• 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...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 29 weeks and 3 days
    Week 30 of Pregnancy
    You are 29 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby often grasps one hand with the other or, as this image shows, grasps a foot. This helps with important sensory feedback to the brain as the nerves within the brain start to mature and become insulated along their length t...
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    Stepfamilies
    Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily
    Bringing a New Baby into a Stepfamily Hoorah! You've decided, or you're pregnant, or the adoption papers have been filed. What now? Who tells the ex(es)? How are you going to tell the kids? And how are your kids and stepkids going to react? Who ...
  • 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 26 weeks exactly
    Week 26 of Pregnancy
    You are 26 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe space between the two frontal bones of the forehead (the dark line) has now nearly closed. The bones on the left and right sides come to lie very close to each other with a small gap to allow for further growth of the head and ...
  • Fetus 25 Weeks 3 Days
    Week 26 of Pregnancy
    You are 25 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis baby has her hand held up in front of her face. In the top right-hand corner, the inner lining of the uterus can be seen. Shadows in the image give the impression of hair, but ultrasound is not detailed enough to show hair-eve...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 32 weeks and 3 days
    Week 33 of Pregnancy
    You are 32 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby's position in the uterus is influenced by your own posture. Gravity has some effect on your baby, so whether you are standing or sitting, and which side you lie down on affects the way your baby's back is turned and which...
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    Week 23 of Pregnancy
    You are 22 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby's nervous system and muscular coordination are now much more developed. He has a grasping reflex-when his palm is touched his fingers will close-and he is able to suck his thumb purposefully, rather than through random mo...
  • lining of the fallopian tube
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 11 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThe lining of the fallopian tube, seen here, has a moist mucous membrane. This contains cells (brown) that protect the tube's surface. The hairlike cilia (blue) move the eggs along the tubes following ovulation. ...
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    Baby Products
    Staff Favorites: 20 Essential Products for Baby's 1st Year
    The FamilyEducation staff is made up of moms and dads like you, always on the lookout for the best products for our kids. We've come up with a list of the must-have baby products that have been essential to our young families — everything fr...
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  • ultrasound of human fetus 36 weeks and 2 days
    Week 37 of Pregnancy
    You are 36 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayAlthough almost invisible in the image, a very thin layer of vernix covers your baby. At first this helped to reduce the amount of water leaving your baby's skin, but now it helps to prevent direct contact with the skin and amnioti...
  • You and Your Partner
    Preparing for Baby
    Sharing Parenting Responsibilities with Your Partner
    Sharing Parenting Responsibilities with Your Partner Hey Mom! If you don't explain to your partner that you need a break from parenting, that you are very tired at the end of the day, that parenting is hard work, how is he supposed to know? Spea...
  • Different Childbirth Methods
    Childbirth Classes
    Childbirth Classes
    Childbirth Classes As you think about where you'd like to deliver your baby, you can also choose the type of labor experience you would like to have. Although the baby will push his way down the birth canal and into the world whether you're read...
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    Birth Plan
    Developing a Birth Plan
    Developing a Birth Plan Daddy Alert! Make sure you know what's in your partner's birth plan. When she goes into labor, it will be up to you to make sure her wishes are honored whenever possible. You might also want to make sure your own desires ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 17 weeks and 6 days
    Week 18 of Pregnancy
    You are 17 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn this image the whole baby is seen in one view. The legs, held straight, will now be kicking more strongly and, especially if you have had a baby before, you will be increasingly aware of these movements over the next few weeks. ...
  • Essential Items You Need Before the Baby Comes
    Preparing for Baby
    First Purchases for Baby
    First Purchases for Baby Are you the kind of expectant mom who buys nothing for her baby until the child has arrived safely and the gender is known? Or are you the kind who has already bought everything the child will need for the next five year...
  • Pregnancy is a Special Team Activity
    Preparing for Baby
    Teamwork: Going Through Pregnancy Together
    Teamwork: Going Through Pregnancy Together Whether you say, "We're going to have a baby," or, "I'm pregnant," or "Guess what, you're going to be a daddy," once the words are out, life will be different for both of you. There's so much to talk a...
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    Budgeting for Baby
    Budgeting for Baby
    Budgeting for Baby You may have heard people say that if you waited to have a baby until you could afford it, you'd never have children at all. While there is truth to this statement, there is also something to be said for being fiscally respons...