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: Do I really have to buy maternity underwear?

Do I really have to buy maternity underwear? What's the difference?

Re: Do I really have to buy maternity underwear? What's the difference?

The Bump Expert

Maternity underwear is usually made to be extra-stretchy and either low-cut, to fit underneath a growing belly, or high-cut, to fit over it. But no, it's not a necessity. You can totally get away with wearing some regular comfy undies, as long as they have plenty of stretch and are low-cut. Just beware that you may have to buy some in a larger size late in the pregnancy. Luckily, it's easy to find soft, durable pairs that are affordable. (Think Hanes!) Look for the microfiber seamless kind--they're lightweight and won't add bulk to your frame.

Amy Tara Koch, author of Bump It Up

Q&A: Do I really have to buy maternity underwear?

I didn't buy any maternity underwear or any in larger sizes with my first pregnancy (and I don't plan on it for this one either). By the end, all I could fit into were my thongs, but i really didn't want to give up that part of myself. Anything I could wear at 9 months that wasn't maternity was a small victory for me.

mommy510 |

Q&A: Do I really have to buy maternity underwear?

I didnt buy any maternity underwear either. Victorias Secret has a one size fits all thong..The Lacie...I think it is and those were great for the entire pregnancy.



I did buy maternity underwear for my second pregnancy and wish I had for my first. they are comfy and while not sexy they are super soft. comfort topped sexy for me on this one.

eggebena |

Q&A: Do I really have to buy maternity underwear?

I didn't think maternity underwear would be necessary, until I started wearing maternity clothes around 11 or 12 weeks. I'm a bit old school, my underwear of choice has always been briefs. My pre-pregnancy underwear showed too much under the fabric of most maternity clothes. I tried some of the thongs I did have, and they worked okay, but I wasn't happy with them. I ended up buying 3 packs of 2 different kinds of maternity underwear just to try out. Now, at almost 14 weeks, I know which kind a like, and I'm on my way out to buy more today.

bflymel777 |


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