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: What's cord blood banking?

My doctor mentioned something about cord blood banking, but I've never heard of it before. What exactly is it and why should or shouldn’t I do it?

Re: My doctor mentioned something about cord blood banking, but I've never heard of it before. What exactly is it and why should or shouldn’t I do it?

The Bump Expert

Even after the umbilical cord has been clipped, it can still act as a lifesaver. The blood stem cells that remain in the cord can be used in transplant procedures to treat health problems like leukemia, sickle cell disease, severe combined immunodeficiency and metabolic disorders. Cord blood banking offers the opportunity to retrieve and preserve these valuable cells in case they're later needed.

The biggest con of cord blood banking? Cost. The initial fee ranges from $1,000 to $2,000, with annual storage fees up to $100. If you can't afford to store, don't drive yourself crazy -- in the unlikely situation that your child does develop a serious disorder, traditional treatments like bone marrow transplants should also be available. You also might consider donating baby's cord blood to a non-profit blood bank and making a difference in another child's life.

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