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: Husband scared of sex during pregnancy?

I am almost 5 months pregnant and my husband and I have had sex only one time, since discovering the good news. I don't know if he is turned off, although he says he doesn't want to hurt the baby. I initiate a conversation and he doesn't want to talk about it. I even told him I would do certain things for him, just so we could be intimate and he doesn't want to. Most friends I've talked to said they were still having sex up until a few weeks before the baby arrived. Is there something wrong with my picture?

Re: I am almost 5 months pregnant and my husband and I have had sex only one time, since discovering the good news. I don't know if he is turned off, although he says he doesn't want to hurt the baby. I initiate a conversation and he doesn't want to talk about it. I even told him I would do certain things for him, just so we could be intimate and he doesn't want to. Most friends I've talked to said they were still having sex up until a few weeks before the baby arrived. Is there something wrong with my picture?

The Bump Expert

First of all, forget what "most of your friends say they were doing" during their pregnancies. Every man and woman experiences pregnancy and sex differently. You need to get the bottom of his feelings and attitudes. Tell him you understand his concerns about potentially harming the baby and you'd like him to get reassurance from your healthcare provider. Either bring him along for your next appointment or call them and they can discuss this with him down the phone. Or, buy a pregnancy book that provides information about this. Undoubtedly it will reassure parents that their baby won't be harmed by having sex as long as you're fit and well.

Next explore with him if he has a belief that somehow the mother of his child should not be a sex goddess too. Many men find it hard to combine seeing their wife as a mother and a lover. If he'll open up about such attitudes it'll be easier to get him to see you as a whole woman. Certainly if you're "in the mood" don't talk about baby-stuff with him because that will put him off. Also that way he can practically ignore that you're pregnant while you're trying to get him in the mood for love. Men can get pretty good at that denial thing! Once you've come this far dress attractively, light some candles and put some new mood music on. Hopefully he'll be able to let go and see you as a lover again.

--Dr. Pam Spurr

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Q&A: Husband scared of sex during pregnancy?

I'm so glad that someone else is dealing with a similar issue. I'm three months and recently my husband started having issues with intercourse because he perceives me as this "precious" and/or "sacred" vessel for our first child. While we manage to remain connected in other ways, I don't want this to become a major issue over the next few months. So I will definitely use the great suggestions previously discussed. Thanks!

ButterflyGapBride |

Q&A: Husband scared of sex during pregnancy?

Then there are some guys who love it or don't care. My DH hasn't had a problem there. He was nervous with our first, but I reassured him, and promised I'd tell him if it hurt or I felt weird about it. So far it's been fine. I'm 13 weeks with #2. Good luck, and the advice about talking to the dr with him is important. Maybe step out so they can talk together.

PetuniaFeatherbottom |

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