• Amniotic fluid is the liquid that surrounds your baby, keeping it safe and protected from the outside world. However it can also serve as an indication of problems in the pregnancy, and a means of establishing that labour is underway.

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  • We hear a lot of wacky stories about placentas! Because they are packed with nutrients, some women eat them, make smoothies out of them, and even keep them attached to their babies after birth. The placenta is a life-support system for your baby, providing nourishment, oxygen and disposing of waste products. It's amazing, and if it's not functioning properly, the implications are serious.

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  • Connecting the all-important placenta to the unborn baby, the umbilical cord is quite literally your baby's lifeline. Whilst the placenta produces the nutrients and oxygen, the umbilical cord is responsible for carrying them these to the baby and returning the de-oxygenated blood and waste products back to the placenta.

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  • Ok, so star quality may not be what immediately springs to mind when you think of your cervix, but this part of your body plays a major role in keeping the baby safely tucked inside your womb for nine months and keeping everything else out! Not only that, but once your baby is ready the cervix completely changes size and shape—shortening, thinning, and dilating to make way for your baby's exit.

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  • If the placenta, umbilical cord, cervix, and womb are the supporting cast of your pregnancy, hormones are the directors. Dictating what happens throughout the nine months—and when—hormones like progesterone, estrogen, and oxytocin all work together in perfect harmony to ensure that you stay pregnant, keep healthy, give birth, and are able to breastfeed.

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  • There can be no show without a stage, and your uterus is just that: the place where the fertilized egg implants, develops, and grows. The capacity for scene change and growth is enormous. Starting out at the size of a pear, your uterus will stretch and enlarge to hold a fully-developed baby—or two, or three, or more!

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  • You've met the cast and directors, and you've set the stage. Now you can see how they'll all work together for one amazing production with some incredible changes to your body along the way! Increased sense of smell, softened ligaments, thicker hair, increased blood flow, skin changes, and bigger breasts to name a few. That's quite a show—now how about a round of applause?!

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