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Threats to the fetus during pregnancy


Change in Mother’s Mental State Can Influence Her Baby’s Development Before and After Birth

As a fetus grows, it’s constantly getting messages from its mother. It’s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother’s mental state. If the mother is depressed, that affects how the baby develops after it’s born.... More>


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Influence Your Child’s Palate Before Birth


True Love May Wait—But Waiting Won’t Make You a Safer Lover Later On

Whether sex education focuses only on abstinence or teaches students about contraception and other topics as well, it all shares one main message: Wait. In abstinence-only, students are exhorted to wait for sex until they’re married. In “comprehensive” or “abstinence-plus,” the idea is to delay sexual relations until . . . later.... More>