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: Is it normal to have morning sickness after the first trimester?

I’m well into my second trimester and still have morning sickness – is this normal?

Re: I’m well into my second trimester and still have morning sickness – is this normal?

The Bump Expert

The short answer: yes. Morning sickness usually starts around your sixth week and ends by your fourteenth – but like most pregnancy symptoms, it’s different for everyone. Just as some women don’t experience any morning sickness at all (hey, take it up with Mother Nature) some have their head over a toilet for much longer. In fact, women who are pregnant with multiples are actually more likely to experience morning sickness throughout most (or all) of their pregnancy than moms having just one baby.

No one knows for sure what causes morning sickness to begin with, so there is no sure-fire cure. A few quick fixes moms-to-be have tried include: Eating lots of protein and complex carbohydrates, staying hydrated, and brushing your teeth often (to combat the nausea). Still feeling sick? Lots of women wear Sea-Bands around their wrists (elastic bands that apply pressure on acupressure points that help to quell nausea), or turn to alternative medicine options like acupuncture, biofeedback, and hypnosis. We recommend keeping some crackers around so your belly is never totally empty and – if you're still on the verge of puking all the time – stashing a plastic baggy in your purse for emergencies.

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Amy Stanford

Q: Is it normal to have morning sickness after the first trimester?

I am 17 weeks pregnant and while I had some nausea in the first trimester, for the most part I felt great. Then at week 13 out of nowhere the vomiting started. Some days I'd feel nauseous and horrible and some days I felt fine, but if I smelled something (could be anything, no rhyme or reason) I'd have to run to the toilet. After figuring out how to manage for a few days, the trend would change and I'd have to figure out something new. I had the crackers, the plastic baggy, the lunch box of random snacks that sounded good at the time. Eat what sounds good if you can. Tiny bites, and a cold drink.

MeganKellyHubbell |


My 1st pregnancy was with twins and I had morning sickness until week 26, now wth the new baby I never had any sign of morning sickness and I m in week 14. I supposed its that every child comes differently.

Maureenzo1 |

Q: Is it normal to have morning sickness after the first trimester?

I had morning sickness right to the end of my first two pregnancies (both singletons). I couldn't keep anything down, I was losing weight and nothing I tried worked. My doctor eventually put me on medication for it.

banfrog |


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