Pregnancy

Pregnancy covers the life stage period from conception to birth. Learn about the changes that take place during this time, what to do to stay healthy, and how to help prevent complications during pregnancy.


More women are choosing to ingest their encapsulated placentas because of the supposed benefits they get after childbirth. But what does science have to say?

You've tried to conceive and can't, so you adopt. Then boom, you get pregnant. What gives?

A new study confirms that sperm counts of men in Western countries are plummeting.

Very little is known about what or how fetuses see. This study shows their vision capabilities are more advanced than previously thought.

The registry would be used to track donor well-being and learn more about breast cancer and other health risks. But for some, it raises privacy concerns.

A new device tested on fetal lambs could change care for human preemies, immersing them in a "biobag" with lab-made amniotic fluid, keeping them underwater for weeks.

It's extremely rare but not unheard of. So, how does it happen?

New analysis also shows that preemies born between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy are less likely to develop health issues.

Even though the NIH banned funding for work on chimera embryos, a scientist explains why it's necessary — and not unethical.

Janet Jackson's pregnancy raised interest in reproductive assistance for older parents. Which mind-blowing techniques are on the horizon?

Controversy surrounding mitochondrial replacement has created a fear of designer babies. Will a new scientific paper convince the FDA this fear is unwarranted?

But researchers are working on a method to boost the microbiota of babies born by C-section.

Diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder have been rising over the past two decades, along with obesity and diabetes in women of childbearing age. How are these related?

A U.S. trial program will implant uteruses from deceased women into live volunteers, allowing them to carry a child. Experts are divided on the procedure.

It seems unbelievable that a baby's placenta could cause the mother to break out in a nasty itchy rash, but it happens occasionally. What causes the allergy?

Pregnancy brings women that lovely glow -- shiny hair, great skin, an aura of happiness. It also brings some not-so-lovely things, like excessive burping and farting. Go ahead, blame the baby! Here's why.

There are a lot of opinions about what breast-feeding women should avoid, but only some of them are supported by science. Can new moms get inked? Yes, but with a couple of caveats.

Pregnancy is all about celebrating your body. But is it safe to celebrate it permanently -- with a tattoo? Here's what we know.

No caffeine for low energy. No ibuprofen for pain. No sushi for ... well, a sushi craving. Many items are on the no-no list for pregnant women because of the risk they may pose to a fetus. But when it comes to antibiotics, some are A-OK.

There is no hard, scientific evidence proving that a pedicure -- or foot massage – will help induce labor if you've carried full term. Then again, why not try it?

Being overweight or obese can make it harder to get pregnant, sometimes due to a reproductive condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. But does PCOS make conception impossible?

As far as contraceptives go, intrauterine devices (IUDs) are generally the most effective method short of abstinence. But does highly effective mean fool-proof?

When it comes to keeping track of your birth control, Depo-Provera -- administered via injection from your physician every 12 weeks -- seems to eliminate a lot of worry. But how effective is it?

Finding out you have gonorrhea and learning how to treat it can be challenging enough. But you also need to be aware of how this STI could affect your fertility.

Though the evidence is largely anecdotal, there are some simple steps you can take to improve your chances of getting pregnant, including a change in positions.