Pregnancy Library

  • Nurse Home Visits Support New Families’ Health
    Three new studies highlight the value of home visits by nurses in pregnancy and throughout infancy. Dr. Harriet Kitzman and her team of the University of Rochester in New York looked at the effect of prenatal ...
  • Emotions Surrounding Pregnancy Loss
    Pregnancy loss, or fetal death, can happen at any stage of pregnancy. It is more likely to occur before 12 weeks, when it is referred to as miscarriage. After 20 weeks' gestation, it is called ...
  • Anxiety in Pregnancy
    Pregnancy can be both an exciting and worrying time for parents-to-be. Pregnant women experience a range of physical and emotional changes, all of which may trigger anxiety. Fear of the unknown, stress, feelings of insecurity ...
  • Exercise and Depression in Pregnancy and Beyond
    Research suggests that exercise can have a moderating influence on the risk of depression in pregnancy as well as in the postpartum period. A lack of exercise during pregnancy has been associated with a higher ...
  • Body Dissatisfaction and Pregnancy
    Pregnancy is associated with dramatic changes in women's body shape and size, and for many women, these changes trigger mixed emotions. For some, ...
  • Pregnancy and Psychotropic Medications
    Pregnancy can be a challenging time for women with long-term mental disorders. While mental illness is common among women of childbearing age, it ...
  • Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression
    Postpartum, or postnatal, depression affects a significant proportion of women after they have had a baby. It usually develops in the first four to ...
  • Work Stress Linked to Low Birthweight and Preterm Birth
    Women with greater working demands tend to have a higher risk of small babies and preterm birth, according to recent findings. A team from University College Dublin, Ireland, examined figures on 676 women who were working ...
  • Exercise During Pregnancy
    Recently, I read an article citing a 2002 report by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). It stated that pregnancy is no longer a condition for confinement. Confinement? Really? ...
  • Restrained Eaters May ‘Let Go’ During Pregnancy
    Women who usually are restrained eaters tend to gain more weight than other women when they're pregnant, say researchers. Excess weight gain may be linked to child obesity, so a team from the University of ...
  • Breast-Feeding vs. Bottle-Feeding
    Now here's a topic that's guaranteed to raise the ire of those who are committed to either position. I've enjoyed the impassioned debate, largely because I'm thrilled to see people on both sides who are ...
  • Beware the Superbaby Syndrome
    Some unscrupulous people try to exploit the natural insecurities and desires of new parents. They'll promise to turn your child into a prodigy if you'll just buy their program or products and do exactly what ...
  • Recognizing the Baby Blues (Postpartum Depression)
    Your new baby is here! Everyone is joyous, happy, and grateful that the birth went smoothly and you came out of it fine. So how come you're feeling sad for no reason? Will this feeling ...
  • Medications: Special Considerations
    Children, the elderly, and pregnant and nursing women have special concerns and needs when taking psychotherapeutic medications. Some effects of medications on the growing body, the aging body, and the childbearing body are known, but ...

 

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