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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Is it okay to create a will online?

I’m pregnant and wondering if we really need to spend money preparing an estate plan. We’re just starting out and don’t have a lot of money or own any property. Could we just use one of the free forms available on the Internet?

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I’m pregnant and wondering if we really need to spend money preparing an estate plan. We’re just starting out and don’t have a lot of money or own any property. Could we just use one of the free forms available on the Internet?

The Bump Expert

We totally get that, with a baby on the way, you want to save money. However, it’s important that you ask yourself what things are really worth spending on for your family. Remember that an estate plan just might be worth the extra money in the long run. It can help you and your family breathe a little easier because you’ll know exactly how your assets will be distributed. Isn’t it better to cut costs on stuff like blankets, toys and gear than on your estate plan, which could have serious consequences -- like your children won’t have a guardian, or your assets won’t be allocated to them?

An estate plan helps you prepare for the unexpected: Having one can ensure that your hard-earned money will pass on intact to your intended beneficiaries, rather than being given to the government.

So we don’t recommend using or buying estate planning documents that are offered for cheap or online. Not only are those docs hard to understand and properly utilize, but they’re also not individualized and may not take local laws into consideration. So they might not even give you the results you want!

In fact, estate planning attorneys have to clean up messes that online forms have created all the time, so you might even spend more money that way! Make it a point to hire an attorney to help you with your estate plan, and you’ll save a lot more time, money and energy in the long run.

Plus, more from The Bump:

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Hasti Daneshvar

Is it okay to create a will online?

I have never heard about creating a will online.I mean how can anyone know if that will was written by you and not somebody else pretending that is you?I used to work with paretologic files and things like that and I have concluded that the internet is not that safe as we think.

marcydaoubt |

Is it okay to create a will online?

Yes, I think that an attorney is a choice for the long term plans. I don't know if there is a private cloud solution that will fit with your necessities, but you can try. After all, it's better when you explore all your possibilities before choosing one.

TawnyCollyn |

Is it okay to create a will online?

I don't know why you are thinking about a will right now. You are young and soon enough you will have a baby. But if you are determined to make a will online you can do it. A little advice from me. Be sure that your data security isn't compromised!

lionking44 |

Is it okay to create a will online?

I'm not really sure about performing such an action on the internet, especially if you don't understand all the clauses and all that an estate property is implying. Before I got my plan done, I asked a bankruptcy attorney San Antonio has about the risks of completing something online. You should think that even though there are more money spent now, they will be well spent.

LindsaySkye |

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