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.


Whether you planned all along to have a baby after 40 or it just happened that way, it's no secret you could be facing an uphill battle. These five tips could come in handy.

The miracle of life brings joy to many expecting parents when they welcome a child into the world. But an improperly functioning thyroid gland could make conception a challenge.

Pregnancy myths abound, but one of the most common is that it's impossible to get pregnant while on your period. Why is this idea so off-base, and what does the textbook 28-day cycle have to do with it?

The long, complicated process of labor and deliver is believed to be started by the baby. Learn what a baby experiences during labor and delivery.

We talked to women who've been there to find out what they wish someone had told them before they went into labor. Read on to see their top 10 labor and delivery secrets!

For most men, talking about their own health is usually something that's avoided. But varicocele -- a condition like varicose veins in the legs, that affects the blood flow to the testicles -- isn't something you'd want to ignore.

For a woman getting a routine checkup from her gynecologist, the news that she has an ovarian cyst could be quite troubling. Do you know how it can affect your fertility?

Peruvians have eaten maca root for thousands of years, and it's earned a reputation as an aphrodisiac. But can it boost your fertility?

When getting pregnant is your goal, it can be extremely frustrating to discover your body is actually working against you. How can imbalanced hormones thwart your attempts, and what can you do to treat the problem?

There was a time when women with diabetes were strongly advised to avoid getting pregnant, though caregivers no longer give that direction. But how does diabetes affect fertility?

Uterine fibroids are extremely common, affecting 20 to 40 percent of women over the age of 35. Can these often benign growths alter your chances of getting pregnant?

Herpes and HPV may get the headlines, but chlamydia ranks as the most common STD in the U.S. A lot of people with chlamydia never experience symptoms, but it's anything but harmless.

HPV, or the human papillomavirus, can cause precancerous cells in the cervix, among other complications. But how does having it affect your chances of getting pregnant?

It's well-documented that a sedentary lifestyle can have negative effects on your health. But can too much exercise harm your fertility?

A woman's menstrual cycle is much more complex than you might think. And with so many steps, there are opportunities for mishaps -- and the possibility of infertility.

For a couple trying to get pregnant, there's an endless list of do's and don'ts provided by doctors, family and friends. And it can be overwhelming. Here are five fertility myths, busted.

Cancer has the potential to impact the fertility of men and women, and in many cases, the treatment itself presents a greater threat. But, advances have given patients more options.

Prescription pain medication can make daily life a lot more tolerable for people suffering from chronic conditions. But could they also rob you of your ability to conceive?

It's no secret that hormones play a major role in both the female and male reproductive systems. But why is progesterone called the hormone of pregnancy?

When a couple is trying to conceive, the last thing they may expect is a lengthy process. If infertility has become a roadblock, could a fertility cleanse be just what the doctor ordered?

Milk, the slogan says, does a body good. But when it comes to your fertility, can there be too much of a good thing?

It's no secret that practicing yoga helps improve your balance, flexibility and strength. But it may also increase your chance of conceiving.

Adenomyosis is a structural gynecological disorder -- it affects the endometrial cells in the lining of the uterus and the muscular layer of the uterine wall. Does it contribute to difficulty conceiving?

Metformin was developed in the 1950s as a treatment for diabetes, but doctors have now found a new use for the drug. Can it make you more fertile?

Nearly 34 percent of American adults are obese -- a risk factor for infertility in both women and men. But can dropping a few pounds really help boost your fertility?