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A study published in the BMJ Evidence Based Medicine journal, suggests that pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant should avoid caffeine entirely.

Prof Jack James, of Reykjavik University in Iceland, conducted a study on 48 women and their baby’s birth outcomes, which led him to believe that drinking coffee while pregnant or while you’re trying to get pregnant can lead to increased risks.

These include miscarriage, stillbirth, lower birth rate and/or small for gestational age, childhood acute leukaemia and childhood overweight and obesity. 

This is a blatant contradiction to the current medical advice, which encourages women that it is perfectly safe to consume 200mg or two medium-strength cups of coffee a day. “Consequently, current evidence does not support health advice that assumes ‘moderate’ caffeine consumption during pregnancy is safe,” he said.

The study found that the risk of miscarriage increased by between 32% and 36% among caffeine-consuming pregnant women. “Of nine studies reporting results for small for gestational age (SGA) seven reported caffeine-related increased risk and two reported no association,” according to Prof James.

He also found “maternal caffeine consumption is associated with an increased risk of childhood acute leukaemia”. The study concluded that a high maternal caffeine consumption was associated with a 65% increase in the risk of acute lymphocytic leukaemia and a 58% increased risk of acute myeloid leukaemia, the most common cause of cancer death in children.

However, it’s important to take this advice with a pinch of salt, as experts have described this study as alarmist and extreme. Prof Jack James has admitted that this study is purely observational and provides no legitimate evidence to support his claims that caffeine is dangerous to pregnant women.

The study neglects to show cause-and-effect links between the results, or take into consideration other confounding factors, such as cigarette smoking or wider dietary issues.

Dr Luke Grzeskowiak, a pharmacist at the University of Adelaide, Australia, described the paper as “overly alarmist” when he spoke to the BBC.

“There are so many dos and don'ts associated with pregnancy and the last thing we need is to cause unnecessary anxiety,” said Grzeskowiak. “At the end of the day, women should be reassured that caffeine can be consumed in moderation during pregnancy.”


Has anyone else got a stash of (extremely) dusty condoms from your college days, or just from when you nicked them from random clinics or health stalls in school? Us too. 

Condoms have an expiration date on them, in case you weren't already aware, but what exactly happens to condoms if you leave them in the packaging in a darkened drawer for too long?

The last thing you need when you're getting frisky is to realise that your contraceptive is on its last legs…but would an expiry date really dash your hopes of having penetrative sex?

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Well, condom materials (latex, polyurethane and lambskin) will degrade and become brittle over time according to Nerys Benfield, DM, MPH.

The renowned gynaecologist from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center spoke to Refinery29 about wearing expired condoms, and we definitely don't think it's worth the risk.

When condoms are less flexible, they break or tear more easily. Using an expired condom leaves you at greater risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection or getting pregnant, Dr. Benfield says.

Still feelin' horny? We certainly don't.


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"Despite all the risks, both partners will benefit from using an expired condom versus no condom at all," Dr. Banfield says.

If you store the expired condom in a cool, dry place, it works better than no protection at all. If you can't get any new condoms, the expired one is still your best bet. 

Most latex and polyurethane condoms will have an expiration date of about five years past the manufacture date, so they last quite a long time. We hope you can update your stash in five years, though?


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Polyisoprene condoms usually have a shorter shelf-life, but are still usable for about three years. Non-latex natural condoms, e.g. made from sheepskin, have a shorter lifespan and won't protect against many STIs.

Be sure to check your condoms in case any holes or tears have damaged them. If there isn't an expiry date on the packaging or you can't read the date, toss it out. Trust us, better safe than sorry.

So many pleasurable sexual activities don't involve penetration; oral sex, digital sex, mutual masturbation, using sex toys, touching, kissing or just good old-fashioned cuddling.

These activities don't need condoms, so don't panic if your dusty ones aren't salvageable. Get creative and expand your horizons.

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Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund’s baby boy has arrived!

The couple welcomed their son, Rhodes (Can you even with that gorgeous name?), last Sunday, December 27th in Los Angeles. The news broke last night and mother and baby – who reportedly weighs a healthy 9 pounds – are reported to be doing well.

Roberts had announced the pregnancy in August with a cryptic Instagram post, captioned ‘Me…and my two favourite guys’. The picture attached showed her flashing her baby bump in a serene photo shoot, Roberts (29) clad in a white, summery dress, while Garrett (36) joined her, the pair embracing. Fans flocked to the post to show their love, offering their congratulations to the couple.

This is the actor and actress’s first child. They have been together since March 2019 and were reportedly friends for years before getting together. Emma kept her pregnancy very private, not revealing her due date to fans and followers.

And this is true of Robert’s relationship too, with Garrett rarely making an appearance on her public Instagram, sticking more so with the promotion of her work, like her recent movie ‘Holidate’. However, she did share in a recent Instagram post that she was ‘so grateful to my family and pod for making my pregnancy feel so celebrated during such wild times’.


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The ‘Troy’ actor is similarly cagey about his relationship with Roberts, having only one post of the actress on his Instagram. However, Roberts gave an interview to Cosmo in November, becoming their first ever pregnant cover star, and revealed how she felt about being pregnant at such a tumultuous time:

‘I am hungry and tired. Food and sleep do not abide by the normal laws when you’re pregnant. But I’m healthy, which is the thing I’m most grateful for. To see my body change inside and out so drastically has been a wild experience. Surprising and beautiful. Then again, some days I feel like I’m being hijacked by something.’


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That being said, the actress didn’t let being pregnant in a pandemic slow her down. She appeared on Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Kimmel and Kelly Clarkson’s talk shows, discussing motherhood and her newest movie, recently released on Netflix.


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We’re sending big love to the new family who seem like they are doing really well. We can’t wait to see more pictures!


‘They say 3 is the magic number!’

 Kimberley Walsh (39) took to Instagram last night to announce that she is pregnant with her third child!

The former ‘Girls Aloud’ Singer and her husband Justin Scott are fifteen weeks pregnant.

The singer, presenter and actress shared a post on the 21st of December sharing with OK magazine that she feels it’s a strange time to share lovely news;

‘It’s a strange time but I’m so happy to share this lovely news with you all! Me, Justin and the boys are so excited to add another little munchkin to our crew. Thanks @ok_mag for capturing these pics for us we had such a fun day shooting with you. Now pass me the mince pies!’

Kimberley is already mother to Bobby (6) and Cole (4). She says the boys are so excited about the pregnancy and are hoping for another baby brother. Walsh wants to find out the child’s sex at the 20-week scan, unlike her previous pregnancies. I think we’ve all had enough surprises this year!

Kimberley spoke about their decision making process in expanding their family and how she and husband Justin Scott (38) knew it was the right move for them: 'We chatted throughout the lockdown and said family is everything and we're not really done, and we'd quite like to add one more'

Kimberley and Justin met back in 2003 at a gig, as both their bands (Girls Aloud and Triple 8) had been signed to the same label, Polydor. The pair have been married since 2016.

Restrictions due to Coronavirus have made her slow down, both in terms of her career and her overall life, allowing her to asses her personal life and family situation, to see what she really wanted. She told OK magazine that 'I’ve had a few busy years of working and being a mum. I’m of a certain age where it’s a bit now or never.’

Because of restrictions, Kimberley had to attend her 12-week scan alone, as Justin had to stay home to mind Bobby and Cole, who were at home due to a Covid outbreak at their school.

'We have to accept there's going to be a few things like that thrown at us along the way. If you have a baby in these times, it's not going to be straightforward,' she admitted, shedding a light on how difficult and complicated these important family moments have become in light of coronavirus restrictions.

Even though certain aspects of the pregnancy will be different because of this, the couple still wanted to include Bobby and Cole in a meaningful way. Walsh says she knew once her period was late that she was pregnant, but wanted to wait a while before telling the boys. They revealed their pregnancy to them in the cutest way;

‘My husband Justin and I told the boys with a Christmas treasure hunt and a note under the tree.’

She added: 'For the family, it's been a bit of light in the distance and something to look towards and get excited about, and plan for.'

Her Girls Aloud former bandmates have rallied around her also, Kimberley revealing that Cheryl and Nicola Roberts are 'really excited’, and that Cheryl ‘sends me names quite a lot’.

It’s so important to have friends and family to get you trough tough times, and there’s little that’s tougher than being pregnant in a pandemic! We’re so excited for Kimberley, who will being giving birth in 2021.


A heavily pregnant Gigi Hadid just shared the first photos of her baby bump on Instagram and we are in awe.

The 25-year-old model posted a series of black-and-white photographs of herself looking like a radiant pregnant goddess. The mum-to-be is currently eight months pregnant for the first time, with former One Direction member, Zayn Malik.


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Gigi has been keeping her pregnancy quiet from the public from the beginning, which is why these gorgeous images came as such a surprise. “Growin an angel :)” the caption under the first post read. 

In the images Gigi is wearing white, sheer dresses, showing off her growing baby bump. “Cherishing this time. Appreciate all the love & well wishes. Will never forget creating these special images with my friends @luigiandiango @gabriellak_j @erinparsonsmakeup thank you. I love you!” she wrote under another pregnancy post.


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Gigi expressed how she felt about being pregnant during a pandemic, and why she hasn’t been more forthcoming about her pregnancy journey on social media, through an Instagram Live back in July. “Obviously I think a lot of people are confused why I'm not sharing more but like, I'm pregnant through a pandemic, like obviously my pregnancy is not the most important thing going on in the world,” she explained.

“That's a reason that I felt that it's not really something that I need to share apart from with my family and friends. Obviously a lot of people have lost lives due to coronavirus that was in the beginning of quarantine and it’s still happening. And then we moved obviously into the reemergence of the BLM [Black Lives Matter] movement, and I thought that our presence on social media should be used for that.”


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According to Elle, Gigi and her boyfriend Zayn arrived in New York City last week, where they plan on spending the rest of their time before the birth of their first child. 


Congratulations are in order for our Mean Girls star, Rachel McAdams, as she appears to be pregnant with her second child. 

The 41-year-old has been spotted coming out of a children’s clothing store, the Reckless Unicorn, in Los Angeles on Wednesday wearing a peach-coloured shirt dress, showing off an apparent baby bump.

The notoriously private actress already has a two-year-old son who she has yet to reveal the name of, with her boyfriend, screenwriter, Jamie Linden. 


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McAdams not having a social media presence means there’s very few photos or information about her private life. However, Rachel spoke fondly of motherhood in a rare interview with The Sunday Times in 2018. 

“It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to me, hands down," McAdams said. "[People say] your life is not your own anymore, but I had 39 years of me, I was sick of me, I was so happy to put the focus on some other person.”

She added, "I waited a long time [for motherhood]… It's just how it happened," she said. "And I didn't want to do it before it was the right time."

Most recently, Rachel filmed her latest movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, in Iceland and got to take her toddler along with her. “He'll never remember any of it, but I feel like somehow that might stick to his soul and his personality a little bit, so it was great to get to travel,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

She added, “We've been cuddled up for so long together that it was wonderful to go out into the world and get to work at the same time. I felt really lucky to be able to do that.”


It seems congratulations are in order for the former Love Island star, Marcel Somerville, who surprised everyone by dropping to one knee at the gender reveal party for his unborn son. 

Marcel and his pregnant girlfriend (now fiancé), Rebecca Vieirra, revealed the gender of their baby boy at a party with close friends and family. In a livestream video with OK! Magazine, the two are seen standing in front of a flower-covered wall, surrounded by pink and blue balloons, as they release party-poppers, shooting blue confetti and smoke into the air.

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Immediately after the colour of the confetti was revealed, illuding to the sex of their baby, the two embraced, celebrating. This is when Marcel reaches into his back pocket and pulls out a small yellow ring box, dropping to one knee.

As soon as their friends and family who are standing by, watching, catch on to what’s really happening, there’s instantly a screaming chorus of excited “Awws”. Rebecca, who is completely taken by surprise, holds her hands up to her face in shock, before quickly nodding her head and saying “yes”, allowing Marcel to slip the gorgeous ring on her finger.

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Marcel’s fans were quick to wish him congratulations on Instagram. “Congrats man – you’re on a roll,” one fan said, while another one commented “YES Marce! Congratulations to you both xxx”.

The happy couple who have been together for 14 months, are now expecting their first child, after suffering a miscarriage last year.


Chrissy Tiegan and John Legend surprised us all when they revealed that they’re expecting their third baby, last week. However, what they didn’t tell us, was how unexpected this pregnancy was to them too.

Model and celebrity chef, Chrissy Tiegan took to Twitter over the weekend to explain how she found out about her pregnancy, following her breast implant removal surgery which took place in June.

“I did the routine pregnancy test you do before surgery. It said negative. It was not negative… A few weeks after surgery, I took a test. And for many years now, I’ve taken pregnancy tests almost every month, praying to see a positive one day. Just wishful thinking. I never had a positive before.”

After struggling to get pregnant naturally for years, Chrissy believed it wasn’t possible for her. “I promise you, I never ever ever ever ever thought I could,” she tweeted. 


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“So, the morning of John’s album release, he wakes up at 3am to do Good Morning America. I woke up with him and was like ‘Man, I should take my monthly test to be disappointed…’ I was not disappointed. But I was scared shitless. Was pretty positive you shouldn’t get your boobs out while pregnant? Pretty sure.”

“So we prayed to the boob surgery gods that everything would be okay. Went to every appointment terrified. Even without the surgery, I didn’t think I could get pregnant naturally anyway. So the odds just felt… bad.”

“But what they say so often can be true. When you give up on trying, life has a way of surprising you. In summary, my boobs hurt,” Chrissy concluded.


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Chrissy and John conceived their two eldest children, Luna, aged-four, and Miles, aged-two, through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and when asked how they reacted, Chrissy put it simply, “Luna is very, very excited. Miles, not so much. Jealous!”.

Giving hope to anyone else struggling with fertility, Chrissy stated, “I hope this gives anyone out there some hope. IVF was an amazing choice for us to be able to make. So hard, but we got two beautiful monsters out of it.”


Love Island star, Camilla Thurlow, looks absolutely stunning as she shows off her adorable baby bump. In her latest Instagram post she’s with her smiling boyfriend, Jamie Jewitt, wearing a mixed animal-print, camisole dress, cradling her little bump.

The caption on the post reads, “Can't decide if Jamie's new do is his first Dad haircut or him trying to shave off a few years… either way I like it #29weeks”.


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Camilla’s fans were quick to show their support, one saying “Probably a bit of both but looking good!”. 

Camilla has also been smashing it with the maternity style lately, continuing to post photos of herself throughout the summer in outfits which accentuate her growing bump. The couple announced their pregnancy to the world via an endearingly cheesy video posted to Camilla’s Instagram page on May 17, where the couple showed how their own family and friends were told the big news.


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Since her baby news reveal, Camilla has been keeping busy, promoting her debut book, Not The Type, which is due to be available from August 20. The book is said to be a memoir of an extraordinary life, and a script for living one's life to the full.

Although often an engaging reflection on life, landmines and Love Island, this is also a book about learning to confront one's own anxieties in a world dominated by celebrity culture and social media – and on being a woman in what is still too often a man's world. 

Not The Type sounds like an enlightening and empowering must-read, and we can't wait to get our hands on it!


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Katy Perry and her fiance, Hollywood actor, Orlando Bloom, are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their baby girl, with Katy’s due date just around the corner. However, motherhood wasn’t always something that Katy looked forward to, she revealed in an interview with People magazine.

“I was really terrified of the idea two or three years ago. It was just like, I don't know how I'm ever gonna do that. That's crazy. I can barely take care of myself!” Katy admitted.

It was during this time that Katy’s mental health was deteriorating, and she was in a deep depression. The 35-year-old explained, “It's been two-and-a-half years of trying to find my footing. It's so easy for me to work, work, work and avoid, but I had to go on a mental and spiritual journey.” To do this, Katy underwent the Hoffman Process. This week-long, personal-development retreat helped Katy to dig into negative behaviours.  


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“It changed my life, and it's changed Orlando's life and many of my friends' lives. It helped me re-wire how I think about myself and the habits and patterns of why I do something. It's just given me a lot more freedom,” said Katy, who’s no longer afraid to become a mother.

When it came to Katy and Orlando’s parenting techniques though, the pop star was pretty sure who will get to be good-cop and who’s going to be bad-cop. “Orlando's gonna be the good cop and I'm gonna be the bad cop. I already know it! I'm the three F's. I'm fun, firm but fair. That's how I roll,” she conceded.

Katy and Orlando revealed they were expecting a baby girl in April. Perry posted a photo of Bloom's face covered in pink icing to announce the big news. She simply captioned the photo: “It’s a girl.” She also tagged the location as ‘Girls Run The World’.

This is the couple’s first child together. Orlando is already a dad to nine-year-old Flynn, whom he shares with ex-wife Miranda Kerr.


Millie Mackintosh is expecting her first child with husband Hugo Taylor and the mum-to-be is glowing.

The former Made In Chelsea star is currently on holiday in Miami.

The expectant mum gave fans a pregnancy update during her trip. She revealed that she is officially 15 weeks pregnant, which means she will be welcoming her baby boy or girl in May.


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Millie showed off her blooming baby bump during her stay in Miami. She posed in a leopard print swimsuit and green cover up as she cradled her baby bump.

The mum-to-be captioned the snap, ‘The start of our adventures together! So excited for what’s ahead #15weeks’

Mille and Hugo revealed they were expecting their first child together at the start of the month. The former stars of Made In Chelsea are beyond excited about becoming parents.


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In an interview with Hello, Millie revealed that she was expecting a daughter.

“I'm so excited it's a girl. I would've been delighted with either, but when I found out we were having a girl, I suddenly realised this is what I really wanted,” she said.


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“Hearing her heartbeat for the first time with Hugo by my side was one of the most amazing moments of my life so far. 

“I feel very lucky. I can't wait to feel that bond and for her to sleep on my chest and breathe in that baby smell,” she added.

We are so excited for Millie to become a mum.


Keeping Up With The Kardashians returned to our screens on Sunday, and the season 17 premiere ended with Kim being informed by her doctor that antibodies associated with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis were found in her blood tests.

The reality star and beauty mogul had originally suspected that she was pregnant due to her symptoms of fatigue and nausea, but a pregnancy test came back as negative.

As she delved further into her symptoms, such as swelling in her hands, she became worried that she had an autoimmune disorder.

"Based on the symptoms, it looks like I have rheumatoid arthritis," Kardashian said. "It's so scary. So I have to go to the doctor and see what’s going on because I can’t live like this."

Her doctor later confirmed her fears. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own tissues, more commonly found in older people.

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs, where the inflammation can affect multiple organs, according to the Mayo Clinic.


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During her appearance on Today, Kim explained she is currently undergoing treatment to deal with the health concern, and also revealed that KUWTK would "talk about it next Sunday." 

"I unfortunately had to be put on medication to stop the symptoms, I tried everything natural for the longest time and we chose the best route for me so luckily right now everything is under control," Kardashian said

Kim has been honest and open in the past when it came to her health struggles, such as dealing with the skin condition psoriasis, as well as her pregnancy complications. 

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