Brooke is best known for her killer body and good looks. Now she is wowing us with her moves on the dance floor on this season’s Dancing With the Stars, Go Brooke!!! I have met and talked to Brooke several times over the years and what always struck me was how sweet and down to earth she is. She is truly as gracious as she is beautiful. Her website and blog www.babooshbaby.com is now giving people an opportunity to see that candid and authentic side of her.
She writes about the ups and downs of motherhood, not just the good and glamorous but the real moments. We chatted recently again about her last pregnancy. Brooke started off our interview with “I feel like I have been pregnant my whole life…” Brooke has been pregnant 4 times, and she finished her second birth in two years. She gave birth to her third daughter Rain, whose nickname is ‘Baboosh’, the inspiration for her site’s name. Luckily she has been getting a lot of help from her older daughters, 8 and 5. They adore their new baby sister. Brooke says, “ Rain has defined our family, new man, new home, now we all share something, her, it really solidified us as a family unit. They are so excited about this pregnancy; my older daughter suggested I have a baby every year!
I asked Brooke how she got back into bikini shape so quickly after birth, she said in addition to lubing up her belly and staying lubed. her secret after the baby was born was that she wrapped her post pregnancy tummy. It is a philosophy that has been around for years, “I take no credit for the concept, I just perfected it. I know it works.” It is believed that belly wrap reduces water retention in the belly, and helps you lose inches fast, all while supporting your unwanted baby skin. Brooke recommends wearing Tauts for forty days after your baby is born. They are available for sale on her website www.babooshbaby.com
I encourage you to check out her blog, it is as entertaining as it is comforting and relatable. And definitely watch and vote for this dynamic hot mom of 4!!
Below is Brooke’s Blog about the premier HMC co-hosted, “The Business of Being Born” produced by Ricki Lake (notice HMC web manager Michelle in the background!)
It’s 4:00 am. I’ve been up with Sierra all night who is sick now too. It seems to be passing through my family one by one. I can’t sleep so I thought I’d write. I am also going through that stage of tossing and turning, switching form side to side, and dreaming of labor! I cannot wait to meet my baby.
I went to an amazing premiere a few nights ago called “The Business Of Being Born”. It’s a documentary by Ricky Lake about the birthing process and the many choices we have. It was very emotional, informative and shocking in many ways. The information it provided for expectant mothers was eye opening and a bit disturbing. It was pro home birth. I used to think I wanted to experience that, but I was quickly talked out of it by my ex who is a Doctor, and very conservative. It turns out that I delivered Neriah 5 weeks premature, and it would have been a very dangerous situation. I went into labor with Sierra 3 wks early, and I was induced with Rain for several reasons 2 wks early. As much as the thought of a candle lit, warm bath delivery at home sounds kind of cool, I think I feel safer in the hospital. I have to admit though, after watching the film I really hope that all things happen naturally in my body and I can deliver with out being induced.
I think it is so important to have a birthing plan and go over it with your Doctor. I know many women who have had a traumatic experience because of a lack of information, intimacy, and fear. Try to be as informed as possible before you get close to your due date about the process; get all your questions answered. If a natural delivery is important to you, find out what your Dr.’s percentage of c-sections is, and how often he induces and why. You can also have a Dula present at your birth, in or out of the hospital.
Sometimes what we imagine and wish for is out of our control because of unexpected circumstances or complications. I don’t want to scare anyone, because labor is scary enough, but get informed, so you can have a beautiful experience.
Brooke at the LA Premier of Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein’s new documentary,The Business of Being Born.
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