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: Stressed about getting it all done for baby's arrival?

I’m stressed about getting it all done before baby arrives. Any tips?

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I’m stressed about getting it all done before baby arrives. Any tips?

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It’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed with all the things you have to do to prepare for baby. From decorating the nursery to packing your hospital bag to finding a pediatrician, there’s a lot to cover. But don’t freak out. There’s only a small group of things that must be done before baby arrives. Those are the bare necessities: buying the essential safety items like a car seat and crib (or bassinet); stocking up on newborn must-haves like clothes, bedding and diapers; getting feeding gear (if you’re bottle-feeding; if you’re breastfeeding, all baby needs is you!); and doing some light baby-proofing. Focus on those first. Once you have that stuff done, you totally shouldn’t stress. Take a deep breath and use these tips to tackle the rest of your to-dos:

Make a list: It’s important to have a to-do checklist so you stay organized. You can break it down by groups -- what you want to get done and to have around the house, financial matters, etc. -- and list them in order of importance. That way, if the things at the very bottom of each section of the list aren’t done by the time baby arrives, you’ll be more relaxed knowing the big stuff is out of the way.

Get recommendations: Save research time by asking friends and family members for recommendations and referrals for things like finding a good pediatrician. Your OB might even have some good baby docs in mind.

Delegate: No, you don’t have to do it all. Instead, ask for help. Your partner can put together the crib on his own and your mother-in-law can whip up a few casseroles you can freeze to have on hand to eat during the newborn period. You’ll only make yourself crazy if you try to handle everything solo.

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