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: Importance of fiber during pregnancy?

I’ve heard I should eat more fiber while I’m pregnant. Why and which foods are best?

Re: I’ve heard I should eat more fiber while I’m pregnant. Why and which foods are best?

The Bump Expert

Fiber is a pregnant girl’s buddy. It keeps everything moving through the large intestine, and fights against all-too-common constipation. Also, fiber-rich foods are usually nutrient-dense, meaning they fill you up without adding tons of calories. Shoot for 25 to 35 grams a day, and drink plenty of water to help the fiber move through your system. Veggies are a great choice. Go for crunchy (like carrots and celery) and cruciferous (like broccoli and cauliflower). Legumes and most fruits are also good sources. If veggies and beans make you gassy (and they probably will) try whole grain breads and cereals. These also contain lots of fiber but may be easier to digest. Avoid white foods like pasta, rice and non-whole grain bread.

Paula Kashtan

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