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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    GettyThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge probably thought that girls wouldn't be knocking down the door for Prince George's hand in marriage until he was at least five-years-old (ha ha), but the 8-month-old already has a potential wife on his hands - and she's really cute.

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    11-month-old Ruby Cate Blitz's parents took her to see Prince William and Kate Middleton during their royal tour stop in Wellington, New Zealand, and she really wasn't messing around when it came to dressing for the occasion.

    Ruby wore a white onesie with the words "Marry Me George" on it in red, paired with a white tutu, a British flag and an irresistible smile.

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    Her "meet the parents" outfit couldn't have been more on point, if you ask us. When you're trying to get married to the world's most eligible baby bachelor, you've got to pull out all the stops!

    Unfortunately, George

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  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!

    By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    GettyChelsea Clinton is pregnant! She and husband Marc Mezvinsky openly spoke about last year about wanting to make 2014 "The Year of the Baby" and start a family, and by golly, they did.

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    The former first daughter fittingly announced her pregnancy today at a No Ceilings women's event in NYC hosted by The Clinton Foundation.

    According to Politico, Chelsea said, "Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year, and I certainly feel all the better - whether it's a girl or a boy - that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong young female leaders, so thank you for inspiring me and thank you for inspiring future generations, including the one that we'll be lucky enough to welcome into our family later this year. I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me."

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  • Watching TV After a Tantrum Isn’t Good for Your Toddler, Study Reveals

    By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Veer/The BumpA new study, just published in the journal Pediatrics by researchers from Boston Medical Center, suggests that you may want to think twice before turning over the remote to your fussy toddler.

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    The study's lead researcher, Dr. Jenny Radskey, is recommending that parents not put their toddler in front of a TV to soothe any tantrums, because that could garner developmental issues later in life.

    "We found that babies and toddlers whose mothers rated them as having self-regulation problems - meaning, problems with calming down, soothing themselves, settling down to sleep, or waiting for food or toys - watched more TV and videos when they were age 2," says Radskey. "Infants with self-regulation problems watched, on average, about nine minutes more media per day than other infants. This may seem small, but screen-time habits are established in these early years."

    More television watching could open the

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  • Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s Baby’s Gender Revealed!

    By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: XYZ/GAMEPIKSWhat we know for sure about Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's adorable relationship is that the couple is engaged, due to the huge bling on her ring finger, Mila has effortless and chic maternity style and… not much else.

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    Sadly, the couple is known for being super-private, so we need to get over the fact that there won't be any gender reveal parties or colored balloons for them on Instagram and be happy about Us Weekly's reporting instead.

    Today, the outlet stated that Mila and Ashton are having a… baby girl! Woohoo! We bet Kelso and Jackie…ahh, I mean Ashton and Mila, are thrilled about the news, especially since Ashton is surrounded by guys all the time on Two and a Half Men.

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    Now, onto the next thought: What will Baby Girl Kutcher's name be? Something exotic to reflect Mila's Ukrainian heritage or something Read More »from Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s Baby’s Gender Revealed!
  • Lily Allen Opens Up About Her Devastating Miscarriage and Stillbirth

    By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

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    Lily Allen hasn't recovered from her absolutely heartbreaking stillbirth in 2010, but now she's willing to speak out about her depression that came from losing her baby boy when she was six months pregnant.

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    "It was horrendous and something I would not wish on my worst enemy," Lily tells The Sun. "It's something that I still haven't dealt with. I never will get over it. I have dealt with it, you know, as being at one with it. But it's not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful - one of the hardest things that can happen to a person."


    Lily's husband, Sam Cooper, stood by her side after their loss and after her septicemia scare days later, which is a blood poisoning infection that can often be fatal. Lily had also suffered a miscarriage in 2008.


    "I was overwhelmed by what an incredibly unlucky thing it was to happen. But I had this

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  • Take Your Game of Thrones Obsession to the Next Level with These Baby Names

    By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: HBOIt looks like the Bella Swan-naming trend from Twilight might be over, since the latest baby naming craze is all thanks to a little show called Game of Thrones.

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    If you're on the hunt for a fearless and strong name for your baby girl, Khaleesi is the top contender from the hit HBO drama, since 146 babies were given that name in 2012, according to Social Security Administration data.


    Daenerys garnered just 21, but Arya held strong at 700, since the name was popular before the show started.

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    If you like the idea of giving your baby a name with a medieval twist, here are some other monikers from the show that are uniquely awesome:

    Girls' Names:
    Khaleesi
    Daenerys
    Catelyn
    Arya
    Sansa
    Cersei
    Margaery
    Brienne
    Talisa
    Shae

    Boys' Names:
    Tyrion
    Jaime
    Davos
    Bran
    Joffrey
    Bronn
    Jorah
    Varys

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  • How to Deal when Everyone Else is Pregnant

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    By Sarah Yang for TheBump.com

    Did it suddenly seem like babies and baby bumps were popping up everywhere the moment you started thinking about getting pregnant? And all you want to see is that BFP, and still nothing. We know how it feels, so we asked a pro how to cope.

    Throw yourself a pity party…but don't overdo it

    Yes, you can feel sorry for yourself. "I do believe in throwing pity parties," says Shoshana Bennett, PhD, a clinical psychologist. You don't even have to stop at one pity party. If you need to do it each month until you're pregnant, go ahead. But here's the trick: You want to end on a positive note each time, or else it could lead to more depression. So pick a time and place and let it all out -- cry, yell, write in a journal -- however it is that you can get your feelings out. But give yourself a time limit: Party's over in 15 minutes (that kind of thing).

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    Don't compare apples to oranges

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpAccording to a new study from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, 9 out of 11 of the most popular hospital urine pregnancy tests are more likely to produce a false-negative result after the fifth to seventh week of pregnancy, even though the tests perform well in the first month after conception.


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    Led by Ann M. Gronowski, PhD, of the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, the study shows that when a woman's egg is fertilized, it begins producing the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is detected in urine or blood. However, during the fifth to seventh week of gestation, urine concentrations of an hCG variant known as the hCG beta core fragment increase rapidly, interfering with hCG detection. This is what causes false-negative test results.

    In a hospital, the failure to detect a false-negative can lead to serious consequences, like administration of

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  • Here’s the Lowdown on Prince George’s First Playdate

    By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: SplashNewsPlaying with the future King of England may sound posh, but hey, it's a fact that all babies drool and love to grab at the nearest toy.

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    Prince George was no exception at his first public playdate in New Zealand, where he played with 10 other babies with their parents present as part of Prince William and Kate Middleton's tour. Here's what happened:


    1. George knew what he liked when he grabbed the hand of a little girl wearing a polka-dot onesie and chose a purple tambourine to play with first, according to Us Weekly.

    2. He's also apparently a healthy-sized baby, since one of the other baby's mothers remarked on her son and George's size. "They're both big boys," she said.

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    3. Kate had George dressed to impress, wearing a cute (and $129) Rachel Riley sailboat jumper.

    4. George will probably make a commanding speaker

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  • Mom of Twins Gave Birth to Friend’s Twins After This Many Failed IVF Cycles

    By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpChoosing a surrogate is one of the hardest choices to make in life - especially after undergoing IVF four times.

    More from The Bump: "Why I became a surrogate"

    Sandi and Philip Palmisano's failed results were discouraging, but met Andrea and Mark Rivas in 2010 at the Shady Grove Fertility Center in Washington, DC, where they were also trying IVF.

    Andrea gave birth to twins after one failed IVF treatment, and became good friends with the Palmisanos in the process- so good, in fact, that Andrea offered to be Sandi and Philip's surrogate.

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    "We knew we would be life-long friends no matter what the outcome," Philip told the Today show.
    Andrea became pregnant with Sandi and Philip's twins two years after her own pregnancy and gave birth in February to Grayson and EmmaLee. The couples are still very close and consider one another family. Who wouldn't, especially after five failed IVF Read More »from Mom of Twins Gave Birth to Friend’s Twins After This Many Failed IVF Cycles

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