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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Increased sex drive during pregnancy?

My sex drive is through the roof right now! What’s going on?


My sex drive is through the roof right now! What’s going on?

The Bump Expert

Pregnant women typically fall into two camps: Those who can’t get enough between the sheets, and those whose idea of a perfect evening right now is a peaceful night’s sleep -- solo. If you’re in group A, you can thank the rising levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are helping to boost your desire for nonstop nookie. These (yup) sex hormones are responsible for increasing the amount of blood flow to the pelvic area and the amount of lubrication down there -- both important ingredients for a satisfying romp. They also cause more sensitive breasts, so your foreplay may seem more fiery (and their expanding size can make you feel more attractive -- and get you plenty of attention from your partner). Remember that as long as your doctor has given you the okay, it’s perfectly safe to have sex throughout your pregnancy. We say enjoy it while it lasts -- once baby’s here, you’ll probably have to wait at least a month before you and your partner can have sex again.

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