Why You Probably Want to Buy an At-Home Pregnancy Test Instead of Getting One at the Hospital

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
According to a new study from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, 9 out of 11 of the most popular hospital urine pregnancy tests are more likely to produce a false-negative result after the fifth to seventh week of pregnancy, even though the tests perform well in the first month after conception. Led by Ann M. Gronowski,... read more

Mom of Twins Gave Birth to Friend’s Twins After Many Failed IVF Cycles

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
Choosing a surrogate is one of the hardest choices to make in life -- especially after undergoing IVF four times. Sandi and Philip Palmisano's failed results were discouraging, but met Andrea and Mark Rivas in 2010 at the Shady Grove Fertility Center in Washington, DC, where they were also trying IVF. Andrea gave birth... read more

Scientists Are Working on Ways to Help IVF Couples Cope With Infertility

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Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
A brand new study led by Helen Rockliff analyzed more than 23 previous studies in order to identify  what types of coping strategies, personality traits and social circumstances are available to help couples going through IVF treatments. Turns out, all you really need is a friend. By taking a look at 23 previous... read more

A Message from Michelle Obama for The Bump Moms (Really!)

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Photo: Obama Family Photo
Back when Barack and I were expecting our first daughter, we were overwhelmed with so many emotions: excitement, wonder, hope… and occasional moments of panic at the prospect of bringing this little person into the world. We had all the usual first-time parent worries: How would we balance the needs of our growing family with... read more

New DNA Test May Indicate Your Miscarriage Risk — Would You Take It?

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Photo: Veer / The Bump
The latest research published in the March issue of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology found that an alternative DNA test could indicate woman's miscarriage risk. The test, which offers clinically relevant genetic information to identify why a miscarriage may have occurred in a woman, and study are the first-of-their kind. Performed by researchers at... read more

What’s an Embryo Adoption — and Why Is This Couple Doing It?

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Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
After more than eight years of fertility treatments, failed adoptions, disappointing news from doctors and negative pregnancy tests, Charlie and Matt DeVore have finally become parents. How? Through an embryo adoption. Now, their sweet, smiling little 13-month-old daughter CJ is a reminder that the embryo adoption process was worth every minute of it. Here's how... read more

Chemicals In Your Guy’s Takeout Containers Could be Messing With His Fertility

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
Before you let your partner order takeout, read this. A new study found that phthalates (which are hormone-mimicking chemicals found on food packaging, plastics, shampoos and colognes) may be hurting his chances of conception when it comes to babymaking. For the study, published in Fertility and Sterility and authored by researchers at the... read more

Study Says Testosterone May Help More Women Get Pregnant

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
The secret to increased IVF success could be hiding in male hormones. A new study suggests that using male hormones (called "androgens") can help the development of follicles and can enhance fertility in women. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research details how several fertility clinics... read more

Trying to Conceive? 3 Ways to Reduce Your Miscarriage Risk

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Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
According to scientists from the University of Copenhagen, one in four miscarriages might be preventable if a woman pays closer attention to her lifestyle choices. The scientists, who published the study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that avoidable risks, like being under- or overweight before conception, working... read more

Mom Discovers She’s Pregnant With Triplets 4 Months After Delivering Her First Baby

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Photo: Reveal Magazine
How's this for an unexpected surprise: A woman in the UK found out she was pregnant with triplets just four months after giving birth to her firstborn son. According to Reveal Magazine, Sarah Ward, gave birth to a baby boy named Freddie four months before she discovered that she and her... read more