Celebrities are often at the forefront of emerging trends, and bizarre pregnancy rituals are all too common amongst the rich and famous. Having access to private coaches, nurses, midwives, and dieticians gives these moms an upper hand when it comes to trying out new and upcoming pregnancy trends. Since money is not usually an issue, these pregnant ladies are in a position where they can try out the newest, craziest fads when it comes to pregnancy. Tabloids are filled to the brim with information surrounding the latest pregnancy hacks, and we can't help but be intrigued!
Whether it's Kim Kardashian's wacky fertility rituals, or Kate Middleton sticking to sweets, these ladies will shock you with the strange habits they adopted while their babies were gearing up to enter the world.
Non-celebrity pregnant moms waste no time seeking out the hottest, newest tips and tricks that have been tried and tested by the world's most famous moms. Whether it's embracing pregnancy fashion, adopting a new skin care routine, or sleeping in a certain position, these tips were practiced by the world's most renowned, celebrity moms. Whether you're expecting a baby, or just downright curious, these rituals are bound to leave you amused and perhaps even shocked! Here are 15 Weird Rituals These Celebrity Moms Were Doing While Pregnant.
15 Kim Kardashian's Fertility Ritual
Kim Kardashian and hubby Kanye West just welcomed their third child, via surrogate, but before opting to have someone carry their baby, Kim was very much trying to get pregnant naturally. After their first daughter, North, was born in 2013, Kim was determined to get pregnant again, and quickly! The baby fever had hit her hard.
In order to increase her fertility, Kim adopted a series of superstitious rituals. Wearing pearls to bed, sleeping on red, gold, yellow, and green sheets, and burning a specially "blessed" candle were all part of the techniques she adopted.
Something must've worked, because less than a year after North's birth, Kim was pregnant again. The couple's second child, their son, Saint, was born in late 2015.
14 Mariah Carey Wanted Her Babies To Be Serenaded
Mariah Carey is potentially the biggest diva in entertainment history, and it's no surprise that she brought her babies into the world in a very unique way. In April, 2011, Mariah gave birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe via C-section.
The babies, which she shares with ex-hubby Nick Cannon, were brought into the world while a recording of Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" played in the room.
Mariah was very specific about wanting the babies first Earthbound sounds to be of her music. Not only did it have to be her song, she specified that it had to be the live recording from Madison Square Garden, so essentially, the babies came out of the womb to a loud round of applause before the singer jumped into the first verse. Definitely unique, Mariah!
13 Kate Hudson Brought Magnolias To The Hospital
Kate Hudson is mom to two sons, 14-year-old Ryder and 6-year-old Bingham. Her strange birthing routine stemmed from advice that her mom, actress Goldie Hawn, gave her years ago.
While in labour, Kate focuses on a bouquet of magnolia flowers, which allow her to meditate and find stillness during contractions.
The flowers are also symbolic of femininity and are meant to help relax the muscles needed to birth a child. Kate and her mother are obviously as close as they come, as Goldie was present in the delivery room for the birth of Kate's two sons. Although Kate's sons have different dads, she still maintains amicable relationships with both Chris Robinson and Matt Bellamy.
12 Alicia Silverstone Ate Her Placenta
One trend that has surfaced over the last few years is that of a woman eating her placenta after giving birth. Yes, it sounds awful, but many health experts and moms have sworn by this practice, which allegedly has many perks for the mother. Alicia Silverstone is one such celebrity who spoke out openly about her placenta-eating. She had her placenta turned into vitamin-like pills after her son, Bear Blue, was born.
She equates taking the supplements to her boost in energy after the baby was born and admits she was sad when the pills ran out.
This New Age momma also published a book about her pregnancy and subsequent experiences as a new mom, called "Kind Mama". Although her techniques and approach to parenting are not standard, she seems to be super happy and that's all that counts!
11 Jessica Simpson Had Some Intense Cravings
Jessica Simpson is a celebrity that has famously been criticized for her dramatic ups and downs when it comes to weight. A woman should never feel that they need to conform to any specific guidelines to please the masses, and pregnancy is a time when gaining weight is absolutely normal and, often, healthy!
Jessica has said that she had a hard time sticking to healthy foods while pregnant with her son, Maxwell. She had some pretty intense cravings throughout the pregnancy, which mainly included guilty-pleasure foods from her childhood.
Macaroni and cheese, Pop Tarts, and Cap N' Crunch cereal were among her go-to's. When her son was born, most of the cravings subsided, and she was able to get back to a more steady and balanced diet!
10 Beyoncé's Pregnancy Photoshoot Broke The Internet
Beyonce might be the most famous woman of our decade. With a career that has spanned over 20 years, a whopping 22 Grammy wins and a net worth of over $500 million, Beyonce is no small fish in the music and entertainment industry! So it's no surprise that everything she does is done with glamour, grandeur, and class. Her pregnancy announcements, for both pregnancies, were no exception.
Beyonce released two series of pregnancy photos, one for her first pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy, and a second for her pregnancy with twins Sir Carter and Rumi.
To no one's surprise, the release of these mystical and feminine shots practically broke the internet, with Queen Bey fans losing their minds over the news.
9 Kristin Cavallari Had Three Healthy Pregnancies
Kristin Cavallari has come a long way since her party-girl persona was introduced to us in MTV's Laguna Beach and The Hills. The 31 year-old, who is married to NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, has had three very healthy pregnancies. Her three children were born within three years, so Kristin virtually had no choice but to get super healthy while pregnant. She equated her energy, stamina, and minimal weight gain to a super wholesome eating plan that involved mostly whole foods and very little sugar.
By filling up on foods like porridge, turkey, and eggplant parmesan, Kristin avoided bingeing on high-calorie and high-sugar snacks.
It's definitely not something that every pregnant woman can abide by, but it's impressive that Kristin was able to clean up her diet for so many years!
8 Drew Barrymore Took Up Yoga
Physical activity is super important while pregnant, but finding an exercise routine that one can stick to for 9 months is not always easy! Drew has two daughters, and suffered from some pretty intense back pain while pregnant. When she was pregnant with her first daughter, Olive, she was craving lots of carbs, and putting on weight quickly.
To balance out the weight gain and to aid with the pains, she opted for a prenatal yoga class.
The ease of the poses, the relaxed flow and the zen-like after effects kept her going back. She has said that she wishes she could continue to go to the prenatal class, even after her pregnancies were over, because they don't really feel like exercise at all!
7 Katie Holmes Had A Scientology Birth
Back when Katie Holmes was married to Scientology frontman Tom Cruise, the world was shocked to hear that she would give birth in a way that conformed to the religion's beliefs.
This very controversial birthing method restricts the mother from making any noises or saying anything during labour.
According to the Scientology doctrine, any negative or painful words are recorded by the reactive mind, and can cause further problems for both the mother and new baby. Despite this strange ritual, Katie successfully birthed her daughter, Suri, in April 2006. She would shortly afterwards divorce Tom Cruise, leave the Church of Scientology and gain full custody of her daughter, who is now very much estranged from her father.
6 Kate Middleton Battles A Sweet Tooth During Pregnancy
Kate Middleton is probably the most famous Royal right now, save for Harry who is going to be getting married in less than two months!
It's no secret that Kate battled some pretty severe health issues in her first and second pregnancies, and her third is also causing some pretty serious side effects.
Due to chronic morning sickness, she was ordered to stick to mostly bedrest, but that doesn't change the fact that the Duchess is getting some intense sweet cravings! After spending the first months of her pregnancies very ill and unable to eat much, the second and third trimesters have served as a bit of a craving catch-up for Kate. Chocolates, biscuits, candy, and soda are all on the list of things she has been indulging in.
5 Heidi Klum Focused On Exercise
Heidi Klum is arguably one of the fittest supermodels of our time. The German-American blonde has notoriously stayed extremely healthy and avoided gaining a lot of weight during all of her four pregnancies. Her children are quite close in age, and from 2004 to 2006, she gave birth to a new child each year! So what did Heidi do during her pregnancies to keep so fit?
She owes most of her success to prenatal exercise. In fact, most of the routines she created herself, and they are all available online for pregnant ladies that want to follow in her very fit footsteps!
A mix of healthy diet, plenty of water, exercise, and lots of rest seem to have done the trick for Heidi! At 44, she looks better than ever.
4 Gwyneth Paltrow Tried To Have Stress-Free Pregnancies
Stress is one of the most damaging conditions for any pregnancy. Clearly, it's a time when natural stress is running rampant, especially if you are expecting a first baby. The anxieties surrounding labour and parenting can seem overwhelming at times, not to mention, there are major hormonal changes going on that can cause major mood fluctuations. Gwyneth Paltrow published an article on her controversial website Goop.com explaining how to have a happy and stress-free pregnancy.
Although some of the advice is great, many critics have pointed out that she is very restrictive, and the advice doesn't apply to most middle- or lower-class people —
spending time in the ocean, doing figure 8s (the infinity sign) on your body in almond oil, getting regular reflexology treatments, and not gaining more than 2.2 pounds a week.
3 Jessica Alba Would Do Anything For Watermelon
When it came to pregnancy cravings for Jessica Alba, it was all about sweet watermelon, and lots of it! Like many pregnant women before her, the allure of something cold, sweet, and super thirst-quenching makes the perfect snack when you're carrying a baby.
The mom of three has made all things baby- and child-related in her life since 2012, when she launched the super successful, eco-friendly baby and household product line, The Honest Company.
Although acting is still a huge passion for Jessica, her newfound love for entrepreneurial life and helping young moms make smarter decisions with their household and baby products has become her first priority. With an estimated company value of over $1.7 billion, we understand why she is motivated to make the business her priority.
2 Khloe Kardashian Under Fire For Too Much Exercise
Shortly before becoming pregnant with her first child, Khloe Kardashian was the fittest and trimmest she had ever been. A newfound love (obsession?) with healthy eating and loads of exercise even got her a new hit TV show, Revenge Body. The show has been criticized for its message: essentially that a fit, toned body can be used to make one feel better and make their ex partner jealous. In our generation, where body positivity and thin/fat shaming are at the center of attention, Khloe seems to have taken a step backwards.
Although pregnant, she has said that she is super worried about gaining weight and has continued to work out vigorously.
Although she claims that she is cooling it a little on the intensity, many skeptics believe that she is pushing her body to the limits when it really needs to rest!
1 Angelina Jolie Chose IVF To Maximize Her Baby Count
Although most parents chose IVF due to fertility problems, Angelina opted for the treatment because she didn't want to wait to expand her family. When Angelina was 33, she was definitely still fertile, but her chances of naturally conceiving twins was less than 1%. Enter IVF treatment, which raises those odds to about 25%.
The famed actress allegedly didn't want to deal with the stress of trying to get pregnant naturally, and she knew that she wanted to have more children and quickly,
so it was a good option for her and ex-hubby Brad Pitt. The pair welcomed twins Knox and Vivienne to their brood in 2008. All in all, the pair have four children together, as well as two adopted children.