What's The Riskiest Day Of The Week To Give Birth?

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The "weekend effect:" urban legend or a bonafide trend? This idea that patients admitted to the hospital on weekends have worse outcomes than those admitted on weekdays now has research -- geared specifically to mom and baby -- to back it. Still, that doesn't mean you should panic if you go into labor on a Saturday or... Read more

Extreme Exercise During Pregnancy: How Much Is Too Much?

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Recommendations for exercise during pregnancy are vague, and generally quite conservative so as to prevent any undue stress on the pregnancy or the expectant mom. Official medical position on the subject has been revised in recent years, however, to encourage more activity during pregnancy. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends... Read more

Watch Grandpa's Hilarious Reaction To 'Whisper Game' Pregnancy Announcement

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While parenthood may not be all fun and games, that concept clearly doesn’t apply to pregnancy announcements. Texas mom-to-be Alexa Goolsby decided to take a page out of comedy genius (and dad) Jimmy Fallon’s playbook by telling her parents she was expecting while they played their own rendition of Fallon’s famous "Read more

Mom Completes Psychology Exam While In Labor

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We've seen lots of different ways to get through labor. From dance moves to selfies, what happens in the delivery room isn't always what you'd expect. But one Georgia woman turned her hospital room into a classroom, completing an online college exam between contractions. Tommitrise Collins, 21, says she could only... Read more

Study Says You Can Put Those Stretch Mark Creams Away

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Are all of those creams and ointments claiming to prevent or reduce pregnancy stretch marks actually just a waste of money? Dermatologists from the University of Michigan think so, explaining that they still need to get to the bottom of what causes stretch marks in the first place. A new study from the University of... Read more

New Tool Helps Women Predict Chances Of Having A C-Section

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When it comes to labor and delivery, there's a lot that's out of your hands. But what if you had a better idea of what was going to happen? One company has created the first-ever c-section predictor tool, helping moms-to-be calculate their likelihood of having a cesarean. The tool, an eight-question quiz that... Read more

Why America's Lack Of Paid Parental Leave Is Everyone's Problem

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Jessica Shortall is a working mom with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. As the former Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, she literally circumnavigated the globe with a breast pump, and now she’s here to give you advice for dealing with the challenges of being a working and pumping... Read more

How Baked By Melissa Founder Handled Her Gluten Allergy During Pregnancy

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Melissa Ben-Ishay is the President and Chief Product Officer of the New York City-based dessert company Baked by Melissa. When Ben-Ishay was fired from her job in advertising in 2008, she decided to do what she loved—to offer consumers the ultimate dessert experience. With the idea that people should be able to taste more... Read more

Should Pregnant Women Get Special Parking Passes?

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While a few shopping centers designate “stork parking” spots for pregnant women and signs on public transportation urge riders to give priority seating to moms-to-be, two New York City councilmen are standing up for your swollen feet, achy backs and shortness of breath by saying it’s not enough. Earlier this week, councilmen David Greenfield and Donovan... Read more

Mom Illustrates All Those Embarrassing Pregnancy Problems You're Dealing With

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From unwelcome body hair to nosy questions from strangers, pregnancy comes with its fair share of awkward and embarrassing moments. In case we haven't emphasized the fact that you're not alone enough, we've found some adorable cartoons to drive the point home. Norwegian illustrator and mom-of-two Line Severinsen has been drawing hilarious cartoons of pregnancy and... Read more