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Fetal Development

Stages of fetal development

Pregnancy and human fetal development begin at the moment of conception. For the next nine months, you and your unborn child will experience fundamental changes. FIRST TRIMESTER (one to 13 weeks) This is a period of rapid growth from a single cell to a recognizable human fetus approximately three inches (7.5...

Prenatal Genetic Testing

Today all pregnant women can be tested to determine their risk of having a baby with a chromosome abnormality. What Are Chromosomes?        Chromosomes contain the information directing the development and function of every cell. Usually, we have 23 pairs of chromosomes.  The chromosomes line up in pairs in the egg...

Pregnancy and Food Safety

It’s important for pregnant women to be careful about taking medications during pregnancy and to avoid certain foods. Fish/Wild Game Fish that contain higher levels of mercury that may harm the fetus: swordfish, fresh or frozen tuna. Health Canada says these kinds of fish should be eaten only once per month...

The At Risk Pregnancy

Although pregnancy goes smoothly for most women, some pregnancies are considered ‘at risk.’ A pregnancy is considered to be at risk when any serious medical, social and/or psychological problem puts a pregnant woman’s health, or the health of her developing fetus or newborn, in jeopardy. The problem that puts...

The Benefits Of Folic Acid

All women of childbearing age should be taking 0.4 folic acid every day! Folic acid, also known as folate, is a B vitamin found in dark green vegetables that is essential for the healthy growth of a fetus. Folic Acid Helps Build Your Baby's Spinal Cord During the first four weeks of...

Pregnancy & Alcohol

Worldwide it is estimated that one in every 1,000 babies is born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The Risk & The Damage The risk of FAS and the severity of damage caused by it are related to how much alcohol is consumed during pregnancy and the stage of pregnancy in which the...

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