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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When you're trying to conceive, getting the news that your hormone levels aren't normal can leave you feeling discouraged. But don't give up hope. Here, learn what high FSH levels really mean and how this affects your ability to become pregnant.

By Maria Trimarchi

The biology of making a baby sounds simple. Combine sperm and egg, and in nine months, you have an infant, right? Unfortunately, some of us need a little more planning. How far in advance can you tell when you're ovulating?

By Jill Jaracz

Whether pregnancy is planned or a surprise, most women quickly realize they're carrying a developing child. But what if a pregnancy is both unplanned and unknown to the woman who's pregnant?

By Marianne Spoon

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Breastfeeding takes some getting used to. Here are some tips for nursing mothers to make the process easier and more enjoyable.

By Christina Breda Antoniades

Back pain, bloating, swollen ankles, a glowing complexion and various food cravings. These common symptoms make it seem like pregnancy is pretty much the same for everyone. Not so -- there certainly are some unique pregnancies out there.

By Maria Trimarchi

Keeping a pregnancy blog can help you preserve the experience of your pregnancy, and because it's online, it's an easy way to share updates with family and friends, and commiserate with other pregnant women.

By Maria Trimarchi

Many women assume that after giving birth, their swollen fingers and ankles will shrink back to a normal size. But during the first week after delivery -- when moms are acclimating to life with a newborn -- serious swelling can strike.

By Bambi Turner

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Ask almost any pregnant woman about eating for two, and she'll probably tell you this: It's not as much fun as it seems, and it's not all about eating extra Ho-Hos and cookie dough. Which foods should a pregnant woman eat, and which should she avoid?

By Julia Layton

A woman's body changes a lot during pregnancy, but belly bands can help to ease the transition. Is using these products just a way to make your clothes fit better, or can they make your pregnant body feel better, too?

By Elizabeth Whitmore

Postpartum depression can make mothers feel anxious, fatigued and filled with despair. Infants don't know it, of course, but that same depression could also cause them long-term problems. (As if depressed new moms need more guilt.)

By Julia Layton

Stretch marks are one of pregnancy's least-loved side effects -- way down there with bloating and morning sickness. Is there any way to rid yourself of these itchy scars, or at least make them fade away faster?

By Julia Layton

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When children start asking where babies come from, parents get frazzled and jumpy as they struggle to explain sex, conception, pregnancy and childbirth. But now that reproductive technology has come so far, bioethicists and scientists have questions, too.

By Molly Edmonds

Many of the most well-known old wives' tales involve pregnancy. For example, can lactating mothers get pregnant? Simply put, it depends on the circumstances.

By Josh Clark

Vanishing twins sound like something straight out of Stephen King, but it's common for one twin not to survive the first trimester. But what if, instead of being absorbed by the mother's body, the twin ends up inside the other twin?

By Molly Edmonds

The maternity ward is sure to be busy on a full moon, right? Or is the so-called lunar effect about as real as werewolves?

By Julia Layton

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Carrying "high" means she's having a girl; "low" means a boy, says the old superstition. But is there any truth to it?

By Julia Layton & Francisco Guzman

What is the definition of abortion? Learn about the definition and controversy of abortion.

By Sinclair Intimacy Institute

Usually chickenpox is a benign illness, but in a pregnant woman it can cause serious complications for mother and baby. Learn about the dangers of having chickenpox during pregnancy.

Placental abruption can deprive the fetus of oxygen and in severe cases can endanger the life of mother and baby. Learn what happens when a woman suffers from placental abruption.

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Getting sick when you're pregnant can be a very scary situation. Not only do you feel ill, but some illnesses could hurt your baby. Learn what infections you need to worry about and what you should do when you fall ill.

One in 10 pregnant women experience premature rupture of membranes. What should you do when your water breaks early?

If you're trying to get pregnant, chances are you've been overwhelmed with tips and advice. But how do you separate the myths from the facts? Here are some common misconceptions about conception.

By American Baby

How can you tell if you're pregnant? Some women notice symptoms even before they take a test. Although these aren't conclusive, you should definitely get tested if you experience any of these symptoms.

By American Baby

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Assuming that you know the basics of how to get pregnant, many people don't know how to make the process efficient. Give yourself the best chance of getting pregnant with this guide to the easiest way to conceive.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Between morning sickness, food cravings and concerns about your and the baby's health, maintaining a good diet during pregnancy can be confusing. Learn about choosing the proper pregnancy diet.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers