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 my outtie permanent?

My belly button is now an outtie! Will it go back in after delivery?

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My belly button is now an outtie! Will it go back in after delivery?

The Bump Expert

It can be a little freaky when that cute little innie you’ve been sporting your whole life suddenly pops out like a thermometer in a Thanksgiving turkey. Usually this happens in the third trimester (and if it’s your first baby, it may not pop until the end of your pregnancy). Not every mama-to-be who had an innie gets an outtie, and sometimes it’s more like a flat navel. And the good news is, in almost every case it’ll be back to an innie after the baby comes and your belly shrinks back to normal (or close to it). Warning, though: Because of all that stretching, it might be just a little bit bigger than before. In rare occasions, the belly button stays an outtie because of an umbilical hernia; that’s when part of the intestine pokes through an opening in the abdominal muscles. Hernias usually shrink after pregnancy but occasionally may require surgery. (Umbilical hernias are actually most common in infants, just FYI.) If you notice anything weird about your belly button after delivery, tell your doctor.

On a side note: If you’re sporting a navel piercing, you’ll probably need to take it out by early in your second trimester. While belly button rings can be cute, they can get painful as your baby -- and tummy -- grow. And the later you wait to remove the ring, the harder it will be to take out.

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