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: When to tell my boss I'm pregnant?

How and when should I tell my boss that I’m pregnant?

Re: How and when should I tell my boss that I’m pregnant?

The Bump Expert

There's no hard rule, but most women wait until the end of the first trimester (when miscarriage risk goes way down). But, you may want to do it sooner or later depending on your relationship with your boss and when you start to show. Better to break the news yourself than let someone else(or your growing belly!) do it for you. Try to break the news after you’ve completed an assignment -- this sends the message that your condition hasn’t impacted your productivity thus far, and that you have every intention of doing your job (and doing it well) for the remainder of your pregnancy.

Another smart move: Before you talk, put together a plan outlining how your duties will be covered during your leave. Your boss is much more likely to greet the news with enthusiasm if he knows you’ve got the situation covered.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: When to tell my boss I'm pregnant?

I am an Oncology nurse who handles chemotherapy, therefore I had to tell my boss right away. There's almost no way to avoid telling early in the nursing profession. Sorry :(

kmossiah |

Q&A: When to tell my boss I'm pregnant?

I am a yoga instructor and I had to tell early because I was so sick and had to have several class cancellations.

SBZapp |

Q&A: When to tell my boss I'm pregnant?

I sat down with my boss at 10 weeks and told him. It's because I have all these drs appointments coming up for the different tests and ultrasounds and follow ups with my obgyn I figured the sooner I told him the less I would stress about trying to figure out telling him I have multiple drs appointments all within a few weeks of each other and need those days off or my work schedule rearranged and him not think something serious was wrong.

Nicky1114 |


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