What type of content is included in the Pregnancy Journey feature?
Pregnancy Journey includes the following types of content:
- Fetal Development
- Maternal Development (includes Symptoms)
- Vital Signs
- Genetic Testing and Other Tests
- Post-partum content
Who validates the content in this feature?
The content included in our Pregnancy Journey feature is validated by board-certified OBGYNs who partner with Sema4.
What sources are used for the content?
Our content is pulled from peer-reviewed and reputable sources including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Up to Date, the Mayo Clinic, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and more. We link to the sources we use in each content section so you can do a deeper dive into the information if you would like.
Is the content specific to my pregnancy?
The Vitals Tracker information, pulled from your own health records, is specific to your pregnancy.
Maternal Development, Fetal Development, and Postpartum information is based on a general understanding of pregnancy and postpartum development as pulled from the sources referenced throughout Pregnancy Journey and cited at the bottom of each section of content. The information is relevant to your pregnancy, but your symptoms, physical development, and baby’s growth all may vary from the information you see each week.
Exercise and Nutrition information are based on the latest guidelines and best practices for exercise and nutrition during pregnancy, but you should always consult with your doctor or other healthcare provider before beginning a new exercise or nutrition plan.
How do I know if I should call my doctor?
Our content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should never hesitate to call your doctor if you have a question.
Is there content for multiple gestation pregnancies?
We currently have some nutrition content relevant to twin pregnancy, but do not have content to multiple gestation pregnancies. We recommend speaking with your doctor about how some of the provided guideline information shifts between singleton and multiple gestation pregnancies.
Why does Pregnancy Journey content start at Week 4?
Your due date is estimated by counting from the first day of your last menstrual period. In general, conception happens about two weeks after the first day of your last period. This means that you aren’t technically pregnant for the first two weeks of your pregnancy.
After conception, the fertilized egg, called a zygote, begins to divide into more cells as it makes its way towards your uterus. This occurs before many women have realized they have missed a period. It is also difficult to detect a pregnancy during this time, as levels of the hormone hCG (the hormone used to detect pregnancy on home tests) are still quite low.
Because of this, most pregnancies are not detected until Week 4 or later.
Who should I reach out to if I have questions about the Pregnancy Journey content?
If you have questions on any of the information presented in the Pregnancy Journey experience, please reach out to your doctor or other healthcare provider. Our genetic counseling team will not be able to answer questions related to this Pregnancy Journey experience, as they are specifically trained to discuss your clinical test results.