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: Pregnant and tired all the time?

I feel so tired I can barely keep my head off my desk at work, but I can’t tell my coworkers I’m pregnant yet. How can I cope?

Re: I feel so tired I can barely keep my head off my desk at work, but I can’t tell my coworkers I’m pregnant yet. How can I cope?

The Bump Expert

It does seem cruel that most moms-to-be feel worst during the first 12 weeks or so. Until you announce the good news, there's no milking it for (well-deserved) sympathy. The only real cure for first trimester fatigue is sleeping more... which, to be honest, might not even help. Since you probably can’t take catnaps in your office and remain employed, simply go to go bed earlier, sleep as late as possible, and try to make it through the day.

To boost energy, eat small, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. Go for protein and complex carb combos like whole grain cereal with low-fat milk, a piece of cheese on whole grain crackers or a couple of slices of turkey on whole wheat bread. And when you feel yourself sinking into a valley, do some stretches and deep breathing exercises or go for a brisk walk around the block.

Paula Kashtan

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