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  1. First Trimester: When to Call Your Doctor

    Discovering that you're expecting is emotional and exciting. Especially if it's your first baby, you may have a lot of questions about what's normal, what's not, and when you should call your doctor. Most women will have healthy pregnancies. Taking care of yourself and heeding any changes in your he

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  2. Getting Pregnant On Your Timeline: Your To-Do List

    Trying to conceive? Use this to-do list for a healthy pregnancy. Visit your doctor for a prepregnancy checkup. Your doctor will let you know how your lifestyle, diet, weight, medications, and medical history can affect your chances of getting pregnant. She may also recommend changes you can make to

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  3. Your Best Days for Making a Baby

    You're ready to get pregnant, and you want to know when you're most likely to conceive. That means figuring out when you're ovulating. First, review the basics:  You can ovulate anywhere from 13 to 20 days before your period. To get pregnant, you should have sex a few days leading up to and on the d

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  4. Can You Time Your Pregnancy?

    You're ready to get pregnant, and you'd love to time it just right so that your baby is born when it's best for you. If you're hoping to get pregnant around your work schedule, the seasons, or even your sister's wedding, you should know these six things: You'll have much better luck if you give your

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  5. Preparing for Pregnancy Emotionally

    Are you ready to have a baby? There's no specific time that's right for everyone, but there are several factors to consider: Some people want to wait until just the right moment to start a family. You might worry that you haven't saved enough money or you haven't gotten the promotion you've been hop

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  6. Health Essentials Checklist

    If you've decided that you're ready to have a baby, you want to make sure your little one arrives safe and sound. Start by making an appointment for a prepregnancy checkup. You should have this visit up to a year before you want to get pregnant, even if this isn't your first pregnancy. By seeing you

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  7. Can Your Stress Affect Your Fetus?

    Bringing a new person into the world is no easy task. You worry about everything. Are the foods you eat healthy enough? Is it safe to exercise? How will you juggle work and parenthood once baby arrives? Some stress during pregnancy is normal, just as it is during other times of life. But if stress b

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  8. What It Costs to Have a Baby

    If you're thinking about having a baby, you're probably thinking of the joy of holding your newborn in your arms -- not the financial costs. But sooner or later, you run into the expenses involved with a pregnancy. And although the experience of becoming a parent is priceless, you'll also want to ma

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  9. Do You Want to Deliver Your Baby Early?

    The last few weeks of pregnancy are very important for your baby’s development. “For years, we thought babies born at 37 or 38 weeks were fine,” says Scott Berns, MD, deputy medical director of the March of Dimes. But over the last 10 years, experts have learned that’s not true. “Babies born even a

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  10. Is Natural Birth for You?

    Having a baby is a little like getting married, in the sense that every pregnant woman has a vision of how her labor will unfold. You might picture yourself in a modern hospital delivery room, pain-free and supported by every medical aid available. Or you might envision a more natural scene: giving

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