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.

Is This True Labor or Braxton Hicks Contractions?

Before "true" labor begins, you may have "false" labor pains, also known as Braxton Hicks contractions. How do you know the difference? Read on! ... read more »

Fertility Testing for Women and Men

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

Hair Loss Postpartum

A drop in hormones as your body returns to normal after delivery will likely cause you to lose some of your hair. Find out what causes the hair loss, what you can do about it, and how long you can expect it to last. ... read more »

Complete List of Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Signs

What pregnancy symptoms can you expect? What are definite signs of pregnancy? Read through our comprehensive list of pregnancy symptoms and signs, with each symptom explained! ... read 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 »

Ectopic Pregnancy: Symptoms, Risks, Causes

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

First Pregnancy Symptoms

What are the very first pregnancy symptoms I can expect? Nausea and tiredness are among the first typical pregnancy symptoms. ... read more »

How Ultrasound Detects Ectopic Pregnancy

On ultrasound about on-half of ectopic pregnancies can be seen and the other half have only indirect signs. ... read more »

Pregnancy Symptoms and Their Timing

Pregnancy symptoms and timing of each. ... read more »

Heartburn and Indigestion

Acid escaping from the stomach into the esophagus is often to blame for heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy. ... read more »

The Best Time to Take Folic Acid During Pregnancy

The most important benefit of folic acid intake before and during pregnancy is that it protects against neural tube defects. However, the important question is when is the best time to take folic acid during pregnancy. ... read more »

Is it Safe to Eat Pate or Liver During Pregnancy?

Liver is a good source of protein and is rich in certain vitamins and minerals. However, there are several concerns with eating products made from liver while you're pregnant. ... read more »

Food Cravings, Pregnancy Cravings, Food Aversions

Food cravings are among the most typical early symptoms of pregnancy and often continue thoughout pregnancy. ... read more »

Top 5 Ways to Combat Stress During Pregnancy

Research authors and experts are consistently writing informed articles and publishing medical journal entries on the overall effects of stress on the body. Stress offers no positive effects on overall health for any person, let alone a pregnant woman. ... read more »

Pregnancy Weight Gain Guide

Weight gain during pregnancy is a top concern, not only for how you will look and feel but also because it can be a determining factor in a healthy and happy pregnancy. Being overweight or underweight during pregnancy can both have adverse effects. ... 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 »

What Is the Pre-Trimester?

Many people think of just 3 trimesters when it comes to pregnancy, but in reality, there are actually 6! The pre-trimester is one of the most important trimesters. ... read more »

All About Prenatal Vitamins and Supplements

Prenatal supplements like vitamins are essential for the health of the fetus and the mother before, during, and after pregnancy. ... read more »

How to Be a Good Mother to Your Baby

Being a good mother does not begin when the baby is born, it starts the moment that the baby is conceived. ... read more »

IVF - Chances of Success

The chances of IVF success depens on your age, the reason for IVF, and the IVF clinic. ... 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 »

Gas, Bloating, and Farting During Pregnancy

If there is one symptom of pregnancy that every mother-to-be would change, it would be the large amount of gas and bloating (aka "farting") associated with pregnancy. ... read more »

How To Get Pregnant After The Pill And Other Birth Control

It is safe to get pregnant as soon as you stop birth control, stop the pill, or have the IUD removed? Getting pregnant after birth control is not as complicated as many believe. ... read more »

The babyMed University Fertility Course

Dr. Amos Grunebaum offers vital lessons in the babyMed Fertility Course about everything you need to know to help you get pregnant now! ... read more »

Hope for HIV positive breastfeeding mothers

Mother treated with antiretroviral therapy (HAART) pass the virus onto their breastfeeding babies less often, when compared to breastfeeding mothers who were treated with conventional methods. ... read more »

Water Disinfection Products Are No Harm In Pregnancy

Drinking water that contains disinfection by-products at regulatory cut-off levels does not appear to raise a pregnant woman's risk of delivering a small baby or delivering prematurely, new research shows. ... read more »

An Antioxidant Protects Sperm and Improves Fertility

According to recent research, if the male does not produce the protective antioxidant enzyme, procreation could be affected. ... read more »

Timing intercourse to conceive by using calendar and mucus

Couples can shorten their time to pregnancy efficiently by timing intercourse on days that the most fertile-type mucus symptom is observed at the vulva. ... read more »

A Healthier Human Race with Spindle Transfer

During spindle transfer, the female chromosomes are separated from the unhealthy mitochondrial DNA. A healthy set of twin monkeys with healthy DNA and no genetic diseases was conceived after this procedure. ... read more »

Herpes in Pregnancy

Genital herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, occurring in one in five women in the United States. ... read more »

No wait needed to get pregnant again after a miscarriage

 A miscarriage should not deter you from planning your next pregnancy and get pregnant right away. ... read more »

Obesity and Time to Get Pregnant

Fertility for overweight and obese women can be significantly improved by losing weight, regardless of menstrual cycle regularity, parity, smoking habits and age. ... read more »

Young Women are Hospitalized With Diabetes More Often

According to a new study in the Journal of Women's Health, the rate of hospitalization for diabetes is on the rise in young people, specifically young women. ... read more »

Folic Acid is Important for TTC and Pregnant Women

Folic acid supplements are often taken after a mother conceives, at that time it's often too late to prevent certain complications. ... read more »

Pergonal and Ovarian Cancer

Some studies have found an association between ovarian cancer and certain ovulation-inducing medications such as gonadotropins (Pergonal is a member of this drug group) while other studies have not. ... read more »

Alternatives to Antibiotics During Pregnancy

When your doctor prescribes an antibiotic it is important to understand why you should take it. You also may want to discuss with your doctor alternatives. ... read more »

Fetal Risk of Using Antibiotics During Pregnancy

Most antibiotics are safe to take during pregnancy especially when the risks of not treating an infection are possible higher than the treatment. ... read more »

Can I Consume Omega 3 During Pregnancy?

Omega 3s are essential for everyone in life and that is a fact that is not limited to people not carrying children. The controversy over the consumption of Omega 3s during pregnancy is in regards their source. Can I consume Omega 3s during pregnancy? ... read more »

Nutrition and Food For Fertility and During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, changes in hormones can cause a woman's immune system to become suppressed, so that it is harder to fight off infections. ... read 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 »

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 »

Dr. Amos' 15 Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

These preconception and pregnancy tips ensure that you can improve chances getting pregnanct and having a healthy baby ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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