Is it Safe to Induce at Full Term?

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Elective inductions might not be so taboo anymore. A new study from Thomas Jefferson University has dissociated full-term, non-medically required inductions from c-sections after performing controlled trials on 844 women. While full term is technically considered 40 weeks, researchers looked at women induced at both 39 and 40 weeks, finding... Read more

5 Ways to Reduce Stress During Pregnancy

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It's easy to get stressed out during pregnancy; you're growing a human being and preparing to raise it to adulthood, after all! But to commemorate National Stress Awareness Month, we're reminding you that too much stress can be especially detrimental during pregnancy, contributing to eczema and asthma in baby. So what's a mom-to-be... Read more

Happy Easter! 5 Spring Baby Announcement Ideas

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The coinciding of Easter and Passover means an abundance of family get-togethers this weekend. And if you're expecting, that's the perfect opportunity to share the big news. We've rounded up the top five most festive, springy, pastel pregnancy announcements. Want to steal one? We won't tell.     https://instagram.com/p/s7aCi_y8g3/?taken-by=ttomasihill        ... Read more

Working Moms By the Numbers

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The recent revival of the Young v. UPS case brought pregnant workers' rights front and center. Should they be entitled to the same workplace accommodations given to similarly restricted workers? Yes, the Supreme Court ruled, although Young will have to take her case back down to the Fourth Circuit. Why the fixation on a case... Read more

It's Not 50-50: Why Your Chances of Having a Boy Are Slightly Higher

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Seem like everyone you know is making the "It's a boy!" announcement? It's not just you -- it's statistics. Since the 17th century, scientists have noticed a slightly tilted sex ratio at birth: 51 percent of babies born are boys. The long-held belief is that gender is determined at conception, but a group of biologists... Read more

Demystifying Fetal Surgery: Behind the Scenes of 'Twice Born'

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You've heard about birth defects. You've probably heard of the rare in-utero surgeries that can help correct them. But now, you'll actually be able to see them. Tuesday night marks the premiere of Twice Born, a three-part PBS documentary profiling the parents, doctors and babies involved in fetal surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.... Read more

World Doula Week: 5 Reasons to Consider a Labor Coach

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It's the final day of World Doula Week! What's a doula? How can she improve your birthing experience? An actual doula weighs in. 'Doula' is a Greek term for 'slave', which was appropriated to describe the women who lend themselves to serve birthing mothers. I use the term birth coach since most people understand what that... Read more

Gender Mixups: Why Do They Happen?

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Just when you purchase 40 pink balloons for your awesome gender reveal, you get this news. Ultrasounds aren't 100 percent accurate when it comes to determining gender. We watched the shock and surprise of one family earlier this month when their "little girl" turned out to be a boy. And as sonographer Catherine E.... Read more

Geneticists Offer Position Statement on NIPTs

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Non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPTs) are advanced screenings for genetic diseases. The key word being screenings. They can tell you that your baby might have a problem, but false alarms are still possible. The confusion about when to get one and whether the touted 99 percent accuracy is true might be what prevented experts from issuing... Read more

Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Omega-3

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You might want to up your omega-3 intake -- it could do wonders for baby's brain development. A new study found only 27 percent of pregnant women get enough omega-3 during pregnancy, a fatty acid found in fish, seafood and seaweed products. While you do want to steer clear of mercury-rich seafood... Read more