Study: Hormone May Predict Baby Blues

Measuring levels of a hormone midway through pregnancy may predict a woman's risk of postnatal depression, according to a new study.In the study of 100 women, levels of the pCRH hormone at 25 weeks helped predict three-quarters of those who developed the "baby blues". Continue Reading

Getting Fit for Pregnancy

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and the theme is “Getting Fit for Pregnancy.”Birth defects affect approximately one in 33 newborns and are a leading cause of infant mortality in the United States.Good health habits include knowing your family history, keeping regular check-ups with a doctor and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and a healthy diet. For every woman of childbearing age, these habits should also include taking a multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid daily, starting before she gets pregnant, to improve the likelihood of Continue Reading

Calculating the Odds of a Baby Through IVF

For any woman undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) to overcome infertility, the big question is: What are my chances of having a baby? Pretty good, according to a new study, which finds that women's chances of live birth via IVF may be similar to those of other women their age in the general population — better for younger women, not as good for older ones.In an analysis of the overall live-birth rate for 6,164 patients at a Massachusetts fertility clinic, researchers from Boston IVF and Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center found that in women ages 39 and younger who were treated with up Continue Reading

Pregnancy Ticker: Pregnancy Planet

I love coming across new pregnancy countdown tickers and sharing them with all of you. How cute is this "It's a Boy" ticker from! Of course, they offer a pink "It's a Girl" ticker too. Pregnancy Planet is an online social community for parents. They also offer a good selection of pregnancy tickers. Check out all of their pregnancy tickers here. If you're not there yet, but are trying to conceive, check out their TTC tickers here. We've already featured lots of tickers here on BBA in the past, so click here to check them all out. Continue Reading

Pregnant Man…is Pregnant Again

Thomas Beatie, the former Hawaiian beauty queen who became a man, caused a worldwide clamor when the transgendered male gave birth to his own daughter in June. Now, he's announced he's pregnant with his second child, due on June 12.In an upcoming interview with Barbara Walters in a special on ABC, Beatie says that after the birth of his daughter on June 24, he didn't resume male hormone treatment so he could get pregnant again. His wife is unable to conceive a child because she had a hysterectomy. Beatie's story will air Friday. Walters highlighted the interview on her daytime chat show, "The Continue Reading

Unique Pregnancy Ticker from I am Pregnant

This pregnancy ticker from I am Pregnant shows a white puzzle to start with. Every 4 days of your pregnancy a piece of the puzzle is taken away You can choose from their selection of pictures or even use your own photo (maybe an ultrasound picture) for the ticker. Just upload it in the right column.For more tickers that we've featured here on BBA, click here. Continue Reading

Pregnancy Weight Gain, Big Babies Linked

Gaining 40 pounds or more during pregnancy nearly doubles the risk of having a baby who weighs nine pounds or more, in turn increasing the health risks to mother and baby, according to a new study. Continue Reading

A Must-Watch for Clueless All Parents-to-Be

My husband and I were pretty clueless about pregnancy and parenting when I found out I was pregnant. I knew we needed to learn as much as we could before the baby arrived, so we wouldn't be more overwhelmed than we needed to be facing parenthood. We read books, took classes at the hospital (childbirth, newborn care and breastfeeding) and checked out some videos from the library. This all helped, but was very time consuming. I was recently introduced to the Laugh and Learn DVD Series (Childbirth, Breastfeeding & Newborn Baby Care). Wow! I watched the DVDs and all I can think is that I wish Continue Reading

Pregnancy Ticker: What To Expect

Another pregnancy ticker option for your blog. This one is from What To Expect. Thanks for sending this one to us, Cindy.Click here for all the other tickers we've feature here on BBA. Continue Reading

Baby Etiquette Week: Day 5 Baby Showers continued…

It's the final day of Baby Etiquette Week. So far, we've covered "Your Friend Is Pregnant," "How Much & When To Give Baby Gifts," "A Gift For The New Parents," and "Throwing a Baby Shower". Here's a little more to make Throwing a Baby Shower a smooth process.Are baby showers for both parents or just for the new mom?While most baby showers are traditionally "for women only", coed showers are definitely becoming more popular. Check with the soon-to-be parents for their preference.Where, When and What do you do at a baby shower?Baby showers can be given anywhere from a home to a restaurant. Continue Reading