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

9 Compassionate Tips for Surviving the Death of Your Baby

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. The death of a baby can bring profound grief. Here are some words of comfort and wisdom to carry parents through their mourning.

A Man’s ABCs of Miscarriage

Miscarriage is a real and painful loss for the father-to-be as well.

Medical Marijuana and Pregnancy

By Ira J. Chasnoff M.D. on October 15, 2016 in Aristotle's Child
Should a doctor do a pregnancy test before prescribing marijuana to a woman of childbearing age?
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It's Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month: How to Help Others

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on October 14, 2016 in On Call
Mark Zuckerberg gave us clues about the psychological toll of pregnancy loss. Here's more information about how to help others.

Antidepressants Are Safe During Pregnancy

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 14, 2016 in Open Gently
It's okay to take antidepressants while pregnant—and essential if you are severely depressed.

Are Antidepressants Dangerous in Breast Milk?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 14, 2016 in Open Gently
Don't leave depression untreated while breastfeeding. Babies fed milk from depessed mothers gain less weight, but not if she takes an anti-depressant.
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Why Pregnant Women Have Bizarre Bad Dreams

By Michelle Carr on October 13, 2016 in Dream Factory
Pregnant women report 2.5 times more bad dreams than non-pregnant women, and 80% of new mothers report their dreams to be particularly vivid and detailed during pregnancy.

Why Parents Insist on Giving Their Babies Unusual Names

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Our Changing Culture
What's going on with baby names? Blame Millennials and their need for uniqueness.
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Infertility and Miscarriage: Emerging From the Shadows

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on September 21, 2016 in On Call
Open, compassionate discussion of reproductive failure is necessary in order to combat the social stigma that surrounds it.

Birth Is Just One Day, Parenting Lasts a Lifetime

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Home Base
Most prenatal classes focus on preparing for birth - but ignore what happens after the baby comes. Without postpartum prep, the transition to parenthood can be rocky.

Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 1

By Shaili Jain M.D. on August 31, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

Perinatal Difficulties

Perinatal anxiety and depression: Time to bring it out of the shadows.

Even if IVF Doesn't Work for You, Couples Can Still Conceive

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on August 13, 2016 in Fertility Factor
Researchers have found that even after couples do not succeed with IVF, they can still conceive spontaneously after they complete all the treatment they plan to undergo.

How to Look for a Job When You’re Pregnant

Launching a job search while your pregnant can present challenges. But by having a proactive strategy in place, you can overcome many obstacles ...and stay empowered.

To the Rescue: The Saddest Toilet in the World

When it comes to toilet training it’s all about control versus lack of control. (Perhaps for the parents as well as the child.)

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.