Getting ready for baby's arrival is a joyous time. It's so easy to get lost in the decorating and organizing, but it's also important to pack your labor and delivery bag with all the essentials that you, your new baby, and your partner will need during your stay at the hospital.
If you are pregnant for the first time, you may be interested to know what is considered to be a normal pregnancy, and see lots of photos of fetal development at the different stages right through to childbirth.
Wondering if you should try inducing labor with castor oil? Find out the facts —rather than the rumors—on whether it works, how it works, and what to watch out for.
Do you think you might be pregnant, but you want to be sure and it's too early to take a home urine test? Blood pregnancy tests can be taken just 6-8 days after ovulation.
Pregnancy tests that show a faint line create confusion. Is it a positive pregnancy result or not? This faint line on a home urine pregnancy test kit may be an evaporation line, which is a result of urine evaporating and drying out.
Learn how to write a birth plan with these sample birth plan templates. Discover what birthing options are available, and create a plan that meets your personal needs.
"When did I conceive? When did I ovulate?" Find out when you got pregnant by learning about ovulation, conception, and implantation during a woman's monthly cycle.
During the two week wait, it is difficult not to obsess over pregnancy symptoms—but which ones are real and which ones should we ignore?
What is the reason behind morning sickness? The extreme nausea felt in early pregnancy has a purpose: to protect the fragile, developing embryo from environmental toxins.
Dilation, effacement, engagement, Braxton-Hicks contractions: Are these signs you're about to give birth?
Can morning sickness be cured? Nope! But it can be managed. Here's advice from real moms who've survived morning sickness on all levels, sharing their wisdom to help get you to the other side of the not so joyous reality of pregnancy nausea.
How to create clever baby announcements that show the world how happy you are to have a brand new little person joining your family.
Am I pregnant? Learn about pregnancy symptoms and early pregnancy signs that you may be experiencing if you may be pregnant.
Finding out that your baby has no heartbeat is devastating and terrifying because you don't know what to expect. I hope I can prepare you for the journey ahead by sharing my story.
Hospitals have NICUs that range in level of expertise; it's important to understand what these mean when deciding where to give birth.
Can't wait to tell others that you're pregnant? Learn when to announce your pregnancy and how to tell your family and friends in creative ways.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, resulting in numbness and tingling in the fingers, and sometimes wrist pain, is a fairly common diagnosis during pregnancy. Discover easy relief strategies.
Bleeding isn't an uncommon occurrence during early pregnancy, but many women panic when they see those few drops of blood. Know when to worry about the status of your pregnancy and when not to stress.
Creating the perfect baby registry can be daunting. Here are my top ten baby items that are both necessary and incredibly useful.
What does a heated cigar, a bag of freezer-burned vegetables, and diving in a pool of water have in common? Turning a breech baby naturally, without medical intervention. This is a humor piece, not medical advice.
Whether you're planning a natural, unmedicated birth, or simply curious about the prospect of a natural birth, here's my firsthand account (in painful detail) of what it's like to give birth without an epidural.
Do you know when to have your next baby? Will there be enough space or too little space between your kids? Learn about spacing pregnancies and the ideal spacing between children.
Trying to decipher the differences between hyperemesis gravidarum and typical morning sickness? Here are the signs and symptoms of true HG.
Wondering if you could be pregnant? Even before a missed period, you can feel early signs of pregnancy, such as cramping, nausea, and spotting.
Is your pelvic pain during pregnancy more than just normal discomfort? You may have an undiagnosed condition which could lead to a permanent disability.
Prenatal vitamins can be taken before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn when to start taking prenatal vitamins, what prenatal vitamins do, and what their benefits are for your body.
Did you have unprotected sex and now you're worried that you might be pregnant? Here are some resources and information to help you wade through the worry.
Slow rising hCG levels may indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Normal pregnancies should demonstrate a hormone doubling time of 48-72 hours.
When pregnancy hits a woman, so do the stresses and worries of the future. Here's an article, all about those obsessions and a little humor to help you through it.
Learn about the possible pregnancy skin conditions such as stretch marks, acne, and rashes and safe remedies for them during pregnancy.
Humans have so much in common with the oceans, much more than we care to admit at times. Why not make a name reflect that?
When you're trying to conceive, there are a lot of symptoms that you might not know about. I've tried to cover the majority of pregnancy symptoms here. Good luck!
It is important to maintain a healthy diet during pregnancy. Learn how to eat well and what kinds of foods to eat when you are pregnant.
Choosing a name for your new baby is not always an easy task. Let's compare the most popular baby names of 2016 and those from 100 years earlier in 1916.
Chemical pregnancies (the term given to a very early miscarriage) are much more common than anyone realizes, yet much confusion surrounds the subject. Read on for clear answers to common questions.
Do you have a late period, but a negative pregnancy test result? What causes a false negative test? Here are the most common reasons for a negative test but no period explained.
Just cracked open your digital pregnancy test to find two blue lines? Wondering what other digital tests look like when opened? Here's how negative and positive digitals look on the inside.
Is there a higher risk of miscarriage for women with HIV? Read on to learn the risks of miscarriage for women with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
If you're looking for a first name that has something to do with the deserts of our planet, then this is the place for you.
What does it mean when the line doesn't get darker on a pregnancy test? Is it a faint positive line? Find out how to read pregnancy tests, even when there are faint lines, to tell whether or not you're pregnant.
This Hub gives moms and dads some ideas about what to avoid during Labor and Delivery, as well as alternative suggestions to consider.
You may find yourself trying some unconventional methods to help labor along out of a state of desperation. Eating rye bread? Not too scary. Chased by a rottweiler? Maybe you should pass on that one.
Some natural and effective methods to decrease the length of your labor so you can meet your little one faster!
I surprised my doctor with a diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes. Here is what is like for me to be diagnosed and then to live with this condition.
If you're in the third trimester of pregnancy, you'll want to begin packing and preparing your hospital bag for when you go into labor. Learn what to pack for you, your baby, and your spouse or partner.
Being pregnant is a time to take care of yourself. Everyone will tell you things to avoid and things to do. You will hear old wives tales, advice from your doctor, and what other mothers have experienced. One of the most important things is just to use common sense.
When will I go into labor? How can I make it start or progress faster? Learn about going into labor and how someone can help you with the progression of labor.
Nosebleeds (or epistaxis) during pregnancy, is experienced by approximately 20% of women. While it is typically not a cause for concern, there are a few warning signs you should watch for.
The most accurate pregnancy test is a quantitative blood test, ordered by your doctor. Home urine tests are increasingly sensitive to low levels of hCG, and some may detect pregnancy as early as six days before a missed menstrual cycle.
Are you trying to get pregnant after the Depo Provera shot? Find out more about the Depo Provera injections, the side effects of the Depo shot, and pregnancy after the Depo shot.
Runny nose? Chocolate suddenly tasting like chalk? Read on for some of the weirdest early symptoms of pregnancy.
The sixth week of pregnancy is an exciting one: The baby's umbilical cord starts to develop and the heart starts to beat! Many women have their first doctor's appointment at this stage of pregnancy.
Sometimes accidents happen. You have sex without protection and worry you might be pregnant. Here's a guide on how pregnancy happens with unprotected sex and what to do next.
Bible names are some of the oldest on our planet. I believe that is why a lot of people choose a name for their kids from such a book—to have a connection to something old, revered and powerful.
Building your own family is a huge step in one's life. Here's what I wish I would have done more before I got married and had kids.
Information on a Blighted ovum. Gestational sac with no baby. How it happens, why it happens and what to do about a miscarriage.
My ectopic pregnancy was devastating and scary. However, with the help of my obstetrician, I eventually became pregnant again. I am sharing my story to help other women keep the faith after an ectopic. I've also included a section with FAQs.
Do you know what foods to avoid when you are pregnant? What about medications, exercises, or drinks? Learn what you should avoid during pregnancy to keep you and your baby healthy.
Cramping during pregnancy can occur for a number of reasons. Knowing what these reasons are should help you to determine when to call your doctor and help empower you to make good decisions.
1st trimester bleeding is always scary, but not necessarily indicative of a miscarriage. There are several common causes of bleeding, most of which are harmless.
Learn about what the first trimester of pregnancy is like along with what you can expect the first few months of pregnancy.
These names are becoming trendy according to the United States Social Security Administration baby name statistics for 2017. The meaning for each baby boy and baby girl name is also provided.
If you think you may be pregnant, but you are not sure if it is too early to test, then check out this information. It should help you decide if it is too early to take a pregnancy test or not.
These are the symptoms you'll likely experience in the 38th week of pregnancy, and they are early signs that labor is fast approaching. Signs include not being able to sleep, hot flashes/night sweats, exhaustion, and a constant urge to poop.Learn what to do during labor and when to go to the doctor.
Are you pregnant and thinking about a cesarean delivery? Learn about c-sections and how you can prepare for a c-section birth.
Comprehensive list of baby names beginning with Z, including currently popular names, historically popular names, celebrity names and names from around the world. Z is an exotic trendy letter to start names with.
Are you going to be a new dad soon and need some advice? Here are some helpful pregnancy and birth tips for expectant fathers!
Information on how twins are conceived and the different types of twins from fraternal and identical to the more unusual types like heteropaternal, superfecundation, and polar body twins.
Highlighting the importance of allowing your baby to get their full blood supply when they are born, cutting down on a huge number of post birth complications.
Whether you call it a miscarriage or pre-term labor, it is still the loss of a child. It's hard to quantify a mother's pain. The loss of a child, whether an unborn baby, newborn, infant, toddler or older, signifies the loss of a dream and the loss of plans and a future with this individual.
When you're getting ready for your baby to arrive it's likely that your mind will become pretty cloudy. It can be easy to forget things you'll need when packing your hospital bag. I'm going to share the essential items you're not going to want to forget.
Bleeding or spotting in a pregnancy can be unnerving, but it's a common thing and, in most cases, not an indication of a miscarriage. What might be happening and where does the bleeding come from?
Creating your birth plan is a great way to help you prepare for and feel in control of your birthing experience. With a little planning, research, and flexibility you are sure to have a better labor and delivery experience.
Am I ready to have a baby? Do you have what it takes to become a parent? Take a look at some of these questions and honest responses before you consider pregnancy and having children.
Morning sickness typically occurs early in pregnancy and can become a serious health risk of the mother and baby aren't getting necessary nutrients. Natural methods are preferred for morning sickness.
Pregnancy fatigue is often one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Learn how to fight fatigue during pregnancy and keep your pregnant body feeling refreshed.
Is it coming out both ends and you're worried that your stomach bug could hurt your baby? Fear not. Here's how I survived the stomach flu at six months pregnant.
How to chart your basal body temperature and determine when ovulation occurred. Plus some definitions associated with basal body temperature (BBT) charting, and where to chart online.
Pregnancy is accompanied by many new feelings, pains, and changes, which include a lot of strange things happening down below. It can be scary to have bleeding or strange discharge during pregnancy, but most of the time this is completely normal.
Are you suffering from constipation during pregnancy and looking for relief? Learn the causes, remedies, and treatments of pregnancy constipation.
Does an epidural stop all of the pain? Does it hurt to get an epidural? Read on to find out my experience of what it really feels like to get an epidural—labor to recovery.
Spotting in pregnancy occurs in up to 1/3 of all pregnant women. What is normal,and what implies a problem with the pregnancy? Does spotting mean a miscarriage will occur? Questions and answers about bleeding in early pregnancy.
Are there any safe medications for morning sickness during pregnancy? Learn about the condition, common remedies, and what medications you can take to relieve the symptoms.
If you're trying to conceive, no doubt you're excited about the possibility of being pregnant, and every sensation you have could be implantation or a symptom of early pregnancy.
Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding? Is breastfeeding a reliable form of birth control? What are the signs of pregnancy while breastfeeding? Find out what to look for in this article.
Of all the things that pregnant women worry about, needing surgery is one that most don't face. But, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the risks of anesthesia and surgery on pregnant women. Get the facts here from a board-certified doctor. Of course, there are risks, but it probably isn't as dangerous as you imagine.
I have pregnancy symptoms, but I'm not pregnant. Why did my test come out negative? Could it be a phantom pregnancy or some other illness that mimics pregnancy?
Ovulation takes place 10-14 days before your next period. You can subtract the length of your cycle by 10-14 to find out what day you will ovulate in your next cycle. In a 30-day cycle, you will ovulate 16 days after your period starts (30-14=16).
Pregnancy is a time of joy for most women, but it can also be filled with concern and anxiety over aches and pains. Learn which pains are perfectly normal and which are more concerning.
Why and when does your water break when you are pregnant? Will you be embarrassed by a big spill at the grocery store? What do PROM and PPROM mean?
More intense round ligament pain is common in second pregnancies. Find out what else can be different between pregnancies one and two.
Have you recently found out you're pregnant, and you have to work the night shift? Don't fret! Here are some tips to help you and your baby survive and thrive, by someone with real life experience.
Deciding to have a child late in life can be difficult. I will discuss the chances of getting pregnant at 44. I did succeed myself, but this was after lots of investigation and research.
Am I pregnant? How early can I take a pregnancy test? When can I take a pregnancy test? Find out about pregnancy tests and the best time to take one if you are trying to have a baby.
How soon can you tell if you are pregnant? This guide to the 13 earliest signs and symptoms of pregnancy will help you know for sure (include videos).
Implantation bleeding or spotting occurs in early pregnancy. What is it and how long does it last? Several women's health specialists discuss which symptoms are normal and which ones are not.
Looking for names for your baby boy? Love the sound of two-syllable names? Here are some ideas for you. Included is a list from A - Z, a list of stars with these types of names, a list of the most popular ones, a list of biblical one and a list of fictional characters.