Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpYou're already going under the knife to get a c-section, so, while you're at it, why not get a tummy tuck to flatten things out, too? Hm… not so fast.
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"A friend of mine told me I could have a tummy tuck at the same time as my c-section, if this is my last pregnancy," says MacieLu8* on The Bump community boards. "I asked my doctor about it and he said, 'Sure, I just did one of those last week.' I'm so excited!"
There's plenty of appeal to the idea of having a nip/tuck right in the same breath as a c-section. There's just one dose of anesthesia, one operating room, and one recovery period for both surgeries. Plus, after nine months of watching the numbers on the scale go up and up, most women are eager to get their pre-baby body back. But is it really a good idea?
What's a c-tuck anyhow?
Getting a c-tuck means having two surgeries in the same timeframe. Baby is born by c-section; the OB and team whisk baby away, and then a plastic surgeon comes
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Your airline experience is about to get a sky-high makeover. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is now offering "Flying Nannies" to passengers on-board.
The nannies are specifically trained to entertain children on long-haul flights. Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways' Vice President of Guest Services, said, "The Flying Nanny will liaise with parents and use their experience and knowledge to make the travel experience easier. This includes helping serve children's meals early in the flight and offering activities and challenges to help entertain and occupy younger guests.'
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According to the company's website, Etihad Airways has trained more than 300 cabin crew members for the role as Flying Nanny. This month, they'll train 60 more, adding more on the roaster each month so that by the end of 2013, a total of 500 Flying Nannies will be working across Etihad Airways
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
Photo: Veer / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Could Your Guy's Um… Testicle Size Make Him a Better Dad?
A study published in the journal PNAS found that smaller testicle size in men appears to be liked to greater involvement in child-rearing.
Study researchers from Georgia found and recruited male participants all with children under the age of 2 years old via fliers and Facebook advertisements. They then measured each man's testosterone levels and testes volume. They also performed brain scans while they were shown pictures of their own children's faces and those of strangers. Researchers also included mothers by surveying them on the father's level of parental involvement. Researchers, in the study notes, say that the intention of the study was to determine whether biological factors accounted for absentee fathers.
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They wrote, "In modern Western societies, some fathers choose not to invest in their children. Why do some men make this choice? Life History Theory offers an explanation for variation in
Photo: Veer / The BumpBy Abigail Green for TheBump.comRead More »from 4 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman
Is there anything more stressful than those final few weeks leading up to your baby's birth? Yes! Constantly fielding all those "did you have the baby yet?" queries!
When I was at the end of my pregnancies, it got to the point where I stopped answering the phone and email because I couldn't take it anymore. Not even the calls from my mother, mother-in-law, and friends who were "just calling to see how you're doing." (Translation: Did you have that baby yet?!) I was tempted to joke, "Oh, yeah, thanks for the reminder. We actually DID have the baby a couple weeks ago. I can't believe I forgot to tell you!"
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If you're having a scheduled C-section, that's one thing. But for the rest of us, the baby will come when the baby darn well wants to come, OK?
With that in mind, here are four things NOT to say to an expectant mom:
1. Do not ask for her input on your travel plans. I actually had people say to me, "So
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
Thinkstock / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Moms-to-Be Are Selling Their Positive Pregnancy Tests on Craigslist
Would you ever sell your positive pregnancy test on Craigslist? The latest (and weirdest?) trend to hit the internet has moms-to-be auctioning off their positive pregnancy tests online for about $25.
While the reasons for doing so are still a little blurry, some ads suggest that potential buyers use the positive tests to get their longtime boyfriends to propose, while others encourage their buyers to use the tests to prank their parents. Horrifyingly enough, one test even says that the positive test for sale could be used to "ask for abortion money" and then use the cash to "go on vacation."
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A woman in Florida put her positive up for sale with the following ad: "I will provide you with 1(one) positive pregnancy test with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Taken same day. It isn't my business what you choose to use it for!"
In Toeldo, OH, a woman writes: "I will no [sic] take any responsibility for
Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpI catch myself in awe of celebrity moms (and dads) from time to time. For the most part, I do not read into the world of celebrities too deeply because let's be honest, there is enough going on as a mom already, but lately I have thought about what it would be like. Want to know what my gut reaction was? I am so glad I am not a celebrity mom.Read More »from Why You'd Never Want to Be a Celebrity Mom
By Sarah Kulchar for TheBump.com
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There would be definite perks for sure, but do they really outweigh the cons? No, not for me. Why? Because…
1. I couldn't stand the constant hype about my body.
As if being a mom - heck - a woman isn't hard enough, can you imagine having your image smeared across screens and magazines in order to let the general public decide if you look thin enough?
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2. My parenting mistakes might be caught on camera.
Let's lay it all out there for a second. We all make mistakes when it comes to parenting. If
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Tue, Aug 27, 2013 4:38 PM EDT
Getty Images / The BumpDrew Barrymore, mom to Olive and founder of FLOWER beauty, always looks so fresh, pretty, and confident, doesn't she? What's her secret? In this exclusive interview for The Bump, Drew shares what she loves (and hates!) about motherhood, her most embarrassing pregnancy moment (oh, how we can relate to her craving!), and the mom advice she most treasures.Read More »from Drew Barrymore Reveals Her Pregnancy Craving was 'Humiliating'
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The Bump: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Drew Barrymore: Being a mom makes me think so much about my reactions to things. With kids, your reactions to everything are so utterly important and it's made me rethink other parts of my life as well. In a nut shell, how you handle everything comes into the sharpest focus of your life when you become a parent.
TB: What's been the hardest thing about motherhood?
DB: Guilt, guilt and more guilt. It's never enough, being an overachiever doesn't come close to cutting it. Worry, Worry, Worry.
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Fri, Aug 23, 2013 11:47 AM EDT
Photo Courtesy of Foscam By Lori Richmond for The Bump.comRead More »from Stalker Hacks into Family's Baby Monitor: How to Make Sure it Doesn't Happen to You!
By now we've all heard the creepy story about the family in Houston whose baby monitor was hacked. Texas daddy Marc Gilbert awoke one night after hearing a stranger's voice coming from his daughter's room only to find out that a stalker had hacked into their daughter's baby monitor and was making obscene comments at their little girl, Allyson. Fortunately enough, she didn't hear a thing.
For parents, it's completely unnerving that something which is supposed to help parents keep a watchful eye over their babies could become a way for crazies to see inside private places in our homes.
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My husband and I own the Foscam, which is the same camera owned by the family in Houston. I can easily use the app on my iPhone to see a live feed of what's going on at home. Super techy and cool, right? Well, yes, especially when I miss the kids and want to catch a glimpse of them playing. But what
Thinkstock / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from The Rules on Naming Your Baby
Just over a week ago, a judge in Tennessee ordered that parents change their 7-month-old baby boy's name from "Messiah" to "Martin" because the name Messiah is a title that has "only been earned by one person and that person is Jesus Christ."
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Following the court ruling, the baby's mother, Jaleesa Martin, told reporters that she plans to appeal the case, saying, "I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs… Everybody believes what they want so I think I should be able to name my child what I want to name him, not someone else." The news made headlines all over the country, with some in firm support of Jaleesa, while others agreed that stricter laws should be enacted on baby's names.
Martin's appeal will take place on September 17th, but in the meantime, we opted to take a
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Thu, Aug 15, 2013 12:23 PM EDT
Photo: Veer / The BumpIt's here! Today (8/15) is The Bump and Boppy's Second Annual Public Display of Breastfeeding Day (PDB)! If you haven't already, take the pledge to breastfeed in public today. Not a mom yet? You can still be part of the boob-olution by pledging to breastfeed when baby arrives! Our goal? Empower moms and show the world that if a mom chooses to breastfeed, it's her right to feed baby whenever (and wherever) she needs to.Read More »from It's Public Display of Breastfeeding Day and Airports Are Starting to Show Support!
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And we're not the only ones who have recognized the importance of breastfeeding in public! It seems as though the gods that govern airports have finally hear breastfeeding moms loud and clear! Without further ado, meet Mamava, the first-of-its-kind breastfeeding and pumping station that will be installed this month in the Burlington International Airport in Burlington, VT (and the answer to our prayers!).
The "Lactation Station" (as it's called), looks like an egg but is a freestanding kiosk that has seats, a