Model Chrissy Teigen announced late yesterday on Instagram that she and husband John Legend, lost their baby. She and John are already parents to a daughter, Luna, 4 and a son, Miles, 2. Teigen was hospitalized on Sunday and said she had suffered from bleeding for a few weeks and that she had a “weak placenta” and had...

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Pregnancy and infant loss is defined when you loose a pregnancy or a child at any time during pregnancy or infancy due to: miscarriage stillbirth neonatal mortality infant mortality  Some facts about pregnancy and infant loss: 1 in 2 pregnancies are lost due to early miscarriage 1 in 4 women will loose...

Why Do Babies Have Swollen Genitals At Birth?

Babies of either gender may be born with what appears to be swollen and irritated genitals. This is thought to be caused by increased levels of female hormones while inside the uterus and also being immersed in amniotic fluid for a long time. Fluid may also accumulate in some areas with loose tissue, such as the vagina and...

What Is Lanugo?

What is lanugo? Lanugo is the fine hair that covers the body of some newborns. This thin, soft body hair is the first type of hair that grows from the hair follicles. It can be found everywhere on a baby’s body, except body parts that do not have hair follicles such as the palms, lips, and soles of the feet. Most fetuses...

When Your Baby Is Born With Birthmarks

Types of birthmarks Birthmarks are skin abnormalities that are present when a baby is born. They can appear on nearly every part of a baby's skin, and when they are small they usually have no effects on the baby’s health. There are two types of birthmarks: Vascular birthmarks: These are made up of blood vessels that have not...

Screening for Health Issues - Telemedicine

All women should be regularly screened for certain health issues. This is becoming even more important at the time of COVID-19 and telemedicine Breast Cancer ScreeningReview periodic screening guidelinesAssess for genetic predispositionsAssess for symptomsIf symptoms, clinical breast examDecision for screening breast exam...

How Much Exercise Is Too Much For Fertility?

The healthier you are, the easier it will be for you to conceive. By maintaining a healthy weight and eating right, your reproductive organs will work better, as will the rest of your body. In fact, health is an important part of every step of the pregnancy process, from conception to gestation to delivery. Exercise should be...

How Food and Fitness Affect Fertility

There’s a lot of information out there about fertility and exercise, despite the fact that the idea that weight controls fertility hasn’t been popular in western medicine until fairly recent. Interestingly though, it’s more than just exercise that influences fertility. It’s overall health that really makes a difference, and...

Racial Differences in Postpartum Depression and Care

What is postpartum depression? Postpartum depression is a serious and debilitating illness that affects approximately 10%–20% of women who give birth. There are no disparities in rates of postpartum depression by race and ethnicity  Impoverished women have about twice the rate of postpartum depression when compared to middle-...

Infertility and Black Women and Men

Infertility is increased among black women Infertility affects at least 12 percent of all women up to the age of 44, and studies suggest black women may be almost twice as likely to experience infertility as white women. In this population-based sample, black women were more likely than white women to have experienced...

Bed Rest During Pregnancy

Pregnant women are often advised to be on bed rest when they encounter pregnancy complications. About one in five women are placed on bed rest or limited activity during their pregnancy. There are a few if any indications for bed rest/activity restrictions and  there is not much scientific evidence that either bed rest or...

The Difference Between Sex and Gender Identity

Beyond binary sex and gender Among the first questions that pregnant people get when they tell others that they are expecting are "what is the baby's sex" and  “is it a boy or a girl?” However, sex and gender are a lot more complicated than just the binary sex that is assigned at birth.  What is sex? Sex is an individual’s...

Is MSG Safe During Pregnancy?

What is MSG monosodium glutamate? When you get a new type of Chinese takeout for dinner, you might notice a common taste between that and the different Chinese takeout you had last time, even if you got a different dish. This is no coincidence, as you probably taste a compound called monosodium glutamate. Monosodium glutamate,...

Your Personal Hyperemesis Gravidarum Results

Thank you for completing the Hyperemesis Gravidarum Assessment! We are now sending you an email with the link to your personalized hyperemesis gravidarum results, your Pregnancy-Unique Quantification of Emesis (PUQE) Score. This may take several minutes. If you do not receive your results, you may want to check your spam and...

Your Personal Preeclampsia Risk Results

Thank you for completing the Preeclampsia Risk Assessment! We are now sending you an email with the link to your results. This may take several minutes. If you do not receive your results, you may want to check your spam or trash folders, or your email filters. More High-Risk Pregnancy Resources:High-Risk Pregnancy...
Using vital signs to measure health “Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so” ― Galileo Galilei Did you know that your fertility can tell you about how healthy you will be in the future? And that measuring your fertility as part of your vital signs could help you with improving your health? Vital signs...

Your Personal Postpartum Complications Results

Thank you for completing the Postpartum Assessment! We are now sending you an email with the link to your personalized results. This may take several minutes. If you do not receive your results, you may want to check your spam and trash folders or your email filters. More on Postpartum Complications:Postpartum Guide: The Fourth...

Your Personal Edinburgh Depression Score Results

Thank you for completing the Edinburgh Assessment! We are now sending you an email with the link to your personalized results. This may take several minutes. If you do not receive your results, you may want to check your spam and trash folders or your email filters. More on Pregnancy and Depression:The Baby Blues or Postpartum...

Your Personal Prenatal Risk Results

Thank you for completing the Prenatal Risk Assessment! We are now sending you an email with the link to your results. This may take several minutes. If you do not receive your results, you may want to check your spam or trash folders, or your email filters. More Pre-Pregnancy Resources:Our Pre-Pregnancy and Fertility GuidePre-...
For many women, emergency contraceptives are essential in preserving life as they knew it. Whether a sexual encounter was unplanned or the usual contraceptive methods didn’t work, emergency contraceptives are essential. Pills like Plan B can be taken the morning after these encounters and your risk for pregnancy will be greatly...

Head Engagement Lightening: When Your Baby Drops

What is lightening? For the better part of your pregnancy, your baby will be positioned upright for his or her development. However, at the end of your third trimester, your body will start naturally preparing for birth, and your baby will “drop” into the birthing position. This is also called lightening or head engagement....

Diet Pills, Pregnancy, Fertility, and Conception

Diet pills while conceiving and in pregnancy: Not a good idea Many experts agree that you should treat your time of conception and pregnancy as you would treat your pregnancy. Not only will you increase your chances of becoming pregnant by maintaining a healthy diet and limiting your consumption of unhealthy things such as...

Try to Avoid Dust During Your Pregnancy

The effects of dust during pregnancy When you have a baby growing in your belly, it doesn’t feel like the air you breathe will have any effect on the developing fetus. Of course, the foods you eat and the beverages you drink go straight to your belly, so you’re extra careful about those. Since air has nothing to do with the...

Newborns and Nail Salons

On a recent shopping trip with my family, I walked past a nail salon and nonchalantly looked inside. There, sitting on her mother’s lap, was a tiny little newborn dressed in pink. The mother was having a pedicure. Her newborn looked no more than a few weeks old.   Nail salons and infants Nail salons fall into a grey area for...
There is no age limit for a pregnancy test There is a push to prevent teen pregnancy and that push has resulted in a drop in teen pregnancy rates, but that doesn’t mean teens are not having sex and that they no longer need home pregnancy tests. Home pregnancy tests are sold in convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, and...
A dream is thought to be a connection of sorts between the subconscious and conscious world, but the strength of that connection and the interpretation of dreams in terms of real-life situations is something of a folk art. There are no medical studies on the accuracy of pregnancy dreams in predicting real-life pregnancies....

Manicures Before, During, And After Pregnancy

What is a manicure? A manicure is taking care of the hands ("mani" stands for hands) while a pedicure is taking care of feet ("pedi" stands for feet) For many people, a manicure is just painting nails. But it is much more. It is a cosmetic beauty treatment for the fingernails and hands. A manicure can be performed at home or...

hCG Levels and Sex of the Fetus

Could the hCG pregnancy hormone levels signify whether you may be having a boy or a girl? According to a recent study, women who carried a female fetus had hCG levels significantly higher than women who carried a male fetus. This finding is consistent with that same conclusion identified by several other researchers. In a study...

George Washington’s Infertility

Historians believe that George and Martha struggled with infertility – and suspect it was George’s issue. To review our history, George and Martha Washington were wed in 1759. Martha was a widow and had borne four children with her first husband, only two of whom survived past infancy. George adopted both children but, sadly,...

Why Was the Second Pregnancy Test Negative?

Why could the first pregnancy test be positive and the second test not be positive? If you’re trying to get pregnant time can stand still when you’re taking a pregnancy test. You know you are only waiting a couple of minutes, but it seems like the clock stopped ticking and the world is in a frozen state where the test will...

Is Baby Getting Enough Vitamin D?

For the most part, your breast milk is packed with nutrients for your baby. When you first begin breastfeeding, the milk is going to be thicker because it is essentially a shot of immunoglobins for your baby. These nutrients act as high-powered defenses against any infections or illnesses. Even after that, the milk your body is...

How Weather Affects Fertility and Pregnancy

What is barometric pressure? Barometric pressure is the weight of the air and gases in the atmosphere pressing down on us. It’s easy to assume that air particles are weightless, but they’re not, and some days more air is above us than others. Barometers are designed to determine the weight of the air in the atmosphere....

IVF: Fresh Versus Frozen Embryo Transfer

What is the usual in-vitro fertilization process? An average in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle involves several steps: Preparation of the uterus and ovary Stimulation of the ovaries Collection of eggs (egg retrieval) Fertilized of the egg with sperm Creation of embryos in the laboratory. What is a fresh embryo transfer? With a...

How to Determine the Sex of Your Fetus

Determining the sex of your baby can be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking parts of pregnancy. There are plenty of old wives’ tales that purport to tell which sex a baby is, as well as modern technological and medical advances that can predict and identify the gender. Here are some of the ways, both silly and serious,...
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we have asked our babyMed visitors whether they are more or less likely trying to get pregnant now. As of 5/25/2020 over 3,000 users have answered this question. Overall, 55.7% said that their plans are the same, 37.3% said they are more likely trying to get pregnant, and only 8.9%...

Labor and Delivery Room Behavior

The big day is about to arrive. You're filled with questions about what to expect on this special day - the do's and don'ts of delivery room etiquette, what will happen, who will be there to witness.  Let this page be your guide to all things "D-day" (delivery day). Congratulations! 7 Huge Delivery Room Don'ts 5 Ways to Say No...

Do I Have Morning Sickness or am I Sick?

Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy, but nausea can also be a sign of illnesses, like the flu or stomach virus. There are a few key differences between the two that can help pregnant women determine whether they should seek medical attention.  Is nausea the only symptom? A huge difference between nausea associated...

Prenatal Care in the Age of COVID-19 and Coronavirus

An updated model of prenatal care In December 2019, a new coronavirus was discovered that lead to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. The pandemic completely upended the traditional approach to prenatal care, probably for a long time. For now, a top priority during COVID-19 and beyond is to keep patients, their partners, support...

Should I Skip This Medical Appointment During COVID?

Never before living in a reality where a simple trip to see family or a ride on the subway has become a health hazard, our new normal during the Coronavirus pandemic is a jumbled mix of restrictions. We are finding new ways of doing simple tasks, albeit mixed with a lot of fear surrounding it all. The gist: Imposed restrictions...

Nausea and Vomiting During Labor and Delivery

One patient had a request of the universe when she went into labor, “Please don’t let me throw up on one of the nurses.” Of course, she did anyway. When telling the story, however, she laughed it off, saying she barely cared at the time, and that the nurse didn’t even seem to notice. This is not a rare occurrence in the labor...

Do Wet Nurses Still Exist?

What is a wet nurse? A wet nurse is a woman other than the baby's birth mother who breastfeeds a child. A wet nurse breastfeeds the child for different reasons, but usually because the birth mother is unable or does not want to breastfeed the baby herself.  The idea of wet nursing is one that left the western culture in the...

Is Sex During Your Period Safe?

Having sex during your period, during the time of your monthly bleeding, is a tricky situation. Not everyone is comfortable with the mechanics or mess of it yet many couples believe that this may be the only time to have unprotected sex without getting pregnant. But is that true? Period Calculator: Is Your Period Late? The gist...

Physical Symptoms During Pregnancy

Typical early pregnancy signs and symptoms are directly associated with increasing hCG levels. Early pregnancy symptoms affect all major body systems producing a range of physical symptoms from pelvic pain, missed periods, nausea, vomiting, and heartburn to abdominal achiness, hemorrhoids, and shortness of breath. All are one...

Will Your Baby’s Eyes Stay Blue?

I come from a blue-eyed, brown-haired family. Every person in my immediate lineage —cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents — has blue eyes and curly brown hair. So, you can imagine our surprise when my baby cousin’s blue eyes slowly started turning brown as his first birthday came up. Though his eyes were light, sky blue upon...
Despite the edict from the New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo imploring people to stay at home during this Coronavirus pandemic, people are out in droves in NYC parks thinking that they simply were not going to contract the disease. After all, it only affects the elderly and people with underlying conditions, right? You could...
Home birth or hospital birth during coronavirus outbreak If the worries about the COVID-19 are not already enough, some women are now questioning whether the hospital is the safest place to deliver the baby or whether they should delivery at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Not unlike many other unproven and unethical...

Vaginal Douching Decreases Fertility

What is vaginal douching? The word ''douche'' is a French word for ''wash'' or ''soak.''  Douching in English means washing or cleaning out the vagina with water or other mixtures of fluids. Douching requires that you insert a tube inside the vagina and spray fluid into the vagina to wash out the vagina. These fluids can be a...
New ASRM guidelines on fertility treatment and COVID-19 Coronavirus Infertility can be very stressful and is extremely expensive costing tens of thousands of dollars. As of March 17, 2020, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has issued new guidelines specifically for patients undergoing fertility treatments. ...

How To Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Transmission

Here is what we know about Coronavirus transmission There is still a lot we need to learn about COVID-19. The CDC publishes regularly an update on this. The virus often affects the respiratory tract leading to lung infection (pneumonia). It can be spread from person-to-person, mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an...

What is COVID-19 (2019-Novel Coronavirus)?

COVID-19 (2019-Novel Coronavirus) Outbreak This is the most recent coronavirus which was reported on January 9, 2020 by the World Health Organization and identified by Chinese authorities. The virus is associated with an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization...

Are Pregnant Women at Higher Risk of Contracting...

As we collect more information and data, there is still insufficient complete information regarding pregnancy outcomes and Coronavirus so far because of too few cases reported. If you’re pregnant, you naturally have many questions about how to stay safe and keep your baby protected. Here are the answers to the common question...

Thriving During Pregnancy Amid the Coronavirus Threat

The constant news stream on the current Coronavirus outbreak can be overwhelming. New information is being shared hour by hour as we all attempt to find out as much as we can to protect ourselves and others.  Stay informed with our up-to-date information on Coronavirus!  Here are some tips to help get you through this volatile...

Coronavirus: Separating Fact from Fiction

It’s difficult to keep up with the ever-changing news cycle on the Coronavirus outbreak. Every hour, information changes, and everyone seems to have an opinion on what is the best course of action to take to protect yourself, your family and your community. We can’t say this enough: make sure you are getting your information...
Ahhh, is there anything quite like the smell of a newborn baby? If you’ve had children, you likely can immediately recall that specific scent. It gives most people a feeling of comfort, peace, and love. Even those among us who are not parents yet can remember holding a niece or nephew or friend’s baby and breathing in that...

The Ugly Truth on Lack of Sleep

The gist: Is it really admirable to lose sleep? You’ve heard that you need your beauty sleep but let’s face it, we all stay out a little too late and run ourselves ragged with work and commitments. Being busy has oddly become a badge of honor or esteem in today's world. You hear people all the time bragging about they got 2 or...

Should You Eat Pizza During Pregnancy?

Pizza is not the healthiest food Pizza is unhealthy, junk food, full of calories, and fat. I know how much fat is in the cheese. I know how many carbs a single slice has. One regular slice of pizza has about 300 calories. Today I went to lunch at our favorite pizza place with my sister-in-law and her four-month-old, and we...

Timing Your Conception to Influence the Baby Sex

A good friend of mine was ecstatic to have the baby girl she had always wanted when she found out she was pregnant last year. Her excitement had her feeling like she knew for sure that a little girl was on the way, so you can imagine her disappointment when the telltale ultrasound appointment crushed her hopes. She was having a...

Is CBD Really the Cure-all It Claims to Be?

The gist: What is CBD? You likely can’t go through a couple of days without reading or hearing about CBD in the news ... but what actually is it? CBD for short, it stands for Cannabidiol, which is a derivative of the cannabis sativa plant. This is also the same plant from which THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol comes from. THC is...

babyMed Success Stories

Real testimonials from real babyMed members babyMed was voted best online fertility calculator. And the most accurate one too. What babyMed users are saying The information that I found on babyMed helped me to take matters into my own hands After nearly a year of TTC and 1 miscarriage, I am finally pregnant. I am 16 weeks...

Help! I Think My Guy’s Sex Drive Is Low

The common thought is that guys can’t get enough sex and want it anywhere and everywhere, but how accurate is that assumption? Of course, since people and their bodies are so individual, their appetite and preferences for everything from food to sex greatly vary. But what is considered normal? If you’re not trying to get...

Is Incense Safe During Pregnancy?

Burning incense is popular Incense burning is a popular practice in Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore, where traditional Chinese folk religion, Buddhism, and Taoism are mainstream religions. It usually takes around 1–1.5 hr to burn a stick of incense, during which time, the incense stick...

Are Acai Bowls All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

Unless you’ve been in hiding, you’ve likely heard about the latest rave for breakfast: Acai bowls. Trendy shops focusing on the breakfast craze are popping up all over, but how healthy are they really? And how often should you be eating them? The gist: What is in acai bowls? Your average acai bowl contains pureed acai berries,...

Having Twins: Should I Avoid Orgasms?

Is an orgasm OK in pregnancy? There is a lot of skepticism and false information out there about orgasms during pregnancy. Much of the false information deal with the reaction the body has during and after orgasm. Orgasms cause the uterus to contract, sometimes for up to an hour after sex. Oxytocin, a hormone associated with...

Transgender Pregnancy: Trans Men and Trans Women

A transgender pregnancy is a pregnancy by a transgender person. Transgender subjects can be either trans men or trans women. What is a trans woman? A trans woman is a transgender person who was assigned to be a male at birth and now as a female gender identity. Trans women usually have XY-chromosomes and no uterus. A trans...

Tracking My Period Is Annoying, Why Do It?

The gist: Why track your period? You're not trying to get pregnant (yet), so why do you need to track your period? We know, it’s yet another task tacked on to the seemingly endless list of to-dos. You might be thinking you have some idea of when it will come but then you can't quite remember if it was the 4th or the 14th last...
It can take time for you to learn how to properly position your baby while feeding him. Especially if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need to find a position where both you and your baby are comfortable. Your baby will let you know if he doesn’t like a certain position by squirming and fussing, and you’ll both eventually find a...

Coronavirus COVID-19 and Pregnancy

What is COVID? | Symptoms | COVID & Pregnancy | Facts & Myths |  Find out in 1-2 minutes if you could have COVID-19 symptoms How likely are you now to get pregnant with COVID-19 around us? For up-to-date accurate medical information on COVID-19, fertility, and pregnancy, go to: Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM...

What Is an Induced Abortion?

What is an induced abortion? An induced abortion is an abortion procedure to end a pregnancy. An induced abortion can be done with medication or with a surgical procedure. The timing of abortion depends on laws in each country or state. In the US, for example, most states allow induced abortion until 20-24 weeks of the...

Will Your Baby Have Dimples?

Let’s face it — dimples are adorable. When a little kid smiles with those expressive indentations on both cheeks, it’s hard not to smile yourself from the innocence and sweetness you see. Our baby nephew has turned into a very happy and smiley four month old, and his dimples are almost too big for his tiny face. Every time he...

Are Camera Flashes Harmful to a Baby’s Eyes?

My father was a professional photographer. Think of how many photos a father takes of his son, and multiply that by 1,000. He would have the camera set and ready for a full-blown photo shoot with his Leica. He would have special outfits laid out for me, and sometimes we would even go to her studio for shoots. Heck, I was even...

Does Your Baby Have Cold Feet?

A new mom complained that her baby seemed to have circulation problems. Whenever she grabbed her four-month-old’s hands and feet, they were very cold compared to the rest of his body. At first, she dealt with this by bundling her baby up more snugly, but it became very clear that this wasn’t the solution. Her baby’s...
Prenatal visits, in the beginning, are rather uninteresting. There is no heartbeat for the first 10 weeks or so and you don't have an ultrasound to look forward to until much later in the pregnancy. All you have to do is show up once a month, pee in a cup, and step on the scale of horror. But, starting in the 20th week of the...

How to Tell if Baby’s Clothes are Too Tight

What is bothering the baby? Especially if you have a fussy baby, it’s difficult to know what’s bothering him at any given time. Even if he is wailing in pain over a simple discomfort such as a shoe being on slightly crooked and uncomfortably, you might just assume he’s having his usual post-dinner fits because he’s tired. Until...

How Acupuncture Enhances ART

Men and women undergoing assisted reproductive therapies (ART) may find that acupuncture enhances the effort. One recent study conducted at Tel Aviv University in Israel found the rate of conception increased by 26 percent when acupuncture accompanied therapies used in Western medicine. Acupuncture revolves around 14 meridians...
Your lifestyle choices impact your pregnancy You’ll make a lot of adjustments when you become pregnant. Your lifestyle, eating habits, wardrobe, sleep schedule, and exercise regimen will all change over time as your baby bump gets larger and your hormones become more prevalent. These are all certainly important changes to make...

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