Shutterstock / The BumpAs a mom-to-be, you're getting told left and right what you need to have for baby. Your friends and family mean well, but they aren't going to be the ones footing the bill for all this stuff. We make it easy for you by letting you know what you really need and what you can live without.
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Worth the splurge:
If you're breastfeeding, get a great breast pump: These can be pricey, but if you plan to breastfeed longer than a few months, it's worth the investment (vs. renting). You want to be comfortable (or as comfortable as you can be when the machine is pulling your boobs into a construction-cone shape), and you want to get as much "liquid gold" out as you can. Expressing milk with a pump can help you go out with your friends again, let you share feedings with your partner and other things that will help you feel like you again. Denise and Alan Fields gathered tons of research and real-mom reviews for their best-selling book Baby Bargains -- they recommend
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Shutterstock / The BumpAs a mom-to-be, you're getting told left and right what you need to have for baby. Your friends and family mean well, but they aren't going to be the ones footing the bill for all this stuff. We make it easy for you by letting you know what you really need and what you can live without.Read More »from Baby Gear You Need and What to Skip
Stuff's going on with your body and your sex life that you're afraid to tell anyone.Read More »from The Most Embarrassing Pregnancy Sex Issues Ever!
By Elena Donovan Mauer for TheBump.com
Thinkstock / The BumpSex is how you got into this situation in the first place. Who knew it could change this much so quickly? "For couples, pregnancy is probably the first time there's a change in their sex life since they've been together," says Judith Steinhart, a New York City-based clinical sexologist and sexuality educator. "I would like to think it prepares people for the changes that will happen over their lifetime together." But some of this stuff is gross, weird and uncomfortable -- how do you deal?
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Issue #1: Feeling fat
Obviously, you are supposed to be gaining weight, but you can't help but feel big and unattractive.
How to deal: Change your way of talking to yourself. "It's not easy, but you have to tell yourself you're still you and you're still lovely and maybe lovelier, and instead of saying, 'I'm so fat,' say,
By Leslie Goldman for TheBump.comRead More »from Why I Love My C-Section Scar
Getty Images / The BumpAs the mother to a 16-month-old little girl who was born through my belly, how could an article titled, "C-section scars banished with welding torch" not grab my attention? I clicked on it and learned about a new medical device that utilizes plasma instead of stitches and staples to "weld" incisions together, minimizing C-section scarring. Technically, the BioWeld tool would leave mothers with the faintest line possible, but it won't "banish" the mark, which typically stretches about eight inches wide, just over the bikini line.
Sensationalist headlines aside, this got me thinking about my C-section scar and what it means to me. And I came to the following conclusion: Even if there were a procedure that could erase my scar, I wouldn't do it.
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My C-section was a premeditated event: Baby decided to flip upside down at 37 weeks and I opted not to attempt to turn her. And so, I reaped the
- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jun 27, 2013 10:36 AM EDT
We caught up with the actress-turned-blogger, author and celeb mom -- and we realized we're not the only ones who occasionally have our clothes on inside out!Read More »from Soleil Moon Frye Reveals Her Most Embarrassing Mommy Moments
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The Bump: You seeCourtesy of TheBump.comm to have great adventures with your kids. How are you such a fun mom?
Soleil Moon Frye: I try my best! We're all about the chaos -- embracing the chaos, enjoying the insanity of it all and not trying to be too perfect. I've realized that perfection does not exist.
TB: What tips do you have for pregnant women to enjoy pregnancy and motherhood?
SMF: Be comfortable, and don't be too hard on yourself. I was the mom that, for years after, kept the baby weight on. And you know what? That's okay. It can happen. There's no reason to worry about it. Don't be too hard on yourself.
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TB: Did you have a majorly embarrassing pregnancy moment?
SMF: Oh, I had many embarrassing pregnancy moments! And I had many moments after -- I still do. I went somewhere
- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 10:32 AM EDT
By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.comRead More »from Busy Philipps Opens Up About Pregnancy Stress, New-Mom Hormones and Baby Names
Shutterstock / The BumpWould you expect actress Busy Philipps, of TV hits Dawson's Creek and Cougar Town, to be fun, candid, and a stunning natural beauty? Yeah? You'd be right! Here, she dishes about her second pregnancy, the inspiration behind daughter Birdie's unique (and adorable) name and a couple, um, hormonal moments.
The Bump: Congrats on your pregnancy. You look gorgeous! Do you know what size fruit your baby is? At The Bump, that's code for how many weeks pregnant you are.
Busy Philipps: I know! I have The Bump app, and I don't think I'm a fruit anymore. I think I'm a vegetable now. [Flips through The Bump magazine.] Yep, my baby's the size of a squash!
TB: How has the second pregnancy been compared with your first?
BP: It's been good! But I do I feel like I was even happier when I was pregnant with my daughter, Birdie. My husband recently reminded me that it was because I did nothing, all day long. I literally slept and went to prenatal yoga and meditated for nine
- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jun 20, 2013 9:37 AM EDT
By Kylie McConville for The Bump.comRead More »from Why Some Doctors Say a Glass of Wine a Day is Safe for Moms-to-Be
Thinkstock / The BumpA new study published in the journal BMJ Open says that pregnant women can drink up to one glass of wine a day without harming their child's neurodevelopment.
In Britain, University of Bristol researchers recruited nearly 7,000 ten-year-old children to undergo a 20-minute assessment that tested their dynamic balance - both walking on a beam and static balance, including standing on one leg with boys eyes open and then with both closed. Seventy percent of the children's mothers, whose alcohol consumption had been monitored at both 18 weeks of pregnancy and then again after birth, had not hand any alcohol while pregnant. One if four of the mothers of the children tested had consumed small amounts of alcohol (what they categorized as about one glass a week or three to seven glasses a week). About one in 20 mothers drank more than that and one in seven of the mothers drank four or more glasses at any one point.
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- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Wed, Jun 12, 2013 11:52 AM EDT
By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.comRead More »from Rachel Zoe's Maternity Fashion Advice and New-Mom Secrets
Rachel Zoe and familyRachel opened up to The Bump about the best and worst parenting advice she's gotten (and her perspective is very refreshing!). She also let us in on how she's giving back to families in need.
The Bump: What's something most people would be surprised to know about your pregnancy?
Rachel Zoe: Being pregnant with Sky was really great actually. Maybe the fact that I wore heels until I gave birth. A lot of people made fun of me for it. I was determined!
TB: There's a moment in every new mom's life where you realize, "Holy crap. I'm really a mom!" What was yours?
RZ: I think it was when realized the amount of time I was spending on ModernNursery.com and Diapers.com -- almost as much as I'm on Style.com! I also think the fact that my bag's filled with everything from makeup to toy cars and crayons, to baby wipes. I think I realize every day at some point that I'm a mom. But I love it so much.
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TB: What's the best
By Stephanie Benavidez for TheBump.comRead More »from Why Don't People Help Pregnant Women Anymore?!
Veer / The BumpI believe I am an independent and strong woman but I feel that during pregnancy women should get a"free pass." While I don't think this gives preggo's carte blanche to act entitled and irritable toward everyone around them, I do think giving them a helping hand is not too much to ask. Let me explain why. In the last few weeks, I've been completely dumbfounded by the lack of humanity and respect towards pregnant women today in our society.
My first experience with this attitude happened on a flight from Chicago to Houston for work. I was only traveling for a few days and had a carry-on bag. I figured a carry-on would be easy enough to tote around. Wrong. I had quite a hard time lifting my carry-on in the overhead bin. So much in fact, that I caught the eye of several businessmen who just stared at me as if I were some circus spectacle. Embarrassed and frustrated, I struggled to lift the carry-on and almost hit one of the men in the head. Even
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:52 AM EDT
By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Does Kim Kardashian Want to Eat Her Placenta for the Right Reasons?
Courtesy of InstagramAnother day, another amazing Kim Kardashian pregnancy tale. Today, the mama-to-be is contemplating eating her placenta - and you're never going to guess why.
On the next episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim is giving some serious thought to her life - and her age - after she gives birth to her baby girl in July. In the episode, which airs Sunday night at 9 EST (run! Program your DVRs right. this. instant!), Kim reveals that she's interested in eating her own placenta after her little lady's arrival to maintain her good looks.
She even asks her doc, "Don't you think it makes you look younger?" To which her doctor adds: "Some people believe in that. There are cookbooks on placentas." Even Kim's momager, Kris Jenner, is a little taken back by Kim's reveal. She said, "Yuck! I don't think we're going to be eating the fountain of youth, if you know what I mean." (Spoiler alert! Kris Jenner did not eat her placentas, apparently.)
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Courtesy of Lollyphile / The BumpOn a super hot day, have you ever thought to yourself, "I really wish I could give baby a breast milk flavored lollipop to cool him down?" If you have, you're in luck! (And if you haven't, well, congrats! Now you'll never have to think of it again.) A company in Austin, Texas, called Lollyphile has whipped together and is now selling Breast Milk Lollipops.
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The pops are intended to mimic the flavor of a mother's milk and according to the company, they've done their research when it comes to making the flavors sync up. Numerous moms, the Lollyphile's said, came forward to share their breast milk with the company's flavor experts to make sure that the pops came as close to the real deal as possible, until they were able to turn the breast milk flavor into a candy. Modern marvels, I'll tell ya!
Here's the description on the Lollyphile website about the flavor:
"So, what's happening is