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: Creating a nursery?

I'm so excited to start putting together the nursery, but I'm afraid I'll forget to include something important. What exactly goes in a nursery?

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I'm so excited to start putting together the nursery, but I'm afraid I'll forget to include something important. What exactly goes in a nursery?

The Bump Expert

Whether creating a nursery is a treat or a trial (or both!) for you, this checklist will guide you through the process. (Items with a * are must-haves.)

[ ] Crib, cradle or bassinet*
- Slats no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart
- Corner posts no more than 1/16 of an inch above frame
- No cutouts in headboard or footboard
- Top rails at least 26 inches above mattress

[ ] Firm, flat mattress fit snugly in crib (less than two fingers should fit between mattress and crib)*

[ ] 1-3 washable crib mattress pads

[ ] 2-4 fitted crib sheets*

[ ] 4-6 soft, light receiving blankets*

[ ] 1-2 heavier blankets (for colder climates)

[ ] Rocking or arm chair

[ ] Music box, sound machine or CD player

[ ] Crib mobile with black and white images (remove when baby can support self on hands and knees)

[ ] Baby monitor

[ ] Nightlight

[ ] Dresser

[ ] Toy basket

[ ] Swing or bouncy chair

Q&A: Creating a nursery?

bumper pads are currently controversial as some people/groups believe they pose a suffocation risk. they are not required, but do your research and make your own informed decision.

samanthadaniel |

Q&A: Creating a nursery?

If you go on the health Canada website (for those of us living in Canda, they actually state that they are not recommended. Something to consider when buying bedding sets.

MissLissa16 |

Q&A: Creating a nursery?

Through my first hand research I have found that they are not good to have in a newborn crib. The risk is wedging when the baby is starting to roll and move but not lift their head. It is best to wait until the baby is more developed before placing bumpers in crib.

aeparker33 |

creating-a-nursery

We are not finding out the gender... What's the easiest way to do gender neutral without the basic yellow, green, purple schemes?

LiamMadden |

creating-a-nursery

To LiamMadden: why not keep the room a neutral tone and just add fun stencils or wall appliqués to add decoration!? Painting can be a pain in the butt so I've been thinking about different ways to keep it simple! Plus there are lots of gender neutral themes out there for you to work with! :)

RochelleWelham |

Q&A: Creating a nursery?

I second RochelleWelham. My friends kept the walls white and added a tree stencil with little animals. The room is also decorated with animal characters...which I think work for both sexes.

drosen81@yahoo.com |

Q&A: Creating a nursery?

LiamMadden, I'm doing gender-neutral with a bright, cheerful rug (emerald/teal green), then all other major pieces and bedding will be in neutral tones like white or beige. When I find out what the baby is, I'll add accents....orange if it's a boy and pale pink for a girl.

LBWhite |

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