Geneticists Offer Position Statement on NIPTs

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Non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPTs) are advanced screenings for genetic diseases. The key word being screenings. They can tell you that your baby might have a problem, but false alarms are still possible. The confusion about when to get one and whether the touted 99 percent accuracy is true might be what prevented experts from issuing... Read more

Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Omega-3

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You might want to up your omega-3 intake -- it could do wonders for baby's brain development. A new study found only 27 percent of pregnant women get enough omega-3 during pregnancy, a fatty acid found in fish, seafood and seaweed products. While you do want to steer clear of mercury-rich seafood... Read more

Fetuses of Smoking Moms Grimace in Ultrasound

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You know you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy. But now there's photographic evidence urging you not to. Using 4-D ultrasounds, researchers at Durham and Lancaster universities in the UK found that fetuses of smoking mothers touched themselves and moved their mouths significantly more than the rate typically expected at 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks.... Read more

Number of Births Could Affect Your Heart Health

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There's always been a lingering concern that your kids are going to give you a heart attack, but UT Southwestern Medical Center is taking a closer look at the link between childbirth and cardiovascular health in women. The Dallas Heart Study found that women who give birth to four or more children are more... Read more

Bumpie-Approved Spring Baby Shower Ideas

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Happy spring (finally)! We all love a great party -- especially one to celebrate a baby! Planning (or anticipating) a baby shower this season? Our Bumpies on the Baby Showers board shared some fun spring themes. “Traditional spring colors are pastels, obviously, but you could choose to mix it up! For decor you... Read more

Why You Shouldn't Strive for Pregnancy Abs

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When Los Angeles model Sarah Stage posted pics of her surprisingly slim 8-month pregnant bikini bod on Instagram, she certainly received the attention she solicited. Some praised her impressive physique while others remarked she must have an eating disorder and unhealthy pregnancy. So began a heated dialogue about what pregnant... Read more

Pregnancy Summed Up in Five Spot-On Charts

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It's not easy to quantify or qualify the inexplicable emotions of pregnancy. But funny charts can help. Melissa Small, an author and designer at The Bold Italic, created "Charts That Explain Why I'm Crying and Sweating" to trace the ups and downs of pregnancy. And we mean ups and downs. ... Read more

Are Pregnant Women Gaining Too Much Weight?

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Pregnancy weight gain is certainly healthy and inevitable, but nearly half of all pregnant women in the U.S. are gaining more weight than they should be. A new study, published in the April edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, found that misconceptions are the source of blame. "Most women feel that pregnancy is the time... Read more

Trend Watch: Gift Registries for Kids' Birthday Parties

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Gift registries have been a part of baby showers and wedding showers for years -- newlyweds and first-time parents would probably shudder at the thought of not having one -- but the concept has recently taken off in a whole new field: kids' birthday parties. It's already being fiercely debated among parents, with some slamming it as greedy and... Read more

Fight Prenatal Depression with Prenatal Yoga

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Understandably, pregnant women are often reluctant to start taking any new medications. But when faced with depression, are there any alternatives? A small pilot study out of Brown University suggests yoga could help. "This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of Read more