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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Pregnancy Guide: I Am Pregnant

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

Your Personal Prenatal Risk Results

Thank you for completing the Prenatal Risk Assessment! ... 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 »

What to Expect at My First Prenatal Visit

If you recently had a positive home pregnancy test, scheduling your first prenatal visit is the next step. Having prenatal care is vital in order to ensure that both you and baby are healthy. ... 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 »

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 »

babyMed Pregnancy and Fertility Guides

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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