17 Beautiful Infographics to Learn About Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a fascinating and joyful time. There are many changes going on inside your body. Even before the fetus inside you can be seen via ultrasound, growth and development are taking place. Pregnancy really is a time for you to learn and grow, and to enjoy the baby developing within you. Here are 17 infographics that can help you learn about pregnancy:

Fetal Development

This might be the most interesting thing about pregnancy. Learning about how your baby develops, and tracking development on an ultrasound, can be exciting.

  1. Fetal DevelopmentFetal development: Learn about your baby at each stage of fetal development with this interactive infographic from Just the Facts. It’s an interesting project that looks at facts about pregnancy and reproduction, and offers helpful information and images related to fetal development throughout pregnancy. You can gain an understanding of how the fetus develops over time, while observing exactly when certain body parts form.
  2. Fetal MovementMovement: At about eight weeks, your baby can begin moving — you might even feel it. If you are interested in seeing what your baby looks like at this stage (when he or she can move), you can see this great image from the Mayo Clinic. Also includes interesting information about when the eyelids begin to close. A great resource for helping you track fetal development.
  3. Development and viability: An interesting time line describing major milestones of fetal development and viability during pregnancy. Includes information about formation of different body systems, hair development on the head and includes information on premature survival rates. A great overview of what happens, in terms of a baby’s growth and development, during pregnancy.
  4. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: What happens when you consume alcohol while pregnant? Well, there is the change that your baby could develop Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). This can affect your child’s development and even appearance. This infographic from the University of New South Wales offers an interesting summary of the physical changes that can result when a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy.
  5. Smoking during pregnancy: When you smoke during pregnancy, that can actually affect fetal development as well. This infographic from the March of Dimes points out that there could be a reduction in stillbirths and newborn deaths if women didn’t smoke during pregnancy. Additionally, smoking increases the chance of low birth weight, as well as pre-term delivery. There are other health issues that can affect fetal development as a result of a woman smoking during pregnancy. Even secondhand smoke can have an effect on fetal development.

Pregnancy Facts and Statistics

Learn a little bit more about pregnancy and get the facts about what happens. Also, find interesting information about home births and birth choices.

  1. Rise in home births: As people have become more interested in home birth, there has been an increase in the number of home births taking place. This infographic shows the different places where people have births outside the hospital. Home births are more common, but people also give birth in clinics and doctor’s offices, birthing centers and in other places (such as emergency births in cars).
  2. Home birth safety: There has been an interest in home births over the last few years, and the debate over how safe they are has been rather rampant. If you are interested in learning more about home birth, The Compleat Mother offers a comparison of different birth injuries that take place in home births as opposed to in hospitals. Of course, this information doesn’t take into account the fact that many high risk births are, by necessity, hospital births.
  3. Where’s the baby? Get an idea of where the baby is in terms of placement in your body. This interesting infographic from Elledge Chiropractic Blog looks at where the baby is in terms of the spine, as well as marking how much it has grown in you, and the space it is taking up. Also includes information on where your stomach sits after the baby has dropped. A fascinating look at how pregnancy looks inside your own body.
  4. Pregnancy changesGetting bigger: This infographic offers a look at the development of a pregnant woman on the outside. At 14 weeks, this woman barely looks pregnancy at all. However, by 38 week, she’s really starting to look big. A great visual look at how the body changes on the outside during pregnancy. You can also see the different places where weight gain takes place on the body, and how it affects your outward appearance. A great way to prepare yourself for the changes that will occur during pregnancy.
  5. Teen pregnancyTeen pregnancy: Many people are interested in statistics and facts on teen pregnancy. If you want to know a little bit more about teen pregnancy, this infographic published on Medicine. Technology. Web. is a great one. It shows pregnancy rates, and illustrates the states with the highest teen pregnancy rates. It also includes interesting information about abortion, as well as attitudes regarding sexual education in schools, and other related issues.

Reproductive Facts

Learn about reproduction, and how you get pregnant in the first place. Find out how it all works out.

  1. Female reproductive systemFemale reproductive system: Learn about the parts to the female reproductive system from Web MD. Also includes an explanation of the functions of each part, and the role each part plays in pregnancy. It’s an interesting look at what happens during pregnancy — and where it all takes pace.
  2. MenstruationMenstrual cycle: Use this colorful infographic to help you learn about the menstrual cycle. Menstruation is an important part of the reproductive process, making the whole process of pregnancy possible. It follows the course of an egg through the female reproductive system, and provides you with the chance to see how pregnancy begins — or how the egg remains unfertilized, leaving you without a developing fetus in your body.
  3. Breasts: Your breasts are affected by your pregnancy. They begin to grow larger as your baby develops within you. Then, when the baby is born, they become a natural source for food. This interesting infographic offers a number of interesting things you should know about breasts — information that is helpful and fascinating. Read these 15 important facts, and learn something more about yourself, and your own reproductive system.
  4. Semen: Pregnancy isn’t just about women; men often have to do something, too. And, while it is possible to use semen from a sperm bank to have a baby, a majority of women get pregnant directly. But, whether you use artificial insemination or some more natural method of getting pregnant, semen is involved. Here is an infographic will all sorts of information about semen.

Population, Fertility and Mortality

Part of pregnancy is how it ends. There are a number of facts about population growth, fertility and birth rates.

  1. Birth and fertility: This infographic illustrates birth rates and fertility rates for all the states in the U.S. This is an interesting comparison of birth rates, depending on state. Offers a look at fertility in the U.S., and provides information on average births during a year. Find your state, and see how you stack up in terms of fertility rates.
  2. Mortality: How many babies die each year shortly after birth? This interesting infographic from Gapminder offers a look at infant mortality from a number of countries around the world. It is very easy pick out which countries have the highest rates of infant mortality. On top of noting deaths of infants, this image also includes general health in the countries, as well as the per capita income of the countries. An interesting look at how money and health can affect infant mortality rates around the world.
  3. Ethnic birth rateU.S. population growth: This is an interesting infographic that helps you see the possibilities of U.S. population growth trends up to 2050. The birth trends of major races in the U.S. show that whites are likely to see a declining population. Other ethnic groups, especially Hispanics, are expected to make gains on whites, due to their higher birth rates. If you are interested in birth trends, this can shed some light on pregnancy in different races in the U.S.

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