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 »

Vasectomy: What Is It and Why Is It Done?

A Vasectomy may be recommended for men who are certain that they wish to prevent future pregnancies. After a vasectomy, sperm cannot move out of the testes which prevents pregnancy. ... read more »

All About Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a procedure performed during pregnancy to examine a baby's chromosomes. Most often, an amniocentesis is done between 16-20 weeks of pregnancy (gestation). ... read more »

Planning a Pregnancy with a Medical Condition

Before getting pregnant it is important to talk to your doctor about your medical conditions. ... read more »

Nutritious Fast Foods During Pregnancy

There are several nutritious and healthy fast foods that are safe to consume during pregnancy. ... read more »

Is It Safe to Eat Pate or Liver While Pregnant?

Wondering if it is safe to eat liver or pate during pregnancy? Keep reading! ... read more »

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe During Pregnancy?

If you use artificial sweeteners and are pregnant, it is always best to talk with your care provider on which sweetener you are using and how much you are consuming. ... read more »

Helping When the Time is Right

The help mom needs is not going to manifest until the latter stages of the pregnancy. Dad can, however, tell mom on a daily basis how beautiful she is and how she is going to be a great mother. These emotional boosts are the best way to give support as physical changes are happening to her body. ... read more »

Pregnant Women Need Only One Flu Vaccine This Year

Last year, pregnant women were advised to have a two-shot preventative flu shot series. The first shot was given for seasonal flu and the second for the H1N1 strain of flu. H1N1 did not become a major threat until after the year's supply of seasonal vaccinations were already produced and ready for use. ... read more »

Normal Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Your pregnancy weight gain depends on how much you weigh when you start your pregnancy. ... read more »

Birth Rates at Their Lowest in 32 Years

The CDC statistics show that birth rates declined for nearly all age groups of women under 35, but rose for women in their late 30s and early 40s. ... read more »

Gardnerella Vaginalis BV During Pregnancy

Gardnerella Vaginalis (also sometimes called BV) is an infection of the female genital tract by bacteria of the Gardnerella vaginalis strain, often in combination with various anaerobic bacteria. ... read more »

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. ... 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 »

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 »

Herpes During 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 »

Preparing for Pregnancy Emotionally

Preparing for pregnancy emotionally can be more difficult than preparing physically because emotional needs vary from person to person.  ... read more »

Myths About Eating During Pregnancy

There are many myths during pregnancy and so many revolve around food. Learn what's fact and what's fiction. ... 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 »

Hepatitis A and Pregnancy

Hepatitis A (HAV) is a viral infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Other viral liver infections are caused by hepatits B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. There is an increased risk of premature delivery if you become infected with HBV during pregnancy. ... read more »

Alleviating Cold and Flu Symptoms in Pregnancy

Cough, cold and flu symptoms are common in pregnancy. Can you take cold medicine to help alleviate symptoms or should you just tough it out? Which medications should you avoid? ... read more »

The Flu or Swine Flu - H1N1 Virus

The H1N1 Flu is also called Swine Flu. Swine flu is an infection caused by the H1N1 virus virus. ... read more »

Heart Disease and Pregnancy

Heart conditions are a leading cause of maternal death associated with pregnancy, and they are seen in up to one in 25-50 pregnant women. ... read more »

Pelvic Examination

During a pelvic Ob-Gyn examination you will be assisted the into the lithotomy position with the back of the table adjusted to a 45-degree angle. ... read more »

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection and Pregnancy

RSV infects the breathing passages and lungs in small children and infants. Since infants and small children have not yet built up enough immunity the condition may worsen and lead to other illnesses. ... read more »

Multiple Pregnancy - Twins, Triplets

Ovulation twice or three times can lead to twins or triplets, as well as can a fertilized egg that splits into two or three. ... read more »

Amniocentesis and CVS

Many pregnant women over the age of 35 choose prenatal testing due to the increased chance of chromosome disorders with pregnancies occurring late in life, such as amniocentesis and CVS. ... read more »

Is It Safe to Roller Skate During Pregnancy?

Even for experienced skaters, skating poses a significant risk during pregnancy. As adults, many of us skate around our parks for exercise and recreation. Yet even for experienced skaters, roller skating poses a risk during pregnancy. ... read more »

Is the Baby's Sex Determined By The Sexual Position?

Can you determine your baby's gender by the sexual position? Can you predict it by how you are carrying? ... read more »

Phantom Pregnancy

Patients with a phantom pregnancy hCG will have a persistently and not significantly rising positive blood pregnancy test but the urine test is negative and they are not pregnant. ... read more »

Snoring and Pregnancy Gestational Diabetes

A new study from researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has found that women who reported frequent snoring during their pregnancy were more likely to develop gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Your Holiday Pregnancy & Fertility Survival Guide

We've got you covered with tips on all you need to know to survive the holidays! ... read more »

Reye's Syndrome

Reye's Syndrome is not an infection; rather, it is an illness that affects some children after a viral infection. Clinical studies have linked Reye's Syndrome with aspirin. ... 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 »

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning and Pregnancy

Ciguatera fish poisoning is among the most common reasons for fish poisoning around the world but how could it affect your pregnancy? ... read more »

Food Poisoning During Pregnancy

Unfortunately, it's not unusual to get food poisoning while pregnant. ... read more »

How to Increase Fertility: Dr. Amos' 12-Step Program

The Dr. Amos 12 step fertility improvement program will improve your chances of getting pregnant and help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby. ... read more »

Garden Fertilizer During Pregnancy

Growing a garden filled with flowers, or fruits and vegetables is also a healthy way to tend to your nesting needs when you are pregnant. However, if you are using fertilizer in your garden, you need to be aware of some gardening hazards during pregnancy. ... read more »

The babyMed University Fertility Course

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

Risk of Ectopic Pregnancies

If you previously had an ectopic pregnancy, your risk of having another one is nearly 1 in 5 and you also have a lower chance of a normal pregnancy. ... 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 Ob-Gyn or a pregnancy clinic or help center for a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant it is important to: ... 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 »

Handling Unwanted Pregnancy Advice

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

Michelle Obama Pregnant

How Would Things Change if Michelle Obama Were Pregnant? ... read more »

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

The first line of defense against varicose veins during pregnancy is to understand why these veins appear in the first place. While the weight on the legs certainly is a secondary reason, it is the weight of the uterus that plays a primary role in creating varicose veins. ... read more »

Don't Stop Antidepressants in Pregnancy

Women who are taking anti-depressants before becoming pregnant may need to continue taking the medication even after they conceive. ... 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 »

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 »

Link Between Stress and Miscarriage

During pregnancy, prolonged or extreme stress will result in immediate effects on the body, but the long-term effects may be life-changing. Researchers have linked stress early in pregnancy to increased risk of miscarriage. ... read more »

Sighet Jewish Penicillin: Chicken Soup with Laurel Leaves

When the cold of winter sets in, chicken soup recipes are often sought out to treat colds in pregnancy and other illnesses. Jewish Penicillin recipes from Romania often include parsnip and laurel leaves. ... read more »

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