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: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

What style of maternity clothes will be most flattering and comfortable as my belly grows?

Re: What style of maternity clothes will be most flattering and comfortable as my belly grows?

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We put this question to our Bumpies... Here's what you had to say:

“The style that I find to be the best for me right now (13.5 weeks) is the ‘underbelly’ or ‘no belly’ styles found here. I've seen similar styles at and” - JnJ04

“The advice I've had from friends is that the full belly panel ends up being the best, so that's what I've gone with. I don't plan on having seperate second and third trimester clothes. The Gap roll panel is nice, because right now I can fold it over and that seems to work well.” - TheDudleys

“I really like the roll-panel for earlier on, but I need the support of a full-panel in later pregnancy -- the others feel like they dig into my stomach.” - MichelleWP

“I have a lot of half panel styles, but the half panel jeans constantly fall down. I tried on full panel in the store and loved them!” - Pamela82

“I have some hidden tab jeans from The Gap which I love because they looked like real jeans. I can loosen them as I get bigger and I think they'll be good after the baby is born.” - vande2006

“Hands down, I love demi panels! I'm used to low rise pants, so I can't stand full panel, but the elastic in the demi panel is much more rigid, so it doesn't stretch out and the pants don't fall down! I have demi panel pants that I love from Target and Old Navy. I love to shop clearance racks!” - Mrs.Meyer

“I have worn a pair of the ‘no belly’ maternity pants, the one with the elastic in the back and a flat front, quite frequently. I have found most of my items at Old Navy and Mimi.” - SPBGBRIDE

“I LOVE the demi panel pants, especially from The Gap. They are terrific for those who are used to a lower rise. The Gap offers pants in longs and that is a must for me -- buying a regular inseam off the rack is simply not an option for me, pregnant or not. Also, the Gap has both causal and dressier styles... I need nice dress pants for work and purchased their modern flairs with the demi panel and received compliments on them even though no one knew I was pregnant or that they were maternity pants!” - boulder,cobride

“The full belly panel works best for me. I have never liked low-rise pants or underwear and hate the feeling that my pants are falling down! It's hard to find but it's my favorite.” - sistrkate

“I have one pair of dress pants that have the expandable elastic waist (they're from JCPenney), and I like them a lot; however, I have a couple of full-panel skirts that I like even better. As I expand my maternity wardrobe (I have several tops but hardly any bottoms right now), I'll definitely be more interested in full-panel styles. My biggest change was bra style. I was a C before getting pg, and I hated padded bras because I didn't want to make them any bigger than they already were. Now I'm a D, and I'll only wear heavily padded bras because they hide my perma-nips.” - batsteph

“My favourite maternity pants are the Motherhood capris -- they have elastic in the back and are so flattering and comfortable, they should sell them as regular pants. I prefer wearing maternity clothes as I actually look pregnant (but small) as opposed to just fat.” - taurusbride

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Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

I love shopping online at OLD NAVY! I have bought nothing but summer dresses in the Maternity section and they are true to their size. I am a 2X and I am 5'7 and about 262 lbs. Fits perfectly and even has room for my bump to keep growing.

clearlybrunette |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

Finding maternity clothing was possibly the most miserable experience of this whole pregnancy so far. I am plus size and have wide hips and after going to several stores in the nearest big town I was absolutely heartbroken, I felt like a complete freak. We finally visited Motherhood Maternity and when I saw how tiny their plus size section was the hormones won and I started bawling in the store. The clerk was very helpful though and we found several pair of pants and other things that fit. I like the full panel pants, which they call hidden maternity pants. They don't dig in and they will fit as I get bigger. I haven't been very satisfied with Old Navy due to their inconsistent sizing (that's been my experience with them).

NikolettaWindby |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

When you feel in that awkward "Do I look pregnant or chubby?" phase it's all about the elastic waist band, jeggings and flowy dresses/skirts right now. Especially outfits that have an empire waist You may also feel bigger in the afternoons than when you wake up in the morning. The last thing you want is to put something on that is comfortable in the a.m., but makes you hate life after lunch. To avoid this make sure things are a little loose in the a.m. Most important of all.. wear what's comfortable and makes you feel good :)

MrsMendenhall |


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