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: Cute maternity clothes?

I’m having a hard time zipping up my jeans, but I’m scared of maternity clothes. How can I find clothes that are comfortable, fit my growing body and still look good?

Re: I’m having a hard time zipping up my jeans, but I’m scared of maternity clothes. How can I find clothes that are comfortable, fit my growing body and still look good?

The Bump Expert

These are great days for pregnant women. Those bulging bellies are increasingly seen as beautiful and natural, not something to be hidden. Go for clothes that celebrate your curves, rather than masses of draping fabric to veil your tummy. Empire waists are great for showing off shoulders and growing breasts while giving baby room to grow. V-necks look good on almost everyone, and bring attention to the face. Open collars will accentuate your collarbone and make your neck look long and graceful. Clingy clothes also look cleaner and neater,and will make it clear that you’re pregnant, not just extraordinarily large.And, don’t forget the basic rules -- dark clothes are slimming, look good on everyone, and match with anything.

Thanks to crazy hormones,pregnant women tend to get kind of hot. (You’ve noticed?) Stay cool in breathable fabrics like cotton, viscose and matte jersey. Dress in layers so you can strip (appropriately) as the day goes on and your temperature rises. Also stay away from any scratchy fabrics -- pregnant bellies are already itchy enough.

Most maternity clothes come in small, medium and large. The sizing is basically the same as non-pregnancy clothes, with extra room in the belly, boobs, hips and arm holes. Buy your regular size, but don’t get too much at once -- your growth might expand to other areas.

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Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

try going to motherhood maternity they have some really cute clothes but they are a bit pricey but they good thing about them is that you go by the size you were before you got pregnant and they should fit you your entire pregnancy.

momma93 |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

Honestly, try to find a thrift store or consignment store nearby. I go to a few local Goodwill stores and have found cute designer maternity clothes for cheap. A lot of the clothes still have the tags on them! I figure I'm not going to be pregnant forever so why spend a fortune on clothes I'm only going to wear for a short time.

cangrick317 |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

I've been buying things here and there that will work for me as I "expand" and I've noticed that a lot of the styles that are popular right now will fit me way into the third trimester (I hope). Leggings with longer t-shirts or sweaters are good and basically feel like pj's. For jeans and khaki's I dropped into the Baby Gap and hit their maternity clearance once a week with my first one. Their stuff seems to be a little more stylish and you can't beat the clearance rack prices. It's usually in the back by the dressing rooms. Hope this helps a little!

MamaPajama77 |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

Ross has cute and good priced maternity clothes!

Jonilynnh |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

old navy does too - check the clearance rack!

thewife1101 |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

I've shopping at Goodwill because where else can you find name brand materity pants for $5...

Libra123 |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

Asos.com they have a maternity section. Super cute!

angela2684 |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

Belly bands! I found some just for the hips that go over my jeans so I can leave them unbuttoned and unzipped when wearing them. I also found a belly band that goes up over the growing boobs and belly! I would rather spend money on baby clothes so I'm all about finding ways to wear my clothes as long as possible then shifting to dresses.

dessina |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

diymaternity.com if you know how to do basic sewing you can make alot of really adorable [and inexpensive] clothes.

acowsatonme |

Q&A: Cute maternity clothes?

If you have an outlet mall near you, Motherhood Maternity's outlet is great! They have really cute pants and dresses and they are not that expensive.

shana.tuttle@gmail.com |

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