

It's a new era for Jersey Shore's Deena Cortese, who just announced she and her husband Chris Buckner are expecting their second child.

The two already share 21-month-old son CJ.​ Back when he was a baby Cortese shared that motherhood is harder than she thought it would be, but she's proven to be up to the challenge, even when online trolls mom-shamed her.

We hope that welcoming her second child is a bit easier (and that Instagram users are a bit more empathetic). Cortese's second baby is due in May 2021, an announcement she made via a Hocus Pocus-themed photo shoot.

Along with Chris and CJ, she sported a themed T-shirt announcing the good news (mama's says: "I smell a child", a line from the beloved Halloween classic) and her due date is painted on a pumpkin.

Congratulations on your little pumpkin, Deena!

Hilary Duff is expecting baby no. 3!

Hilary Duff and her husband Matthew Koma are expecting another baby!

This little one will join 2-year-old big sister Banks, and big brother Luca, who Duff shares with her ex, Mike Comrie.

"We are growing!!!" Duff captioned a video announcement on Instagram, which shows Koma rubbing her belly.

Congratulations to this growing family!

Katharine McPhee + David Foster are expecting a baby! 

American Idol alum Katharine McPhee and her husband, music mogul David Foster, are expanding their family.

McPhee, 36, is pregnant, People reports. This is her first child and Foster's sixth. Foster, age 70, is already dad to five women between the ages of 34 and 50.

The age gap between McPhee's baby and their half-siblings is larger than most, but as Foster's daughter Erin (age 38) previously told People, the age-gap in the McPhee-Foster marriage has been good for Foster's grown kids.

"Interestingly, the age difference has played a role in a positive way," Erin Foster previously told People. "Our dad comes from a generation where women are more passive. He is also passive about his feelings. Kat has really pushed him to open up. We could get into a fight, and then Kat's like, 'No, you have to pick up the phone, call your daughter back.' She's a facilitator, which is really important. She pushes him to be more emotional and more vulnerable."

Meghan Trainor + Daryl Sabara are having a baby! 

Singer Meghan Trainor and Spy Kids actor Daryl Sabara are going to be parents!

"You all know how long I've wanted this!!!!" Trainor captioned a recent Instagram post of a sonogram. "@darylsabara and I are so beyond happy and excited to meet this little cutie early next year! WE'RE PREGNANTTTTT!!!"

As E! News reports, this news comes almost two years after the couple's wedding.


Surprise! Kelly Rowland is pregnant with baby no. 2! 

As CNN reports, Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child is expecting her second child. Rowland broke the news via the cover of Women's Health.

She told the magazine she and her husband Tim Weatherspoon wanted to expand their family, and the quarantine just sped things up.

"We had been talking about it loosely, and then Covid happened, and we were just like, 'Let's see what happens,'" Rowland said.

Frankie Muniz calls wife Paige Price's pregnancy 'a real-life miracle'

Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz is known for playing the middle brother but he's about to be a dad!

Muniz and wife Paige Price just announced they're expecting a baby and Price is due in March.

"This is the biggest announcement I've ever made!!!" Muniz said on Twitter.

The couple has been married for 4 years and wasn't always sure this day would come. '

"When we found out we were expecting, I think we were both in a state of disbelief," Price said. "We knew that we wanted this, but we were told our chances weren't that great."

According to Price, dealing with infertility made going to every doctor's appointment very difficult. Now that she is 15 weeks along she can't believe it, and neither can Muniz (who is adorably thrilled).

"We felt like we were living and experiencing a real-life miracle for the first time. The second I heard that heartbeat, reality set in. I was throwing out baby names and future career choices," Muniz says in a video posted to social media.


Rose Leslie + Kit Harrington are expecting their first child! 🎉

Actors Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie fell in love on the set of Game of Thrones and while the series is over their marriage continues...and now their family is growing.

Yes, Leslie is pregnant, as the world learned via a photo shoot for Make Magazine that the magazine's Fashion Director Ursula Lake posted to Instagram.

"A very special all woman team photographic shoot capturing Rose at this wonderful time as she prepares for motherhood for the first time!" wrote Lake.

The couple have not publicly discussed the pregnancy yet.

Princess Eugenie + Jack Brooksbank are expecting a baby

Another royal baby is on the way. Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting, the palace said in an official statement.

It reads: "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021.

Princess Eugenie also made the announcement on her personal Instagram. She posted a photos showing the couple holding up baby slippers and a portrait of her and her husband.

She captioned the pics: "Jack and I are so excited for early 2021..."

Mandy Moore is pregnant with her first child! 🎉

Huge news for This Is Us fans! Mandy Moore just announced her pregnancy and the congratulations are rolling in from fans worldwide.

Moore and her husband Taylor Goldsmith look absolutely thrilled in their Instagram baby announcement (photographed by Jenna Jones), which Moore captioned "Baby Boy Goldsmith coming early 2021."

The actress and singer married Goldsmith in 2018 and Moore has been playing a mama on TV even longer than that. Back in 2017, she told E! News that her role on This Is Us made her "ovaries start kicking."

Three years later she can feel a baby kicking!

Congratulations to Mandy + Taylor! 🎉

Brittany Cartwright + Jax Taylor are expecting a baby! 

Vanderpump Rules fans have another birth to look forward to as Brittany + Jax join the growing number of current and former cast members becoming parents.

The couple broke the news on Instagram where they both posted the same series of photographs with their sonogram photo.

"Mom & Dad. The love of our lives is coming soon," Brittany captioned her post.

Dad-to-be Jax captioned his slides: "Sooooo,........I am gonna be Dad.."

This baby will have a lot of company at VPR reunions.

The couple's VPR colleague Lala Kent is expecting a baby girl with her fiancé Randall Emmett and former cast member (and Jax's ex) Stassi Schroeder is also expecting a girl with her fiancé, Beau Clarke.

Ashley Tisdale is going to be a mama! 🎉

Ashley Tisdale dropped some huge news on Instagram—she's pregnant!

The 35-year-old High School Musical actress and her husband Christopher French both posted a series of pregnancy photos to their accounts. Tisdale didn't add a caption and just let her bump speak for itself.

Her former co-star Vanessa Hudgens was quick to comment, writing "Just the freaking cutest."

Tisdale and French have been married since 2014 and have talked about wanting kids in the past but Tisdale says the constant questions about whether or when they would start a family were overwhelming.

"[After] I got engaged EVERYONE (and I mean everyone!) asked when I was getting married," she wrote on her blog, Frenshe. "Then, once I was married, everyone was asking when I was having kids. To be honest, it just felt invasive. I wasn't ready for that step yet and I wanted to be selfish and have Chris all to myself for a while."

She continues: "[G]oing through my mental health journey, it wouldn't have been the right timing for such a huge life change. I'm not naive about how a baby changes everything as I have a niece and plenty of friends with kids. I'm glad I worked on myself before we decided to make this decision. After six years of marriage, we built a strong foundation, and the timing just felt right."

Tisdale says her first trimester hasn't been easy but she's looking forward to the rest of this journey and to sharing her family's story on her own timeline.

Tisdale reminds the world that if, when or how a person chooses to start a family are personal questions and we never know someone else's story.

Country singer Mickey Guyton is pregnant! 🎉

Country musician Mickey Guyton is expecting her first child with her husband, Grant Savoy.

This year has already been an intense one for the "Black Like Me" singer and it's now even more emotional.

"God sent me an angel in these dark times and I am beyond grateful and terrified and all of the things," she wrote over an Instagram story showing a bump selfie.

"I'm so excited to announce that I'm having a baby! My life completely changed in an instant. Literally nothing else matters," Guyton captioned an Instagram post of her ultrasound photos. "I'm so excited and terrified all at the same time. I have no idea what I am doing but am so thankful that God chose me to be this baby's mom 😭👶🏽🤰🏾"

Bindi Irwin is expecting her first child with her husband Chandler Powell

Newlywed Bindi Irwin is pregnant!

The 22-year-old mama-to-be is expecting a baby with husband Chandler Powell, who she married in March.

"Baby Wildlife Warrior due 2021," Irwin captioned an Instagram announcement showing the couple holding up a baby-sized Australia Zoo uniform.

"Chandler and I are proud to announce that we're expecting! It's an honour to share this special moment in our lives with you."

Congratulations Bindi! 🎉

Emma Roberts is talking about her pregnancy for the first time 🎉

Back in June, multiple outlets reported actress Emma Roberts was pregnant, but the 29-year-old actress and her boyfriend Garrett Hedlund, 35, hadn't publicly commented on the pregnancy...until now.

On August 30 Roberts posted a series of photos to Instagram, the first shows her in a beautiful dress, holding her bump. Hedlund appears alongside her in the next two photos. She captioned the pics: "Me...and my two favourite guys", which suggests the couple are expecting a baby boy!

Fellow new mom (and Scream Queens co-star) Lea Michele commented on the post, writing: "You will be the greatest mama. I love you Em! Boy moms together💙."

Surprise! Teyana Taylor reveals pregnancy in her new music video

When Teyana Taylor's new music video hit the internet so did the news of her second pregnancy. In the music video for "Wake Up Love" Taylor's bump makes its debut, alongside big sister Iman Tayla and Taylor's husband, Iman Shumpert.

"Everybody is just excited. I can't wait," Taylor told People. I've got three more months left until we meet our little princess."

The new single is the fifth from Taylor's upcoming release, "The Album".

Former Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder is pregnant with her first child

[Editors's Note: As Motherly has previously stated, systemic racism in America is real and we are committed to covering the Black Lives Matter movement. For resources on raising anti-racist children, look here.]

Shortly after being fired from Vanderpump Rules because former co-star Faith Stowers accused Schroder and other cast members of racist actions, Stassi Schroder has confirmed she is pregnant with her first child.

Schroder has not yet publicly commented on her pregnancy but has apologized for the series of events that led to her leaving the Bravo series.

"Racially insensitive comments from my past have resurfaced. It is important that I continue to take accountability for what I have said and done, while pushing myself to do better," Schroeder wrote on Instagram. "I have grown significantly from the person I was then, and I am still filled with remorse and regret for the hurt I caused. I am grateful for the people in my life that continue to check me and push me to evolve into a more educated person."

Schroder is engaged to Beau Clark. The two had planned to get married this summer but postponed the event due to COVID-19.

[A version of this post was originally published October 21, 2018. It has been updated. ]

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When you ask any two mamas to share their experience with breastfeeding, you are bound to get very unique answers. That's because while the act of breastfeeding is both wonderful and natural, it also comes with a learning curve for both mothers and babies.

In some cases, breastfeeding won't be the right path for everyone. But with the right tools, resources and social support systems, we can make progress toward the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation to continue breastfeeding through the first year of a child's life. After all, breastfeeding helps nourish infants, protects them against illnesses, develops their immune systems and more. Not to mention that mothers who breastfeed experience reduced risk for breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

With National Breastfeeding Awareness Month this month, it's a great time for mamas (and expectant mamas!) to gather the supplies that will support their feeding journey—whether it looks like exclusively breastfeeding, pumping or combo-feeding.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Designed for regular use, this double electric breast pump allows mamas to customize the cycle and vacuum settings that work for them. The 100% SoftShape™ silicone shields on this pump form-fit to a wide range of breast shapes and sizes—which means more comfortable, more efficient pumping. And every pump comes with two complete Dr. Brown's Options+ bottles, giving you everything you need to go from pumping to feeding.


Dr. Brown’s™ Breast Milk Collection Bottles

There's no need to cry over spilled milk—because it won't happen with these storage bottles! Make the pump-to-feeding transition simpler with Dr. Brown's Milk Collection Bottles. The bottles adapt to Dr. Brown's electric pumps to easily fill, seal and transport, and they work with Dr. Brown's bottle and nipple parts when your baby's ready to eat. (Meaning no risky pouring from one bottle to another. 🙌)


Breast Milk Storage Bags

With an extra-durable design and double zip seal, your breast milk will stay fresh and safe in the fridge or freezer until it's needed. Plus, the bags are easy to freeze flat and then store for up to six months, so your baby can continue drinking breast milk long after you are done nursing.


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump with Options+™ Bottle & Bag

Here's something they don't tell you about breastfeeding ahead of time: While feeding your baby on one side, the other breast may "let down" milk, too. With this one-piece Silicone Breast Pump, you don't have to let those precious drops go to waste. The flexible design makes pouring the milk into a bottle stress-free.


Dr. Brown’s® Manual Breast Pump

No outlet in sight? No worries! With this powerful-yet-gentle Manual Breast Pump, you can get relief from engorgement, sneak in some quick midnight pumping or perform a full pumping session without any electricity needed. With Dr. Brown's 100% silicone SoftShape™ Shield, the hand-operated pump is as comfortable as it is easy to use. Complete with Dr. Brown's® Options+™ Anti-Colic Wide-Neck Bottle, a storage travel cap and cleaning brush, consider this the breastfeeding essential for any mama who has places to go.


Options+™ Anti-Colic Baby Bottle

With the soft silicone nipple and natural flow design of these bottles, your baby can easily switch between breast and bottle. Clinically proven to reduce colic thanks to the vent, your baby can enjoy a happy tummy after feeding sessions—without as much spit-up, burping or gas! By mimicking the flow and feel of the breast, these bottles help support your breastfeeding experience.


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7 hacks for simplifying after-school snacks

Prepping delicious and nutritious foods shouldn't take all day.

When you're in the middle of the school year and managing a family, each minute of time becomes very precious. Sometimes that means healthy food choices in the household can take a backseat. But don't stress it, mama. Prepping delicious and nutritious choices for the kids to munch on doesn't need to take all day.

Remember to keep it fun, simple and interactive! Here are tips for simplifying after-school snacks once and for all:

1. Prep snacks on Sunday

This simple trick can make the rest of the week a breeze. Tupperware is your friend here, you can even write different days of the week on each container to give the kids a little surprise every day. I really like storage with compartments for snack prep. Personally, I slice apples, carrots or cucumbers to pair with almond butter and hummus—all great to grab and go for when you're out all day and need some fresh variety.

2. When in doubt, go for fruit

Fruit is always a quick and easy option. I suggest blueberries, clementine oranges, apples, frozen grapes or even unsweetened apple sauce and dried fruit, like mixed fruit. It's fun to put together a fruit salad, too. Simply cut up all the fruit options and let the kids decide how they'd like to compile. Prepped fruit is also great to have on hand for smoothies, especially when it's been sitting in the fridge for a few days—throw it in the blender with some nut milk and voila.

3. Pair snacks with a dip

Hummus is a great dip to keep on hand with lots of versatility or you can grab a yogurt-based dip. Easy and healthy dippers include pre-sliced veggies, baby carrots and multigrain tortilla chips. Plain hummus is a great way to introduce seasonings and spices too—shake a little turmeric, add fresh basil and you'd be surprised what your kids will take to.

4. Have high-protein options readily available

Snacks with high protein, like cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs and jerky will fuel kids for hours. One of my favorites is a turkey stick, which is a fun addition to the hummus platter. Just slice into bite-sized pieces. I love cottage cheese because it can go savory or sweet, use as a dip with your prepped veggies, or drizzle pure maple syrup and sprinkle with berries.

5. Always keep the pantry stocked

Monthly deliveries keeps the pantry updated without a trip to grocery store. Many kids are big fans of popcorn, granola and pretzels. We like to DIY our own snack packs with a little popcorn, pretzels, nuts and whatever else is in the pantry so there's always something different!

6. Make cracker tartines

I love the idea of replicating popular restaurant dishes for kids. Here are some of my favorite snack-sized tartines using any crisp bread, or favorite flat cracker of your choice as the base. There are no rules and kids love adding toppings and finding new combinations they love.

  • Avocado crackers: Use a cracker and then layer with thinly sliced avocado, a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese topped with roasted pepitas or sunflower seeds.
  • Tacos: The base for this is a black bean spread—just drain a can of black beans, rinse and place into a wide bowl. With a fork or potato masher, lightly smush the beans until chunky. Spread onto your cracker and top with tomato, cheddar cheese and black olives. Try out a dollop of super mild salsa or some lime zest to introduce some new flavor profiles.
  • A play on PB&J: Smear peanut butter, almond or a favorite sun butter on the cracker. I like to get a mix it up a bit and put fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries and tiny diced apples) and a little bit of dried fruit sprinkled on top.

7. Pre-make smoothie pops

The easy part about meal prep is the prep itself, but knowing exactly how much to make ahead is tricky. Freeze a smoothie in popsicle molds to have a healthy treat ready-to-go snack. They're super simple to make: Add any fruit (I like apples, berries, pineapples and mangoes) and veggies (carrots, steamed beet and wilted kale) to a blender with your favorite nut milk until you have consistency just a bit thinner than a smoothie. Pour into your trusty reusable popsicle molds and then into the freezer to make an ice pop so good they could eat them for breakfast.

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15 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Stomp Racers

As longtime fans of Stomp Rockets, we're pretty excited about their latest launch–Stomp Racers. Honestly, the thrill of sending things flying through the air never gets old. Parents and kids alike can spend hours launching these kid-powered cars which take off via a stompable pad and hose.


Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

Step2 Up and Down Rollercoaster

Tiny thrill-seekers will love this kid-powered coaster which will send them (safely) sailing across the backyard or play space. The durable set comes with a high back coaster car and 10.75 feet of track, providing endless opportunities for developing gross motor skills, balance and learning to take turns. The track is made up of three separate pieces which are easy to assemble and take apart for storage (but we don't think it will be put away too often!)


Secret Agent play set


This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Stepping Stones


Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.


Sand play set

B. toys Wagon & Beach Playset - Wavy-Wagon Red

For the littlest ones, it's easy to keep it simple. Take their sand box toys and use them in the bath! This 12-piece set includes a variety of scoops, molds and sifters that can all be stored in sweet little wagon.


Sensory play set


Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Foam pogo stick


Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.




Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.


Hopper ball

Hopper ball

Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.


Pull-along ducks


There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Rocking chair seesaw


This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


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Even 5 hours of screen time per day is OK for school-aged kids, says new study

Researchers found screen time contributes to stronger peer relationships and had no effect on depression and anxiety. So maybe it isn't as bad as we thought?

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If you've internalized some parental guilt about your own child's screen time usage, you're not alone. Numerous studies have shown that exposure to significant amounts of screen time in children leads to an increased risk of depression and behavioral issues, poor sleep and obesity, among other outcomes. Knowing all this can mean you're swallowing a big gulp of guilt every time you unlock the iPad or turn on the TV for your kiddo.

But is screen time really that bad? New research says maybe not. A study published in September 2021 of 12,000 9- and 10-year-olds found that even when school-aged kids spend up to 5 hours per day on screens (watching TV, texting or playing video games), it doesn't appear to be that harmful to their mental health.

Researchers found no association between screen usage and depression or anxiety in children at this age.

In fact, kids who had more access to screen time tended to have more friends and stronger peer relationships, most likely thanks to the social nature of video gaming, social media and texting.

The correlations between screen time and children's health

But those big social benefits come with a caveat. The researchers also noted that kids who used screens more frequently were in fact more likely to have attention problems, impacted sleep, poorer academic performance and were more likely to show aggressive behavior.

Without a randomized controlled trial, it's hard to nail down these effects as being caused directly by screens. The study's authors analyzed data from a nationwide study known as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD Study), the largest long-term study of brain development and children's health in the country. They relied on self-reported levels of screen time from both children and adults (it's funny to note that those reported numbers differed slightly depending on who was asked… ).

It's important to remember that these outcomes are just correlations—not causations. "We can't say screen time causes the symptoms; instead, maybe more aggressive children are given screen devices as an attempt to distract them and calm their behavior," says Katie Paulich, lead author of the study and a PhD student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Also worth noting is that a child's socioeconomic status has a 2.5-times-bigger impact on behavior than screens.

Weighing the benefits with the risks will be up to you as the parent, who knows your child best. And because we live in a digital world, screens are here to stay, meaning parents often have little choice in the matter. It's impossible to say whether recreational screen time is fully "good" or "bad" for kids. It's maybe both.

"When looking at the strength of the correlations, we see only very modest associations," says Paulich. "That is, any association between screen time and the various outcomes, whether good or bad, is so small it's unlikely to be important at a clinical level." It's all just part of the overall picture.

A novel look at screen time in adolescents

The researchers cite a lack of studies examining the relationship between screen time and health outcomes in this specific early-adolescence age group, which is one of the reasons why this study is so groundbreaking. The findings don't apply to younger children—or older adolescents, who may be starting to go through puberty.

Screen time guidelines do exist for toddlers up to older kids, but up to 1.5 hours per day seems unattainable for many young adolescents, who often have their own smartphones and laptops, or at least regular access to one.

Of course, more research is needed, but that's where this study can be helpful. The ABCD study will follow the 12,000 participants for another 10 years, following up with annual check-ins. It'll be interesting to see how the findings change over time: Will depression and anxiety as a result of screen time be more prevalent as kids age? We'll have to wait and see.

The bottom line? Parents should still be the gatekeepers of their child's screen time in terms of access and age-appropriateness, but, "our early research suggests lengthy time on screen is not likely to yield dire consequences," says Paulich.

Children's health

Mom and gorilla bond over their babies at the zoo: ‘It was so beautiful’

The new mothers shared a special moment at a Boston zoo.

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Motherhood knows no bounds.

When Kiki the gorilla spotted a new mom and baby visiting her habitat at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, she immediately took a liking to the pair. Emmelina Austin held her five-week-old son Canyon to the glass so Kiki could get a better look.

The gorilla spent nearly five minutes happily pointing and staring at baby Canyon.

Emmelina's husband captured the sweet moment on his phone, in a video that's now gone viral.

Mother shares unique maternal bond with gorilla (FULL VIDEO)

Why was Kiki so interested in her tiny visitor? Possibly because Kiki's a new mom herself. Her fifth baby, Pablo, was born in October.

Near the end of the video, Kiki scooped up Pablo and held him close. The new moms held their baby boys to the glass and shared a special moment together: just a couple of mothers, showing off their little ones.

"When I walked into the zoo that day, I never could've imagined that we would have had that experience," Austin told ABC News. "It was so beautiful, and we walked out just over the moon."

We can't get enough of the sweet exchange. There's something special about sharing your little one with the world. Mothers of all ages, races–and it turns out, species–understand.

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