popular topics in pregnancy

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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
  • twin babies in hospital
    Do Twins Run in Families? A Genetic Explanation
    Have you ever wondered if twins really do run in families or not? Or ponder what your chances are of birthing twins? I have twin friends and twin cousins, and even though I do NOT have twin kids, I have always been fascinated by multiple births a...
    Rachel Sokol
  • 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...
  • baby making surprised face
    The Top Baby Names You'll Probably Regret in 10 Years
    Choosing your baby’s name can be challenging to say the least. It’s a decision that will become an essential part of your beloved little one’s identity, and you want it to be a meaningful one. It is always most important to follow your own ...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • How to Have a Belly-Only Pregnancy
    The Ultimate Guide To A Belly-Only Pregnancy
    Expecting women everywhere are searching for how to have a belly-only pregnancy. A belly-only pregnancy means gaining weight only in the belly while keeping your limbs and behind toned and fit.  More: Migraines During Pregnancy Could Lead to S...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • woman experiencing migraine during pregnancy
    Migraines During Pregnancy Could Lead to Serious Complications
    Being pregnant is challenging enough but when you add additional complications on top of that it makes it such a struggle. Nine months can quickly stretch into an eternity. Women are far more likely to suffer migraines and that continues to incre...
    Brittany McCabe
  • 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...
  • pregnant mama nesting in house
    5 Nesting Projects to Do Before Baby Arrives
    Planning for a baby can feel overwhelming. Between creating a registry, designing the nursery, ordering the newest baby gear, baby-proofing the house, and all the prenatal appointments, where do you find time to pause and think about what life wi...
    HeHe Stewart
  • Mom holding her bald baby
    What Color Hair Will My Baby Have? A Genetic Explanation
    What will your baby look like? Hair color and eye color are the most common things expecting parents wonder about. While there is no sure bet, you can make some good guesses with the right information.  More: Will My Baby Have Freckles? Geneti...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • pregnant woman with manicure
    Is it Safe to Get Your Nails Done While Pregnant?
    Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items feat...
    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 playing with her son on the beach
    The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Beach Day While Pregnant
    Being pregnant makes everything harder, even relaxing days at the beach. But with a bit of preparation, a beach day can be just what the doctor ordered.  More: Top Toys for Traveling Toddlers Comfortable Seating First things first: invest in a...
    Elisa Cinelli
  • mom with freckles with baby
    Will My Baby Have Freckles?
    What is a freckle and how do you get them? Ephelides, also known as freckles, are clusters of skin cells that have browned due to high exposure to sun and results in overproduction of melatonin. They are appear most commonly on humans with light...
    HeHe Stewart
  • family having a gender reveal party
    Are Gender Reveal Parties Problematic?
    2018 was the year of elaborate Pinterest-inspired gender reveal parties. Let’s hope 2019 is the year that ends this unnecessary trend. These parties are over the top, costly, and force newborns to subscribe to gender norms. Baby showers and spr...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen