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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

All About Prenatal Care

Prenatal care fact sheet ... read more »

Pregnancy FertilCharts Basal Body Temperature BBT Charts

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

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 »

Facts and Myths About Gay and Lesbian Parenting

Change often causes a division between those that are in support of the change, and those that aren't. Gay and lesbian parenting is one such change. ... read more »

Hepatitis Tests During Pregnancy

Hepatitis B infection in pregnancy can be dangerous because the virus can be transmitted to the baby ... read more »

Foster Care – Alternative for Gay and Lesbian Couples

Finding proper foster parents for the many children living in state custody is an on-going battle. ... read more »

STD - Recommended Screening

Intrauterine or perinatally transmitted STDs can have fatal or severely debilitating effects on a fetus. Here are the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control) recommendations for screening of pregnant women ... read more »

Legal Issues of Gay and Lesbian Pregnancy

When Sharon Bottoms lost custody of her two-year-old son in 1993, she was appalled by the decision of the court system. ... read more »

A Labor and Delivery Nurse's Birth Plan or Birthing Plan

Birth plans are common these days. Here is a birthplan written by a labor and delivery nurse. ... read more »

The Drano Test to Predict the Baby's Gender

Mixing drano with urine does not only not detect the baby's sex but it's also very dangerous. ... read more »

Losing Baby Fat Quickly After Delivery

During pregnancy, the female body stores fat for later use. This is natural and in place in order to ensure there is enough fat on the female body to maintain lactation after the baby is born. ... read more »

Phocomelia - Shortened or Absent Arms or Legs

Phocomelia is a congenital disorder that presents with a reduction in length of the long bones of the legs and / or arms. ... read more »

Swelling During Pregnancy

Swelling during pregnancy is not all bad. The female body understands the need for cushion as the fetus grows during pregnancy. This cushion manifests as increased fluid in the body. ... read more »

HPV Human Papilloma Virus Infection

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. ... read more »

Ebola and Pregnancy

Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). ... read more »

Madonna Pregnant

For Madonna, being 50 and pregnant may be pushing the limits of the body just a bit. ... read more »

Doulas and their Role in Pregnancy

A doula is a nonmedical person to help mom through the birthing process with her emotional and physical needs. Comforting, caring and understanding, the doula essentially mothers the mom-to-be. ... read more »

Sarah Palin Pregnant Belly is Plastic

It seems that a photo captured of Sarah Palin just 23 days before she gave birth to her child did not show a tummy. ... read more »

Choosing Your Pregnancy Health Care Provider

Choosing your pregnancy health care provider is one of the most important decisions you will make for your pregnancy. ... read more »

Timing of Delivery When Conditions Require Early Delivery

Below is a list modified from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists concerning inductions or cesaran delivery by weeks based on medical indications   ... read more »

I think I'm pregnant, now what?

I think I'm pregnant, now what? As soon as you think you might be pregnant, you should visit your OBGYN or a pregnancy clinic or help center for a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant it is important to: ... read more »

Heterotopic Pregnancy - Pregnancy in Two Separate Locations

A heteropic pregnancy is a pregnancy in two separate locations, usually one pregnancy is inside the uterus, the other pregnancy is located usually as an ectopic pregnancy, outside the uterus. ... read more »

Mariska Hargitay Pregnant

The rumor mill says there will be another pregnancy for Mariska Hargitay ... read more »

Breast Augmentation Implants in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant with breast implants and plan to breastfeed, you may or may not be able to breastfeed, depending on the incision and insertion method used during the augmentation surgery. ... read more »

Speculum Examination

A speculum is a device used to look inside the vagina and check the cervix and do a Pap Papanicolaou smear. There are a number of shapes and sizes of speculums they may use. ... read more »

Ultrasound and Missed Abortion or Miscarriage

A missed abortion or miscarriage can be diagnosed on ultrasound (sonogram) with several different signs. ... read more »

Physical and Emotional Changes During Pregnancy

The most common physical and emotional changes during pregnancy are very difficult to hide from the outside world. As the fetus grows, so does the abdomen of the mother. ... read more »

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) during pregnancy

During pregnancy, some women feel their irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms fade away while others see an increase in symptoms. Treating IBS during pregnancy can be difficult. ... read more »

Hermaphrodite - Can They get Pregnant?

A human has both female and male chromosomes pairs (47XXY, 46XX/46XY, 46XX/47XXY or 45X/XY mosaic) and usually both testicular and ovarian tissue. ... read more »

Ultrasound in Pregnancy - What is done?

Most patients in the US get at least a basic sonogram around 18-20 weeks, though it may surprise you to find out that presently most medical associations do not recommend ultrasound in pregnancy. ... read more »

Tiredness during pregnancy

Feeling tiredness during pregnancy is one of the first complaints a newly pregnant mother has. This fatigue can be rooted in a variety of body changes and emotional stresses associated with pregnancy. ... read more »

Scabies In Pregnancy

  Scabies (say: skay-beez) is an itchy skin condition caused by teeny, tiny mites that dig tunnels underneath the skin's surface. ... read more »

Pregnancy and HIV

Getting pregnant when a woman is HIV+ can be a tough decision to make if the woman already knows her status. If she doesn't, there are still ways to protect the baby. ... read more »

Parvovirus Fifth Virus During Pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 is a virus that commonly infects humans; about 50% of all adults have been infected sometime during childhood or adolescence. Parvovirus B19 infects only humans. ... read more »

Top Reasons to Choose a Hospital Birth

So many reasons to deliver the baby in the hospital. ... read more »

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