This Is How Guys Tell Each Other They're Going To Be Dads

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Pregnancy announcements can be a big deal. In fact, we're suckers for tear-jerking viral videos ourselves. But one dad-to-be took a different approach, nonchalantly making a joke over text message. As Keating Thomas tells Mashable, the follow-up text from his friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, was even more casual.... Read more

The Justification You Need To Eat Chocolate Every Day During Pregnancy

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, we have some very important news: chocolate may have some big benefits during pregnancy. Research to be presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting this week shows daily—yes, daily—chocolate consumption improved both placental and fetal blood flow. Over the course of 12 weeks, 129 study... Read more

A Microbe Wipe Could Bridge The Gap Between Vaginal And C-Section Deliveries

What's so special about vaginal birth? Without getting too graphic, babies who pass through the birth canal are covered with their mother's fluid, receiving microbes that are especially beneficial to immune system development. This is what c-section babies are missing out on. So, as a team of researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center decided, why... Read more

This Hospital Is Changing The Future Of C-Sections

C-sections have come a long way over the last year. For both moms who schedule them and moms who unexpectedly need them, c-sections are starting to have similar processes to traditional vaginal births. And the credit is largely owed to doctors and nurses willing to go out of their comfort zones for the best interests of both... Read more

How Baby's Delivery Method And Diet Influence Immunity-Boosting Gut Bacteria

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Typically, if all goes well, by a few weeks after childbirth, you can't tell whether a baby was delivered vaginally or via c-section. And by the time your son or daughter is in preschool, you typically won't be able to tell whether or not that child was exclusively breastfed. Despite all the controversy over parenting choices, most moms and... Read more

Life-Size Dolls Simulate Labor And Delivery

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At first glance, these life-size dolls are terrifying. And at second glance too. But the purpose of SimMom isn't to make childbirth look pretty or easy. It's to help doctors prepare for a smooth delivery, even with all sorts of complications that can occur along the way. The birth simulation tool can mimic... Read more

Birth Photographer Captures All The Emotions of Childbirth (Video)

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A full year of capturing a woman's most emotional moments—the ones during and right after her baby arrives—would leave some people emotionally drained. But not Jessie and Bree, the ladies behind J&B Photography. The Los Angeles-based birth and newborn photographers have just completed their first full year photographing "Birth Stories," and they put together... Read more

Are Potatoes Problematic For Pregnancy?

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Trying to get pregnant? You probably already know there's foods that can help boost your fertility and get you in tip-top baby-making shape. But your pre-pregnancy diet isn't just important for the sake of getting pregnant. It can influence the health of your future baby as well. Previous studies have found that eating lean... Read more

Having A 'Big Baby'? Read This Before Delivery

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Call it 'baby-dismorphia'; many moms-to-be perceive their babies to be dangerously big. But a new study offers reassurance: your eight-and-a-half pounder is totally normal. The Boston University study, published in Maternal and Child Health Journal, found that nearly a third of women report being told by healthcare providers that their babies might be "quite... Read more

New Study Finds Breakthrough In Preeclampsia Diagnosis

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Preeclampsia can be a scary diagnosis for moms-to-be, especially now that Kim Kardashian, one of the approximately 5 percent of pregnant women who experience it, has been outspoken with less-than-glowing things to say about the condition, which she suffered from during her first pregnancy. Often caused by high blood pressure and kidney problems, it can... Read more