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.
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.
At 8 weeks of pregnancy, morning sickness, heartburn, and other symptoms are often present. The embryo begins to form a facial profile and fingers and toes start to appear!
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.
How can dogs know that you're pregnant (sometimes even before you do)? This article explains the theories behind this phenomenon as well as some signs that observant friends and family may pick up on.
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.
I was pregnant, visibly pregnant. I'm not anymore and I have no baby. Physically I can handle this easily. My body feels fine, it was just hard to let go emotionally. Everything seems to make me think about what happened. I wish it didn't happen...
Worried about early pregnancy? Are your ribs feeling especially sore? These concerns and many others will be addressed in this article.
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.
Learn about what the first trimester of pregnancy is like along with what you can expect the first few months of pregnancy.
Wondering if you could be pregnant? Even before a missed period, you can feel early signs of pregnancy, such as cramping, nausea, and spotting.
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.
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.
Find out what's killing the male reproductive swimmers and discover the best lubricant on the market for keeping those swimmers mobile, viable, and strong. Data provided is backed by scientific research from peer-reviewed, scientific articles, and journals.
Reviews of the top 8 best pregnancy products on the market. 8 must-have items for moms-to-be that will keep you healthy, happy, comfortable, and beautiful during your pregnancy.
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.
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.
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.
Have you recently found out that you are pregnant and don't know what to do next? Do you need advice on what to do during the first trimester of pregnancy? Follow the steps outlined here to increase your chances of a healthy and safe pregnancy.
There are 3 main types of maternity support belt but which should you choose? Which will provide the most support and be most comfortable? Here we take a look at three types of pregnancy support belt and guide you in which one to choose...
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.
More intense round ligament pain is common in second pregnancies. Find out what else can be different between pregnancies one and two.
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.
This article offers a comprehensive guide on early symptoms that may indicate that you are pregnant.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Early symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum can be different from typical early signs of pregnancy. Here's how to tell the difference before your missed period and positive pregnancy test.
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.
This article will go over a couple of big things to consider at the seven month mark of your pregnancy.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 more about what you can expect during this week of pregnancy.
These are certain early pregnancy symptoms that could indicate you are carrying more than one baby. I'll describe them as well as share what I personally experienced during my twin pregnancy.
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.
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.
Doing these six simple things right before having your first baby can make the first few months of motherhood a little bit easier.
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.
A mom who experienced severe morning sickness during three pregnancies details seven myths about the ailment.
As a foreigner in Japan, it may be difficult to understand the health system especially if you find out you're pregnant. Here are some tips that may help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This article describes what every pregnant woman should know about prodromal labor. Prodromal labor is not a term most women are familiar; they're instead being told their woes are due to Braxton-Hicks, but I am here to give you more information so you are more knowledgeable when it happens to you.
Learn about the possible pregnancy skin conditions such as stretch marks, acne, and rashes and safe remedies for them during pregnancy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations! At four weeks of pregnancy, most new mothers are just discovering they are pregnant with a home pregnancy test. What to expect in this week of 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
This article details the different types of Sonograms that are offered during pregnancy. During both my pregnancies, I had many of these sonograms performed.
Become more aware of placental previa in about the 20th week of pregnancy so that you can ask your doctor to check if you have it, and make an effort to prevent any bad outcomes.
Whether you're a pregnant foreigner or planning to get pregnant in Japan, or if you are just interested in the differences between the Japan and the West, this article details some surprising facts.
Reasons why pregnant women are told they should not attend funerals. Are the consequences superstitious, religious or scientific?
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!
Feeling super sick before your period, but not sure if you're pregnant? From tiredness to needing to pee all of the time, early pregnancy symptoms can feel a lot like PMS. Find out the weird, early signs you could be pregnant and what they mean.
Finding out you're pregnant is super exciting and can also stir up feelings of confusion. Learn what to do after you get that coveted BFP (big fat positive)!
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?
Pregnancy is such a wonderful thing! Of course, you probably feel like you were hit by a truck and that’s reasonable with all that is going on inside your body right now, but it’s all normal.
Wondering what your pregnancy cravings mean and if they determine gender? Here's a list of common pregnancy cravings, what they could mean, and how to manage them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The third trimester of pregnancy is debatably the most challenging of the three trimesters. In this article, I will describe common symptoms of the third trimester, why they occur, and what you can do to cope.
How accurate are home pregnancy tests? Are the expensive ones better than the cheaper ones? Find the answers to all your questions about pregnancy tests right here...
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?
Are you worried about emotional stress and crying during pregnancy and how it could affect you and your baby? Learn all about pregnancy stress, the risks, and precautions. Plus, 17 ways to help you overcome it and have a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.
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!
Are you pregnant and think that you may have the stomach bug? Read on to learn about signs, symptoms, and what to do when the illness comes on strong while you've got a bun in the oven.
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.
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!
Many women ask if it's possible that they're pregnant even though they got a negative result on a home pregnancy test. This article will outline several reasons why you may get a false negative.
In order to maximize your chances of having a baby, you need to know when the best time is to get pregnant during your cycle.
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.
The long list of early symptoms of pregnancy that you can look for during your two-week wait before you next expected period.
Some couples have a specific preference for the sex of their baby. If you are trying to conceive a boy, here are some ways to improve your odds.
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.
Trying to decipher the differences between hyperemesis gravidarum and typical morning sickness? Here are the signs and symptoms of true HG.
Do you think you might be pregnant? In this article, you will find extensive information about the various symptoms you may see during your first month of pregnancy—such as spotting, mood swings, and fatigue—and why you experience them.
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.
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.
Do you need to know potential symptoms of pregnancy before you could take any type of testing? Here are a list of all potential early clues that you are expecting.
Up to 1/3 of women bleed at some point during their pregnancy. Many of those women go on to successfully carry their pregnancies to term.
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
Are you suffering from constipation during pregnancy and looking for relief? Learn the causes, remedies, and treatments of pregnancy constipation.
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.
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.
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.
Getting to your third trimester and staying productive is probably one of the hardest parts of being pregnant. Let's get through some of those challenges! Here's what you can do about them.
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.
Pregancy causes many changes to your body, particularly your pelvic floor. Learn what to expect and how to correct postpartum issues with your pelvic floor.
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.
Looking for hilarious baby shower games? You’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 of the funniest pregnant games that will have your guests leaving with baby fever!
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.
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.
This is a camping guide for pregnant women who want to go camping with emphasis on their safety and comfort.
Have you been asking yourself, "How far along am I in my pregnancy?" Check out this week-by-week guide through the nine months of pregnancy to help you learn what to expect when you're pregnant.
"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.
So the morning sickness has finally set in. Although you may have been lucky enough to avoid the famous nausea for a few weeks in the beginning, it normally sets in between 6 and 8 weeks of pregnancy.
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.
Is your pelvic pain during pregnancy more than just normal discomfort? You may have an undiagnosed condition which could lead to a permanent disability.
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.
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.
Near the end of a pregnancy, a woman may have incredible energy and the urge to clean and organize her house to get ready for her baby. This is called nesting, an instinct to prepare for the birth and coming home of a baby.
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.
This page includes stories about women's spiritual dreams that indicated the gender of their unborn baby
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.
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.
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...
We all know that a healthy diet is crucial for your body to function correctly and heal the way it’s supposed to. So why would it be any different for women trying to get pregnant?
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.
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.
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.
Not enough women are talking about miscarriage. Getting through this traumatic life event requires a bigger conversation on this taboo subject.
Find out the early signs of being pregnant, how your stomach feels, when most women start seeing signs, and how to know if you're really pregnant. Hint: You need to take a pregnancy test.
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.