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 are Braxton Hicks contractions?

What are Braxton Hicks contractions? When could they start, and what do they feel like?

Re: What are Braxton Hicks contractions? When could they start, and what do they feel like?

The Bump Expert

Braxton Hicks contractions (name courtesy of the English doctor who first described them in 1872) are relatively painless, irregular, and infrequent contractions that start around week six and lasting until the weeks before delivery. Though they start in the first months, you probably won't feel them until around week 28 (if at all). These contractions are your body's way of practicing and preparing for labor.

The tightness you feel in your uterus during a Braxton Hicks contraction comes from the tensing of the muscles in your uterus. Although they cause more annoyance than pain, drinking water or taking a walk or a warm bath should relieve any discomfort. Mild Braxton Hicks contractions are very common and nothing to worry about, but call your doctor if you're in the first eight months and feel four or more contractions in an hour -- this might be a sign of preterm labor.

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Q&A: What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

I get right now at 20 weeks what is called "stress contractions" they are almost like the same thing they hurt make you feel uncomfortable but then relax after a few mins and i usually only get them when i start to stress out to much or am doing to much. They are very common and ver similar to Braxton Hicks contractions. Hope this helps for anyone who is scared and going thru what i am around this time in your pregnancy.

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