Pregnancy Issues

Pregnancy Issues answers your questions about the changes that occur when you're expecting. Learn how to exercise during pregnancy, nutrition guidelines, preparing for childbirth, and more in this section.


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What is the definition of pregnancy? Learn what happens as a baby develops inside a woman's womb during pregnancy.

Helping Out During Pregnancy: Becoming a Dad

While it's true that she's having the baby and she's the one whose belly is growing, there's lots for Dad to do during this exciting and sometimes confusing time. Find out what Dad can do to help out during the pregnancy.

Choosing an Ob-Gyn While Pregnant

Midwives, obstetricians, maternal-fetal specialists — many kinds of professionals can help you through pregnancy and delivery. Which professional is right for you?

Common Questions About Pregnancy Safety

Get the answers to your questions about pregnancy and your lifestyle, and learn some pregnancy safety tips that will keep mom and baby health and happy.

Depression During Pregnancy

Depression is a serious medical condition that poses risks for the woman and her baby. But a range of treatments are available. Learn what you can do to treat depression during pregnancy.

Guide for Expectant Dads

Mom may be the one who's pregnant, but Dad needs to know what to expect and how to help her out during the roller coaster of pregnancy. Here's a roadmap for new Dads.

Multiple Births: The More the Merrier?

The number of multiple births has grown exponentially in recent years due to fertility treatments. But is this a blessing or a curse? Learn about the negative aspects of unnaturally conceived multiples.

Pregnancy After 35

If you're an older woman either trying to conceive or just found out you're pregnant, read up on these facts about the risks associated with pregnancy in older age.

Pregnancy at Different Ages: 20s, 30s and 40s

The truth is that no matter what your age, you're very likely to have a healthy baby as long as you are in good health, seek early prenatal care and adopt sound lifestyle habits. Here's what you can expect in your 20s, 30s, and 40s.

Prenatal Care: Your First Prenatal Visit

After you've decided which practitioner you'll feel the most comfortable with, it will then be time to schedule your first prenatal visit. What should you expect at your first prenatal appointment?

Preventing Back Pain During Pregnancy

Many pregnant women experience back pain, but taking some simple steps to protect your back while pregnant can significantly decrease symptoms and perhaps even prevent back pain altogether.

Protect Your Baby From Group B Strep During Pregnancy

Can an infection you don't even know you have be harmful to your baby? Many people who harbor GBS don't know they have it -- but how could it affect your newborn?

What can I do to reduce my risk of having a premature baby?

While it is true that many women without any risk factors will have a preterm baby, here are some things you can do to reduce the chance it will happen to you.

6 Surprising Benefits of Pregnancy

The baby isn't the only good thing that can come out of a pregnancy. Learn about other possible benefits of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

10 Pregnancy Myths

The truth is, pregnancy is rife with Old Wives' tales that have been passed from generation to generation. Here are some of the most common myths which, while entertaining, are not at all true.

10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

These top ten tips for a healthy pregnancy include recommendations on nutrition, vitamins, minerals and other common-sense tips that can lead to a happier, healthier and more vital pregnancy.

The Rh Factor

Rh disease is a condition caused by an incompatibility between the blood of a mother and that of her fetus. Learn how Rh disease works and how it can be prevented.

How does pregnancy affect the senses of smell and taste?

You already know that pregnant women have sensitive noses and stomachs, but you probably don't know why. Could it benefit the baby?

Can I feel pregnant when my wife is?

Most husbands will do anything they can to help their pregnant wives, but for some, it goes much further than doting and running an occasional errand. Backaches, weight gain and even morning sickness can all accompany Couvade syndrome, or sympathetic pregnancy.

Understanding Psychological Changes during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is not always a happy time, even if the baby is wanted and planned. It's normal for parents to experience a wide range of emotions during this period. Learn about emotions that surface during pregnancy.

Understanding Pregnancy Symptoms

A woman's body weathers a myriad of symptoms during pregnancy as changes happen in your reproductive and digestive systems, and to your blood flow and metabolism. Read about understanding pregnancy symptoms.

How To Calculate Your Pregnancy Due Date

Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, what you most want to know is your due date. The average length of a pregnancy is 40 weeks from the first day of the last normal menstrual period. Here's an example of how it works.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

When a fertilized egg develops outside the uterus, it's called an ectopic pregnancy The word ectopic means out of place. This is not an uncommon occurrence: One in every 100 to 150 pregnancies is ectopic.

How Prenatal Testing Works

During a pregnancy, different kinds of prenatal testing are an important part of the process. Learn how all the different tests protect both mother and child.

What Happens When Pregnant Women Smoke?

Smoking is dangerous for pregnant women for many reasons — learn why.