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?

  • 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?

  • Tummy measuring bigger than normal

    I went in for my 24 week check up last week and when my ob/gyn measured my tummy it measured in at 29 weeks. This is my second pregancy and my first pregnancy was naturally conceived faternal twins. I have had five ultrasounds and they all show one baby at normal size, but it has been feeling like twins since my fourth month. However, I've never been pregnant with just one so I don't know if what I am feeling is normal for one.

  • Zeroing in on Childhood Obesity

    The urgency of the childhood obesity problem is forcing researchers to take new and innovative approaches to tackling this issue.