When you’re a celebrity, you’re in the public eye almost constantly. When you’re a pregnant celebrity, the amount of attention you get and scrutiny you’re under increases even more. With fans and media keeping a close eye on your baby’s gender announcement, your due date, the details of your birth, and even your maternity style — it can be hard to keep some aspects of your pregnancy to yourself.
That’s why it was so impressive when Twilight actress Nikki Reed and her husband Ian Somerhalder (of the recently concluded CW series The Vampire Diaries) managed to keep their pregnancy news to themselves for so long. They announced that they were expecting with a sweet Instagram photo back on May 4, 2017, when Nikki would’ve been between five and six months pregnant.
“This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast,” Ian explained in his own Instagram post.
Similarly, Nikki and Ian waited until several weeks after their daughter’s birth to announce their wonderful news to the world. Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder was born on July 25, 2017, according to E! News.
In an interview with Fit Pregnancy conducted while the actress was still pregnant but published shortly before news of the birth broke, Nikki revealed that she and Ian planned on taking a “month of silence” after welcoming their newborn:
We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves. After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate. Otherwise, every five minutes it would be, “How are you feeling? Can we have a picture?” You don’t get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present.
This is definitely an atypical tactic for new parents, who are usually bombarded with friends and family excited to meet the new addition. But I totally see Nikki’s point. Bonding with your new baby is any new parent’s top priority — and if the famous pair feels like the outside world would distract from that, keeping it all at bay is a really smart decision.
Do you agree with Nikki’s idea for a “month of silence”?
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