Introduction to Pregnancy

This document provides an overview of pregnancy; the reproductive process through which a new baby is conceived, incubated and ultimately born into the world. Many facets of pregnancy are covered starting with the preparation and planning stages, and moving through conception, fetal development, labor and delivery, and post-partum (or post-birth) stages. The document describes normal, uncomplicated pregnancy in some detail, and also contains information concerning more difficult pregnancies, including pregnancies for women with chronic illnesses and other health complications.

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2 Factors Greatly Boost New Moms' Odds of Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, and then gain 11 pounds or more after giving birth, have more than a 40 times higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is known as gestational... Read More

Pregnancy Weight Has Lasting Effect on Child, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Being overweight or obese before pregnancy, or gaining too much weight during pregnancy, may put children at increased risk for obesity, a new study says. "Some weight gain during pregnancy is normal, but women need to know that gaining too much weight can... Read More

Kidney Disease Can Pose Problems During Pregnancy, Study Warns

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease during pregnancy puts women and their babies at risk for certain types of problems, even if the disease is at an early stage and the mother-to-be has normal kidney function, a new study warns. Italian researchers compared outcomes among 504... Read More

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Postpartum Depression, Neurotransmitters, And Nutrition

Like other forms of depression, postpartum depression (PPD) is often associated with a neurotransmitter imbalance. Many new mothers with PPD have low serotonin or norepinephrine levels in the brain that... Read More

Smoking During Pregnancy Linked To Psychiatric Disorders In Children

The negative effects of nicotine addiction continue to emerge with study after study. Newly published research in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that women who smoke during pregnancy increased... Read More

Politics And The Issues Of Rape And Abortion

There is a furor over a comment made by Republican congressional candidate Todd Aiken that the female body shuts down and cannot get pregnant during “legitimate rape.” The... Read More