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15 weeks pregnant

Babyproof your... relationship?

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Ann Douglas writes, "You already know how important it is to babyproof your home before your new baby arrives on the scene. What you might not realize is that it's important to "babyproof" your relationship with your partner, too.

Here are some sure-fire strategies for staying connected with your partner when baby makes three. For example, enjoy dinner out in a fancy restaurant, schedule one last pre-baby weekend getaway and have plenty of spontaneous sex. The special memories that you stockpile during the weeks leading up to your baby's birth will help the two of you to weather any relationship challenges that you may face during the months ahead."

Read the rest of her fabulous tips here!


Advice and support

"I'm still debating about whether or not to find out what sex the baby is. Hmm. I feel strongly one way some days and strongly that I don't want to know other days. My husband says that it's my decision. Since I don't have to decide just yet, I guess that I'll wait until the time comes. " - Cyndi

Poll: Are you going to find out if it's a boy or a girl?


pregnancy In the know: Amnio

You might have an amniocentesis (also commonly referred to as "amnio") around this time. The amniotic fluid is the fluid that surrounds the baby. During an amniocentesis (amnio), a thin needle is inserted into the amniotic cavity and a small amount of amniotic fluid is withdrawn. The two most common reasons to perform an amnio are to test for genetics (earlier in pregnancy) and to test for lung maturity (later in pregnancy).

A genetic amniocentesis is usually performed from 15 to 18 weeks gestation to look for the presence of chromosomal abnormalities. Most humans have 46 (23 pairs) of chromosomes. One of the most common chromosome disorders is Down Syndrome, or Trisomy 21. Laboratory tests are performed on the amniotic fluid to check the karyotype (a study of the number and shape of the chromosomes), alpha-fetoprotein assays (to test for neural tube defects) or enzymatic studies (to test for diseases such as Tay-Sachs and Cystic Fibrosis). The risk of having a miscarriage following a genetic amnio is typically reported as 1 in 200. In more experienced centers, it is probably less.

Find out what to expect during an amnio here.


Did you know?

A slightly greater number of males than females are born worldwide every year. In recent decades, although there are still more baby boys born than girls, there has been an apparent decline in the ratio of male to female newborns in several industrialized countries, including Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Japan and the United States. That has led researchers to ask: Are there any factors that can influence the probability of giving birth to a baby boy or girl?

A study found that mothers who experienced an increase in weight from the beginning of the first pregnancy to the beginning of the second pregnancy may be slightly more likely to give birth to a baby boy during their second pregnancy.

Check out the rest of this study here!