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Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
When Angelina Jolie wrote an Op-Ed column for The New York Post earlier this week, the news she shared was a shock to many people. Jolie revealed she recently underwent a double mastectomy. In 2007, her mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56 after fighting the disease for nearly a decade. Jolie admitted she has struggled with explaining why her mother is not here to be a grandmother and has been asked by her own children whether or not she would also die from cancer several times.
Doing everything possible to be here for her children as long as she can, Jolie underwent testing for the BRCA gene mutation and tested positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation. According to her doctors, her risk of breast cancer was 87 percent, a number that influenced her to choose to undergo a double mastectomy – a procedure that worked to reduce her breast cancer chances to just 5 percent.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
When they met on the set of the Biggest Loser Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson fell in love. Poueu proposed to Anderson in 2010 and shortly after suffered a major injury that required 9 months of recovery. When the couple married in April of 2012, they had their whole life ahead of them and quickly got pregnant. However, the couple announced this week that they will be getting a divorce and Anderson asked for privacy during this difficult time. According to reports, when their marriage began to suffer with communication problems, Anderson urged Poueu to go to counseling. While in a session, Poueu decided to confess all and admitted that he has been cheating on Anderson throughout their relationship. It seems that Anderson could not cope with the betrayal and left Poueu with only two months remaining in her pregnancy.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
After having her son, Milo Thomas 20 months ago, Alyssa Milano realized she would not be in a bikini anytime soon, but that’s not her big concern.
The 40-year-old actress has learned how much love her heart could hold since Milo was born. She told People, “You think you know what love is before you have [kids] and then you have the baby and it completely shatters whatever concept of [what] love was before you met them.” When Milo was born she decided to take her time in losing the baby weight, instead she just enjoyed being with her new baby.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
Amber Rose wanted to have a home birth even before she became pregnant last year. She watched The Business of Being Born and knew that the experiences she saw on the documentary were ones she wanted to recreate when she had a child of her own. After becoming pregnant, she got her fiancé Wiz Khalifa on board, hired a doula, got a birthing pool, and had everything ready to welcome her son Sebastian into the world in the privacy of her own home.
However, her plans took a turn when at 8-months pregnant when she found out that Sebastian was breech. Unfortunately, all outside interventions -- homeopathic and medical -- failed and she had to schedule a c-section. She said on The Ricki Lake Show, “At that point, after I tried everything, I was like, ‘I just want my baby, if I have to have a c-section, fine.’ But I told Wiz, ‘If we go to the hospital and my baby turns around, I’m going back home!’”
Saturday, May 04, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
Kara DioGuardi had seen what cancer could do to the women she loved -- both her grandmother and mother passed away after battling breast and ovarian cancer. So when she happened to hear a story on the BRCA gene on a New York news station, she paid attention. The BRCA gene is found in women who have hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and is thought to be an indicator of the chances of developing these cancers later in life. Medical professionals have begun to recommend prophylactic surgery to women who test positive for either BRCA or BRCA2 mutation.
When DioGuardi discovered she had the BRCA2 mutation she choose to have her ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes removed to greatly reduce her chances of developing hereditary breast or ovarian cancer in the future. But the surgery put a chink in DioGuardi and her husband’s plans to have a child.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
Kim Kardashian has been the brunt of quite a few fashion jokes as she has grown during her pregnancy. The reality star has been seen wearing couture clothes that may not do justice to her figure, and the usually fashionable star has been criticized for her fashion choices. Some stars are now speaking out against the criticism with one main theme: leave her alone.
In a recent People magazine article on their website several women who are currently pregnant or have been pregnant spoke out in defense of Kardashian. Gwyneth Paltrow said, “I think that women should support each other, especially through pregnancy. It’s a difficult time and I think Kim Kardashian looks absolutely beautiful. And we’re supposed to gain weight when we’re pregnant — that’s how God intended it.”
Helena Christensen says, “It is disgusting and despicable the way that certain media constantly harass the pregnant Kim Kardashian … a public bullying and attacking of a pregnant woman because of her growing shape is just lower than low … No one should ever be publicly judged for their body, but to attack an expecting mother is sacrilegious and just plain wrong. A pregnant woman should not be criticized for her shape, period!!”
Saturday, April 27, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
Tom Arnold has waited 23 years to become a father. His journey started in 1990 when he first spoke publicly about his low sperm count -- something he found out while in college and trying to donate sperm. At the time, he was married to Rosanne Barr and thought a child would soon come through IVF. The couple’s attempts to have a baby failed and they divorced in 1994. He tried to have kids with his next two wives as well, Julie Champnella from 1995 and 1999. In 2002, Arnold wed Shelby Roos but those attempts were also unsuccessful. When he began dating Ashley Groussman, he let her know upfront that he has not been able to have children, even with medical intervention. She stuck around and the couple married in 2009.
The couple discussed their options and while Tom was in favor of adoption, Ashley wanted him to try the one intervention he had not pursued, homeopathic medicine.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
After the first seven months of her daughter’s life, Elisa Donovan was ready to be herself again. She had survived the sleepless nights, planning a wedding, and getting herself back into shape, but she still was not complete -- she wanted to return to work.
When the opportunity came to be the voice for the audio version of the book Lean In, she jumped at the chance; but this new opportunity meant a sacrifice - time away from her daughter Scarlett. She says in a recent blog for People, “Working on Lean In would be the first time that I was officially working for a consecutive week since I had become a mom. And working in L.A. meant leaving Scarlett behind in San Francisco. This particular project felt like a divine way to dive back in. It was meaningful to me on many levels. The ideals proposed by the book — encouraging women to not hold ourselves back, to make ourselves be heard and to ask for what we deserve, to be unafraid to aspire to the highest positions of power, and know that one can be powerful and still be likeable — are things I believe in and was proud to be condoning.”
She thought she was totally fine, the sitter was scheduled, her husband would pick up the slack, and she was packed. However, at the airport she began to feel that thing that every mother is familiar with -- mommy guilt.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
When Nina Vardalos first thought about having children, she did not expect to become an instant mom. After years of fertility treatments -- she had 13 failed IVF procedures -- the actress became disillusioned with adoption and becoming a parent. That all changed one day when she was driving down a road she had been down a hundred times before she noticed a sign that she had somehow missed, a billboard for foster care adoption.
“I didn’t understand what it was,” she says. “All I thought was, ‘I don’t want to do that. The child will be placed with me, then eventually taken away.’” However, Vardalos did her research and learned that in the United States there are 135,000 kids who are legally emancipated and available for adoption. After the initial process, her life changed overnight when she got the call that there was a 3-year-old girl that they had been matched with and they had just 14 hours to prepare.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Heather Montgomery
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are arguably one of the most famous lesbian couples in Hollywood. Ellen has a hit talk show and de Rossi has a starring role in the most anticipated rebirth of a comedy show Arrested Development. In addition, Ellen is an extremely generous celebrity who gives thousands of dollars to families down on their luck and showers her audience with gifts during her popular 12 Days of Christmas shows.
Even with their mutual success and happy marriage, it looks like the pitter-patter of feet will not be coming to their house. In a recent interview with Out magazine Portia talks about the rebirth of the hit comedy Arrested Development and about whether or not the couple plan to have children. She says, “There comes some pressure in your mid-30s, and you think, ‘Am I going to have kids so I don’t miss out on something that other people really seem to love? Or is it that I really genuinely want to do this with my whole heart?’ I didn’t feel that my response was ‘yes’ to the latter. You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did. So it’s just going to be me and Ellen and no babies -- but we’re the best of friends and married life is blissful, it really is. I’ve never been happier than I am right now.”