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: Pregnancy weight gain?

I hardly gained anything in the first trimester but now I’m putting on about a pound a week. Is that okay?

Re: I hardly gained anything in the first trimester but now I’m putting on about a pound a week. Is that okay?

The Bump Expert

Absolutely. The second trimester tends to mark the end of morning sickness, and the beginning of a much bigger appetite. Your body is also taking cues from baby, who is growing fast -- and growing hungrier! There are some basic guidelines to how much and how fast you should put on the pounds, but don't worry if the rate you gain at varies. Try to keep it in the four-pounds-a month-range, and you’ll be fine. That said, now that you're in the second trimester, it’s time to pay closer attention to what you eat (and what you should avoid).

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I'm 22 weeks now and had gained 5 lbs up to my 19th week( I 10 in my first trimester) I went back to the doctor a few days ago for cramping and spotting and had lost 2lbs. My doctor said baby was fine and still growing. Every pregnancy is different.

ivyyevel |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I"m 23 weeks pregnant and have already put on 18 lbs!! but I started off underweight and still think I'm petite as it is all tummy expanding outward and hips/bum stretching.. doctor says I"m fine, will probably put on 40 lbs at the end of it..

Nat25 |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

i'm 23 weeks pregnant and so glad i'm finally seeing growth on the scale :) I lost 7 lbs in the 1st trimester due to AM sickness, and now ive gained about 5 pounds. . . doc says everything is good and baby is healthy, each pregnancy is different.

haileyblue7 |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I lost 10 pounds at the start of my first trimester. An I only gained 1 pound so far an I'm 23 weeks along but the baby's healthy, so my doctor said not to worry since I was a little over weight to begin with. I guess its true everyone is different.

Marierod |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

with my 1st baby i gained 90...yes 90lbs, wasnt bc of over eating tho, alot was fluid weight, kept drs worried tho, this time around i'm 23 wks tomorrow and ive only gained 1lb this whole time (so happy) drs say baby is growing fine and my very small weight gain is fine unless he becomes unhealthy, with me already being overweight from the 1st kid tho they say its a good thing im not gaining weight really as long as we r both healthy :)

dlilangel8 |


gaind 13lbs in a month in a half in my 1st i cnt gain any weight....

tibbalino |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I'm 23 weeks and up about 15 lbs. I gained about 8-10 of it in the first trimester when I could only keep potatoes, chips, oatmeal, and plain pasta down. Now that I can eat healthy again I've been gaining about .5 pounds per week.

boofiejade |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I'm 23 weeks and up 20 pounds! Not to worried about it, never had MS and was average weight upon getting pregnant. Looking to stay below 40 pounds overall!

jessicavogler |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

23 weeks and up 28 pounds! Not too happy about that.

kbertucci18 |

Q&A: Pregnancy weight gain?

I think I have a weight gain of 8-10lbs so far. and I'm at 23week. I know it doesn't seem like a lot but I was already at 132 pre-pregnancy weight (a little over the ideal weight for my height). Rapid weight gain just puts me down alot. I just feel like Im going to be very big by the end of this pregnancy and it will be hard to get in shape.

MCRbaby |


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