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Full 40-Week Fetal Development Calendar


Weeks 1 & 2:  The first two weeks of a pregnancy encompass the gestational period after conception occurs, which creates a two-week variance between what is referred to as the gestational age and the fetal age.  The weekly tracking of the fetal age begins at week 3 of the gestational age.  During the gestational period of the pregnancy, the menstrual cycle for the woman has en...


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The Third Trimester: Fetal Development


The fetal development will continue to progress throughout the third trimester of your pregnancy.  During this stage of the pregnancy, your baby will be gaining more weight, their eyes will be opening and closing, and your body will begin preparing itself for the demands of labor and delivery.  Your pregnancy is drawing near an end, and you may be quickly approaching a point where you ar...


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The Third Trimester: What to Expect


A woman can expect that she will experience tiredness and be uncomfortable during the third trimester of her pregnancy.  It helps to have an understanding of the expected symptoms during this stage of your pregnancy in order to have a chance at gaining some relief.  Achieving some relief may also serve to ease the anxiety that you are feeling as your delivery date approaches.  The t...


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Understanding Changes that Occur During the Third Trimester


The third trimester of a pregnancy encompasses the period of time from Week 28 until the day the baby is delivered.  The full term for a pregnancy is 40 weeks.  You should expect that some of the symptoms that you have experienced up until now will continue, and that there may be some new ones heading your way.  You should also expect that the frequency of your doctor visits will in...


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Picking the Right Car Seat for Your Little One


One of the greatest responsibilities that we face as parents is maintaining and securing the safety of our children!  One general area where this is most pronounced is when we are transporting our children in our vehicles.  On the surface, the concept of a car seat sounds simplistic, however, there are many varieties and styles out there to choose from.  In truth, the task of findin...


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Second Trimester: Possible Return of Nausea and Vomiting


This trimester involves significant progression in your pregnancy, and the changes taking place with the fetus may start to make the overall experience of the pregnancy seem more real!  You may be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat during your doctor visits, and you may quickly find that your usual comfortable outfits are becoming snug!Realize that the fetal development is quite extensiv...


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Second Trimester - Fetal Development


Week 15:  During this week of your pregnancy, which is approximately 13 weeks after conception, the bones of the baby’s skeleton are starting to develop.  Your baby is growing rapidly, and the developing skeleton should soon become visible on the ultrasound images.  At this stage of the pregnancy, the scalp hair pattern on the baby is starting to form.Week 16:  During thi...


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Second Trimester - What to Expect


During the second trimester of the pregnancy, women tend to develop a renewed sense of well-being, as the worst of the “morning sickness” has passed, and they are not yet at a stage where they are made physically uncomfortable by the development of the baby.  The typical symptoms of pregnancy, however, are soon to make a dramatic shift, as the second trimester often marks the begi...


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I'm pregnant: Now what?


First of all – CONGRATULATIONS!  When you get to the point when you are done floating on cloud nine, or simply done completely freaking out, you may find yourself wondering “What do I do now?”  The following is a brief list of some of the most important things that you will need to consider during your pregnancy: •    Choosing a Prenatal Caregiver:&...


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The First Trimester


The first 12 weeks after the first day of the last menstrual cycle is commonly referred to as the First Trimester of a pregnancy.  This stage of the pregnancy tends to be one of the most consuming timeframes for most women because it can be simultaneously exciting. new, and sometimes overwhelming!  The first trimester also marks an amazing developmental period for the baby!  The fol...


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