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: Heartburn during pregnancy?

Practically from the day I got pregnant I’ve been suffering from awful heartburn. How can I deal?

Re: Practically from the day I got pregnant I’ve been suffering from awful heartburn. How can I deal?

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Dealing with heartburn during pregnancy?

Though morning sickness seems to get all the hype, many women find heartburn just as unpleasant a pregnancy symptom. In early pregnancy, heartburn is caused by the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the uterine muscles to fit your growing baby. Unfortunately, this hormone also relaxes the valve between the esophagus and stomach, allowing acid to bubble up from your gut and burn your esophageal lining. In the final months of pregnancy, the baby squashes your digestive organs and causes the same result.

Reduce the risk and severity of heartburn by avoiding triggers like chocolate, coffee, tea, citrus, tomato sauces, spicy stuff and fried foods. It also helps to sleep with your head slightly elevated, and to consume minimal fluids with meals (just be sure to drink plenty of water an hour before and an hour after meals so you don’t get dehydrated). Unfortunately, no matter what you do, you’ll probably still feel the burn sometimes. Talk to your OB about what meds you can safely take for relief (she will probably recommend an antacid like Tums, or even something stronger for especially severe pain).

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Q&A: Heartburn during pregnancy?

I've been eating St. Claires tummy Soothers. They are a chewable, natural remedy for nausea, indigestion, gas, etc.... They aren't great tasting but they do work. They have an herbal type taste. I purchased them at the health food store. (Lassen's)

Whatshername |

Q&A: Heartburn during pregnancy?

I've been taking Zantax for some major heartburn at night. I was told it was ok...

Azianbabe1128 |

Q&A: Heartburn during pregnancy?

anything OTC that is a catagory B is safe to take (the phamacist can tell you)- Prilosec is a catagory C, however. I had to take a Rx heartburn pill on a daily basis before I was pregnant and what I am allowed to take now is not as strong. I suffer from heartburn ALL DAY LONG even with 2 Rx pills and way too many tums. The acid then builds up that I often vomit in the evenings. It's a "catch 22". Your suppose to eat several small meals thoughout the day but most foods make the heatburn worse, inlcuding ginger which will heel with the nausea! It will all be worth it in the end though.

vanhornandstahl |


Hi, I'm 11weeks pregnant and having difficulties swallowing my saliva since in week7. It just gets stuck in my mouth , dunno wat 2 do about it. But my morning sickness has stopped last week. Pls help advice .

Salsss |

Q&A: Heartburn during pregnancy?

I've always had acid reflux but I was always able to control it based on what I ate. I knew what foods triggered it. Now that I'm pregnant it seems like EVERYTHING triggers it. I use tums which I was told are a also good source of calcium. The tums help a little but after awhile the burning comes back. I've noticed that drinking whole milk (maybe because it is so thick) and even ice cream helps to sooth my heartburn. I try to drink/eat it closer to bed time so that I don't have heartburn as bad while I am sleeping/ laying down.

Courtneymsnyder |


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