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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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?

By Keith Eddleman, M.D. & Joanne Stone, M.D.

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.

By writers

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.

By American Baby


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.

By Keith Eddleman, M.D. & Joanne Stone, M.D.

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.

By writers

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

By Molly Edmonds

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.

By Josh Clark


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.

By Elizabeth Eden

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.

By Elizabeth Eden

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.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

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.

By Craig Freudenrich, Ph.D.


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

By Contributors

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