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: Pregnancy weight gain?

I hardly gained anything in the first trimester but now I’m putting on about a pound a week. Is that okay?

Re: I hardly gained anything in the first trimester but now I’m putting on about a pound a week. Is that okay?

The Bump Expert

Absolutely. The second trimester tends to mark the end of morning sickness, and the beginning of a much bigger appetite. Your body is also taking cues from baby, who is growing fast -- and growing hungrier! There are some basic guidelines to how much and how fast you should put on the pounds, but don't worry if the rate you gain at varies. Try to keep it in the four-pounds-a month-range, and you’ll be fine. That said, now that you're in the second trimester, it’s time to pay closer attention to what you eat (and what you should avoid).

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I have gained 7-9 lbs depending on the scale in 3 months. Its funny because if it is not the docs scale I step on, every othyer scal is off by 3-5 pounds. No wqay to really keep track, except for looks and how clothes feel for me.

xxaliciaxx |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I didn't gain anything in my first trimester and I an in week 14 and just weighted myself and I think I'm up a 1/2 pound since before I was pregnant. I don't really look pregnant so other than hearing the heartbeat earlier this month I wouldn't really know I was pregnant. I guess I should be happy about this.

p_bohn |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I gained 2.5 in my first trimester. I'm now 14 weeks and have gained another 2 pounds... I think you're doing fine

brownski |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I've gained a whopping 10 lbs already by week 14. I am active and eat well, just VERY hungry! Doc says baby and everything is normal and perfect size, so I'm going to just continue to be careful and follow Dr's advice. I'm very small, so the 10lbs and baby bump is VERY noticable!! My mom says everyone in the family was the same way, all belly!

littlelyralover |


I have been steadily losing weight since I got pregnant. Almost 15 weeks and lost 12lbs so far. Doctor says baby looks great and all my tests are normal. Could be that im eating healthier and more often so my metabolism has gotten better? I definitely got a little belly though! ^_^

BeautifulN |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I have gained 5 pounds,,but im not sure how..i just stopped being so so sick,and now that im hungry...its not like a pregnancy hunger...what i did learn is that if you eat when your hungry, and not over eat, it tends to give a healthy sized baby!

Whisperscloset |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I am 19 &' this is my first pregnancy. I just hit 14 weeks and all i've got is a tiny bump. My counslor said he would have never guessed i was pregnant. Is that something to be proud of or no? I've tried gaining weight but my morning sickness is horrible. Everything comes back up :(

megpie1994 |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I'm 13 weeks and have gained 2# so far. My Dr. said that baby+placenta and fluid in the end is about 15# give or take a couple depending on baby. I am about 10# overweight to start with and am kind of nervous of gaining too much weight.

eleolin8 |


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