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

The Incredible Healing Modality You've Never Heard Of

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Foot zoning looks a lot like acupressure but is not at all the same. Foot zoning, practitioners claim, brings a person back into balance.

More on the Pregnant Cancer Patient: To Terminate or No

The decision to terminate or not is the sole property of the mother, but with steady leadership of her oncologist. Personal moral codes juxtaposed to survival instincts are at play

Protecting Our Next Generation

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on July 03, 2016 in Fertility Factor
If we wish for the next generation to be better protected from the trauma of infertility, education is needed.

How Sex Changes During Pregnancy, Nursing, and Parenthood

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 01, 2016 in All About Sex
Pregnancy, nursing, and parenthood have sexual impacts few expectant parents appreciate.

Cortisol and PTSD, Part 3

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Yehuda about cortisol, intergenerational transmission of stress, and the future of PTSD treatment and research. Here is part 3 of our interview.

Postpartum Depression Underdiagnosed in Men

New research sheds light on men's experience with postpartum depression

6 Benefits for Children of “Older Mothers”

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Singletons
Much is said about the benefits—and drawbacks—of women waiting to have babies, but what are the potential pluses for the children of older mothers?

Erotic Lactation

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in In Excess
Lactophilia is a sexual paraphilia where individuals (typically male) derive sexual pleasure from watching women lactate. But what do we know about this sexual behaviour?

Pregnancy and Concurrent Maternal Cancer

There are sometimes difficult decisions to be made when a pregnant woman develops cancer and conversely when a woman under cancer treatment becomes pregnant.

The Forking Paths of Children and No Children

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 13, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Can an eating disorder, even years after recovery, carry on affecting how we think about the possibility of having children? If so, how? Can we ever really tell?

Mid 21st Century Birthers

By 2050 more than 50% of pregnancies in the US may well start in laboratories rather than in bedrooms or the back seats of cars. A new book addresses the implications.

Making New Parenthood a Group Responsibility

The struggles a new mom faces should not be hers alone to bear or be supported through. How to make the transition to parenthood a collective responsibility.

Parenting From Behind Bars

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Home Base
A staggering number of children have parents in prison - and they're six times more likely to end up in jail themselves. How can we help?

Mental Health and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful but often overwhelming time, particularly for women with underlying mental health issues. How can expectant mothers safely address mental health issues?

The Baby Effect: Are You Ready?

Some couples survive the transition to parenthood better than others. Here's what the research says about first-time parents.

Black Women and Postpartum Depression

Black women face a formidable stereotype when it comes to mental health: the myth of the black "superwoman." Here's how to break through it and feel better.

No Birth Control? Then No Alcohol

How responsible is a woman who consumes alcohol not knowing she’s pregnant?

Summertime Sex and Springtime Babies

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in How We Do It
Human populations have regular year-round birth patterns. Births typically peak in spring in the north but 6 months later in the south, hinting at control by an internal clock.

Born Late: The Trouble With Due Dates

By Joshua Gowin Ph.D. on April 18, 2016 in You, Illuminated
Waiting for a baby to be born can be an anxious experience. A classic psychology study explains part of the reason why, and offers clues to ease your worries.

Beating the Biological Clock with Eggs in the Freezer

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on April 11, 2016 in How We Do It
A widespread tendency to delay pregnancy clashes with reduced fertility and increased risks later in life. Will deep-freezing eggs of young women for later use solve the problems?

Studies Link Abortion & Crime: Good or Bad For Donald Trump?

The study... found that, on average across Europe, an increase of 1% in the accumulation of abortions leads to a decrease of 0.18% in theft and 0.3% in the homicide rate.

Why Novels About Infertility's Darkness Are Hitting a Nerve

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on April 01, 2016 in On Call
Even if infertility is not currently a presence in one’s life, the fear of it often is. No wonder novels like The Girl On The Train resonate so strongly.

The Gene No Family Wants to Sing About: Huntington's Disease

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on March 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Woody Guthrie died of the terrible genetic disorder Huntington’s Disease when little was known about it.Today fertilization technology can save the children of HD gene carriers.
Unassisted Childbirth,Laura Shanley used with permission

DIY Deliveries: Courageous or Crazy?

Is delivering your own baby really safer or just an extreme way to show growing distrust of doctors?

Women Who Want a Son are More Attracted to Dominant Men

And predicting the sex of your child: do women who prefer a certain type of man think they're more likely to give birth to boys or girls?

The Booby Blues

By Colleen Long Psy.D. on March 08, 2016 in The Happiness Rx
Little is known about post weaning depression, but countless experience it. This article was written to help them know they needn't suffer in silence.

What Dogs Can Tell Us About Sex and Conception

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on March 03, 2016 in How We Do It
Sperm survival in the womb for 10 days or more rules out the standard model of human conception.
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What Postpartum Depression Feels Like

Postpartum depression and other mood disorders can have surprising symptoms you might not expect. Real women share what it actually felt like.
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The Heartbreaking Phenomenon of False Pregnancy

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on February 25, 2016 in On Call
Why do some women develop the symptoms of pregnancy despite not having conceived, and what is the best way to help them?

Pregnancy Brain: The Expectant Mom's Guide, Part 2

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on February 24, 2016 in Brain Babble
Part 2 of a two-part series on the crazy neuroscience of pregnancy. What causes clumsiness, food cravings, and moodiness?