Josie Maran’s Blog: My Recipe for a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy

04/23/2012 at 11:00 AM ET

Thanks for welcoming our new celebrity blogger, Josie Maran!

The face of Maybelline for years, the model, 33, has also dabbled in acting, appearing in Van Helsing, and reality TV, where she took a spin on Dancing with the Stars.

In 2007, Maran established Josie Maran Cosmetics, her own natural product line. Since the launch, the Argan oil-based skincare and cosmetics have been the recipient of various industry awards.

Expecting her second child in July, Maran currently lives in California with her husband, Ali Alborzi, and their 5½-year-old daughter, Rumi Joon.

You can find her on Facebook and on Twitter @josie_maran.

Cuddling with Rumi Joon – Courtesy Josie Maran

When I was pregnant with my first baby, people kept giving me advice. “Don’t exercise too much.” “Stay in shape.” “When you’re pregnant, you get to eat whatever you want.” “When you’re pregnant you have to be extra-careful what you eat.”

It got kind of crazy, trying to figure out which advice to follow.

Now that I’m pregnant for the second time, I’m taking my own advice and focusing on what works for me. All you mamas-to-be, I hope you’ll do the same. But just in case you’d like to mix it up with some tips from a second-timer, here’s my not-so-secret recipe for a healthy and happy pregnancy.

1. Stretch

My body goes through so many changes when I’m pregnant, and prenatal yoga helps me ease my way through them.

Kundalini yoga is my favorite. It helps me relax and build up the breathing skills I’ll need when I’m in labor.

2. Figure Out What Kind of Childbirth Is Right for You

When I was pregnant with my daughter Rumi, everyone seemed to have an opinion on how I should give birth. As soon as I started researching my choices, I realized that the most natural way of giving birth was going to be best for me.

Rumi was born at home, outside, and it was an incredible experience. I’m planning the same kind of birth for my second child.

If you want my advice (!), I’d suggest that you explore all your options and then decide what’ll work best for you (and convince the others involved, if necessary).

3. Connect with Your Partner

Before you’re plunged into the craziness of life with a newborn, take advantage of time alone with your partner.

My husband and I have been “dating” lately, taking walks on the beach, going to the movies, staying up late talking about our new little one and how we’re going to partner in parenting him or her.

It’s sweet to get in touch with our inner romantics.

4. Spend Quality Time with Your Belly

I take a few moments every day to do simple things that connect me to my baby, like singing to my belly. When I was pregnant with Rumi and for a long time after she was born, I sang “You Are My Sunshine” to her all the time. It helped me bond with her.

I also take mercury-free fish oil capsules for my baby’s brain development. Every time I take one, I think about having deep conversations with my little bean about the wonders of the world.

The most important thing is to cherish this super-special time. What could be cooler than carrying a life inside you? Pregnancy is a great excuse to pamper yourself (in healthy ways, of course!), and accept it gratefully when your partner and others do the same. Enjoy!

Talk to you all next month.

With love,

— Josie Maran

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blessedwithboys on

Love those HB plugs! 🙂

hope on

You looked great on QVC this afternoon!

Shannon on

She is gorgeous. I didn’t realize she had a cosmetics line.

twinhappy on

This was a fun laid back post. Thank you!

lyn on

Nice post. I liked the way she told her story and I like her advice of exploring options and doing what is best for you. She seems really laid back and cool. Good luck to her!

Sarah S. on

I’m assuming her husband is Iranian (recognize the last name because my husband is also Iranian). Anyway, her daughter’s name is very nice. Rumi: ancient and beloved Persian poet; and Joon: meaning “dear” in Farsi. Congrats on your expanding family!

guest on

nice tips. I realized that I don’t care that people are so obsessed with “natural” birth, preferably without pain killer. Those people should please choose natural root canal as well. go ahead, try it. I’ll do it all natural with epi again.

sal on

guest…lol! Ive always thought it was so funny when people say that if you have an epidural you didnt have a “natural” childbirth…well, excuse me but I was in labor without any medication for 12 hours. I finally had an epidural and 5 hours later and 2 more hours of pushing, I delivered an 8 and a half baby boy. I delivered him naturally…through the birth canal…I worked HARD. So insulting to say having an epidural is not having a natural birth.

Jen on

why the need for the dig at mom’s who chose an “all-natural” unmedicated birth? Even in the article, she simply says to do the research and choose what is best for you. She doesn’t then make a dig at women who choose not go do the same as her.

FYI: many would say that having an epidural is not “all natural” are you say.

Tink on

It’s extremely irresponsible to promote home birth. People don’t realize that the reason babies are born in hospitals is because there are professionals there with equipment that can save a baby and mother’s life in an emergency. Sorry, but the ambulance can’t make it in time if a baby is born not breathing. Yes people homebirthed for years and that was why the infant mortality rate was so high. People are so selfish about their “birth experience” for THEM and forget about the babies livelyhood. So sad.

Marie on

Tink – completely agree. I’m a labor and delivery nurse in a large city and the amount of times someone is brought in from a “home birth” with either herself or the baby in need of immediate medical attention is astonishing. I’m all in support of natural birth with a midwife, but if you don’t live right next door to a hospital, it’s an extremely unsafe choice to give birth at home.

beazley on

To Tink…The mortality rate was very high for home births because people did not have the knowledge, training, and support that we do now. It’s a more informed and educated world. I’m sure that the birth of Rumi Joon and New Baby was and will be well-supervised with a medical professional in attendance. These days (also), we can find out ahead of time some of the potential hazards for Baby. I wouldn’t want to give birth at home, but I can see where some would find it to be a fantastic experience. Just my opinion. Loved this blog. =)

mommyof2 on

I really liked this post a lot and I’m looking forward to hearing more from her!

Erin on

@Tink: You do realize that your doctor has to okay you to have a home birth, right? If there is anything going on in your pregnancy that would make a non-hospital birth dangerous, your doctor will not allow you to have one.

Anonymous on

Wow, some of you are so misinformed on the safety of home birth. If you’ve read any independent, non biased study you would know that homebirth is just as safe for low risk women as giving birth in the hospital is. It is a fact. Get over it.

Giving birth in the hospital is not without its own set of risks and most women choosing homebirth are doing so because they feel that their risks are *lower* being out of the hospital setting. No one choosing a homebirth does so lightly, it’s always heavily weighted with pros and cons – just as a hospital birth would be. It’s just that LOW RISK homebirthing mamas see many more pros than cons for staying home.

Sure, sometimes things go wrong, but most of the time they don’t and if you have a good midwife she will be able to identify signs of an impending emergency (not all but the vast majority) and transfer for emergency medical care if in fact the normal physiological event of child birth turns into a medical event.

FWIW, I have had two homebirths with a midwife and BOTH with the blessing and support of my OB/GYN. I know many L&D nurses that have chosen homebirth for their own births also. Be informed before you speak.

And sorry, there is absolutely nothing natural about an epidural. You had a largely natural labor and a vaginal birth – that’s great, but don’t compare your feeling tempered birth to mine where I could feel the entire thing start to finish.

Great blog! I look forward to reading more of her thoughs.

samantha on

I love Josie!! she’s a breath of fresh air and a wonderful role model for young mothers…watching her on QVC is an experience that’s not to be missed…she gives good advice and doesn’t tell anyone what to do or what they should do…her smile is refreshing and contagious…she spreads good vibrations everywhere!!!


So sick of people preaching birthing methods. What should matter is the health of the baby, that’s it. It is not a competition, crazy people!!

Pak31 on

What IS the definition of natural birth? In my opinion it would be a vaginal birth without painkillers. So to Sal, yes you delivered naturally via the birth canal but did you feel the pain?? If you did then I would say that is more natural than being numbed.

I have had 2 children. First without epidural and vaginal, second with epidural and vaginal. I am grateful to have experienced both ways (believe it or not). Yes, the pain of the contractions was at times, unbearable and the actual delivery, the crowning especially, was unreal. It is weird, it was some of the worst pain I was ever in yet what it produced afterward made it all worthwhile. The second time around was so extremely simple that I almost felt guilty. It was great to not feel any pain yet at the same time I almost could say I enjoyed the first birth experience better.

But I say to each his own, when it comes down to it, no one truly knows how the actual birth will pan out. Not everything can be planned.

dgdr on

My first son was born via c-section because of his size (11 lbs. 10 oz.). No, I did not have gestational diabetes, large babies run in my family and he was 2 weeks overdue. It was a horrible experience because they had no idea the baby was so large being that I only gained 20 lbs.

My second child was 4 weeks early and they estimated her size to be about 7 1/2 lbs. I had an epidural because I was having extreme back labor and wasn’t progressing so they gave me a choice either have the epidural so that I could possibly rest from the pain, or they were going to give me another c-section. I opted for the epidural, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t feel any pain, I felt the contractions and the crowning, etc. I’m sure it was less painful than no epidural, but you still feel it.

After only 10 minutes my 7 lbs. 15 oz. daughter was born…thankfully perfect, being that she was 4 weeks early or less she would have weighed over 10 lbs……so like others have said it’s making the right choice for you and the health of your baby.

MB on

@Tink- she was not promoting home birth, she said she was going to share what worked for her and that’s it, she was just SHARING, since when has sharing been irresponosible?

For those of you arguing that having an epidural does not make it a natural birth, I think it does because you feel the pain and contractions before the epidural. While there is no denying that the epidural gives you a break, there is no way in hell it is good enough to take the pain away once that baby is on the way out- say it aint so!!!

Tara on

I think a lot of us missed that she suggested we do what we feel is best for ourselves and our babies. Please stop posting about the definition of a “natural birth” or is “x” is safe or unsafe because it’s obvious that you’ve missed the entire point of her message. Also, get over yourselves. None of you have all the answers.

Christina on

Actually in America the infant mortality rate is the highest in the Industrialized Countries, and even higher then some no so modern countries, and has the lowest number of home births. Also babies were more commenly born in hospitals during the baby boom, because by definition there was a boom of babies and it was easier for doctors to bring women to the hospital then to go to them. So research before you start telling homebirthing moms they are gonna kill their baby or themselves.

Jen on

I say this as a supporter of homebirth for low risk women, but you are completely misunderstanding the statistics you are referencing.

INFANT MORTALITY is the death of a baby from birth to one year. It includes children who die shortly after birth and children who die in a car accident the day before their first birthday.

In this category, the US ranks below many other developed nations, but not far below. It still performs in the same basic category as nations like Canada and members of the EU. This is a reflection of pediatric care in our country and sheds light on the fact that many children do not receive ongoing medical care, not to mention what it says about poverty in this country. We rank 34th out of the top 50.

PERINATAL AND NEONATAL MORTALITY: This refers to the death from 22 weeks gestation until the 28th death of life. This is a reflection of maternity and obstetrical care in this country. In this category, the US ranks higher than Britain, Franc, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands and others. We rank 18th out of the top 31.

So like you said to other posters: Research before you start posting inaccurate information.

Jen on

*28th day of life*

karachip on

Why do some people that promote natural birth methods (sans pain killers etc.) seem to alienate people that opt for anything different? My OB-GYN said something to me that resonates to this day–“Giving birth is a wondrous feat. HOW you choose to do it does not make you a hero verses anyone else.”

Melodie on

I find most of these comments amusing. Most of you assume her OB isn’t aware of her home birth plan but I’m sure she has kept her OB in the loop and if her OB said to her in the last few visits that the baby was breach and a home birth would be risky she is smart enough to choose a hospital over home. I had my 1st baby at home & everything went smoothly but my 2nd child was a different story and we just knew it wouldn’t be a good idea the 2nd time around.

I read so many catty comments & sarcastic digs at every “celebrity” blog on it amazes me that anyone in the public eye would even open up their private life to such scrutiny. Everyone has a different idea about what is right for THEIR life & I’m sure given the opportunity with the tables turned she would have a lot to say about the way we lead our lives. Just a thought!!

Ima on

Moms, and future moms, it does not matter the way you choose to give birth, sometimes you can not even choose. The most important thing is to hold, love, and take care of your little ones, even if somebody else gave birth to them. There are different situations, and different birth methods, but is the experience you have with your children in the course of your lives what really matters.

J on

When I went to the hospital I told the nurse up front I wanted my child birth to be the most painless as possible. I said I have nothing to prove. Sometimes I get the impression that women like to brag about how much they suffered. I think it’s a women’s choice.

Marky on

I have seen it over and over; the birthing experience becomes just that; all about YOUR EXPERIENCE. and not about a healthy baby and a healthy mother. Now it appears for many of you that the criteria is how much pain you had, versus another mother! Really??? I was in real labor the first time for more than 40 hours, only the last 2 were in the hospital. I went shopping, fixed dinner, did all sorts of last minute cleaning and laundry, then went to the hospital at the end. I had no epidural (they weren’t around), and gave birth with assistance at the last minute, because there was a positional issue with the baby who was becoming distressed, and the hospital didn’t allow spinal anesthesia in L&D. I was up and around within a few hours, holding and playing with my baby, and truthfully, I never thought labor was so horribly bad that I even felt the need to raise my voice, let alone shriek my way through any of the contractions. That didn’t mean my baby was less mine than any of the mothers who wanted a delivery that included screaming, biting washcloths, and moaning about not being able to finish the job of getting the baby out, threatening to kill their husbands if they ever wanted to have sex again, or any of the myriad of things I had dealt with as a L&D nurse. Next one was a 9 hour labor, same thing–went to the hospital the las 2 hours, and had the baby vaginally with no problem and was up and around before you knew it. Both times, the nurses could not have been more encouraging, didn’t push drugs or anything else I didn’t plan ahead for. Really, I think people lose sight of the goal of healthy baby and it’s all about mom’s experience to the point it truly has become a contest. Sometimes babies do well “in spite of, not because of” exotic birth plans and mom’s desire to make it all about them to the point of distraction, literally. You are very important and need to be listened to, encouraged, pampered and bragged on, but the “star of the show” needs to be the safety of the baby. I am NOT criticizing anyone; I am saying in all things, REASON, and I would rather err on the side of caution than be the mother (I have actually seen this happen), whose baby is in severe distress and she is wailing because she has to be taken to the hospital and can’t deliver at home in the tub. It almost seemed as if her desire for that type delivery (which is fine with me, if the baby is safe and midwife is trained for it) was more important than the safety of her child, who would not have survived without brain damage, and her midwife had told her that.

Chi on

Mothers are some of the most judgmental people, I swear. The catfighting in the comments on this post is downright ugly and disgraceful.

Congratulations to Josie in making the decision that’s best to her and here’s to all moms making the decision that’s best for them without other people putting their two cents in and being obnoxious.

Duh on

For people who say giving birth with an epidural is ‘natural’- sure it’s natural. About as natural as that temporary paralysis you’re experiencing from the waist down!