Healthy Pregnancy & Newborn Library

Childbirth: A Timeline to Ease Your Mind

  • Preparing for Pregnancy
    Preparing for Pregnancy

    Even before you become pregnant, your health matters to your future baby. Two tips: Address any medical problems before becoming pregnant, then get regular prenatal care.

  • Your Changing Body
    Your Changing Body

    The hormones of pregnancy bring on a number of changes, from nausea to fatigue. Your growing, developing baby, too, has a profound effect.

  • Your First Trimester
    Your First Trimester

    You need to take care of yourself for a new reason. Your health can affect your baby's growth. Focus on your health for two reasons now, not one.

  • Your Second Trimester
    Your Second Trimester

    This often is called the "golden trimester." You're starting to show. And you're starting to glow. Use this time to have fun with your partner, your friends, and your family.

  • Your Third Trimester
    Your Third Trimester

    Visits with your health care provider will be biweekly, then weekly. Ask now about labor, childbirth, the warning signs of preterm labor, and when to call your provider.

  • Pregnancy Tests & Procedures
    Pregnancy Tests & Procedures

    Several tests and procedures are available to help monitor you and your developing baby.

  • Healthy Pregnancy Lifestyles
    Healthy Pregnancy Lifestyles

    Here is sound advice: Don't smoke. Don't drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. Eat a nutritious and balanced diet. See your doctor regularly throughout your pregnancy.

  • Pregnancy Complications
    Pregnancy Complications

    Although the majority of pregnancies are uneventful, sometimes complications do occur. Bleeding, miscarriage, and preeclampsia are some of the common complications.

  • Labor, Birth, and Postpartum
    Labor, Birth, and Postpartum

    Probable signs of labor: your contractions are getting stronger; your contractions are regular (about every 5 minutes) and getting more painful; your water breaks.

  • Your Newborn Baby
    Your Newborn Baby

    Sleeping, eating, crying, cooing—your new arrival will keep you busy. You'll soon figure out his or her patterns and preferences.

  • When Baby Needs Special Care
    When Baby Needs Special Care

    Sometimes a baby has a difficult birth or arrives prematurely. If that happens, treatment can begin right away—in the delivery room.

  • Feeding Your Baby
    Feeding Your Baby

    For the first four months, breast milk provides your baby all the nutrients that are needed to grow.

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