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12 weeks pregnant

Time to get stylin'

What should be your first maternity purchase? Shopping for maternity clothing can be daunting, because you need to to choose an entirely new wardrobe to fit your rapidly-changing body -- while at the same time, letting you stay just as stylish as ever. How can you get clothes to start your new wardrobe off right? We asked two pregnancy fashion experts. Click here to read their answer!

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ASK THE EXPERT

A reader asks: "I am 11 weeks pregnant and I have been having some light bleeding but no cramping at all, on and off for two weeks. My OB says that's normal. What's so 'normal' about bleeding?"

The expert answers: "Bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy isn't necessarily normal, but it happens fairly often. It can certainly be frightening if it does occur, so I'm glad that you are being evaluated by your doctor. A small amount of bleeding (a teaspoon or so) may not indicate anything worrisome at all. For example, implantation bleeding may occur as the embryo implants into your uterine wall, usually at about 7 to 9 weeks. In addition, many women experience spotting after sex or heavy lifting. That's because the cervix contains additional and engorged blood vessels during pregnancy. 

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Surprise baby?

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The surprises in our lives often jump out at us when we least expect it. Sometimes those surprises are welcome, when at other times they downright leave us in awe and utter shock. Unexpected pregnancies can be exciting for many of us, but they can also cause us to feel anxious, depressed and afraid of what the future holds.

There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel -- and though you may not believe it now, there are ways you can cope with the changes you'll face bringing your new baby into the world.

"An unexpected pregnancy is an extremely common occurrence and women oftentimes find themselves facing a host of emotional reactions," says Margaret Howard, PhD, clinical psychologist and clinical director of the Postpartum Depression Day Hospital at Women & Infants' Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island. "Among the most frequent reactions are disbelief and shock. For couples who already have a young child or children at home, an unplanned pregnancy can result in feeling overwhelmed and 'at a loss' as to how they will manage another baby."

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Ultrasounds

How long does an ultrasound take? This depends on what stage of your pregnancy you are in. For example, a routine ultrasound performed in the first trimester of pregnancy should take less than 15 minutes. The sonographer will use a transabdominal or transvaginal approach to carefully examine your uterus and adnexa (the area around your uterus). To learn more about ultrasounds in the various stages of pregnancy, click here.


Noted & quoted

"When they are a few months old, they lie and look around and wave and smile, and undergo a constant gentle agitation, as though they were sea anemones, gently waving in some other element, delicately responding to currents we cannot feel." - Margaret Drabble