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: How Can I Avoid Getting the Flu or a Cold When Pregnant?

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The Bump Expert

Getting the flu shot is the most important thing you can do to ward off the flu. It’s safe to get during any trimester, and studies have shown that getting the flu shot during pregnancy also reduces the risk that your infant will get respiratory illness in the first six months of life (i.e., before the infant can get the flu shot). Good hygiene (like coughing into the crook of your arm and regularly washing your hands) can also help prevent colds and the flu. If you do end up getting the flu despite taking these measures, let your doctor know right away. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication to prevent the illness from getting too serious.

Expert: Ashley S. Roman, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University-Langone Medical Center

Learn more about treating colds and the flu while pregnant here. >>

Q&A: How Can I Avoid Getting the Flu or a Cold When Pregnant?

I was told by one pharmacist that pregnant women are to have preservative free flu shots, is this true? Is it harmful to the baby to get a regular flu shot?

jarvismonkey |

Q&A: How Can I Avoid Getting the Flu or a Cold When Pregnant?

My dr. said it was okay to get the regular flu shot but if they have the preservative free one to get that.

mbeth16 |

Q&A: How Can I Avoid Getting the Flu or a Cold When Pregnant?

I can't give advice on how NOT to get the flu or a cold because I have a cold right now. An old remedy my mother taught me when I was young has done wonders. Gargle with warm salt water. It relieved my sore throat and took A LOT of swelling out of my tonsils. I don't drink "decalf" coffee because I don't trust that it's caffeine free so what a great cheap natural remedy.

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