8 Things We Learned In 2013 About Having Babies

When it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, it seems like parents-to-be often fall into two camps: Those who devour every bit of information they can get their hands on about what to expect and how to prepare (heh), and those who take a less-is-more approach when it comes to the latest research.

But really, keeping up with all the information being thrown at you — at the same time that you’re doing the very hard work of growing your family, or trying to — can be overwhelming. That’s why we assembled this list of eight of the biggest health research findings about preconception, pregnancy and childbirth to come out in the last 12 months — with the caveat that science is a process and any finding requires replication and verification before it’s considered definitive. Because while we at HuffPost Parents support anyone’s decision to put their heads down, ear-buds in and do this whole baby-having thing their own way, we also believe that being informed can help parents-to-be make decisions that feel right to them — in consult with their doctors, nurses, midwives, etc.

So with that in mind, here are just eight of the most interesting things researchers learned about making and having babies in 2013:


Scan down and see the Pregnancy Week By Week. Amazing !