Pregnancy

12 weeks for baby and mother

"Ideally, women should discuss their health and medical situation with a health care provider before pregnancy," says Dr. Susan Bathgate, assistant professor of maternal-fetal medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. "This is important because many women don't realize they are pregnant until about five or six weeks after they have missed a period, and then some important development has already taken place." Now is not the time to
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Fetal Development | Fetal Development With Twins

Dr. Lillian Schapiro, an OB/GYN and women's health expert with Peachtree Women's Specialists, P.C. in Atlanta, Ga., knows all about carrying twins. After five cycles of fertility treatments, she became pregnant with twin daughters and delivered them in 1996. Her experiences inspired her self-published novel, Tick Tock (iUniverse, 2005), where the main character, a female gynecologist in the midst of a fertility rotation, discovers she may be infertile herself.
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Fetal Development | Fetal Movement and Kick Counts

Fetal Movement Facts A fetus usually spends about 10 percent of its time moving its body. In general, fetal movement is first felt during the 5th month of pregnancy (around week 18 to 20, a bit earlier if you've been pregnant before, later if this is your first pregnancy). "Fetal movements are at first very weak and moms may just think it is 'intestinal activity,'" says Dr. Mary B. Munn, director
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First Pregnancy | First and Two Trimester Tips

Ever hit a state of too much information? When it comes to pregnancy, there is definitely a lot out there. The problem is a lot of the information is inaccurate, contradictory, unnecessary and, sometimes, downright scary, especially in the first trimester. Dr. Glade Curtis is the author of the Your Pregnancy series of books published by DaCapo Press. He notes that the Internet can be a wonderful educational tool for
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First Pregnancy | First Trimester Worries

Sharon Wren, mother of two from East Moline, Ill., was particularly worried because of a previous miscarriage. "The doctors said there weren't any signs that I would have a problem carrying another baby, but I wasn't sure until he was born," Wren says. "So that was a good nine months of worrying right there. My second big worry in the first trimester was weight gain – I wasn't gaining
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That First Kick – feeling baby during pregnancy

Although no one can quite prepare you for what you will experience when you feel those early flutters from Baby, it will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable moments of your life as a mom-to-be. These first flutterings from Baby are called quickening. Although each pregnancy and woman is different, as your baby continues to grow as the months pass, he will soon stretch his legs and arms
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Home & Water Birth – Choose Water Birth

What Is a Water Birth? While water birth is not a particularly mainstream option in this country, women around the world often give birth in water. Traditionally in Hawaii and some other coastal cultures, women sometimes even gave birth in the ocean. Midwives who attend water births note that one of the most striking benefits of water birth is pain management. Today in the United States, water births most often find Mom
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First Pregnancy | All About the Cervix

Pregnancy brings this tiny organ to the forefront of our minds, as the cervix softens, lengthens, elongates, dilates, thins and does all sorts of interesting things. So just what is the cervix and exactly what is its role in pregnancy? The following questions and answers will tell you what you need to know about this very important piece of our anatomy. What is the cervix anyway? The cervix is the opening
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Signs & Symptoms | Could I Be Pregnant?

Different pregnancies in the same woman may cause different symptoms. It can be very confusing and stressful; in fact, stress over whether or not one is pregnant can cause symptoms of pregnancy! So how do you sort it all out? Something's Missing The most common sign of pregnancy is missing a period (called "amenorrhea"), especially if the woman has been having regular menses prior to missing her period. This occurs because
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Home & Water Birth – A certified doula answers common questions on home birth

Expectant parents who are interested in birthing at home commonly ask the following questions: What are the benefits of a home birth? Giving birth at home offers many things that a hospital cannot provide, such as privacy, the comfort of your own home and bedroom, the opportunity to sleep in your own bed and to snuggle with your partner. Mothers experience support for natural birth and true freedom of movement for