Bellypaint Shows What's Really Going on in Your Pregnant Body

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When you're pregnant, you want to know everything that's going on in your body. Sure, sonograms can help. (And The Bump App can definitely help!) But it's tough to really grasp something that's so new, different and largely unseen. Enter Dutch pregnancy and baby photographer Leonie Versantvoort. With the help of body paint artist... Read more

Boob Care Tips for New Moms

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Breastfeeding? You'll want to read this. And even if you're still pregnant, guess what? You can start to battle sagging, soreness and stretch marks before baby even arrives. (Woo hoo!) Sian Sutherland, co-founder of Mama Mio skincare products, offers some boob-soothing advice. Perk those pecs – a safe exercise for all 3 trimesters There are major muscles... Read more

First-Time Pregnant Women Get Advice from the Best — Their Moms (Video)

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When you have a pregnancy question you don't want to ask anyone else, you turn to The Bump, of course. But the other source you can trust in confidence? Your mom. The Daily Share posted a video of four first-time pregnant women talking candidly with their moms about pregnancy and parenthood. "Did you... Read more

Childbirth Choices: How Media Influences a Woman's Choice

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Most people say they're going to have a natural birth, right? Not the case, a new study found. And it's the media that's steering most women towards medical intervention, like epidurals. Researchers from Monash University and Queensland University of Technology found women's magazines are largely biased towards promoting the benefits of a medicalized... Read more

Blind Mom 'Meets' Her Baby Through 3D Printed Ultrasound (WATCH)

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Seeing your sonogram for the first time is an incredible moment for moms-to-be. But what about if you can't see at all? Tatiana Guerra, 30, has been blind since age 17. At 20 weeks pregnant, she went in for an ultrasound, and her doctor asked her to describe what she thought... Read more

Midwifery Around the World

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It's International Midwives Day! Considering using a midwife? Not a bad idea; after all, Kate Middleton had two on hand to assist with Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana's birth. A nurse-midwife has a combination of training in modern obstetrics and gynecology, the traditional birthing process and nursing. Essentially, she'll provide physical and emotional... Read more

Quick Fixes for Pregnancy Cravings

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Pregnancy cravings are ruthless: they come at you fast and you've gotta have it now. A classic craving? Cookie dough. Because you Bumpies deserve the best, we selflessly took it upon ourselves to try two safe-to-eat brands, but we're leaving it up to you to judge which one's better. Edoughble Read more

Overdue? Natural Methods to Induce Labor

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Now that Duchess Kate’s rumored due date has come and gone, and Prince William is nearly a week into his paternity leave (Kate’s last public appearance before giving birth was March 27), all eyes are on the #GreatKateWait for royal baby no. 2’s birth announcement via Twitter. Several reports say she’ll be induced, which is... Read more

Postbaby Body Love: Stop Comparing

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After being overstretched and overstressed, your postpartum body needs some love. It's tough not to frown when faced with sagging skin and a fuller frame in the mirror, but remember what your body has accomplished! Remember, it took nine months to stretch everything out, so you shouldn't expect it to "bounce back" a week or... Read more

Big Baby? Induction May Be the Way to Go

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For women pregnant with big babies, choosing to induce labor can have big benefits, European researchers discovered in a recent study. The researchers, including Michel Boulvain, MD of Geneva University Hospital in Switzerland, wanted to see if labor induction could lessen the chance of shoulder dystocia in large babies. The condition, in which baby's head delivers but then... Read more