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.

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Your pregnancy "morning sickness" (or all-day sickness) is wearing you out. But take heart -- there are some many natural remedies you can try to help you feel like yourself again.

By Laurie L. Dove

People ask pregnant women a lot of questions. What names are you considering? When are you due? Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? Are you going to use a midwife or a doula -- or both -- and just what's the difference, anyway?

By Molly Edmonds

Not wanting to be a single parent is one of the reasons women choose to have an abortion. Learn how many women who have abortions are single parents from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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The day comes when you take a drive without a pit stop and get through a day without getting sick. Hopefully first-trimester symptoms are starting to ease up in week 12, leaving plenty of room for a new set of sensory experiences.

By Julia Layton

In week 13, pregnancy is probably starting to be a whole lot more fun. Lots of women find the middle months to be the easiest, with fewer unpleasant symptoms and new reasons to be excited. So what should you expect in this banner week of pregnancy?

By Julia Layton

By Week 10, if you were to look closely at your baby, you'd notice she doesn't look like a tadpole anymore. Her embryonic tail, at the bottom of the spinal cord, has disappeared and her rapidly developing spinal nerves have become visible. What else can you see?

By Laurie L. Dove

Hopefully your morning sickness has started to subside and your energy level has increased. You might even be starting to see that "pregnancy glow." But you will be experiencing some new changes ahead. Let's take a look.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Like "one-week pregnant," two weeks along exists only in retrospect. That doesn't mean the second week of pregnancy doesn't matter, though. There's no baby yet, but there's a lot of preparation going on.

By Julia Layton

You've read all the pregnancy books from cover to cover but there are certain things you'll only know once you join the "Mother's Club." We'll let you in on a few secrets ahead of time.

By Laurie L. Dove

When you were pregnant, you probably had more advice from friends, family and even strangers than you ever wanted. But we bet not a lot of people are telling you about the trials and tribulations your body will endure after you deliver.

By Sara Elliott

Trying to conceive a baby combines a little bit of science and a little bit of luck. And knowing when fertility is greatest will help you and your partner know the best time to attempt conception. But when is that?

By Jennifer Sellers

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More than 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year, and if you're hoping to conceive, it may seem as if everyone you know is expecting … except you. If you're considering fertility testing, did you know that you can now test at home?

By Maria Trimarchi

We know that vitamins are essential for keeping our bodies working properly, but can taking certain vitamins actually increase the chances of getting pregnant? What vitamins increase fertility?

By Caitlin Uttley

Life isn't fair. Some women who want to stay childless get pregnant from one instance of a missed pill, while others who want to conceive have no luck after years of trying. Why the disparity? Here, we'll examine five common causes of infertility.

By Katie Lambert

For women, finding the most fertile time of the month can be a challenge. Yet knowing how to determine this window can help couples plan their attempts to conceive. Many will turn to an ovulation test, but how do you use them?

By Marianne Spoon

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If you're having trouble getting pregnant, you may think you're alone. But conception difficulties aren't rare -- they affect an estimated 10 to 15 percent of U.S. couples. Luckily, Mother Nature may hold the key to boosting your fertility.

By Elizabeth Sprouse

It may seem that getting pregnant doesn't take much precision. Sperm meets egg, and a baby's conceived. The odds are good -- about 85 percent of hopeful couples will conceive within a year -- but can you get pregnant any time in the monthly cycle?

By Maria Trimarchi

Have a hunch you're pregnant, but you're just not sure? Don't worry -- you're not alone in this uncertainty. Here, 10 common early warning signs of pregnancy to help determine your condition.

By Robynne Boyd

Finding out if you're pregnant is an exciting process, but waiting for it to happen can really try a person's patience. Just how soon after having sex will you actually become pregnant? And how early can you test for pregnancy?

By Jill Jaracz

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When it comes to making a baby, odds are stacked against any one sperm making it to the finish line: the egg. Assuming both people are healthy, how long do sperm need to complete the race? Could you be pregnant before you get up for a drink of water?

By Tom Scheve & Patrick J. Kiger

Miscarriage, or the loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week, is the most common pregnancy complication -- and about 15 to 20 percent of recognized pregnancies end this way. But when both partners are ready to try again, how difficult will it be?

By Katie Lambert

Let's be honest: While most of us enjoy the act that leads to conception, few of us understand what happens between the fun part of the process and the part where you start saving up for another human's college education. So how does conception work?

By Tom Scheve

The list of pregnancy dos and don'ts may feel long, but for millions of women, it's not the pregnancy recommendations that weigh on their minds -- it's the dos and don'ts of getting pregnant. Here, learn how smoking and drinking affect conception.

By Maria Trimarchi

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There was a time when women wishing to get pregnant might try drinking a potion made with powdered wolf's penis. Alternately, she could wear a charm made from a quail's heart. Here, we examine 10 of the most common myths about getting pregnant.

By Michael Franco

To the uninformed, a missed period can only mean one thing: You're pregnant. But in reality, there are numerous reasons why your period might be late -- or missing altogether. Here, five reasons to consider.

By Brion O'Connor