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Fetal Development


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Pregnancy Overviews:

The amount of growth both physically and emotionally in pregnancy is vast and rapid. There are many ways to watch a pregnancy proceed. Some prefer to look at pregnancy from the standpoint of the three trimesters, while others enjoy a pregnancy week by week format. For those that want a middle ground, there is also a monthly view of pregnancy. Each has the basics to more in depth coverage of both fetal development and how the changes occur in the mother's body.

Fetal Development:

Pregnancy is amazing to go from being a couple of cells to a total, albeit small, human being in the period of about nine months! Most people enjoy tracking their baby's developments during pregnancy. There are many ways to peak into the uterus during this time. Sometimes your doctor or midwife will order an ultrasound exam or genetic testing like an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). You may also enjoy reading about your baby's growth.

Is your baby a girl or a boy?:

One of the burning questions on the mind of parents everywhere is whether or not there baby is a girl or a boy. This can be told using the ultrasound or genetic testing discussed above. Genetic testing can be done as early as the first trimester, but ultrasound are best done between 18-22 weeks of pregnancy.

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