• Pregnancy
    Fetal Growth and Development
    The Role of the Umbilical Cord
    The umbilical cord, which connects your baby to the placenta, contains three vessels: two arteries, which carry blood from the baby to the placenta, and one vein, which carries blood back to the baby. The blood in the arteries contains waste prod...
  • Preparing for Baby
    Feeling Baby Move
    Feeling Your Baby's First Movements
    Feeling Your Baby's First Movements Let the games begin. Sometime in the fifth month, your baby will give you a hello kick. (It's been moving since the ninth week, but you haven't been able to feel it.) This is an absolutely thrilling moment, wh...
  • Talking to Your Unborn Baby
    Fetal Growth and Development
    Talking to Your Unborn Baby
    Talking to Your Unborn Baby A developing fetus begins to hear at about 30 weeks. As this ability develops, researchers have found that the baby can distinguish its mother's voice from that of a stranger. In a recent study, 60 women were divide...