​​​​​​As Your Baby Grows
Your body is growing rapidly while your body transforms to nourish your baby and prepare for delivery. What you experience during your pregnancy may be quite different from another woman, or even your own mother and sisters. Many women also experience a subsequent pregnancy differently than their first. As you feel your body changing and growing, you might also wonder how your baby is changing and developing with each passing week.

This section describes common changes in the mother’s body and the usual development of a fetus at each stage during pregnancy, including what can be done to promote your and your baby’s health and well-being.

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Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Staying healthy begins with regular check-ups, beginning with the first prenatal visit usually occurring between 8 and 10 weeks. You may be seen earlier in pregnancy if you are experiencing symptoms, such as bleeding or cramping. These can suggest an impending miscarriage, but can also occur in a normal pregnancy.

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Childbirth, Parenting & Breastfeeding Classes

Our program offers a full spectrum of classes where you can learn what to expect during pregnancy and labor, parenting skills and meet others experiencing some of the same joys and challenges that go along with being a parent. The classes are taught by certified childbirth educators at convenient times and locations at UWMC facilities as well as other locations throughout the Seattle area.

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Your Baby's Well-Being

There are several things we look at during your pregnancy to tell us that your baby is doing well. One of the most important ones you can keep track of yourself.

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

At the heart of every birth is a wish for a full and happy life. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UW Medical Center is dedicated to making that wish a reality for even the smallest, sickest, most fragile newborn in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region.

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