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.

Ovulation Symptoms and Signs

When trying to conceive, the single most important factor is finding out if and when you ovulate. Find out what signs to look for that indicate you may be ovulating. ... read more »

Cesarean Section Delivery Calculator

This tool calculates your chances of having a cesarean delivery based on your age, whether this is your first baby or not, and if labor is induced. This applies only to women without a prior cesarean section, who are over 37 weeks pregnant, have a singleton fetus, and whose baby is facing head down. ... read more »

Paris Hilton Pregnant

Paris Hilton, the heir to the Hilton thrown, is the next big celebrity to want a new baby. According to Paris Hilton, there is a pregnancy in her future — very near future now. ... read more »

Baby Shower Activities

There are tons of classic (and generally boring) games out there that tend to be overplayed at every baby shower, so why not choose a unique set of games that will keep the crowd interested for hours? ... read more »

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo Ready to Start Baby-Making

Nick Lachey just got hitched to Hollywood hotty Vanessa Minnillo and he's not waiting around for fatherhood to 'just happen.' The star has been quite vocal about wanting children. ... read more »

Matt Damon Hopes Wife Can Dress as a Pregnant Nun

Matt Damon is one of those stars that glide under the celebrity marriage radar. He and wife Luciana have three children together with a fourth on the way. ... read more »

Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Her Son – More in the Future

American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson walked off the stage and into the limelight. The singer offered more than just inspired vocals, she could also act. ... read more »

Sandra Bullock Pregnant

According to an interview, Sandra Bullock is happy to become pregnant, but that is not the only way she is thinking about becoming a mother. ... read more »

Finding Good Maternity Wear and Pregnancy Clothes

Maternity fashion today is at the peak of style. Women have more choices for maternity wear than ever before from business suits to skinny jeans to bathing suits, all created with baby bump in mind. ... read more »

Top 100 Baby Names 2009

Popularity in 2009 ... read more »

Most Popular Baby Names 2008

These are the most popular 1000 baby names from the year 2008. ... read more »

Most Popular Baby Names 2009

These are the most popular 1000 baby names from the year 2009. ... read more »

Baby Names: Most Popular By Date

Finding the right baby name isn't always easy. Here are lists of popular baby names through the decades. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Food Cravings, Pregnancy Cravings, Food Aversions

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

How to Improve HER Fertility in 12 Steps

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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