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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How do I discuss choosing baby’s guardian with my partner?

I’m really uncomfortable discussing with my partner who will be my baby’s guardian if something were to happen to us. What’s the best way to bring it up?

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I’m really uncomfortable discussing with my partner who will be my baby’s guardian if something were to happen to us. What’s the best way to bring it up?

The Bump Expert

This can be a really awkward conversation. Not only does the whole topic bring up thoughts of death, it’s also difficult to agree on who will best care for baby if both of you aren’t around. It’s not easy to say something like, “Well, I really think my sister would do a better job than your mother.”

To deal with this, it’s important that you first express your concerns about your baby’s future with your partner. Ask him to set aside an hour or so where you can sit together and discuss your plans and options. Before you start, make it a point to agree not to bash each other’s families or friends and to be open-minded about the issue. If it seems like he doesn’t want to have this talk, remind him that without a proper estate plan, your baby could face an uncertain future. For example, who would raise her? Who would manage the estate and inheritance?

If you don’t choose a guardian, you’re leaving the decision up to the probate court, where people will fight over the decision, with the judge acting as a referee without knowing what you two would’ve wanted.

Also, in some states, such as Massachusetts, a surviving spouse does not automatically become the child’s guardian. So there it’s even more important to create a will to name your partner the guardian of your child upon your death. Also, choose an alternate guardian: a person whom both of you trust to care for your children in the event that both of you become incapacitated or die.

At the end of the day, estate planning (LINK UPDATE ESTATE PLAN) is just one of the important decisions you’ll be making as you enter this new chapter in your lives. Just make sure to always respect each other’s opinions, and if you need to, bring in a third party or therapist to help you get through it.

Plus, more from The Bump:

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