Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborns
We have compiled the following guide to help you through the pregnancy process.
If you suspect you may be pregnant, schedule a visit to your obstetrician to begin prenatal care. Prenatal visits usually include a physical exam, weight checks, and providing a urine sample.
Labor and Childbirth
When you are ready to have your baby, you'll go through labor. Labor is the process of giving birth. The due date is 40 weeks after the first day of the last menstrual period, although sometimes it is determined by an ultrasound. For most women, labor occurs sometime between week 37 and week 42 of pregnancy.
Pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks, or just over 9 months, as measured from the last menstrual period to delivery. Your body will change as your baby grows during your pregnancy.
Lactation and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding provides an infant with essential calories, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients for optimal growth, health, and development. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler.