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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Can you breastfeed if you have MRSA?

MRSA is nasty infection that's worrisome enough on its own, but if you're a nursing mom, should you be concerned about passing it on to your baby?

Why do lullabies work?

Why does "Hush, Little Baby" send your wee one off to dreamland? Read on to find out how lullabies affect your baby.

Is it possible for a pregnant woman to be allergic to the placenta?

It seems unbelievable that a baby's placenta could cause the mother to break out in a nasty itchy rash, but it happens occasionally. What causes the allergy?

Why does pregnancy cause you to fart more?

Pregnancy brings women that lovely glow -- shiny hair, great skin, an aura of happiness. It also brings some not-so-lovely things, like excessive burping and farting. Go ahead, blame the baby! Here's why.

Can you get a tattoo if you're breast-feeding?

There are a lot of opinions about what breast-feeding women should avoid, but only some of them are supported by science. Can new moms get inked? Yes, but with a couple of caveats.

Can you get a tattoo if you're pregnant?

Pregnancy is all about celebrating your body. But is it safe to celebrate it permanently -- with a tattoo? Here's what we know.

Are antibiotics safe to take during pregnancy?

No caffeine for low energy. No ibuprofen for pain. No sushi for ... well, a sushi craving. Many items are on the no-no list for pregnant women because of the risk they may pose to a fetus. But when it comes to antibiotics, some are A-OK.

How to Report Life Changes for the Affordable Care Act

If you're insured via the Affordable Care Act and get tax credits, you're required to report significant life events that can affect both your insurance plan and your taxes. Here's how to do it.

What is minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act?

Minimum essential coverage refers to where you get the coverage from, rather than what's in your package. Why is that – and why are some health plans excluded?

Parenting Advice: Your 5 Worst Nightmares and Their Cures

Get parenting advice to help keep your kid safe from common issues. Our parenting advice will protect your kid from lice, concussions and more!

Am I Turning into my Mother? 5 Traits You Inherit from Mom

Are you worried you're becoming your mother? Read on to learn about these inevitable and inheritable genetic traits!

How do I know if my child is gifted?

Have you always thought your gifted child is a genius? Read on to learn if your child is exceptionally gifted.

Paint Your Easter Pastel

If you’re the type that enjoys hosting, try these nifty Easter tips and turn your home into a pastel paradise! From flower arrangements to yummy, healthy drinks, you’ll find yourself painting everything pastel!

Quick Tips: Pedicures and Labor

There is no hard, scientific evidence proving that a pedicure -- or foot massage – will help induce labor if you've carried full term. Then again, why not try it?

Is it possible to get pregnant with PCOS?

Being overweight or obese can make it harder to get pregnant, sometimes due to a reproductive condition called polycystic ovary syndrome. But does PCOS make conception impossible?

Can you still get pregnant with an IUD?

As far as contraceptives go, intrauterine devices (IUDs) are generally the most effective method short of abstinence. But does highly effective mean fool-proof?

Can you get pregnant on the Depo shot?

When it comes to keeping track of your birth control, Depo-Provera -- administered via injection from your physician every 12 weeks -- seems to eliminate a lot of worry. But how effective is it?

Can you get pregnant after having gonorrhea?

Finding out you have gonorrhea and learning how to treat it can be challenging enough. But you also need to be aware of how this STI could affect your fertility.

Will certain sexual positions help raise my likelihood of conception?

Though the evidence is largely anecdotal, there are some simple steps you can take to improve your chances of getting pregnant, including a change in positions.

5 Tips for Getting Pregnant After 40

Whether you planned all along to have a baby after 40 or it just happened that way, it's no secret you could be facing an uphill battle. These five tips could come in handy.

Do thyroid problems make it harder to get pregnant?

The miracle of life brings joy to many expecting parents when they welcome a child into the world. But an improperly functioning thyroid gland could make conception a challenge.

Can a woman get pregnant during her period?

Pregnancy myths abound, but one of the most common is that it's impossible to get pregnant while on your period. Why is this idea so off-base, and what does the textbook 28-day cycle have to do with it?

How a Baby Experiences Labor and Delivery

The long, complicated process of labor and deliver is believed to be started by the baby. Learn what a baby experiences during labor and delivery.

Real Parents Offer You Their Best Advice

We asked parents to send us tips for new parents. Here are some of the best.

Books for Babies

The most important gift you can give your baby is to read aloud to him or her. See recommended books for babies by age to learn how to choose and use books with your little one.


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