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What's it like to be pregnant in 2011?

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 percent of moms-to-be, followed by fatigue (26 percent) and mood swings (16 percent).

-Super social: 87 percent 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.

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

- Sharing from the start: 56 percent 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 percent planned to find out baby’s sex ahead of time and to tell others what they are having.

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

-Booking the babymoon: 23 percent 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 appears in the November 2011 issue of American Baby and online at