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Pregnancy Week by Week

Dr. Jill MauldinCongratulations on your pregnancy!

Dr. Jill Mauldin, a specialist in maternal fetal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, gives a week by week update of what to expect as your body changes, explains the development of the baby, offers nutritional information and much more.  

Below are the podcasts that give a brief overview of what to expect each week during your pregnancy.  Sign up to receive these podcasts each week via e-mail

Week 6 - Nausea
During week 6 of your pregnancy you might experience nausea. Dr. Jill Mauldin gives a few recommendations that might help to alleviate morning sickness such as eating six small meals a day, drinking ginger tea or carbonated clear sodas, as well as a few other suggestions.

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Week 7 - Nutrition
At week 7 of your pregnancy it's important to think about your nutrition and what is best for you and the baby. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about how many additional calories you should eat per day and the number of pounds an expectant mother should gain throughout the pregnancy. Dr. Mauldin also talks about the importance of eating a variety of foods such as lean meats, dairy products, whole grains and vegetables.

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Week 8 - Prenatal Lab Tests
At 8 weeks, the baby is now one half inch long and all of the major organs have developed. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about various tests that are performed throughout the pregnancy and she explains what the tests are looking for.

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Week 9 - Bleeding and Miscarriage
It's possible that you might experience vaginal bleeding during your pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. In this podcast for 9 weeks, Dr. Mauldin talks about bleeding and explains possible symptoms of a miscarriage. Not all bleeding is a sign of a miscarriage, in fact most women will have spotting at some point during their pregnancy.

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Week 10 - Screening Tests
Now that you're 10 weeks along, you will soon have the chance to hear your baby's heartbeat at your prenatal visit. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about the different screening tests that are available to detect certain birth defects. The screening tests are easy to perform and are not a health risk to your baby.

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Week 11 - Exercise
By 11 weeks you should start feeling somewhat normal again with minimal morning sickness. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about the benefits of exercise and how you will better tolerate the ups and downs of pregnancy, including the delivery, if you exercise thirty minutes a day. Dr. Mauldin suggests walking or swimming, but also recommends you talk to your physician to ensure you're doing the right type of exercise for your pregnancy.

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Week 12 - Nutrition and Exercise
At 12 weeks the baby is 2 inches long and weighs half an ounce, most of the critical development has taken place and the chance of miscarriage has dropped significantly. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks again about the importance of following an exercise routine and maintaining healthy eating habits for you and the baby.

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Week 13 - Over the Counter Medicine
Thirteen weeks marks the end of the first trimester. Dr. Jill Mauldin reviews what over the counter medicines are suitable during pregnancy. Of course, if questions should arise whether an over the counter medicine is suitable, it's recommended that you contact your physician directly.

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Week 14 - Travel During Pregnancy
Now that you're in your 14th week, you're feeling better and might consider traveling. The second trimester is an ideal time to travel, as well as to participate in other activities. Dr. Jill Mauldin gives travel tips for the expectant mother.

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Week 15 - Tips for the Father
An important part of pregnancy is involving the father of the baby. At 15 weeks, Dr. Jill Mauldin gives tips on how to include the father in the process and how they can feel better prepared.

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Week 16 - When will I show?
You're now 16 weeks along and the baby weighs 3 ounces and is 5 inches long. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about the growing baby, who is now able to move their arms and legs, and explains when the baby bump will appear.

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Week 17 - Chicken Pox and Fifth Disease During Pregnancy
At 17 weeks, Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about the importance of limited exposure to childhood illnesses that can affect you during pregnancy, such as chicken pox or fifth disease. Be sure to let your doctor know if you've been exposed to ensure you receive proper treatment against these illnesses.

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Week 18 - Ultrasounds
The baby is now 18 weeks old and you might be able to feel the baby move, a small fluttering once or twice a day. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about ultrasounds and how they give you the opportunity to see the sex of the baby, as well as possible birth defects.

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Week 19 - Birth Defects
Your baby is now 6 inches long and weighs almost half a pound. At 19 weeks, you're likely able to find out the sex of the baby and a small percentage will find out if there is a birth defect. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about different types of birth defects and mentions that some might not be detected until the baby is born.

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Week 20 - Smoking
Now you're 20 weeks pregnant and half way to your due date. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about the risks associated with smoking during pregnancy and offers tips of how to stop smoking.

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Week 21 - Pregnant with Multiples
Now that you're 21 weeks pregnant, you should be feeling better and your energy has returned. You might have found out in a recent ultrasound that you are having more than one baby. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about what to expect when having multiples and discusses possible complications.

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Week 22 - Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common discomforts during pregnancy and it's likely that at 22 weeks you've probably experienced some of this discomfort. Dr. Jill Mauldin explains what causes the strain on your back muscles and offers recommendations to ease the pain.

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Week 23 - Alcohol during Pregnancy
It's been 23 weeks since the baby was conceived and Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about how drinking alcohol during pregnancy can be harmful to you and your baby. Dr. Mauldin explains the baby is exposed to what is in your bloodstream and by drinking alcohol, the baby has an increased risk of birth defects. Dr. Mauldin also talks about the warning signs that suggest you may have a drinking problem.

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Week 24 - Diabetes and Pregnancy
Twenty four weeks is an important time to discuss diabetes. Almost all pregnant women will be screened for diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks to determine if they have high glucose levels in the blood. When diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy it's called Gestational diabetes and will require specialized prenatal care. Dr. Jill Mauldin defines diabetes and the associated conditions that could affect the expectant mother and baby during the pregnancy and later on down the road.

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Week 25 - High Blood Pressure
At 25 weeks, you're now entering the third trimester and the baby weighs over a pound. During pregnancy, high blood pressure can cause some problems for the mother and baby. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about high blood pressure and recommends talking with your physician to determine if you are taking the proper medication for treatment.

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Week 26 - Blood Type
As part of your prenatal care, you will have blood tests to find out your blood type. If your blood lacks the Rh antigen, it is called Rh-negative. If it has the antigen, it is called Rh-positive. During this 26th week, Dr. Jill Mauldin explains in detail what the Rh factors mean to you and your baby, what to look for and when medication is necessary.

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Week 27 - Preterm Labor
It is now week 27 of your pregnancy. Dr. Jill Mauldin discusses preterm labor, identifying signs to be aware of. She explains that, if caught early enough, it may be slowed or even prevented. This is important because longer gestation is very beneficial for your baby.

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Week 28 – Birth Control
Dr. Jill Mauldin sheds light on some of the physical and physiological changes your baby has undergone by week 28 of gestation. She also talks about an important issue to consider once the baby is born – birth control. Dr. Mauldin goes over different methods of birth control and points to various factors that should be considered.

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Week 29 – Vaginal Bleeding
During week 29 of pregnancy, it is important to be aware of vaginal bleeding. Dr. Jill Mauldin points to risk factors associated with late pregnancy vaginal bleeding, explaining that causes of bleeding during the second half of pregnancy differ from those in early pregnancy. If bleeding occurs, medical attention should be sought to protect the health of both yourself and your baby.

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Week 30 – Postpartum Depression
You are now 30 weeks into pregnancy, and it is time to be thinking about delivery and motherhood. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about postpartum blues and the more intense case of postpartum depression, elucidating some of the associated feelings. She offers important guidelines for maintaining a positive attitude about motherhood.

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Week 31 - Breech
Dr. Jill Mauldin discusses what to expect during week 31 of pregnancy in terms of your baby's position in the uterus. She explains the current therapy for a breech position, meaning the baby is positioned feet-first down the future birth canal.

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Week 32 – Baby's Movements
It is now week 32 of pregnancy, and your baby should be moving quite a bit. Dr. Jill Mauldin presents methods for monitoring fetal movements by kick counts. She discusses tests available if you require extra attention in assuring healthy movement of your baby.

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Week 33 – Breast Feeding
At week 33 of pregnancy, it is time to be thinking about breastfeeding. Dr. Jill Mauldin discusses the vast health benefits of breastfeeding for newborns as well for mothers.

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Week 34 – Cesarean Section
It is now week 34 of your pregnancy. Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about the possibility of having a Cesarean section, indicating circumstances in which safe vaginal delivery may be compromised. She identifies risks associated with Cesarean section but explains that they are uncommon.

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Week 35 – Signs of Labor
Dr. Jill Mauldin talks about changes you might notice by week 35 in your pregnancy. She distinguishes between features of false labor and true labor. Dr. Mauldin also identifies specific circumstances which may occur at this point in gestation for which you should call your doctor.

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Week 36 - Pain Relief During Delivery
It is week 36 of pregnancy, and your due date is quickly approaching. Dr. Mauldin discusses methods for enhancing comfort during labor and provides information on the two types of conventional pain relief. She indicates some of the potential side effects associated with medical pain relief, but notes that both methods are safe for you and your baby.

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Week 37 - What to Expect During Labor
Dr. Jill Mauldin offers details of what to expect regarding labor, which is now only few weeks away. She outlines the three stages of labor and also discusses the period just after delivery. Dr. Mauldin offers a final word of advice for the short remainder of your pregnancy.

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