Before you get pregnant

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Of all the life-changing events we experience, pregnancy is certainly one of the most remarkable.

Pregnancy sets in motion a whole series of biological changes to prepare you to bring a new life—your baby—into the world. For mothers and fathers, it is a gratifying and uniquely human experience full of excitement and promise. And though pregnancy comes with a host of questions, doubts, and worries, you have many weeks to get ready to welcome your new baby.

This section on pregnancy is rooted in the belief that having a baby is a highly personal experience for future parents. It is designed to answer your questions about pregnancy and, most important, to bolster your confidence and help ensure the experience lives up to your hopes and expectations.