Pregnancy and Parenting

From conception to cradle, the Pregnancy and Parenting Channel guides you on the journey to parenthood. Learn what to expect when you're expecting.


Minimum essential coverage refers to where you get the coverage from, rather than what's in your package. Why is that – and why are some health plans excluded?

Get parenting advice to help keep your kid safe from common issues. Our parenting advice will protect your kid from lice, concussions and more!

Are you worried you're becoming your mother? Read on to learn about these inevitable and inheritable genetic traits!

Have you always thought your gifted child is a genius? Read on to learn if your child is exceptionally gifted.

If you’re the type that enjoys hosting, try these nifty Easter tips and turn your home into a pastel paradise! From flower arrangements to yummy, healthy drinks, you’ll find yourself painting everything pastel!

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.

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 asked parents to send us tips for new parents. Here are some of the best.

The most important gift you can give your baby is to read aloud to him or her. See recommended books for babies by age to learn how to choose and use books with your little one.

The following are excerpts from Jane Clayson's diary that she kept when her son, William, was born at 27 weeks gestation. Learn about premature labor and more with her story.

There are many causes for low birth weight babies. Here are the top 10 causes for low birth weight babies.

Parenting is a tough job but a lot of people are doing it. Learn more about the different radical parenting methods in this article.

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!

Learn about the various physical, cognitive, emotional and social developmental changes and milestones to be expected during the first year of life.

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?