Chocolate, little dark brown squares of sweetness that melt in your mouth, may be a guilty pleasure or a love that people confidently declare. In fact, Jo Brand, an English comedian, once said, “anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” As it turns out, chocolate not only tastes good but is also beneficial for fetal health according … Read More

Recently, there has been a lot of debate about exercise and pregnancy due to the rise of pregnant women staying active. When discussing this topic, many encourage women to maintain an active lifestyle while pregnant, while others criticize such women, suggesting they hurt their bodies and babies. Published in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Morris … Read More

Along with the pain and joys of pregnancy comes the strange phenomenon of pregnancy cravings. Although there are hypotheses posed as to why pregnant women experience this condition, it remains a mystery as to why some women undergo these cravings while other women do not. Moreover, some women, rather than desiring a specific food, experience feelings of aversion to certain types of … Read More

Expecting mothers are told to be especially careful during pregnancy—and not without reason. There are many foods, chemicals and activities that might harm a fetus. The science behind the restrictions that pregnant women religiously observe stems from tangible studies. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently found that traces of the mother’s … Read More

Flu-like symptoms, slow deterioration of the immune system, fatal complications of a lung infection: this is the general progression of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Although there is currently no cure for the disease, affected individuals can successfully slow down the progression of the virus through a combination of three different medications from two classes of anti-viral drugs. There are many different … Read More

For many parents, their children become their whole world the minute they are born. From nurturing mothers and protective fathers, children are the joy and life of many parents. But protecting a child doesn’t just start when they take their first breath. For mothers, it starts when the baby is conceived. Pregnancy is only the first step in … Read More

All the parenting advice floating around can easily take all the excitement out of a pregnancy. It can seem like everyone, from other parents to the almighty mother-in-law to the yoga instructor, has something to say about what to do and what not to do as an expecting mom. But, here are some common do’s and … Read More

There are multiple ways for women to prevent pregnancies during intercourse; many of them are common and well-talked about. However, men are also capable of practicing contraceptive methods besides the most common one: the use of condoms. Men have five birth control options which include abstinence, condoms, outercourse, vasectomy, and withdrawal. Abstinence includes forgoing sexual activity. It’s simple. … Read More

In humans, male fetuses are more susceptible to unfavorable conditions than female fetuses. Past studies show that female fetuses are more likely to survive the pregnancy when their mothers are in poor health than males. Male fetus survival rates are more dependent on the nutrients given to the fetus than female fetus survival rates. This explains … Read More

Of all the parts of the human body, belly buttons tend to go unnoticed. Everyone has one, but it serves no obvious purpose and requires little to no maintenance. So, what is the significance behind having a belly button? The belly button, also called the navel, is the site of fetal umbilical cord attachment during … Read More

Scientifically and philosophically, the start of a life is not only amazing but is also one of the most complex phenomenons in nature. Sadly, pregnancy can also be marred by complications, such as ectopic pregnancy, or tubal pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is a complication that occurs in the first trimester of pregnancy in which the fertilized egg … Read More

Did you know that your stress levels during pregnancy may affect your baby’s development? Recent research has revealed that when it comes to keeping your baby healthy, your mental health during pregnancy may be just important as your physical health. A study done in 2014 showed that a pregnant mother’s anxiety levels could affect her baby’s development even at the … Read More

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