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.
Be efficient and pack light for your hospital birth with this checklist perfect for the minimalist mama to be.
When you come to the end of your rope, you’ll try anything, far-fetched or not. For the sake of relevancy, I’ll start with the most reasonable and proven methods, and move to the more obscure and questionable.
This is my account of my IVF experience. It's a mix of awful and amazing, and an experience I'm glad I did! Hopefully it will help raise awareness of what could go wrong.
Get ready for baby - 39 weeks of pregnancy is the last week until your official due date. Your baby is full-term and gaining weight, while you become more uncomfortable!
Learn about what the first trimester of pregnancy is like along with what you can expect the first few months of pregnancy.
Pregnancy contractions occur all throughout pregnancy. The big question is: How do you know if it's a real contraction or just Braxton Hicks? There are definite differences between real labor contractions and Braxton Hicks practice contractions during pregnancy. Learn how each kind of contraction feels and when to know when you may be in real labor.
In the US approximately 25% of babies receive formula within 2 days of being born, around 37% are supplemented with formula before 3 months, and between 42% and 44% are fed formula by 6 months of age (18) Here we will discuss the possible dangers of this trend but also how to feed babies the best formulas in the safest way possible.
Pregnancy is accompanied by many new feelings, pains and changes, not the least of which includes 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...
Having the mask of pregnancy is not fun. It's hard to get rid of and can make you insecure while you have it. Here are a few ways to fight dark spots during 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.
Food is not enough. Research shows that a reduced risk of babies born with NTDs was only found in women who took a supplement of folic acid combined with a diet high in folate.
Implantation bleeding, or spotting, occurs in early pregnancy. What is it, how long does it last and what can you learn from it? Find out.
This Hub gives moms and dads some ideas about what to avoid during Labor and Delivery, as well as alternative suggestions to consider.
What will you need after giving birth? Save yourself some time before baby arrives and snag these items for comfort and sanity.
The third trimester of pregnancy is a whole new ball game in pregnant. There are some similarities to the first and second trimester, though most of them are amplified in comparison. In this hub, I want to go over some of the less talked about...
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.
Whether you're planning a natural, unmedicated birth, or just feel curious, I explain in painful detail what it's like to give birth without an epidural.
After suffering 2 miscarriages in a row after the birth of my first child, here I document my journey to a rainbow baby. I hope my story offers some encouragement to others.
Whether you are still breastfeeding or have stopped, it's never too early or late to restore your breasts to their pre-pregnancy beauty: Detailed exercise, diet, and posture tips.
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.
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.
Wondering if you could be pregnant? There are a few signs that can happen very early in pregnancy, even before a missed period.
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.
Getting close to your due date? Getting nervous about childbirth? How's a mom-to-be know when she's going into labor or not? Check out this article to find out some of the symptoms that will let you know that you're close to labor and that you're in labor. Also learn the three stages of labor and start getting yourself prepared!
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.
Worried about early pregnancy? Are your ribs feeling especially sore? These concerns and many others will be addressed in this article.
Unfortunately, what everyone failed to say was that you are going to forget the small changes that happen during pregnancy. This article will teach you how to make a pregnancy journal or notebook.
Parents think long and hard about finding a good name for their baby whether it is their first baby or not. Names that have been popular in years past are not being used this year.
Wondering if you should try castor oil to induce labor? Find out the facts rather than the rumors on whether it works, how it works, and what to watch out for.
Are you pregnant and thinking about a cesarean delivery? Learn about c-sections and how you can prepare for a c-section birth.
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.
This page includes stories about women's spiritual dreams that indicated the gender of their unborn baby
Evap line. Pregnancy test with this line creates confusion. Is it a positive pregnancy result or not? This faint line on a home urine pregnancy test kit is created when urine in the test area evaporat
Finding out I had a MTHFR mutation saved the life of my son. Knowing sooner would have saved my preemie son and daughter. Can you afford to not know about this common gene mutation?
Learn about gestational diabetes in pregnancy, including symptoms, testing, and treatment. Included are resources for what to eat, how to exercise, and how to avoid gestational diabetes.
Interested in giving birth at home, but do you want the safety net of medical equipment and experienced providers? Learn more about the guiding principles of birth centers.
Getting pregnant after a miscarriage can be very frustrating as you wait for your body to return to normal. For some people ovulation happens straight away but for others it takes a little longer.
Are you going to be a new dad soon and need some advice? Here are some helpful pregnancy and birth tips for expectant fathers!
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.
"When will I go into labor? How can I make labor start? How can I make my labor progress faster?" Learn about going into labor and how someone can help you with the progression of labor.
You are pregnant and you're past your due date. You don't want to have your doctor medically induce labor because you're not quite convinced that's good for the baby. Enough time might not even have passed since your expected delivery date for a...
Most woman assume immediately after having a baby they will feel like their old selves. The truth is it can take weeks, even months to recover from labor and delivery.
Many fertility issues can be caused by stress. These yoga poses relieve that stress and can be incredibly beneficial for your reproductive organs.
A list of pregnancy tests that are the most sensitive, whether to use a blue dye or pink dye test, whether or not digital tests are less sensitive, and all about early pregnancy testing.
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.
What is the best birthing position to be in labour? How can you bring on you labour or even speed it up? Years ago women were told to deliver on the bed in the hospital, this is no longer the case as more and more women are becoming more active with their labour and delivery and many are delivering in the comfort of their on homes or on a midwife led unit. Here are a few good tips on how to be really active leading up to your labour and whilst you are in labour.
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.
In this article, I will explain my experience through pregnancy and childbirth. I'll touch on the ups and downs and hopefully give you some insight. Just remember, every pregnancy is different.
If you and your partner are trying to conceive a child, do not underestimate the influence that getting a good night's sleep can have on both of your fertility levels.
I find it interesting the amount of things they never tell you about pregnancy, until you end up in a situation where you need to know. Of course, it's nearly impossible to expect a guide that covers first, second, third or fourth pregnancies and...
Am I Pregnant? Learn about pregnancy symptoms and early pregnancy signs that you may be experiencing if you may be pregnant.
Deciding to have a child late in life can be difficult. I will discuss what the chances are of getting pregnant at 44. I did succeed myself, but this was after lots of investigation and research.
This article is focused on the first trimester of pregnancy. It discusses common pregnancy symptoms. And gives a week by week description on what your baby is doing inside the womb.
Slow rising hCG levels may indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Normal pregnancies should demonstrate a hormone doubling time of 48-72 hours.
Evening primrose oil has some very special medicinal properties, including weight loss, and lowered cholesterol and blood pressure.
A festive month full of celebrations ranging from Christmas to Kwanzaa, December is a wonderful source of baby name inspiration for boys and girls.
Found out you’re expecting? Make sure you don’t just plan the obvious in the months leading up to the arrival of your new child.
Learn about the possible pregnancy skin conditions such as stretch marks, acne, and rashes and safe remedies for them during pregnancy.
Are you aware of the spiritual signs and symbols that almost daily appear in our lives? Many women notice even more spiritual signs during pregnancy. Maybe you've even experienced one or more yourself
Breast tenderness is one of the most common signs of early pregnancy. Breasts (including nipples) may become sensitive. There are, however, ways to alleviate discomfort.
Learn symptoms you may see during your first month of pregnancy, such as spotting, mood swings, and fatigue.
Being pregnant is not easy and no pregnant woman wants to add getting sick to that list of struggles. Suffering from strep throat while pregnant is the last thing she needs, but here's how to recover.
Have you had any spiritual pregnancy experiences? Dreams? Spiritual Signs? Intuition? Visions? This page is about the spiritual experiences many women report having during pregnancy.
Some natural and effective methods to decrease the length of your labor so you can meet your little one faster!
Home pregnancy tests are a quick and convenient way to learn whether or not you're pregnant—but how reliable are they? Learn how home pregnancy tests work and what the results actually mean.
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.
"When did I conceive? When did I ovulate?" Find out how to find out when you got pregnant by learning about ovulation, conception, and implantation during a woman's monthly cycle.
In pregnancy, you may start feeling aches and pains in places you forgot you had. Have your ribs started hurting, too? Read on to discover the cause and cure for rib pain during pregnancy.
Are you suffering from constipation during pregnancy and looking for relief? Learn the causes, remedies, and treatments of pregnancy constipation.
Ten early symptoms of pregnancy that you can look for during your two-week wait before you next expected period.
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.
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.
How can dogs know that you're pregnant (sometimes even before you do)? And how may other people also know?
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.
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.
What do you say when someone tells you they've started the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process? Here are my favorite responses -- see if you want to borrow one or create your own (grin)
When you're trying to get pregnant you wonder whether the smallest thing could be a sign that you're expecting. Here are the two signs I had that I was pregnant and the explanations behind them.
Changing hormones and morning sickness—there are many things that can affect your oral health during pregnancy. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help prevent gingivitis and gum disease.
During pregnancy it's not just about what to eat: fresh vegetables, greens, fruits, beans & legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. It's also about what to avoid: alcohol, caffeinated drinks, junk food
A comprehensive list of the ways to induce labor naturally, prepared by a certified doula, including when and how to use each method.
I have always felt that personal experiences are very useful, especially in situations where there really are no set signs. Medical professionals of all kinds have done what they can to note what set of symptoms most commonly occur when a women's...
Do you think you might be pregnant, but you are not sure about the reliability of the home test you've taken? Or perhaps you want to know now if you're pregnant but it's too early to take a urine test, so you are considering a blood test. When can...
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?
Many women experience intuition about being pregnant, about the health or gender of their unborn baby or about complications they may have during pregnancy or delivery. Tips on strengthening intuition
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.
Sometimes accidents happen - and there could be a chance of pregnancy. Here's a guide on how, when and what the chances are based on what happened and your body.
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.
When you've just given birth, your emotions are all out of whack. However, there are a few things that feel AMAZING when you're postpartum, so let's talk about them!
Learn some of the most common, and a few uncommon, very early signs of pregnancy. Watch for these if it's too early to take a pregnancy test.
Early pregnancy is exciting, and 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!
In the past, because of the high death toll of mothers and babies, it's not suprising people felt fear before, during and after birth, giving rise to many weird beliefs and superstitions...
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.
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.
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.
Information on a Blighted ovum. Gestational sac with no baby. How it happens, why it happens and what to do about a miscarriage.
This is a camping guide for pregnant women who want to go camping with emphasis on their safety and comfort.
Is Castor Oil safe to use to induce labor? Is Castor oil worth the risk to my baby's health? Why do so many women say that Castor Oil is OK to take to bring on my labor and what can I do to induce labor naturally?
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.
This article details the different types of Sonograms that are offered during pregnancy. During both my pregnancies, I had many of these sonograms performed.
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 enough women are talking about miscarriage. Getting through this traumatic life event requires a bigger conversation on this taboo subject.
This article aims to look at the benefits of green tea when trying to conceive. Is there any truth to the claims that green tea increases cervical mucus? The article also looks at other benefits green tea has on a woman's fertility.
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?
I knew that one day I'd write this hub, but it's not the easiest one that I've ever done. Today, I'm opening up a part of my heart to the world that I've kept closed too long. It would be selfish of me to not share my experience with others who may...
Wondering whether you are pregnant or not? Here are the signs and symptoms of pregnancy. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then there is a high likelihood that you are pregnant.
Down Syndrome, what they used to call Down's Syndrome is a frightening diagnosis, but a child with Down Syndrome may be a blessing in disguise.
These are some certain early pregnancy symptoms that could indicate you are carrying more than one baby, along with some I personally experienced during my twin pregnancy.
This is about what happens to your body after giving birth. This is the not-so-fun stuff that most people don't tell you about. There are also some tips to help with some of the issues.
Women get rings for all sorts of things—from weddings to anniversaries. Why not get one to empower YOU during the conception process? I did and you absolutely have to see it!
Of course, the most surefire sign of pregnancy is the positive pregnancy test ;-) although even that may not be 100% reliable. But even before you take a test or miss a period you may suspect that you may be pregnant. Some women will have only...
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.
This article will go over a couple of big things to consider at the seven month mark of your pregnancy.
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.
Reasons why pregnant women are told they should not attend funerals. Are the consequences superstitious, religious or scientific?
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.
1st Trimester bleeding is always scary, but not necessarily indicative of miscarriage. There are several common causes of bleeding, most of which are harmless.
Finding out you're pregnant is super exciting and also kind of confusing. Find out what to do after you get that coveted BFP.
There are foods you should avoid during pregnancy. What foods you can't eat when pregnant? Here's is a list from raw meats to papayas that you should avoid during pregnancy.
Are you anxious knowing that it is impossibly too soon to have a urinary pregnancy test taken? Well, pregnancy is one of the most precious moments in a woman's life. Whether you are anxious with nerves or with hope - this is a great experience...
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.
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.
My ectopic pregnancy was devastating and scary. However, with the help of my obstetrician, I eventually became pregnant again. I wrote this story to help other women keep the faith after an ectopic.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a fun and cute way to announce your pregnancy? In this article, you will find several creative photo ideas for the big reveal. Includes ideas for the ultrasound picture, photo collages, family photo ideas, big brother/big sister pictures, and so much more.
Braxton Hicks, False Contractions, Dilationg and Effacement. Are these signs you're about to give birth?
What does it mean when the line doesn't get darker on a pregnancy test? Find out how to read pregnancy tests, even when there are faint lines, to tell whether or not you're pregnant.
You may be familiar with the common symptoms of pregnancy, but in this article, I've listed some weird symptoms that you may not expect!
How much weight should I gain during pregnancy? Worried about gaining weight during pregnancy? Learn about healthy weight gain during pregnancy and what is right for you and your baby.
Although you cannot have a period during pregnancy, it is possible to bleed while you're pregnant. Regardless of the cause of bleeding during pregnancy, you should consider a visit to your doctor!
Any experienced, savvy mom will tell you that forgetting about yourself is the first mistake too many moms make. Then they'll smile, put a loving hand on your shoulder, and tell you to knock it off. But if you were ever like me, it takes more than a loving hand and a wise woman telling you to take care of yourself. It takes an issue like Diastasis Recti to snap the sense back into you. This article will give you some practical knowledge about what Diastasis Recti is... and how to FIX it!
Is your pelvic pain during pregnancy is more than just normal discomfort? You may have an un-diagnosed condition could lead to a permanent disability if not managed correctly.
If you are in your third trimester of pregnancy and begin experiencing extremely itchy fingers, toes, feet, and/or hands, consult your physician. You may have obstetric cholestasis.
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?
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.
This article will outline your birthing options and what to expect in labor and delivery. Learn what you can do to prepare. Feel informed and empowered for your birthing experience.