Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

There is an old wives' tale that claims heartburn during pregnancy means the baby will have lots of hair. While there is little truth to this tale, many women still experience intense digestive issues (indegestion) while carrying baby. ... read more »

Constipation and Pregnancy

Constipation is among the most frequent and uncomfortable complaints during pregnancy. Here's how to treat it! ... read more »

How Acupuncture Enhances ART

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

Diagnosing Menopause

Learn the common symptoms of menopause. ... read more »

DHEAS

What are DHEAS? ... read more »

Causes of Abnormal Endometrial Lining

What are the causes of an abnormal endometrial lining? ... read more »

First Trimester of Pregnancy Guide

Many changes taking place and some may not be quite what you expected! ... read more »

Safe Sex Before, During, and After Pregnancy

There are five distinct three-month periods trimesters associated with pregnancy and each one affects your sex life in distinctly different ways ... read more »

Hormone Fertility and Pregnancy Disrupting Chemicals

Some chemicals commonly used in the home, workplace, and just about everywhere else are known as endocrine disrupters because once ingested, they mimic the activity of the body's natural hormones. ... read more »

That Delightful Newborn Baby Smell: Why We Can't Get Enough

Ahhh, is there anything quite like the smell of a newborn baby’s head? But why are we so obsessed with the smell of a newborn baby? It all comes down to science. ... read more »

What Is Mom Brain? Pregnancy Changes in the Human Brain

Scientific evidence proves that mom brain is real. ... read more »

What Antimullerian Hormone Tells You About Your Fertility

If AMH levels are too low, you may have trouble. ... 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 »

Linea Nigra and Pregnancy

Linea Nigra is the medical term for that dark line that appears during pregnancy. The line often starts at the belly button and ends at the public bone. ... read more »

Giving Mom a Hand After Birth

After birth emotional issues, paired with sleep deprivation, often strike a usually happy couple. Mom needs some alone time, support time, and help after the baby is born, and Dad needs to learn how to read the signs. ... read more »

Labor Induction: Methods and Potential Benefits

If the time has come to give birth and the natural labor process has not begun, doctors can choose to induce labor in a variety of ways. ... read more »

Questions About Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

When women are trying to conceive, they often have questions regarding their chances of getting pregnant. There are several factors that come into play when it comes to getting pregnant. ... 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 »

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 »

Headaches During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Headaches during pregnancy and the postpartum period can be the first sign of more serious issues requiring immediate evaluation and treatment. ... read more »

When Is The First Day of The Menstrual Cycle?

The first day of the menstrual cycle is also the first day of your menstrual period and that is the very first day you observe bright red blood. Brown spotting is not considered a menstrual period. ... read more »

Heartburn and Indigestion

Acid escaping from the stomach into the esophagus is often to blame for heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy. ... read more »

Ovulation Predictor Kit - OPK

An ovulation predictor kit (OPK) is an at-home test you can use to measure the amount of luteinizing hormone your body is producing. The OPK allows you to detect this increase which gives you the ability to predict ovulation. ... read more »

Cycle Day 3 Fertility Testing

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) - is produced by the pituitary gland and is responsible for the egg maturation process. High day 3 FSH levels are associated with diminished ovarian reserve. ... read more »

Painful Body Changes In Pregnancy And How to Cope

It is normal for a pregnant woman to undergo many body changes, aches and pains during pregnancy. Most are associated with hormones, and the pain will stop when hormone levels return to normal. ... read more »

Other Painful Body Changes

Physical changes during pregnancy are commonly associated with hormonal changes. The body typically returns to normal a few months after baby is born. ... read more »

Body Aches and Pains

There will be plenty of aches and pains associated with pregnancy, but the legs and back are often the body parts hit the hardest. Increased fluid retention during pregnancy can lead to swelling. ... read more »

Swelling During Pregnancy

Swelling of the face, hands, legs and feet are all common symptoms of pregnancy, but can cause also serious discomfort and even pain. ... read more »

Unproductive Labor

Unproductive labor occurs when mom successfully makes it through the first stage of labor only to have the cervix become unresponsive to contractions and hormonal changes. If the cervix does not dilate and efface, the baby cannot pass through the cervix and into the birthing canal. ... read more »

Top Tips for Balancing Hormones

Find out 10 simple ways to balance your hormones! ... read more »

Choline May Protect Baby for Life

Recently, researchers from Cornell University revealed another important piece of the pregnancy nutrition / fetal health puzzle. According to their research, choline consumption during pregnancy is directed related to the long-term health of the child. ... read more »

Are Psoriasis Treatments Safe During Pregnancy?

There are a few studies that have linked the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy with psoriasis outbreaks. There are several factors that can be the cause of the psoriasis breakout and these are not limited to the change in hormones. ... read more »

Light Menstrual Periods

After the pill my menstrual periods are light ... read more »

Light Menstrual Bleeding

Light menstrual bleeding is also known as hypomenorrhea. ... read more »

How a Fertility Microscope works

How does the fertility and ovulation microscope work? ... read more »

Baby Blues Symptoms and Postpartum Depression

Suffering from a brief bout of mild depression is common for women who have just given birth. Some women will fight through the depression and come out within a few weeks feeling better than ever before. Other women will suffer from baby blues symptoms that lead to a deeper more clinical-style depression. ... read more »

Labor During Certain Weather

A full moon and bad weather do not increase your chances going into labor. ... read more »

No Period After the Pill (Post-Pill Amenorrhea)

It is called post-pill amenorrhea when you did not get your period after you have stopped taking the pill. ... read more »

Cancer Treatments and Fertility

Are some cancer treatments less harmful to fertility than others? Radiation is most harmful to fertility if it is directed towards the reproductive organs, but if it's outside that area then it does not have to affect fertility at all. ... read more »

Leg Cramps

Sharp pains in the legs, especially the calf muscles, are just a part of pregnancy. Like any other pregnancy aches, hormones are probably to blame for some of the pain, but other factors are certainly part of these irritating nightly occurrences as well. ... read more »

Gums, Bleeding and Sore

In the mouth, swollen and bleeding gums during pregnancy are just a side-effect of higher hormone levels that nearly every pregnant woman must suffer with. ... read more »

Forgetfulness

Pregnancy induced forgetfulness is a common part of having a baby. It is not uncommon, however, for women to forget things that seem imprinted on the brain like their own cell phone number or home address. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Flatulence and Gas

Though flatulence doesn't fall under the umbrella of "beautiful aspects" it is a common symptom during pregnancy. ... read more »

Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction

Relaxin is the hormone responsible for the weird feelings and pain associated with symphysis pubic dysfunction. Relaxin works to loosen ligaments and joints in preparation for giving birth. ... read more »

Migraines

Headaches and migraines are completely different creatures of pain. Migraines cause extreme head pains and can leave moms-to-be writhing in the dark. While hormones are thought to be part of the cause, there are other causes for migraines as well. ... read more »

Metallic Taste (Dysgeusia) During Pregnancy

Hormone changes affect a woman's sense of smell, so why would the sense of taste not be affected as well? Estrogen fluctuates widely during pregnancy, which could mean a nasty metallic taste in the mouth, also known as dysgeusia. ... read more »

Life and Pregnancy After Miscarriage

After miscarriage, many women have a long list of questions about physical health, mental health and parenthood. Understanding changes after miscarriage is often enough to put your mind at ease. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

A Mother’s Depression May Affect Baby

Researchers have found a connection between depression in pregnant women and physical effects on infants. The effects noted include reduced muscle tone, increased stress hormones and neurological / behavioral problems. ... read more »

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