Are you a fan of the mom overshare?
Do you enjoy seeing Facebook photos of your friend’s pee stick announcing her pregnancy? How about shots of her bare baby bump? Did you press ‘play’ on your high school pal’s birth video?
With social media connecting us to each other like never before, one wonders if anything is sacred anymore. Is TMI (too much information) a thing of the past?
Carolyn Roberston over at Baby Center sounds off on the TMI trend, saying, “I can appreciate the educational value in it, and certainly the miracle of it, but it’s all just a bit too much for me.”
While Robertson makes a good point, when celebrity moms join in on the sharing fun, the trend can go viral.
- Bare baby bumps:
During her fourth pregnancy, Hollywood mom Tori Spelling fought back against critics who took her to task for baring her belly in sexy swimsuits.
“A few months back, I caught a lot of flack on two separate occasions for bearing my baby bump in a bikini and monokini while spending the day poolside with my family,” shared the actress. “I have to say, I’m super proud of my bump. Why should I be embarrassed and cover up something that’s the greatest gift a woman can experience? A pregnant woman in any shape or size is beautiful!”
Tori went on to encourage all expectant moms to be “bump proud,” and “embrace your growing curves and bourgeoning belly.”
- The gross things kids say:
Tori is also loves to talk about her oldest son’s silly sayings. The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum recently shared her 5-year-old son Liam’s latest milestone.
“The other night, after a trip to the bathroom, he said to me, “Listen Mom… Now that I’m 5, I say ‘I go poo’. 4 year olds say ‘poo poo’… But I’m a big man now so I say ‘poo’!”
- Birth stories:
Do you get downright joyful hearing about pain-free natural childbirth?
One of the most outspoken celebrity moms on natural birth is supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The supermodel gave birth to her first child Benjamin in December 2009 and has openly spoken about her drug-free home water birth. saying that her natural child birth that “didn’t hurt in the slightest.”
“My delivery was in a bath tub, in water,” the Brazilian beauty said. “I wanted to have a home birth. I wanted to be very aware and present during the birth… I didn’t want to be drugged up. So I did a lot of preparation, I did yoga and meditation, so I managed to have a very tranquil birth at home. It didn’t hurt in the slightest. The whole time my mind was focused in each contraction on the thought ‘my baby is closer to coming out.’”
A few weeks later, the model mom looked svelte on the cover of Vogue and spoke of her “empowered” birth experience.
“I wanted to experience the transformation,” she said. “It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body. And once he was born, I never felt so empowered as looking at him and thinking, Oh, my God, we did it together!”
- Breastfeeding stories:
Do you love hearing about orgasmic breastfeeding experiences? Clueless star Alicia Silverstone is happy to share hers.
The eco-friendly mama welcomed her first child, son Bear Blu, in May 2011. Since then, she has written about nourishing her son on her blog The Kind Life. She even posted a video of herself feeding her then-10-month-old son mouth-to-mouth.
The actress has also shared her thoughts on breastfeeding, admitting it can be painful at first but the outcome can result in “insane feelings of ecstasy.”
“It can be [painful], but just at first,” Alicia wrote. “What I’ve been told is it’s important to have the bonding latch right away. Everyone I know who had pain in the beginning says how amazing it was after the first two weeks – that the insane feelings of ecstasy while baby nurses are the best ever, and that it’s so worth the baracuda jaws for two weeks. Also, I have seen and heard so much about how the baby, when first put on the chest immediately after birth, will crawl up to your nipple after a while and open its mouth like a little bird looking for the nipple. How cute and precious is that?”
- Placenta recipes:
Placenta for dinner, anyone?
Mad Men star January Jones – who welcomed son Xander in September 2011 – recommends all moms to preserve their placenta.
“I have a great doula who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation,” the single mom said. “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.”
She added: “It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!”
Do you enjoy enjoy the mom overshare?