• woman holding sonogram to determine sex of baby
    Pregnancy
    Why Do Some Women Only Give Birth to Boys or Girls? A Genetic Explanation
    I am one of three sisters; my mom has three sisters, and my dad has three sisters. My husband and I have two girls. Most of my first cousins are female—in fact, it’s a long-running joke that women dominate both sides of my family and that if ...
    Rachel Sokol
  • female hands at belly with with BOY and GIRL cards
    Pregnancy
    I Wanted a Girl, But I'm Having a Boy. Here's How I Got Over It
    Growing up, Laura always figured she’d be a mother to both girls and boys. So much so, that it never even occurred to her that she could end up with either all sons or all daughters. Having grown up in small, tight-knit families, Laura and her ...
    Julia Ries
  • Our favorite Gender Reveal Ideas
    Pregnancy
    5 Unique and Clever Gender Reveals
    Gender reveals are the new baby shower, and there are so many ways to do them. Want to up your game and go beyond the box of pink or blue balloons? We rounded up our favorite and most clever gender reveals to give you some ideas! More: 10 Simple...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Gender-Predicting Old Wives
    Preparing for Baby
    7 Gender-Predicting Old Wives' Tales
    Have your family members been playing guessing games trying to figure out if your new addition will be a boy or girl? Every soon-to-be parent is eager to find out the sex of their baby, and many choose to find out before he or she is born. The wa...
  • face of human fetus at 20 weeks and 3 days
    Week 21 of Pregnancy
    You are 20 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe eyelids are still fused shut to protect your baby's developing eyes from prying fingers and toes. Deep within the brain, connections are starting to form to link the senses to those areas within the brain that are able to proce...
  • human fetus in amniotic sac at 19 weeks and 1 day
    Week 20 of Pregnancy
    You are 19 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis image shows the entire baby lying within the amniotic sac. Every finger and toe, and even the lower ribs in the chest, can be seen. Although the head is still quite large, the limbs are much more in proportion with the body. ...
  • ear of human fetus at 18 weeks exactly
    Week 18 of Pregnancy
    You are 18 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayLike your own ear, your baby's ear is made of soft and flexible cartilage. Although the outer ear is well developed at this stage, inner ear structures will not be mature enough to enable your baby to hear for about another five we...