• What to Expect: The First Hour After Birth

    Your baby is here! You've heard a first cry! The announcement of boy or girl has been made. The first test, the Apgar, has been administered and everything is great, but there's more. What can you expect to happen? How might you feel? Find out!

  • Pregnancy and Alcohol Consumption

    Alcohol, found in wine, beer and liquors, is a toxic substance that is quickly transferred from the mother's bloodstream to the baby's.

  • Pregnancy and Drug Use

    Women can have special risk factors for drug abuse. Women can become addicted quickly to certain drugs, such as crack cocaine. Therefore, by the time they seek help, their addiction may be difficult to treat

  • Holiday Sanity Savers

    Feeling stressed just thinking about all the things that you need to accomplish over the next few weeks? You're certainly in good company. The holidays are a major source of stress for many people -- and for good reason, too.

  • Safety of Vitamin A Intake During Pregnancy

    Studies have shown a link between taking high doses of Vitamin A (as retinol or retinyl esters) during early pregnancy and certain birth defects. How much and what forms of Vitamin A is safe during pregnancy? Are there other medications or foods that should be avoided?

  • Depression: Prozac for Kids?

    Overall, 6 percent of children and teenagers in the United States take medication for depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other behavioral and emotional problems.

  • Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy

    Many people have turned to holistic approaches to health care, which include the use of herbs, as an alternative to traditional medicine. There are some herbs, however, that shouldn't be used during pregnancy because of what they do to reproductive organs or because of naturally-occurring substances found in them.

  • Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

    We know some foods actually carry risks in pregnancy. The risks are very small, and even if you do eat some of these foods, perhaps without realizing, you are very unlikely to harm yourself or your baby in any way. However, it makes sense to avoid them when you can.

  • Intercourse During Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is a time of many changes for both partners, including changes in their sexual relationship. You and your partner may experience different emotions and feelings, so communication is as important now as always.

  • Early Pregnancy Symptoms

    The onset and degree of pregnancy symptoms will vary within women. Many women experience them within days of conception, others take a few weeks before these signs of pregnancy kick in and a lucky few feel no discomfort at all.