All About Pregnancy

About four million women will give birth in the U.S. this year. Pregnancy and its attendant hormonal changes have varying effects on moms-to-be and their mental health. And a wave of research on the importance of the fetal environment shows its long term impact on physical and psychological development.

Recent posts on Pregnancy

No Time for Sleep

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in The Pregnant Pause
With a countdown of less than 9 months (depending on when pregnancy is detected!), many pregnant women give sleep a low priority, thinking that they’ll catch up while they’re “off”

Speaking Out on Fertility

Uncovering the reasons why so many stay silent about fertility and the benefits of discussing your reproductive health.

#BellLetsTalk: What Keeps Pregnant Women from Talking

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in The Pregnant Pause
She wanted to tell someone. Anyone. But telling came at a big price. The should have’s. The should do’s. The you should not’s. And she just couldn’t face it.

Absence of Symptoms Doesn’t Always Mean “Good” Mental Health

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on January 29, 2018 in The Pregnant Pause
You may be surprised that our research shows that as many as 30% to 40% of pregnant women have “sub-clinical” symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The Most Common Problem in Pregnancy is Not What You Think

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on January 22, 2018 in The Pregnant Pause
25% of pregnant women suffered from mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder.

Hypnosis for Infertility

By Helen Adrienne L.C.S.W. on January 03, 2018 in On Fertile Ground
Hypnotic treatment for infertility can be a powerful part of the miracle because it occurs in the place where your mind and body meet. Read 12 facts to debunk myths about hypnosis.

Iceland "Cures" Down Syndrome: Should America Do the Same?

When--and how--should society decide who should--and should not be born"

Holiday Survival Guide for New and Expectant Parents

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on December 22, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Family gatherings can be especially challenging for new and expectant parents. It's possible to navigate those emotional minefields with your sanity intact.

Fake Sex Hormones: Chemicals Damage Health and Reproduction

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in How We Do It
DDT and DES were just the beginning of a series of environmental chemicals that act as fake hormones, seriously disrupting our health and reproduction.

Advantages of E-Therapy Over Conventional Therapy

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
The research is growing for the effectiveness of online psychotherapy. Not only is it as effective as conventional, face-to-face therapy, it can be more affordable and accessible.

9 Tips for Getting Better Sleep While Pregnant

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
One of the biggest challenges in pregnancy is getting a good night's sleep. Getting solid rest is one of the best strategies to protect mother and baby.

Why Women Can't Afford to Overlook Sleep Apnea

90 percent of women with sleep apnea go undiagnosed. A new toolkit from the Society for Women's Health Research aims to help women and doctors recognize this sleep disorder.

Feeling Bad?

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on December 01, 2017 in Rethinking Normal
Positive and negative emotions — we all have them. Here's why.

Pregnant Women Struggle with Managing Psychiatric Medication

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Mentally ill pregnant women encounter inadequate information and stigma.

Your Most Powerful Tool Against Postpartum Depression

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Getting enough sleep during pregnancy may be your most powerful tool in warding off postpartum depression.

When Thanksgiving Comes with a Helping of Social Anxiety

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Holidays can be especially challenging for pregnant women who have social anxiety. Here are seven tips that can help.

Pets and the Pregnant Woman

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Is an animal companion an asset or a liability for an expectant couple?

Five Ways Becoming a Parent May Decrease Your Anxiety

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in In Practice
Parenthood won't necessarily make your anxiety worse. It's possible that becoming a mother or father may decrease your anxiety. Here are five ways this can happen.

Is a Pregnant Woman’s Anxiety Disorder a Risk for Her Baby?

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on November 01, 2017 in Brainstorm
New research challenges links between anxiety disorders in women and complications of pregnancy.

Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust VIII: Parenthood? Not Sure?

The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust series explores the impact of early relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood. VIII discusses the decision to parent or not.

Yom Kippur: When the Baby Was Not Inscribed in Book of Life

By Carrie Goldman on September 29, 2017 in Modern Day Parenting
How does a Jewish parent observe Yom Kippur after her baby is not inscribed in the Book of Life?

Got Milk Alternatives? Get More Iodine!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 29, 2017 in Cravings
If you stopped drinking dairy milk, you may be missing out on a nutrient that is essential for brain development.

A Sperm’s Obstacle Course to the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in How We Do It
If too many sperms surround the egg, catastrophic fertilization by more than one may occur. A woman’s reproductive tract is adapted to tightly constrain sperm numbers near the egg.

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed: Harmful? Unethical?

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Stress and Sex
A major professional society calls abstinence-only sex ed harmful and unethical. The UN backs comprehensive sex ed, and the WHO defines sexual health as including pleasure.

Promoting Healthy Babies

By Mary Jane Minkin M.D. on August 23, 2017 in The Healthy Woman
By early pregnancy confirmation and implementing behavior and lifestyle changes.

Is Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy Harmful?

Recent research demonstrates significant changes in the brains of developing fetuses as a result of marijuana exposure during pregnancy.

Why Too Many Sperms Spoil the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How We Do It
Men can produce too many sperms as well as too few. Excessive sperm numbers around an egg can result in multiple fertilization, abnormal chromosome numbers, and miscarriage.

Twins and More: Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in How We Do It
Multiple pregnancies bring more bundles of joy, but premature birth is more common. Delayed motherhood and fertility treatments are boosting the frequency of multiple births.
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The Payoffs of Snooping

The birth of the forceps offers insight into a weird chapter in medical history.

Sex During Late Pregnancy: A Risk of Premature Delivery?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 14, 2017 in All About Sex
Does sex during late pregnancy pose a risk of premature delivery? Most studies say no, but a few say yes. What should expectant parents do?