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.

Hepatitis Tests During Pregnancy

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mariska Hargitay Pregnant

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

Ultrasound and Missed Abortion or Miscarriage

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Small For Gestational Age (SGA)

Small for gestational age (SGA) is a term used to describe a baby who is smaller than the usual amount for the number of weeks of pregnancy. ... 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 »

What is Pregnancy And How Do You Know You Are Pregnant?

  The answer to the question of "what is a pregnancy?" is that the beta hCG pregnancy test must be positive to make the pregnancy diagnosis. ... read more »

Common Tests During Pregnancy

One of the things you may not be expecting while you are expecting is the number, and variety, of tests you will undergo while pregnant. ... read more »

Constipation in Pregnancy - What To Do About It

Constipation is a very common issue in pregnancy and there are several things you can do about it. ... read more »

Group B Strep in Pregnancy

About one in four pregnant women carry a bacterium called Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep or GBS) in their vagina. Most don't even know that they carry it. ... read more »

Tests Done Later in Pregnancy

There are many common tests done later in pregnancy. One of the most discussed by pregnant women is the glucose tolerance test and fetal testing. ... read more »

What are the Odds of Having Twins?

The odds of twins depends on your age and whether they are identical twins or not and which ethnicity you have or whether you took fertility medications. ... read more »

The Quad Screen Test

The quad marker screen is a blood test done between 15 and 20 weeks (usually closer to 15 weeks), that will help to recognize the risk of the fetus having certain birth defects. ... read more »

Seven Facts about Homebirth you need to know about

Is it "No interventions" that you want? The same can be offered in a hospital Is it "home-like" setting you want. Same can be done in the hospital You want no epidural? ... read more »

Traveling in Pregnancy

Generally, as long as there are no complications or difficulties during your pregnancy, you are safe to travel during pregnancy at any time.  There are a few concerns with your travel, mostly in terms of comfort and convenience for you and the baby. ... read more »

Post Term Pregnancy

When a pregnancy goes postdates and lasts beyond the 42nd week, the size of baby, integrity of the placenta and the possibility of baby having a bowel movement in-utero are all of great concern to the attending obstetrician. ... read more »

Embryo Grade Grading in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Grading the embryo during IVF may help identify which embryos are more likely to implant. Many IVF clinics grade the embryos using a scoring system. ... read more »

Hemorrhoids in Pregnancy

Hemorrhoids in pregnancy are common and usually disappear after delivery. Here is what you can do to prevent them. ... read more »

Infant Deaths in Congo Reduced with Insecticides

A study performed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found a way to reduce infant deaths from Malaria in Congo. ... read more »

Exercise - When to Stop During Pregnancy

How do I know when to stop exercise during pregnancy? ... read more »

Cesarean Section Maternal Risks

Complications of a cesarean section include bleeding, infections, injury to organs, and future placenta accreta and placenta previa. ... read more »

Is it Safe to Touch a Cat During Pregnancy

It is safe to touch a cat during pregnancy, but always wash your hands afterward. ... read more »

Recurrent Miscarriages

A recurrent miscarriage is when you lose more than 2-3 pregnancies in a row, Most causes of miscarriages are unknown. ... read more »

Could Radiation from Flying Be Unsafe During Pregnancy?

There is no known risk of radiation or cancer from flying during pregnancy. ... read more »

Inversion of the Chromosome

What does inversion of the chromosome mean? ... read more »

Is Spotting Early in Pregnancy a Problem

I have had some vaginal discharge and spotting for two weeks now, is that a problem? ... read more »

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