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  • Preparing For Pregnancy

  • Now that You're Pregnant

  • Your Changing Body

  • Your First Trimester

    • First Trimester

      A healthy first trimester is crucial to the normal development of your baby. You may not be showing much on the outside, but inside, all the major body organs and systems of the fetus are forming.

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    • First Trimester Fatigue

      For many women, the extreme tiredness of the first trimester is quite a surprise. And it's an especially hard transition for those who are normally go-getters with lots of energy.

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    • First Trimester Screening

      First trimester screening combines fetal ultrasound and blood tests for the mother. It’s done during the first trimester of pregnancy, during weeks 1 to 12 or 13. It can help find out the risk of the fetus having certain birth defects.

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    • Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby

      Getting enough folic acid can reduce the risk for neural tube defects (NTDs) and may also reduce the risk for other serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.

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    • Headaches in Early Pregnancy

      Managing headaches is especially tricky in the first trimester when you should avoid many medicines.

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  • Your Second Trimester

  • Your Thrid Trimester

    • Back Pain in Pregnancy

      Back pain is common in pregnancy, because of your changing body. Here are ideas on what you can do to cope.

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    • Biophysical Profile

      A biophysical profile is a test that is sometimes used during the third trimester of pregnancy. It is often done if there is a question about the baby’s health. This may be because of other test results or certain pregnancy symptoms, or because your pregnancy is high risk.

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    • Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

      Hemorrhoids and varicose veins might seem to be two different, unrelated problems, but they are actually quite similar. And, many women, especially those in the third trimester of pregnancy, have them.

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    • Pregnancy and Heartburn

      Chances are good that you're one of many pregnant women who experience the churning and burning of heartburn or acid indigestion. It typically hits somewhere in the second or third trimester, and it can be miserable.

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    • Pregnancy and Posture

      Much back pain in pregnancy is related to the strain on your back from the weight of your growing baby. Using proper posture can help prevent and even relieve some of the pain.

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    • Third Trimester

      The third trimester marks the home stretch for your pregnancy. You may feel more uncomfortable now as you continue to gain weight. You also may have false labor contractions (called Braxton-Hicks contractions).

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  • Pregnancy Tests and Procedures

  • Healthy Pregnancy Lifestyles

    • Tips for Traveling Moms-to-Be

      Today's society is increasingly mobile, and the demands of career and family often require travel during a woman's pregnancy. Here are some tips and guidance for safe travels while you're pregnant.

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  • Pregnancy Complications