Fetal Development

  • Bonding with Your Baby in Utero

    It's very rare to hear a man talk about how he bonded with his baby whilst it was still in the womb. For that matter I think the majority of men don't feel a strong bond with their baby for several weeks or even months. Why is this the case? What can we do about it?

  • Folic acid critical for early embryonic development

    Most neural tube defects and many developmental problems are preventable if moms-to-be take folic acid before and during their pregnancy. Have you had yours today?

  • Alcohol and Pregnancy: What You Should Know

    When you consume alcohol, so does your baby. Alcohol freely passes through the placenta to your baby. Alcohol can have an adverse effect on your baby's development.

  • Key Fetal Development Milestones During Pregnancy

    Wondering what's happening in your womb? Here are the fetal development milestones you can expect as the weeks roll by.

  • Improve your baby's early reading skills in the womb

    How does reading to your baby-to-be increase his or her early reading skills? While there's been a bunch of research to support the benefits, the results might surprise you! We ask, why wouldn't you want to?

  • Low Potassium and Magneisum

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,

  • Boys, Girls...Different from Birth?

    Teachers, pediatricians, and veteran parents alike will tell you that boys and girls play differently, speak differently, and react emotionally to situations differently. But the question remains...why?

  • Twins are Different Sizes

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,
    I found out via ultrasound on October 28th that I am pregnant with identical twins (in the same sack). On 10/28, the larger twin (twin A) was measuring 5 weeks 6 days with a faint heartbeat. Twin B was smaller (I don't know how much smaller), and no heartbeat was detectable. 5 days later, on November 2, I had a follow-up ultrasound b/c of bleeding. Twin A is now measuring 7 weeks 4 days, and twin B is measuring between 5 weeks 6 days and 6 weeks 1 day. No heartbeat for twin B yet.

  • Will Snoring Affect the Baby?

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,
    My wife is 36-weeks pregnant. She generally snores at a medium sound level while sleeping. I haven't told her yet thinking it might hurt her feelings. Her snoring absolutely does not disturb me.

    My concern is regarding the unborn baby. Will the noise disturb the baby in any way, say health wise, mental development, his hearing capacity or otherwise?

  • Pregnant for the Holidays: To Toast or Not to Toast?

    With the holidays rapidly approaching, the age old question raises itself along with the clink of glasses -- can I join in the festivities with family and friends by having an alcoholic drink to celebrate. Maybe just one?