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.

Which Retinoids are Unsafe During Pregnancy?

Accutane is one of the most infamous retinoids used to treat severe acne. Despite the fact that the drug was known to potentially cause severe birth defects, it was passed by the FDA for human use. Accutane may be the most widely known retinoid, but others do exist and continue to be used for a variety of skin conditions. ... read more »

Are Hot Tubs Safe In 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. ... read more »

How to Stop Smoking Before and During Pregnancy in 12 Steps

If there are other smokers in the home or the smell of smoke is a constant reminder of smoking, it will be harder to quit the habit. ... read more »

Omega 3s Fatty Acids During Pregnancy Facts

Researchers are pounding the pavement in regards to the health benefits associated with Omega 3 fatty acids. ... read more »

Caffeinated Sodas In Pregnancy

Caffeine and other ingredients in sodas like Coke or Pepsi may worry many women because they are unsure if it will harm the baby. ... read more »

Healthy Children and Omega 3s

Children can use Omega 3s in much the same manner as adults. While the majority of the population thinks of supplementation as an adult choice, children who are regularly supplemented with Omega 3s exhibit many of the same positive health benefits. ... read more »

Can too much Vitamin E hurt my baby?

The RDA for pregnant women is 18 mg of Vitamin E. Recent studies have shown that taking in too much Vitamin E during pregnancy can cause birth defects in children. ... read more »

Omega 3s - Natural versus Fortified versus Supplements

Supplementation, or fortification, refers to the process of adding vitamins, nutrients and even Omega 3s to a food that does not naturally have these items. ... read more »

Categories of Antibiotics

The five antibiotic categories are A, B, C, D and X. These categories tell the doctor which antibiotics are safe to prescribe during pregnancy and which are not. ... read more »

How to Eat Healthy Food in Pregnancy in 12 Steps

The baby will get all the vitamins and calories it needs from a normal diet with a few additional calories, maybe about 300 Kcal a day. ... read more »

Preventing Food-borne Illness During Pregnancy

Preventing food-borne illness is always important, but is especially so during pregnancy when the consequences can adversely affect the mother and the unborn child. ... read more »

When to Use Antibiotics During Pregnancy

Not all illnesses are infections that need or can to be treated with antibiotics. The obstetrician will judge the severity of the infection before prescribing an antibiotic. ... read more »

Ambien - Is it safe during pregnancy?

Pregnancy Category C is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans but that do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. ... read more »

Don't Stop Antidepressants in Pregnancy

Women who are taking anti-depressants before becoming pregnant may need to continue taking the medication even after they conceive. ... read more »

How to Improve HER Fertility in 12 Steps

You can improve your chances of getting pregnant by following our 12 step program. ... read more »

What You Can And What You Cannot Do In Pregnancy

You can do many  things during your pregnancy to help improve your and your baby's health. You can also avoid risks that can complicate a pregnancy. ... read more »

Your nails during pregnancy

The buildup of female hormones in the body is the real cause for faster and stronger growing nails, not the prenatal vitamin. ... read more »

What Foods Are Rich in Omega 3s

There are some foods that are rich in Omega 3s because they are a natural source of the oil. Other foods are fortified with DHA and EPA. ... 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 »

The 7 Rules For Healthy Foods

Michael Pollan has 7 rules for healthy food. They are even more important for pregnant women. ... read more »

Fruits & Vegetables During Preganancy

Fruits and vegetable should be part of your regular daily diet, as well as during pregnancy. ... read more »

Sit-ups and Abdominal Crunches During Pregnancy

Sit-ups and crunches are usually safe early in pregnancy but later on you should not stay too long on your back. ... read more »

The 10 Best Foods That Don't Make it in to Your Shopping Cart

Eating the right food during pregnancy is not as difficult as you may think but sometimes you need to know what to eat and what not to eat. ... read more »

Sex and Pregnancy - All About Pregnant Sex

Sex in pregnancy aka pregnant sex is safe as long as you understand when to do it and when not and under what circumstances you should not have pregnant sex. ... read more »

Is Fennel Safe In Pregnancy?

Fennel refers to a flavoring obtained from the fruit of Foeniculum vulgare. Fennel oil is used in perfumes. ... read more »

Food For Pregnant Women and During Pregnancy

Recommendations for pregnant women  what to eat and which food not to eat during pregnancy apply as well to the time trying to conceive. Eat the same before pregnancy as if you were already pregnant. ... read more »

How to Choose a Healthy Pregnancy Snack in 12 Steps

Now that you are pregnant it's important to find out which healthy snack is best during pregnancy. ... read more »

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning and Pregnancy

Ciguatera fish poisoning is among the most common reasons for fish poisoning around the world but how could it affect your pregnancy? ... read more »

What Are My Odds of Having a Baby

Your chances and odds having a baby depend on three issues: Ovulation, Sperm, and Fallopian Tubes. ... read more »

hCG injection before ovulation

The hCG shot contains a hormone call hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin ... read more »

Can I Get Pregnant If...? Fertility and Pregnancy Myths

There are many circumstances under which pregnancy can happen. BabyMed debunks pregnancy fertility myths. ... read more »

Time of Implantation and Loss of Pregnancy

In most successful human pregnancies, the conceptus implants 8 to 10 days after ovulation. The risk of early pregnancy loss increases with later implantation. ... read more »

Diet and Lifestyle in the Prevention of Infertility

Following a fertility diet may favorably influence fertility in otherwise healthy women. Further, infertility cases due to ovulation disorders may be preventable through diet and lifestyle changes. ... read more »

Acupuncture and Pregnancy Rates

Acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation. ... read more »

Are Caffeine and Soda Safe to Consume During Pregnancy?

Are caffeine and soda safe to consume when trying to conceive and during pregnancy? How much caffeine is too much when trying to conceive and during pregnancy? ... read more »

The Five Most Important Fertility Factors

The five factors which determine when you get pregnant include ovulation, mother's age, sperm count, fallopian tube patency, and sex timing. ... read more »

Ovulation After OPK Turns Negative?

Ovulation does not necessarily happen after the OPK turns negative. It could happen, but that's not the rule. ... read more »

Fertility Medications

Here are several medications that can be used to treat ovulation disorders that affect fertility.  Not all medications will work for all infertility problems. ... read more »

Seven Fertility Myths Preventing You From Getting Pregnant

Read her more about the many myths and misconceptions about fertility and getting pregnant. ... read more »

Ovarian Cancer and Pregnancy

When you have ovarian cancer pregnancy is something that should be avoided if at all possible until you have been treated successfully. ... read more »

Folic Acid Absorption Affected By Medications

First trimester exposure to certain medications such as folic acid antagonists is associated with increased risk for neural tube, cardiovascular and urinary tract defect. ... 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 you improve his fertility. ... read more »

Weight, 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 »

Fertility Saliva Ovulation Microscope

With a fertility ovulation saliva microscope you can predict fertility by viewing the visual changes that take place in your saliva throughout your cycle. ... read more »

All About Prenatal Care

Prenatal care fact sheet ... read more »

Biphastic Curve

Your temperature may go up and stay up above the coverline for 14-16 days after ovulation. That is called a "biphasic curve". ... 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 »

Fetal Heartbeat

When can the fetal heartbeat first be seen? ... read more »

Pregnancy FertilCharts Basal Body Temperature BBT Charts

Typical biphasic or triphasic pregnancy charts as reported by our members ... read more »

Maternal-Fetal Medicine High Risk Pregnancy

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (also known as high risk pregnancy) is a sub-specialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology that involves pregnancies at risk for complications. ... read more »

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