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: Who is at risk for preterm labor?

Who exactly is at risk for preterm labor?

Re: Who exactly is at risk for preterm labor?

The Bump Expert

Some women experience preterm labor without any warning or risk factors throughout their pregnancy, but there are definitely certain risk factors that can tip you off in advance. To start with, women who are expecting multiples (twins or more), often experience preterm labor. But other factors can include previous cervical or uterine surgery, previous pregnancy losses, smoking or drug use, high blood pressure or diabetes, or an infection or STD. Women who are over the age of 35 or overweight are more likely to go into labor early, as well. But regardless of whether or not one of these risk factors apply to you, I always say it's best to prepared no matter what your circumstance is, and create a plan for yourself -- just in case.

Karen Moise, RN

Q&A: Who is at risk for preterm labor?

i went into preterm labor at 23 weeks one day away of being 24 weeks with my first child. Thru out my pregnancy i felt fine everythong was normal. Onthe day it happened i noticed i was spotting an i had a slight ache in my back 3hours went bye it got worse tje pain in my back i went to the e.r i felt like i wanted to poop.half hour later i gave birth to my still born son.i later found out frpm my gyno that the reason i went into preterm labor was that i had a infection in my placenta i asked what kind of a infection? He told me it was just an infection. I am now pregnant again and soon i will get a ultrasound im excited

Hollyberry1988 |

Q&A: Who is at risk for preterm labor?

Yeap that's the last thing I wanted to hear, Hollyberry...

jdre768 |

Q&A: Who is at risk for preterm labor?

One risk factor they didn't mention is if you've had a spontaneous (meaning NOT induced) previous preterm birth or labor. If you have had that, I strongly urge you to go on the March of Dimes website and do a search there for something called 17p (17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate). It's a weekly intramuscular injection (your significant other or someone else you trust can administer it) that you get starting in either week 16, 17, 18, 19 or 20 and ending in week 36 (last dose then). It's not to supplement your progesterone, but to relax your uterus so that you don't start contractions early. It's been very successful with many, many women who've had preterm birth. It does need to be made in a compounding pharmacy, so it's not available at your local Walgreens. I get mine delivered to me in the mail once a month. (It has a very short shelf life, so this is necessary.) Hopefully, I will be one of the success stories from it! After 5 miscarriages and a premature birth at 32 weeks 3 days, I'm now 23 weeks and 1 day and counting!! : )

acrazydaisy |

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