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Pregnancy

10 Things That Might Surprise You About Being Pregnant

Here are 10 common surprises that can come with pregnancy.

5 Things to Know About Zika and Pregnancy

Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, is the cause of a serious birth defect. Here are 5 things to know about Zika and pregnancy.

5 Ways to Prevent Early Labor (Slideshow)

It's best for babies not to be born before they're due. Learn what you can do to prevent early labor.

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 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!

Are Some Medicines Off-Limits During Pregnancy?

Find out what the experts have to say.

Are You in Labor?

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

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

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.

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.