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: Husband not into sex during pregnancy?

My sex drive is returning… but now my husband doesn’t seem interested! What’s going on?

Re: My sex drive is returning… but now my husband doesn’t seem interested! What’s going on?

The Bump Expert

Remember, this pregnancy is a major event in your husband's life, too. Odds are, his seeming lack of interest has nothing to do with how he feels about you. Fear and anxiety about starting a family and being a father (gulp!) may be causing him to take a step back. And, what with your swinging moods (don’t deny it!) and shifting hormones, he may be nervous about how you'll react (physically and emotionally) to sex.

Another possibility is that he’s tentative towards intercourse due to fear of hurting the baby. If this is the case, remind him that baby won't feel a thing, and if he doesn’t believe you, drag him to your next OB visit and let her do the talking. It also might be be that your husband is uncomfortable having sex “in front” of his child. Sounds crazy, perhaps... But who says this is a rational time?

Whatever the case, open lines of communication are essential. Being honest about your own needs and fears will encourage him to do the same. If the truth is hard to hear -- even the most loving, devoted husbands can find intimacy tough during pregnancy -- remember that this is a strange journey for both of you. Just like you, he's doing his best. And, don't forget about other ways to stay connected. Back massages, foot rubs, holding hands, and kissing and cuddling can be just as romantic as anything else.

Paula Kashtan


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