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: Childbirth class curriculum?

How do I know if I’m taking a good childbirth class? What should I be learning?

Re: How do I know if I’m taking a good childbirth class? What should I be learning?

The Bump Expert

No matter what style of class you choose, check the instructor’s certification and credentials in advance. Look for a class with three to ten students, and go for one that meets for short sessions over several weeks -- you’ll learn and retain more than from one marathon session. Find reviews of specific classes from local parents on lilaguide.com.

Before you sign up, find out what topics the class will cover. These should include instruction on comfort, support, relaxation and positioning for labor, epidurals and other pain meds, possible complications and interventions during delivery, and birth plan options. Also look for postpartum topics like breastfeeding, parenting and your own recovery. Good luck!

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

I really don't want to take a pregnancy class, many of my friends and family didn't take a class and they were just fine. The classes are so expensive and don't seem to work with my schedule. I know there are online class but why spend $60 for an online class? I think I will stick with my gut and not take any classes.

dannyducky |

Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

Most hospitals offer classes for free if you are delivering there. Once my husband and I registered at the hospital of our choice, we were given a list of all the classes offered. There was everything from breastfeeding to prenatal water aerobics, all for free!

edithanddawson |

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Boobs are getting sensitive again at 17 weeks. I tried squeezing them and a clear Louis came out. Anyone know what that is?

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Q&A: Childbirth class curriculum?

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