Jessica Simpson: My Pregnancy Snack of Choice Is Tums

03/06/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Looking vibrant in a royal blue dress and heels, Jessica Simpson admits that yes, this pregnancy was indeed a surprise.

“We were definitely extremely shocked,” the Fashion Star mentor tells Ellen DeGeneres with a laugh Wednesday. “Apparently, protection just went out the window. I feel like I’m always pregnant. We’re very happy.”

But while Simpson, 32, is being more careful with her health this time around, expecting her second child with fiancé Eric Johnson has made her extra tired.

“It’s the complete opposite. With Maxwell [now 10 months], I felt amazing. I could do everything, eat everything,” she says. “I had a lot of energy. This time around, I’m exhausted. Eating Tums — that’s my snack of choice.”

Simpson is also being more judicious with nutrition after working hard to drop more than 60 lbs. after delivering Maxwell.

“I was doing Weight Watchers and I felt super healthy,” Simpson notes. “I’m not really craving as much, [plus] I know how hard it is to get off so I’m trying to make healthier, wiser decisions.”

Jessica Simpson Pregnant Ellen DeGeneres
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Whatever her weight, Simpson says Johnson — a former NFL tight end — never made her feel unwanted, even at her heaviest.

“Apparently Eric still wanted me,” she jokes. “So I can gain as much weight and I will have a husband-to-be that loves me.”

Chids DeGeneres, pointing to Simpson’s bump: “Apparently he did.”

Feeding into rumors that the singer and fashion designer is expecting a son, the host had two onesies made up for the mom-to-be. One referenced a baby brother; the other a sister.

“You can’t have both,” DeGeneres teases. “You can only have one.”

As Simpson demurs, the host makes her own choice, handing her the brother outfit.

“Maybe I’ll take this one,” Simpson said with a laugh, hinting but confirming nothing. “If it’s a girl, she might call him ‘bro.'”

— Andrea Billups

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thatsright on

the most telling part of this is that she referred to the baby as “him”

Jessica on

So Jessica when is the wedding?

Marina on

Why do you care Jessica? You’re not invited anyways! Lol.

Nicole on

Say what you want, she is endearing

ds on

it not like he didnt want her, he wants the money another kid would bring him. Why should he work as long as she is popping out those kids? he has job security.

dancer92136 on

She looks great!!! I am happy for her, and her fiance. Enjoy.

SO on

I think she is just a doll at any weight!

Holly’snewjob on

Good for her. She’s happy, so who cares?!

Lisa on

It’s becoming more than a coincidence that whenever there’s a Vanessa Lachey story, a Jessica Simpson story is always not far behind (or vice versa). Seem’s like the two are constantly competing with the press for attention. You have great lives and beautiful babies… enough already!

Carrie on

Yes Lisa, I’m SURE she is just having kids to compete with her long divorced ex husbands wife. 😐

Tiffany on

Is she going to give her son a girl’s name since she gave her daughter a boy’s name? jw

Jane on

Amazing that years ago her virginity and good-girl image was such a hot topic and now she’s knocked up a second time without being married. Jessica, ever heard of birth control? And why not just go to Vegas and get married instead of talking of big wedding plans? You did it already and it’s not like you need the toaster.

Patty on

Someone should reach out to Jessica Simpson and let her know that Calcium Carbonate overdose can happen by eating to many Tums.

Missy on

Haha tums were my main food group when I was pregnant with my second too!

Anonymous on

I actually sort of like Jessica 2day…b/c I just got thru reading about casey anthony …

Ginger on

She contradicts herself in this article saying she eats healthy and snacks on Tums, which contain: sucrose, calcium carbonate, corn starch, talc, mineral oil, natural and artificial flavors,
adipic acid, sodium polyphosphate, red 40 lake, yellow 6 lake, yellow 5 (tartrazine) 
lake, blue 1 lake, sucrose, calcium carbonate, corn starch, talc, mineral oil, natural flavors and sodium polyphosphate. Considering artificial colors are made with tar that’s pretty unhealthy, not to mention irresponsible. Most of the other ingrediants aren’t good for anyone either, including a growing fetus either.

Anonymous on

Wow Ginger. And you are?! Apparently you have never been pregnant and never had heartburn. Stop being into what isnt okay for you and leave her alone. Most doctors will allow pregnant moms to use tums while pregnant.

Anonymous on

Im sure it was sarcastic Ginger….duh she is pregnant and is probably experiencing a lot if heartburn and indigestion.

MommytoanE on

Some sources say she’s having a girl. Others a boy. Guess we’ll have to wait.

Marriage isn’t required to have children and a happy life together. I know a couple that’s been together for 23 years and never married….but they are the happiest of all.

As for the the name Maxwell. Yes, its a boy name. But look at all the names out there being misused as girl names….like Tyler, Hunter, or Austin. Its just a name, and as long as it suits her, it works.

I adore Jessica. She’s a bit nieve, but she always comes off as a sweetheart of a girl.

Case on

She looks great! Love her!

MrsGreek on

Aren’t TUMS toxic to babies?

Renee on

Nope, my cousin is pregnant with her second and her doctor said that Tums are fine for the baby.

Stacy on

I totally get her about the Tums. Zantac has been my best friend this pregnancy. Zantac and ice cream help to stave off the indigestion. Gotta love pregnancy.

Margo on

If she didn’t call the baby “him” at the end, I might of said well maybe it is a girl.

Anonymous on

Perhaps she should have saved the name Maxwell for her son and gave her daughter a name for a girl. Just a thought 😉

Alissa on

Happy that she is happy. And let’s be serious, Jessica’s definition of healthy eating isn’t going to be the ultimate definition…she isn’t reading what is in her Tums. She is just trying to eat a salad with her fried chicken instead of mashed taters…she’s a Texan…like a southerner with more attitude..gotta love the Texans! And this baby will probably have a unique name with personal meaning like Maxwell did.

Melisa on

Jessica, the fact that she isn’t married is none of your business. She isn’t asking you to support her kids so get off your 1950’s high horse. I was married. It was nothing more than a piece of paper. My kids and I are much happier without that person in our lives….and my daughter (concieved out of wedlock….GASP) have a mom and dad who love each other AND her, without a ring and a slip of paper.

Dany on

So much Hate & Judgement – Ya’ll know nothing about her and her Families Daily lives or Plans for the Future..

So Many people askin’ when she’s gonna get married, etc…ya’ll know damn well you ain’t married and here you are, hiding behind a screen, being Mean just to be Mean…

These actions Speak entirely MORE about YOU – Than Jessica.

Jessica on

Melisa, So you don’t want the commitment of having a loving spouse? and no marriage is NOT just a piece of paper.

I’m sure Jessica wants a husband, if they don’t plan on getting married then she needs to give the ring back.

dancer92136 on

Ginger..what did you need something bad to say so you googled the contents of a TUM? Wow you need a life. Doctors recomment Tums for heartburn and calcium so I am guessing they aren’t bad for you. Please send me a list of everything you ate today so we can all analyze it…THANKS

Rachel on

She looks great! While her version of healthy eating may not be your version of healthy eating, it’s clear from looking at the pictures of her during her last pregnancy compared to this one that she is doing something very different. Good for her!

Ann Ss on

Congratulations Jessica! On your happiness, on your daughter, and your pregnancy! Live like there’s no tomorrow, love like its the first time and learn from every moment. Eat tums paint ur toe nails green dye ur hair orange but do not let anyone dictate your happiness! Judge not lest ye be judged. Jealousy is a very ugly disease.

lifeasahouse on

At least she learned form her last pregnancy that macaroni, friend chicken and butter shouldn’t be the staples of her diet. Good for her. I hope she and her fiance really are happy and that they stay together for the long haul.

Naomi on

What’s she naming a boy? Tanya Rose? I know Drew is probably her thinking “Drew Barrymore has a boys name and look how good she is doing”, but Maxwell has me scratching my head. It’s not as odd as a lot of other names (Apple, Suri, Bronx, Sunday, or any of the other Hollywood “it” babies) but it will get her teased when she gets older. But, what does anyone expect? This IS the girl who thought Buffalo really have wings and had the infamous “Chicken of the Sea” incident. Whatever, she looks great, is obviously happy and deserves to be wished well.

Anonymous on

Hey melissa, if marriage was nothing more than “a piece if paper” why on Earth is the gay community fighting to have it legal for them? It’s much more than a piece of paper. If you were married you’d understand that. The only people that say its just a piece of paper are those that have not done it and really should have no opinion on it. Don’t be so bitter.

Crystal on

Ellen is hilarious! She cracks me up. Jessica looks great! Really happy! 🙂

Anonymous on

Leave her alone. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t speak. That’s what’s wrong with society today. Love and support not biting and nasty

Angela on

Congats Jessica!! You look amazing!! and look amazing no matter what size you are! Ignore all the haters. When I was pregnant with my second baby I craved peppermint Tums lol. The doctor told me that was fine! I had a baby boy with TONS of black hair. Had to have his first haircut before going home lol. Good luck to you and Eric!!! 🙂

Anonymous on

Jessica and Anonymous (the one who said that only people who haven’t been married say marriage is a piece of people)- I actually agree with both of your views on marriage, but I think you need to lay off Melisa, especially if you haven’t gone through what she did (a, going by her comments, horrible marriage that eventually ended in divorce).

To YOU marriage may be more than just a piece of paper, but to her it obviously isn’t, and, IMO, she should be allowed to have her feelings!

Anyway, I love this interview, and I wouldn’t read too much into Jessica’s “him” comment. Lots of people refer to their unborn babies as “he” or “him” when they don’t know the gender or know but don’t want to share.

Anonymous on

Lisa- That’s not true. I’ve seen plenty of articles on this site about Vanessa that aren’t followed by one about Jessica or vice-versa (the article where Nick talked about taking Camden on tour and the article where Vanessa talked about how she told Nick she was pregnant are just two examples).

And really, why on earth would either of them care about what the other is doing? Really, I will never understand why people are so insistant to tie ex-celeb couples and their subsequent partners together for life!

Anonymous on

ds- Would you be saying the same thing if he was a woman who was a stay-at-home mom? I didn’t think so! 😉

ella on

She looks so great and happy! Whatever, so they didn´t get married, they look so happy! And I do love the name Maxwell, so I hope they pick something nice for the brother too 🙂

AmandaC on

I’m not sure if the oops I’m knocked up again, don’t know how that happened, really flies!

WOW on


Shes such a slut now. Shes disappointing us! How dare she live her own life and not get married and have two kids. She told us she was a virgin! How dare she rethink things and become a different person! She has to be a stodgy stick up her ass type forever!!!!!!!!!


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