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.

The Fifth Trimester Guide – Going Back to Work

Did you know there are six pregnancy trimesters? Learn about the last pregnancy trimester when a new mom goes back to work. ... 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 »

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 »

Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes carries the same symptoms and problems as other forms of diabetes not associated with pregnancy because the body loses the ability to handle food sugars and insulin development. ... read more »

Is It Safe To Be At A High Altitude During Pregnancy?

Is it safe to be at a high altitude during pregnancy? There is limited data on the actual impact of high altitude during pregnancy ... ... 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 »

Toxins in Household Cleaning Products During Pregnancy

What chemicals should you stay away from? ... read more »

When to Stop Working During Pregnancy

There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to working during pregnancy. There are pros and cons to both sides, and they’re worth looking at, especially if you aren’t sure what you should do. ... read more »

Fertility Testing for Women and Men

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

Can My Partner Take Paternity Leave?

There are no short term disability options available for fathers who want to take time off for the birth of a child. According to the FMLA, fathers are allowed to take up to 12 weeks unpaid leave. ... read more »

Do Pesticides Affect Fertility and Pregnancy?

There is some proof that exposure to pest-control products at levels commonly used at home poses some risk to the fetus, and pregnant women should avoid them. ... 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 »

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 »

Is This True Labor or Braxton Hicks Contractions?

Are these Braxton Hicks or real contractions? ... read more »

How to Tell Your Partner That You Are Pregnant

Our 12 step program will provide you in detail how to tell your husband that you are pregnant. ... read more »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

An STD occurs when an infection is transmitted during sex, although it may not be exclusively during sex since some infections are transmitted through touching or kissing. ... 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 »

How to Get Your Body Back in Shape After Pregnancy

Gaining weight is normal, but so is getting back into shape. ... read more »

Getting Pregnant After Age 40

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

How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy in 12 Steps

Start taking a prenatal supplement well before pregnancy. The most important part of pregnancy is the prenatal care. The first few weeks of gestation are full of quick growth for the fetus. ... 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 »

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 »

Missed Menstrual Period: Am I Pregnant?

Missing a period, especially if you always had regular menstrual periods, is a significant event, so naturally the next question that follows is, "Am I pregnant?" ... read more »

How To Get Pregnant After The Pill and Other Birth Control

The first step in trying to get pregnant is to stop taking the pill. ... read more »

Pregnancy Acronyms and Abbreviations

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

Group B Strep - GBS and Pregnancy

Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacteria that can be found in the bowels, vagina, bladder, or throat, and commonly without any symptoms. About one in four pregnant women normally carry Group B Strep (GBS) in their vaginas. ... read more »

How to Survive the 2nd Trimester of Pregnancy in 12 Steps

The second (or middle) trimester is a time to enjoy the pregnancy and get ready for the last trimester. ... 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 »

The Six Trimesters of Pregnancy

Did you know that pregnancy is divided into six trimesters? ... read more »

New Studies Confirm Importance of Placenta for Pregnancy Health

The placenta is one of the most mystifying organs in the human body. It is the only organ that can be grown in an adult body and every child’s life depends on it. Study of the placenta is difficult. ... read more »

Pregnancy Weight Gain and BMI Recommendations and Tracker

There are several recommendations for pregnancy weight gain and BMI changes. The recommendations used the most was established by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ... read more »

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever generally starts out with a low-grade fever and swollen glands (in the neck.) The signature rash generally looks like a sunburn, at first, but soon red bumps appear. The rash may spread across the chest, back, face and trunk. ... read more »

Ringworm During Pregnancy

Ringworm infections can occur during pregnancy and may appear to look like large pimples on the skin. Skin may appear red and flaky, and be extremely itchy. ... read more »

How Alcohol Affects Your Pregnancy

Pregnant or planning to be? Stop drinking. ... read more »

How long does it take to get pregnant?

This article will tell you how long it takes to get pregnant and what the odds of getting pregnant are. ... read more »

Boost Your Fertility: Get Pregnant Faster

This plan will help you get pregnant faster! ... read more »

Childhood Infection: Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a common childhood infection that nearly all children suffer from before the age of 5. ... read more »

Preventing Violent Tendencies May Start In-Utero

For most expecting parents, thinking of violence as it pertains to actions of their soon to be newborn is nearly impossible. ... 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 »

Mother’s Weight Plays Role in Baby’s Survival

A new study shows that babies born to obese mothers have greater risk of dying up to one year after birth when compared to women of normal Body Mass Index. ... read more »

How Maternal Obesity Impacts Fetal Survival

A new study shows that babies born to obese mothers have a greater risk of dying up to one year after birth when compared to women of normal Body Mass Index. ... read more »

Infant Deaths in Congo Reduced with Insecticides

A study performed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found a way to reduce infant deaths from Malaria in Congo. ... read more »

May 2009: New Guidelines for Weight Gain in Pregnancy

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released a report recommending new guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy. The report updates previous guidelines. ... 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 »

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