popular topics in pregnancy

  • newborn baby with jaundice
    After Delivery
    Jaundice in Newborns
    The most common difficulty in newborns is jaundice (yellow-looking skin), and in most cases it will disappear in two weeks or less without any special treatment. For most full-term babies, jaundice should not last longer than one week. What Cause...
  • 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
  • Pregnancy
    Signs and Stages of Labor
    Signs of Labor
    As labor approaches, your body starts to prepare itself for the task ahead and you may notice various physical symptoms and signs that labor is about to start. Not every woman experiences labor in the same way, and certain signs can occur either ...
  • dad friends standing with strollers on street
    Family Life
    5 Ways to Support Your Soon-To-Be Dad Friends
    Do a quick Google search for newborns and expecting parents and it’s likely that most of the advice that pops up is geared toward the mamas to be. There’s no doubt that our future moms of the world need a lot of support, but it’s important ...
    Julia Ries
  • pregnant belly and cup of coffee
    Pregnancy
    Do You Really Have to Quit Coffee When You're Pregnant?
    //--> Ahhhh, a morning cuppa Joe. Warm, relaxing, soothing, with a little pinch of milk and sugar…isn’t coffee the best? Like the 80s Folgers coffee commercials said, “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” It’s hard to...
    Rachel Sokol
  • pregnant woman sitting in window
    Pregnancy
    5 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman
    Dear everyone, On behalf of all pregnant women currently walking the face of the earth, I’d like to take a moment to share with you some of the most common things we hear while pregnant that should never, ever be said to us. We get that our pre...
    Erin Ollila
  • 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...
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    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Pregnancy
    I Hated Being Pregnant and That's Perfectly Okay
    I’m transparent in my articles for FamilyEducation, and here I go again with a confession: I am crazy in love with my daughters, both under age 5, but struggled with pregnancy. I was high-risk both times and even though I understood and did app...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Five Foods for Fertility
    Pregnancy
    5 Foods That Could Help You Get Pregnant
    Are you trying to get pregnant? There are plenty of things to do to get your body ready. Get lots of sleep. Take your vitamins. And don't forget to add these five foods to your diet to boost your fertility! For more details, check out 5 Fertility...
  • 8 Tips for Trying to Conceive
    Pregnancy
    Trying to Conceive? Here Are 8 Steps to Take First
    If you're ready to try to conceive, there are some important things to do to get ready. Here are 8 steps to take before trying to conceive. For more details, check out the full article. ...
  • 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...
  • I Drank and Now I
    Alcohol During Pregnancy
    I Drank Over the Holiday and Now I'm Pregnant. Is My Baby Okay?
    When I first found out I was pregnant, I was overjoyed. Then, a scary thought hit me – I had just had a few (err – more than a few) drinks the weekend before. A few doctors claim that a glass of wine here and there won’t hurt, but the gene...
    Julie Ries
  • 6 Beachy Baby Names
    Baby Names
    6 Beachy Names for Your Summer Baby
    If you're having a summer baby, and you love the beach, why not give your baby a beachy, summer baby name? We dug through hundreds of fun-and-sun-related names and came up with our six favorite! If you're looking for more name inspiration, check ...
  • 6 Beachy Baby Names
    Baby Names
    6 Beachy Names for Your Summer Baby
    Looking for the perfect name for your summer baby? If you love the beach, we have six names that are perfect! If you're looking for more name inspiration, check out our complete baby names section! ...
    Erin Ollila
  • Failure to Progress in Labor
    Failure to Progress
    Failure to Progress in Labor
    If your cervix is not dilating, or your baby is not descending, as quickly as expected during the first stage, your doctor will try to assess why this is and if something can be done. Usually, your doctor will assess the three P's: The passenger...
  • Baby Name Finder
    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
    familyeducation editors
  • When Do You Tell Your Boss You
    Pregnant At Work
    When Do I Tell My Boss I'm Pregnant?
    “I just wanted to let you know…I’m pregnant.” Are you preparing to tell your boss, and Human Resources, about this exciting (and yes, also scary) news? First of all, congratulations! Next up on your agenda: handling the transition from w...
    Rachel Sokol