Mindfulness Before and During Pregnancy

According to clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, there is no better time to build mindfulness than during pregnancy — especially because it can become a habit before your bundle of joy arrives. ... read more »

Valentine’s Day Is the Perfect Time to Conceive

Have you ever heard the old wives' tale about how some couples have trouble conceiving because they are over-thinking the process? Well, there may be some truth to that tale after all. ... read more »

The Effects of Stress on Fertility

Stress is one of nature's natural contraceptives and can have a dramatic effect on healthy reproduction. The major stress hormone, cortisol, is derived from progesterone. ... read more »

Can Stress Stop You From Getting Pregnant?

While stress has not been directly linked to infertility, the physical demands on the body during stressful situations are enough to trigger natural protective instincts. ... read more »

Study Finds Baby’s Stress Level Elevates When Mom’s Does

To test the emotional contagion theory, a team of researchers enlisted a group of mothers and their infants. Sure enough, the babies picked right up on their mothers' stress. ... read more »

Pregnant or Want To Be? You Must Lessen Your Stress

Many pregnant women are under stress. Coping with stress in pregnancy is important to improve pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

Preventing the Negative Effects of Stress on Pregnancy

Stress is a mental condition that causes a very physical response. The last time you felt 'stressed' what were you really saying? Stress quickens heart rate, increases blood pressure, and decreases blood flow to extremities. The body physically prepares to fight a battle or run for extended distances. ... read more »

Dealing with the Emotional Impact of Female Infertility

Women with fertility issues experience a rollercoaster of emotional stress. ... read more »

Moms No Longer Have to Wait to ID Dad

The question of paternity is one many pregnant women face. Despite advances in our society and western culture as a whole, asking about paternity is still a touchy subject. ... read more »

Cost is Biggest Anxiety for IVF Patients

Of all the things couples could worry about during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures, money tops the list. Research showed finances were a major concern for couples using IVF. ... read more »

Donʼt Let These 6 Pregnancy Symptoms Fake You Out

These six symptoms of pregnancy are classic but they don't always represent a pregnancy. ... read more »

Miscarriage Risk Increases with Sustained Stress

Multiple research studies have investigated the impact of short-term, intense stress on pregnancy, but little is known about the effect of prolonged stress like that felt by women affected by the stresses of military or political life. ... read more »

Child Abuse and Autism Risk

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry reports a connection between child abuse and future risk of having children with autism. ... read more »

3 Natural Ways to Fight Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is something all men fight with from time to time. Things like diet, alcohol consumption, and stress can cause occasional erectile dysfunction. ... read more »

Ease Holiday Stress During Pregnancy

Minimizing stress is important to your baby's health and your own. ... read more »

Mindfulness Training May Ease IVF Stress

A British researcher thinks mindfulness training might prove instrumental in easing the loneliness and emotional stress associated with IVF. ... read more »

Working During Pregnancy? The Dos and Don'ts of Office Life

Changing a few of your normal activities at work and preparing early for the potential impact of pregnancy on your workday can ease your struggles and help make work tolerable again. ... read more »

Get in Shape to Improve Your Fertility

Get into optimal shape and good health now. ... read more »

What Are Causes of Spotting?

What are the possible causes of spotting? ... read more »

How Acupuncture Enhances ART

Men and women undergoing assisted reproductive therapies (ART) may find that acupuncture enhances the effort. ... read more »

Mindfulness Training Reduces Urge to Smoke

A group of scientists has discovered that mindfulness training reduces the urge to smoke. This research could help millions of women quit smoking during pregnancy. ... read more »

Are Hot Water Bottles Safe in Pregnancy

You’ve been instructed to avoid hot tubs, saunas, steamy baths but what about a hot water bottle? ... read more »

How Teacher Stress Affects Your Child

Teachers play a huge role in our children’s lives. While most parents are painfully aware that their own stress affects their child, they rarely consider the effects if teachers’ stress. ... read more »

Sympathetic Pregnancy: Is Couvade Syndrome Real?

Over the first few weeks of your pregnancy you notice your partner is experiencingquite a few of the symptoms you're experiencing. This phenomenon iscalled sympathetic pregnancy or Couvade syndrome, but it is real? ... read more »

Fertility and Prenatal Pregnancy Yoga Guide

Prenatal Yoga is an ideal form of exercise for women during pregnancy because it includes strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and breathing practice, and can be easily adapted for each trimester. ... read more »

Alcohol, Drug Use, Smoking, and Stress During Pregnancy

Certain stress factor can pose a problem when trying to conceive and during pregnancy. ... read more »

How to Financially Prepare for a Baby

A family's financial landscape is dramatically altered when a baby arrives. ... read more »

Breathing Practice – Nadi Shodhana (Channel Purifying Breath)

Nadi Shodhana (nah-deeh show-dah-nuh) is a yoga breathing practice which relaxes the body and mind and is said to balance the sides of the brain and purify the energy channels of the body. It is safe for pregnant women and women trying to conceive. ... read more »

Baby Brain - Real or Imagined?

Baby brain is a common term used to describe mental changes to thinking and memory that occur during pregnancy and early parenthood. ... read more »

Combating Worry: A Guide for Parents

Many parents describe feeling overwhelmed with a sense of worry. Left unchecked this can lead to sleep disturbance, depression, lack of focus, health and relationship problems and seriously affect your bonding with your child. ... read more »

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Mom-To-Be

Pregnancy is of course a magical time, but it can also be an achy and painful time due to hormonal fluctuations. What better reason to pamper your wife this Valentine's Day? ... read more »

Is Valentine’s Day Chocolate Good For Your Baby?

Valentine's Day is the holiday of chocolate and according to two studies, chocolate may be more than a tasty sweet treat, for pregnant women. ... read more »

Stress Can Reduce Fertility

A study was done linking stress levels to infertility. According to the report, women who have higher than normal stress levels could have more difficulty conceiving. ... read more »

Separating Mother From Baby After Birth Causes Stress

Humans are the only species practicing infant/mother separation immediately after birth. According to researchers, separating infants from their mothers causes stress in the newborn. ... read more »

Prenatal Exposure to Stress Affects the Transmission of Genes

Stress does a lot to our bodies, but it can also affect your baby as well. Stress is a broad term used to describe the physical and emotional strain that can often have an adverse effect on our health in general. ... read more »

7 Fertility Myths Busted

There is a lot of conflicting information out there about what can help you get pregnant as well as what can impede pregnancy. Check out these 7 common myths which might be getting in the way of success! ... read more »

Can Stress Increase the Chances of Stillbirth?

A National Institutes of Health network study found that stressful events up to a year before becoming pregnant can make women more likely to have a stillbirth. ... read more »

Kids, Stress and Pregnancy

The average family has two to three children. That means at least once in your life you are likely to be pregnant with one or more children in the home. Raising children is one of the most empowering, stressful life events. Stress can lead to pregnancy complications. ... read more »

How to Deal with Your Mother-in-Law

If you're lucky, your mother-in-law will be very helpful when you are pregnant. Yet some MILs can test your boundaries and your patience. Here's how to deal with your mother-in-law! ... read more »

Stressed During Pregnancy? Try Yoga

When you are stressed, your body automatically adjusts itself to handle the stressful environment. Our bodies do this instinctively, because thousands of years ago, stress usually did imply that we were in immediate danger of death. ... read more »

Stress and Anxiety in Pregnancies with Fetal Malformations

Researchers in Brazil recently tested several psychological intervention techniques to reduce stress and anxiety in pregnant women with known fetal malformations. Sixty-five women were included in the study. ... read more »

2008-8: Stress in Pregnancy Linked to Schizophrenia in Child

Pregnancy is quite a crucial time for the mother as well as the growing baby. It's well-known fact that mothers during this time should be taken well care of, physically as well mentally, for if this is not done, it can adversely affect the health of the unborn child. ... read more »

Mom's Stress May Increase Baby's Asthma and Allergy Risk

SUNDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- If an expectant mother is exposed to high levels of stress, her baby may be more likely to develop asthma or allergies later in life, new research suggests. ... read more »

Behavioral Development Impacted by Maternal Stress

During their pregnancies, both of my sisters had their own unique ways of coping with the stress. One tried aromatherapy, another tried bubble baths, and both methods seemed to work for them. ... read more »

How Mom Can Pass Stress to Her Baby Through Placenta

Mothers may pass stress onto their babies two different ways, according to new studies. Findings show that mothers could pass the damaging effects of stress onto their newborns through their placentas and through bacteria in their vaginas. ... read more »

Stress During Pregnancy May Mean You’re Having a Girl – and Early!

The online journal Human Reproduction has published the results of a study linking stress during pregnancy to early birth and an increased chance of having a girl. ... read more »

Hormones Impact Stress, Memories, Understanding Social Cues

New research shows an unexpected link between sex hormones and cognitive function, such as memory and interpreting social cues, in females. ... read more »

How to Reduce Stress at Work While Pregnant

Stress is part of work and home life. There is no way to avoid stress altogether, but there are ways of minimizing stress and the effect of stress on pregnancy, especially in a work setting. ... read more »

Does Anxiety Affect Semen Quality?

The study, completed by researchers at European Hospital in Rome, claims state and trait anxiety affect sperm volume, concentration, count and motility. ... read more »

Yoga and Meditation Genetically Tame Stress of Infertility

A psychiatrist is using modern genetic technologies to track changes in the body that occur when individuals engage in yoga and meditation for just a few minutes a day. ... read more »

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