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: Are my feet going to get bigger during pregnancy?

Are my feet going to get bigger during pregnancy or is that just a myth?

Re: Are my feet going to get bigger during pregnancy or is that just a myth?

The Bump Expert

Hate to break it, but it's no myth that moms-to-be sometimes go up as much as a full size during pregnancy. Don’t freak out just yet, though; the good news is, not all women experience this particular side effect, so there’s still a chance you won’t either. The size change is usually due to how much fluid you retain and how much you swell while pregnant. Also, if you've gained a lot of weight during your pregnancy, some of it might be going to your feet (hey, no place is safe!). But calm yourself with this thought: After you give birth, the swelling will likely go down and your feet will shrink to their normal size -- especially once you get back to your prebaby weight. If not, it's just an excuse to buy new shoes.

Amy Stanford

Q&A: Are my feet going to get bigger during pregnancy?

As we all know no two individual are the same likewise, no two pregnancies are the same. However, in my first pregnancy with my son (now 4yrs) I literally went up by 1". I went from being 6.5/ 7 to 8 and my feet was never the same. Currently in my second pregnancy, second trimester, I'm wearing my regular size (with no exceptions of swollen feet!) With my third trimester to go, I'm hoping it doesn't get bigger (how scary to think!)

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