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Pregnancy & Newborn Center

  • Are You in Labor? Are You in Labor?

    Here's how to tell the difference between true labor and false labor -- and when to get medical care.

  • Barbara's Birth Story Barbara's Birth Story

    By turns overwhelming, touching, and sometimes even humorous, the stories surrounding the birth of a baby become part of a family's folklore.

  • Birth Plans Birth Plans

    The reality of labor and birth may seem extremely far off - but now's the time to start planning for your baby by creating a birth plan that details your wishes.

  • Birthing Centers and Hospital Maternity Services Birthing Centers and Hospital Maternity Services

    Where you choose to give birth is an important decision. Is a hospital or a birth center right for you? Knowing the facts can help you make your decision.

  • Birthing Classes Birthing Classes

    Expecting your first baby? Many soon-to-be parents find that birthing classes really help calm their worries and answer many questions.

  • Cesarean Sections (C-Sections) Cesarean Sections (C-Sections)

    Many babies are delivered via cesarean sections. Learn why and how C-sections are done.

  • Choking Choking

    Choking is an emergency - so it's important to recognize the signs of choking and know what to do if happens.

  • Cord Blood Banking Cord Blood Banking

    Should you bank your newborn's cord blood? This article can help you decide.

  • Dealing With Pain During Childbirth Dealing With Pain During Childbirth

    Learning all you can about childbirth pain is one of the best ways to help you deal with it when the time comes.

  • Epidurals Epidurals

    Epidurals can make giving birth more calm, controlled, and comfortable. Find out more.

  • Inducing Labor Inducing Labor

    Find out why doctors may induce labor if you're past your due date, how it may be done, and how it may affect you and your baby.

  • Lena's Birth Story Lena's Birth Story

    By turns overwhelming, touching, and sometimes even humorous, the stories surrounding the birth of a baby become part of a family's folklore.

  • Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal

    When you first meet your newborn, you may be surprised by what you see. Here's what to expect.

  • Midwives Midwives

    Choosing a health care provider to care for you and your baby during your pregnancy is a big decision. For some women with low-risk, uncomplicated pregnancies, midwives are an increasingly popular option.

  • Natural Childbirth Natural Childbirth

    Some women choose to give birth using no medications at all, relying instead on relaxation techniques and controlled breathing for pain. Get more information on natural childbirth.

  • Newborn Brachial Plexus Injuries Newborn Brachial Plexus Injuries

    During childbirth, a brachial plexus injury can happen if the baby's neck is stretched to one side.

  • Recovering From Delivery Recovering From Delivery

    After giving birth, you'll notice you've changed somewhat - both physically and emotionally. Here's what to expect after labor and delivery.

  • Samala's Birth Story Samala's Birth Story

    By turns overwhelming, touching, and sometimes even humorous, the stories surrounding the birth of a baby become part of a family's folklore.

  • The First Day of Life The First Day of Life

    Your baby's here! Find out what to expect on that special day first day of life.

  • Treatments to Prevent Premature Birth Treatments to Prevent Premature Birth

    Some women are more likely than others to go into labor early. Find out what doctors can do to help prevent or delay early labor.

  • Why Are Babies Born Early? Why Are Babies Born Early?

    Many things can cause a baby to be born early or with health problems. Some of these things can be controlled, but others can’t. Find out what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy.

  • A Guide for First-Time Parents A Guide for First-Time Parents

    If you're a first-time parent, put your fears aside and get the basics in this guide about burping, bathing, bonding, and other baby-care concerns.

  • A Primer on Preemies A Primer on Preemies

    Premature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants and have many special needs that make their care different from that of other babies.

  • Bed-Sharing Bed-Sharing

    Bed-sharing increases the risk of sleep-related deaths, including SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room-sharing without bed-sharing for the safest sleep environment.

  • Bonding With Your Baby Bonding With Your Baby

    Bonding, the intense attachment that develops between you and your baby, is completely natural. And it's probably one of the most pleasurable aspects of infant care.

  • Booster Seat Safety Booster Seat Safety

    Your tot's not a baby anymore! It's time for a big-kid booster seat. But how can you ensure that your child is still safe and secure in the car? Find out here.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Getting Started Breastfeeding FAQs: Getting Started

    Here are answers to some common questions about beginning to breastfeed - everything from latch-on to let-down.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often

    Here are answers to some common questions about beginning to breastfeed - everything from how often to nurse your baby each day to how to tell if your little one is eating enough.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Out and About Breastfeeding FAQs: Out and About

    Here are answers to some common questions about going out in public as a breastfeeding mom - from how to do it discreetly to taming sneaky leaks.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Pain and Discomfort Breastfeeding FAQs: Pain and Discomfort

    Here are answers to some common questions about preventing and reducing breastfeeding discomfort, such as nipple and breast pain.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Pumping Breastfeeding FAQs: Pumping

    Here are answers to some common questions about pumping your breast milk - from buying a pump to making the process a little easier.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Safely Storing Breast Milk Breastfeeding FAQs: Safely Storing Breast Milk

    Here are answers to some common questions about how to keep breast milk and how to clean and sterilize supplies, from bottles to nipples to breast pump parts.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Sleep - Yours and Your Baby's Breastfeeding FAQs: Sleep - Yours and Your Baby's

    Here are answers to some common questions about breastfed babies and sleep - from where they should snooze to when they'll finally start sleeping through the night.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Solids and Supplementing Breastfeeding FAQs: Solids and Supplementing

    Here are answers to some common supplemental feeding questions - from when to introduce solids to offering breastfed babies formula.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns Breastfeeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns

    Here are answers to some questions about common breastfeeding concerns - from biting to spitting up.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Supply and Demand Breastfeeding FAQs: Supply and Demand

    Here are answers to some common questions about your milk supply - from having too much to having too little.

  • Breastfeeding FAQs: Your Eating and Drinking Habits Breastfeeding FAQs: Your Eating and Drinking Habits

    Here are answers to some common questions about what breastfeeding mothers should and shouldn't eat and drink.

  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

    Making a decision to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is a personal one. There are some points to consider to help you decide which option is best for you and your baby.

  • Bringing Your Baby Home Bringing Your Baby Home

    Whether your baby comes home from the hospital right away, arrives later, or comes through an adoption agency, homecoming is a major event.

  • Burping Your Baby Burping Your Baby

    Feeding a baby for the first time is an exciting experience for any new parent. Here's a quick guide to one important aspect of feeding - burping.

  • Can I Feed My Baby Honey? Can I Feed My Baby Honey?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Car Seat Safety Car Seat Safety

    What's the right way to install an infant safety seat? Is your toddler ready for a convertible seat? Get the car seat know-how you need here.

  • Choking Choking

    Choking is an emergency - so it's important to recognize the signs of choking and know what to do if happens.

  • Circumcision Circumcision

    You have an important decision to make before you take your newborn son home: whether to circumcise him. Before deciding, talk to your doctor and consider the issues.

  • Colic Colic

    Colic is common in babies - but that doesn't make it easier for parents to handle. Learn what colic is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.

  • Communication and Your Newborn Communication and Your Newborn

    From birth, your newborn has been communicating with you. Crying may seem like a foreign language, but soon you'll know what your baby needs - a diaper change, a feeding, or your touch.

  • Constipation Constipation

    Constipation is a very common problem among kids, and it usually occurs because a child's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, simple changes can help kids go.

  • Cradle Cap (Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis) Cradle Cap (Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis)

    This harmless condition - the infant form of dandruff - causes rough, scaly patches on a baby's skin.

  • Diaper Rash Diaper Rash

    Diaper rash is a very common infection that can cause a baby's skin to become sore, red, scaly, and tender. In most cases, it clears up with simple changes in diapering.

  • Diapering Your Baby Diapering Your Baby

    Babies may use up to 10 diapers a day! Get the basics on how to diaper like a pro.

  • Feeding Your 1- to 3-Month-Old Feeding Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

    Whether you've chosen to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, your infant will let you know when it's time to eat.

  • Feeding Your Newborn Feeding Your Newborn

    These guidelines on breastfeeding and bottle feeding can help you know what's right for you and your baby.

  • Finding a Doctor for Your New Baby Finding a Doctor for Your New Baby

    Along with considering baby names and buying a crib, choosing the right health care provider should be on your to-do list when you're expecting.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Getting Started Formula Feeding FAQs: Getting Started

    Shopping for formula-feeding supplies can be daunting. Here are answers to some common questions about formula feeding.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often

    Get answers to some common formula-feeding inquiries, from how much newborns eat to what their diapers might look like.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Preparation and Storage Formula Feeding FAQs: Preparation and Storage

    Check out these formula-feeding bottle basics, from how to mix bottles to how to store them safely.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns Formula Feeding FAQs: Some Common Concerns

    Read about how to manage common formula-feeding concerns, from spitting up and fussiness to gas and milk allergies.

  • Formula Feeding FAQs: Starting Solids and Milk Formula Feeding FAQs: Starting Solids and Milk

    Find answers to common inquiries about introducing solids and whole milk to formula-fed babies.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations

    Immunizations have protected millions of children from potentially deadly diseases. Learn about immunizations and find out exactly what they do - and what they don't.

  • Growth Charts Growth Charts

    Doctors use growth charts to figure out whether kids' height and weight measurements are "normal" and whether they're developing on track. Here are some facts about growth charts.

  • Hernias Hernias

    Hernias are fairly common in kids and hernia repair is the one of the most common surgeries performed on children.

  • How Can I Overcome Breastfeeding Difficulties? How Can I Overcome Breastfeeding Difficulties?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • How to Bottle-Feed Your Baby (Video) How to Bottle-Feed Your Baby (Video)

    With a little preparation and practice, you can bottle-feed your baby. Learn how in this step-by-step video.

  • How to Breastfeed Your Baby (Video) How to Breastfeed Your Baby (Video)

    Breast milk is the healthiest choice for your baby. Learn how to breastfeed your baby in this step-by-step video.

  • How to Pump & Store Breast Milk (Video) How to Pump & Store Breast Milk (Video)

    Knowing how to pump and store breast milk is an important part of feeding your baby. Learn how in this step-by-step video.

  • I Love My New Baby. So, Why Am I Sad? I Love My New Baby. So, Why Am I Sad?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Immunization Schedule Immunization Schedule

    Which vaccines does your child need and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference.

  • Is My Baby Ready for Shoes? Is My Baby Ready for Shoes?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Jaundice in Healthy Newborns Jaundice in Healthy Newborns

    A common condition in newborns, jaundice refers to the yellow color of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess bilirubin in the blood.

  • Laundering Your Baby's Clothes Laundering Your Baby's Clothes

    Once a baby arrives, it can seem as if the laundry doubles! Many parents think they need to use baby detergent to clean their baby's clothes, but in most cases, this isn't necessary.

  • Learning, Play, and Your Newborn Learning, Play, and Your Newborn

    Play is the primary way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.

  • Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal Looking at Your Newborn: What's Normal

    When you first meet your newborn, you may be surprised by what you see. Here's what to expect.

  • Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

    You probably have lots of questions about your baby's health. When should you call the doctor, and what medical care should you expect for your baby at this age?

  • Medical Care and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old Medical Care and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old

    Because your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.

  • Medical Care and Your Newborn Medical Care and Your Newborn

    By the time you hold your new baby for the first time, you've probably chosen your little one's doctor. Learn about your newborn's medical care.

  • Medical Issues in Adoption Medical Issues in Adoption

    Considering adoption? Here are some things to know about the health and medical care of an adopted child, before, during, and after the adoption.

  • Milk Allergy in Infants Milk Allergy in Infants

    Almost all infants are fussy at times. But some are very fussy because they have an allergy to the protein in cow's milk, which is the basis for most commercial baby formulas.

  • Movement, Coordination, and Your Newborn Movement, Coordination, and Your Newborn

    It may seem like all babies do is sleep, eat, and cry, but their little bodies are making many movements, some of which are reflexes.

  • Newborn Screening Tests Newborn Screening Tests

    Newborn screening tests look for harmful or potentially fatal disorders that aren't apparent at birth. Find out which tests are done and which disorders they're designed to detect.

  • Nursing Positions Nursing Positions

    If you're a new mom, breastfeeding your baby can feel like a challenge. Check out this article for information on common nursing positions, proper latching-on techniques, and how to know if your baby is getting enough to eat.

  • Oral Thrush Oral Thrush

    Oral thrush, a very common infection in infants that causes irritation in and around the baby's mouth, often goes away on its own without medical treatment.

  • Pyloric Stenosis Pyloric Stenosis

    Pyloric stenosis can make a baby vomit forcefully and often. It can lead to serious problems like dehydration, and needs medical treatment right away.

  • Sleep and Newborns Sleep and Newborns

    Newborn babies don’t yet have a sense of day and night. They wake often to eat – no matter what time it is.

  • Stopping the Bottle Stopping the Bottle

    Transitioning a baby from a bottle to a cup isn't always easy, as babies can become attached to their bottles. These tips can help parents make the switch.

  • Taking Your Preemie Home Taking Your Preemie Home

    If you're about to begin caring for your preemie at home, try to relax. With some preparation and planning, you'll be ready.

  • Talking to Your Child's Doctor Talking to Your Child's Doctor

    Building a relationship with your child's doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.

  • Teething Tots Teething Tots

    Teething can be a tough time for babies and parents. Here are the facts on teething, including tips for baby teeth hygiene and relieving pain.

  • The First Day of Life The First Day of Life

    Your baby's here! Find out what to expect on that special day first day of life.

  • Trimming Your Baby's Nails Trimming Your Baby's Nails

    Cutting your little one's nails can be a bit scary. Here's how to do it safely.

  • Undescended Testicles Undescended Testicles

    Shortly before birth, a boy's testicles usually descend into the scrotum. When a testicle doesn't make the move, this is called cryptorchidism, or undescended testicles.

  • Weaning Your Child Weaning Your Child

    Weaning is when children make the transition from breast milk to other sources of nourishment. Here's how to make this change easier on you and your child.

  • Why Do Newborns Need a Vitamin K Shot? Why Do Newborns Need a Vitamin K Shot?

    Why do newborns need a dose of vitamin K at birth? Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Your Child's Checkup: 3 to 5 Days Your Child's Checkup: 3 to 5 Days

    Find out what this doctor's checkup will involve a few days after your baby is born.

  • Your Child's Checkup: Newborn Your Child's Checkup: Newborn

    Find out what this doctor's checkup will involve after your baby arrives.

  • Your Child's Immunizations Your Child's Immunizations

    Immunizations protect kids from many dangerous diseases. Find out what vaccines your child needs to grow up healthy.

  • Your Newborn's Growth Your Newborn's Growth

    A newborn's growth and development is measured from the moment of birth. Find out if your baby's size is normal, and what to expect as your baby grows.

  • Your Newborn's Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses Your Newborn's Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses

    Your newborn is taking in first sights, sounds, and smells while learning to explore the world through the senses. What are your baby's responses to light, noise, and touch?

  • A Primer on Preemies A Primer on Preemies

    Premature infants, known as preemies, come into the world earlier than full-term infants and have many special needs that make their care different from that of other babies.

  • A to Z: Colic A to Z: Colic

    Colic is defined as crying for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, for at least 3 weeks.

  • A to Z: Failure to Thrive A to Z: Failure to Thrive

    Failure to thrive refers to a child's inability to gain weight and grow as expected for kids of the same age and gender. Most diagnoses are made in the first few years of life.

  • Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)

    Abusive head trauma (AHT) is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States. AHT results from injuries caused by someone vigorously shaking an infant.

  • Apnea of Prematurity Apnea of Prematurity

    Apnea of prematurity (AOP) is a condition in which premature infants stop breathing for 15 to 20 seconds during sleep. AOP usually goes away on its own as a baby matures.

  • Birth Defects Birth Defects

    Some birth defects are minor and cause no problems; others cause major disabilities. Learn about the different types of birth defects, and how to help prevent them.

  • Birthmarks Birthmarks

    Birthmarks that babies are born with, or develop soon after birth, are mostly harmless and many even go away on their own, but sometimes they're associated with certain health problems.

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

    Babies who are born prematurely or who experience respiratory problems shortly after birth are at risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), sometimes called chronic lung disease.

  • Cleft Lip and Palate Cleft Lip and Palate

    With this birth defect, tissues of the mouth or lip don't form properly when a baby is developing in the womb. The good news is that cleft lip and palate are treatable.

  • Colic Colic

    Colic is common in babies - but that doesn't make it easier for parents to handle. Learn what colic is, what causes it, and what you can do about it.

  • Common Diagnoses in the NICU Common Diagnoses in the NICU

    Learn about common NICU conditions, what causes them, how they're diagnosed, how they're treated, and how long babies might stay in the unit.

  • Congenital Hypothyroidism Congenital Hypothyroidism

    Some babies are born with a thyroid gland that didn't develop correctly or doesn't work as it should. This is called congenital hypothyroidism.

  • Constipation Constipation

    Constipation is a very common problem among kids, and it usually occurs because a child's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, simple changes can help kids go.

  • Cradle Cap (Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis) Cradle Cap (Infantile Seborrheic Dermatitis)

    This harmless condition - the infant form of dandruff - causes rough, scaly patches on a baby's skin.

  • Diaper Rash Diaper Rash

    Diaper rash is a very common infection that can cause a baby's skin to become sore, red, scaly, and tender. In most cases, it clears up with simple changes in diapering.

  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV)

    Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) is a heart defect where the aorta connects to the heart in the wrong place.

  • Ebstein Anomaly Ebstein Anomaly

    Ebstein anomaly is a rare heart defect that affects the tricuspid valve. It can cause problems that range from very mild to very serious.

  • Egg Allergy Egg Allergy

    Helping your child manage an egg allergy means reading food labels carefully, being aware of what he or she eats, and carrying the right medicines in case of an allergic reaction.

  • Erythema Toxicum Erythema Toxicum

    Erythema toxicum is a common rash seen in full-term newborns. No treatment is needed and it goes away on its own.

  • Failure to Thrive Failure to Thrive

    Most kids follow growth patterns that are normal, but others have ”failure to thrive” – they fail to gain weight as expected and have poor height growth.

  • Febrile Seizures Febrile Seizures

    Febrile seizures are full-body convulsions caused by high fevers that affect young kids. Although they can be frightening, they usually stop on their own and don't cause any other health problems.

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    If a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, her baby could be born with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which causes a wide range of physical, behavioral, and learning problems.

  • Fibular Hemimelia Fibular Hemimelia

    Babies who have fibular hemimelia are born with a short or missing fibula. Experts who treat bone problems have several options to help kids with a hemimelia.

  • Flat Head Syndrome (Positional Plagiocephaly) Flat Head Syndrome (Positional Plagiocephaly)

    Babies can develop a flat spot on the back of their heads, usually from sleeping in the same position too long. Alternating your baby's sleep position and providing lots of "tummy time" can help.

  • Hemangiomas: Suzanne's Story Hemangiomas: Suzanne's Story

    When Anna was born, she developed red spots that her parents learned were hemangiomas, benign birthmarks that she eventually outgrew. Her mother tells her story.

  • Hernias Hernias

    Hernias are fairly common in kids and hernia repair is the one of the most common surgeries performed on children.

  • Hunger and Malnutrition Hunger and Malnutrition

    Even people who have plenty to eat may be malnourished if they don't eat food that provides the right nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

  • If Your Child Has a Heart Defect If Your Child Has a Heart Defect

    Congenital heart defects are relatively common, affecting almost 1 in every 100 newborns in the United States.

  • Infant Torticollis Infant Torticollis

    Babies with this condition have trouble turning their heads, due to muscle tightness. Simple stretching exercises and physical therapy can help babies get better.

  • Interrupted Aortic Arch (IAA) Interrupted Aortic Arch (IAA)

    An interrupted aortic arch (IAA) is a rare heart condition in which the aorta doesn’t form completely. Surgery must be done within the first few days of a baby’s life to close the gap in the aorta.

  • Intestinal Malrotation Intestinal Malrotation

    Malrotation is a type of obstruction caused by abnormal development of the intestines while a fetus is in the womb. Find out more about this condition and the complications it can cause.

  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)

    IUGR is when a baby in the womb doesn't grow at the expected rate during the pregnancy. Women with IUGR should eat a healthy diet; get enough sleep; and avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.

  • Intussusception Intussusception

    This bowel problem is the most common cause of bowel blockages in very young children. With timely treatment, kids recover quickly.

  • Jaundice in Healthy Newborns Jaundice in Healthy Newborns

    A common condition in newborns, jaundice refers to the yellow color of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess bilirubin in the blood.

  • Lead Poisoning Lead Poisoning

    Long-term exposure to lead can cause serious health problems, particularly in young kids, so it's important to find out whether your child might be at risk for lead exposure.

  • Meconium Aspiration Meconium Aspiration

    Meconium aspiration can happen before, during, or after labor and delivery when a newborn inhales a mixture of meconium and amniotic fluid. Although it can be serious, most cases are not.

  • Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old

    You probably have lots of questions about your baby's health. When should you call the doctor, and what medical care should you expect for your baby at this age?

  • Medical Care and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old Medical Care and Your 4- to 7-Month-Old

    Because your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.

  • Milk Allergy in Infants Milk Allergy in Infants

    Almost all infants are fussy at times. But some are very fussy because they have an allergy to the protein in cow's milk, which is the basis for most commercial baby formulas.

  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis Necrotizing Enterocolitis

    Necrotizing enterocolitis is an intestinal disease that usually affects preemies. Medicines and therapy can help babies with NEC.

  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

    Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is when a baby has withdrawal from a medicine or drug the mom took while she was pregnant.

  • Neonatal Infections Neonatal Infections

    The vast majority of newborns enter the world healthy. But sometimes, infants develop conditions that require medical tests and treatment.

  • Newborn Brachial Plexus Injuries Newborn Brachial Plexus Injuries

    During childbirth, a brachial plexus injury can happen if the baby's neck is stretched to one side.

  • Nut and Peanut Allergy Nut and Peanut Allergy

    If your child is allergic to nuts or peanuts, it's essential to learn what foods might contain them and how to avoid them.

  • Oral Thrush Oral Thrush

    Oral thrush, a very common infection in infants that causes irritation in and around the baby's mouth, often goes away on its own without medical treatment.

  • Port-Wine Stains Port-Wine Stains

    For most kids, these birthmarks are no big deal — they're just part of who they are. Read about port-wine stains, how to care for them, and, if necessary, what treatments are available.

  • Pyloric Stenosis Pyloric Stenosis

    Pyloric stenosis can make a baby vomit forcefully and often. It can lead to serious problems like dehydration, and needs medical treatment right away.

  • Retinopathy of Prematurity Retinopathy of Prematurity

    Retinopathy of prematurity, which can happen in premature babies, causes abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina. Some children will need surgery to prevent vision loss or blindness.

  • Sepsis Sepsis

    Sepsis is a serious infection usually caused when bacteria make toxins that cause the immune system to attack the body's own organs and tissues.

  • Spina Bifida Spina Bifida

    Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. It's usually detected before a baby is born and treated right away.

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

    SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can help reduce your infant's risk.

  • Tay-Sachs Disease Tay-Sachs Disease

    A baby with Tay-Sachs disease is born without an important enzyme, so fatty proteins build up in the brain, hurting the baby's sight, hearing, movement, and mental development.

  • Teething Tots Teething Tots

    Teething can be a tough time for babies and parents. Here are the facts on teething, including tips for baby teeth hygiene and relieving pain.

  • Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn (TTN) Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn (TTN)

    For some newborns, the first few breaths of life may be faster and more labored than normal because of a lung condition called transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN).

  • Undescended Testicles Undescended Testicles

    Shortly before birth, a boy's testicles usually descend into the scrotum. When a testicle doesn't make the move, this is called cryptorchidism, or undescended testicles.

  • When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect

    If your child has a birth defect, you don't have to go it alone - many people and resources are available to help you.

  • When Your Baby's in the NICU When Your Baby's in the NICU

    The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may seem like a foreign place, but understanding what goes on there can help. Here's how to familiarize yourself with the NICU.

  • A Week-by-Week Pregnancy Calendar A Week-by-Week Pregnancy Calendar

    Our week-by-week illustrated pregnancy calendar is a detailed guide to all the changes taking place in your baby - and in you!

  • Pregnancy Slideshow (Baby) Pregnancy Slideshow (Baby)

    This week‑by‑week pregnancy calendar shows you some of the important developments taking place as your baby grows.

  • Pregnancy Slideshow (Mom & Baby) Pregnancy Slideshow (Mom & Baby)

    Here's a peek at what's going on inside your body during the amazing 40 weeks of pregnancy. Watch your belly — and your baby — grow!

  • Week 1 Week 1

    Week 1 is actually your menstrual period, but because your due date is calculated from the first day of your last period, it counts as part of your 40-week pregnancy.

  • Week 10 Week 10

    At this point in the pregnancy, all vital organs have been formed and are starting to work together. Congenital abnormalities are unlikely to develop after week 10.

  • Week 11 Week 11

    If you saw a picture of your baby now, you'd think you had a genius on your hands — the baby's head accounts for about half of the body length!

  • Week 12 Week 12

    Tiny fingernails and toenails start to form this week, which is the last of your first trimester.

  • Week 13 Week 13

    As you begin the second trimester, your baby may be able to put a thumb in his or her mouth although the sucking muscles aren't completely developed yet.

  • Week 14 Week 14

    Some fine hairs, called lanugo, have developed on your baby's face. This soft colorless hair protects the skin and will eventually cover most of your baby's body until it is shed just before delivery.

  • Week 15 Week 15

    Muscle development continues, and your baby is probably making lots of movements with his or her head, mouth, arms, wrists, hands, legs, and feet.

  • Week 16 Week 16

    Your baby can hold his or her head erect, and facial muscles now allow for a variety of expressions, such as squinting and frowning.

  • Week 17 Week 17

    Your baby is still very tiny at about 5.1 inches from crown to rump this week.

  • Week 18 Week 18

    Your baby's bones had been developing but were still soft. This week, they begin to harden, or ossify.

  • Week 19 Week 19

    A waxy substance called vernix caseosa is covering your baby to help protect the delicate skin from becoming chapped or scratched.

  • Week 2 Week 2

    Week 2 is the midpoint of a typical menstrual cycle, when ovulation occurs and conditions are most favorable for fertilization of an egg by sperm.

  • Week 20 Week 20

    You're now halfway through your pregnancy and possibly feeling your baby's first movements, which may begin between weeks 18 and 20.

  • Week 21 Week 21

    Your baby's intestines are developed enough that small amounts of sugars are absorbed from the fluid your baby swallows and passed through the digestive system to the large bowel.

  • Week 22 Week 22

    Brain and nerve endings are formed enough so that the fetus can feel touch, while you might be feeling irregular, painless Braxton Hicks contractions.

  • Week 23 Week 23

    You may feel more forceful movements — your baby's daily workout routine includes moving the muscles in the fingers, toes, arms, and legs.

  • Week 24 Week 24

    Your baby's inner ear has developed enough that your baby can know when he or she is upside down or right side up in your belly.

  • Week 25 Week 25

    You may notice that your baby has resting and alert periods. Your baby's hearing has continued to develop, too — he or she may now be able to hear your voice!

  • Week 26 Week 26

    Your baby now weighs a little less than 2 pounds and will gain weight steadily until birth.

  • Week 27 Week 27

    This first week of the third trimester, your baby looks similar to what he or she will look like at birth - just smaller and thinner.

  • Week 28 Week 28

    Your health care provider may tell you whether your baby is headfirst or feet- or bottom-first (called breech position). Don't worry if your baby is in the breech position right now — most babies will switch positions on their own.

  • Week 29 Week 29

    Your active baby's first few flutters of movement have given way to hard jabs and kicks that may take your breath away.

  • Week 3 Week 3

    During this week, the rapidly dividing fertilized egg will implant itself in the uterus, at the site that eventually will become the placenta.

  • Week 30 Week 30

    Your baby continues to gain weight and layers of fat that will provide warmth after birth.

  • Week 31 Week 31

    By now, the milk glands in your breasts may have started to make colostrum, the milk that will feed the baby in the first few days if you decide to breastfeed.

  • Week 32 Week 32

    At this stage in the pregnancy, your baby's hair is developing, in the form of eyelashes, eyebrows, and on your baby's head.

  • Week 33 Week 33

    Like a newborn, your baby sleeps much of the time and even has REM sleep, the stage when our most vivid dreams happen.

  • Week 34 Week 34

    Your baby is probably in position for delivery — your health care provider can tell you if your baby is positioned head- or bottom-first.

  • Week 35 Week 35

    Because of increasing size, your baby is now cramped and restricted inside the uterus. Fetal movements may decrease, but feel stronger and more forceful.

  • Week 36 Week 36

    At this point, your appetite may return because the baby has dropped down into your pelvis, and is no longer putting as much pressure on your stomach and intestines.

  • Week 37 Week 37

    This week, your baby continues to gain weight — at half an ounce a day!

  • Week 38 Week 38

    At this point, you may be taking frequent trips to the bathroom. That's because your baby is engaged in your pelvis, so your bladder is extremely compressed.

  • Week 39 Week 39

    Braxton Hicks contractions (also called "false labor") may become more pronounced, and your water may break.

  • Week 4 Week 4

    During this week, your baby, or embryo, has two layers of cells that will develop into organs and body parts.

  • Week 40 Week 40

    Your baby is here! Or maybe not — most women, especially first-time moms, don't deliver on their estimated due dates.

  • Week 5 Week 5

    This week, the embryo begins to form a distinct shape that includes the neural tube, which will become the spinal cord and brain.

  • Week 6 Week 6

    Your baby's heart will begin to beat around this time, and the beginnings of the digestive and respiratory systems are forming, as are small buds that will grow into arms and legs.

  • Week 7 Week 7

    The umbilical cord has formed, and the mouth, nostrils, ears, and eyes are some of the facial features that become more defined this week. The arm bud now has a hand on the end of it, which looks like a tiny paddle.

  • Week 8 Week 8

    Around this time, symptoms such as a missed period, nausea, extreme fatigue, or tight clothes may make the reality of pregnancy hit home.

  • Week 9 Week 9

    Your baby measures about 0.6 to 0.7 inches from crown to rump and weighs around 0.1 ounces. Your baby may make some first movements as muscles develop, but you won't feel them for several more weeks.

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