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Moms-to-be report on life from sex to morning sickness

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What is it like to be pregnant in 2011? The must-have manual for parents to be, The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, joined forces with American Baby, and found out the experiences of more than 1,000 moms-to-be.

Top torments: Morning sickness is the No. 1 toughest pregnancy symptom, say 34 per cent of moms-to-be, followed by fatigue (26 per cent) and mood swings (16 per cent).

Super social: 87 per cent plan to keep friends and families fully informed throughout their labour 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.

Hot stuff: 30 per cent of moms-to-be say their sex life has never been better.

Sharing from the start: 56 per cent 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.

The big reveal: 74 per cent planned to find out baby's sex ahead of time and to tell others what they are having.

Love connection: Although 42 per cent of moms-to-be say that their pregnancy was a "happy surprise," 47 per cent say that pregnancy has brought them closer to their partners.

Booking the babymoon: 23 per cent of parents-to-be take part in a new trend by celebrating with a babymoon, or a last vacation fling before baby arrives.

Seeing stars: The No. 1 celeb role model mom is Kate Hudson. Natalie Portman comes in at No. 2 and Jessica Alba is No. 3.

The 2011 Bump Report is online at AmericanBaby.com.

-- McClatchy-Tribune

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 30, 2011 D1

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