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    Family Planning
    Can You Afford to Have Another Child? 8 Financial Questions to Consider
    Are you considering having another child, but are worried about the financial aspect of adding to your family? Raising a child is no doubt expensive, and while ultimately your decision might not be based on dollars and cents, it's still impo...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Pregnancy
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    How Genes Are Passed On
    Through the generationsThrough each generation, genes are shuffled and re-shuffled. Half of a baby's genes come from its father and half from its mother. The baby's parents in turn inherited half each of their genes from each of their own parents...
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    Signs and Symptoms
    First Signs of Pregnancy
    */ The two-week wait to find out if you have conceived can feel like years if you are trying to have a baby. Some pregnancy symptoms can begin a just few days after conception, even before a positive pregnancy test would register. So how can you...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Pregnancy Begins with Conception
    Ovulation and Conception
    What is Conception
    Each woman is born with her full quota of follicles that contain immature eggs, some of which will mature and be released in her lifetime. Every month, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), released from the pituitary gland, encourages a number of ...
  • Fertility Treatments
    Assisted Reproduction
    Assisting Conception
    Some couples find that conception takes longer than anticipated. If you haven't become pregnant after two years of trying, your doctor may suggest fertility testing to identify if your fertility or that of your partner is suboptimal. If this is t...
  • Pregnancy
    Ovulation and Conception
    How Twins Are Conceived
    Today in the US, one in every 31 births is a twin birth. Twins are conceived in two ways that result in either identical or nonidentical twins.Identical twins occur when one fertilized egg splits into two separate cells. This type of twin is half...
  • ovary at the end of fallopian tube ready to release egg
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 14 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThe ovary can be seen here at the end of the fallopian tube. At around this time of the menstrual cycle, a follicle at the surface of the ovary releases an egg, which is swept down the tube by clearly visible fingerlike pro...
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    Toy Finder
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  • Family Genetics and Your Baby
    Genetics and Pregnancy
    The Role of Genes and Inheritance
    Genes are located on rodlike structures called chromosomes that are found in the nucleus of every cell in the body. Each gene occupies a specific position on a chromosome. Because genes provide instructions for making proteins, and proteins deter...
  • Fallopian tubes
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Toward the end of this week, one of the eggs in your ovaries is likely to have reached full maturity. Ovulation occurs as the egg, under the influence of hormones, bursts out of its follicle. If it meets a sperm, you may become pregnant. Now is t...
  • Woman
    Week 1 of Pregnancy
    Your 1st Week
    It's business as usual for your body this week. You're having a period, so you know you're not pregnant. But if you conceive during this menstrual cycle, the first day of your period will count as the first day of pregnancy. It's a good idea to r...
  • ovarian follicles on day 8 of menstrual cycle
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 8 of Your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideHere, three developing ovarian follicles can be seen in white. The inner circle of each is the egg. Of the follicles shown, it is likely that only one will fully mature at ovulation and release an egg. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 37 weeks and 5 days
    Week 38 of Pregnancy
    You are 37 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe size of your uterus may have reduced slightly as your baby's head becomes more deeply engaged within your pelvis, allowing her body to move down. This can take some of the pressure away from your ribs, which is a welcome relief...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 23 weeks exactly
    Week 23 of Pregnancy
    You are 23 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayExternal appearances are deceptive: although your baby seems very well developed, it's still early in the pregnancy-the state of the cervix and progesterone produced by the placenta both play a part in ensuring that labor does not ...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 4 of Pregnancy
    You are 3 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe embryo is implanted and is 10 days old. The entry point at which the embryo buried into the lining of the uterus is now covered by a clot, and this prevents blood loss and protects the embryo. ...
  • sperm cell traveling along fallopian tube
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 13 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThe sperm cell can be seen here inside the fallopian tube. Since sperm can stay active and alive inside you for up to 72 hours, it's possible to get pregnant even if you don't ovulate for two to three days from now. ...
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    Book Finder
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  • nuclei within cells
    Week 4 of Pregnancy
    You are 3 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe first stage of placental development-your baby's life support system-is shown here. The image shows nuclei (blue) within a continuous network of cells that will become the placental villi. At first the tiny villi are solid; lat...