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  • ultrasound of human fetus at 34 weeks and 6 days
    Week 35 of Pregnancy
    You are 34 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe placenta, shown in red above the baby's green profile, is now receiving half a liter of blood each minute from your circulation. In order to accommodate this increase your blood volume expanded dramatically in the first few mon...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 34 weeks and 1 day
    Week 35 of Pregnancy
    You are 34 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis profile of the baby shows the tip of the nose touching the placenta. Your placenta will not be growing any more and now thins slightly. Within, the placenta continues to mature and it remains a highly efficient means of supply...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 12 weeks and 4 days
    Week 13 of Pregnancy
    You are 12 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayBy now the fetus's forehead is high and bulging, with visible joins in the plates of bone that comprise the skull. The eyes have migrated from the sides of the head at this stage of development. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 29 weeks and 5 days
    Week 30 of Pregnancy
    You are 29 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe lip shape and groove between the nose and upper lip are particularly well shown here. If you or your partner has a prominent groove, or philtrum, above the upper lip, your baby may too, or she may inherit characteristics that a...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 23 weeks and 1 day
    Week 24 of Pregnancy
    You are 23 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayThere is no light in the uterus, but 3D ultrasound is designed to produce highlights and shadows to give the same effect as if you shone a flashlight into the uterus. Now your baby may be holding her hands flexed into a fist. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 21 weeks and 5 days
    Week 22 of Pregnancy
    You are 21 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThere is still plenty of room for your baby to move around. Your baby is able to perform complete somersaults and change position several times a day or even several times in a few minutes. ...
  • Fetus 35 Weeks 4 Days
    Week 36 of Pregnancy
    You are 35 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby's heart will beat quite fast, at between 110 and 160 beats every minute. Even after birth, your baby's heart will continue to beat at this speed. It will be several years before the heart rate is 70 or so beats per minute...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 16 of Pregnancy
    You are 15 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby's skin is still transparent and there is little fat lying beneath it at this stage of the pregnancy. ...
  • blastocyst resting on the lining of the uterus
    Week 3 of Pregnancy
    You are 2 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    What's happening insideThe blastocyst prepares to embed itself in the lining of the uterus-the endometrium. Once it is completely implanted-usually around seven days after fertilization-the pregnancy will become established. ...
  • mature ovarian follicle on day 12 of menstrual cycle
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 12 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThis mature ovarian follicle contains a fluid-filled cavity (pale pink) known as the follicular antrum. At this stage, just prior to ovulation, one follicle has become much larger than the others, and it is this follicle th...
  • human embryo developing its third layer
    Week 5 of Pregnancy
    You are 4 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe embryo until this stage of development has consisted of two layers of cells. Now, a third layer starts to become visible as a "bulge" between the two-this bulge can be seen in the center of this image. ...
  • Coping with the Loss of Your Unborn Child
    Miscarriage
    Coping with Miscarriage
    Women who experience a pregnancy loss quickly learn that our society doesn't understand the pain of this loss. Well-meaning friends might say, "It was probably defective in some way so this is actually a blessing." Or, "You'll get pregnant again....
  • Symptoms of Tubal Pregnancy
    Ectopic Pregnancy
    Understanding Ectopic Pregnancy
    Understanding Ectopic Pregnancy Baby Talk An ectopic pregnancy is one in which the fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus. After an egg is fertilized, it travels down the fallopian tube to find a comfy place in the uterus to attach a...
  • Rh Incompatibility and Pregnancy
    Rh Incompatibility
    What Is Rh Incompatibility?
    What Is Rh Incompatibility? Baby Talk Rh incompatibility occurs when the mother's blood is Rh-negative and the baby's blood is Rh-positive. At your first medical visit, blood is drawn to determine your blood type and Rh factor. You are either Rh...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 8 of Pregnancy
    You are 8 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    You're probably already wondering if you're carrying a boy or a girl, but the physical signs of gender aren't apparent yet. ...
  • Preventing High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
    Preeclampsia
    What Is Preeclampsia?
    What Is Preeclampsia? Hey Mom! Some believe that preeclampsia can be prevented by taking one baby aspirin every day during pregnancy. If a friend or relative suggests this plan, beware. There is no solid evidence that aspirin can reduce the risk...
  • When OTC Medications Are Safe for You and Your Baby
    Medication During Pregnancy
    Using Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy
    Using Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy Baby Talk Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are ones that can be bought without a prescription. They are all the preparations and remedies that fill the shelves in your local pharmacy. Here's ...
  • Easing the Discomfort of Edema
    Edema
    What Is Edema?
    What Is Edema? Baby Talk Edema is swelling caused by an excess buildup of fluid in body tissues. Hey Mom! If your rings get stuck because of swollen fingers, don't try to remove them until the morning. That's when there's the least amount of swe...