Guide to Your First Trimester of Pregnancy

Understanding what happens in the body during the first trimester of pregnancy is important as some changes may not feel the way a pregnant woman expected.

All About Pregnancy Spotting

Pregnancy spotting is common in pregnancy, but that make it any easier to accept. During different times in gestation, pregnancy spotting can occur and the cause will be dependent on several factors.

Fetal Yawns Captured in 4-D

The latest ultrasound technology shows us that all this delightful activity starts long before a baby is born. Yawns, for instance, keep a baby busy during the sixth month of gestation.

Early Birth Could Lead to Increased Risk of Early Death

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that children born before 37 weeks gestation have an increased risk of early death during early childhood and early adulthood compared to children born full-term. The study included more than 600,000 children born from 1973 to 1976 in Sweden.

The Ins and Outs of Pregnancy Cramps

Pregnancy cramps can be scary for a pregnant woman. The cramps may be light and barely noticeable or strong and painful. They can signal a problem in pregnancy or be no cause for concern at all.

Miscarriage Diagnosis Criteria Ineffective

When a pregnant women experiences bleeding or pain early in the pregnancy, she may undergo an ultrasound to determine if a miscarriage has occurred.

Timing Important to Outcome of Carcinogen Exposure in Womb

Researchers have found a link between the outcome of fetal health when exposed to carcinogens and when the fetus was exposed during gestation. The study was completed by researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute (Oregon State University).

Preeclampsia: A Battle Not a Condition

Researchers and doctors are constantly on the lookout for a definitive cause of preeclampsia. The condition is life-threatening and the only known cure is childbirth.

The Fetus Knows Pain Earlier Than We Thought

Most mothers believe baby is immune to pain while in-utero, but new research reveals the fetus can feel the difference between pain and normal touch as early as 35 weeks gestation.

Mom’s Metabolism Could Control Gestation

Researchers have suggested for years that primates are more developed at birth than humans because we walk upright. According to new research, this theory is not based on sound fact or clinical research.

Facts About Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time in life when women feel closer to their spouse and body more than ever before. Here are a few facts about pregnancy for expecting moms.

Why Does a Miscarriage Occur?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimate up to 25% of pregnancies will end in pregnant miscarriage, but why does pregnant miscarriage occur?

Plastics and Pesticides May Increase Risk of Infertility

A new study reveals that women working directly with pesticides and plasticizers may have less chance of getting pregnant.

Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) During Pregnancy

An infection during pregnancy is different from when you are not pregnant - it can affect the pregnant woman as well as the developing fetus inside the uterus.

Diabetes and the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Women who have diabetes are at increased risk of complications in pregnancy, including increased risk of birth defects or fetal death.

How Pregnant Am I When…?

There are milestones throughout a pregnancy. Some are physically noticeable and others happen and pregnant women have no idea they occurred. How pregnant am I?

Does Alcohol-Free Mouth Wash Reduce Risk of Preterm Birth?

Researchers presented a study at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine yearly meet-up, The Pregnancy Meeting, regarding the possible benefits of using alcohol-free mouthwash to reduce preterm labor.

Changes in Vaginal pH May Indicate Premature Delivery

The pH of the vagina may be a good indicator of complications to come. During a model project spanning from 2004 to 2006, pregnant patients were asked to use test gloves to measure the pH of the vagina twice a week for 20 weeks.

Energy, Increased

Some women experience extra energy during pregnancy that is oftencalled the 'nesting instinct'. Nesting often occurs closer to the end of pregnancy, but is not uncommon for the duration of gestation.