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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Glucose Challenge Screening Test?

What happens during a glucose challenge screening test, and what is it taken for?

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What happens during a glucose challenge screening test, and what is it taken for?

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The test, taken as part of the screening for gestational diabetes, will measure the levels of glucose (sugar) in your blood usually between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. However, if you’ve had gestational diabetes before, or seem to be at a higher risk genetically, your doctor may choose to run the test as early as the 13th week.

Don’t sweat it: The test is simple and (relatively) painless. When you take the test, your doctor will ask you to quickly drink a sample of Glucola (basically a sweetened drink) that contains 50g of glucose. Make sure you clear your schedule (and a path to the bathroom) the day of your appointment -- you’ll need to wait a full hour while your body absorbs the glucose before your doctor can take a sample of your blood. The results will show if your body has been responding to glucose positively or negatively.

If your results are positive, you'll need to have another screening -- the 100-gram oral glucose tolerance test. During this one you’ll be tested four times over a three-hour time span. (Make sure to pack some good reading material!) If two out of the four test results show abnormality, you will be clinically diagnosed with gestational diabetes and will need to discuss a health plan for the remainder of your pregnancy with your doctor.

Source: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005

Plus, more from The Bump:

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Your Guide to Prenatal Tests

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