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 early should I plan on ordering nursery furniture?

How early should I plan on ordering nursery furniture?

Re: How early should I plan on ordering nursery furniture?

The Bump Expert

It’s great that you’re thinking ahead. We put this question to our users, and the general consensus was to go ahead and decide on a style or theme as soon as you want, and then start getting your furniture together in the second trimester.

Some things to ask yourself when working out your timing: How long will my furniture take to ship? Will I be able to help move the furniture around when it arrives, or will I be too big? Have I waited long enough in my pregnancy to be sure everything is going as planned? Am I giving myself enough time to have things ready if baby decides to show up early?

Still not sure what to do? Here are a few tips from the real experts -- our new moms on the 0-6 Months message board:

"We did pretty much everything during the second trimester, when I had the energy to help get things ready, and wasn't too big to help put things together. By the end of my pregnancy, my belly was so big and I was so exhausted that it would have been very stressful to have to deal with organizing and decorating a nursery." -- bicoastalgirl

"I would suggest as soon as you find out the sex or know the theme of your nursery. Our crib and dresser took 14 weeks to come in and we were finishing up the nursery one week before I delivered." -- chihuahua26

"I think I was maybe 28 weeks when we ordered our furniture. I didn't want to do everything too early and be twiddling my thumbs for months before she got here!" -- ValSept10

"General rule of thumb is to have everything done and set by 37 weeks (not just the nursery either -- have your car seat installed and inspected by then too) because baby can come at anytime after that." -- ErinCB

"We got the furniture when I was about 6 months pregnant. Main reason was to be sure everything was ok with the baby." -- MLK97

"We waited until I was about 25 weeks along. The nursery was finished by about the time I was 32 weeks along. I wouldn't have done it any other way." -- N5ssa

"Earlier the better. At least start looking around b/c some companies take longer than others for ordering times." -- Mestroud

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