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: Are swollen, bleeding gums a pregnancy symptom?

My gums are so sore and I’m bleeding a lot when I brush my teeth. Is this related to my pregnancy? And what should I do about it?

Re: My gums are so sore and I’m bleeding a lot when I brush my teeth. Is this related to my pregnancy? And what should I do about it?

The Bump Expert

From swollen boobs to swollen gums, rising hormone levels leave no stone unturned. During your second trimester, your gums may become tender, swollen and unusually sensitive. This tenderness is normal, but if your gums become bright red, extremely sore and bleed very easily, talk to your doctor or dentist -- you might have pregnancy gingivitis. Left untreated, it can become a more serious condition called periodontitis, linked to premature and low-birthweight babies.

So what can you do? Follow that same simple regimen you've heard the dentist recommend since childhood: Brush and floss at least twice a day. Avoid sweets, especially chewy ones, and up your calcium and Vitamin C intake. Switch to a softer brush, and keep bacteria away by brushing your tongue every day. It’s also a good idea to pay a visit to your dentist during pregnancy -- just make sure to mention your condition and avoid X-ray exposure. And, don't worry... your gums should return to normal soon after delivery.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Are swollen, bleeding gums a pregnancy symptom?

Yes they do, im only 5 weeks pregnant and when i brush my teeth my gums are already bleeding!

Alicia7607 |

Q&A: Are swollen, bleeding gums a pregnancy symptom?

My gums bled so bad during the first of my pregnancy, now that I'm getting farther into the 2nd trimester my gums feel so much better! Just remember to floss, definitely helps.

SummerBrookEdwards |

Q&A: Are swollen, bleeding gums a pregnancy symptom?

my gums are so much hurting and so sensitive! no bleeding tho. can't wait to go to the dentist! can barely eat

princessbisou |

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