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: Is itchy skin a pregnancy problem?

I'm in my second trimester and my stomach and boobs are already starting to itch and I think I'm seeing the start of a stretch mark! I've only gained six pounds since my BFP so stretch marks this early are impossible, right?  If not, what can I do to at least ease the itching?

Re: I'm in my second trimester and my stomach and boobs are already starting to itch and I think I'm seeing the start of a stretch mark! I've only gained six pounds since my BFP so stretch marks this early are impossible, right?  If not, what can I do to at least ease the itching?

The Bump Expert

Try not to stress over stretch marks, because there is nothing you can do to prevent them. Either you'll get them or you won't, and the decision-making factor has more to do with genetics than any fancy creams or balms you slather over your expanding body. Case in point: I gained 41 pounds during pregnancy and didn't get them -- despite the fact that my boobs alone went from a 36B to a 38E. Turns out my mom didn't get them either. But rest assured I did have other body-altering repercussions, and to that I simply had to say, that's life. However, itching, which often accompanies stretching skin, is a symptom you can do something about. Specifically:

Grease up
Keep the skin moisturized as best you can. Go for unscented stuff; it's less likely to irritate.

Take colloidal oatmeal baths
Colloidal oatmeal is extremely fine ground whole oats, which is known to relieve itches and soothe skin. You can make your own if you grind the heck out of oats with a coffee grinder (essentially to powder form) and drop a couple of cups worth into a warm bath. But you can just as easily buy Aveeno Oatmeal Bath from your local drugstore. For optimum relief, make sure the bath is warm, not hot, and gently pat yourself dry afterwards.

Avoid hot showers
Yes, they're great, but they can dry out your skin, which may contribute to overall itchiness.

Wear comfy clothing
Loose-fitting cotton gear tends to work best.

Erika Lenkert

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