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Pregnancy and Newborns


  • Multiple Births Quiz

    What Do You Know About Multiple Births? So you're having more than one! You're not alone. The number of multiple births has increased dramatically in recent years. 1. Which is an explanation for the ...

  • Drugs and Pregnancy Quiz

    What Do You Know About Taking Drugs and Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy? Smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illegal drugs can have serious consequences for a pregnant woman and her baby. Knowing ...

  • Due Date Calculator

    Due Date Calculator It is important to estimate your due date so you and your health care provider can schedule proper prenatal care and plan for your baby's birth. Your health care provider uses a m...

  • Healthy Pregnancy Quiz

    What Do You Know About Having a Healthy Pregnancy? Pregnancy is an exciting and busy time for couples. You spend time wondering about your baby-to-be and making plenty of preparations to welcome the ...

Childbirth: A Timeline to Ease Your Mind
Preparing for Pregnancy
Even before you become pregnant, your health matters to your future baby. Two tips: Address any medical problems before becoming pregnant, then get regular prenatal care.
Your Changing Body
The hormones of pregnancy bring on a number of changes, from nausea to fatigue. Your growing, developing baby, too, has a profound effect.
Your First Trimester
You need to take care of yourself for a new reason. Your health can affect your baby's growth. Focus on your health for two reasons now, not one.
Your Second Trimester
This often is called the "golden trimester." You're starting to show. And you're starting to glow. Use this time to have fun with your partner, your friends, and your family.
Your Third Trimester
Visits with your health care provider will be biweekly, then weekly. Ask now about labor, childbirth, the warning signs of preterm labor, and when to call your provider.
Pregnancy Tests and Procedures
Several tests and procedures are available to help monitor you and your developing baby.
Healthy Pregnancy Lifestyles
Here is sound advice: Don't smoke. Don't drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. Eat a nutritious and balanced diet. See your doctor regularly throughout your pregnancy.
Pregnancy Complications
Although the majority of pregnancies are uneventful, sometimes complications do occur. Bleeding, miscarriage, and preeclampsia are some of the common complications.
Labor, Birth, and Postpartum
Probable signs of labor: your contractions are getting stronger; your contractions are regular (about every 5 minutes) and getting more painful; your water breaks.
Your Newborn Baby
Sleeping, eating, crying, cooing—your new arrival will keep you busy. You'll soon figure out his or her patterns and preferences.
When Baby Needs Special Care
Sometimes a baby has a difficult birth or arrives prematurely. If that happens, treatment can begin right away—in the delivery room.
Feeding Your Baby
For the first four months, breast milk or formula provides your baby all the nutrients that are needed to grow.
Know Your Risks
Postpartum Depression Assessment
Postpartum Depression Risk Assessment It's natural to feel strong emotions when you're pregnant and just after you've had a baby. You may feel elated, or you may feel sad. Many women have the "baby blues" just after birth. They feel sad, impatient, or irritable. These feelings usually go away in a week or two. They don't always need to be treated by a health care provider. For some women, feelings of sadness are much more intense. These intense feelings are called postpartum depression, or PPD. Postpart...
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