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: What kind of exercises aren't safe for pregnancy?

What kind of exercises aren't safe for pregnancy?

Re: What kind of exercises aren't safe for pregnancy?

The Bump Expert

Thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day is always encouraged during pregnancy; but there are definitely some safety guidelines you should follow when keeping fit during pregnancy -- not to mention some activities you should skip altogether. Get the rundown on what not to do:

Don’t exercise at all if you have...
Heart or lung disease
- Incompetent cervix or cerclage
- Placenta previa
- Ruptured membranes
- Preeclampsia
- Multiples or another condition that puts you at risk for going into premature labor

Steer clear of...
Exercising to the point of exhaustion.
- Exercising while lying on your back during the second and third trimesters.
- Raising your body temperature too much. (Drink plenty of water, wear loose-fitting clothes, and avoid working out in rooms with elevated heat -- i.e., skip the hot yoga.)
- Activities that up your risk of falling and hurting your abdomen (such as basketball, soccer, in-line skating, gymnastics, horseback riding, or racquet sports).
- Scuba diving -- it’s not safe at any point during your pregnancy.

Call your doctor if you experience...
Muscle weakness
- Vaginal bleeding
- Calf pain or swelling
- Dizziness
- Headache
- Overheating
- Pain in your pubic bone area
- Shortness of breath
- Cramps
- Chest pain
- Severe nausea
- Leakage of amniotic fluid

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