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: Embarrassed about belly?

I am currently six months pregnant and have an out-of-whack sex drive. I get self-conscious and don't want my husband to touch me because I'm embarrassed about all of the weight I've gained. What can I do to get our sex life back where it was before I gained the weight?

Re: I am currently six months pregnant and have an out-of-whack sex drive. I get self-conscious and don't want my husband to touch me because I'm embarrassed about all of the weight I've gained. What can I do to get our sex life back where it was before I gained the weight?

The Bump Expert

I'm so glad you emailed me. You are a perfect case of the "I think I'm fat, so he'll think I'm fat too" complex. We women are particularly guilty of this. We get so wrapped up in our own little insecurities -- no matter what form they take -- that we assume our partners think the same thing. Let me assure you: He thinks completely differently than you do!

Once we can get our heads around this fact, most of us tend to relax. The thing is, the majority of men see an overall picture of the woman they love. They don't notice a little excess weight here,a little bulge there. Instead they see the whole package without the detail. Research proves it too. You can do a simple test at home to prove it to yourself. Ask your husband to find, for example, the mustard in the fridge, and you'll see he takes far longer than you would. This is because men see the whole fridge and not the detail of the little items in it.
So hold that thought in mind and believe that he wants to touch and hold you. Talk yourself up each and every day. Tell yourself what a fabulous mother-to-be you are and how you should be more gentle on yourself.

At the same time, do take care of your body while you're pregnant. Short walks or taking the stairs instead of the elevator will make you feel healthier all over (as long as your doctor okays it). It's important to be fit and well,but not obsessed about your weight.

Dr. Pam Spurr

Q&A: Embarrassed about belly?

Something else to think about... this embarrassment is most likely only going on in YOUR brain! My husband has been really turned on by my belly - he finds it sexy, and I'm sure it's not because he likes big bellies on women! :) It's because of the miracle going on inside, and the fact that we are sharing this bonding experience together. Try to remember what an amazing gift the baby is and let him embrace your figure for what it is - a life-giving body! Try not to assume that your hubby will be grossed out... He loves you!!!

aeild |

Q&A: Embarrassed about belly?

I agree with the PP's. My husband loves my belly. Yes, we have to adjust positions as it grows larger, but all in all, I bet your husband finds you as beautiful and sexy as the day you met :) Don't beat yourself up....the decrease in self-esteem may translate to issues in bed (then we are just compounding the problem aren't we?) Lol, good luck mama!

bridetobe6411 |

Q&A: Embarrassed about belly?

I can sort of relate. It has been hard for me to wrap my head around the nonstop body changes...weight gain resulting in bigger thighs, butt and even arms! Also i am finding it hard to feel sexy with feeling gassy and constipated. i was so worried about farting during sex that it was seriousky cramping our sex life. Till it happened. We just laughed and as a result we actually have more fun with our sex life now than before...not as romantic but we do laugh more lol. So i get where u are coming from. Puttings things into perspective really helps (you are growing a human) and talking yourself up is important. For every negative thought you have replace it with three positive thoughts. They can can be things like my hair is super shiny today, or that your nails look better or even that your boobs really do look awesome lol. You may struggle at first but it gets easier. And ask hubby to verbalise how sexy he thinks you are. Just wanting to jump our bones doesnt always translate to i think you are sexy in our minds. Sometimes we need to hear it. A lot. Take care, and ease up on yourself. You are a beautiful woman who is performing a miracle. Just need to believe in you.

zoodles |

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