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: Buying maternity bras?

What should I look for in a maternity bra? What style and material is best? And what about sizing -- will I need bigger ones as my pregnancy continues?

Re: What should I look for in a maternity bra? What style and material is best? And what about sizing -- will I need bigger ones as my pregnancy continues?

The Bump Expert

There's no steadfast rule, but in general, it’ll be time to say goodbye to your lacy lingerie and find a good maternity bra around week 18. And no, your current bra in three sizes bigger won't do the trick --maternity and nursing bras are specifically designed to provide the best support for growing, pregnant bodies. Forget those "room to grow" ideas -- it’s important to have optimum support right from the start. Instead, save money by getting nursing bras, which you'll also be able to use after delivery. They offer the same support, but have an opening in the cup for feeding.

Professional bra fitters are your best option for finding the perfect fit, but if you’re shopping solo, keep these rules in mind: the cup should fully cover your breast, the band shouldn't ride up in the back, back closures should be thick and have four or more hooks, and straps should be wide and cushioned for comfort and support.

Some professionals recommend steering clear of underwire bras, because they can restrict milk ducts. Look for high cotton content material, which will let your skin breathe. Buy at least two or three -- no need to spend your entire pregnancy doing laundry. Keep in mind, though, you'll probably have to make two purchases -- one in your first or second trimester and another in the final weeks.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

Where do you find these bra's I'm in my 14th week and I tell my breasts are starting not to fit as well as they did. Thank you

Iowaaz430 |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

That's a great question because I saw bras in the maternity section of a store and they looked like normal bras with underwires. What exactly should I be looking for?

MrsSmithe08 |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

I just upgraded at week 13. I went up a full size, both in the band and cup. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I just got a regular bra this time around, a little too soon for maternity/nursing. I also got a soft sleeping bra for night time. I was measured at Victoria's secret. Also check Target, ours here has a maternity section.

littlelyralover |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

I'm 13 weeks and before I was pregnant I was "blessed" with DDD sized breasts. Even at just 13 weeks they don't fit in my usual bras and even my Fiance has noticed huge changes. I'm not a large woman everywhere else but I can't seem to find any in my sizes before pregnancy and now I'm having even more problems finding ones that will fit me while pregnant. Please help?!

kcasey1987 |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

I'm a girl who's also bigger on top and I have to go to specialty lingerie stores in my town. The staff are expert fitters and can even order special sizes. I suggest going to a local specialty lingerie store. Good luck, I know how hard it can be to find and even afford a bigger bra!

saraenns |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

I bought non-underwire nursing bras from Motherhood Maternity. They come in some pretty large sizes (woo-hoo!) and were fairly inexpensive compared to everywhere else. One note, they have this hard plastic piece down the side by your armpits. I found it hurt so I cut them out and haven't noticed any problems. They're super comfortable and will be great for nursing.

always_erica |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

I'm only 13 weeks, but my regular bras were already becoming uncomfortable. I went and bought the genie bras, which are like sports bras, but still gives you a regular bra shape. They have padding which you can keep in or remove. They are extremely comfortable. The high front as well can serve as a comisole or tank top for certain tops you wear.

dwaldron |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

You can purchase bras from this site http://www.barenecessities.com/?cm_mmc=GLSR-_-bare+necessities-_-bare+necessities-_-A&source=GoogleA&term=bare+necessities&LID=72485506&gclid=CNzg2-DC87QCFVCd4AodO2kA0w&cmp=BPP20. If you live in NYC metro area their is a place call bra tenders. They are amazing and friendly.

chanrag@gmail.com |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

I'm only 14 weeks and already had to buy larger bras!!! not nursing/maternity bras yet... but normal ones... I've gone up 1 band size and 2 cup sizes!!! I am terrified at going from 36C to 38DD in what feels overnight!!!

Rogaltab |

Q&A: Buying maternity bras?

At 12 weeks, I was measured at VS & bought a couple non underwire full coverage bras that I love. What a difference.

MSPAS2012 |

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