Summer Food Safety Tips for Pregnant Women

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Between BBQs, road trips and beach days, it’s summer time and the livin’s easy, right? Well, not so fast. Having a carefree summer is a bit trickier when you’re pregnant, thanks to elevated hormones and a weakened immune system. Plus, you’re at greater risk for developing certain foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria such as Listeria... Read more

Here's What a C-Section Really Looks Like

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Felicia's maternity photo session was a great package deal. It turned into a birthing shoot as well. The mom-to-be was about halfway through her maternity shoot with Jessica Bender Photography when her water broke. "She looked at me with concern on her face and asked, 'What does it feel like when your Read more

Combatting Summer Pregnancy Swelling

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A summer pregnancy can be uncomfortable, to say the least. The only thing worse than trying to maneuver a third trimester bump around in the heat and humidity is trying to do so with swollen, achy feet and legs. Unfortunately, the higher temperatures increase the probability of swelling, which can be both unsightly and painful.... Read more

Could Preemie Babies Be Less Lucky in Love?

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Paging Cupid to the delivery room: Carrying to term may set baby up for a more favorable love life in adulthood. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, twenty-somethings born preterm (before 37 weeks) are less likely to move in with a romantic partner or have sexual intercourse than their peers born even one... Read more

VBACs Are Safer Than You Thought

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For most moms, one c-section means more c-sections to follow. While a vaginal birth after a c-section (VBAC) does still come with a risk of complications, a new study found that those complications are rarer than you'd think. The study, published in the CDC's National Vital Statistics Report, found that just 20 percent of women who... Read more

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