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The Science of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a biological necessity for survival. Traditionally, however, our knowledge about pregnancy and pregnant women have lagged.

Dr. Alison Paquette, a research scientist in ISB’s Hood-Price Lab, hosted a video question-and-answer session where she discussed pregnancy, the placenta, preterm birth, and much more. 

Are you curious about the science behind pregnancy? You can watch Paquette’s Q&A video presentation at the top of this page, or you can watch her answers to individual questions (What is a healthy pregnancy? What happens when you donate your placenta to research? What country has the lowest maternal mortality rate, and why?) below.

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  • You will find a list of references at the bottom of this story.

 

What is a healthy pregnancy?

Length: 2 minutes, 16 seconds

How to maintain a healthy pregnancy

Length: 2 minutes, 37 seconds

Common pregnancy complications

Length: 47 seconds

What is — and what causes — preterm birth?

Length: 1 minute, 35 seconds

Why is it important to identify pregnancy complications?

Length: 1 minute, 6 seconds

How has pregnancy changed over time in the U.S.?

Length: 2 minutes, 20 seconds

Who has the lowest maternal mortality, and why?

Length: 1 minute, 32 seconds

What is the placenta?

Length: 2 minutes, 4 seconds

Donating your placenta for research

Length: 1 minute, 38 seconds

Gender differences while pregnant

Length: 1 minute, 48 seconds

Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Length: 1 minute, 45 seconds

References

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