popular topics in pregnancy

  • 5 Favorite Celebrity Baby Announcements
    Pregnancy
    Our 5 Favorite Celebrity Baby Announcements Right Now
    As much as we love babies, we also love baby announcements! These are our favorite celebrity baby announcements for the year so far. Kirsten Dunst Kirsten Dunst officially announced her pregnancy in the RODARTE fall look book. She looks goddess-l...
    Laurie Mega
  • overdue pregnant woman
    Labor and Delivery
    What to Do When You're Overdue
    You're 41 long weeks into your pregnancy, and your baby has still not made his or her arrival into the world yet. You're tired, bloated and so ready for this baby to come out, so what's the hold up? Why haven't you gone into labor yet? While ...
  • amniotic cavity of embedded blastocyst
    Week 5 of Pregnancy
    You are 4 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis is a microscope view of the amniotic cavity with the cells that will become the baby in a close-up. These cells will repeatedly divide and multiply, becoming more and more specialized at each stage of their development. ...
  • mother breastfeeding her newborn
    Pregnancy
    The Benefits of Breastfeeding: They're Not Just for Baby
    The advantages of breastfeeding compared to formula-feeding are numerous, diverse and convincing. These advantages extend not only to babies but to their mothers, families and society. One might assume that the merits of breastfeeding would be...
  • Pregnancy
    Our 5 Favorite Celebrity Babies Born in January
    We know Kim and Kanye's third child and second daughter was born this past month (really, we don't follow them too closely). But did you know a whole bunch of other celebrities became first-, second- and even third-time parents this month? We rou...
    Laurie Mega
  • The top pregnancy pillows
    Pregnancy
    The Top 7 Pregnancy Pillows of 2017
    Your pregnant body can feel all types of aches and pains, especially after a long day, but you don't have to suffer through it. Pamper yourself with one of the top pregnancy pillows of the year, which can take pressure off in just the right spots...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • 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...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Mosquito Spreading Zika Virus
    Kids
    Zika Virus Q&A: 4 Facts for Pregnant Women and Families
    The news of Zika virus spreading is pretty scary, particularly if you're pregnant or trying to conceive (TTC). If you're expecting, what steps do you need to take to protect yourself and your baby? Can you still take a babymoon, and where is it s...
    Erin Dower
  • Baby Names
    Our Top 10 Favorite Gender-Neutral Baby Names
    As parents move away from traditional gender definitions for their children, the popularity of gender-neutral baby names continues to rise. So, what some really great gender-neutral baby names out there? Check out our favorites! Alex According ...
    Laura Richards
  • Choosing a Name
    6 Baby Names That Mean Love for Your Littlest Valentine
    Check out our list of baby names that mean love, and make sure to tell us which name is your favorite for your Valentine's Day baby! ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Stages of Labor
    Signs and Stages of Labor
    How Labor Progresses
    Since every woman's experience of labor is different, it's hard to say exactly what your experience will be like. However, the stages of labor are common for all women. The first stage, when labor becomes established, starts when contractions sta...
  • Cute Baby in Santa Hat
    Choosing a Name
    10 Holiday-Themed Baby Names That Mean Joyful and Bright
    Check out our favorite holiday-inspired baby names that mean joyful and bright. Which is your favorite for your Christmas baby? ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • new parents bonding over a new baby
    Sex After Childbirth
    6 Tips to Help Your Marriage Survive a New Baby
    When you’re sore, sleep deprived and covered in baby vomit, it’s easy to forget about that other person who sleeps in your room—your spouse. A new baby (understandably) takes over your whole world. But making time to help your relationship...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • 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
  • Urinary Tract Infections During Pregnancy
    Urinary and Vaginal Problems
    Urinary and Vaginal Problems in Pregnancy
    Just when you think you've got a handle on all the hurdles pregnancy throws at you, you wake up with a yeast infection or worse...a urinary tract infection. Ugh. How do yeast infections and UTIs affect your pregnancy? How do you prevent and trea...
  • Baby Name Finder
    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
    familyeducation editors
  • Pregnant Couple at Doctor
    Genetic Testing and Screenings
    The Newest in Genetic Tests: What is cfDNA Testing?
    The Newest in Genetic Tests: What is cfDNA Testing? A new test, called cell free fetal DNA testing (cfDNA), is one of the first non-invasive screening test options that can help determine the likelihood of a fetus having a chromosomal disorder, ...
    Lindsay Hutton