Natalie Portman announced that she is pregnant at the end of December 2010 and gave birth to Aleph Portman-Millepied in July 2011. His name is reported to be derived from the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
During Natalie Portman's pregnancy, she ate a vegan diet at home and occasionally eats vegetarian when she was on the road. While some wish she could have had an entirely vegan pregnancy, I'd take than any day over someone who just stopped being vegan entirely during pregnancy.
Natalie is engaged to Benjamin Millepied, who was the choreographer for Black Swan and also Natalie's dance partner in a few scenes of the movie. They met on the set and got engaged at the end of 2010. Their first child is due during the summer of 2011.
She made an amazing transformation into her Black Swan character, Nina Sayers, and she ended up losing twenty pounds that didn't seem to be there to begin with. Luckily it looks like she is back to a normal, healthy size, and she's now focused on a healthy vegan pregnancy.
Many women wonder if when they become pregnant they will start having cravings for meat and dairy products, but Natalie seems to prove that’s not likely to be the case. Evidently, she's craving foods with vinegar like pickles and ketchup, and she eats tons of hummus.
Though she has spent a good portion of her first trimester promoting Black Swan and three movies coming up in 2011, she still finds time to give her baby a peaceful and calm environment. Natalie has been swimming daily to give her unborn child a calm atmosphere, "When I am in my womb-like environment, I am hoping the baby is feeling peaceful," she said.
In every interview, Natalie professes genuinely that she is incredibly happy and feels very lucky to have everything going on in her life right now; a blossoming career, a fiancé, and a baby.
In the past, Natalie has said that she loves animals and acts on her values and beliefs. She said that she went vegan after reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer in 2009. We also love that at all the red carpet events Natalie attended during her early pregnancy, she showed that style doesn't have to sacrifice the lives of animals. Chanel has made her vegan shoes, she's worn less expensive shoes by Aldo, and she sports a cruelty-free engagement ring designed entirely by her fiance.
We can only hope the publicity Natalie is receiving right now will encourage more vegan celebrities to get on the baby bandwagon and start spreading their love of the lifestyle.
Update on Natalie Portman Pregnant, April 2011:
Natalie announced on a radio talk show that during her pregnancy she has reverted to a vegetarian diet, "I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff. I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy and that sort of stuff."
"If you're not eating eggs, then you can't have cookies or cake from regular bakeries, which can become a problem when that's all you want to eat. I actually wanted eggs at the beginning and then they grossed me out after awhile," she said.
She doesn't mention whether she will continue eating eggs and dairy products once she has given birth, nor does she say she felt she needed to eat them to stay healthy, "I know there are people who do stay vegan, but I think you have to just be careful, watch your iron levels and your B12 levels and supplement those if there are things you might be low in in your diet."