Follow your baby's development from a tiny mass of cells through to a fully-developed baby. Our illustrations show how your baby is growing inside your uterus, while our Inside pregnancy videos take a 3D animated look at a baby from conception to labour and birth.
See what happens inside you during the conception process.
One month pregnant
Your baby is an embryo consisting of two layers of cells from which all her organs and body parts will develop.
Two months pregnant
Your baby is now about the size of a kidney bean and is constantly moving. He has distinct, slightly webbed fingers.
Three months pregnant
By now your baby is around 7 to 8 centimeters (3 inches) long and weighs about the same as half a banana. Her tiny, unique fingerprints are now in place.
Four months pregnant
Your baby is now about 13 centimeters ( 5.5 inches) long and weighs 140 grams (5 ounces). His skeleton is starting to harden from rubbery cartilage to bone.
Five months pregnant
Eyebrows and eyelids are now in place. Your baby would now be more than 27 centimeters (10.5 inches) long if you stretched out her legs.
Six months pregnant
Your baby weighs about 660 grams (1.5 pounds). His wrinkled skin is starting to smooth out as he puts on baby fat.
Seven months pregnant
By now, your baby is more than 40 centimeters (15 inches) long. She can open and close her eyes and probably see what's around her.
Eight months pregnant
Your baby now weighs around 2.2 kilos (4.7 pounds). His layers of fat are filling him out, making him rounder, and his lungs are well developed.
Nine months pregnant
Your baby is almost due. At birth, the average baby is more than 51 centimeters (20.5 inches) long from head to toe and weighs approximately 3.4 kilograms (7.5 pounds), but babies vary widely in size at this stage.
Month by month with ultrasound images
See our summary of how your baby is developing from two months. Within each month, interactive 3D ultrasound images give you an idea of how your baby may look.
Labour and birth
More Labour and birth
Many moms feel they are rushed through their doctor's office and do not receive the medical attention they need. Dr. Dave Greenberg tells what you can do.
Banking cord blood: video
Post-birth problems you should know before the big day: video
All about C-sections: video
Natural birth: video
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No one can tell you what your experience of labour will be like or how long it will last. There's plenty you can do to prepare yourself, though. It helps if you know what to expect.
How do I know when I am in labour?
How can I avoid an episiotomy?
What is the Apgar scale?
When should my baby's head engage?
See all in Giving birth
Print out this checklist to help you remember everything you need for your baby's birth.
Getting the most from a visit to the doctor: video
Birth choices - Choosing midwifery care
Can I store my baby's umbilical cord for medical purposes?
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In certain provinces, where midwifery is legislated and legal, midwives can attend your labour and birth in your own home.
Home birth and midwifery
Midwifery across Canada
See all in Where to give birth
There are good reasons why you're encouraged to have a birth partner and why midwives and obstetricians are encouraged to involve them in your labour and birth.
Ten tips for labour partners
What is a doula?
Parents' tips: what to do if your mom wants to be there at your baby's birth
Parents' tips: what I wish I'd known about being a birth partner
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Allow yourself plenty of time to find out which hospitals near you can provide a birth pool. Ask if your midwife is experienced in water birth.
The history of water birth
What the research says about water birth
Planning a water birth
Pain relief and monitoring in a birth pool
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Applying warmth is a tried-and-tested way of relaxing aching, tense muscles. So it’s no surprise that it’s a very effective way of providing relief from labour pain.
Entonox (gas and air)
What is an ambulatory or walking epidural?
See all in Pain relief in labour
A lot of women go beyond their expected due date, but the number who have what is called a "prolonged pregnancy" is thought to be somewhere in the range of 4-14 per cent.
What is a membrane sweep?
Natural ways to bring on labour: a guide
Can raspberry leaf bring on labour?
Can walking bring on labour?
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Most labours begin naturally. Although its usually best to let nature take its course, sometimes the birth process may need a little help. Labour is "induced" when it is started artificially.
Are there any safe and proven methods to turn a breech baby?
Why might I need an episiotomy during childbirth?
See all in Labour complications
You may already know that you are going to have a caesarean, or that it's a possibility, for example, if your baby is breech.
Caesarean section basics
Recovery after a caesarean birth
I'm scared of labour pain. Can I opt for a caesarean section?
How many caesareans can I safely have?
See all in Caesarean section
Read the story of Evelyn's lucky breech birth as you prepare for your own special experience.
Hayden's Birth: Nothing had prepared me for what my midwife called a precipitous birth
Birth story: 'at 8:30, I was in the pool. I felt immediate relief!'
Cole's birth: So I was taken to the OR to have a forceps delivery…
Chloe's birth: 'we had the tough task of deciding whether or not to fly in my husband.'
See all in Your birth stories
Cord blood banking involves collecting blood left in your newborn's umbilical cord and placenta and storing it for future medical use. Cord blood contains cells called stem cells.
Banking cord blood: video
Donating your baby's cord blood: The basics
How and where to donate your baby’s cord blood
How to choose a private cord blood bank
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Becoming a Dad
Nutrition and weight gain
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If you're rushing around at work, it can be hard to make sure you have perfectly balanced meals every day. And if you are suffering from morning sickness or you are off certain foods…
Party drinks for pregnancy
Vegetarian recipes for pregnancy
Eating well: 0-8 weeks
Eating well: 9-12 weeks
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Now that youre a mom-to-be, it is important to eat well. This will make sure you get all the nutrients you and your developing baby need.
Why you need folic acid
Is a vegetarian diet OK during pregnancy?
Can vitamin B6 relieve morning sickness?
5 most common pregnancy cravings
See all in Healthy eating in pregnancy
You can eat most cheeses when you're pregnant, and cheese is great source of calcium. However, some cheeses are not as safe to eat as others.
Alcohol and your pregnancy
Caffeine and pregnancy: what's safe?
Is it safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy?
Is it safe to drink coffee during pregnancy?
See all in Food and drink safety
We're all different shapes and sizes, so any recommendation about calorie consumption during pregnancy is based on averages.
I'm overweight and pregnant. Should I lose weight?
Weight gain in pregnancy basics
Pregnancy weight gain estimator
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There is no need to limit yourself to your Iftar and your Suhoor. In fact, rather than feasting at these two times, it is better to have several well-balanced, nutritious meals …
Fasting in pregnancy
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Your baby's development month by month
More Baby health
Your baby may sprout her first teeth with no problems at all, but it could be a painful and drawn-out process.
Which is better for my baby -- her pacifier or her thumb?
Caring for your baby's teeth
When, and how, should I wean my baby off her soother?
Could teething be waking my baby?
See all in Teething and dental care
If you've got a baby, you'd best get used to the trip to your doctor’s office. Chances are you're going to be doing it rather a lot over the next few years!
Fever in babies
Baby health A - Z
When is your child too sick for daycare?
Dehydration in babies
See all in Caring for your sick baby
When you take your baby to your doctor for the first time, usually two or three days after his birth you will receive information on immunizations.
Immunizations: an overview
Is it safe to immunize my child?
Childhood diseases and their vaccines
Are immunizations really necessary these days?
See all in Vaccines and immunizations
All babies cry sometimes. They have to. Even entirely healthy newborns will cry for somewhere between one and three hours each day.
Colic in babies
How do we cope with a baby that cries all the time?
My baby cries all the time. How can I cheer her up?
Crying A - Z
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Does your child have a rash or skin condition? This photo guide shows you what common childhood rashes look like.
Birthmarks on babies
Cradle cap on babies
Baby hair loss
See all in Rashes and skin conditions
Diaper rash is an inflammatory reaction of the skin on your baby’s perineal area. It often first appears when your baby is one to three weeks old.
6 common causes and treatments for diaper rash
Caring for your baby's diaper rash in three easy steps
Easy ways to prevent diaper rash
Diaper rash: know when to take your baby to the doctor
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Eczema is a dry, itchy skin condition that affects somewhere between 15 and 20 per cent of children at some point. It usually appears for the first time before your child is two.
How can I best treat my baby's eczema at home?
Is bathing in bleach safe for treating eczema?
Is my baby's eczema triggered by a reaction to food?
When should I take my child to the doctor for eczema?
See all in Baby eczema
Most new parents find baby poo quite surprising! It has so many shades and consistencies that even experienced parents may not have seen them all.
Constipation in babies
Diarrhea in babies
Vomiting: what's normal and what's not
Your baby's poo: what's normal and what's not
See all in Tummy troubles
Some ready-assembled first-aid kits are economical and contain many of the items you will find essential. But it is unlikely that you will find everything your family needs in one product.
Accidental poisoning in babies
First-aid checklist for traveling with your baby
First aid for choking : an illustrated guide
First aid directory
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A fever in a baby under three months old is serious and she should see her doctor on the first day of the fever. Older children should be seen by their doctor after 72 hours of fever.
Meningitis in babies
Jaundice in babies
Thrush in babies
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Croup is caused by several common respiratory viruses. It causes the voice box and airway to the lungs to swell, sometimes making it difficult to breathe.
Common cold in babies
Bronchiolitis in babies
Flu in babies
Bird flu in babies
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An allergy is when your child’s immune system reacts inappropriate to a normal part of the environment that he has come into contact with.
Asthma in babies
Treating your baby's asthma
Can you be too clean?
Could my child have hayfever?
See all in Allergies and asthma
It can be difficult to tell if your baby has an infection. If she has a cough or runny nose and suddenly develops a fever three to five days later, she may have an ear infection.
Treating your baby's ear infections
Why are my baby's eyes watery and sticky?
My baby's eye is pink. What's causing this?
Earwax: what's healthy and what's not?
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Babies with Down syndrome have extra genetic material in their cells. They usually have an extra chromosome in each cell, and this can affect all parts of the body.
Children with special needs A - Z
Real lives: "The midwife said she suspected that Daniel had Down syndrome"
Tongue tie in babies
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Keeping your baby safe
More Keeping your baby safe
On average, babies crawl at eight months, which means many get moving even earlier.
Safety in your baby's bedroom
Making your home safe for your baby
See all in Safety in the home
Plasticizers (phthalates) and bisphenol A (BPA) are chemicals found in lots of household products.
Phthalates: What you need to know
See all in Worry watch
Your baby's sleep
If you've just started breastfeeding, you're doing a positive thing for you and your baby. Even though it's nature's food, breastfeeding doesn't always come naturally at first.
Signs that your baby is getting enough milk
Preparing to breastfeed
Good positions for breastfeeding
How breasts make milk in pregnancy
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Sore nipples are so common to new breastfeeding moms that many think they are part and parcel of breastfeeding. But this isn't so. It's normal to feel some tenderness at the beginning…
Breastfeeding and thrush
See all in Breastfeeding problems and solutions
Expressing your milk is simply a way of taking milk from your breast without your baby nursing. You can do this by hand, with a manual pump, with an electric pump…
Pumping and the working mom
How can I express my milk by hand?
What's the best way to freeze breastmilk?
How can I express more milk?
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Whether you’re a new mother in need of advice, or hoping breastfeeding will be easier this time around, other BabyCenter Canada moms have plenty of tips, guidance and knowledge…
Extended breastfeeding: is it for you?
How can I include my partner when I breastfeed?
Do moms have to breastfeed? What if I don't want to?
What are the benefits of breastfeeding?
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By deciding to breastfeed you have already given your baby the best possible start in life, and scientific evidence states that the longer you breastfeed the greater the health benefits for both of you…
Weaning from the breast
How to handle pressure to wean
My baby doesn't want to stop breastfeeding. What should I do?
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Like most breastfeeding moms, you probably worry that something you eat or drink will pass into your breast milk and harm your baby.
Diet for a healthy breastfeeding mom
Caffeine and breastfeeding
What can I eat and drink when I'm breastfeeding?
Is it safe to eat spicy food when pregnant or breastfeeding?
See all in What to eat and drink when you are breastfeeding
Your toddler's development month by month
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