• Breast and Nipple Problems During Pregnancy
    Breast Changes
    Breast Problems in Pregnancy
    Breast tendernessFor many women, breast tenderness and an increase in the size of their breasts are the first signs of pregnancy. Sometimes breasts are so painful that you can't bear them to be touched, and they may also throb and feel hot. Breas...
  • Causes of Digestive Problems in Pregnancy
    Digestive Problems
    Digestive Problems in Pregnancy
    Nausea and vomiting Approximately 80 percent of women are troubled by the unpleasant symptoms of nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. During this period it can be difficult to eat large meals, and strong smells and tastes can become unbearable...
  • human embryo at 5 weeks and 5 days
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 5 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis is a view of the right side of an embryo with the fronds of the chorionic villi in the background. The curled shape of the embryo is clearly demonstrated. The umbilical cord attachment to the early placenta can just be seen. ...
  • 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...
  • Carrying and Delivering Multiple Births
    Delivering Multiples
    Multiple Births
    Twin pregnancies occur naturally in around 1 in 53 women, but some factors increase the chance of you conceiving twins or more, including the use of some fertility treatments, becoming pregnant when you're older, already having children, and havi...
  • Pregnancy
    Fetal Growth and Development
    Fetal Growth Chart
    If your doctor has any concerns about your baby's growth later in pregnancy, he or she may arrange for scans to be done over a period of time so that your baby's growth can be plotted on a chart and monitored. Individual measurements will be take...
  • Signs of Preterm Labor in Multiple Pregnancies
    Pre-Term Labor
    Signs of Preterm Labor with Multiple Pregnancy
    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than half of twin births in the U.S occur preterm. It's important to know the signs of preterm labor in a multiple pregnancy so that you can get help in time. There are some clues, but t...
  • How Diagnostic Tests During Pregnancy Work
    Tests and Appointments
    Diagnostic Tests During Pregnancy
    Diagnostic tests are tests that involve taking a sample of either the placenta, the amniotic fluid, or fetal blood. The samples are then sent away and examined in a laboratory for chromosomal or genetic abnormalities. The two main diagnostic test...
  • Pregnancy
    Chorionic Villus Sampling
    Comparing Chorionic Villus Sampling and Amniocentesis
    There are two ways of doing chorionic villus sampling. In the transabdominal method, a fine needle is placed through the abdomen to collect placental fragments. In the transcervical procedure, a thin tube (catheter) is inserted into the cervix. T...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 20 of Pregnancy
    20 Week Ultrasound
    By 20 weeks, your baby's organs and body systems are well developed and can be seen clearly on an ultrasound scan. The sonographer performing the scan will look closely at how your baby's major organs and body systems have formed and whether ther...
  • hands of human embryo at 8 weeks and 4 days
    Week 9 of Pregnancy
    You are 8 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn the upper limb bud, the flat expansion that will form the hand can be identified. The fingers are becoming more distinct and there will now be the first signs of movement at the elbows. ...
  • Pregnancy
    Nuchal Translucency Screening
    Nuchal Translucency Screening
    An ultrasound scan, known as the nuchal translucency screening, is done between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy and is used to help assess your baby's risk of Down syndrome. During this test, the sonographer measures the depth of fluid under the ski...
  • Pregnancy
    Ultrasounds
    Your First Ultrasound
    This ultrasound helps to accurately establish your baby's gestational age. This is particularly useful if you are not sure when your last menstrual period was, if you have irregular periods, or you became pregnant immediately after you stopped us...
  • Screening tests in First Trimester of Pregnancy
    Genetic Testing and Screenings
    Screening Tests During Pregnancy
    In addition to Down syndrome, screening tests also assess the risk of another chromosomal abnormality called trisomy 18. Babies with this condition have more severe mental and physical abnormalities than babies with Down syndrome and seldom survi...
  • ultrasound of human embryo at 7 weeks and 4 days
    Week 8 of Pregnancy
    You are 7 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe upper and lower limb buds that will form the legs and arms are clearly visible by now. The baby's head is still curled over the chest, but the beginnings of ears can just be detected as raised areas at the base of the head. ...
  • Pregnancy
    The Placenta
    Your Baby's Life Support System
    The placenta forms from cells in the embryo shortly after the egg implants in the lining of the uterus. Early placental growth is rapid, and at the beginning of the first trimester, the placenta is larger than the baby. However, the baby's growth...
  • 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...
  • Pregnancy
    Tests and Appointments
    Your First Prenatal Visit
    At your initial visit, you will meet your doctor who will be handling your care. She will ask you questions about your past and present health and about medical conditions in your family. You will also have a physical examination and blood and ur...