What do I need to know about pregnancy?

Understanding your pregnancy week by week can help you make good decisions throughout your pregnancy. The average pregnancy lasts an average of 40 weeks (280 days) from the first day of the last menstrual period to the estimated date of delivery or 266 days from the time of ovulation/fertilization to the dues date. babyMed teaches you everything you need to know about pregnancy, from getting pregnant to nutrition and sex to having a healthy baby. The more you know about your pregnancy week by week, the more prepared you'll be to face what lies ahead.

Keeping your growing baby and yourself safe is a large concern when pregnant. Find out what's safe and what's not during pregnancy with our pregnancy safety guide. Get informed, and then relax, because knowing more helps you make the right choices.

Learn everything you need to know about the pregnancy trimesters, pregnancy testing, planning, and safety. Read about those early pregnancy signs and symptoms, what to expect on your prenatal visits, pregnancy do's and don'ts, and so much more.

Pregnancy Acronyms and Abbreviations

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

How to Find Out if You Are Pregnant in 12 Steps

For most women, missing a period is the most accurate sign of pregnancy, while others look for signs of pregnancy before a positive pregnancy test. Here are 12 things to consider when trying to conceive (TTC ... read more »

Boost Your Fertility: Get Pregnant Faster

This plan will help you get pregnant and have the baby of your dreams! ... read more »

How to Choose a Good Doctor for Pregnancy Checklist

Choosing the best healthcare provider for prenatal care is about more than just talent. ... read more »

Clomid: Everything You Need To Know

The most important thing to know is that Clomid is a medication to induce ovulation, not necessarily pregnancy. Clomid will not get you pregnant alone. Here is all you need to know about Clomid. ... read more »

How Often Should We Have Sex When Trying to Conceive (TTC)?

When trying to get pregnant how often should you have sex? Every day or every other day? Wait for the ovulation predictor kit (OPK) to become positive? Or when the basal body temperature goes up? ... read more »

12 Steps To Lose Weight Before You Get Pregnant

Losing weight can help improve your chances of getting pregnant. ... read more »

Second Trimester of Pregnancy Tests

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

Pamper Your Whole Body During Pregnancy

Many women find it hard to relax during pregnancy but now is the time to pamper yourself! ... read more »

How to Conceive a Boy or Girl: The Shettles Method

Learn how the Shettles method can help you conceive a boy or a girl! ... read more »

How to Exercise During Pregnancy

Exercise is an important and vital part of any pregnancy. ... read more »

Body Aches and Pains

There will be plenty of aches and pains associated with pregnancy, but the legs and back are often the body parts hit the hardest. Increased fluid retention during pregnancy can lead to swelling. ... read more »

Recurrent Miscarriages

A recurrent miscarriage is when you lose more than 2-3 pregnancies in a row, Most causes of miscarriages are unknown. ... read more »

Using Hairspray, Gel, and Mousse During Pregnancy

Hair changes during pregnancy may have an expecting women searching for a new line of hair products. ... read more »

Factors That Affect How Long It Takes To Get Pregnant

When couples ask,"How long does it take to get pregnant?" they are often focused on the reproductive side of their body. ... read more »

Pap Papanicolaou Smear - Cervical Cancer Screening

A Pap test short for Papanicolaou test is a test done during a cervical or vaginal examination. Results from the Pap test can either be normal or they can show other results. ... 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 »

Can I Eat Too Many Carrots During Pregnancy?

Carrots do not harm the fetus and eating a lot cannot lead to too much Vitamin A ... read more »

Can Spicy Foods Induce Labor?

Can eating spicy foods in pregnancy induce labor? ... 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 Stress Stop You From Getting Pregnant?

While stress has not been directly linked to infertility, the physical demands on the body during stressful situations are enough to trigger natural protective instincts. ... read more »

How Safe is Breastfeeding with Pierced Nipples?

Having the nipples pierced is not recommended while pregnant or breastfeeding. There have been no reported cases of women who were unable to breastfeed because of a piercing. ... read more »

Sexual Positions and Getting Pregnant

It is possible to conceive from any sexual position, but those which allow deepest penetration may have an advantage over others. ... read more »

Pregnancy Weight Change Calculator

The babyMed weight change calculator will calculate your weight and BMI during pregnancy. It can also predict what your weight may be at the end of the pregnancy. ... read more »

Pregnancy Guide: I Am Pregnant

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

Printers, Ink, and Toners During Pregnancy

If your job includes close proximity to a printer or requires touching toner and ink, will that harm your baby? What about our home printers and copiers? ... read more »

Is It Safe To Change My Cat’s Litter While I’m Pregnant?

It’s a dilemma for every cat owner…what do you do when you get pregnant? Most doctors advise you not to change the cat litter, and for a very good reason. ... read more »

Honey Greek Yogurt with Walnuts Recipe

When trying to improve fertility, foods rich in protein and full-fat dairy are important. This breakfast delight packs quite a punch in both areas. ... read more »

Can I Drink Coffee When TTC or Pregnant?

There is still much to learn about the impact of coffee and caffeine on fertility and pregnancy. ... read more »

Are Hot Tubs Showers or Baths Safe During or After Pregnancy?

Hot tubs can be very relaxing to pregnant women, and they are safe as long as the water does not heat up your body too much and you take proper precautions. ... read more »

Fertility Testing for Women and Men

It usually takes less than 6 weeks to find out the causes of infertility. ... read more »

Safeguard Your Dental Health and Teeth During Pregnancy

Like every other body system, the mouth and teeth are greatly affected by the changes in body hormones. It's vital to safeguard your dental health especially while you are pregnant, and see your dentist regularly. ... 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 »

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 »

Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

FMLA allows for 12 weeks of maternity leave. This 12 week timeframe does not include sick, vacation and personal time, in most cases. While employer policies will differ, most employers allow various forms of paid leave before unpaid maternity leave begins.  ... read more »

Ectopic Pregnancy: Symptoms, Risks, Causes

An ectopic pregnancy can become fatal to the mother because of potentially excessive bleeding. ... read more »

Junk Food and Pregnancy

Pregnancy cravings are perfectly normal, but when the cravings are for junk food, you will need to try to resist, or at least enjoy it in moderation. ... 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 »

First Trimester of Pregnancy: Doctor's Appointments and Tests

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

How to Improve HIS Fertility in 12 Steps

His diet is very important when trying to get pregnant. Following these 12 steps will help improve his fertility. ... read more »

hCG Levels and Sex of the Fetus

Could hCG levels signify whether you may be having a boy or a girl? A recent study says there is some evidence to support this idea. ... 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 »

How to Take a Home Pregnancy Test

It might seem simple, but there can be many factors influencing the accuracy of your urine home pregnancy test. Learn how to improve the accuracy of your urine pregnancy test. ... read more »

12 Tips for Pregnancy in Your 40s

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

A Woman's Age and High Risk Pregnancy

35 is often used as a cutoff point, especially if it’s the first pregnancy. ... read more »

Fetal Hiccupping in the Womb

The end of your pregnancy is finally approaching, and you are noticing every little change. If you feel small, rhythmic movements for an extended period of time, your baby is having hiccups. ... read more »

Is Yoga Safe During Pregnancy?

During the first few months of pregnancy, traditional yoga poses are completely safe but you may have to make modifications as your pregnancy progresses. ... read more »

Taking Thyroid Medication During Pregnancy

Women with hypothyroidism, or a diminished production of the thyroid hormone, need to continue their thyroid replacement medication even during pregnancy as it is essential to their health. ... read more »

The 'When Will It Happen?', 'When Did It Happen?' Calculators

Want to know when you conceived? Or when you will be fertile? Learn all you need to know about when important fertility milestones take (or took) place! ... read more »

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