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5 Awesome Reasons to Get In the Pool and Exercise During Your Pregnancy!

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With summer officially upon us, many of us are looking to beat the heat with a cool dip in the pool. Did you know, though, that swimming is not only refreshing, but it's the perfect exercise during pregnancy? Here are 5 reasons why: 1. Swimming is a low-to-no-impact activity. Just doing the front crawl, breaststroke,... read more

Dealing With Pregnancy Constipation? Try These 5 Simple Tips!

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Pregnant women and their bowels. Constipation. Maybe it’s too much information -- certainly we often don’t feel comfortable bringing it up in conversation even with our closest of friends -- but a new study from Loyola University Medical Center shows that nearly three-quarters of women experience constipation at some point during... read more

4 Easy Exercises Every Mama Can Do With Baby

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It’s easy to make excuses for why we don’t exercise. Especially as new mothers, the daunting tasks of finding a sitter or fitting a class into a busy schedule make it seem too difficult and not worth the hassle. But there are several exercises you can do with your baby, right on your living room... read more

My Favorite Pregnancy Products

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As The Bump editorial team's resident pregnant woman (I'm 20 weeks as of yesterday -- halfway there!), I get the pretty awesome job of being a guinea pig for the latest products. After all, someone's got to see what works and what doesn't, right? So of course, I wanted to pass along a... read more

5 Reasons to Exercise Regularly Throughout Your Pregnancy

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There are so many reasons to exercise throughout life, but while you are pregnant it is particularly important to keep moving. Even if you didn't exercise before pregnancy, as long as your doctor approves, you should start a prenatal fitness program in order to increase your odds of a healthy pregnancy and birth experience! So,... read more

Dealing With Pregnancy Incontinence? These 3 Moves Will Help!

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Have you ever experienced that embarrassing leaking phenomena while sneezing or coughing or laughing hard? It's called stress incontinence, and it's a serious matter for many pregnant women - especially in the later stages of pregnancy when the baby's weight increases, pressing more heavily upon the bladder and overstretching the pelvic floor muscles. It's considered... read more

4 Easy Moves to Help You Deal With Pregnancy Back Pain (WATCH!)

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Back pain is no laughing matter for expectant mothers. Nearly every woman is affected by lumbar pain at some point during pregnancy, a pain that can limit mobility and put a damper on the pregnancy experience. The physical changes in your pregnant body contribute to the propensity for lumbar pain. As the uterus... read more

How I Lost the Baby Weight and Learned to Love My Postbaby Body

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Ladies! I have great news for you! There is a way to change your attitude that will soon change your body,so get ready to bring out your inner Giselle or Charlize Theron! (Seriously!) Trust me, this will take little effort on your part so no “but I am a mommy” or “I have no time”... read more

I Love My Postbaby Body (Yes, Really)

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Last night, after my workout, I forgot to put a shirt on. For four hours, I walked around our home wearing a Target nursing bra and GAP Body short shorts. I cooked dinner that way, I talked to my friend Amanda for 45 minutes on the phone that way, I watched Californication with my husband... 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