pregnancy health

Why Dental Health During Pregnancy Matters

You've heard you should stay on top of your dentist appointments while pregnant. But with all your other prenatal checkups, is it really necessary? Definitely. A new study form Delta Dental found that 42.5 percent of pregnant women are skipping out on their dentist appointments, missing opportunities to identify and correct oral problems that occur... Read more

Why Your Preconception Diet Matters

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Focused on maintaining a healthy pregnancy diet? Keep it up! But know that what you eat before you get pregnant matters too -- affecting baby's cancer risk and vulnerability to infection. That's the word from a new study published in Genome Biology. While a child's DNA is passed on from parents, environmental factors -- including diet... Read more

State of the World's Mothers Report: How Does the US Stack Up?

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Every year, Save the Children releases its State of the World's Mothers Report, ranking 179 countries based on maternal and children's health statistics. Where would you expect the US to fall? Somewhere within the top 10? Try 33. Internationally, disparities between care available for the urban rich and the urban poor are Read more

Preventing Preterm Labor With Light Therapy

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Researcher James Olcese, PhD has officially gotten the green light on his solution for preventing preterm labor: light goggles. Olcese, an associate professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, realized that many women go into preterm labor at night, when the brain hormone melatonin is at its peak. So after winning a $35,000... Read more

This Infant Swaddle Will Help Save Lives

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Twenty million babies are born early and underweight each year, and a staggering 3.3 million of these infants die within the first month of childbirth. But the Embrace Warmer, a sleeping-bag type incubator that keeps babies comfortable and temperature-stabilized without using electricity, is hoping to change that and lower infant mortality rates around the world. The... Read more

Exclusive: Bobbie Thomas Gets Real About Being 18 Weeks Pregnant

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Bobbie Thomas, professional girlfriend and author of The Power of Style, shares fashion and beauty advice as the Style Editor for NBC’s TODAY show, including her weekly “Bobbie’s Minute Buzz.” With a unique understanding that beauty comes from the strength within, she has worked tirelessly to promote positive campaigns, instill self-confidence and encourage people... Read more

How to Improve Your Pregnancy Posture

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It's not uncommon for pregnancy and parenthood to seriously affect your posture, causing aches, pains and other physical changes. As breasts grow during pregnancy, the increased weight tends to round shoulders and position the head forward, causing a hunchback-like posture that's already worsened by hours in front of a computer screen and behind the wheel of a... Read more

Should Pregnant Women Get Cash Incentives to Quit Smoking?

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Smoking isn’t good for anyone, especially moms-to-be. But one country is finding success in getting pregnant women to quit — with cash incentives. Researchers in Scotland found that providing financial incentives might be the key to getting pregnant women to quit -- for good. They provided a group of pregnant women with £50 shopping vouchers each, and... Read more

Should You Really Shovel Snow While Pregnant?

With winter storm Juno barreling into the northeast, we've seen the same question pop up in our Community again and again: is it safe to shovel snow while pregnant? Bumpies seem to have come to a consensus: you can but probably shouldn't. And we couldn't agree more.

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Christy Turlington Burns on Motherhood and Giving Back

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Model and humanitarian Christy Turlington Burns doesn't really need an introduction. But with #BumpItFoward month in full-swing, she took time out to talk about a cause she's passionate about: Every Mother Counts and its partnership with The Bump on our new charity registry initiative. (To do your part, download The Bump Pregnancy App for Android or iOS or... Read more