Whether you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, you will want to give your baby a healthy start.
You need to have regular visits with your healthcare provider and they are very important for your baby and you. Some things are better avoided during pregnancy, such as smoking or drinking. Some medicines can also be a problem, even ones that a doctor prescribed. You will need to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet. In early pregnancy, you may get morning sickness, or nausea. You may also be tired and need more rest.
Your body will change as your baby grows during the nine months of your pregnancy. Don't hesitate to call your health care provider if something is bothering or worrying you.
During pregnancy, our bodies experience countless wonderful, often unexpected, changes. Many women have questions about how these changes might affect their daily routines and relationships. Find out how to balance your life while maintaining good physical and mental health.
"A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die."
— Mary Mason
Compiled by Bruce Abramson
This usage is seen in most medical dictionaries (examined at the library of the World Health Organization). For instance:
Melloni's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (The Williams and Wilkins Company, Baltimore, 1979):
(Note: in all of the examples in this memo, the boldfacing is in the original, and the ellipses - the three dots - show where some text has been cut out.)
Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary (6th Ed., Mosby, St. Louis, London, Philadelphia, Sydney, Toronto, 2002):
Stedman's Medical Dictionary (26th Edition, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Hong Kong, London, Munich, Sydney, Tokyo, 1995):
Churchill's Illustrated Medical Dictionary (Churchill Livingstone, New York, Edinburg, London, Melbourne, 1989):
International Dictionary of Medicine (John Wiley & Sons, New York, Chichester, Brisbane, Toronto, Singapore, 1986):
(Note: the last two dictionaries have identical definitions, and they are not fully complete, that is to say, the definitions are circular: there is no freestanding definition of "conception." This is not a fatal defect, however, since "conception" is nearly always defined to equate with fertilization.)
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, & Allied Health (5th Ed., W.B. Saunders Company, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc., Philadelphia, London, Toronto, Montreal, Sydney, Tokyo, 1992):
(Note the lack of precision in the definition of "conception", and the potential for confusion, that is caused by the addition of the underlined clause: conception -- and thus pregnancy -- happens upon fertilization, not later, at the time the fertilized ovum (the zygote or blastocyst) is implanted in the uterus (or some other, and irregular, part of the body.)
The medical definition described above can also be found in ordinary dictionaries. For instance:
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (3rd Ed., Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, New York, London, 1992):
The Random House Dictionary of the English Language (2nd Ed., Random House, New York, 1987):