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  • Twin Birth Experience
    Delivering Multiples
    Birth Story: A Twin Birth
    Gillian found out she was having twins at an early scan. At first she was worried that the pregnancy and birth would be hard, but her confidence grew as she saw her babies growing well. She went into labor at 35 weeks.Gillian's story: I was shock...
  • Pregnancy
    Expecting Multiples
    Getting Ready for Twins
    Although multiple pregnancies and births are more likely to have complications, they are now safer than ever as advances in prenatal and postpartum care have dramatically improved the outlook for premature babies-the main concern with multiples.Y...
  • feet of human fetus at 12 weeks and 1 day
    Week 13 of Pregnancy
    You are 12 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe toes are now separate and are all the same length. The ankle joints are now mature enough to be working, although it will still be many weeks before you are likely to be conscious of any kicks. ...
  • Pregnancy
    Ovulation and Conception
    How Twins Are Conceived
    Today in the US, one in every 31 births is a twin birth. Twins are conceived in two ways that result in either identical or nonidentical twins.Identical twins occur when one fertilized egg splits into two separate cells. This type of twin is half...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 33 weeks and 1 day
    Week 34 of Pregnancy
    You are 33 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby may well be head down by this stage. The head is the heaviest part and gravity plus the shape of your uterus favors a head-down position. Ask your doctor at the next visit if she can determine the position for you. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 31 weeks and 2 days
    Week 32 of Pregnancy
    You are 31 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby's hand coordination continues to improve as her brain is better able to make sense of the feedback it receives. The eyes will often open but only for short periods at a time, reducing the chance of a stray finger coming t...
  • ovary at the end of fallopian tube ready to release egg
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 14 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThe ovary can be seen here at the end of the fallopian tube. At around this time of the menstrual cycle, a follicle at the surface of the ovary releases an egg, which is swept down the tube by clearly visible fingerlike pro...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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  • ultrasound of human fetus 29 weeks and 6 days
    Week 30 of Pregnancy
    You are 29 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayIncreasingly sounds enter the uterus and your baby will respond to some of the loudest. The fluid all around her can have quite an effect on the sounds that your baby can hear: the effect is similar to how you might feel when you s...
  • ultrasound of human fetus as 28 weeks and 4 days
    Week 29 of Pregnancy
    You are 28 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe sleep-wake cycle is now more established, however just because your baby is moving you cannot assume that he is awake. He spends little time fully active with his eyes open, so many of the movements you are feeling are happenin...
  • ultrasound of human fetus as 26 weeks and 2 days
    Week 27 of Pregnancy
    You are 26 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis color ultrasound shows the baby breathing the amniotic fluid (red, flowing toward the ultrasound beam) in and out. The baby is breathing a stream of fluid out through the nostrils and, at the same time, a smaller amount throug...
  • Multiple Pregnancy Preterm Labor Signs
    Pre-Term Labor
    Signs of Preterm Labor with Multiple Pregnancy
    Signs of Preterm Labor with Multiple Pregnancy How will you know if preterm labor starts during your pregnancy with multiples? There are some clues, but they might not be obvious until it's too late to stop a delivery: That's why it is so vital...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 25 weeks and 2 days
    Week 26 of Pregnancy
    You are 25 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis image shows the baby in profile, this time in 3D. The coils of the umbilical cord are just seen in the background passing behind the baby's head. The eyelids can be seen, still firmly closed. Fat reserves are now giving the fa...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 21 weeks and 3 days
    Week 22 of Pregnancy
    You are 21 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn this 3D scan the baby's skin looks quite lumpy in parts. This isn't really the case. If the baby suddenly moves during a scan, the image can have difficulty "keeping up" and creates this unusual effect. ...
  • finger tips of human fetus at 20 weeks and 2 days
    Week 21 of Pregnancy
    You are 20 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis close-up of the fingertips shows that the nail beds have formed and the nails are starting to grow. The nails have not yet hardened: this prevents your baby from scratching himself accidentally while he has no control over han...
  • human fetus and umbilical cord at 10 weeks and 4 days
    Week 11 of Pregnancy
    You are 10 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe umbilical cord gradually becomes more coiled as the pregnancy progresses-as seen here on the left of the image. This coiling is thought to occur because of the many movements the embryo makes. ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • ultrasound of human fetus at 15 weeks and 1 day
    Week 16 of Pregnancy
    You are 15 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn this artificially colored ultrasound scan of the baby within the uterus, the spine shows up especially clearly. The two blue crosses, at the top of the baby's head and at his bottom, indicate where the rump to crown measurement ...