Tori Spelling and her hubby, Dean, say they want a third baby — but experts tell me it’s not safe OR feasible until she puts weight on her scary thin figure!
Tori Spelling‘s husband, Dean McDermott, told Fox’s Good Day L.A. this week that the couple wants to try for a third baby in the near future…but I consulted with three doctors who say it’s going to be really tricky, and potentially dangerous, for Tori to have another kid if she doesn’t put on some weight.
Los Angeles-based bariatric surgeon, Dr. Carson Liu, estimates that 37-year-old Tori — who’s mom to Liam, 3, and Stella, 2 — is a frail 92 pounds, which is at least 20 pounds too skinny for her 5’5″ frame.
“Tori Spelling is looking too thin. She could stand to gain some weight in preparation to get pregnant,” Dr. Liu says. “If she’s too thin and her body feels like she can’t handle carrying a baby, it may spontaneously abort in the first trimester.”
That’s IF she can even conceive in the first place — apparently, it’s much more difficult for women who are too skinny (typically with a Body Mass Index less than 17-18.5) to even get pregnant, Dr. Joseph G. Ouzounian, Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, explains.
“Frequently women who are very thin, with little to no body fat, are estrogen deficient and do not ovulate regularly,” he says. “This often makes achieving a pregnancy difficult, and many of them require assisted reproductive technologies (i.e., infertility treatments) to get pregnant.”
Luckily, once a baby has been conceived and carried through the first trimester, it’s likely to be healthy — even if it’s mom is too skinny.
“Maternal risks [due to excessive thinness] are few,” Dr. David A. Miller, Director of CHLA-USC Institute for Maternal Fetal Health at USC’s Children’s Hospital of LA says. “The risk of poor fetal growth is not well-established…[any] other pregnancy risks would depend on the reason the pregnant woman is unhealthily thin.”
Tori isn’t Hollywood’s only scary-skinny mommy. As Dr. Liu points out, society puts immense pressure for women in the spotlight to be stick-thin.
“Hollywood demands women to be pretty thin,” he tells me. “It’s a tough career to be in. Plus, being a mother is extremely tiring. Tori is probably running around taking care of the babies…a lot of mothers forget to take care of themselves.”
So true! Check out these other starlets who need to eat some more meals before they start popping out more kiddies…
–Victoria Beckham: At 36, Victoria Beckham and her hubby, David, have talked for years about trying for a fourth kid to add to their pack of three adorable boys, Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, 7, and Cruz, 5. There’s only one hitch in the giddyup — Victoria’s scary skinny weight.
“She’s been told by docs her diet, though healthy, would not give her the best chance of conceiving, particularly in her 30s,” a family friend said earlier this year. “Instead she has been advised to eat a lot more carbs and fatten up. She has agreed and David is over the moon.”
–Angelina Jolie: Angelina Jolie, 35, and Brad Pitt joke about expanding their brood of six, but the super-mom will have to add some super pounds if she wants to give Maddox, 9, Zahara, 5, Pax, 6, Suri, 4 and Knox and Vivienne, 2, another sibling.
“Some feel she’s anorexic,” one insider recently said. “Certainly, she’s lost a lot of weight. If she drops more weight, she’ll be just skin and bone.”
–Nicole Richie: The always stylish Nicole Richie, 28, bounced back to a size zero almost immediately after giving birth to both her kids, Harlow, 2, and Sparrow, 11 months and has expressed concerns before about getting too skinny.
“I know I’m too thin right now, so I wouldn’t want any young girl looking at me and saying, ‘That’s what I want to look like,” Nicole told Vanity Fair in 2006. “I’m not happy with the way I look right now.”
–Ashlee Simpson-Wentz: This 25-year-old singer-turned-actress has admitted to battling anorexia in the past, but has lately dropped mega-poundage — which doesn’t bode well for her plan to give one-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli, a brother or a sister.
“Children are the most beautiful gifts you can have in your life,” Ashlee has said. “[Husband Pete Wentz and I’d] love to have more kids.”