• ultrasound of human fetus at 11 weeks and 2 days
    Week 12 of Pregnancy
    You are 11 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis image shows the yolk sac at the 12 o'clock position with the placenta seen as a thickening to the lining of the uterus on the left. The baby is in the lower part of the uterus and is positioned lying on her back. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 10 weeks and 1 day
    Week 11 of Pregnancy
    You are 10 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn this side view of a fetus, the right ear and eye are just visible and the right hand and leg can be seen in characteristically bent positions. The reddish, tubelike structure, to the right of the image, is the umbilical cord. ...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 7 of Pregnancy
    You are 6 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Try not to dwell on your lifestyle before you realized you were pregnant, but start making changes now. ...
  • human embryo developing spinal groove
    Week 5 of Pregnancy
    You are 4 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe embryo seen from above now has a subtle groove (the primitive groove) and a small central depression (the primitive node), both seen here in white. These changes start at what will become the base of the spine and progress towa...
  • Sperm on Day 9 of Menstrual Cycle
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 9 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideIn your partner's body, sperm is constantly being produced. Here the sperm cells can be seen: they consist of a head, which contains the genetic material, and fertilizes the egg, and a tail, which propels the sperm along. ...
  • General Health Printables
    Questions to Ask Health-Care Providers
    Refer to this list of important questions when interviewing potential health-care providers for the birth of your baby. ...
  • Birth Defects Risk and Genetic Counseling
    Genetic Testing and Screenings
    Worrying About Birth Defects
    Worrying About Birth Defects All pregnant women worry about bearing a child with a birth defect, but some women have more reason to worry than others. If you are over age 35, have a history of bearing a child or children with a birth defect, or...
  • Due-Date Calendar
    Due Date
    Calculating Your Due Date
    Calculating Your Due Date The expected date of your baby's arrival is probably the biggest piece of news you'll take away from your first checkup. It's the date you'll memorize and engrave on your heart. Unfortunately, it's probably not the date...
  • CVS Testing Versus Amniocentesis
    Chorionic Villus Sampling
    What Is Chorionic Villus Sampling?
    What Is Chorionic Villus Sampling? Baby Talk Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a diagnostic test that can be given as early as the 9th week of pregnancy to identify or rule out certain birth defects. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a diagnos...
  • Amniocentesis Diagnostic Test
    What Is Amniocentesis?
    What Is Amniocentesis? Baby Talk Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test that withdraws fluid from the sac surrounding the fetus to diagnose a number of birth defects. Amniocentesis is a procedure used to withdraw a small amount of amniotic fluid (th...
  • The Benefits of Having an Ultrasound During Pregnancy
    Having an Ultrasound
    Having an Ultrasound Baby Talk Ultrasound is a way of using echoes of very high-frequency sound waves to build an image of the fetus on a computer monitor. It's a good bet you have no pictures of yourself while you were still in your mother's ut...
  • Typical Tests Performed During Pregnancy
    Tests and Appointments
    Routine Tests During Pregnancy
    Routine Tests During Pregnancy Routine, run-of-the-mill tests are the ones your doctor will conduct almost every time you visit him or her for a checkup. These include an evaluation of weight, blood pressure, urine, and blood. Weight For this "t...
  • Health-care Provider Options During Pregnancy
    Prenatal Visits
    Finding the Care That's Best for Your Pregnancy
    Finding the Care That's Best for Your Pregnancy When you first discover you're pregnant, it's like trying to walk across a very busy intersection. The cars zip by at break-neck speeds. The huge tractor-trailers brush you back off the curb. Traf...
  • Pregnancy Coverage and Your Insurance
    Tests and Appointments
    You're Pregnant: Breaking the News to Your Insurance Company
    You're Pregnant: Breaking the News to Your Insurance Company After you break the news to your husband, the next in line to hear the story might very well be your health-insurance agent. If you already have a doctor who participates in your insu...