Pregnancy

What do you know about PCOS, one of the most common causes of female infertility?

Affecting as many as 5 million women in the U.S., polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the most common causes of female infertility, but most women don’t know how treatable PCOS actually is. Reproductive-age women with the condition have higher levels of androgens, a male hormone females also...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 5:25am

Depression during pregnancy may affect more millennial women than previous generation

Every pregnant woman hopes nine months will go swimmingly — with as little stress and complications as possible. However, around 14 to 23 percent of pregnant women experience depression during pregnancy, or prenatal depression, according to the American College of Obstetricians and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:02pm

Can you get pregnant after 50? We asked an expert

The older we get, the less fertile we are — that’s a fact. Still, in 2016, for the first time ever, women in their early 30s were having more babies than younger moms. Doctors used to describe any pregnancy for a woman over 35 as a geriatric pregnancy. Today, it's referred to as...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:57pm

The husband stitch: The post-delivery procedure that's done for the dad

Sarah Harkins just survived a traumatic childbirth in 2015 when, in her out-of-it state, heard her doctor tell her husband that he was going to “go ahead and add in another stitch so we can make sure this is nice and tight,” she told Healthline. The “this” he referred to...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 1:27pm

Study shows that mothers living close to fracking sites have smaller babies

Fracking has been blamed for a number of environmental problems, ranging from contaminated water to methane explosions, but a new study found it may have a real impact on unborn babies. According to researchers, pregnant women who lived within a half mile of fracking operations in Pennsylvania...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 4:11pm

No one knows how many American women die from childbirth every year

No one knows how many American women die from pregnancy or childbirth every year in the U.S. In fact, data collection is so flawed and under-funded that the federal government hasn’t kept official records on maternal deaths in more than a decade. But even with incomplete data, researchers...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4:43pm

No one is safe from air pollution — not even unborn babies

The World Health Organization estimates that 92 percent of the world’s population lives in places where air pollution is higher than its accepted levels. This leaves much of the planet susceptible to air pollution human health effects, which include everything from chronic respiratory illness...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 4:20pm

This sickness forced Kate Middleton to announce her pregnancy early

And baby makes five! On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton — announced that they’re adding to their family with baby number three. All is not smooth sailing, though. The 35-year-old Duchess had to cancel a Monday...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:00pm

It's back: Texas resident contracted the Zika virus in the state, officials say

First, the good news: The Zika virus is much less of a threat to the United States this year than it was in 2016. The bad news: Zika-carrying mosquitoes are still in the United States. The Texas Department of State Health Services announced that a person living in Hidalgo County, Texas, was most...

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:54pm

Bill aimed at protecting pregnant workers reaches gov's desk

After passing slightly different versions of the legislation earlier this year, the House and Senate reached a compromise this week on a bill mandating protections for pregnant workers and sent the legislation to the governor's desk Thursday. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act offers pregnant...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 3:46pm

People are trying to use toothpaste as a pregnancy test — yes, really

File this one under “advice not to follow if you think you’re pregnant.” A growing number of YouTube tutorials that teach women how to use toothpaste — and their urine — as a sort of DIY pregnancy test are popping up. But, think twice if you’re about to try it...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 3:29pm

Having two vaginas isn't as uncommon as you would think

Victoria Pottle remembers feeling like she was in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy when a routine doctor’s visit revealed she had two vaginas. "I remember that so clearly. I felt like I was on some TV show where they have some medical condition,” she told Women’s Day of...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:10pm

30-somethings are now having more babies than women in their 20s: New report

There’s a running joke in New York City that nobody has kids in their 20s (or even early- or mid-30s) here because, well, everybody is too busy. Now, it looks like the rest of the country is starting to catch up with this Big Apple platitude. For the first time in recorded history, women in...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:43pm

Can you be fired for being pregnant or nursing?

You might not think “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the realistic future of the United States, but undeniable pressure has been placed on women who fear the loss of reproductive rights. The Trump administration has seemingly waged a war on the womb from acting to defund Planned...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 1:06pm

After Iowa woman calls out GOP congressman who doesn't want to pay for maternity care, Internet names her a 'hero'

Iowa Congressman Rod Blum probably thought he’d get voters riled up when he questioned why Obamacare mandates men pay for maternity care — and it did, just not in the way he intended. During a town hall meeting with constituents in Dubuque last Monday, Blum called out what he said were...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:09pm

MTA rolls out ‘Baby on Board’ buttons to encourage courtesy among strangers

You’ve surely seen “Baby on Board” signs on countless cars over the years, but a button version may be coming soon to a New York subway train near you. The MTA is releasing the free button, as well as one that says, “Please offer me a seat,” as a pilot program of its...

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 5:26pm

Pregnant workers' rights bill set to pass in Massachusetts

Legislation mandating accommodations for pregnant women on the job appears likely to become law this session, barring unforeseen complications, after the Massachusetts House unanimously passed a bill that already has the support of a majority of the Senate and the governor. The so-called Pregnant...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:48am

Why maternity photo shoots are all the rage

After love, then (maybe) marriage, but before the baby in the baby carriage, now there’s another step: the maternity photo shoot. Celebs, of course, have been at it awhile. You can trace the trend all the way back to Demi Moore’s 1991 Vanity Fair Cover. Beyonce set the world on...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 2:03pm

BTW, Serena Williams’ pregnancy announcement was actually an accident

Remember that time Serena Williams announced her pregnancy with a Snapchat that simply said “20 weeks?” And then later hastily deleted it? Well, she would like you to know the whole thing was an accident. Her bad! During a Ted Talk with Gayle King, the tennis legend admitted she didn...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:17pm

'Rainbow babies' give expectant moms hope

The most difficult event a parent can experience is the loss of a child. When the child is a newborn or in utero, the pain is particularly acute, and a subsequent pregnancy can bring about equally intense feelings of joy and relief.   A baby born after a miscarriage or stillbirth has come...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:14pm