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: What exactly does "going on bed rest" mean?

What does “going on bed rest” really mean? How much can I move around/what exactly can I do?

Re: What does “going on bed rest” really mean? How much can I move around/what exactly can I do?

The Bump Expert

Being told to go on bed rest can be a dreaded order for any active mom-to-be, but it doesn’t have to mean your life is totally on hold! The definition of bed rest isn’t the same for every expectant mother, and the key is to find out from your doctor what your specific limitations are first by asking relevant questions. Some bed rest orders may be very strict, meaning your doctor doesn’t want you to sit on the couch or get up to grab a quick bite – or even to shower. But for others, bed rest has a broader definition, so it may be safe to be up for short periods of time after all or even drive to the doctor’s office.

Make sure to talk with your doc about what specifically you can and can’t do while on bed rest, so you know just how active you’re allowed to be. It’s also a good idea to find out if there’s a particular position you should be lying in while resting that’s best for your baby’s health.

Karen Moise, RN

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