Countdown to Mother's Day 2008: Top 10 Celebrity Moms: #3

In honor of Mother’s Day, join us as we continue our countdown of the Top 10 celebrity moms. We’ll be highlighting 1 mom daily leading up to the big day, and to our #1 Celebrity Mom herself!

A Top Celebrity Mom

Jenny McCarthy
Once just another blond-haired babe on Baywatch, comedian and actress Jenny McCarthy has recently transitioned into one of the most important roles of her career: outspoken champion of children with autism. Just what motivated this huge change? Her almost-6 year-old son, Evan Joseph. The author of several books on pregnancy and motherhood – including Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs, Jenny recently tackled the serious subject of autism in her autobiographical book Louder Than Words.

Since the book’s release in September 2007, Jenny has appeared on the Oprah show and the cover of People Magazine, where she not only shared the heartbreaking story of learning that her son has autism, but also offered hope to millions of American families dealing with the same diagnosis.

Jenny has raved about the radical wheat-free/casein-free diet she put Evan on, saying it has opened up a window into her son. Jenny has also criticized the childhood vaccine requirements set out by the Center for Disease Control, calling them a “one-size fits all” schedule, which she believes contributed to her son’s autism. Today, one out of every 150 American children is diagnosed with autism – more than double the rate of just ten years ago. Autism is a spectrum disorder affecting neurological development.

Check back each day for another celeb mom (or you can cheat and check out our whole top 10 list here).

Photo Credit: Jenny McCarthy (flickr)

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