Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I’ve heard I should eat more fiber while I’m pregnant. Why and which foods are best?

Re: I’ve heard I should eat more fiber while I’m pregnant. Why and which foods are best?

The Bump Expert

Fiber is a pregnant girl’s buddy. It keeps everything moving through the large intestine, and fights against all-too-common constipation. Also, fiber-rich foods are usually nutrient-dense, meaning they fill you up without adding tons of calories. Shoot for 25 to 35 grams a day, and drink plenty of water to help the fiber move through your system. Veggies are a great choice. Go for crunchy (like carrots and celery) and cruciferous (like broccoli and cauliflower). Legumes and most fruits are also good sources. If veggies and beans make you gassy (and they probably will) try whole grain breads and cereals. These also contain lots of fiber but may be easier to digest. Avoid white foods like pasta, rice and non-whole grain bread.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I spent 4hrs in the ER last week because I was not aware of this. Prenatel vitamins can back you up. I suggest stool softners also... metemusil....and plenty fiber in your diet. I would never wish the pain i went threw on my worst enemy.

NALMASSEY |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I asked my ob/gyn for a prenatal vitamin that contains a stool softener (citranatal is the one I am on.) Also, pears and apples are a great source of fiber, especially if you are craving something sweet. I have also bought prune juice (yuck I know! but its really not bad especially if you drink it really cold) Its great for nausea because its high in sugar. I also went to the heath food store (Trader Joe's is great) and stocked up on whole grain snacks that actually taste good. Last but not least my best friend lately has been good old fashioned roasted peanuts. Salty and full of fiber and protein, they really help with so many symptoms I'm having right now. (Beano for gas works wonders, by the way!)

ishala1 |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I am 10 weeks and already having problems with being constipated and when I do manage to go, it hurts so much because its not soft. My last pregnacy I bought those invidually wrapped prunes, had two of those a day and it helped with that. Better than having to drink prune juice!!

missbumblebee84 |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

Thankfully I haven't had a problem with this. Long before we tried getting pregnant I switched to a whole grain diet. I have oatmeal for breakfast and snack on fiber-filled cereal bars. Plus I integrate veggies and fruit in my diet. There are fiber gummies that I would recommend (by Vitafusion).

aibrean |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I have taken Metamucil everyday for several years (3 teaspoons per day in a large glass of water - it's kind of like Tang if you do the orange flavor). I have not had any problems going at least once per day - however, I notice a huge difference in the texture, and would certainly be consitpated if I didn't take my Metamucil!

cparkinson81 |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I'm 10 week too, and the constipation is killing me! I usually eat veggies and fruit all day, plus drink a ton of water. Unfortunately my food aversions have turned me away to almost all of these things. My friend just gave me a recipe for a bran muffin. I just made them and they smell amazing. I haven't had one yet, but if they taste anything like they smell they should be really good. My friend said her Midwife gave her this recipe for constipation and it really helped her. I hope it does the same for me. Here's the website for the muffins..... http://allrecipes.com/recipe/roxies-bran-muffins/

laviniaj13 |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

Hey ladies - about 10 weeks today, and I can't live without my company's Fiber Boost powder and DigestionPlus...I had horrible bloating and was so uncomfortable, and now that I've really been diligent about adding these to my drinks, I feel so much better. The fiber powder is odorless and tasteless, too, which means you can add it to anything, even oatmeal...happy to send more info if you message me - grngorgeous@gmail.com. Wishing you all well!

grngorgeous |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

2 kiwi's a day has as much fiber as a bowl of fiber enriched cereal, as much vitamin C as an orange and as much potassium as a banana. It's a super fruit for pregnant women. I'm 10 wks and had horrible constipation until I started eating kiwi every day.

taudino78 |

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I had this problem because of a broken back, no matter how much soluble and/or insoluble fiber I ate. My doctor said miralax has no negative effects on fetal development unlike laxatives like milk of magnesia. I'm glad I can take it. Something worth asking about if you had pre-existing spine conditions.

gearla |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I've had absolutely NO issues. I'm still as regular as I was before because of my diet, plus my prenatal vitamins have probiotics. No problems to speak of in the bathroom except all the extra peeing!

MireyaMendoza |

Q&A: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I am now 10 weeks pregnant and I had been craving veges the whole time so I was like what is all this constipation problem everyone is talking about. Then yesterday was my first day of no veges as my main meals and oh boy, this morning I paid for it! Eat lots of veges! Vege and brown lentil soup will hit the spot! Highly recommend it!

rozziet |

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