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First Trimester – Fetal Development

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 ended, and her body is prepar...

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First Trimester Cramping

During the first trimester of a pregnancy, a woman will experience many new feelings and sensations, both physical and emotional.  There are multiple physical symptoms that will present themselves during a pregnancy, and cramping during the first trimester is not uncommon.  Although experiencing cramping can be quite normal, some cramping can be a cause for concern, as it can be an indic...

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First Trimester: Bleeding

It is early in your pregnancy, and you have already taken the opportunity to share the exciting news with all of your family members, friends, and co-workers.  One morning you wake up to discover that there is a small spot of blood on the underwear that you have on.  You are now frozen in fear that something has gone terribly wrong with your pregnancy.  First, take a moment to calm ...

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First Trimester Pregnancy Sleep

It is very common for pregnant women to experience difficulty sleeping at some point during their pregnancy.  When you think about the changes that are occurring in the woman’s body, and the pregnancy symptoms that she is experiencing, such as heartburn, nausea, and frequent urination, it is not surprising!   The following will address some of the problems that are on the hori...

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