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 »

Calculation of the Estimated Due Date

It is very important that the dating of the pregnancy, finding the right due date, is accurate because most decisions in pregnancy relate to having the right due date. ... read more »

Pregnancy and Maternity Insurance Guide

Health insurance is a top early pregnancy concern to pay for prenatal care, labor, and delivery. Will your health insurance cover pregnancy? What if you don't have health insurance? Check out our Pregnancy/Maternity Insurance Guide. ... read more »

What Can Be Used to Test Paternity?

While the cheek swab is the most common method to test paternity, any bodily fluid that contains DNA or cells can be used for the test. ... read more »

How to Include Your Partner in the Pregnancy Process

Pregnancy is arguably all about the women because they’re the ones that carry around the child for nine months before giving birth. ... read more »

Pregnancy Guide: I Am Pregnant

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

Vaccinations and Immunizations Before, During and After Pregnancy

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

COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy

Based on what we know at this time, compared to non-pregnant people, pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19. ... read more »

How to Prepare Your Partner for Your Pregnancy

There are so many huge changes that will come with a new baby, and involving your partner divides up the work . ... read more »

Maternal Mortality Causes and Prevention

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 »

Counting Fetal Movements - The Baby Kick Count

A fetal kick count, counting the fetal movements, is among the most important observation to ensure the baby's health. ... read more »

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy During and After Pregnancy

Cardiomyopathy is a rare type of heart disease usually associated with heart failure. It may occur during or after pregnancy. ... read more »

The New Preconception and Prenatal Care in the Age of COVID-19

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

Getting Pregnant After Age 40

Pregnancy in your 40s can be a challenge. ... 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 »

Can You Lose Your Sense of Smell During Pregnancy?

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

Pregnancy Acronyms and Abbreviations

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

Slow Rising hCG Levels

Slow rising hCG levels in early pregnancy hCG usually doubles every 48-72 hours very early in pregnancy, when the hCG is below 6,000 mIU/ml. A rise above 35% in 48 hours is still considered normal and a rise below 35% in 48 hours is generally considered abnormal.  ... read more »

What Is a Cryptic or Stealth Pregnancy?

Believe it or not, some pregnant women are apparently not aware that they are pregnant until they go into labor and deliver the baby. A cryptic pregnancy is a mysterious or obscure, hidden pregnancy. ... read more »

Third Trimester of Pregnancy and Your Relationship

Pregnancy can be a thrilling time for couples, yet, you and your partner are not always on the same page mentally, physically, or emotionally. This can sometimes be a source of friction so it helps to be on the lookout for potential miscommunications. ... read more »

First Trimester of Pregnancy and Your Relationship

The first trimester of pregnancy can be one of the most important and challenging for a relationship. As a result, you can expect your relationship and intimacy to change throughout the first trimester. ... read more »

Second Trimester of Pregnancy and Your Relationship

Have you ever noticed that despite all the "joys of motherhood" cards, ads, commercials, etc. that exist, you'll rarely hear about the joys of pregnancy. Much of that probably has to do with the first trimester and all of the nausea and changes that come along with it. ... read more »

What Happens To My Baby in the First Trimester?

Your body goes through many changes throughout the first trimester, as does your baby. Here are some things that will happen as your baby goes through the first 12 weeks of life. ... 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 »

Ask Dr. Amos: Fertility and Pregnancy Questions

Dr. Amos answers your fertility and pregnancy questions! ... read more »

What Is a Viable Pregnancy and a Nonviable Pregnancy?

The term "viability" may apply to the baby potentially surviving if born prematurely, and it also may mean that the fetus is still alive inside the uterus. ... read more »

Holiday Gift Guide for Moms and Dads-to-be

There’s enough stress whirling around during the holidays, and the last thing you need to be doing is worrying over finding the perfect gift. Don’t worry — we did it for you. ... read more »

Why Do I Have Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy?

One of the most concerning for many pregnant women is pelvic pain. Pelvic pain can be attributed to more than just the weight of the uterus and fetus and it is not always associated with labor. ... 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 »

Your New Year Fertility and Pregnancy Guide

Is this the year you will get pregnant? Have your baby? Start a family? ... read more »

Food Cravings, Pregnancy Cravings, Food Aversions

Food cravings are among the most typical early symptoms of pregnancy and often continue thoughout pregnancy. ... read more »

Swelling During Pregnancy

Excessive swelling can signal pregnancy complications and should be watched carefully as a pregnancy progresses. ... read more »

Pregnancy After Miscarriage

A miscarriage is one of the hardest times a family can face. If you’ve had a miscarriage, your feeling of loss is great, and rightfully so. Miscarriages, or spontaneous abortions, only happen in 10%-25% of pregnancies. ... read more »

Small For Gestational Age (SGA)

Small for gestational age (SGA) is a term used to describe a baby who is smaller than the usual amount for the number of weeks of pregnancy. ... read more »

Impact of a Man's Age on Fertility

It's true, a man's advancing age may affect his fertility. ... read more »

Head Engagement Lightening: When Your Baby Drops

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. ... read more »

Second Trimester of Pregnancy Tests

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

What is A Stillbirth?

A stillbirth is the death of a baby before or during delivery. Both miscarriage and stillbirth are terms describing pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. ... read more »

Tampon use and Pregnancy

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

Weight Gain Recommendations - Based on Race?

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

Amniocentesis and Activity

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

Can I Have a Healthy Pregnancy at 41 Years ... or Older?

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

How to Find a Good Ob-Gyn or Midwife

Choosing an Ob-Gyn or midwife to deliver your baby and provide prenatal care can be one of the biggest decisions you make. Here are steps for finding a good Ob-Gyn or midwife. ... 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 »

Intersex Persons - Can They Get Pregnant?

A human has both female and male chromosomes pairs (47XXY, 46XX/46XY, 46XX/47XXY or 45X/XY mosaic) and usually both testicular and ovarian tissue. ... 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 »

The Mathematics of Pregnancy and Fertility

“Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so” (Galileo Galilei) What's math got to do with it with getting pregnant and pregnancy? This deals with all aspects of pregnancy. ... read more »

First Trimester of Pregnancy: Doctor's Appointments and Tests

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

Sleep Apnea and Pregnancy

Pregnant women are at risk for sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops temporarily during sleep. Women with sleep apnea during pregnancy also struggle with daytime sleepiness and fatigue. ... read more »

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 »

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