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: How to do kick counts?

Why am I supposed to take fetal kick counts? And how should I do it exactly?

Re: Why am I supposed to take fetal kick counts? And how should I do it exactly?

The Bump Expert

Become a proactive parent before baby is even born! Counting and tracking baby's movement with fetal kick counts is one way to identify treatable problems before baby's heart rate is affected and stillbirth becomes a possibility. In other words, something you can do all on your own to keep baby safe.

There are many different ways to count kicks, so first see if your doctor has any specific suggestions. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests timing how long it takes to feel ten movements. Set aside time every day -- try for when baby tends to be most active -- and count the number of kicks, swishes, rolls, and jabs that you feel. If things seem slow, try lying on your left side -- this increases blood flow, which might get baby moving. Keep a tally mark of how many movements you feel -- ideally, you'll get to ten within an hour. If you aren't at ten after two hours, wait a little while and try again. Give your doctor a call if you're still not up to ten kicks by this point.

Repeat your kick counts at roughly the same time each day, noting any significant or long-term deviations from the norm. If you notice any major changes, talk to your doctor. In addition to keeping baby safe, setting aside time each day to pay attention to his movements is a great way to start the bonding process.

> Once you get good at tracking fetal kicks, you can record baby's movements with our kick count log.

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