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3 Ways to Relieve Pregnancy Back Pain

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Back pain is the most common discomfort during pregnancy and often persists well into the first year of motherhood, even beyond. Low back pain -- in that achy lumbar area -- develops with your changing center of gravity as the uterus moves upward and out of the pelvis. The body compensates with a more swayback... read more

Can You Be “Too Fit” to Get Pregnant?

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If you're trying to conceive, your doctor has probably given you the classic spiel: take folic acid; cut back on drinking; exercise. The first two suggestions are generally keepers, but what about exercising? Could it be that regular, intense workouts are actually be harming your chances at getting pregnant? Yes, and no. 6 percent of infertility cases are... read more

Don’t Tone Down Your Workout When Pregnant, Says Study

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Whether you're an avid runner or a passionate yogi, you shouldn't tone down your workout just because you're pregnant. A new report, which was compiled by researchers at the University of South Carolina, took note of how often women exercised before and during pregnancy and their preferred way to sweat it out before comparing the data to... read more

Active Pregnancy Helps Achieve Normal Childbirth

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If there weren't already enough reasons to stay active during pregnancy, a new study in the UK shows that women with higher activity levels are more likely to have a "normal" childbirth -- requiring fewer medical interventions -- than mothers who are less active. According to the BBC, the study... read more

Judgey Much? Woman Who Posted Fat-Shaming Facebook Pic Offers Apology

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Add another chapter to the book on mommy wars. This time, one woman -- and her fabulous abs -- stands at the center of the controversy. By now we've all seen the photo. Last year, working mama Maria Kang posted a picture of herself with three kids -- then three boys under three, the youngest... read more

How Exercise During Pregnancy Can Make Childbirth Easier

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Worried about the pain associated with delivering baby? Relax, mama! The latest study has found that there's a way to actually make childbirth easier -- and it's easy to do! Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the European University of Madrid and the University of Granada have found that moderate-intensity exercise three times a... read more

Inspiring Mompreneur: Carrie Dorr, Founder and CEO of Pure Barre

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We’re getting up close and personal with mothers who are savvy innovators and businesswomen and finding out their secrets to success. This time, we got the scoop from Carrie Dorr, Founder and CEO of Pure Barre. The Bump: Barre workouts are hot right now! Why do you think Pure Barre has become such a... read more

Exercises to Avoid During Pregnancy (VIDEO)

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With every New Year comes a new set of resolutions! So many people like to get back into shape after the holidays and just because you’re pregnant, it doesn't mean you can’t join in on the exercise fun! While it’s great to stay fit, there are definitely a few exercises that you will want to avoid to... read more

Fatherhood Doesn’t Have to Lead to Fatterhood

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You've heard the terms: sympathy weight, fatherhood fifteen, paternity pounds, dad dough, child chunk (okay, I made that last one up). Whatever you call it, no cute little turn of phrase, play on words or awesome alliteration makes it more acceptable that most new dads pack on weight after they have kids. And you don't... read more

How Jessica Simpson is Losing the Baby Weight

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New mom Jessica Simpson is ready to get back her pre-baby body. Her game plan? The singer tweeted recently, “so excited to be part of the Weight Watchers family.” Jessica told PEOPLE that she wants her diet to be more of a lifestyle, because she was a yo-yo dieter in the past. But while... read more