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: Who hosts baby shower?

Who traditionally throws a baby shower? Is it really not okay for a family member to host it for me?

Re: Who traditionally throws a baby shower? Is it really not okay for a family member to host it for me?

The Bump Expert

Tradition states that when it comes to throwing a baby shower, those who love you should do the honors. This person could be your best friend from college, a colleague from work, the next-door neighbor... or your sister, sister-in-law, mother, aunt, etc. (In other words -- if a family member offers to throw you a bash, it's more than okay to accept.) A group of friends and/or family may also host your shower. This makes the planning and budget more manageable... and lets more people who love you join in the fun!

From us: While tradition says that relatives shouldn't host your shower, we (and most people we know) think this is pretty outdated. Your aunt or mother may not agree, but this is one "rule" you should be safe to ignore.

Ellie and Melissa

Q&A: Who hosts baby shower?

Mothers should not have to feel the stress of organizing this event and usually don't. Baby showers are usually left up to the supporting women of the family (mother, sisters, aunts, etc.) If you are a working mom, you coworkers may surprise you before your leave. Most showers are done under moms nose as to completely catch her of guard and to catch the wonderful sensitive, but erratic emotions that we tend to have because of our hormones. If you can't control the years at this moment it is just joy and it's completely normal. It's you day, well your baby's day and for you it should be completely stress free. So just sit back relax and enjoy the family and great gifts you and you baby will love!

Msladysj |

Q&A: Who hosts baby shower?

I am courting a typo... I wrote years but I meant to put tears... Crying is a natural reaction especially when we become over joyed. Also yes, I agree withEllie & Melissa, if a friend would like to organize the shower that is completely fine. Nowadays, sometimes you will end up with more than one shower depending on your connections to different people who care for you.

Msladysj |

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