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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Babies get the hiccups relatively frequently. Learn what to do if newborns get the hiccups in this article.

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There are no breaks in the action when you're pregnant. It's week after week of miracles and heartburn. Week 18 is no exception. What's going on inside you?

By Julia Layton

By 19 weeks, you're probably starting to truly feel pregnant. It'll get worse before it gets better, but don't worry: As soon as you feel those tiny kicks, you'll forget it all.

By Julia Layton

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You're rounding third on month four, and with just 25 waist-expanding weeks until the moment you've been waiting for, you might be feeling better than you have in some time. What should you expect in week 15?

By Julia Layton

Your pregnancy "morning sickness" (or all-day sickness) is wearing you out. But take heart -- there are some many natural remedies you can try to help you feel like yourself again.

By Laurie L. Dove

People ask pregnant women a lot of questions. What names are you considering? When are you due? Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? Are you going to use a midwife or a doula -- or both -- and just what's the difference, anyway?

By Molly Edmonds

To minimize electromagnetic radiation exposure, limit cell phone usage. To reduce dangers from predators, teach your children not to communicate with strangers. Learn about cell phone safety tips for kids from this article.

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It’s important for children to know how to use electrical appliances safely and when to avoid them. Learn more about electricity safety tips for kids from this article.

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It’s important to teach children gun safety rules to prevent accidents. Learn more about some gun safety tips for kids from this article.

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You should teach children that although the Internet has a wealth of information and can be used to foster social connections, it’s not a private place and can be abused. Learn more about some Internet safety tips for kids from this article.

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Teen birthrates are at a record low in the United States, although there is disagreement as to why. Learn about the teenage birthrate in this article.

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Not wanting to be a single parent is one of the reasons women choose to have an abortion. Learn how many women who have abortions are single parents from this article.

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While some people have found their match via online dating sites for single parents, it's not automatic! Learn whether there any good dating sites for single parents in this article.

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The day comes when you take a drive without a pit stop and get through a day without getting sick. Hopefully first-trimester symptoms are starting to ease up in week 12, leaving plenty of room for a new set of sensory experiences.

By Julia Layton

In week 13, pregnancy is probably starting to be a whole lot more fun. Lots of women find the middle months to be the easiest, with fewer unpleasant symptoms and new reasons to be excited. So what should you expect in this banner week of pregnancy?

By Julia Layton

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By Week 10, if you were to look closely at your baby, you'd notice she doesn't look like a tadpole anymore. Her embryonic tail, at the bottom of the spinal cord, has disappeared and her rapidly developing spinal nerves have become visible. What else can you see?

By Laurie L. Dove

Hopefully your morning sickness has started to subside and your energy level has increased. You might even be starting to see that "pregnancy glow." But you will be experiencing some new changes ahead. Let's take a look.

By Laurie L. Dove

Like "one-week pregnant," two weeks along exists only in retrospect. That doesn't mean the second week of pregnancy doesn't matter, though. There's no baby yet, but there's a lot of preparation going on.

By Julia Layton

You've read all the pregnancy books from cover to cover but there are certain things you'll only know once you join the "Mother's Club." We'll let you in on a few secrets ahead of time.

By Laurie L. Dove

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When you were pregnant, you probably had more advice from friends, family and even strangers than you ever wanted. But we bet not a lot of people are telling you about the trials and tribulations your body will endure after you deliver.

By Sara Elliott

Trying to conceive a baby combines a little bit of science and a little bit of luck. And knowing when fertility is greatest will help you and your partner know the best time to attempt conception. But when is that?

By Jennifer Sellers

More than 4 million babies are born in the U.S. every year, and if you're hoping to conceive, it may seem as if everyone you know is expecting … except you. If you're considering fertility testing, did you know that you can now test at home?

By Maria Trimarchi

We know that vitamins are essential for keeping our bodies working properly, but can taking certain vitamins actually increase the chances of getting pregnant? What vitamins increase fertility?

By Caitlin Uttley

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Life isn't fair. Some women who want to stay childless get pregnant from one instance of a missed pill, while others who want to conceive have no luck after years of trying. Why the disparity? Here, we'll examine five common causes of infertility.

By Katie Lambert

For women, finding the most fertile time of the month can be a challenge. Yet knowing how to determine this window can help couples plan their attempts to conceive. Many will turn to an ovulation test, but how do you use them?

By Marianne Spoon