Fetal Development: Third Trimester

Weeks 27 thru 32 – Gestational Age (Fetal Age – Weeks 25 thru 30): The fetus really fills out over these next few weeks, storing fat on the body, reaching about…

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Kick Counts

Most mothers-to-be eagerly await that first reassuring flutter, just to know their baby is growing and developing. Sometime between 18-25 weeks into pregnancy, moms will begin to feel movement. For…

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First Fetal Movement: Quickening

Some moms can feel their babies move as early as 13-16 weeks from the start of their last period. These first fetal movements are called quickening and are often described as flutters. It…

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Fetal Development

Calculating the day your baby begins to develop and keeping track of your pregnancy dates can be a challenge. The development of pregnancy is counted from the first day of…

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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG): The Pregnancy Hormone

The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (better known as hCG) is produced during pregnancy. It is made by cells formed in the placenta, which nourishes the egg after it has been…

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The Fetal Life-Support System: Placenta, Umbilical Cord, & Amniotic Sac

Your baby will develop inside your uterus with the help of a fetal life-support system composed of the placenta, the umbilical cord, and the amniotic sac (which is filled with…

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Calculating Conception

Gestational age, or the age of the baby, is calculated from the first day of the mother’s last menstrual period. Since the exact date of conception is almost never known, the first…

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