Pregnancy and Childbirth

Back Pain During Pregnancy 

What to do when your back is sore.

Women Are Having Their First Child at an Older Age 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the average age of first time moms has risen to 26.

Toxic Chemicals During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding 

What should you do to protect yourself and your baby?

Are Pregnant Women in the U.S. in Danger?  

The death rate for American women during or soon after pregnancy has increased dramatically – and researchers want to know why.

Headaches During Pregnancy 

If you’re expecting, it’s important to know how to safely relieve a headache — and when a headache warrants calling your doctor ASAP.

Dizziness During Pregnancy and Other Surprising Symptoms 

Pregnancy side effects you may not expect, including rhinitis, facial hair growth, and drooling.

Morning Sickness Is a Good Sign of Pregnancy 

But don’t be alarmed if you don’t have it; you’re less likely to miscarry.

Postpartum Depression Risk Assessment

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It's natural to feel strong emotions when you're pregnant and just after you've had a baby. You may feel elated, or you may feel sad. Many women have the "baby blues" just after birth. They feel sad, impatient, or irritable. These feelings usually go away in a week or two. They don't always need to be treated by a health care provider. For some women, feelings of sadness are much more intense. These intense feelings are called postpartum depression, or PPD. Changes in hormones and brain chemistry are linked to PPD; these are not things you can control, and you may need help. Postpartum depression can be treated with medication and counseling.

Are Antidepressants Dangerous in Breast Milk? 

Probably not. Zoloft and Paxil may be the best choice.

Prenatal Vitamins and Nutrients You Need During Pregnancy 

Make sure you are getting the right nutrition to keep both you and your growing baby healthy.

Hope for Postpartum Depression 

A fast-acting drug has shown results in an early company trial.

Cramping During Pregnancy 

When cramps could signal something serious.

How to Prevent Childhood Allergies in the Womb 

Eating a diet rich in vitamin D during pregnancy could lower the odds your child will develop allergies.

Conceiving After Pregnancy Loss 

Trying to conceive soon after pregnancy loss increases live birth chances.

Due Date Calculator

It is important to estimate your due date so you and your health care provider can schedule proper prenatal care and plan for your baby's birth. Your health care provider uses a method similar to this calculator to give you your due date.

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