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Unique Baby Names: 12 Summer-Inspired Names For Your Boy Or Girl, Including Rae, Eden And Sonny

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You may not realise it, but the summer season is a great source of inspiration for baby names if you’re expecting in the sunny months.

We’ve looked up the meaning behind names to find their summery inspiration and found others that capture the essence of the season in one word.

Have any you’d like to add? Let us know by adding them in the comments below.

  • Summer
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    It might seem like an obvious choice but Summer (also spelt Sommer) captures the season perfectly. It’s been used as a name since the 1970s. 
  • Kai
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    In Hawaii, Kai means “sea”, tying it into one of the best activities to do in the summer with your kids – going to the beach. 
  • Meadow
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    This name captures those days when you’re outside with your kids playing in the grass on a sunny day. Perfection. 
  • Rae
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    Your baby will always be your little ray of sunshine. 
  • Eden
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    Eden means “place of pleasure” and refers to a place of paradise in the Bible. 
  • Cain
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    Cain is a name frequently used in Wales that means “clear water” – reminding us of paddling pools and the glistening sea. 
  • Leo
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    The star sign Leo is for babies born in July and August, so why not use their zodiac sign as inspiration for their moniker?
  • Dayton
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    An English name derived from a surname meaning “bright and sunny town”. 
  • Skye
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    Looking out the window and seeing a clear blue sky is one of the best parts of summer – and it could make a beautiful short name for your little one. 
  • River
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    The unisex name has been used by celebrities including Kelly Clarkson and Jamie Oliver and symbolises the flowing body of water.
  • Sunny
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    Sometimes spelt Sonny, this name is the epitome of summer. 
  • Oceana
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    This names derives from “ocean” and symbolises those days in the summer months spent by the beach. 

Whether you’re looking for a name that is ‘cool’, ‘cute’, ‘pretty’, or ‘unique’, our Baby Name Generator is here to inspire you. Discover the meaning of your favourite name, browse the 100 most popular baby girl names and baby boy names in England and Wales, or let our Random Name Generator throw up an unusual suggestion. 

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Mums Share How Their Bodies Changed During Pregnancy: ‘I Enjoyed It Until I Had To Buy New Pants’

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Mums have opened up about the changes their bodies went through during pregnancy and how it made them feel. 

They discussed everything from their boobs to their bums, as part of a three-part video series, in which five women speak openly about their post-baby bodies. 

“My pot belly, which I had been covering for years, was very proud and out during my pregnancy,” said Jenna Rutherford, a mum-of-two, from Milton Keynes. “I loved my pregnancy body, my boobs did get very large – which my husband didn’t mind.

“That was something I embraced. I just loved my pregnancy belly.” 

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Jenna Rutherford, mum-of-two, from Milton Keynes.

Adele Armstrong, a mum-of-one from Walthamstow, London, wasn’t prepared for the new wardrobe she’d have to buy when she fell pregnant.

“I enjoyed my pregnancy body until the day I had to buy new pants,” she said. “I remember thinking: ‘I have to buy them this is crazy’.

“It showed how big my bum was getting, it was a big event for me. You think of your bump [growing], you don’t think of anything else.” 

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Adele Armstrong, mum-of-one from Walthamstow, London.

Emily Shaw, a mum-of-one, from Wimbledon, London, said at times she worried about her pregnancy body because other people brought things to her attention.

“They would comment on the way my bump was growing or the size of it and what I was eating and how I’d lose weight after,’ she said.

“When people were commenting on my appearance, that was upsetting at times and bought things to my attention that I hadn’t otherwise been worried about.”

Mum-of-two Juliet Forsyth-Farrelly, from Walthamstow, London, said she received some comments about how her body was changing when she fell pregnant for the first time, but that she soon managed to change the conversation. 

“You hear the horror stories [from people] and you hear there are going to be things that will happen to your body that you’re not going to like,” said mum Juliet Forsyth-Farrelly.

“But once I told people the baby was happy and healthy and everything was great, they stopped asking about my body, it was more about the baby and that’s what I loved.”

HuffPost UK Parents is running a week-long focus on ‘Mumbod’ to empower mums and mums-to-be to feel confident about their bodies pre- and post-baby. We are launching a section on the site that focuses on all aspects of mums’ bodies and highlights the amazing things they are capable of. We’d also love to hear your stories. To blog for Mumbod, email ukblogteam@Babyquater.com. To keep up to date with features, blogs and videos on the topic, follow the hashtag #MyMumbod.

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Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy Could ‘Alter Child’s Facial Features’, Study Suggests

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Women who drink alcohol during pregnancy could be altering the facial features of their unborn child, a new study claims. 

Researchers from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia, analysed photographs of 415 babies’ faces to look for subtle changes associated to alcohol consumption.

The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found alcohol-exposed children tended to have a more “sunken mid-face” and a turned-up nose. 

The authors concluded: “The results of this study suggest that even low levels of alcohol consumption can influence development of the foetus and confirm that the first trimester is a critical period.” 

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Researchers recruited mothers in their first trimester of pregnancy between January 2011 and December 2014.

They analysed the faces of 195 girls and 220 boys who had been exposed to a full range of alcohol – from binge drinking to low-level drinking in the first trimester. 

Each child was photographed from different angles when they turned one. 

When analysing the images, researchers found “significant” differences in the face shapes of children whose mothers who didn’t drink alcohol during pregnancy compared to children who had been exposed to alcohol.

Differences were mainly found around the mid-face, nose, lips, and eyes.

Babies who experienced low exposure to alcohol tended to only show differences in their forehead size.  

Babies with moderate to high exposure to alcohol showed differences in their eyes, chin, and head. Babies who were exposed to binge drinking in the first trimester had different shaped chins. 

The authors wrote: “Although the clinical significance of our findings is yet to be determined, these findings support the conclusion that, for women who are, or may become pregnant, avoiding alcohol is the safest option.”

Commenting on the study, Stuart Gale, chief pharmacist at Oxford Online Pharmacy told HuffPost UK: “Studies such as these are essential in helping to determine the effects of alcohol on the foetus.

“However, the direct correlation between alcohol consumption in pregnancy and a change in the facial features of the unborn child may well be due to a variety of factors and more research would be needed in order to understand more.

“The most important takeaway is that there is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy and as such it is best avoided altogether.”

“Distinctive facial features” such as small eyes, a thin upper lip, and a smooth area between the nose and upper lip are symptoms of foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), but this study suggests they may also be present in babies without the condition.

Babies with FAS may also experience movement and coordination problems, learning difficulties and problems with their liver, kidneys and heart, the NHS states.

The NHS advises: “If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.

“Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the more you drink, the greater the risk.”

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Babies Named Romeo And Juliet Are Born Within Hours Of Each Other At The Same Hospital, Because… Destiny

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Two mums who gave birth in adjoining hospital rooms within hours of each other, unintentionally choose the most romantic matching baby names.

The new mothers had never met before and both had chosen their baby’s name earlier in their pregnancy, yet by coincidence they both picked the name of one of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers.

Morgan and Edwin Hernandez’s baby boy, Romeo, was born at Blufton Hospital in South Carolina on Saturday 18 March.

Just 18 hours and eight minutes later, in the next room, Christiana Shifflett gave birth to a daughter, and she and her husband Allan named their baby Juliet.

The two babies were introduced in the hospital and the story was shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page by baby photographer Cassie Clayshulte on Monday 20 March.

The tale of the star-crossed babies was shared more than 5,000 times and liked more than 59,000 times within a day of being posted.

Others were inspired to share their stories of romantic birth coincidences.

“My husband and I were born in the same hospital same day,” wrote one woman.

“Our parents were roommates, his translated for mine after delivery. His father said maybe they will meet each other again in the future and 18 years later we found each other again and found out we were those same babies. We got married. It’s been nine years now.”

Another mum commented: “My daughter’s name is Scarlett and the couple in the next room named their son Rhett. We met in the hallway looking at the babies.”

Whether you’re looking for a name that is ‘cool’, ‘cute’, ‘pretty’, or ‘unique’, our Baby Name Generator is here to inspire you. Discover the meaning of your favourite name, browse the 100 most popular baby girl names and baby boy names in England and Wales, or let our Random Name Generator throw up an unusual suggestion. 

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‘Next Level Baby Bump Scans’ Show Baby Moving And Kicking In Womb Using High-Tech MRI

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An incredible video is said to be the “next level of baby bump scans” using hi-tech MRI that is so detailed, it reaches right through the unborn baby’s body. 

The video uses algorithms, magnetic fields and radio waves to create extra-high quality images of a tiny foetus. You can clearly see the baby – around 20 weeks old – fiddling with its umbilical cord, stretching its arms and turning its head.

It was captured by the iFIND project, a group of medical experts from around the world who made the world-first tech in a bid to improve antenatal scans.

“It can see the structures inside the body regardless of whether there’s bone, muscle or fat in the way and in some cases it can give us even more detailed images than ultrasound,” said Dr David Lloyd, clinical research fellow at King’s College London and part of the iFIND project.

“Importantly, it is also one of the few imaging techniques that is safe to use in pregnancy.”  

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The 24-second video scan ends with the unborn baby giving its mum a kick with both legs, causing her belly to wobble.  

Unlike ultrasounds, the high-tech scan shows beneath the baby’s skin to get usable images from even the wriggliest babies.  

Dr Lloyd added: “Taking pictures of a 20-week foetus while they’re still in the womb really isn’t that easy.  For one thing, they’re very small.  

“The foetal heart, for example, with all of its tiny chambers and valves, is only about 15mm long, so less than the size of penny.  

“Ultrasound technology – used in all routine antenatal scans in the UK – is actually fairly good at visualising these tiny structures. It uses very high frequency sound waves which are reflected back (’echo’) from the structures inside the body to produce an image.  

“In foetal ultrasound, the images produced can be excellent, but unfortunately that’s not true for every patient. Ultrasound has to be able to ‘see’ through the body to the parts of the baby we want to image, and that isn’t always easy.  

“It will depend on the age of the baby, how they are lying in the womb, the size of the mother, and many other factors.  

“MRI, which uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce images, isn’t so limited.”

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The team behind the new scan were given £10 million by the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop new scans.  

It’s said to be the most “cutting-edge scan” available to date. Normally if a baby moved rapidly in a conventional scan – just like the baby in the vide above – you would get an unusable image and the mum might have to return for a re-scan.  

Medics hope to develop the technology so it will eventually involve four probes which automatically move around the top of the mum’s tummy to get the best image.  

This would mean more complications could be picked up earlier and even treated before the baby is even born.  

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The images, taken during a trial, were of an anonymous mum at a hospital in London. They were given to video parenting site ChannelMum.com to share with pregnant mums around the world.  

Cathy Ranson, editor of Channel Mum said: “Scans are amazing as they help mums, dads and even other family members bond with their baby.  

“There is nothing quite as emotional as seeing your unborn child moving inside you, and these MRI scans are taking images to the next level.  

“They are truly breathtaking.”  

The team behind the new scan technology are from Kings College London, St Thomas’ Hospital, Imperial College London, University of Firenze, Italy, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Philips Healthcare in Amsterdam.  

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Suicidal Pregnant Women And New Mums Reassured They’re Not Alone, By ‘Our Chance’ Charity Campaign

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Mums have opened up about their mental health problems in a bid to save the lives of new mothers and pregnant women at risk of suicide.

The charities Best Beginnings and Sands launched the above film, ‘My Mental Health Matters’, on Tuesday 15 November, with the support of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The video aims to reassure mums-to-be and new mums that mental health problems can be treated and they can seek help without fear of recrimination.

“Many women feel that if they seek help, it may be a poor reflection on their ability to take care of their babies. This is simply untrue,” said Alison Baum, chief executive of Best Beginnings.

“There is a terrible pressure on women to be what is deemed as the ‘perfect mum’ and for some that pressure can be exhausting and isolating. We are really hoping to shift things.”

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Lettie Head with her three children, Zac, four, Henry, three, and Elsie 16 months.

One of the mums who shared her experience in order to let other parents struggling with mental health problems know they’re not alone was 22-year-old Lettie Head, from Maidstone, Kent.

“I thought it was really normal after having a baby to get very low and then be on top of the world the next moment,” she said.

“You know, baby blues. But then I got more downhill – suicidal – and I knew it wasn’t normal. I get a rollercoaster of moods swings, insomnia and anxiety – lots of emotions in one. Now that I’m diagnosed and have medication I feel more calm.

“I’m supporting ‘Our Chance’ because I want more mums to talk about mental health and get good support quicker.”

Counselling and talking therapies can help and if you need to take medication, there are options that are safe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

The ‘My Mental Health Matters’ video was released as part of the ‘Our Chance’  safer pregnancy campaign, which is funded by the Department of Health.

The charities cite the latest MBRRACE-UK confidential enquiry into perinatal mortality (published in December 2015), which showed that suicide was the cause of death for 25% of women who died in the first 12 months after childbirth.

“Overall, more than 100 women died by suicide between 2009 and 2013 and it was clearly evident that many needed, but did not receive, specialist perinatal mental health care,” the report stated.

Commenting on the ‘Our Chance’ campaign, Dr Trudi Seneviratne, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Perinatal Psychiatry Faculty, said:

“I am proud to work in partnership with Best Beginnings and SANDS to launch this campaign.

“We encourage everyone to get involved and watch the films so that women and their families get the right help as early as possible without fear, stigma and discrimination, to reduce suffering and ultimately maternal suicide.”

Watch the video above for advice on looking after your mental health or visit ourchance.org.uk.

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Photographer ‘Refused’ To Document Woman’s Birth Because She’s Having A Caesarean Section

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A mother has shared a shocking exchange she had with her birth photographer, who reportedly refused to document her caesarean section. 

The mum, whose name is unknown, shared her story on the Breastfeeding Mama Talk Facebook page on 25 February.

She claimed the photographer booked to capture the birth opted out when they found out she was not giving birth “naturally”. 

In the text exchange the mother shared, the photographer claimed “surgery isn’t birth” and wrote: “I for one don’t want to be there and take pictures of it.”

“This is not okay,” Breastfeeding Mama Talk’s Facebook caption read.

“Mums who have had a c-section you’re just as much a damn good mother as anyone. How you gave birth, and you did certainly give birth, does not determine your worth as a mum.”

The mum-to-be had originally sent a text questioning why the photographer pulled out of the job.

“I had no idea birth photographers discriminated [against] people for how they birth their babies, but that’s good to know,” she wrote.

The photographer replied: “You aren’t giving birth. You are having a surgery to remove your baby from your abdomen, that is not birth no matter how you swing it.

“This motherhood job is hard, if I were you I would think twice about starting such a job by cutting corners so early in the game.”

Mums and dads responded in shock to the text exchange.

“Wow, as a c-section mum, this makes me so sad,” one mother commented.

“My daughter was breech and had I attempted to turn her or deliver her, it would not have worked unless the cord broke and most of us know how that ends.”

Another commented: “Wow. If anything c-section mamas deserve more props.

“Awake during surgery and a longer/harder recovery with a newborn to take care of. How on earth is that cutting corners?

“I thought my two vaginal births were the easy way, even with their own complications.”

The photo had more than 11,000 likes and 4,000 comments within three days of being shared.

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Pregnant Serena Williams Celebrates Her Changing Body As She Shares Maternity Style Photos

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Serena Williams has taken to Instagram to catalogue her maternity style.

It has been less than a month since the tennis champion accidentally revealed she was pregnant on social media, and now the news is public she’s enjoying celebrating her growing baby bump online.

The 35-year-old has been sharing photographs of herself on a recent trip to New York and at Disneyland Florida.

She also seems to be taking inspiration from fellow celebrity mum, Beyoncé, creating Instagram videos of her amazing outfits. 

Beyoncé, who is pregnant with twins, recently shared a photo montage on the same platform, set to the song ‘Brick House’ by The Commodores.

The song celebrates curvy women with the lyrics: “She’s a brick house. She’s mighty-mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out.”

Serena has also put her date night photos into a montage, complete with (the most adorable) floating hearts. 

Williams found out she was pregnant two days before the Australian Open in January, which she went on to win. 

“It wasn’t very easy. You hear all these stories about people when they’re pregnant,” she said during a TED conference. “They get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out.

“I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away.”

The first public announcement of Williams’ pregnancy came in a Snapchat story with the caption “20 weeks” and fans started sending congratulations, but it turns out the tennis player didn’t actually mean to announce her pregnancy to the world in that way.

She told the TED conference in Vancouver, Canada; “I have this thing where I’ve been checking my status and taking pictures every week to see how far along I’m getting.

“I was just saving them (for myself). I’ve been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped.” 

The 35-year-old is engaged to Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian and she announced that news in December on, where else, but Reddit.  

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Stop Shaming Mums Who Work Out During Pregnancy: Royal College Of Midwives Confirms Exercise Is Safe

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Many pregnant women who head to the gym experience being shamed by strangers who believe they are “harming their baby”.

And expectant mums who document their workouts on Instagram open themselves up to more criticism. 

Fitness blogger Sophie Guidolin was shamed for weight lifting while pregnant and personal trainer, Chontel Duncan, was told she was “damaging” her baby. 

But as Janet Fyle, the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) professional policy advisor, puts it: “Shame on those people that shame these pregnant women.”

Fyle told The Huffington Post UK there is “nothing wrong” with exercising while pregnant, adding: “When you are pregnant, you are not ill. Our population think it is an illness, when it isn’t.”

Alison Whitehouse, 29, mum to 20-month-old Rupert, said: “Someone in the gym said to me: ‘Do you know what you’re doing? Don’t you think you’re too big to workout?’”

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Alison Whitehouse trained while she was pregnant. 

Mum-of-one and Actively Balanced blogger Alison Whitehouse, 29, from London, has firsthand experience of being shamed while working out.

She explained: “Someone in the gym said to me: ‘Do you know what you’re doing? Don’t you think you’re too big to workout?’”

“The ‘advice’ I heard ranged from: ‘Do you think you should be doing that?’, ‘Just be careful,’ and even ‘I don’t think you should be doing that anymore’.” 

Mum-of-two Stephanie Baroni, 33, from the US, overheard someone criticise her for working out while pregnant.

“No one directly shamed me to my face,” she explained. “It was only talk that I heard behind my back.”

“[The woman’s] words and speculation really hurt my feelings, especially since we lived in such a small community.

“It made me wonder who else she might have expressed these feelings to and if other people in the community felt this way, but never said anything.” 

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Baroni worked out three times a week while pregnant, ate in moderation and got her doctor’s approval for her fitness schedule. Her goal was to not gain an “unnecessary” amount of weight, as she feels she did in her first pregnancy. 

But more importantly for Baroni, working out wasn’t just about staying fit. She added: “I wasn’t only doing what was right for me physically, but to put me in a healthy state of mind. 

“That was key for me and I have no regrets about how I did anything.”

Fyle confirms that exercise during pregnancy can be good for mental health, too, which has a positive knock-on effect on the body.

“One would think you should encourage women to exercise and do yoga,” she said. “The happy hormones that exercise releases enables women to think differently and positively, preparing the body for labour.

“When women go into labour, it exerts a physical price on your body,” Fyle added. “Women who have exercised during pregnancy will be much more prepared for the physical toll that birth has on the body.”

Baroni experienced the physical benefits of working out when she was in labour.

“I went through 48 hours of unmedicated ‘natural’ labour, finally giving in to a light dosage of pain reliever and then delivering in my 49th hour,” she said. 

“I know that, without a doubt, my body could not have survived that length of labour without being as physically strong as I was. I can honestly say I had never felt stronger in my life than at the end of my pregnancy.

“Every squat, pushup, mile that I walked, it all came into play as I prepared to deliver my baby.”

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Alison Whitehouse working out with her husband while she was pregnant. 

Consultant surgeon, Dr Sally Norton, said there are more benefits to exercising during pregnancy than people realise.

“It improves heart health, reduces urinary incontinence and back pain and avoids excess weight gain and issues associated with diabetes of pregnancy,” she told HuffPost UK.

Whitehouse, who is mum to 20-month-old Rupert, said exercising was the only thing that kept her morning sickness at bay. She worked out by going to the gym and going on runs until she was eight months’ pregnant. 

“I loved it,” she said. “Initially I couldn’t do much other than walking, but it was great to get outside and keep my nausea under control.

“Later on I added in more running and weights. I felt so strong and I loved seeing how my body changed.

“I practiced yoga regularly, which helped relieve tension in my lower back, reduced swelling in my ankles and genuinely made me love my body and bump.”

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Due to their own experiences of hostile reactions both Whitehouse and Baroni believe there is a widespread taboo around exercising while pregnant and they believe this is due to a lack of knowledge about what is safe in pregnancy.

“Working out when pregnant is shamed or is a ‘taboo’ because the advice out there is so terrible,” said Whitehouse.

“A lot of mums-to-be don’t understand that you can workout, especially if you have worked out before. Yes of course you have to be careful, but it’s about listening to your body and adjusting where necessary.

“Luckily, now there are so many mums-to-be on social media advocating a healthier lifestyle, including working out when pregnant, but I think it will still take a while for the mainstream to catch up.”

Baroni agreed, adding: “Women are shamed because there is such a strong belief that women should not overexert themselves during pregnancy, that somehow pregnancy is a disability, and I don’t believe that it is.

“Sure, there are situations during pregnancy in which you cannot overexert yourself because of a medical condition, but if your pregnancy is normal and healthy, then I don’t see any reason why we can’t go on living a healthy active life if we feel like we have the energy and means to do so.” 

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Alison Whitehouse also went on runs while she was pregnant and made sure her bump was supported. 

Fyle said when pregnant women are working out, their body will know “what is sensible and what is not”, adding: “You should definitely not be discouraged from exercising.”

This is exactly how Baroni tailored her workouts. 

“I was the pregnant woman who could hold a plank at 42 weeks, but it hurt like hell to do lunges, so listening to literally every part of my body was key,” she said.

“My body definitely spoke up if I was pushing my limits, and I knew it was important that I listened.”

Dr Norton said women should build up exercise gradually depending on their initial fitness levels – as they would do if they weren’t pregnant. 

“Moderate intensity, relatively low impact exercise is recommended – including light strength exercises,” she added. 

Fyle said “shaming” of women who work out will only stop if we start putting out a positive message about exercising during pregnancy.

“Women get shamed for so many things (breastfeeding, sitting on the tube), and it needs to stop,” she said. “They should be encouraged to exercise.

“It prepares their body for labour, and I’d tell them to ignore the shaming, the laughing and everything – those people don’t have the right information.

“All you need to do is ask your doctor or midwife, as well as trainers at the gym who will know what you can and can’t do.”

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Pregnant Woman Told By Colleague She Would Look ‘Unprofessional’ At Work Event Because Of Her Bump

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A pregnant woman has shared her shock after a colleague commented that it would be “unprofessional” for her to attend a work event because she was expecting.

Mumsnet user Crapuccino, who is 25 weeks pregnant but “already looks ready to drop”, was having “general chit chat” with her colleague at work.

She explained that she had been invited to an “extremely prestigious” work event and was really nervous.

The exchange went: “Colleague: ‘Erm, you’re going to go?”, Me: ‘Sure, why?’

“Colleague: ‘Well you’re pregnant. Won’t it look a bit unprofessional?’”

The pregnant woman said she then “scarpered, wondering WTF just happened”.

“Anyone else had any really weird comments whilst pregnant?” she asked.

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Mumsnet users were shocked at the comments the mum had received.

“People are just weird and often rude when you’re pregnant,” one person wrote. “I think they assume you’re public property.

“I remember in a pub having lunch I went to the bar and ordered two pints, wine and a cola and got raised eyebrows from the barmaid and she said: ‘You know you shouldn’t be drinking’. The cola was mine.”

Another wrote: “Unprofessional? How weird of her. You pregnant ladies should all be hidden away, why are you even at work? Haha, not. 

“When I started telling people I was pregnant, three separate people asked me whose baby it was, despite the fact I’ve been with the same man for many years.”

Many mums commented on the post sharing their experiences of weird things people have said.

“I’ve been asked if we forgot to use contraception or did it just fail,” one person wrote.

Another wrote: “My mother said: ‘You can’t go out now you’re showing because everyone will know what you’ve been doing.’”

Another commented: “When a guy in my team at work heard the news, the first words of out his mouth were: ‘Wow how does your partner feel about it?’”

One mum added: “I’ve only had comments from GPs (more than one) along the lines of: ‘Is it the same dad as your daughter?’

“I hate the assumption that it’s not and I’m not sure I see the need to know either way.”

Did you get any strange comments when you were pregnant? Let us know in the comments below.

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