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    As if pregnant women weren't already inundated with advice to "not do this" and "definitely do that!" Now a study suggests that women who gain more or less weight than recommended during pregnancy end up giving birth to kids with an increased risk of childhood obesity. Pregnancy weight gain recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggest that, depending on your BMI, you should gain anywhere from 11-20 (if you're technically "obese") to 28-40 pounds (if you're "underweight"). Women who are "normal" weight should gain 25-35, while women who are "overweight" 15-25. (Recommendations differ if you're carrying twins.)

    But how many moms-to-be actually gain the perfect number of pounds during pregnancy?

    While it's far from scientific, we had to wonder what moms have noticed themselves about their pregnancy weight gain (or lack thereof) affecting their child's weight. Here's what they shared ... 

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    Rebecca Judd is a gorgeous celebrity you've probably never heard of. She's an Australian "TV presenter" who just had a baby and currently weighs approximately five pounds. Okay, I'm being hyperbolic, but if you look at any photo of Judd, the only proof that she ever had a child is the newborn baby in her arms. She truly has one of the most unbelievable (unattainable) post-pregnancy bodies I've ever seen in my life.

    Wanna know what her (weird) secret is?

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    Bringing home a newborn baby comes with plenty of challenges, but let's be honest -- one of the biggest things moms struggle with is trying to take off pregnancy pounds.

    To put it simply -- losing baby weight is a total bitch and a half. I mean, is there anything worse than finally having your body back after nine months, but not really having it back?

    The journey back to your pre-preggo size has got to be one of the biggest emotional roller coasters a woman can ever go through. And it goes a little somethin' like this.

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    Since announcing her second pregnancy, Snooki has been extremely communicative about the joys and challenges she's faced so far. She's also getting real about what she wants to do differently this time around, and chief among her plans is to "stay active and keep working out."

    Not only because the mom to 19-month-old Lorenzo says she's "getting married soon after" giving birth to baby #2, but because, as she explains in her latest Celebuzz blog post, her "lifestyle right now is very healthy." She wants to keep that up, vowing, "I am going to be working out safely."

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    It was just last month that Alyssa Milano shared the news that she was pregnant with baby number two. So we can assume she was maybe around two months along, perhaps a little more. But the selfie she recently took of her belly bump (left) could lead some to think she was way into her second trimester. Or that she was carrying twins.

    Twins! How great would that be? I'm a mom of twins, so I think it would be awesome. But Alyssa has put the kibosh on that, swearing there is just one baby in there.

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    There's nothing quite like being eight or nine months pregnant and feeling as if your body has been taken over by extraterrestrial forces. Muscles in your hips that you never knew you had ache, you can barely walk a block without wanting to die of exhaustion, and society is still forcing you to get dressed in the morning -- when you'd really love nothing more than to rock a snuggly robe everywhere you go.

    Most sane people know better than to mess with you when you're in the third trimester. They're usually supremely nice and accommodating and you may even find they can help restore your faith in humanity. That's the good news.

    The bad news is that you will almost certainly hear at least one insane, ridiculous comment or question uttered from the mouth of someone so clueless you can't help but wonder how he or she made it this far in life. Resist the urge to bump him/her with your belly and smile on. Here are 10 of the craziest comments/questions we've heard from real women.

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    As someone who has struggled with body image issues for basically as long as I can remember -- pregnancy was a rough time. It’s tough to live in a culture where women are valued and judged based on how trim their figures are and then, all of a sudden, spend nine months with an ever-expanding midsection, swollen everything, and stretchmarks as evidence of rapid weight gain.

    It’s even tougher for women who have struggled with full-on eating disorders before becoming pregnant. Those warped body images run deep in the psyche, and if you’re prone to feeling guilty at the mere thought of eating a second (tiny) helping, it’s something that you really need to watch if you’re incubating a baby.

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    I've really enjoyed being pregnant. Up until month 7. That was when some really freaky and sometimes downright hellish things have begun happening to my body that are making me wish I could give birth tomorrow. When I became pregnant, I was well aware of what would take place during the first trimester -- morning sickness, fatigue, yada yada. And I knew the second trimester was going to be that glorious time when I resembled a goddess and could still run a marathon without breaking a sweat. But no one really told me about the third trimester. Back aches don't even begin to cover it. Here are 9 things that can happen any time between your seventh and ninth month -- don't say I didn't warn you. 

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    How much weight should you gain for your pregnancy? The answer is: None of anyone else's damn business. Er, I mean, it's between you and your doctor. Fat-shaming pregnant women is relentless as ever and creating human life is not a good enough excuse for putting on a few pounds. There's a whole world out there ready to tell expecting moms to stop pigging out. Well, wait until you hear what Ellen DeGeneres told Drew Barrymore about pregnancy weight gain. It'll make you drop your cheese doodles.

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    So-called "comedian" Jay Mohr has been under fire for ridiculously ripping Alyssa Milano whom he met at a NASCAR racing event. Mohr reportedly said about the 41-year-old mother of 2-year-old son Milo, "She’s very tiny. In height. It seems like she had a baby and said, 'I don’t really give a shit.' ... I read it on her gut. ... Somebody sat in the director's chair was not wearing Spanx, and I was like 'Jesus Christ!'" And the world collectively groaned/rolled their eyes.

    But after Alyssa herself shot back at Mohr in the classiest possible way, he was initially dead silent. Then yesterday, he tweeted a response to both Perez Hilton and Alyssa, followed by a pretty jaw-dropping blog post ...

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