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