popular topics in general health and safety

  • Mosquito Spreading Zika Virus
    Zika Virus Q&A: 4 Facts for Pregnant Women and Families
    The news of Zika virus spreading is pretty scary, particularly if you're pregnant or trying to conceive (TTC). If you're expecting, what steps do you need to take to protect yourself and your baby? Can you still take a babymoon, and where is it s...
    Erin Dower
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Trimester-by-Trimester Travel Guide
    With extra planning, you can travel during most of your pregnancy. Print out a trimester-by-trimester guide to learn safe travel guidelines when you're in weeks 1-12, 13-25, and 26-40 of pregnancy. ...
  • human embryo at 5 weeks and 6 days
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 5 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayDevelopment in the upper body usually precedes that in the lower body-this image shows the bulge containing the heart and liver, and the very earliest sign of development of the upper limb buds, but as yet there is no sign of the l...
  • Oral Health During Pregnancy
    Dental Health During Pregnancy
    Dental Health During Pregnancy
    Pregnant women are more prone to tooth decay (dental caries), bleeding gums, and chronic gum infection (periodontal disease). Poor dental health not only affects you, but can also have an impact on your baby. Studies have linked infection of the ...
  • Prenatal Beauty Treatment Risks
    Beauty Products and Pregnancy
    Beauty Treatments and Cosmetics -- What's Safe?
    Beauty treatments and cosmetics The following advises which products and treatments are safe in pregnancy. Hair and nail products Shampoos, conditioners, manicures, and pedicures are safe. Minute amounts of hair dye may be absorbed throug...
  • Traveling Safely During Your Pregnancy
    Traveling During Pregnancy
    Traveling in Pregnancy
    Editor's note: Avoid travel to areas affected by Zika virus during pregnancy, and always talk with your doctor about international travel plans well in advance. Provided your pregnancy is normal, going to faraway places is perfectly possible. Ho...
  • ultrasound of human embryo at 7 weeks and 5 days
    Week 8 of Pregnancy
    You are 7 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis ultrasound scan of the baby in side view shows that the head (at top) is relatively large compared to the rest of the body. The lighter, elongated area at the center of the baby's darker body is an upper arm bud. ...
  • Social and Home Habits to Avoid During Pregnancy
    Environmental Hazards During Pregnancy
    Lifestyle Hazards to Avoid While Pregnant
    Whether you're pregnant or are planning to conceive, now is the time to do a safety check on your social habits and home and work environment. Anything that could affect your well-being could affect your baby too, especially in the first trimeste...
  • Avoid Hazardous Workplaces During Pregnancy
    Environmental Hazards During Pregnancy
    Pregnant at Work
    It's the legal responsibility of your employer to provide a safe environment. In pregnancy, being aware of your rights can help protect you and your baby.In recent decades, women worried about whether working at a computer screen put their babies...
  • Preexisting Conditions and Pregnancy
    Managing Illnesses During Pregnancy
    Managing Preexisting Illnesses During Pregnancy
    Whether you have a preexisting medical condition, or acquire an illness or infection during pregnancy, always consult your doctor before taking medication or before stopping any prescribed medication.If you have a condition such as high blood pre...
  • human embryo at 6 weeks and 1 day
    Week 7 of Pregnancy
    You are 6 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn this side view of the embryo the spinal cord is clearly curved as it begins to develop. The pale-yellow ridgelike structures along the back are somites-your baby's developing muscular system. ...
  • Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
    Foods to Avoid While Pregnant
    Dietary Precautions to Take While Pregnant
    What to avoidDietary precautionsCertain foods should be avoided or their intake limited since they may pose a risk to your unborn baby. Simple cooking and hygiene measures are also important to limit the risks.Listeria is a food-borne bacteria to...
  • Staying Intimate During Pregnancy
    Sex During Pregnancy
    Sex and Relationships
    In a low-risk pregnancy, sex is perfectly safe, although your levels of desire may fluctuate throughout pregnancy. Most women report that their interest in sex is the same or slightly reduced in the first trimester. In the second trimester, it va...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 31 weeks and 4 days
    Week 32 of Pregnancy
    You are 31 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayMeasurements around the head, abdomen, and thigh bones are used from the ultrasound image to estimate the weight of your baby. Interestingly, on average, boys are now starting to be slightly heavier than girls. ...
  • pregnant woman working at a physically strenuous job
    Things to Avoid While Pregnant
    Physically Strenuous or Hazardous Work During Pregnancy
    Physically Strenuous or Hazardous Work During Pregnancy Women are tough and they can do the work of any man, but your baby is not so tough right now. There are some jobs that can be too physically strenuous or toxic for a woman to continue throu...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 31 weeks exactly
    Week 31 of Pregnancy
    You are 31 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayOne leg is shown here crossed over the other. Your baby can still stretch the legs out fully and even curl up in such a way that the feet can rest on top of the head: just because you're kicked on one side doesn't mean that the hea...
  • ultrasound of human fetus as 27 weeks and 3 days
    Week 28 of Pregnancy
    You are 27 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis baby is at the end of a yawn. Your baby is yawning in a more coordinated way now with one yawn often following another. It may look as if this image shows the fingertips in the bottom right but in fact it is a foot, nearly bro...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 24 weeks exactly
    Week 24 of Pregnancy
    You are 24 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayAs your pregnancy advances your baby's skeleton starts to harden, reflecting more of the ultrasound beam and casting black shadows. In this scan, the forehead casts a shadow, and it is no longer allowing the brain beneath to be eas...