There are many ways, high tech, low tech, and no tech to predict a baby's sex.
Boys are different than girls. Even their placentas are different.
Your due date, the calulated day when the baby is due, is the most important information you should know. Not because the baby will be born exactly on that day, only 5% of all babies are born on their due date, and 80% are born within 2 weeks before and after the due date. Your due date is important because everything being done during prenatal care and decisions made related to information and interventions relie on the exact due date.
Preeclampsia is one of the most deadly medical problems affecting pregnant women.
A recent study from Canada finds an elevated risk for diabetes when a person has both depression and metabolic syndrome; the diabetes risk is higher when the two disorders are combined than when only one or the other disorder is present. A second study, from Europe, finds similar elevated risk for diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases when depression or other psychiatric disorders are present.
One of my pregnant patients recently asked me if she should keep her heart rate no higher than 140 beats per minute when exercising?  Answer:There is presently no scientific basis and no official recommendation to keep the heart rate during pregnancy below certain levels.
The US Preventive Services Task Force issued an updated recommendation for screening all adults for depression. The last update, in 2009, did not recommend screening all adults over 18 but the 2016 update does. Depression in anyone 15 and older is one of the leading causes of disability in the US. Screening Recommended for Expectant and New Mothers
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published GUIDELINES AND A TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR PREGNANT WOMEN as well as TRAVEL HEALTH NOTICES concerning the Zika virus.
This study published online in May in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal called "A National Survey on Public Perceptions of Miscarriage" asked about perceptions about miscarriage. Not surprisingly, most who answered the questionnaire have many misconceptions about miscarriage.
CNN reported on a baby that was born 8 weeks early in Hong Kong.  The mother apparently cannot pay the hospital expenses and the hospital withheld the baby's birth certificate. Her insurance won't pay for the baby either, likely because the hospital is outside the United States, so she is responsible to pay expenses herself.
Drum Circle For Home birth?
Study Shows Babies Born as early as 22 weeks Can Survive With Resuscitation
Home Births In The United States Are not Low Risk
Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and Asthma in the Offspring Antidepressant use during pregnancy generally did not increase the risk of asthma. Only use of older antidepressants was associated with an increased risk of asthma. Read here more....
Up to one in three women experience vaginal bleeding during the firest few months of the pregnancy, and many wonder how they can make sure the pregnancy is viable.