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2nd Trimester

Pregnant Belly Basics

Inevitably someone will tell you (wrongly) that if you're carrying low you're having a boy, and vice versa. Here are some actual facts about baby bumps:

The First Kick

Wondering what your baby’s first noticeable movement in utero is going to feel like, and when you might expect it?

Most women experience that first kick between 17 and 22 weeks, says maternal-fetal medicine specialist Alice Cootauco, M.D., of St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore. No fluttering yet?

What's Normal, What's Not (And When to Call Your OB)

Early in her pregnancy, Deborah Johnson (not her real name) started having on-and-off light bleeding. “At first I was really freaked out,” she recalls. “My immediate reaction was, ‘Oh, this can’t be good.’ ”

She called her doctor, who was concerned but calm. “She said she was going to play it safe by giving me progesterone, but that if the baby wasn’t meant to be, no amount of progesterone was going to make a difference,” Johnson says. Though the spotting continued throughout her entire first trimester, Johnson gave birth to a healthy baby boy six months later.

Cleaning During Pregnancy: Redistribute the Chores

If you have certain pregnancy complications or limitations (or if you just want to play the pregnancy card!), you might need to cross these household tasks off your to-do list and either delegate them to someone else or hire some help.

Related: 20 Reasons You'll Miss Being Pregnant

Modern Baby Names with an Edge

These baby names have serious style! For those parents who don’t want old-fashioned names from the past, but more modern names for the future, we have rounded up unique and cool names perfect for trendsetting baby girls and baby boys. These baby names are modern, forward thinking and cool – just like you!

Edgy Names with X and Z

Pretty Baby Names for Girls

Are you looking for a pretty baby name that is as beautiful as your baby girl? From feminine flower names like Daisy and Tulip to vintage names like Amelia and Beatrice, we rounded up our picks of the most delightful baby girl names.

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s what little girls are made of! These pretty baby girl names are the perfect choice for parents searching for names that are feminine and sweet—with a touch of sophistication.

Short And Sweet Baby Names

A short and sweet baby name makes a big impact. These names are quirky, cute and delightfully easy to spell and pronounce. In fact, a short first name is a great way to balance out a long last name. Check out our picks of the best short and sweet baby names for girls and boys.

Short baby names are cool – without trying too hard. Whether you are looking for a shorter name that is unique, old fashioned or somewhere in between, we have rounded up our pick of the best short girl names and short boy names.
 

The Best Sex Positions for Pregnant Women

One minute, the sight of your partner makes you want to put him out with the weekly garbage; the next, you might want to play a couple of rounds of naked Twister. Par for the course during pregnancy.

Placenta Power

It’s not pretty, but it is very important and serves as grist for lore and ritual the world over: Some cultures bury it, some consider it the baby’s sibling, some even eat it. Not only is the placenta the trading post between the mother’s and the baby’s blood supply, at around week 12 it takes over the production of hormones needed to sustain the pregnancy. And recent research found that its structure may even determine the length of a pregnancy.

Although the placenta usually functions flawlessly, occasionally a problem arises:

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