By Jessica Collins Grimes for TheBump.com
Thinkstock / The BumpAs a mom of a 6-year-old and a soon-to-be 2-year-old, it's easy to forget what my life was like before having kids - you know, back when I could sleep until noon or spend an entire Saturday afternoon leisurely window shopping. Of course, I love my children and cannot image my life without them (that goes without saying) but I think it's only natural to sometimes miss the freedoms of your kid-free days. And it's okay. Simply recognizing how some things were just easier back then doesn't mean you don't fully relish and embrace your current role as mom.
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I admit, I sometimes reminisce about my pre-kid days and think, I wish I had appreciated that more back when I was able to enjoy it! Or I'll read an article about a woman who went on a solo adventure around the world and think, I wish I had done that when I had the chance! That's not to say that I'll never be able to do some of these things,
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By Kylie McConville For TheBump.comRead More »from Physical Activity: Does it Help or Hurt Your Fertility?
Thinkstock / The BumpNew research appearing in the American Journal of Human Biology suggests that a woman's reproductive functions may be tied to her immune status. While previous studies have found this same immune and reproductive association in men, this is the first time the association has been found in females.
Beginning by speaking of animals in general, Kathryn Clancy, anthropology professor at the University of Illinois who led the research, said that first and foremost, "an animals energetic resources must be carefully allocated. The body's first priority is maintenance, which includes tasks inherently related to survival, including immune function." From there, Clancy said, that any remaining energy is dedicated to reproduction. And due to a "resource allocation" to maintenance and reproductive efforts, often times environmental stressors can lessen the available resources.
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Real dads dish on what had them scared out of their minds before baby arrived.Read More »from Ten New Dad Fears and Why You Shouldn't Worry
By Erin van Vuuren for TheBump.com
Jupiter Images / The BumpEven if your guy is super-pumped to be a Dad, chances are he's a little freaked out too. Here are a few of the biggest new-daddy fears (and some things you both can do to ease the pressure).
FEAR #1: "Will I do everything right?" --Andrew
MOM TIP: Let him know that it's okay to be clueless. "Any father can care for his child," says psychotherapist Tammy Gold, founder of Gold Parent Coaching. If he doesn't know how something works, help him learn and then back off to give him a shot. Practice makes perfect.
FEAR #2: "I fear not being able to properly provide for my family once baby is here." --Brian
COUPLE TIP: Do your homework to get a feel for what you'll really need to spend. "You can get a rough enough estimate," says Gold. "Then make a baby budget -- no different than how you'd make a house budget." Having a written game plan can relieve some serious stress.
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Tue, May 21, 2013 4:45 PM EDT
By Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Could Breastfeeding for Longer Reduce Baby's Risk of ADHD?
Shutterstock / The BumpThe latest study to come from the journal Breastfeeding Medicine found that children with children who breastfeed for shorter durations may be more likely to have ADHD.
Researchers at Schneider's Children Medical Center studied over 50 children (age 6-12) who had been diagnosed with ADHD between 2008 and 2009. These children were compared to two control groups: the first consisted of healthy (non-ADHD) siblings of ADHD children and the second control group was composed of children of similar ages without ADHD. Researchers also presented a questionnaire to both parents of children in all three groups that addressed: demographic, medical and perinatal findings, as well as feeding history during their child's first year of life. Parents were also given a validated adult ADHD screening questionnaire.
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From the study and the questionnaire results, researchers found that the rates of breastfeeding were
From cutting back on caffeine to putting the kabosh on workouts, find out what's fact and what's fiction.Read More »from 9 Pregnancy Myths Busted
By Alonna Friedman for TheBump.com
Thinkstock / The BumpDon't do this. Don't do that. With all the pregnancy "advice" out there, it's hard to know what to believe -- or whom to believe. But remember, every pregnancy is different, so follow your doctor's orders above anything else.
Myth 1: Eat three healthy meals a day
False! You should be eating six or seven small meals (every two to three hours). "Eating frequently and from various food groups will keep your blood sugar in a constant range, which is healthy for you and your baby," says Stuart Fischbein, M.D., coauthor of Fearless Pregnancy.Don't obsess about food and don't diet. What was good for you pre-pregnancy is good for you now. And yes, that includes an ice cream sundae with butterscotch sauce if you so desire.
Myth 2: Decaf only
False! One small cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine. While a recent study at McGill University in Montreal did
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Tue, May 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT
The Biggest Loser and Days of Our Lives star gave us an inside peek into her life as a mom and an actress. She also let us in on her fitness routine and her latest book -- a juicy read!Read More »from Alison Sweeney Shares Her 'Biggest' Secrets to Losing the Baby Weight
By Elena Donovan Mauer for TheBump.com
Courtesy of Alison Sweeney / The Bump Give us the scoop on your new book The Star Attraction.
It's an inside look at Hollywood through the life of Sophie, the main character who is an entertainment publicist. It's her story, dealing with the ins and outs of Hollywood, trying to balance a relationship and work, and trying to figure out what she wants out of life!
This is your first fiction book. Why did you want to write it?
I've spent years at Days of our Lives as an actress, telling other peoples stories. I love my job, but sometimes it's frustrating to act out the stories, when it's not how I want it to go! So I started writing this character to just fulfill my own creative instincts. Now it's crazy and thrilling to know other people will be reading it!
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We bet you didn't know these 5 things about Jessica Alba.Read More »from Jessica Alba Gets Honest
By Elena Donovan Mauer for TheBump.com
Justin Coit / The BumpWhen a popular baby detergent gave her a rash, Jessica Alba didn't ignore it. She got passionate about it -- and started The Honest Company, a line of nontoxic, eco-friendly products. Now, the actress-turned-businesswoman has added a new credit to her résumé: author. Her book, The Honest Life, is packed full of Jessica's healthy and green secrets, from fashion and beauty to cleaning and planning baby's nursery. She's also got these surprises up her sleeve.
She sometimes struggles at things (yes, really!)
Doesn't it seem like everything would come easily to Jessica? Not so! "Writing a book for the first time was challenging-and it wasn't just because I was trying to juggle everything I'm doing," she says. "Because the book includes all the natural-living tips and tricks that I've learned over the years, I found it difficult to hone in on the most relevant content." Her savior? Her husband,
By Paula Miranda for TheBump.comRead More »from Why I Hated Being Pregnant
Veer / The BumpI was never the type of girl that dreamed of the day that I would be married or have children. Instead I dreamed of the day that I would be recognized for other accomplishments in my career. While I listened to my friends share the names of their future children, I was busy thinking of what countries I would travel to first or what I would say to the President when I first met him.
As time went on and I grew up, I learned an important lesson about life: you can plan all you want but nothing is certain.
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As a young twenty-something I got pregnant. The pregnancy I had never planned for myself was here, and with it came severe morning sickness. I was sick all day, every day. I tried everything I could think of or read about to feel better but nothing worked. I was a hermit. What felt like eternity finally ended one month before I had my daughter. It was a brief moment of bliss. I felt like
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Tue, May 14, 2013 11:14 AM EDT
By Paula Miranda for TheBump.comRead More »from 7 Important Lessons I’m Trying to Teach My Toddler Early
Thinkstock / The BumpOne of the most important qualities I wanted to make sure my now teenager daughter and I had with each other while she was growing up were honesty and trust. I raised her with manners and morals - important values I think that all children should have. And now, raising a teen and a toddler, I've realized that these life lessons are important for my little one to learn, too. In fact, they're a good life lessons for us all.
When times get tough and my tot and I are in the middle of a temper tantrum stare down, here are the most important things I always try to remind myself of:
1. Lead by example. If you want you toddler to be and act a certain way, make sure your actions are consistent with that, too. Get down to their level and look them in the eyes. When you do this you communicate better with them and let them see through action you respect them. If they turn their eyes away, direct them to look into your eyes so they understand what your
By Abigail Green for TheBump.comRead More »from The 5 Types of Moms We All Know
Thinkstock / The BumpWe all know we shouldn't compare ourselves to other moms. It's not right to judge or stereotype. Yeah, yeah… yeah. We also know we all do it and it can sometimes even serve a useful purpose. Who among us hasn't wanted to be a little more like that mom and a little less like that mom?
Here are five of the most common mom types I've encountered:
1. The By-the-Book Mom. This is generally but not always a first-time mom. She knows the recommended amount of sleep, food, dirty diapers and infant Tylenol a baby should have according to his age and weight. She knows exactly when the first teeth should appear and in what order. She can recognize cradle cap, RSV and Fifth Disease on sight. This mom is a font of useful knowledge, but should never be a substitute for your pediatrician. Also, she tends towards anxiety. Wonder why?
"Holy Crap! I'm a Mom!"
2. The Go-With-the-Flow Mom. This mom is the polar opposite of the By-the-Book Mom. She is very attuned to her