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  • Busy Philipps Opens Up About Pregnancy Stress, New-Mom Hormones and Baby Names

    By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.com

    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

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  • Why Some Doctors Say a Glass of Wine a Day is Safe for Moms-to-Be

    By Kylie McConville for The Bump.com

    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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  • Rachel Zoe's Maternity Fashion Advice and New-Mom Secrets

    By Shannon Guyton for TheBump.com

    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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  • Why Don't People Help Pregnant Women Anymore?!

    By Stephanie Benavidez for TheBump.com

    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

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  • Does Kim Kardashian Want to Eat Her Placenta for the Right Reasons?

    By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com

    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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  • Breast Milk Flavored Lollipops: Would You Try It?

    By Kylie McConville for TheBump.com

    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

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  • Baby Keepsakes - What to Save, Toss and What to Hide!

    By Abigail Green for TheBump.com

    Veer / The BumpI have a small Ziploc bag in my desk drawer containing a lock of hair from my son's first haircut. I'm not sure exactly why I saved it (or what I'm going to do with it) but it seemed like something a mom is supposed to save. Same with other stuff I've kept for sentimental reasons - the extra birth announcements, the burp cloths, the binkies and every stuffed animal he ever snuggled.



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    I know some people who've made lovely shadow boxes and scrapbooks with their baby keepsakes, but I'm not that crafty. And besides, what do you do with the bigger stuff, like the teddy bears?

    Here's what I've decided to save and toss:

    SAVE

    The birth announcement. Well, duh, right? But with my first baby, I handmade my birth announcements (I was 10 days overdue and had a LOT of time on my hands), but forgot to make myself one. I thought I'd remember every detail - time of birth, weight, etc. I didn't realize then what years of

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  • 10 Things I Wish I Did Before Babies

    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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  • Physical Activity: Does it Help or Hurt Your Fertility?

    By Kylie McConville For TheBump.com

    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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  • Ten New Dad Fears and Why You Shouldn't Worry

    Real dads dish on what had them scared out of their minds before baby arrived.

    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.

    FEAR #3:

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