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

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.
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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?

Losing a Pregnancy Only to Lose One Again

Recurrent pregnancy loss is an isolating and traumatic experience for many.
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What We Don't Know about Egg Donation

Egg donation sounds like a good money-maker, but are dangers lurking?

Do Men Have A Biological Clock?

Doctors Find That Men May Have a Biological Clock too

Welcoming a New Baby Into the Family

By Tovah P Klein Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in Our Thriving Children
Welcoming a new baby to the family is a joyous occasion. It can also be fraught with trepidation and worry.

The Importance of Reducing Stress During Pregnancy: Part II

By Ann Diamond Weinstein Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in From the Beginning
Are you concerned about how stress affects parents-to-be and their developing babies? Stress reduction skills support health in the preconception, prenatal and postnatal periods.

I Am Upset That My 14-Year-Old Is Sexually Active

How to handle your young teen and sexuality.

Twins With Two Daddies

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in How We Do It
Paternity suits triggered by strikingly different fraternal twins have revealed bizarre cases with two different fathers. Split paternity is the visible tip of a sizeable iceberg.

For New Dads - Keys To A Great Experience

What do new fathers need? A review of survey findings and pragmatic tips about how to avoid common mistakes and make the most of your first years as a father.

The Loss of a Child

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Towards Recovery
There is no greater grief, than when a parent losses a child.
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Pregnancy Blues

Pregnancy Blues. Feeling sad during pregnancy may require some attention. By Vanessa Babineau.

The Rising Tide of Caesarean Births

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in How We Do It
C-sections have been multiplying out of control worldwide. Evidence for side-effects has mounted in tandem, but in the USA at least it seems that the tide may have turned.

Pregnancy Causes Changes in Brain Structure

Specific brain regions change in volume when a woman becomes pregnant. These areas are associated with skills that may help a mother better understand the needs of her baby.
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Steal From the Poor, Give to the Rich

The American Health Care Act is a health-care emergency.

Sexuality During and After Pregnancy

Expecting a baby? Research shows what changes you can expect with sex and intimacy.

Going, Going, Gone? Human Sperm Counts Are Plunging

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in How We Do It
Accumulated evidence confirms that human sperm counts have fallen markedly in industrialized countries since the 1930s. Male fertility and reproductive health are threatened.

Are the Hormones of Couples in Sync?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Home Base
Couples can get under each others' skin, literally. Partners appear to synchronize their stress and reproductive hormone levels over time.
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What Is Your Teen Hearing About Sex and Pregnancy?

By Guest Blogger on April 14, 2017 in The Guest Room
Families describe a complicated social world filled with strict rules, inconsistencies, silence, gossip, control by adults, and pushback from teens.
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Why Abstinence Pledges Don't Work

Research suggests that abstinence or "purity" pledges increase the odds of risky sex among adolescent girls, precisely the opposite of what they were intended to do.

What Is the Future of Genetic Testing?

Anxious about the onslaught of genetic tests? A new book weeds through the morass.

Teen Pregnancies Fall But School Sex Ed Doesn’t Work. Huh?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 15, 2017 in All About Sex
The number of teen pregnancies has plummeted by more than half in a generation. But a new analysis shows that school-based sex education classes don't work. How is this possible?