By Leslie Goldman for TheBump.com
Getty Images / The BumpHis Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge isn't the only one who made a big debut on Tuesday. The 8 lbs., 6 oz. little fella appeared on the hospital steps along with his proud papa, his beaming mama… and her postbaby bump.
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Yes, people, 'tis true: After women give birth, their stomachs typically take weeks, if not months, to deflate, as the uterus contracts, skin snaps back, water weight drains and pregnancy pounds are shed.
And yet, this is the first celebrity-type new mom I can remember seeing with her postbaby bump so evident and just out there for the whole world (literally) to see. It almost seems purposeful to me - she appears to be cradling it with her hand, drawing her dress material in to highlight the roundness of her belly. Now, this might just be old habit; an ingrained move leftover from 40 weeks of pregnancy. But might it also be strategic? Part of her "I'm
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- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jul 25, 2013 3:33 PM EDT
By Leslie Goldman for TheBump.comRead More »from Why I'm so Proud of Kate Middleton for Showing Off Her Postbaby Body
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Getty Images / The BumpThere's a royal baby on the way and though the Palace's tight-lipped stance has left too much to the imagination, we know that Kate Middleton will deliver - and soon (she's days past her due date!).
As details continue to trickle out (some totally false, while others carry a little bit of weight behind them), it's hard to keep up exactly what we can expect from the Duchess' grand delivery. Will Kate deliver at Lindo, like she's expected to or will she sneak out of London to give birth somewhere closer to her parents? Do they really know baby's gender? Have they picked a name?
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Kate wouldn't be the first pregnant woman to let a little mystery swirl around her pregnancy. Moms-to-be choose decoy names, reveal fake due dates, keep baby's gender a surprise and make up reasons why no one aside from their husbands' can be in the delivery room when they deliver (hey, it happens!). A little
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 4:55 PM EDT
By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Why Women in England Won't Name Their Newborns Until Kate Middleton Names the Royal Baby
Getty Images / The BumpThere's a whole new generation of babies just hoping Kate Middleton delivers any minute now - and for good reason, too! According to Netvouchercodes.co.uk (a U.K. discounted shopping website), new U.K moms are actually willing to leave their newborns unnamed until Kate and Prince William deliver (and name) their own little he (or she).
While the world waits with bated breath, the U.K. company surveyed 400 new mothers and found that more than 10 percent have put off naming their children until Clarence House announces the much-anticipated name of the royal baby. Luckily, laws in the U.K allow mothers to leave their children nameless for up to six weeks postpartum - which is a hell of a long time to wait before donning your own royal kid with a moniker (isn't it?).
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Here's why mums in England are willing to wait before deciding on a name:
"My husband and I have decided to wait to see what the
- TheBump.com | Royal Baby Buzz – Fri, Jul 12, 2013 2:46 PM EDT
Photos: Getty Images / Courtesy of Theo Fennell & SudocremRead More »from Kate Middleton and Prince William Receive the Most Unbelievable Royal Baby Gift Yet!
By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com
Remember just last week when Kate Middleton and Prince William received their first royal baby gift and it was a cardboard box? Well, the gifts keep on rollin' in - and this week, they're even crazier! Kate was reportedly given a $15,000 bracelet that doubles as a diaper cream holder.
I kid you not, folks - a bracelet that moonlights as a portable diaper cream container. Modern marvels, y'all!
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British jeweler Theo Fennell, whose long list of celebrity clientele includes David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and Madonna, has gifted the royal mum-to-be with his most lavish, over-the-top creation yet! Fennell was commissioned by Sudocrem (an antiseptic healing cream company) to create a jewel-encrusted 18-karat white gold charm bracelet that doubles as a diaper rash cream holder. Worth more than $15,000, the bracelet is designed to keep Kate looking posh and elegant as ever even when she's applying rash
- TheBump.com | Royal Baby Buzz – Thu, Jul 11, 2013 2:23 PM EDT
Getty Images / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from The Duchess' Delivery Room Showdown: Who Gives Birth Better -- Americans Vs. Brits
Not sure about y'all, but with so much attention on Kate Middleton and the impending arrival of the royal baby, it's hard to focus on anything but the Duchess and her due date. While the Lindo Wing and an expert staff of doctors, nurses and security staff prep for her much buzzed about delivery and, consequently, the most important moment of their lives, across the pond we're wishing we could experience the royal birthing treatment.
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But just how different is Kate's labor expected to be from our very own customs? We're getting to the bottom of it in a Battle of the Births: United Kingdom versus the United States.
Check it out!
Inside the delivery room:
A British midwife sat down with ABC News to give us the inside scoop on what the Lindo Wing actually looks like - from the inside. Regina Curran said, "It's a beautiful unit. It's got all the facilities that any woman would need in labor. She's
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
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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
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.
More from The Bump: 10+ things no one tells you about c-sections
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
By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.com
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