pregnancy

Fetuses of Smoking Moms Grimace in Ultrasound

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You know you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy. But now there's photographic evidence urging you not to. Using 4-D ultrasounds, researchers at Durham and Lancaster universities in the UK found that fetuses of smoking mothers touched themselves and moved their mouths significantly more than the rate typically expected at 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks.... Read more

Number of Births Could Affect Your Heart Health

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There's always been a lingering concern that your kids are going to give you a heart attack, but UT Southwestern Medical Center is taking a closer look at the link between childbirth and cardiovascular health in women. The Dallas Heart Study found that women who give birth to four or more children are more... Read more

Bumpie-Approved Spring Baby Shower Ideas

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Happy spring (finally)! We all love a great party -- especially one to celebrate a baby! Planning (or anticipating) a baby shower this season? Our Bumpies on the Baby Showers board shared some fun spring themes. “Traditional spring colors are pastels, obviously, but you could choose to mix it up! For decor you... Read more

Why You Shouldn't Strive for Pregnancy Abs

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When Los Angeles model Sarah Stage posted pics of her surprisingly slim 8-month pregnant bikini bod on Instagram, she certainly received the attention she solicited. Some praised her impressive physique while others remarked she must have an eating disorder and unhealthy pregnancy. So began a heated dialogue about what pregnant... Read more

Pregnancy Summed Up in Five Spot-On Charts

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It's not easy to quantify or qualify the inexplicable emotions of pregnancy. But funny charts can help. Melissa Small, an author and designer at The Bold Italic, created "Charts That Explain Why I'm Crying and Sweating" to trace the ups and downs of pregnancy. And we mean ups and downs. ... Read more

Pregnant Model Responds to Critics with New Instagram

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Remember Sarah Stage, the eight-month-pregnant model? She's rolling into her ninth month, and has an Instagram surprise for her critics. Here, we don't see a scantily-clad Stage. It's not a belly photo, and she's not poolside. Nope -- the 30-year-old LA model poses at an In-N-Out, ready to chow down on a burger. The... Read more

Are Pregnant Women Gaining Too Much Weight?

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Pregnancy weight gain is certainly healthy and inevitable, but nearly half of all pregnant women in the U.S. are gaining more weight than they should be. A new study, published in the April edition of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, found that misconceptions are the source of blame. "Most women feel that pregnancy is the time... Read more

Fight Prenatal Depression with Prenatal Yoga

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Understandably, pregnant women are often reluctant to start taking any new medications. But when faced with depression, are there any alternatives? A small pilot study out of Brown University suggests yoga could help. "This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of Read more

Bobbie Thomas Reveals Baby's Gender!

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Big news from Bobbie Thomas: Your favorite "professional girlfriend" is having a boy! The Today show style editor shared her announcement with Kathie Lee and Hoda this morning. Bobbie received the news at the 20-week mark during her second trimester ultrasound, which typically happens between 18 and 22 weeks. Last time we caught up with Bobbie, she... Read more

A Kinder, Gentler C-Section?

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A c-section probably isn't the empowering, magical birthing experience you had in mind; there's a lot more sterility and a lot less bonding. But family-centered cesareans are gaining popularity, and making the whole procedure a little bit gentler. Also referred to as a natural cesarean, the technique has a two-fold aim: to help mom feel... Read more