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Getting Treated For Depression Is Even Harder When You're Pregnant

Getting pregnant changes a woman’s hormonal state: there’s a normal chemical interplay between mother and fetus. Hormones affect the brain, and their effects can differ in people. So if no one is surprised when a pregnant woman feels elated, why are they surprised when some pregnant women are clinically depressed? » 5/28/15 5:20pm 5/28/15 5:20pm

One Weird Trick Female Animals Use to Control Who Gets Them Pregnant

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Much like the United States Congress, the history of science is overwhelmingly white and male, and unsurprisingly, this has led to a pretty significant lag time in scientific understanding of things that relate to women. When it comes to animal sexual selection, we know a lot about how and why males compete for female… » 2/19/15 4:49pm 2/19/15 4:49pm

Midwives Are Often Safer Than Docs–Why Don't They Deliver More Babies?

This month, Britain's national health service advised women with low-risk pregnancies that it was safer to give birth under the supervision of midwives than doctors, as the latter are more likely to perform interventions like forceps deliveries and cesarean sections that carry risks of infection and surgical accidents. » 12/17/14 9:20am 12/17/14 9:20am

Ghost Child: The Strange, Misunderstood World of Delusional Pregnancy

I. Ruby lost her virginity in July of this year, not long after she turned 28. Five days later, she knew, with deep certainty and not a little dread, that she was pregnant. Her nipples grew and darkened, she says; her abdomen tingled. The man she'd slept with refused to see her, and when he finally agreed to meet up,… » 12/10/14 1:12pm 12/10/14 1:12pm

How can a small piece of copper prevent you from getting pregnant?

Birth control comes in all shapes and sizes, from the incredibly high-tech to the ridiculously simple. So if you're worried about the long-term effects of taking hormones, or tired of taking a daily birth-control pill, there's always another method of birth control that's simple, cheap and effective: the Copper T. The… » 9/18/12 11:07am 9/18/12 11:07am

More evidence that a drink (or two) won't hurt your unborn baby

While going off on a tequila bender is decidedly not a good thing if you're carrying an unborn child, there's an increasing body of evidence that suggest low to moderate drinking might not be the worst thing imaginable for your baby. A cohort of five papers have just been published from Denmark, looking at maternal… » 6/22/12 9:40am 6/22/12 9:40am

10 Things To Keep In Mind On Your First Trip To Low Earth Orbit

The future of civilian space travel in low Earth orbit (or "LEO," for those in-the-know) is looking brighter by the day, but what will life be like when you're soaring hundreds of miles above Earth's surface? How will you eat, how will you sleep, and how will you go to the bathroom? We've got a preview of ten things… » 12/05/11 10:25am 12/05/11 10:25am