New innovations are changing the world of fertility treatments and procedures -- and getting more women pregnant.
By Elena Donovan Mauer for TheBump.com
Thinkstock / The BumpWe probably all know someone who's turned to technology to help her conceive. And the good news is, some new developments in reproductive medicine may mean better pregnancy success rates for people struggling with infertility. "It's the most exciting time I've seen in reproductive medicine," says Mark P. Leondires, MD, medical director and lead infertility doctor with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. "Basically, in the past five years, our field has changed." These new innovations and breakthroughs are some of the most exciting.
Comprehensive chromosomal screening (CCS)
During in vitro fertilization (IVF), embryos are transferred into a woman's body, in the hope that at least one will survive the implant into the uterus and result in a successful pregnancy. And now, using CCS, doctors are able to know better which
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From Blake and Brandy to Khloe K, we've got a hunch that 2013 might bring more than just career success to these leading ladies and their red-hot Hollywood partners. Take a peek at all of the celebrity divas we're hoping will add mom-to-be to their resumes this year!
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Not ready to announce to everyone that you're expecting just yet? Kim Kardashian was recently spotted wearing a loose blouse that perfectly concealed her belly. And, before she was ready to tell, Kate Middleton distracted the paparazzi with a new haircut. You can also try these six other stylish bump-hiding ideas.
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By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Sonogram Parties: Should You Have One?
Getty Images / The Bump Chad and Camie Berry received the gift of a lifetime 14 years ago when they welcomed their daughter, Madisyn, into the world after they'd endured five miscarriages. Today, the proud parents gush over their daughter and are trying to bring the same joy to other expectant moms and dads across the country by hosting sonogram parties at baby showers, venues and the homes of soon-to-be moms and dads.
A sonogram party looks something like this: Finger foods and drinks are passed around the room while the mother-to-be stretches out on an examination table and a technician moves the wand across her belly. Imaging equipment is hooked up to a TV screen or a computer monitor for all the room to see. Guests will get a sneak peek of what the baby-on-board will look like.
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Through their company, Miracles Imaging, the Berrys offer their customers a "glimpse of your little miracle" by providing low-cost ultrasounds to
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Looking for some new bedtime reads? You might want to leave these on the store shelves.
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By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from How to Declutter After the Holidays
Thinkstock / The BumpYou thought you'd be less stressed after New Year's, but not with all the stuff you've got lying around now -- holiday cards, gifts, packaging and old toys baby has ditched for new ones. Organizational gurus share easy tips to get your home back to its normal state (or close to it), pronto.
We get it. You're exhausted after all that holiday cheer, but the longer you take to get back on track, the more likely it is that the clutter situation will get worse before it gets better, says Jill Pollack of Consumed, an HGTV Canada show about decluttering. And especially if you have time off from work, take advantage of those days and get the chores of taking down the decorations and finding places for all the new stuff done now. Moms with busy schedules should "keep the least amount of to-dos on their to-do list," says Pollack.
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Let go of stuff
As pretty as that Christmas card from Aunt
By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Baby Names Inspired by the Holidays
Shutterstock / The BumpFor those of you who are waiting on the arrival of a baby boy or baby girl, we've got the best holiday names to inspire you!
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Top holiday girls' names
Seraphina -- Hebrew for "powerful angel"
Gloria -- Latin for "glory"
Laila -- Hebrew for "night"
Natalia/Natalie -- Latin for "Christmas Day"
Top holiday boys' names
Kris -- after Kris Kringle
Gabriel -- responsible for telling Mary she was pregnant
Fritz -- little boy in The Nutcracker
Micah -- he foretold that the birth of Jesus would be in Bethlehem
Michael -- one of the seven archangels
Callum -- means dove, the symbol of peace
What's your favorite holiday-inspired name?
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By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from 6 Reasons Why Prince William Will Be a Great Dad
Shutterstock / The BumpThough Duchess Kate is only in the "very early stages" of her very royal pregnancy, we're already going gaga over what Prince William will be like as a doting dad. From reading bedtime stories together to royal piggyback rides, we've outlined the top six reasons why Prince William will be the most incredible royal dad ever!
1. He already plans to be a "hands-on" dad.
Just when we thought we couldn't swoon for Prince Will any harder, it's been said that the Duke of Cambridge wants to be present in every aspect of his new baby's life -- just like his mom.
2. He's ready to trade in his Royal Air Force duties.
When that little bundle makes its way into this world, the duke will probably make a permanent move to be closer to home and his family. Any dad who's willing to change up his work routine to be closer to his child gets an A+ in our book!
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3. We heard he wants to change "nappies."
By Lori Richmond for TheBump.comRead More »from A Survival Guide for Traveling with Kids
Photo: Matthew Richmond / The BumpHoliday travel is stressful enough -- but toss babies and kids into the mix? Now you've got the potential for a mind-numbing, stress-inducing, blood-pressure-raising disaster. Having just completed an eight-hour train ride with two kids, one husband, a stroller, a car seat, two suitcases, and backpacks and various other accoutrements in tow, I came up with a few ways to help holiday-haggard moms like me stay moderately sane during the craziest travel time of the year. (Speaking of crazy, those are my kids in the photo, about six hours into the ride.)
Your ability to entertain is the key to your survival
Surprise your child on departure day with some brand-new books and small toys. This is much more effective than bringing along the toys they're used to playing with every day. Anything that your kid hasn't seen before is guaranteed to buy you at least an extra five -- or even 10 -- minutes of entertainment! Distribute these goodies wisely throughout
Go old-school with baby's toys! These timeless picks aren't just free of annoying lights and songs (no batteries required!), they also offer a variety of learning experiences and ways to play. Oh, and did we mention? -- they're fun for baby!
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