This past January I found myself far from home, sitting with four women waiting to go into labor at Hogar Materno (Maternity House) in Vilcashuaman, Peru. Their midwife, Sofia, hovered nearby. The whitewashed building, nestled among sprouting vegetable gardens, is a short walk from the tiny health center’s obstetrical unit. At the time, it was home to 10 moms-to-be, their families and even livestock during the women’s last weeks of pregnancy.
Our August/September 2009 cover model, Irish actress Elaine Cassidy, played Abby on CBS’s Harper’s Island this past spring. Married to actor/producer Stephen Lord, Cassidy also appeared in the music video for Coldplay’s song, “The Scientist,” as well as the feature film The Others (2001) and U.K. television shows “Fingersmith” and “Uncle Adolf.” The couple are expecting their first child in early fall. We interviewed Cassidy after our cover photo shoot.
Last time these lovely ladies were featured in Fit Pregnancy they were expecting or had just given birth, so we thought it would be fun to see how their lives have been going now that their babies have arrived and are flourishing.
Q: How does it feel to be going through pregnancy again after 5 years?
A: It’s not exactly the way we planned it, but various circumstances kept us from having a baby sooner. I actually think it’s a good thing considering we’re having twins, as it would be so much harder with a toddler than with an almost 6-year-old.
Nancy O'Dell, co-anchor of NBC's Access Hollywood, has had a busy year so far: Daughter Ashby (named after O'Dell's grandfather) turns 2 on June 11; O'Dell was scheduled to compete on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) (and had to drop out due to a knee injury); and in April her first book - Full of Life: Mom to Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) comes out. She spoke with us one afternoon in March after taping Access.
Mom-to-be is a far cry from actress Denise Richards’ personas as Bond girl (The World Is Not Enough), bisexual predator (Wild Things) or the jumpsuited White She Devil in Undercover Brother. But it’s a role she is thrilled to be playing alongside her husband, actor Charlie Sheen, one of Hollywood’s most famous bad boys turned family man. We caught up with Richards nine weeks before her due date and shortly before her 33rd birthday.
For the past five years, Australian actress Rachel Griffiths has played the sultry and complicated Brenda Chenowith on the popular HBO series Six Feet Under. Mom to 18-month-old Banjo Patrick (he’s named after beloved Australian poet Banjo Paterson, who wrote “Waltzing Matilda”) and married to Australian artist Andrew Taylor, Griffiths, 36, is expecting the couple’s second child, a girl, due on June 25.
Powerhouse R&B diva Toni Braxton is co-producing her album Snowflakes with her husband, keyboardist Keri Lewis, and is collaborating on a line of baby gifts called Emily B — all while expecting her first child, a boy, on Christmas Day.
Television journalist Lara Spencer reports on fashion, trends and the quirkier side of life for Good Morning America while juggling married life with another a.m. person, CNN morning anchor David Haffenreffer. We spoke with Spencer, 31, when she was but a millisecond away from delivering their first child, a boy.
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Since appearing as a Playboy centerfold, Jenny McCarthy, 29, has had many successes. She’s co-hosted MTV’s Singled Out, starred in her own sitcom on NBC and has a new ABC show in the works. She was also the co-host of the American Music Awards in January. We caught up with McCarthy at home in Los Angeles when she was almost eight months pregnant with her first baby.
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