Your Underwear Choice Could Affect Your Pregnancy Health

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. ... read more »

Birth Defects

Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. ... read more »

The Importance of Your Blood Rh Factor

Many of the complications that could arise during your pregnancy are unpredictable. Sometimes, your body acts in unexpected ways and the health of you and your baby could be compromised during gestation. ... read more »

Vaginal Discharge and Odor

No woman wants to talk about vaginal discharge and odor, but this side effect of hormonal changes in the body is very common in pregnancy. ... read more »

Reasons to Call Your Doctor During Pregnancy

How do you know whether that sudden ache is normal? ... read more »

Can I have a healthy pregnancy at 41 years of age or older?

A woman should never assume that just because she has reached age 40, she cannot have a healthy pregnancy. ... read more »

Is it okay to drink sports drinks during pregnancy?

The ultimate in hydration – the sports drink is available in every grocery and convenience store on the planet. When pregnant you may think it is okay to continue drinking your favorite sports drink, but you would be wrong for multiple reasons. ... read more »

Third Trimester of Pregnancy: Doctor's Appointments and Tests

If you’re in your third trimester (weeks 28 through 40 weeks) you’re in the home stretch. Doctor visits are coming up more frequently, and depending on how your pregnancy is progressing so far, you will either have them monthly or weekly. ... read more »

Tips for Coping with Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn or pyrosis is a common complaint during pregnancy. It is a painful or burning sensation in the esophagus, just below the breastbone. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw. ... read more »

Amniocentesis and Activity

What activity can I do after the amniocentesis? ... read more »

babyMed Pregnancy and Fertility Guides

Let babyMed guide you through preconception, getting pregnant, pregnancy and having a healthy baby. ... read more »

Pregnancy Guide: I Am Pregnant

Learn early symptoms, diet, weight gain, and weekly fetal development. ... read more »

Fun Ways to Prepare for the Arrival of Your New Baby

Since finding out you were expecting you’ve been patiently counting down the days until your little one arrives. Here are some fun ways to prepare for the arrival of your new baby! ... read more »

All About Prenatal Vitamins and Supplements

Essential for the health of mom and baby! ... read more »

Third Trimester of Pregnancy: What Happens With My Baby?

You're finally in your third trimester, and you're feeling it from head to toe. While you enjoyed the second trimester thoroughly, the third trimester starts a whole crop of new physical and emotional changes. ... read more »

Weight Gain Recommendations - Based on Race?

Are weight gain recommendations during pregnancy different based on race? ... read more »

Tampon use and Pregnancy

Will using a tampon hurt my pregnancy? ... read more »

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. Here are some tips to help get you through this volatile time! ... read more »

Are Hot Water Bottles Safe in Pregnancy

You’ve been instructed to avoid hot tubs, saunas, steamy baths but what about a hot water bottle? ... read more »

Prenatal Care in the Age of COVID-19 and Coronavirus

New rules for prenatal care in the age of COVID-19 ... read more »

Pregnancy Acronyms and Abbreviations

Our complete list of pregnancy and fertility acronyms and abbreviations. ... read more »

Sleep During Pregnancy

You should sleep in the position that's most comfortable for you during pregnancy, though the left side appears safer than the back or right side.   ... read more »

All About Prenatal Care

Prenatal care helps you improve your baby's health and your own! ... read more »

Can Women Lose a Sense of Smell or Taste During Pregnancy?

Losing your taste or smell during pregnancy is not that unusual but could also indicate a COVID-19 infection ... read more »

Dieting During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is not the best time to diet. Your body requires a larger amount of calories, vitamins, and nutrients to keep the baby's development on track. ... read more »

Second Trimester of Pregnancy: Doctor's Appointments and Tests

The second trimester is their favorite part of the pregnancy for many women. ... read more »

Allergies in Pregnancy

Women who suffer from allergies may find that they get better, stay the same, or feel even worse in pregnancy — each individual's response is different. ... read more »

Why Do Doctors Measure Your Stomach at Prenatal Visits?

Starting in the 20th week of the pregnancy, the size of your belly starts telling you secrets about baby inside. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

First Trimester of Pregnancy: Doctor's Appointments and Tests

Here's the lowdown on your first visits and tests. ... read more »

Safe Sex Before, During, and After Pregnancy

There are five distinct three-month periods trimesters associated with pregnancy and each one affects your sex life in distinctly different ways ... read more »

How To Avoid Known Environmental Toxins

Scientists use the word “exposure” to describe when a person comes into contact with something. You can be exposed to toxic agents in the air; in food, water, and medications; through skin contact; or by having a medical condition such as diabetes. ... read more »

Is It Time to Switch to Stretchy Pants?

I have a rule for myself to never leave the house in sweatpants. Call me vain, but I find sweatpants in public to be generally offensive, and never have I left the house feeling so lazy that I couldn’t find an old pair of jeans to throw on. ... read more »

Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku During Pregnancy

According to Wikipedia, Forest bathing is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. The practice originated in Japan where it is called shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese (it is also called sēnlínyù (森林浴) in Mandarin and sanlimyok (산림욕) in Korean). ... read more »

Pregnancy Guide For Women 35 and Older

Women over 35 may have more pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Learn what food to avoid before and during pregnancy! ... read more »

Syncope Fainting or Dizziness During Pregnancy

What is dizziness during pregnancy? Dizziness is when you feel lightheaded or you feel like you are about to faint. You feel like you're spinning or things around you are spinning (vertigo). ... read more »

Leopold Maneuvers

Leopold's Maneuversare methods to determine position, presentation and engagement of fetus. ... read more »

A Labor and Delivery Nurse's Birth Plan

Birth plans are common these days. Here is a birthplan written by a labor and delivery nurse. ... read more »

Maternal Mortality in the United States

The U.S. is the country with the highest proportion of maternal deaths among all developed nations. Here is a graph from the CDC database on maternal U.S. deaths. ... read more »

Tips for Quality Sleep During Pregnancy

Morning routines get all the hype. But what about your nighttime ritual? Ending the day on a good note is just as important as starting on one, especially if you’re pregnant. Read about our tips for getting quality sleep during pregnancy! ... read more »

Vaccinations and Immunizations Before and During Pregnancy

There are certain vaccinations which are safe during pregnancy while others are contraindicated. See the complete list here. ... read more »

All About Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a procedure performed during pregnancy to examine a baby's chromosomes. Most often, an amniocentesis is done between 16-20 weeks of pregnancy (gestation). ... read more »

Chapped Lips During Pregnancy

One such sign is dry, cracked lips. If you’re not prone to chapped lips when not pregnant, there’s a really good chance this new condition was brought on by your thirsty baby. ... read more »

Normal Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Your pregnancy weight gain depends on how much you weigh when you start your pregnancy. ... read more »

What Is a Rainbow Baby?

Like the old notion that a rainbow brings promise and good fortune, a rainbow baby is a baby born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of a newborn baby. ... read more »

Pregnant? Why You Need the Flu Vaccine

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the optimal time for pregnant women to receive the vaccination is as early in the season as it becomes available. ... read more »

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 pregnancy. ... read more »

The Flu or Swine Flu - H1N1 Virus

The H1N1 Flu is also called Swine Flu. Swine flu is an infection caused by the H1N1 virus virus. ... read more »

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