Two Moms’ Sweet Side-by-Side Pregnancy Pics Go Viral

Viral pregnancy photosHow cute is this latest pregnancy photo to go viral?

More specifically, it’s two photos, side by side. A lesbian couple snapped the pics a year apart, while each was pregnant with their child. The best part (in addition to the overall sweetness!) is the fun continuity in the pair of photos.

Both photos are taken against the backdrop of a beautiful beach scene. Each pregnant mom wears the same black triangle bikini top, with loose-fitting black pants, showing off a big, bare baby bump. Facing the opposite direction, each partner offers a kiss for the mama-to-be, while stashing a bouquet of flowers behind her back.

The major difference in the two pics? In the photo taken second, the couple’s first child plays patiently on the sand front and center!

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The couple had no expectation their photos would go viral. In fact, they didn’t, right off the bat: The family originally posted the photos to Instagram two months ago. It wasn’t until more recently that they started to go viral after some websites with LGBT content—and big audiences—shared them as well.

One Brazilian advocacy organization posted the photos to its Facebook page—where the post has already garnered over 162,000 likes since April 16.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Instagram/Therealmelroy

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Good News for Older Moms? Delaying Pregnancy Could Reduce Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer

Pregnancy and cancer riskI was over 35 when I was ready to try to get pregnant, so I knew I’d be facing down a lot of challenges. First, there was the question of whether or not fertility would be an issue for me. And then there were all the concerns about genetic abnormalities, risks for which increase with maternal age during pregnancy.

But maybe it would have taken a bit of the edge off my fears if I had seen this latest study: A new study, presented by doctoral student Alice Lee at the University of Southern California this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, suggests that older moms may actually have a lower risk of ovarian cancer.

The research found that women who have their first child in their mid-30s or later may have a decreased risk of the cancer, compared to women who have their first children earlier. The research comes from an analysis of close to 1,700 Los Angeles women who had ovarian cancer, as well as close to 2,400 who did not have it.

The researchers discovered every five-year increase in a woman’s age when her first child is born corresponded to a 16 percent lower risk for the cancer. Because I had my first children at 35 or later, I would be in the category of women in that age group who had a 46 percent decrease in risk compared with women who gave birth to their first child before they hit 20.

Related: What to Know About Infertility in Your 20s, 30s and 40s

So there’s a bit of encouraging news for older mamas out there—in the face of what can often feel like a daunting number of discouraging reports.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Jessa Duggar Seewald Is Pregnant… And Due on Her First Wedding Anniversary!

Jessa Duggar pregnantHave you been having Duggar-Pregnancy-Watch withdrawal since Jill gave birth to baby son Israel David? Well, we have some exciting news for you!

Jessa Duggar Seewald is pregnant! She’s expecting her first child with new hubby Ben Seewald—and the baby is due on the couple’s first wedding anniversary, November 1!

The couple confirmed the news, telling People, “We’re so excited!”

Jessa, who is the third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and a co-star on 19 Kids and Counting, is now entering her second trimester. (That’s a traditional time for a pregnant woman to announce, after many of the first-trimester uncertainties and risks have passed. However, sister Jill and husband Derick Dillard announced their big news even earlier!)

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Jessa says that by now she’s “feeling pretty good.” However, that wasn’t always the case. “The morning sickness was different every day,” she told People. “It’s getting better, but I’m still hanging on to the heartburn.” She added that she doesn’t currently have any major food cravings for now.

The latest big announcement suggests there will be just half a year or so in between the new baby and cousin Israel. What a fun—if not very surprising!—bit of news for the ever-growing Duggar family.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Jessie James Decker’s Red-Carpet Gender Reveal!

Expectant mama Jessie James Decker rocked the red carpet at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards yesterday, and not just because she looked stunning in a white, long-sleeved, slit-up-to-there dress from her Kittenish line. The “Boys in the Summer” singer, 27, and her pro football player hubby, Eric Decker, also discussed some exciting news: They’re expecting a baby boy this September

“We do have a name but we’re not going to say it,” James Decker told US Weekly. “It is a little boy. We’re very excited for our little baby boy.”

Related: Celebrity Gender Reveals: How Stars Shared the Boy or Girl News

The Deckers actually shared the gender reveal news in a quick, sweet Instagram video the day before, saying, “Hey y’all… we have some news! We are having a…boy! Yay! A little boy!”

The couple are already parents to daughter Vivanne Rose. So will their baby boy’s name have a “V” too? We’ll just have to wait and see!

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Image: Jessie James Decker/Instagram

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Inducing Labor and C-Sections: A New Study Looks at the Debated Link

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We all know that the United States has a ridiculously high rate of c-section deliveries, but medical professionals and non-pros alike continue to debate whether inducing labor increases the likelihood that a pregnant woman will end up on the operating table with a cesarean birth.

Despite a variety of results from past research, new research published online April 13 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology actually found no connection between inducing labor and C-section deliveries in uncomplicated pregnancies of full-term singleton babies.

The research combined data from several other studies that looked at women who delivered at full term, but whose water didn’t break prior to the beginning of labor. This made sure the results only came from women whose inductions were not medically necessary.

In the end, the researchers didn’t find any increase in risk of C-sections for women who were inducted at 39 weeks versus those that weren’t until at least past 40 weeks.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the researchers actually found benefits of induction at 39 weeks! It was associated with slightly less blood loss as well as less meconium staining (meconium, when present, can lead to infection—or worse—for both mom and baby).

The study also found that birth weight was lower in babies of inducted mothers by about five ounces.

The study’s author wasn’t surprised to find some benefits to inducing at 39 weeks: “Other data point to the same effect,” Vincenzo Berghella, M.D., the director of maternal fetal medicine and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, told parents.com. Unfortunately, he added, many people don’t keep up with new, better data—which may be one reason why the induction-leads-to-C-section mythology endures.

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As for what pregnant women should make of these new results? Don’t ask your ob-gyn for an induction just yet. “Know that induction before 39 weeks is still not good unless there is an accepted indication,” Berghella says. “At 39 weeks, it may be that indeed it’s good to induce even without medical indications, but we should wait for one more trial, currently being done by NIH.”

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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