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  1. Your Pregnancy Week by Week: Weeks 31-34

    Your Pregnancy Week by Week: Weeks 31-34

  2. Your Pregnancy Week by Week: Weeks 26-30

    Your Pregnancy Week by Week: Weeks 26-30

  3. Skin Conditions in Pregnancy

    Learn about common skin conditions linked to pregnancy and what you can do about them.

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Helping your child develop healthy self - esteem ...

  5. What to Expect When You Have an Extremely Premature Infant - Topic Overview

    Infants born between 22 and 26 weeks of pregnancy are called "extremely premature." If your infant is born this early,you likely will face some hard decisions. Your premature infant has a much greater chance than ever before of doing well. A baby has the best chance of survival in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that has a staff with a lot of experience. Your infant may not respond well ...

  6. Braxton Hicks Contractions - Topic Overview

    During the second and third trimesters of pregnancy,you may notice episodes when your belly tightens and becomes firm to the touch,then relaxes. These are episodes of tightening (contraction) of the uterine muscles called Braxton Hicks contractions. These normal contractions may be hardly noticeable or may be strong enough to make you stop what you are doing. Considered "warm-up" exercises ...

  7. Pregnancy: Kick Counts - Topic Overview

    After 18 to 20 weeks,you will notice that your baby moves and kicks more at certain times of the day. For example,when you are active,you may feel less kicking than when you are resting quietly. At your prenatal visits,your doctor may ask you whether the baby is active. Kick counts. In the last trimester of your pregnancy,your doctor may ask you to keep track of the baby's movement every ...

  8. Pregnancy After Age 35 - Topic Overview

    Most women who are older than 35 have healthy pregnancies. But as you age beyond your mid-30s,some risks do increase. If you are an older mother-to-be,you can increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. See your doctor for a checkup before you become pregnant. Keep a regular schedule of prenatal checkups when you are pregnant. Pregnancy risks vary from woman to woman. Some ...

  9. How Pregnancy (Conception) Occurs - Topic Overview

    Most women are able to become pregnant from puberty,when their menstrual cycles begin,until menopause,when their cycles stop. A pregnancy starts with fertilization,when a woman's egg joins with a man's sperm. Fertilization usually takes place in a fallopian tube that links an ovary to the uterus. If the fertilized egg successfully travels down the fallopian tube and implants in the ...

  10. Pregnancy and the Increased Risk of Developing Blood Clots - Topic Overview

    The three main risk factors that increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism are abnormal clotting,reduced blood flow,and damage to the veins. These risks are all higher during pregnancy,most likely because of: Changes in hormone levels and blood composition that influence clotting. Reduced blood flow in the legs due to the weight of the fetus pressing upon ...

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