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Take a #BumpDay Selfie, Change the World

Many of us may be incredibly fortunate to live in places with access to healthcare, prenatal care and even seemingly simple luxuries as running water, but not every mom is so lucky. And now a group of people want to do something about that.

Wednesday, July 22, marks the first official Bump Day started by "What to Expect When You're Expecting" author Heidi Murkoff, along with the United Nations, 1,000 Days and International Medical Corps in an effort to raise awareness "about the challenges moms face trying to give their babies the best start—and the simple solutions that can help them overcome those challenges."

According to an essay Murkoff wrote for the Huffington Post, "Each day around the world, about 800 women—our sisters in motherhood —die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth; and each year, 1 million babies die within the first day of their life, ending the promise of that bright future before it begins. And the challenges moms face aren't limited to developing countries. In the U.S., the wealthiest nation on the planet, both maternal and infant mortality are astonishingly high, especially in states such as Mississippi and Alabama where access to prenatal care, proper nutrition, and family planning remain astonishingly low."

Wondering how to participate? It's easy! Simply post a picture of your current or former baby bump (or even your mom's bump!) on any social media platform (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and use the hashtag #BumpDay. Dads can also get in on the action by posting pics of their partner's bumps.

Murkoff said it best when she wrote that we should "celebrate that sisterhood of motherhood, those beautiful bumps, those beautiful babies, that beautiful promise of a beautiful beginning." Because, really, is there anything more amazing than the life that grows inside us?

So what are you waiting for? Show off those #BumpDay selfies!

Image via Instagram/kooks808/

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