11 Things We Learned About Having Babies in 2013

2013 was a big year for pregnancy stories, and we sure did learn a lot

From moms who lift weights throughout their entire pregnancies to surprising new fertility findings (don't worry, it's good news!), we learned a lot about pregnancy in 2013. Check out the stories you may have missed this year.

Whoa, We're Having Way Fewer Babies Than We Used To
U.S. pregnancy rates continued to fall in 2013, especially among women under 30. We may have an explanation: More and more women are waiting until their careers and relationships are established to have a baby, which explains the rise in pregnancies among women age 30-39.

Hold That Delivery! Pregnancy Is Officially 10 Months Long 
No, the sky isn't falling. Pregnancy really is 10 months long! Babies' brains are still growing in the last weeks of pregnancy, so doctors have declared 39-40 weeks the new definition of full-term. Finally! 

The Controversial "What's Your Excuse?" Mom: Love Her or Hate Her?
No one was a more divisive figure this year than "Fitness Mom" Maria Kang. Whether you loved her or hated her, her no-excuses approach to parenthood got us all talking.

Yikes! Only Half of Pregnant Women Are Getting a Flu Shot
More Americans are getting vaccinated than ever before, but only about 50 percent of pregnant women are getting necessary flu shots. Whoa! The flu can be unpredictable and even deadly, so it's vital that everyone, including mamas-to-be, are protected.

See the Controversial 9-Month Pregnant Weightlifter. Is That Safe?
Everyone had something to say about the controversial photos of fitness enthusiast Lea-Ann Ellison lifting some serious weights while 9 months pregnant. Doctors say as long as competitive athletes are under close medical supervision, it's totally safe for them to keep working out while pregnant. What do you think?

The Amount of Sleep New Parents Lose Is Exhausting to Think About
Here's an exhausting statistic: New parents lose an average of a month and a half of sleep during their child's first year of life. We want to take a nap just thinking about it!

TMI? Most Moms Post Photos Immediately After Giving Birth
A new survey from Huggies revealed that 67 percent of moms post photos to social media immediately after giving birth. As long as they're not choosing the perfect Instagram filter for the afterbirth, we think that's awesome!

Oh, Baby! New Report Says Most New Moms Are Breastfeeding
Yay! According to a new report from the U.S. government, 77 percent of babies start out life breastfeeding, and that's just plain awesome.

Too Many Moms Can't Afford Diapers for Their Baby. Ugh!
This is the worst. A survey of low-income moms showed that 1 in 12 can't afford to change their babies' diapers as often as they should, which can lead to skin and urinary tract infections. Absolutely heartbreaking.

Pregnancy After 35 Isn't as Hard as You Think It Is
Guess what? Your biological clock isn't actually ticking. New research suggests that the drop-off in fertility doesn't occur until much later in life, around age 40. 

See a Woman Give Birth by C-Section (Graphic, but Awesome Video)
Almost 1 in 3 women deliver by C-section, but we rarely catch a glimpse at what the procedure is actually like. This video of a live C-section may be graphic, but anything that helps women stay informed about their birth options gets our stamp of approval.

Carina Belles is a contributing writer at iVillage. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

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