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Every stage of pregnancy brings different issues and concerns. Use this part of the guide as a roadmap to the first three months of your pregnancy journey.  

What to Expect

No matter how well you prepare for your pregnancy, you may not be able to fully anticipate all of the different changes that are about to take place in your body.

Your pregnancy week by week: What to expect during the first month.

Your pregnancy week by week: What to expect during the second month.

Your pregnancy week by week: What to expect during the third month.

Prenatal Tests

The most common prenatal tests you can expect to undergo at some point during your pregnancy.

Here are some tests you may undergo during the first trimester of your pregnancy.

3D and 4D ultrasounds are optional. They're not standard prenatal tests. Find out more about these tests.

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a type of prenatal test done during the first trimester to look for problems with the fetus.

 

Health Concerns

Your pregnancy is called high-risk if you or your baby has an increased chance of a health problem.

Some symptoms during pregnancy are par for the course, but others are cause for alarm. How do you know the difference?

Most women are able to stay active throughout pregnancy, but each year, nearly 20% of pregnant women are prescribed bed rest for at least some part of their pregnancy.

For many women, the toughest part of early pregnancy is morning sickness.

Morning sickness is a common part of pregnancy, but in 3% of cases it can last longer than one trimester. Find out more.

Learn about the causes and symptoms of a blighted ovum.

Abdominal Separation (also called Diastasis Recti) can make a vaginal birth difficult. Learn more.

Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy. Could there be risks? And what about sex after pregnancy?

Your body is constantly changing during pregnancy, which may cause discomfort.

Bleeding during pregnancy is common, especially during the first trimester, and usually it's no cause for alarm, but sometimes can be a sign of something more serious.

It's normal to have mild anemia when you are pregnant. But you may have more severe anemia from low iron or vitamin levels or from other reasons.

An ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency treatment. It predominantly occurs when the embryo implants in one of the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus.

If you are pregnant with more than one fetus, you can expect to have the same symptoms as those of a pregnancy with one fetus (called a singleton pregnancy). But the symptoms may happen earlier and may be worse.

Gestational diabetes -- diabetes that develops during pregnancy -- is a relatively common complication of pregnancy, affecting about 4% of all pregnant women.

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