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4 weeks pregnant

On your mind

happy woman positive pregnancy testTesting, testing! When was it that you first realized that you're going to be a mommy? Was it the first time you put on your jeans and they zipped only halfway? Or when a stranger asked, "So, when are you due?" Or maybe it's when your husband got you your first Mother's Day card.

For many women, that first "Oh my gosh! I'm having a baby!" moment comes when they, as one mom put it so eloquently, "pee on a stick" and see that second blue line appear. The event is fraught with anxiety, fear, elation and, of course, humor -- all those emotions that will see you through the next nine months. Here, moms share their memories of that most nerve-wracking experience: The pregnancy test.

Click here to read about how this momentus occasion went down for other moms!


Prenatal prescription

How much of an impact does your everyday lifestyle have on your developing baby? According to Peter W Nathanielsz, MD, PhD, the author of The Prenatal Prescription and Life in the Womb, the way you live makes a big difference. According to the "fetal programming theory," the developing fetus responds to nutritional and oxygen shortages by diverting precious resources to the one organ it absolutely needs at the time -- the brain -- at the expense of organs it will need in later life.

Read on to see our 10 principles and learn how to keep your baby's developing organs on the right track.


Eating for two

In the mood for a healthy, yummy smoothie? Try the Banapple Strawberry Smoothie, which is terrific at any time of the day!

Quick tip: Freezing the fruit first will make thicker, more flavorful smoothies.


Yuck mouth

An early pregnancy symptom (and beyond, for some lucky ladies) has to do with your sense of taste. Your favorite foods might not taste the same -- or you may just have a bad taste in your mouth seemingly all the time! Why does this happen?

Dr Moore answers: Pregnancy causes changes in almost every system in the body. Increased water retention dilutes the blood volume and causes edema of the cells. This, plus increased levels of estrogens and progesterones are thought to play a role in these changes, even in structures like the tastebuds -- the small but complex sensory organs of taste. The medical term: "dysguesia" meaning an altered sense of taste, accounts for this difference in perception. Everyone will have their own preferences, but a heightened sense of bitter-taste early in pregnancy is often seen. Diet-soda, artificial sweeteners, even water can leave an aftertaste.

Check out more about this right here!


In the know

BFP? AF? DPO? OPK? Huh? If you are spending time on our TTC message boards you have probably come across some of these special acronyms.

Click here for a list - and the meanings - of some of the most common pregnancy and TTC acronyms!