Morning sickness is the feeling of nausea, with or without vomiting, that many women experience while pregnant. This guide will walk you through using food to cope with morning sickness.

By Dr. Nicole Avena

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The first three months of your pregnancy, otherwise known as the first trimester, are especially important, as the cells in your baby’s body are rapidly growing and differentiating, eventually forming the skeletal system and the various organs and organ systems, such as the nervous and cardiovascular systems. Throughout your pregnancy, there are certain periods, called “critical windows,” when particular organs or tissues develop. During these periods, proper nutrition is especially important, as risk for damage to these organs or tissues is increased. During the first three months, however, you may not feel like eating much at all. …

I know I should be taking fish oil during pregnancy, but why? And what’s the best one to take for pregnancy? OBGYN Dr. Gleaton explains it all.

By Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, Chief Medical Advisor, Natalist

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Fish oil contains many nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy that not only support heart health, but the development of the fetal nervous system. So what kind of supplements should you be taking for a healthy pregnancy, and what should you be looking for in a good fish oil?

Supplements to take during pregnancy

A healthy pregnancy should start with a healthy diet, which is why prenatal vitamins and supplements are so important. A good prenatal supplement routine will include a multitude of vitamins and minerals…

Amid sleep deprivation, hormonal shifts, doctors appointments, and feeding schedules, there’s tons to remember during the postpartum period. So do we really still need a prenatal vitamin after having a baby?

By Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, Chief Medical Advisor, Natalist

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Amid sleep deprivation, hormonal shifts, doctors appointments, and feeding schedules, there’s tons to remember, and sadly to forget, during the postpartum period. For most of us, taking a prenatal vitamin is one of them. So do we really still need a prenatal vitamin after having a baby?

Can I take prenatal vitamins after giving birth, and if so, for how long?

While most of us consider prenatal vitamins (PNVs) non negotiable during pregnancy, there is significant evidence supporting the benefits of prenatal vitamins even after delivery. Most OBGYNs recommend taking a PNV as long as you are breastfeeding. If not breastfeeding, then the general recommendation is to continue taking them until at least six weeks postpartum. …

Undoubtedly, I am a better physician and clinician because of my experience with infertility and recurrent miscarriage. While I often felt helpless when treating patients battling infertility and miscarriage before, I now share my story as a source of encouragement.

By Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, Chief Medical Advisor, Natalist

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My fertility journey

It might be surprising to learn that I did not always want children of my own. Sure they’re cute, cuddly, and fun, but they’re lots of work and demand lots of time — of which I had little to spare as a budding OBGYN.

But after being blessed with a wonderful husband, who exceeded all expectations, and sharing in the beautiful birth story of so many patients with their spouses, I warmed up to the idea. …

There are a lot of wives tales about pregnancy sickness and gender, but is morning sickness really gender related? In this guide, OBGYN Dr. Gleaton dives into the data.

By Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, Chief Operating Officer, Natalist

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Seventy to eighty percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness, making it one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. So what causes it, and is it true that the gender of your baby can play a role in its severity?

What is morning sickness?

Morning sickness, otherwise known as NVP (nausea and vomiting during pregnancy) is a common symptom of early pregnancy. There’s no definitive cause of morning sickness, but some theories suggest that the increase in pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) could be to blame.

There are eight B vitamins, collectively referred to as the vitamin B complex, and they are a critical component of prenatal nutrition. In this guide, we’ll discuss all eight B vitamins, including which ones to look for in a prenatal.

By Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, Chief Operating Officer, Natalist

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You have probably heard of biotin (B7), folate (B9), and B12 (cobalamin), but may be less familiar with pyridoxine (B6) and thiamin (B1). All these nutrients are part of the B vitamin family. There are eight B vitamins, collectively referred to as the vitamin B complex, and they are a critical component of prenatal nutrition. …

Is there a difference between a round of IVF and cycle of IVF? What does it even mean when someone says “two cycles of IVF”? In this article, IVF veteran Halle Tecco explores the definition.

By Halle Tecco, MPH, Chief Executive Officer @ Natalist

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It seems like we’re missing a consensus among patients and providers on the definition of a “round” or “cycle” of IVF. I would consider myself an IVF veteran, yet I don’t know if I’ve been through five or 13 rounds. Or is it cycles? …

Genetics is so interesting — it can contribute to some siblings who look nearly identical, while others make you question if they’re even related. In this guide, we’ll walk through how genetics can impact some of your child’s physical traits.

By Shannon Wieloch, Genome Medical

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Decoding the genetic code

Think of your genetic information like a series of books (larger than the seven books in Harry Potter yet smaller than the 75 issues of The Sandman).

Everyone should have two copies of each book (chromosome). Each book has thousands of words (genes) in it. …

Are you doing research on which pregnancy test is right for you? You may have heard about “sensitivity,” but what exactly does it mean? In this guide, we’ll answer all your questions about pregnancy test sensitivity.

By Courteney Bechtel

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Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is the pregnancy hormone detected by an at-home pregnancy test. hCG is made by cells formed in a placenta, and if you are pregnant, you can begin detecting it in your urine. When testing for pregnancy at home, you’ll want a test with a high sensitivity, meaning it can detect pregnancy as early as possible.

What does “sensitivity” mean when testing for pregnancy?

Taking a step back, the sensitivity of a test is a test’s ability to correctly give a positive result. So, the more sensitive the test, the fewer false negative results (e.g. a result that shows up as negative when in fact the person is pregnant). …

Known as the mask of pregnancy, melasma is a common skin condition during pregnancy…but why does it happen, and how can you treat it?

By Dr. Kenosha Gleaton, Chief Medical Advisor, Natalist

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We know that pregnancy is a beautiful journey that can bring about a lot of changes (some great, some not-so-great). You’ve had morning sickness, read about swollen ankles, and now may notice subtle changes in your skin.

What is melasma?

Meslasma refers to a skin condition marked by brown or gray patches on the skin, most commonly found on the cheeks, forehead, and nose. Melasma is frequently caused by sun exposure and hormonal changes such as pregnancy or taking birth control pills. …

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