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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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.

A Mother's Story of Premature Delivery

The following are excerpts from Jane Clayson's diary that she kept when her son, William, was born at 27 weeks gestation. Learn about premature labor and more with her story.

Top 10 Causes of Low Birth Weight Babies

There are many causes for low birth weight babies. Here are the top 10 causes for low birth weight babies.

Top 10 Radical Parenting Methods

Parenting is a tough job but a lot of people are doing it. Learn more about the different radical parenting methods in this article.

Top 10 Things No One Tells You About Labor and Delivery

We talked to women who've been there to find out what they wish someone had told them before they went into labor. Read on to see their top 10 labor and delivery secrets!

Child Development Timeline

Learn about the various physical, cognitive, emotional and social developmental changes and milestones to be expected during the first year of life.

Varicocele and Male Fertility

For most men, talking about their own health is usually something that's avoided. But varicocele -- a condition like varicose veins in the legs, that affects the blood flow to the testicles -- isn't something you'd want to ignore.

Ovarian Cysts and Fertility

For a woman getting a routine checkup from her gynecologist, the news that she has an ovarian cyst could be quite troubling. Do you know how it can affect your fertility?

How does maca root help fertility?

Peruvians have eaten maca root for thousands of years, and it's earned a reputation as an aphrodisiac. But can it boost your fertility?

Hormone Imbalances and Infertility

When getting pregnant is your goal, it can be extremely frustrating to discover your body is actually working against you. How can imbalanced hormones thwart your attempts, and what can you do to treat the problem?

Does diabetes affect fertility?

There was a time when women with diabetes were strongly advised to avoid getting pregnant, though caregivers no longer give that direction. But how does diabetes affect fertility?

How do fibroids affect fertility?

Uterine fibroids are extremely common, affecting 20 to 40 percent of women over the age of 35. Can these often benign growths alter your chances of getting pregnant?

Does chlamydia affect fertility?

Herpes and HPV may get the headlines, but chlamydia ranks as the most common STD in the U.S. A lot of people with chlamydia never experience symptoms, but it's anything but harmless.

Can women with HPV get pregnant?

HPV, or the human papillomavirus, can cause precancerous cells in the cervix, among other complications. But how does having it affect your chances of getting pregnant?

Can too much exercise hurt our chances of conceiving?

It's well-documented that a sedentary lifestyle can have negative effects on your health. But can too much exercise harm your fertility?

Abnormal Menstrual Cycles and Fertility

A woman's menstrual cycle is much more complex than you might think. And with so many steps, there are opportunities for mishaps -- and the possibility of infertility.

5 Fertility Myths Debunked

For a couple trying to get pregnant, there's an endless list of do's and don'ts provided by doctors, family and friends. And it can be overwhelming. Here are five fertility myths, busted.

What are the effects of cancer on fertility?

Cancer has the potential to impact the fertility of men and women, and in many cases, the treatment itself presents a greater threat. But, advances have given patients more options.

Does Tramadol keep you from getting pregnant?

Prescription pain medication can make daily life a lot more tolerable for people suffering from chronic conditions. But could they also rob you of your ability to conceive?

Progesterone Cream and Fertility

It's no secret that hormones play a major role in both the female and male reproductive systems. But why is progesterone called the hormone of pregnancy?

Do fertility cleanses really work?

When a couple is trying to conceive, the last thing they may expect is a lengthy process. If infertility has become a roadblock, could a fertility cleanse be just what the doctor ordered?

Can ingesting too much dairy affect your fertility?

Milk, the slogan says, does a body good. But when it comes to your fertility, can there be too much of a good thing?

How can yoga increase fertility?

It's no secret that practicing yoga helps improve your balance, flexibility and strength. But it may also increase your chance of conceiving.

Adenomyosis and Fertility

Adenomyosis is a structural gynecological disorder -- it affects the endometrial cells in the lining of the uterus and the muscular layer of the uterine wall. Does it contribute to difficulty conceiving?

Does Metformin make you more fertile?

Metformin was developed in the 1950s as a treatment for diabetes, but doctors have now found a new use for the drug. Can it make you more fertile?

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