Congratulations, and welcome to the most exciting journey of your lifetime. During the next nine months, your body will change, inside and out. Your moods will range from euphoria and joy to impatience and apprehension. You may experience the most unusual cravings. And your baby will grow from a single-celled zygote to a 6- to 9-pound totally adorable crying-eating-pooping machine.
All women are full of questions about their developing baby (and their own body) during this momentous time: Will it be a boy or a girl? When will I hear a heartbeat and feel the baby kick? What will my body look like in later months? How will my family life change? To help answer your questions, we've created a month-by-month guide to everything that's happening to you, your baby and your emotions, including diet and workout tips plus advice about preparation, scheduling and when to call your doctor. Although lots of changes are in store, there's no need to worry: Your body was beautifully designed to handle all of them. And our guide will help you get ready both physically and mentally. So sit back and enjoy this extraordinary ride!