Pregnancy and Parenting

From conception to cradle, the Pregnancy and Parenting Channel guides you on the journey to parenthood. Learn what to expect when you're expecting.

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After your baby arrives, there will be much to do in the first few hours of life. There are several health tests to conduct and several decisions to make. Find out what to expect on the first day.

By Elizabeth Eden

The journey of the fetus through pregnancy is a complex and fascinating miracle that scientists have broken into three phases -- the three trimesters that represent a nine-month pregnancy. Learn how a fetus grows

By Elizabeth Eden

Changes in your body and a late menstrual cycle are signs that you are pregnant. Performing a home pregnancy test is the easiest way to find out. Learn how pregnancy tests work.

By Elizabeth Eden

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In an amazing turn for SIDS research, a group of scientists has published the first study that draws a conclusive link between anatomy and SIDS risk. Learn all about it.

By Julia Layton

The decision to breastfeed or bottle-feed is yours to make. Since you are the one taking care of your baby, you must feel comfortable with the decision. Learn how breast-feeding works.

By Alvin Eden

You probably have some specific concerns about the nutritional needs of both you and your baby. Like most mothers, you may be concerned about losing the weight you gained during pregnancy. Learn about postpartum nutrition guidelines.

By Alvin Eden

Despite the changing lifestyles, the family remains the central element of contemporary life. But family structure, like society at large, has undergone significant changes. Learn more about family structures and dynamics.

By Michael Meyerhoff

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How to raise a disabled child provides helpful guidelines on diagnosing and caring for a dependent with disabilities. Read about different developmental problems, their causes, and the various care options available.

By Michael Meyerhoff

The addition of a baby to a family brings joy and wonder, but also many changes for the parents. Read these helpful tips on adjusting to life with a newborn.

By Michael Meyerhoff

Also known as "baby blues," postpartum depression is a very real and often very frightening occurrence that affects about half of new mothers during the first days or weeks following birth.

By Michael Meyerhoff

Infertility is not sterility. Infertility is defined as a couple’s failure to conceive a child after one year of regular sexual intercourse without birth control. Learn much more about infertility.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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Studies have shown that through signing, babies can actually talk to you before they develop verbal communication capabilities. Learn about the benefits of teaching your baby sign language.

Are you thinking about getting pregnant and have many questions unanswered? Take a look at this article that will to guide you before, during and after your nine months.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

Getting your child vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis may help him or her to have a much healthier college experience. Learn how to prevent meningitis.

By Dr. Rob Danoff

If you want to conceive, you can increase your chances by understanding the important role of the ovulation process and how it fits into your monthly menstrual cycle.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

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Did you know that labor is divided into three stages? Find out what they are and how to tell when they start happening.

Exercises that you do during pregnancy don't have to be substantially different from the exercise you normally do to maintain and improve your fitness. But there are some general guidelines for exercise during pregnancy, as well as some helpful tips to keep you safe.

An embryo usually attaches to the upper part of the uterine wall, but sometimes implantation takes place in a lower location. The condition is called placenta previa and can interfere with a normal delivery.

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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.

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A miscarriage is the ending of a pregnancy due to the premature delivery of the fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. At this point, the fetus is not developed enough to survive outside the uterus on its own.

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Iron deficiency anemia--a lack of iron in the blood--occurs in about 20 percent of pregnant women in the United States. Iron is an important nutrient during pregnancy, so it's important that you have an adequate intake.

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.

Do you have questions about your first period, menstrual cycles, sexual activity and more? Take look at commonly asked female teen questions to get informed.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

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If you are looking for helpful information for teens, then take a look at these insightful facts that we have gathered for you about teens.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

The teenage years for a boy and girl can be a roller coaster of emotions. Get teenage lifestyle tips for everything from depression to exercising in this article.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers