The Bump Report

What is it like to be pregnant in 2011? American Baby and Good Books, publisher of the must-have manual for moms- and dads-in-the making, Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, joined forces to ask more than 1,000 moms-to-be about their pregnancy experiences. Laura Kalehoff, Executive Editor for American Baby Magazine, shares a few survey results.


Today's pregnant mother is super social. 87% plan to keep friends and families fully informed throughout their labor with Facebook status updates, tweeting, photos and videos. "Millennial moms are so much more open about their pregnancies than generations before, thanks to the role social media plays in their day-to-day life" said Dana Points, Editor-in-chief of American Baby.

Pregnant women share their news earlier than in the past. 56% go public with their pregnancies during the first trimester rather than following the old custom of waiting until the second trimester to announce their news.

Many mothers are choosing not make the sex of the baby a surprise. 74% planned to find out baby's sex ahead of time and to tell others what they are having. According to Dr. Myra Wick, co-medical editor of Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, "Prenatal screening has made it possible to learn a lot about one's baby long before birth, so moms are able to share information early."

The unborn child is creating a love connection for many couples. Although 42% of moms-to-be say that their pregnancy was a "happy surprise," 47% say that pregnancy has brought them closer to their partners.

Your pregnant - book a babymoon trip. 23% of parents-to-be take part in the new trend by celebrating with a babymoon, or a last vacation fling before baby arrives.

To read more of The 2011 Bump Report pick up the November issue of American Baby or click here.

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