Author: Alice Domar

Alice D. Domar, Ph.D is the author of the new book Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom (Tarcher, 2016). She is an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology, part-time, Harvard Medical School, the director of integrative care at Boston IVF, and the executive director of the Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health.

Matt Damon’s interview about George and Amal Clooney’s newly announced twin pregnancy got about as much attention as the pregnancy announcement itself. And the issue which received the most focus was the fact that George had told Matt about the pregnancy at only eight weeks gestation. Matt’s reaction was apparently incredulity...

UH-OH. That was the title of one of the emails I saw as soon as I got to my office yesterday. One of my patients had just found out that she was pregnant, for the fourth time, and she and her husband were already parenting three young children. The third...

One of my pregnant patients sat in my office earlier this week and wondered aloud if she was depressed. She reported feeling tired, felt physically lethargic, had trouble sleeping, had appetite changes, and her libido had decreased. If she hadn’t been pregnant, I likely would have agreed with her and...

When a study was published this month by a group of Spanish researchers on the impact of pregnancy on a woman’s brain, there were alarmist headlines everywhere. Various media reports made it sound as if pregnancy made women stupid since the study, published in the medical journal Nature Neuroscience, indicated that...

Most of my pregnant patients tell me that they have conflicts with their partner at some point in their pregnancy and my response is to say that I would be shocked if they didn’t! Pregnancy seems like the perfect set-up for misunderstandings, resentments, and miscommunication. There are many reasons why, which include...

Long ago I heard of an obstetrician, when asked by a pregnant patient up to what week or month she could have sex during her pregnancy, answer, “Well, I guess you could have sex in the labor room but it might embarrass some of the nurses”. Although I doubt that...