A-List pregnancy: How to have a baby like a celeb
Being pregnant is supposed to be one of life's great levellers - but A-listers tend to do it a little bit differently
1 Turn your baby shower into a retail opportunity
Getting your best girlfriends together for some afternoon tea and buns alongside the gifting of babygros, is far from sufficient when you're an A-lister with a good business head. Instead, one should make like Blake Lively - actress, Mrs Ryan Reynolds and aspiring lifestyle guru - who documented her baby shower on her website, Preserve.
The setting was dreamily rustic and the guests, all boho chic, feasted on magnificent cakes and looked like they were having the best time ever, although sadly there was no sign of Ryan. If you like what you see, you can 'shop' the shower on line and pick up items, including what the guests are wearing as well as the charming garland strings and rabbit-illustrated onesies.
2 Don't keep your baby's sex a secret
While many parents like to keep their expectant baby's gender to themselves, this is not the celeb way. The Saturdays' singer Una Foden chose Hello! magazine to reveal that she's having a boy and while Heroes star Hayden Panettiere shared the news that she was having a baby girl at the Emmys. Shakira's mum and dad, bless them, told Hola! magazine that the singer, who is five months pregnant, is expecting a boy. At least it means that everybody knows whether to choose something blue or pink when sending gifts.
3 Go underground once news of the pregnancy breaks
In this age of oversharing, Eva Mendes chose not to. The 40-year-old recently gave birth to Esmeralda, her first baby with Hollywood hottie Ryan Gosling - the child is yet to be seen but her genes practically guarantee physical perfection. Radically for a celeb, there were no tweets or interviews about Eva's pregnancy cravings or magazine covers showing off her bump. Instead, the very private actress was hardly spotted after news of her pregnancy broke and went to great lengths to cover up with large bags and coats when in public.
4 Fuel some rumours without saying a word
Who doesn't love a 'Is she or isn't she?' bit of speculation? Old media pro Rod Stewart must have known exactly what he was doing when he put his hand protectively over wife Penny Lancaster's stomach at a recent event in LA. There's been no confirmation as to whether or not she's pregnant - and possibly he was just patting her physique admiringly or deliberately teasing the waiting paparazzi. We need to know.
5 Get nude and flaunt your naked bump
This is an absolute priority when pregnant and even vaguely famous. Demi Moore's 1994 Vanity Fair 'bump' cover has spawned a thousand imitators, including Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Jessica Simpson. Most recently, former X Factor judge Kelly Rowlands appeared in a nude shoot in ELLE magazine and she defied anyone who wasn't a fan of pregnant women baring all.
"I don't know why they would get flack," she told ELLE.com. "It's really - I won't say amazing- it's Godmazing [laughs], watching your body carry a human...Why wouldn't you want to celebrate that? The body should be celebrated."
6 Use Instagram creatively
When deciding how to announce a pregnancy, a celeb could post a picture of her bump on Instagram but it's become a rather common A-list device. The Saturdays' Una Foden posted a picture of two-year-old daughter Aoife wearing a T-shirt with 'I'm going to be a big sister' emblazoned on it and confirmed her news in an accompanying message - very cute.
7 Announce your pregnancy and do your bit for charity
Given that they celebrated part of their wedding wearing matching onesies, quirky couple Dawn O'Porter and Chris O'Dowd were never going to share that they were expecting their first child in a conventional way. They didn't fail to disappoint when Roscommon lad Chris posted a video clip doing the ALS ice bucket challenge and then nominated 'Baby O'Porter' before the camera panned to Dawn pouring a glass of iced water over her bump.
8 Play a game of guess-the-baby
They're what could be deemed sitcom royalty and arrival of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' baby was greeted in the US with as much excitement as Prince George's was in the UK. Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher arrived on October 2 and the proud father was keen to share pictures of his beautiful new daughter with the world. Except, in his typical prankster style, Ashton brought a comedic element to proceedings by posting pictures of eight babies on his website and invited visitors to guess which one was Wyatt.
He wrote: "Mila and I would like to welcome Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher to the world. May your life be filled with wonder, love, laughter, health, happiness, curiosity, and privacy." He then teased fans with: "Can you guess which one is ours, or does it really matter? All babies are cute." And, of course, he is correct.
9 Keep super busy during your pregnancy
Pregnancy is no time to slow down when you're an in-demand celeb. She might be seven months pregnant but Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike is taking that - as well as multiple incredibly glamorous red-carpet appearances promoting the film - all in her stride.
Also impressive is the former Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton. She is married to Irish businessman Hugh Hanley and she made an exercise DVD while she was pregnant. The 34-year-old is a FETAC-qualified personal trainer and started making Michelle Heaton Active Pregnancy, when she was nine-weeks pregnant with her son AJ, who was born in March. She then filmed in the middle of every trimester.
10 Always, repeat always look good
Celebrity mums-to-be are not immune to swollen ankles, skin break outs, the need to be constantly close to a bathroom and some of the ickier sides to pregnancy. But what they do have is access to an army of stylists and make-up artists who can ensure that they will have that pregnancy glow constantly.
This of course is hugely annoying to the rest of the female pregnant popular who are bereft of such professional services.
Then again, normal pregnant women can leave the house wearing any unflattering but comfortable outfit they feel like putting on and not have to worry about getting papped.
Pregnant and worrying that you need to up your maternity style gain when looking at pictures of Gwen Stefani spending all of her third pregnancy in high heels or Rachel Bilson being the epitome of yummy mummy-to-be? The appropriate response is not rage, but gratefulness that such fashion expectations are not being placed on you.