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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Should I talk to baby in utero?

Some of my friends tell me I should talk to my baby. Why? Does he even hear me in there?

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Some of my friends tell me I should talk to my baby. Why? Does he even hear me in there?

The Bump Expert

By about the middle of pregnancy, your baby can probably hear you. There’s no way for us to know for sure what he hears or doesn’t hear -- after all, he’s not going to come out with a written report, and none of us remember being in utero -- but scientific research suggests that babies respond to the sounds around them from about mid-pregnancy onward.

“There’s no question that the startle response can be observed in a fetus as early as about four or five months,” says Michael P. Nageotte, MD, medical director of the MemorialCare Center for Women at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. “A loud noise can cause the baby to suddenly move, and that response becomes much more consistent as the pregnancy progresses.”

Some scientists say that babies in the womb respond to music and voices as well. Many a mom has felt her baby move in response to music, and some moms, dads and scientists believe that babies can be comforted by hearing songs, voices and stories that they first heard in utero. So sure, why not try talking to your baby?

Thing is, you might feel a little silly at first. If chatting up your own belly feels unnatural, try reading a children’s book. (Or the newspaper. Your baby won’t know the difference.) Or sing your favorite song.

Just don’t expect miracles. Despite some well-published hype years ago, there’s no good evidence to suggest that listening to music (or anything else) in utero will make your child smarter.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Fetal Development in the Second Trimester

Second Trimester To-Dos

How Often Should Baby Kick?

Michael P. Nageotte, MD, medical director of the MemorialCare Center for Women at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

Should I talk to baby in utero?

I know i may look ridiculous but I talk to my belly all the time. I feel like I am making a bond. It may just be me, but I want my voice to be what my little one recognizes and my husband talks to our "little bit" all the time. He is going to be such a good daddy.

LaurenandMike13 |

Should I talk to baby in utero?

Yes Yes Yes!! Talk to your little one, sing, read, anything and everything! You are making a bond and they are more aware than you think. I just finished reading a study that showed babys who were spoken directly to while in the womb at least 3 times daily had a better understanding of language at a young age than babies who were not spoken to directly. I also personally believe that you are creating an emotional bond before the baby can even hear you!

KatrinaGMom |

Should I talk to baby in utero?

Yes you definitely can read to your baby while he or she is inside your tummy. I did talk to my baby before he was born. I was told by my mother in law that fetuses can hear things outside the tummy as much as we do hear things happening next door. Hence it helps the yet to be born baby to recognize his mother's voice and hence he feels safe and protected. I came across this blog a couple of days back which also talks about the same issue in brief. Do read it http://goo.gl/UQthJ

meenakshi1111 |

Should I talk to baby in utero?

I did talk to my baby before he was born. I was told by my mother in law that fetuses can hear things outside the tummy as much as we do hear things happening next door. Hence it helps the yet to be born baby to recognize his mother's voice and hence he feels safe and protected. I came across this blog a couple of days back which also talks about the same issue in brief. Do read it http://goo.gl/UQthJ

meenakshi1111 |

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