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  • Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
    Foods to Avoid While Pregnant
    Dietary Precautions to Take While Pregnant
    What to avoidDietary precautionsCertain foods should be avoided or their intake limited since they may pose a risk to your unborn baby. Simple cooking and hygiene measures are also important to limit the risks.Listeria is a food-borne bacteria to...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 19 weeks and 4 days
    Week 20 of Pregnancy
    You are 19 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe appearance of your baby's head is still dominated by a prominent forehead due to the rapidly growing brain. The jaw can seem small but as the toothbuds grow and expand within the jaw, it lengthens and changes proportion. ...
  • human embryo at 5 weeks and 6 days
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 5 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayDevelopment in the upper body usually precedes that in the lower body-this image shows the bulge containing the heart and liver, and the very earliest sign of development of the upper limb buds, but as yet there is no sign of the l...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 19 weeks exactly
    Week 19 of Pregnancy
    You are 19 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby has highly flexible joints, enabling her to raise her arms high. This is because her bones are first made of cartilage, which is soft and flexible. Gradually, the cartilage is being replaced by calcium-containing bone. ...
  • human fetus bringing hands to face at 16 weeks and 6 days
    Week 17 of Pregnancy
    You are 16 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby often brings his hands to his face and sometimes sucks his thumb at this stage; however, the sucking action is not well coordinated and the thumb is more likely to enter the mouth by luck than design. The arms are now in ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 16 weeks and 3 days
    Week 17 of Pregnancy
    You are 16 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis 3D scan is taken from a viewpoint above the baby's head and looking over the shoulder, but since the baby is curled up the face cannot be seen. The placenta is to the right of the image, with the umbilical cord over the baby's...
  • Work to Avoid During Pregnancy
    Things to Avoid While Pregnant
    Physically Strenuous or Hazardous Work During Pregnancy
    Physically Strenuous or Hazardous Work During Pregnancy Women are tough and they can do the work of any man, but your baby is not so tough right now. There are some jobs that can be too physically strenuous or toxic for a woman to continue thro...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • hand of human fetus at 15 weeks and 2 days
    Week 16 of Pregnancy
    You are 15 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe fingertips are prominent and the fingers still quite short. Each finger is separate and moves independently of the rest. This is the most comfortable position for the hand, with the thumb and fingers outstretched rather than cu...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 15 of Pregnancy
    You are 14 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    At 14 weeks and 4 days, the placenta now starts a second wave of growth that will take almost six weeks. Click here to find out more. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 11 weeks and 4 days
    Week 12 of Pregnancy
    You are 11 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe fetus can be seen inside the uterus on this color ultrasound scan. At this stage of development, the fetus measures approximately 2.4 in (6 cm) crown to rump and weighs around 0.3 oz (10 g). ...
  • hand bones of human embryo at 8 weeks and 2 days
    Week 9 of Pregnancy
    You are 8 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe baby's hands (seen here) and feet are gradually developing and they are formed of cartilage, not bone at this early stage. In the center left, the fused rays of the hand plate that will become the fingers can be seen. The ribs ...
  • hand bones of human embryo at 8 weeks and 2 days
    Week 9 of Pregnancy
    You are 8 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe baby's hands (seen here) and feet are gradually developing and they are formed of cartilage, not bone at this early stage. In the center left, the fused rays of the hand plate that will become the fingers can be seen. The ribs ...
  • human embryo at 5 weeks and 6 days
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 5 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayDevelopment in the upper body usually precedes that in the lower body-this image shows the bulge containing the heart and liver, and the very earliest sign of development of the upper limb buds, but as yet there is no sign of the l...
  • follicles maturing on day 5 of menstrual cycle
    Week 1 of Pregnancy
    Day 5 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThis cross section through the ovary shows several ovarian follicles. Between each follicle, the connective tissue can be seen. Each month about 15-20 follicles mature, but it is usually only one that will fully mature and ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 11 weeks and 4 days
    Week 12 of Pregnancy
    You are 11 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe fetus can be seen inside the uterus on this color ultrasound scan. At this stage of development, the fetus measures approximately 2.4 in (6 cm) crown to rump and weighs around 0.3 oz (10 g). ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • The Danger of Pets During Your Pregnancy
    Things to Avoid While Pregnant
    The Downside of Kitties, Dogs, and Turtles During Pregnancy
    The Downside of Kitties, Dogs, and Turtles During Pregnancy Household pets, like cats and dogs, are a part of the family. They give you love and joy, and I'm sure there's no chance they'll be moving out to make room for your baby. But keep in m...