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

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.

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.

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. Bertasius

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?

The Benefits of Breastfeeding...for Mothers

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in How We Do It
Breast-feeding benefits mothers, not just babies. It speeds recovery of the womb after birth. Later in life, risks of heart disease and breast and ovarian cancer are reduced.

Should We Focus on a Women’s Weight During Pregnancy?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on March 11, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
The irony of weight-focused care is that the more preoccupied we become with trying to control our weight, the more out-of-control it often becomes.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

Texas Bill Could Enable Doctors to Legally Lie to You

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Naked Truth
Although Texas Senate Bill 25 may seem to be about abortion and your right to sue your doctor—it is actually fundamentally about medical ethics and honesty.

Janet Jackson Gives Birth at 50: Two Older Mother Pluses

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Singletons
Waiting to have your babies? It can be difficult and expensive to have babies older, but new research reveals potential benefits.

Pregnancy Changes the Brain for the Better

By Lydia Denworth on January 31, 2017 in Brain Waves
Feeling forgetful in pregnancy? Your brain is changing, but in ways that will help in motherhood.

The Importance of Reducing Stress During Pregnancy

By Ann Diamond Weinstein Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in From the Beginning: The Prenatal Origins of the Parent-Child Relationship
How is prenatal stress affecting you and your developing baby? Simple stress reduction skills can make a difference.

Do You Have the Winter Blues?

Do you know this difference between seasonal affective disorder and major depression and how you can feel better?

Is There a "Right" Way to Birth a Child?

Discourses of childbirth are charged and contentious, ranging from "natural" to "medicalized." But what is an "ideal" birth and who has the moral authority to define it?

“Pro Choice?” “Pro Life” Except for Rape & Incest? Come On

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on December 11, 2016 in Patient Power
How can someone be "Pro Life" except in the case of rape and incest? And abortion is not really about "Choice." What role do medical facts play in an honest debate about abortion?

Older, Single, and Choosing to Be a Parent—Why Not?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Singletons
The number of single parents of all ages is growing. Is there a “correct” timeframe or blueprint for becoming a parent?

Exercise During Pregnancy May Benefit Kids' Long-Term Health

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Staying physically active during pregnancy may benefit the long-term health of a mother's offspring, according to new research on mice.

Children: Stairway to Heaven?

“The dirty little secret of parenthood ... is that those first 18 years of of parenting are the most difficult, most exhausting, least fulfilling years of anyone’s life."

Having the Conversation: Birth Control and LGB+ Teens

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on November 02, 2016 in Connected
How to talk to lesbian and bisexual teens about contraception.

Representing Young Mothers in Literature

By Ariel Gore on October 31, 2016 in Women and Happiness
When The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom was first published, I’d never seen myself—a young mom—represented in a graphic novel. The brilliant book broke ground...

Men Can Now Take Birth Control, Too

A new study confirms the efficacy of an injectable birth control method for men. But is it safe enough to bring to the market?