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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Childhood Vaccinations

Children are born with protection from many diseases, thanks to antibodies passed through the placenta. Within a year, however, this defense is lost, so children need vaccinations to protect them from these diseases.

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.

A Guide to Pregnancy Complications

No mother wants to have a difficult delivery or an unhealthy baby. Learn how to spot the signs of complications and, in some cases, find out what you can do about them.

The Newborn After Delivery

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.

How A Fetus Grows

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

Pregnancy Tests Overview

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.

Have scientists discovered what causes SIDS?

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.

Breastfeeding Overview

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.

Postpartum Nutrition Guidelines

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.

Pediatricians Say Dairy OK for Lactose-Intolerant Kids

Pediatricians say dairy is ok for lactose intolerant kids but knowing the facts is important. Learn more about giving dairy to a lactose intolerant kid from HowStuffWorks.

Understanding Family Structures and Dynamics

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.

Understanding Childhood Disabilities

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.

How to Adjust to a Newborn

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.

Understanding Postpartum Depression

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.


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.

Teaching Sign Language to Your Baby

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.

9 Questions for Your Preconception Checkup

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.

Preventing Birth Defects With Folic Acid

Birth defects can occur if a woman's nutritional status is not strong when she conceives. A diet with folic acid can help the fetus's normal development.

Preventing Meningitis: Give Your College Student a Shot in the Arm

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

How To Get Pregnant Using an Ovulation Calendar

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.

Signs and Symptoms of Labor

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

Pregnancy Exercises

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.

Diagnosing Placenta Previa

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.

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.

Miscarriage Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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.