• skull of human fetus at 11 weeks and 6 days
    Week 12 of Pregnancy
    You are 11 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe bones of the front of the skull have continued to expand and cover the head, protecting the delicate brain structures beneath. The soft spot in between the skull bones (center) remains through pregnancy and into babyhood. ...
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    Week 11 of Pregnancy
    You are 10 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe external ear is now more clearly seen as it makes its way to its final position. The eyes are also much closer to their final position and the neck continues to lengthen. The baby will often bring his hands up to his mouth, pro...
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    Week 10 of Pregnancy
    You are 9 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe lower limbs are now held flexed at the hip and knee joints, leading to a slightly crossed-legs position. The separate toes can be distinguished. Further growth of the thigh and shin bones will bring the foot length into proport...
  • ultrasound of human embryo at 9 weeks exactly
    Week 9 of Pregnancy
    You are 9 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe baby's hands can be clearly seen here but the fingers are still fused at this stage. The fingers will be completely separate in just one week's time and wrist movement is just about to begin. ...
  • human fetus at 9 weeks and 1 day
    Week 10 of Pregnancy
    You are 9 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayMost of your baby's primitive organ systems are in place: the arms and legs have formed, complete with wrists and elbows, and have tiny fingers and toes; the retina of the eye, and the nose, can be seen. The large dark mass is the ...
  • ultrasound of human embryo at 8 weeks and 1 day
    Week 9 of Pregnancy
    You are 8 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayAt this early stage in the pregnancy the placenta is much larger than the fetus. The fetus can just be seen within the amniotic sac. The fronds (white area) on the surface of the sac make up the placenta and at this stage surround ...
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    Week 4 of Pregnancy
    You are 4 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Are you feeling irritable and tired, and are your breasts tender? Well, you might just be pregnant! ...
  • empty egg follicle in the ovary
    Week 4 of Pregnancy
    You are 3 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayTo embed itself in the lining of the uterus, the embryo-to-be needs the help of progesterone, secreted after ovulation by the empty egg follicle, the corpus luteum (shown in pink in this cross section of an ovary). Progesterone hel...
  • Pregnancy Stretch Marks
    Stretch Marks
    Stretch Marks from Pregnancy
    Stretch Marks from Pregnancy Pregnancy Facts A dermatologist can treat any stretch marks that remain after a birth. Some doctors use topical prescription treatments that contain formulations such as glycolic acid. A recent study found that Reton...
  • Memory Aids During Pregnancy
    Signs and Symptoms
    Forgetfulness: The 'Pregnancy Brain'
    Forgetfulness: The 'Pregnancy Brain' Are you finding yourself standing around lately wondering what you're supposed to be doing? Do you forget important appointments? Does your mind feel too full to take in any more data? Yep—you're pregnant. ...
  • Changes to Your Skin During Pregnancy
    Skin, Hair and Nails
    Skin Changes During Pregnancy
    Because skin is the body's largest organ, it's probably no surprise that it can be drastically affected by your pregnancy. Here are some of the most common skin changes that happen during pregnancy. Increased Pigmentation and Vascular Spiders Y...
  • Hair Growth During Pregnancy
    Skin, Hair and Nails
    Hair Changes During Pregnancy
    Hair Changes During Pregnancy Daddy Alert! This is not a good time to test your partner's sense of humor. A woman who has always been quick to laugh at herself will surprise you with a wailing retreat from the room if you dare mention the fac...
  • Bleeding During Pregnancy
    Spotting
    What Does Vaginal Bleeding During My Pregnancy?
    Everyone knows that when your monthly bleeding stops, it's a common sign of pregnancy. So what does it mean when a pregnant woman starts to bleed? Well, it can mean a number of things, so don't automatically panic and assume your pregnancy is in...
  • pregnant woman abdominal cramps
    Aches and Pains
    Abdominal Cramps During Pregnancy: What Do They Mean?
    If you feel cramps in your abdomen (the area around your stomach), don't panic right away. Sometimes cramping is nothing more than a gentle reminder to take it easy, and at other times it might be a sign of digestive problems. Occasionally, thoug...