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.

Anesthesia During Labor and Delivery

There are 4 types of anesthesia currently used in the laboring process. These include drugs, local anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, and epidural anesthesia. ... read more »

Is This True Labor or Braxton Hicks Contractions?

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

Boost Your Fertility: Get Pregnant Faster

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

Victoria Beckham Expecting a Girl?

The super couple made up of Victoria and David Beckham have been married for more than 10 ye ... read more »

Tia Mowry is Pregnant

Tia Mowry, star on the hit TV show The Game, and now starring in her own reality television series Tia and Tamara, is expecting her first child in July. Tia may be more prominently known as half of the twin team on Sister to Sister. She starred in the show with twin Tamera Mowry. ... read more »

Seth Rogan is About to Get Superbad

There is nothing funnier than sitting up late at night watching a movie with comedian Seth Rogan. That is, until you think about him becoming a dad. ... read more »

Breathing Practice – Nadi Shodhana (Channel Purifying Breath)

Nadi Shodhana (nah-deeh show-dah-nuh) is a yoga breathing practice which relaxes the body and mind and is said to balance the sides of the brain and purify the energy channels of the body. It is safe for pregnant women and women trying to conceive. ... 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 »

Third Trimester of Pregnancy Guide

Get ready for the delivery! Big changes are taking place. ... read more »

Prenatal Pregnancy Yoga Guide

Prenatal Yoga is an ideal form of exercise for women during pregnancy because it includes strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and breathing practice, and can be easily adapted for each trimester. ... read more »

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day When Pregnant

To celebrate or not to celebrate Mother's Day when pregnant, that is the question. Expecting your first child mean you are on the way tomotherhood and that's what Mother's Day is all about. ... read more »

12 Symptoms During Pregnancy You Should Not Ignore

Important issues during pregnancy not to ignore. ... read more »

Leopold Maneuvers

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

Pregnancy and Hematoma Concerns

A hematoma is a collection of blood under the surface of the skin. Most often referred to as a bruise, hematomas are generally considered safe when they appear on the skin, referred to medically as a subdermal hematoma. ... read more »

Connection Between Unplanned Pregnancies and Anorexia

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill paired with Norwegian researchers on a study involving rates of unplanned pregnancy in women with anorexia nervosa. ... read more »

Poor Women Infected by Snail Fever Parasite

According to a Danish study, schistosomiasis, the parasite that causes snail fever may cause harm to the reproductive organs of women susceptible to the parasite. The parasite lives in waterways commonly used for bathing and clothes washing. ... 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 »

What Beauty Treatments Are Safe During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time for you to pamper yourself but it can also be a confusing time when it comes to lifestyle and beauty practices. ... 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 »

Weight, BMI, Fertility and Pregnancy

There are many things that can affect a woman's ability to conceive. One of the most prominent causes for fertility problems is weight. ... 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 »

Fertility Testing for Women and Men

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

Why Prenatal Vitamins and Other Supplements are Important

Prenatal vitamins and other supplements are advised for women who are trying to conceive, who are pregnant, and who are nursing. ... read more »

The Benefits of Acupuncture on Fertility

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices that exists in the world and it may help aid in fertility and pregnancy. ... read more »

Ovulation Symptoms and Signs

When trying to conceive, the single most important factor is finding out if and when you ovulate. Find out what signs to look for that indicate you may be ovulating. ... read more »

Vasectomy: What Is It and Why Is It Done?

A Vasectomy may be recommended for men who are certain that they wish to prevent future pregnancies. After a vasectomy, sperm cannot move out of the testes which prevents pregnancy. ... read more »

How Alcohol Affects Your Pregnancy

Pregnant or planning to be? Stop drinking. ... 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 Depression

Being pregnant is one of life's great joys, but 10-20% of women experience depression. ... read more »

The Best Treatments for Pregnancy Headaches

Aches and pains are common during pregnancy, but not all over the counter medications are safe for pregnant women. Some pregnant women prefer not to take medications during pregnancy if there is a natural, safe alternative that works just as well. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Planning a Pregnancy with a Medical Condition

Before getting pregnant it is important to talk to your doctor about your medical conditions. ... read more »

Nutritious Fast Foods During Pregnancy

There are several nutritious and healthy fast foods that are safe to consume during pregnancy. ... read more »

Is It Safe to Eat Pate or Liver While Pregnant?

Wondering if it is safe to eat liver or pate during pregnancy? Keep reading! ... read more »

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe During Pregnancy?

If you use artificial sweeteners and are pregnant, it is always best to talk with your care provider on which sweetener you are using and how much you are consuming. ... read more »

Helping When the Time is Right

The help mom needs is not going to manifest until the latter stages of the pregnancy. Dad can, however, tell mom on a daily basis how beautiful she is and how she is going to be a great mother. These emotional boosts are the best way to give support as physical changes are happening to her body. ... read more »

Pregnancy Guide: I Am Pregnant

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

Pregnant Women Need Only One Flu Vaccine This Year

Last year, pregnant women were advised to have a two-shot preventative flu shot series. The first shot was given for seasonal flu and the second for the H1N1 strain of flu. H1N1 did not become a major threat until after the year's supply of seasonal vaccinations were already produced and ready for use. ... read more »

Pregnancy Acronyms and Abbreviations

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

Can You Get Pregnant on Your Period?

Wondering if you can get pregnant on your period is a common question. Find out whether it's possible to conceive when you have sex on your period. ... read more »

How to Tell Your Boss That You Are Pregnant

Some jobs require that you tell them right away about your pregnancy, while with others it may be better to wait. Here are 12 steps for when to tell your boss that you are pregnant. ... read more »

Normal Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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

Birth Rates at Their Lowest in 32 Years

The CDC statistics show that birth rates declined for nearly all age groups of women under 35, but rose for women in their late 30s and early 40s. ... read more »

Gardnerella Vaginalis BV During Pregnancy

Gardnerella Vaginalis (also sometimes called BV) is an infection of the female genital tract by bacteria of the Gardnerella vaginalis strain, often in combination with various anaerobic bacteria. ... read more »

Group B Strep - GBS

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 »

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. ... read more »

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