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.

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I Had a Baby During the Pandemic and This Is What Happened

HowStuffWorks contributor Cherise Threewitt was due to deliver her baby in late March. She never knew that would mean she'd be having her child in the midst of a global pandemic.

Rare Condition Causes New Mom to Lactate Outside Her Breast

An Austrian woman who had just given birth began producing milk in breast tissue located in her vulva.

New Dads Deal With Postpartum Depression, Too

We mostly associate postpartum depression with new moms. But studies show that new dads experience it, as well.

What Is the Linea Nigra of Pregnancy?

The dark line that runs down a pregnant woman's belly is completely normal, and it even has a fancy Latin name.

Multiple Pregnancies Age Women's Cells Faster

And you thought you felt old because you had three kids? While that may be true, they're not the only thing to blame.

How Doulas Work

Doulas don't have any medical training but many mothers depend on them to be in the delivery room to offer support. What do mothers like about doulas and how do you become one?

More C-Sections Complicate Human Ability to Give Birth, Study Suggests

C-sections are life-saving interventions for many women. Could they also be messing with natural selection?

Why Would Anyone Eat Their Placenta?

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?

Is a Woman More Likely to Get Pregnant Naturally After Adoption or IVF?

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

Men's Sperm Count Down Significantly, Study Finds

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

What Do Babies See Before Birth?

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

Experts Call for Egg Donor Registry

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.

Fetal Lambs in 'Biobags' Show Promise for Artificial Human Wombs

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.

You Can Get Pregnant When You're Already Pregnant

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

Survival Rate Improving for Extremely Preterm Babies

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

Enter Mr. Pig-Man? Chimera Embryos Should Not Be Feared, Scientist Says

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

Fertility Nation? Janet Jackson and the Future of Pregnancy After 45

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

C-sections Can Affect a Baby's Immune System

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

Researchers Link Maternal Diabetes and Obesity to Autism in Kids

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?

The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Uterine Transplants

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.

Is it possible for a pregnant woman to be allergic to the placenta?

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?

Why does pregnancy cause you to fart more?

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.

Can you get a tattoo if you're breast-feeding?

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.

Can you get a tattoo if you're pregnant?

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