Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson’s baby girl is a mere 7 months old, and sources are saying little Maxwell can expect a sibling as soon as next year. With so many stars getting knocked up back-to-back, we have to wonder… do they know something we don’t know?
Say hello to hormones
Prior to pregnancy, you heard all of the horror stories about the disturbing things destined to happen to your body while carrying your precious bundle of joy — yes, your now inordinately large, globe-shaped a** may sprout stretch marks that look like lines of latitude and longitude. But (pun intended), such bodily changes clearly aren’t the reason celebrities like Jessica Simpson seem eager to rush back into their maternity clothes. Here’s the thing — your body isn’t the bearer of solely bad news during those nine-and-a-half months. Thanks to an increase in blood circulation, your entire being is like a tuning fork of hypersensitive hormones. Oh yes, ladies, that means exactly what you think it does. Perhaps Jessica decided that, despite the difficulties, back-to-back pregnancies are totally worth it for the 18 months of bedroom bliss.
Break out the bonbons
After admitting her body wasn’t “bouncing back like a supermodel’s” following a rumored 70-pound pregnancy gain, Simpson signed a massive weight loss deal with Weight Watchers — adding major pressure to the already daunting baby-weight battle. Now 60 pounds lighter, Jessica looks stunning… but she supposedly had to go on an overzealous smoothie diet to accomplish it. Celebs like Britney Spears, who had her sons Sean and Jayden almost exactly a year apart, opt for a different avenue — getting pregnancy out of the way before whipping their bodies back into shape. We’re not suggesting you should indulge in every craving your body beckons you to partake of (Pop-Tarts dipped in butter should not be a staple of any diet, ever, Jess), but back-to-back pregnancies do stretch out the whole “I don’t have to swim 500 laps if I eat that empanada” phase.
Give your kiddos some company
Having a great support system proves imperative when you become a parent, and a group of other mothers can be irreplaceable when it comes to keeping your sanity intact. But, let’s be honest, sometimes you just don’t have the energy to feign enthusiasm over another mommy’s new Volvo or discuss the health benefits of store-bought versus homemade baby food. If you work it like Tori Spelling, you can avoid awkward mom-on-mom moments anytime you like, without depriving your children of social skill–building time. How? Pop out your own playmates. Tori’s kids Liam, Stella, Hattie and Finn are 5 years old, 4 years old, 13 months old and 3 months old, respectively, so it ain’t likely any of them will get lonely anytime soon. And, how thoughtful of her ovaries, she paired up her back-to-back pregnancies: Little Liam and Stella are only a year apart, and Hattie and Finn are less than a year apart — built-in BFFs!
Don’t do double doody, er, duty
For those who get queasy easily, adjusting to life with a newborn can be, ahem, hard to stomach. I mean, really, how can something so small and cute fill up 10+ diapers per day? Purchasing stock in Pampers certainly seems like a sound investment during those early days. So, you manage to make it through two to four years’ worth of dirty diapers before — hallelujah! — hitting the potty stage and saying sayonara to your Diaper Genie. Unless, that is, you get pregnant again immediately after baby No. 1’s diaper days are done. The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kim Zolciak may be on to yet another reason celebrities are making babies so close together. The reality star, whose sons Kroy Jagger Biermann Jr. and Kash Kade Biermann are about 15 months apart, will overlap diaper duty and be Pampers-free within a few short years.