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.

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 »

Skin Bleaching While Pregnant

Skin bleaching products are commonly used to lighten hair and skin, but be careful when using them during pregnancy. ... read more »

Chest pain in pregnancy and postpartum postbirth

Chest pain during and after pregnancy can be normal or a serious indication of a life-threatening problem. Any chest pain during pregnancy, postpartum and postbirth must be checked as quickly as possible to prevent and treat potential complications. ... read more »

How To Get Court Ordered Paternity Testing Done

After a woman finds out she is pregnant or after she has a baby, she may want to ask the suspected father to undergo paternity testing. ... read more »

Licorice Affects Baby's IQ

Women who eat large amounts of licorice while they are pregnant may be hurting their baby's chances of getting into Harvard later in life. ... read more »

hCG Levels And Sex of the Fetus

Could hCG levels signify whether you may be having a boy or a girl? A recent study says there is some evidence to support this idea. ... read more »

Are Diagnostic X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?

Diagnostic X-Rays are Safe in Pregnancy a because the radiation levels are too low to do any harm. ... read more »

Infertility fertility Quiz

1 in 6 couples are infertile. Take this quiz and find out if you are one of them ... read more »

Boy or girl - Can I do something about it?

Is there something I can do to make my baby a boy or girl? ... 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 »

Ginger

Ginger is a natural anti-emetic, often used to alleviate motion sickness and pregnancy morning sickness. Much research has also been published on using Ginger to treat nausea during pregnancy. ... read more »

Migraine Headaches and Preeclampsia

Women with migraine headache are more likely to develop preeclampsia and women with either migraine or preeclampsia are at increased risk of stroke. ... read more »

Tips for Gay and Lesbian Couples Finding a Surrogate Mom

Gay and lesbian couples may choose surrogacy as alternative to pregnancy or adoption. Surrogate mothers carry a child with sole intention of allowing the couple to adopt the child(ren) after birth. ... read more »

Choosing a Good Doctor for Pregnancy

Choosing the best healthcare provider for prenatal care is about more than just talent. ... read more »

15 Effective Ways to Help You Get Pregnant

Getting pregnant is not always easy. Below are 15 effective ways on your way to improve your chances getting pregnant. ... read more »

Is Facebook a Good Source of Pregnancy Advice?

The popularity of social media as a sharing platform for medical advice has grown dramatically as tens of millions of people connect to each other, businesses and information portals, but not all information is accurate or trustworthy. ... read more »

I Don't Care About What Others Say I Must Do

I don’t care if you had a natural birth. I don’t care if you had an epidural. I don’t care if you got induced in week 40 or if you went 10 days past your estimated due date. ... read more »

Prevention of Travelers' Diarrhea

I just found out a simple officially accepted way to prevent travelers' diarrhea. ... read more »

First Pregnancy as a Stepmom

You are a member of the growing population of stepmothers who are pregnant with their first baby. You are faced with the unique challenge of having your first child with a husband who has children from a previous relationship. ... read more »

Handling Unwanted Pregnancy Advice

How should you handle unwanted pregnancy advice? ... read more »

Fetal Hiccupping in the Womb

The end of your pregnancy is finally approaching, and you are noticing every little change. If you feel small, rhythmic movements for an extended period of time, your baby is having hiccups. ... read more »

Low Iodine In Women Of Childbearing Age

The CDC (Centers for DiseaseControl) have reported that iodine levels in women of childbearing age are lower than expected and possibly lower than they should be for optimal health. ... read more »

Can I have a healthy pregnancy at 41 years of age

A woman should never assume that just because she has reached age 40, she cannot have a healthy pregnancy. ... read more »

Labor Contractions: How Do I Know It's Labor?

It's a fact. Most women got through labor in preparation for delivering the baby. But why is it happening and how do you know you are in labor? ... read more »

Dieting During Pregnancy Given the Green Light

According to research published on BMJ.com, dieting is not only acceptable during pregnancy; it may be advisable for women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy. ... read more »

3 Things You Want to Save During and After Pregnancy

I was diligent my first pregnancy. I kept every note from the doctor, every appointment card and every small snippet of medical information given to me about my pregnancy and my fetus. That baby book resembled a Tolstoy novel by the time I gave birth. ... read more »

Babies and Bikinis: Beach Body Etiquette for the Expecting

There are some women who'll be spending the summer with an ever-growing tummy. IfT you're expecting this summer, is it okay to show off that baby tummy in a skimpy two-piece? ... read more »

Dental Hygiene Is Even More Important During Pregnancy

Whether you are trying to get pregnant or you are already pregnant: Good dental hygiene is important and regular cleaning and check-ups are essential for dental health. ... read more »

Exposure Before and During Pregnancy

There are more and more studies that show that exposure before and during pregnancy can have a significant impact on fetal development and have an adverse effect on health. ... read more »

Reduce Pregnancy Complications By Eating Correctly

If mom gains too much weight during pregnancy, baby will grow up weighing too much and possibly suffers from weight-related health concerns well into adulthood. ... read more »

Having a Baby Naturally After Infertility IVF Treatment

Though few studies track how often a spontaneous pregnancy after use of assisted reproductive technology occurs, those that do suggest it is not uncommon. ... read more »

When Is It Too Late to Start a Family?

I vividly remember one of my classmate’s fathers taking a picture at a band concertone evening my junior year in high school. ... read more »

The Ten Most Common Pregnancy Complications

One of the major reasons that you receive prenatal care and deliver in a hospital is that you want to identify certain complications in pregnancy early on and prevent them from happening. ... read more »

How is a singlet pregnancy different from a twin pregnancy?

When my final pregnancy was revealed to be a twin pregnancy I just knew things were going to change and that I would appreciate the simplicity of the first two. Boy – I was right. ... read more »

Should you stop smoking cold turkey during pregnancy?

There are lots of smoking cessation aids out there today, including gums, supplements and prescription medications. ... read more »

5 Supplements You Should Never Take During Pregnancy

Just because prenatal vitamins are safe does not mean all supplements are safe for use during pregnancy. Here are 5 supplements pregnant women should never take. ... read more »

Not All Pregnancies are Created Equal

I was thrilled when I found out I was having twins, but soon after my world was turned upside down. ... read more »

How Your Baby Can Take a (Non-)Stress Test in Utero

When you’re an adult and your body is put under heavy amounts of stress from exercise or even emotional stress at work or home, your doctor needs to test your heart and make sure it’s responding properly. ... read more »

What Expectations Do Women Have about Pregnancy?

My friend had a baby earlier this summer and she told us she was pregnant around November. As soon as she told us, all the usual questions were asked. Do you want a boy or girl? What names do you have picked out? Has morning sickness started yet? ... read more »

Music Therapy and Your Pregnancy

Nurses that specialize in obstetrics have started looking to music therapy as a way to keep their pregnant patients calm and happy during the stressful moments of gestation. ... read more »

As If Pregnancy Wasn’t Tense Enough…

If you’re experiencing hypertension during your pregnancy, you are surely not alone. It is the most common medical disorder in pregnant women. Its more serious forms are actually one of the major causes of pregnancy-related deaths in the US. ... read more »

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