5 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

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Photo: Thinkstock
New research suggests that many women -- pregnant or not -- aren't really aware of the toxins that they need to avoid if they wish to have children (healthy ones, at least). Sure, we know to avoid drinking and cigarettes, but those things are pretty much common sense. Obstetricians across the country, however, are realizing... read more

Vanessa Carlton is Expecting!

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Photo: Facebook
Guess who can't be walking 1000 miles anymore? Yup, Vanessa Carlton is pregnant! (But, if you read our post on exercise, you know that she'll still have to get some workouts in.) The singer posted a picture of her bump on her Facebook page, making the pregnancy announcement official. The bad... read more

This Baby Made It Onto the Big Screen (Thanks to Dad!)

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Baby Winter Davis looks cute enough to be in movies, don't you think? Her dad, Grant Davis, thinks so too, which is why he decided to photoshop an action-packed pose of the 15-month-old into various movie scenes, proving she's definitely ready for her close-up.  (Winter's mom, Brittany Davis, works for The Bump!) The images, posted to Reddit, have... read more

White House Summit on Working Families — What You Need to Know

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Photo: WhiteHouse.gov
In the first-ever Summit on Working Families, President Obama came forward as an advocate for working parents, vowing to make working conditions in the United States more conducive to raising kids. "When members of our workforce are forced to choose between a job and their family, something's wrong," the President said in an read more

Inspiring Mompreneur: Jennifer Varner, Founder of Pure-Ecommerce.com

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We’re getting up close and personal with mothers who are savvy innovators and businesswomen and finding out their secrets to success. This time, we got the scoop from Jennifer Varner, CEO and founder of Pure-Ecommerce.com. The Bump: Give us a quick elevator pitch of your business. Jennifer Varner: Pure-Ecommerce has been in business for seven... read more

Don’t Tone Down Your Workout When Pregnant, Says Study

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Photo: Shutterstock/The Bump
Whether you're an avid runner or a passionate yogi, you shouldn't tone down your workout just because you're pregnant. A new report, which was compiled by researchers at the University of South Carolina, took note of how often women exercised before and during pregnancy and their preferred way to sweat it out before comparing the data to... read more

Having a Baby After 33 Can Help You Live Longer

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Having a baby after age 33? Your longevity is looking good. A new study out of Boston University Medical Center found that women who are able to naturally get pregnant after age 33 tend to live longer. The genetic variants that allow for these later pregnancies seem to also facilitate long lifespans. "The natural ability to... read more

New Recommendation: Read to Baby Starting at Birth​

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Photo: Veer
Just because your baby doesn't understand a word you're saying doesn't mean story time is in vain. In fact, doctors are going to start recommending it. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced on Tuesday that literacy promotion will become a big part of pediatric primary care. The AAP is asking that its 62,000 member pediatricians... read more

Who Knew That Babies’ Eyebrows Were This Funny? (WATCH!)

Baby Eyebrows Video
Photo: Lucas MacEochaidh
When babies discover anything for the first time, it's an adorable thing to watch -- especially when the discovery is their eyebrows. Twenty-month-old Leon had a big revelation in a viral video taken by his dad, Lucas MacEochaidh, while being held by his mom. Leon is looking in the mirror while raising his eyebrows up and down, and... read more

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Autism

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Photo: Shutterstock/The Bump
The cause of autism isn’t really known -- it could be a mix of things like genes, medications and environmental factors. Even your pregnancy diet may have an effect on your baby's chances of being born with  an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new study, conducted at UC Davis by Irva Hertz-Piccotto, suggests that commercial... read more