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.

How to Decorate the Baby Room During Pregnancy in 12 Steps

Getting the baby's room ready is a time-honored tradition and can be done safely if you read our 12-step program. ... read more »

FAQs on GERD Treatments

When a pregnant woman has a history of GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/acid reflux during pregnancy, the pregnancy can aggravate the condition, especially later in pregnancy. ... read more »

Pregnancy: Questions and Answers

The BabyMed Ask & Answer tool is a way to get information and share your knowledge. We have several categories for questions and answers, such as getting pregnant, pregnancy signs and much more! ... read more »

How to Make Love When You Are Trying to Get Pregnant

Fertility and pregnancy should not be the only reason for making love. Sometimes it is nice just to enjoy the person you love without the underlying need for a baby. ... read more »

Coxsackievirus During Pregnancy

I am 20 weeks pregnant and my small child was diagnosed with a viral illness which the doctor thinks is hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) by a coxsackie virus. ... read more »

Can The BBT Temperature Curve Determine Pregnancy?

If you haven't had your period 15+ days after ovulation on the BBT temperature curve, then a pregnancy is likely. ... read more »

Can I Paint My Nails with Nail Polish During Pregnancy?

There have been no reported incidents of any adverse effects on the outcome of a healthy pregnancy due to manicures or pedicures. ... read more »

Is Scuba Diving Safe During Pregnancy?

While there is no conclusive scientific research that shows the harmful effects of scuba diving pregnant, most of the evidence concerning diving and pregnancy shows some concerning results. ... read more »

Before Your Ob-Gyn Examination

The ObGyn Examination is an important part of a woman's life. It is important to remember that the examination is for your benefit. ... read more »

Which Contraception Works Best for You?

There are several forms of contraception including physical barriers, monthly supplements, surgical contraception, implanted devices and foams or creams. ... read more »

Kegel Exercises and Pelvic Floor Exercises

Kegel exercises consist of contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvioc floor (sometimes called the "Kegel muscles"). ... read more »

Preventing Preterm Birth With a Cervical Stitch

Compared with no treatment, cervical cerclage reduces the incidence of preterm birth in women at risk of recurrent preterm birth without statistically significant reduction in perinatal mortality or neonatal morbidity and uncertain long-term impact on the baby. ... read more »

5 Simple Diet Changes to Control Nausea at Work

Making simple changes to the diet is often enough to curb nausea while ensuring you keep enough food down to keep energy levels high and prevent dehydration. ... read more »

Risk of Flying During Pregnancy and Miscarriage

There is no known increased risk to your pregnancy from flying. Studies have been performed in female flight attendants, and they have not indicated an increase in spontaneous abortions. ... read more »

Lung Liver and Kidney Problems and Pregnancy

Millions of people across the world suffer from kidney disease, lung disease or liver disease. When pregnancy occurs in a woman who is suffering from one of these diseases, the pregnancy is a high risk to both mom and baby and specialized care will be needed in order to maintain a healthy pregnancy. ... read more »

Wi-Fi And Laptop Computer Use During Pregnancy

The safety of Wi-Fi use is a debatable subject. While the United States offers Wi-Fi everywhere, from the New York City subways to your local coffee shop, other countries are more rigid. ... read more »

Safeguard Your Dental Heath 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 »

New Cars Designed Specifically for Moms

Car developers in the UK are formulating production model cars with the pregnant driver and passenger in mind. The new model is called Expecting, and plans to change how automobiles are designed to increase the safety of pregnant drivers and passengers. ... read more »

Normal Laboratory Values and Results During Pregnancy

Most laboratory tests remain the same whether you are pregnant or not, while other laboratory tests that may be considered abnormal when not pregnant, can be considered normal during pregnancy. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery and Birth

A vaginal birth remains the number one method for baby delivery, though in many countries cesarean section rates are approaching or even exceeding 50% of deliveries. ... read more »

Is It Safe To Lift Weights During Pregnancy?

There is no reason to stop lifting weights during pregnancy as long as you modify your workout and take a few extra precautions. Any muscle loss results in diminished mobility and strength — and these are two things you will need a lot of as a new parent. ... read more »

Fertility and Pregnancy News

Read here about the most recent fertility and pregnancy news. ... read more »

Trisomy 18 - Edward Syndrome

Trisomy 18 syndrome is a disorder of human chromosomes which occurs in approximately 1 in 6,000 live-born infants. Trisomy 18 is due to the presence of an extra #18 chromosome. ... 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. Every pregnant woman should learn how to count her fetus' movements. ... read more »

Eating Seafood Lifts a Pregnant Woman's Mood

Eating omega-3-rich seafood may be a mood-lifter for women who are feeling depressed during pregnancy, suggests a study of British women. ... read more »

How to Deal With Children During Pregnancy in 12 Steps

Pregnancy can be a difficult time for the whole family but especially children. Here are 12 steps to make it easier. ... read more »

Are Saunas Safe During Pregnancy?

Nothing feels more relaxing than a hot bath or shower after a long day of work, parenting or life in general, but are saunas safe druing pregnancy? ... read more »

Healthy Food Suggestions During Pregnancy

Healthy food costs the same as unhealthy food, tastes better and is more nutritious. ... read more »

Peanut Consumption During Pregnancy Packs a Plus

A new study suggests that pregnant and breastfeeding women should eat peanuts during pregnancy to protect child from future peanut allergy. ... read more »

Newborn Pain Increases with Smoking

Newborns may be more stressed if mother chooses to smoke during the pregnancy, researchers are reporting this month. ... read more »

Ask Dr. Amos: Fertility and Pregnancy Questions

Dr. Amos answers your fertility and pregnancy questions! ... read more »

Vitamin C: How Much Is Too Much During Pregnancy?

Multivitamins that contain very high amounts of vitamin C are not considered safe during pregnancy. The best vitamin supplement is one that's specifically designed for pregnant women. ... read more »

Worms May Hold Key to Fertility

Worms (nematodes) had a surprising gift to reproduce sex cells and viable eggs. ... read more »

Exercise in Pregnancy Leads to More Normal Baby's Birthweight

Mothers who choose to exercise during their pregnancies give birth to normal birth weight babies more often, according to a new study. The choice to exercise is also healthy for mom. ... read more »

HIV Testing In Pregnancy Accepted

A recent study has proven beneficial for children born with HIV. During the study, women were counseled on the importance of HIV testing before the birth of their child in order to establish their HIV status and begin immediate treatment for the child post birth. ... read more »

Pregnancy and Gastric Bypass Surgery

There is a whole new generation of women facing new issues regarding pregnancy. These women have all undergone gastric bypass surgery in order to lose weight. ... read more »

Heartburn and Pregnancy

Find out what's causing that heartburning sensation during pregnancy and what you can do about it. ... read more »

Cord Blood Banking

What is cord blood banking and how can it help me and my baby? ... read more »

Tubal Reversal Surgery Preparation

If you want to get pregnant after a tubal ligation, you can have either a tubal reanastomosis or tubal reversal surgery or get pregnant with IVF in-vitro fertilization. ... read more »

Should You Supplement With Progesterone?

There is no real agreement among doctors whether giving progesterone early in pregnancy will improve pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy

Pregnancy hypertension is recognized as one of the most common pregnancy complications and occurs in about 10% of all pregnancies. ... read more »

Medications With Alcohol During Pregnancy

  Pharmaceutical products with ethanol would fall under Category D of products screened by the US Food and Drug Administration. This category is for drugs which are known to cause various health risks to fetuses when the drugs are taken during pregnancy. ... read more »

Safety of Using Antibiotics During Pregnancy

Are some antibiotics safer than others to use during pregnancy? And which ones are safe according to the category? ... read more »

Child with Birth Defect

Is there an increased risk of birth defects? ... read more »

Improving Risks

What can I do to improve my chances having a healthy baby? ... read more »

Pregnancy - When Does It Begin

When does a pregnancy begin ... read more »

Weight Gain Graph

How do I know I gain enough? ... read more »

How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy in 12 Steps

A healthy pregnancy starts with variety. The foods you eat need to follow the food pyramid and cover each of the recommended food groups. ... read more »

When “Normal” Pregnancy Symptoms are “Abnormal”

But how do you know when these symptoms might mean that something is amiss? Here’s a guide to knowing when to call in the health care professionals. ... read more »

Women's Health Issues

When planning for pregnancy, it is important for women to take care of their health. They can do this by periconception and preconception planning, getting regular checkups and screenings and having regular mammograms. ... read more »

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