popular topics in pregnancy

  • Smiling baby with blue eyes
    What Are The Chances My Baby Will Have Blue Eyes? A Genetic Explanation
    What color eyes will your baby have? When a new addition is on the way, it’s only natural to wonder about their appearance. Will your baby have blue eyes? There is no way to be totally sure, but you can make a good guess.  More: What Are the ...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • Mom and dad receiving genetic testing results from female doctor
    What To Ask Your Doctor About Prenatal Genetic Testing
    Whether you’re pregnant or planning to grow your family soon, many couples will decide to do prenatal genetic testing. Genetic testing can give you information regarding what your future child may be predisposed to or whether a current fetus ha...
  • Eye color genetic chart
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    What Color Will My Baby's Eyes Be? A Genetic Explanation
    */ Genes come in pairs, and each gene in a pair may differ slightly. One gene may be dominant, and override the other gene, which is recessive. A recessive gene only has an effect if both genes in a pair are recessive. An example is eye color. A...
  • woman drinking kombucha while pregnant
    Can You Drink Kombucha While Pregnant?
    Life’s little jokes seem to expand when you’re pregnant. Suddenly, your amazing list of can-do’s shrinks into a long, uninspiring list of cannot’s. You’ll find your favorite foods take up a hefty portion of the new no-no list: sushi, de...
    Miranda Altice
  • Baby Boy With Down Syndrome in NICU
    The Causes of Down Syndrome During Pregnancy and How to Test for It
    You may have heard about genetic testing for Down Syndrome during pregnancy. But what exactly is Down Syndrome? What are your chances of birthing a baby with this condition? Researchers do not know a lot about what causes Down Syndrome, but they ...
  • 5 reasons you should never ask a woman if she
    5 Reasons Why You Should Never Ask a Woman If She's Pregnant
    Somehow, society has made it a norm to comment on, give advice for, and even touch a pregnant person’s body. In 2019, humans are more complex than ever before and that means that our science and reproductive technology has followed suit making ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • pregnant woman waking husband for hospital
    Signs and Stages of Labor
    Pregnancy: When to Go to the Hospital
    Pregnancy: When to Go to the Hospital Fake Contractions (Braxton Hicks) Most women will experience "fake" contractions sometime in their pregnancy – not all women, but most. Fake contractions, more commonly known as Braxton Hicks contractions, a...
  • couple talking to obgyn about carrier screening tests
    5 Reasons to Get Carrier Screening Tests When TTC
    If you have the time to be informed about your body, your expectations, and your options before pregnancy, would you? Well, great news! There are genetic screenings you can request when you decide you are ready to start #ttc. With recent, “at ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • pregnant woman with mother and grandmother
    Will My Pregnancy Be Like My Mom's?
    If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that pregnancy is pretty unpredictable. However, it doesn’t have to be nine months filled with unanswered questions and wondering what fate has in store for you. It can feel like grasping at st...
    HeHe Stewart
  • red hair baby girl
    What Are the Chances My Baby Will Have Red Hair? A Genetic Explanation
    Wondering if your baby could be a redhead? Red hair is the rarest natural hair color in the world. Just 1-2% of all humans have red or orange hair. However, in Ireland and Scotland, about 20% of the population are redheads.  Could your little o...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • Illustration of fetus head pushing on effacing cervix
    Dilation and Effacement
    First Stage of Labor
    For your baby to be born the cervix (comprised of firm muscle that forms a strong base at the bottom of the uterus) needs to stretch and soften so that it can open, or dilate, and your baby can pass out of the uterus and into the vagina. Toward t...
  • woman talking to grandma about family health history
    Compiling Your Family Health History Before Conceiving
    When you decide to try for a new baby, consider doing a bit of research into your family history. Why? You will want to know whether your future child is disposed to any illnesses or genetic abnormalities, so you can best prepare.  More: Should...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • pregnant mom and toddler son
    Should I Take An At-Home Genetics Test During Pregnancy?
    If you are currently pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, you might know the term “genetic testing,” in which you undergo some medical tests to better understand your genetic health history that may or may not impact your child’s healt...
    Rachel Sokol
  • pregnant woman browsing online community
    Preparing for a Baby in a Digital World
    Preparing for a baby deserves so much attention and dedicated time to planning for your tiny human, but where do you find the time? Between work, paying the bills, walking the dog, and the occasional social call, where do you squeeze in childbirt...
    HeHe Stewart
  • baby sleeping in crib next to parents bed
    Setting Up the Nursery
    Where Should Newborns Sleep?
    Have you decided where your new bundle of joy will sleep when she comes home? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping your infant in the same room where you sleep (but not in the same bed) to greatly reduce the risk of Sudden ...
    Erin Dower
  • pregnant woman eating donut
    Mom’s Pre-Pregnancy Diet Could Impact Baby’s Genes
    A study, published in Nature Communications, is the first to show that an environmental factor can change a baby’s DNA long term during the first few days of development. Conducted for two years across 34 villages of The Gambia in Western Afric...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • mom holding baby with dimples
    Will My Baby Have Dimples? A Genetic Explanation
    Baby cheeks are so sweet, pudgy, and pinchable. Pair those with adorable dimples and giggles and you have a baby akin to a kewpie doll.  Dimples are often seen as a desirable characteristic because they light up a face, even through smudged, te...
    Miranda Altice
  • couple at prenatal genetics counseling session
    How to Prepare for a Prenatal Genetic Counseling Session
    Learning you are pregnant can be one of the most exciting times in your life. There is so much to think about, from wondering what gender the baby will be to daydreaming about how she will look on her first day of school. Pregnancy can also intr...
    Miranda Altice