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: Hair issues during pregnancy?

I heard pregnancy makes your hair thick and lustrous but mine is insanely frizzy all of a sudden. Help!

Re: I heard pregnancy makes your hair thick and lustrous but mine is insanely frizzy all of a sudden. Help!

The Bump Expert

Sorry… for some women, “thick and lustrous” is no more than a myth. Hormones (yep, blame them for this one, too) hit every head differently. The lucky ones wind up thick and full; others, limp and thin. And sometimes, hair just starts to seem a little… different. Dry hair might turn oily, curls might straighten, and a perm or a dye might produce totally unexpected results. One bonus for the limp and thin: Hormones can also cause hair to sprout in less exciting places (think face, belly, back and legs)… making that thick hair a little less attractive.

Though you can’t change your hormones, there are a few ways to promote luscious, healthy locks. Start with a nutritious diet. Yogurt, fresh fruits and veggies, seeds, whole grains and cold pressed oils are especially good for hair. Dry, brittle hair that falls out easily or lightens in color might be a sign of iron, iodine or protein deficiencies. If your hair is undernourished, take five minutes every day to massage your scalp, which stimulates circulation. Home oil treatments are another great way to fight frizz. Massage half a cup of warm vegetable or olive oil into your scalp and hair, and let it soak under a shower cap for half an hour or so. Add a few drops of lavender or rose essential oils to the treatment for some aromatherapy.

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Q&A: Hair issues during pregnancy?

Mine has been dry and dull since I got pregnant. I am hoping it getts better, and I am having it dyed this weeked so hope that helps.

xxaliciaxx |

Q&A: Hair issues during pregnancy?

i did notice mine was dryer and not as shiny so i use a shine serum everyday to lock in moisture and to help smooth it and i got a thermal protectant for blow drying and iron work. i also make sure to get it trimed every 8 weeks and its helped a whole lot. hope this helps:)

Twitterpated89 |

Q&A: Hair issues during pregnancy?

I have gotten so annoyed with my strands...I am getting my hair braided this weekend! That'll last at least 2months, and then I'll get it redone. All of a sudden, my hair is like carpet!

Lorenb0511 |

Q&A: Hair issues during pregnancy?

I finding out that through my pregnancy that my hair snarls wicked easily. I can brush it in the morning and by lunch i have wicked snarls like I haven't brushed it in days.

lalacoot |

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