• Exhaustion During Pregnancy

    I’m so tired now that I’m pregnant. Is this normal? It’s normal to feel absolutely dog-tired during pregnancy. In fact, most women find they need a great deal more sleep while pregnant, especially during the first and last trimesters. You may find your bedtime creeping earlier and earlier, and at the same time you may

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  • Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

    What’s normal and what’s not

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  • Preeclampsia

    How to recognize this potentially dangerous condition

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  • Calcium During Pregnancy

    Why should I be concerned about calcium? Calcium is important for both you and your growing baby. Your baby needs it to grow strong, healthy bones, teeth, nerves, heart, and muscles and to develop normal heart rhythm and blood clotting. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, the fetus will leach it from

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  • Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

    Once the nausea of early pregnancy wanes, many women look forward to enjoying their meals again. However, around the middle of pregnancy, heartburn and indigestion may spoil the party. These discomforts can happen at any time, but are more common in the second and third trimesters. Fortunately, they’re rarely serious and are easily treatable. What

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  • Iron and Pregnancy

    Why is it important to get enough iron? Iron is used to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to your organs and tissues. When you’re pregnant, your body makes extra blood for both you and your baby. Your body needs extra iron to make this blood and also to support

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  • Chloasma (Splotchy Face During Pregnancy)

    When you’re pregnant you expect to see certain changes in your body — say, an expanding waist or bustline. One thing you may not expect to see is a change in your complexion. But for about 70 percent of pregnant women, dark patches on the face go hand in hand with pregnancy. Sometimes called “the

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  • Top Infertility Myths

    For as long as people have been having children, they’ve been trying to understand the mystery of fertility. We’ve come a long way, but many misconceptions remain. Here’s a look at the top modern infertility myths: Myth 1: Infertility is almost always a woman’s problem. Fact: When there’s an identifiable cause of infertility, about half

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  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) revolutionized treatment for male infertility. The procedure, introduced in 1992, involves taking single motile sperm and directly injecting the sperm into the egg to initiate the fertilization process. ICSI necessarily requires the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process to directly manipulate sperm and eggs. ICSI boasts a fertilization rate of 50 to

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  • Exhaustion During Pregnancy

    I’m so tired now that I’m pregnant. Is this normal? It’s normal to feel absolutely dog-tired during pregnancy. In fact, most women find they need a great deal more sleep while pregnant, especially during the first and last trimesters. You may find your bedtime creeping earlier and earlier, and at the same time you may

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  • Calcium During Pregnancy

    Why should I be concerned about calcium? Calcium is important for both you and your growing baby. Your baby needs it to grow strong, healthy bones, teeth, nerves, heart, and muscles and to develop normal heart rhythm and blood clotting. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, the fetus will leach it from

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  • Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

    Once the nausea of early pregnancy wanes, many women look forward to enjoying their meals again. However, around the middle of pregnancy, heartburn and indigestion may spoil the party. These discomforts can happen at any time, but are more common in the second and third trimesters. Fortunately, they’re rarely serious and are easily treatable. What

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  • Iron and Pregnancy

    Why is it important to get enough iron? Iron is used to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to your organs and tissues. When you’re pregnant, your body makes extra blood for both you and your baby. Your body needs extra iron to make this blood and also to support

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  • Over-the-Counter Cold Medicines and Pregnancy

    A cold can be an annoyance or a major misery, depending on its severity. But if you catch a cold when you’re pregnant, you may well wonder how the over-the-counter (OTC) cold remedies you usually reach for could affect your baby. Are they safe? Unfortunately, for many OTC medicines, we just don’t know the answer.

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  • Chloasma (Splotchy Face During Pregnancy)

    When you’re pregnant you expect to see certain changes in your body — say, an expanding waist or bustline. One thing you may not expect to see is a change in your complexion. But for about 70 percent of pregnant women, dark patches on the face go hand in hand with pregnancy. Sometimes called “the

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  • Infertility and Stress

    For couples struggling with infertility, “just relax” may be the most aggravating two-word phrase in the English language. “Those are fighting words,” says infertility expert Sandra Berga, MD, chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta. Couples don’t need or appreciate any suggestion that infertility is “all in their head,”

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  • Assisted Reproductive Technology

    If you’re old enough, you may remember all the hoopla about “test-tube babies” when the first child was conceived outside a woman’s body in 1978. That original experimental procedure, called in vitro fertilization (IVF), is now just one of several fertility treatments available. IVF has since been joined by a host of additional procedures which

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  • Absentmindedness and Pregnancy

    Soon into your pregnancy, don’t be surprised if you feel foggy-brained and forgetful. You may find yourself misplacing your purse, forgetting to return phone calls, or going off to fetch something only to discover you’ve forgotten what you are looking for. At work, you may catch yourself daydreaming through meetings or staring out the window

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  • What Happens After Labor

    Even though every delivery is different, each woman’s labor usually comes with predictable stages that you can read about in any reliable pregnancy book. It’s after the baby’s born that many women are surprised by how they feel. After you’ve delivered your baby, you’ll have some residual aches and pains — perhaps some that your

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  • Anemia and Pregnancy

    It takes strong building materials to make a healthy baby, and few things are stronger than iron. Iron forms the core of red blood cells, the vehicles that carry oxygen to every part of your body, including to your growing baby. If you don’t have enough iron — a common problem in pregnancy — these

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  • Foods to Eat When You’re Pregnant

    Now that you’re pregnant and eating for two, you probably wonder a bit about your diet and whether you’re getting the nutrients you need. And if you suffer occasional bouts of nausea or morning sickness, your diet is even more of a concern. Here are some of the most common questions about nutritional needs during

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  • Back Exercises During Pregnancy

    It’s a tough call, but no one would dispute that back pain ranks in the Top 10 list of a pregnant woman’s gripes. According to the North American Spine Society, at least half of all women experience back pain at some point in pregnancy. An aching back is usually caused by your shifting center of

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  • Bed Rest During Pregnancy

    Bed rest. On the face of it, it sounds so relaxing, almost like a vacation. Lie in bed or on the couch … read or watch television … take a little break from “real” life. But these are two words that no pregnant woman wants to hear — whether the doctor’s order comes at 16,

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  • Exercises to Build Strength During Pregnancy

    If you’re having a normal, healthy pregnancy, you may want to add some low-intensity strength training and daily exercise to your regimen. Pregnancy isn’t the time to take up new or strenuous sports, but with your health provider’s okay, you can begin strengthening the muscles in your upper and lower body — you’re going to

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  • Bleeding and Spotting During Pregnancy

    Light bleeding or “spotting” during pregnancy happens more often than you might think, with up to 25 percent of all pregnant women experiencing it. Spotting — bleeding that isn’t continuous and isn’t enough to fill a tampon or pad — is especially common in the first three months. In many cases there’s no cause for

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  • Prenatal Blood Tests

    Early in your pregnancy, usually at your first prenatal visit, your practitioner will do certain standard blood tests to learn basic information about your body, check for specific conditions, or spot any potential health problems. Here’s what your blood test may reveal: Blood type and antibody screen First of all, a blood test will disclose

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  • Bonding With Your Baby

    Expectant parents can be forgiven if they panic when they hear the word “bonding.” Library shelves and web sites are devoted to the importance of bonding with a newborn and the trauma that may result when it doesn’t take place. Many parents now fear that if they don’t bond immediately, their children may be scarred

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  • High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

    Now that you’re pregnant, you’ve probably noticed that health professionals have taken a sudden, intense interest in your blood pressure. You can hardly drive past the clinic without somebody flagging you down for a quick checkup. You might get tired of having that cuff wrapped around your arm, but all of those blood pressure measurements

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  • Breathlessness During Pregnancy

    As the tiny individual inside you grows, your body’s organs are going to find the neighborhood increasingly more crowded. Your lungs and diaphragm will need to make room for this new resident, and as a result, you may feel a little out of breath — usually starting in your second trimester. This breathless feeling will

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  • Breech Babies

    Babies have two basic options at birth: They can come out the hard way, or the really, really hard way. Ninety-seven percent of babies enter the birth canal headfirst, the safest approach for both mother and baby. The other 3 percent enter feet-first, bottom-first, or a combination of both. This is called a breech presentation.

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  • Caffeine, Conception and Pregnancy

    I’ve heard drinking coffee can make it harder to get pregnant. Is that true? You may have heard that even moderate amounts of caffeine can delay conception. The truth is, no one is really sure. One often-cited study from the 1990s found that women who had the equivalent of three cups of coffee a day

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  • Contraction Stress Test

    What is a contraction stress test? In this procedure, your baby’s heart rate is measured in response to the uterus when it contracts. These contractions are mild and induced. Every contraction you have squeezes the baby and gives the doctors a chance to see how he or she will stand up to the physical challenges

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  • Cramping During Pregnancy

    I’ve been feeling cramps in my abdomen. Is this normal? Pregnancy puts a major strain on your body, and nowhere is this more evident than in your expanding belly. As your baby grows, the added pressure on muscles, joints, ligaments, and surrounding organs can lead to cramping and discomfort. Knowing when and why cramps are

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  • Cravings During Pregnancy

    Just what drives those midnight runs for bacon and Bing cherries?

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  • Depression During Pregnancy

    Depression During Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is a time of many changes not only for your body, but also for your mind. Your mood can swing from sunny to dark, and you’ll probably start worrying more than usual. And no matter how much you’re looking forward to your baby’s arrival, you just might find yourself feeling depressed. By some estimates,

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  • Early Signs of Pregnancy

    Those colored lines on home tests aren’t the only signs of early pregnancy. Many women start noticing changes in their bodies very soon after they conceive. If pregnancy is a possibility for you, you should watch out for the early symptoms. The sooner you realize you might be pregnant, the sooner you can take a

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  • Emergency Birth

    It doesn’t just happen in the movies: Sometimes babies really are born in taxis or on trains — even in the hospital parking lot. Rapid labor is most common in women who have given birth quickly in the past, have given birth several times before, or have previously gone into labor prematurely. But you never

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  • Weight Gain During Pregnancy

    Putting on extra weight isn’t usually a winning strategy for good health. But now that you’re pregnant, you need to keep the needle on your scale moving in the right direction. No matter what type of body you have now, it needs to get bigger. How much weight should I gain? According to the March

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  • Episiotomy

    What is an episiotomy? An episiotomy is a surgical cut to widen the vaginal opening during delivery. Doctors sometimes make an incision in the perineum — the area between the vagina and the anus — to help the baby come out. Your doctor will likely numb the area with a local anesthetic before making the

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  • Exercise During Pregnancy: Pace Yourself

    There are a dozen good reasons to exercise during pregnancy. Lowering your risk of developing gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, and keeping your body fit so you can endure the challenges of labor and childbirth are just two of them. Still, you do have some special considerations, and you should discuss your exercise regimen

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  • Braxton-Hicks Contractions (False Labor Pains)

    What are Braxton-Hicks contractions? Known as false labor, Braxton-Hicks contractions may be the first contractions you feel during pregnancy. They can start anywhere from the 20th week on. If you put a hand on your abdomen during a contraction, you can sometimes feel your abdominal muscles tighten and release, becoming hard, then softening again. This

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  • Folic Acid and Pregnancy

    The reason you hear so much about folic acid and pregnancy is because this B vitamin protects against a group of serious birth defects. However, if you’re like most women, you don’t get enough folic acid (officially known as B9) from your diet alone. For this reason, doctors often recommend that women who are pregnant

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  • Blood Sugar Screening (Prenatal)

    In order to determine whether you’ve developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy, doctors may test your blood sugar level. The most common procedure is a glucose screening. Most women are tested between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy, the time when the body is likely to begin having greater difficulty processing glucose. If you are

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  • Hepatitis B and Pregnancy

    Why should I have a blood test for hepatitis B? Like other forms of hepatitis, hepatitis B is a virus that can cause severe liver damage. Unfortunately, a third of the people who have hepatitis B fail to show any symptoms of the disease. (Doctors would say they are “asymptomatic.”) In fact, they may not

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  • Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

    Why do I get leg cramps? Leg cramps are a common discomfort during pregnancy. It’s unclear exactly what causes these bothersome muscle spasms, though a number of different factors may play a role. It could be a simple case of overwork: The added weight of pregnancy means your leg muscles have more to support. Your

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  • Mood Swings During Pregnancy

    Mood Swings During Pregnancy

    You only glanced at the headlines on a local tragedy, yet you find yourself weeping. A sappy movie that should have made you cringe with embarrassment makes you nostalgic. With barely any provocation, you find yourself barking at your partner. Pregnancy is an emotionally volatile time, so it’s no surprise that you’re on a roller

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  • Morning Sickness

    Why am I nauseous? Do I have morning sickness? Morning sickness is one of the notable misnomers in medicine — nausea during pregnancy can occur at any time of day. Although many women are queasiest when they wake up, others find that they suffer a daily bout of nausea in the late afternoon or just

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  • Nonstress Test (Fetal)

    What is a nonstress test? A nonstress test is a simple, noninvasive procedure that involves monitoring your baby’s heartbeat to make sure your baby is getting the oxygen he needs through the placenta. This test helps your doctor determine if your baby is distressed and make plans for delivery if he is. When is a

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  • Placenta Previa

    What is placenta previa? When the placenta, which conducts blood from the mother’s body to the developing fetus, is located so low in the uterus that it lies across the cervix (the opening of the womb), the condition is called placenta previa. The placenta may cover part or all of the cervix, blocking the baby

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  • Postpartum Depression

    Postpartum Depression

    When a mother-to-be looks forward to life with a newborn, she might envision a scene out of a Hallmark card, the new parents bathed in a rosy glow, smiling lovingly down at their baby. And there will be those times, of course: The birth of a child is a time that most parents look back

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  • Constipation During Pregnancy

    Is it normal to be constipated during pregnancy? Unfortunately, yes. Throughout your pregnancy, hormonal changes can result in sluggish digestion. Then as your uterus grows, it compounds the problem by putting more pressure on your intestines and rectum. To understand the problem, it helps to know how your digestive system works. As food moves through

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  • Prenatal Yoga

    Once your physician has given you the go-ahead to exercise, two questions remain: what to do, and when. Like walking or swimming, yoga has the makings of an ideal workout. “When you take yoga down to its most basic elements, it combines building strength with improving flexibility, and it helps you learn to breathe and

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  • Prenatal Supplements

    What are prenatal supplements? Prenatal supplements are vitamins designed especially for pregnant women. Most of them contain more folic acid and iron than you’ll find in a standard adult multivitamin. Pregnant women need more of these nutrients than usual — specifically, they need 200 micrograms (mcg) a day more of folic acid and close to

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  • Miscarriage

    No matter how careful, healthy, or lucky a newly pregnant woman may be, there’s no guarantee that she will actually have a baby. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, up to half of all pregnancies fail, usually before a woman realizes shes pregnant. In many ways, women who never know about the lost

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  • Sex and Pregnancy

    Don’t let pregnancy put a damper on an intimate life with your partner. Many parents-to-be fear that intercourse could trigger a miscarriage or somehow harm the baby. But unless you have a high-risk pregnancy, you don’t have to worry: Sex poses no danger to either the mother or the child. To answer some questions you

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  • Sore Breasts During Pregnancy

    Why are my breasts so sore? When you become pregnant, your body produces higher levels of estrogen and progesterone, the workhorses that help make your pregnancy possible. These hormones prepare your breasts for nursing — and they can also make them sore and sensitive, just as they are around your period. Some women find their

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  • Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

    Now that you’re pregnant, a healthy diet is doubly important. Whether you’re sitting down for a meal or grabbing a snack from a vending machine, you have to think about how your choices will affect your baby. If you develop gestational diabetes, you’ll have still more choices to make. Your doctor may advise you, for

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  • Swimming During Pregnancy

    Whether you’ve been faithful to your exercise routine during pregnancy or are looking for a safe and comfortable way to stay fit, now is the perfect time to work out in the water. You don’t have to know how to swim, and you don’t even have to get your hair wet to reap the benefits

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  • Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

    Perhaps you’ve noticed that your belly isn’t the only thing getting bigger right now. Your feet also are particularly vulnerable to swelling during pregnancy. While pregnant, you have more blood and other fluids circulating in your body — as much as six to eight extra quarts. And because of gravity, some of that fluid settles

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  • Warning Signs in Pregnancy

    Now that you’re pregnant, naturally you’re paying closer attention to your body and taking better care of yourself. You’re probably also marveling at your body’s transformation. It’s also wise to be aware of any signs of trouble. When the unexpected occurs, you may need prompt treatment to protect your baby. What are the warning signs?

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  • Urine Tests During Pregnancy

    Urine tests provide your doctor or midwife with important information about diseases or conditions that could potentially affect you or your growing baby. That’s why at each prenatal visit, you’ll be asked to give a urine sample as part of your regular exam. This sample is used to help determine if you have diabetes, kidney

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  • Week 01 to Week 04 of Pregnancy

    Your pregnancy may not even have been confirmed yet, but while you wait to find out, a miracle is occurring inside your body. One single sperm out of millions of competitors has joined together with an egg. Under normal circumstances, fertilization occurs in one of the Fallopian tubes, then the fertilized egg begins to make

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  • Week 05 to Week 06 of Pregnancy

    During the 5th and 6th weeks, a lot is going on for that tiny package developing inside your body. During this early period of life, the embryo is going through an extraordinary explosion of growth and development — changes that are among the most dramatic in the course of a human life. During this two-week

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  • Week 07 of Pregnancy

    In week 7, your baby will grow to one-half an inch in size — about the size of a small lima bean. Given the embryo’s tiny size, it is astonishing to think of the sophisticated processes that are occurring inside. All the elements of life are contained in that compact little unit, which is working

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  • Week 08 of Pregnancy

    Now in her eighth week, your fetus is still very small. Measured from “crown to rump” — that is, from the top of her head to her bottom, which is how the fetus is measured during ultrasound examinations — she is about three-quarters of an inch long. She is tiny, but growing fast, making minute

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  • Week 09 of Pregnancy

    With each passing week, your baby is looking less like a sea creature and more like a baby. By week nine, his “tail” is almost completely gone. If you could see your baby, you would notice that his tiny legs now have distinctive knees and his arms distinctive elbows. His head still appears quite large,

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  • Week 10 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is still miniscule, weighing in at just one-third of an ounce, but each day brings new milestones in her growth and development. By the end of the 10th week, your child has moved out of the embryonic stage and is now a fetus, which means “offspring” in Latin. The brain is developing at

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  • Week 11 of Pregnancy

    Your baby continues to grow at a breathtaking rate: By the end of the 11th week, he’ll be about the size of a lime. His head is still very large, almost half the length of his body. This week, he will begin to straighten out even more as his chin rises from his chest and

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  • Week 12 of Pregnancy

    At 12 weeks, all your baby’s major organs are all in place and from now on will just keep growing larger. The area on the skull that is commonly referred to as the “soft spot” (fontanel) on a newborn is very large at this point, allowing for a great deal of brain growth. The baby’s

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  • Week 13 of Pregnancy

    Your baby continues to grow rapidly now, and his organs and systems are becoming more efficient and complex. His brain is growing larger and more sophisticated every day, enabling him to perform more functions. His skeleton is becoming harder, as calcium replaces cartilage in his bones. He is now capable of a range of movements

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  • Week 14 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now about the size of your fist — from 3 1/2 inches to 4 inches from crown to rump — and weighs about one ounce. She is gradually uncurling from her C shape: at this point her chin is no longer resting on her chest, and her neck is longer and more

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  • Week 15 of Pregnancy

    Each day the little person inside of you is looking more like — well, a little person. The fine, downy hair that covers the entire body — known as lanugo — will also appear around this time. Lanugo provides a protective covering for the baby’s sensitive skin. If you could see your child’s hands, you

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  • Week 16 of Pregnancy

    You may feel your baby move this week — but don’t worry if you do not. Fetal movement — known as “quickening” — is normally detectable by the mother any time between the 16th and the 20th week of pregnancy. So if you can’t feel your baby yet, you will very soon. Quickening feels like

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  • Week 17 of Pregnancy

    At 17 weeks, your baby is close to 5 inches long and weighs 3.5 ounces. Her head no longer appears so large in proportion to her body. Her eyes are larger, although they will remain closed for a few more weeks. Her hair, fingernails and toenails are all growing longer. The skin has developed, but

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  • Week 18 of Pregnancy

    Your baby has a lot more growing to do before birth, but he is getting bigger every day. He is now 5 to 5 and a half inches from crown to rump, and weighs about 5 ounces. By week 18, your baby’s bones are beginning to ossify, as cartilage hardens into bone. If you could

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  • Week 19 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now close to 6 inches from crown to rump, but only weighs about 7 ounces. She still has a lot of growing ahead of her: by the time she is born, her weight will have increased 15 times over. But even though she is still small, your baby is growing more complex

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  • Week 20 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now probably between 5 and a half and 6 and a half inches long from head to rump and weighs about 9 ounces. She may be halfway home, but at week 20, she has a lot of growing to do. By the time she’s actually born, she’ll be about 13 times heavier

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  • Week 21 of Pregnancy

    At week 21, your baby is now about 7 and a quarter inches long from the top of her head to the tip of her rump — roughly the length of a plump bratwurst — and weighs about 10 and a half ounces. Her head is more than 2 inches long, or about one-third of

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  • Week 22 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now about 7 and a half inches long from crown to rump and weighs a little more than 12 ounces. By now, he already has his dad’s nose or your chin. He looks less like every other baby in the world and more like himself. His skin is becoming a little less

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  • Week 23 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now about 8 inches long from crown to rump and weighs about a pound. He looks like a grown baby but for the see-through skin. Tiny tooth buds are starting to form in his gums, and the hair (lanugo) that covers his body may start to turn dark. His eyes are well-developed,

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  • Week 24 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now about 8 and a half inches long from his head to his bottom and weighs about 1 and a quarter pounds. Believe it or not, at week 24, he is now old enough to live outside of the womb — but only with heroic medical help. His lungs are still immature,

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  • Week 25 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now 8 and three quarters inches long and weighs about 1 and a half pounds. From her face to her feet, she truly looks like a fully formed child. She’s still small and thin, but her body is well-proportioned. Although her lungs are still weak and immature, all of her other vital

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  • Week 26 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now a bit more than 9 inches long and weighs almost 2 pounds. She’s doubled her weight in just three weeks! To differing degrees, your baby has developed all five of her senses by week 26, but she’s especially attuned to sound. Whenever she’s awake, she’s listening to the world around her.

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  • Week 27 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now 9 and a half inches long from the top of her head to her bottom, and she weighs a little more than 2 pounds. If she could stretch out her legs, she’d be about 15 inches long. Her lungs are still weak and her immune system is a work in progress.

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  • Week 28 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now about 10 inches long from head to rump (just over 15 inches long with his legs stretched out) and weighs about 2 and a half pounds. That makes him 10 times heavier than he was just 11 weeks ago. He’s really starting to fatten up from head to toe. His belly

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  • Week 29 of Pregnancy

    At week 29, your baby is about 10 and a half inches long from head to rump (nearly 17 inches with her legs stretched out) and weighs about 2 and three quarter pounds. The womb is crowded, but, as you know, she still has enough room to squirm and kick. If you pay attention, you’ll

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  • Week 30 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now nearly 11 inches long from head to rump (17 inches from head to toe) and weighs about three pounds. In addition to laying down body fat, she’s starting to horde vital nutrients such as phosphorus, iron, and calcium to prepare for the future. Calcium is especially important, because, in her 30th

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  • Week 31 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now about 11 and a half inches long from the top of his head to his bottom (about 18 inches from head to toe) and weighs about 3 and a half pounds. In week 31, his sleep patterns are becoming more regular. He’s fully awake about 10 percent of the time. This

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  • Week 32 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now 11 and three quarters inches long from head to rump (nearly 19 inches from head to toe) and weighs almost 4 pounds. She looks like a slightly scaled-down version of a healthy full-term baby. The rest of her body is catching up with her large head, making her better proportioned. Even

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  • Week 33 of Pregnancy

    In week 33, your baby is now about 12 inches long from head to rump (19 and a half inches from head to toe) and weighs about 4and a half pounds. His body weight has increased by more than 10 percent in just one week. He looks more and more like a full-term baby, but

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  • Week 34 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now nearly 13 inches long from head to rump (almost 20 inches from head to toes) and weighs about 5 pounds. He is just about complete. He has sharp fingernails that reach to the end of his tiny fingers. He’s losing wrinkles and gaining fat. He now has all of the tools

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  • Week 35 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now slightly more than 13 inches long from head to rump (about 20 inches from head to toe) and weighs about 5 and a half pounds. Numbers like these wouldn’t look out of place on a birth announcement. If she were born in week 35, she would most likely have the size

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  • Week 36 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now about 13 and a half inches long from crown to bottom and almost 21 inches from head to toe. She weighs about 6 pounds. She won’t get much longer between week 36 and the big day, but she’s still greedily adding on fat and gaining weight. The calcium in your diet

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  • Week 37 of Pregnancy

    At week 37, your baby is now about 14 inches long from crown to rump (21 inches from head to toe) and weighs about 6 and a half pounds. Congratulations for getting this far! Your baby is ready to enter the real world. If he were born today, he wouldn’t be considered premature or at

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  • Week 38 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is still about 14 inches long from head to bottom (21 inches from head to toe) and probably weighs a bit less than 7 pounds. She’s completely ready for life on the outside at week 38. Her lungs are strong (as you’ll soon hear for yourself) and her digestive system is fully mature.

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  • Week 39 of Pregnancy

    At week 39, your baby is likely to be a bit over 14 inches long from head to rump (a little more than 21 inches from head to toe) and probably now weighs slightly more than 7 pounds. He’s a fully developed baby just waiting for the right moment to come out. He’s already lost

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  • Week 40 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is just about as big as he’s ever going to get in week 40. He’s more than 21 inches long from head to toe and weighs about 7 and a half pounds. Although he’s still attached to you, he’s his own person. He has his own memories, and he can recognize familiar sounds

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  • Pregnancy and Diabetes

    Pregnancy and Diabetes

    If you’re a woman with diabetes and want to have a child, keep in mind that a successful pregnancy starts before conception.

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  • First Trimester Prenatal Visits

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