What do I need to know about pregnancy? A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. The first trimester lasts from your last period through the 12th week of pregnancy. The second trimester lasts from the 13th week of your pregnancy through the 23rd week. The third trimester lasts from your 24th week of pregnancy until your baby is born. If you know the date of your last period, your healthcare provider can estimate your due date. You may give birth to your baby any time from 37 weeks to 2 weeks after your due date.

What is prenatal care? Prenatal care is a series of visits with your healthcare provider throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal care can help prevent problems during pregnancy and childbirth. At each prenatal visit, your healthcare provider will weigh you and check your blood pressure. Your healthcare provider will also check your baby's heartbeat and growth. You may also need the following at some visits:

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