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Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Judith Schuler, Glade Curtis

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Preparing for Pregnancy

Nothing compares with the miracle and magic of pregnancy. It’s your chance to be involved in life’s creative process. Planning ahead for this experience can improve your chances of doing well yourself and giving birth to a healthy baby. Getting in shape for pregnancy means physical and mental preparation.

Your lifestyle affects you and your baby. If you live healthfully, you can control many things you and baby are exposed to. The first 3 to 8 weeks of pregnancy are the most critical; many women don’t even know they’re pregnant during this important time. By the time most women realize it, they may be 4 to 8 weeks pregnant. By the time they see their healthcare provider, they’re 8 to 12 weeks along. Many important things ...

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