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: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

Should I go med-free for the delivery?

Re: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

The Bump Expert

This is a personal decision with no wrong answer. Some of the reasons why women choose to go "natural" include a desire to avoid medical intervention and to minimize baby's exposure to medications. Maybe they want to make sure they can feel contractions as they push, to help get the timing perfect. If that doesn't sound like you, there are safe meds to help with the pain. Over half of the women who have hospital births choose epidural anesthesia. It allows for a steady flow of medication through an injection near your spinal cord, preventing you from feeling most pain below the waist. If you get one, know that you may not be able to walk once it's administered and you may still feel its effects for hours after delivery. Some other options are a spinal block (similar but lasts only a couple of hours) and a local anesthesia. If you do opt for a med-free birth, it's important to know some pain-management techniques. Take a natural-birthing class so you'll know what to expect every step of the way.

Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine

Q&A: Should I go med-free for the delivery?

Congratulations on thinking about considering an unmedicated delivery. If this is the route you decide to go, I highly recommend taking a Bradley class or at least reading Husband Coached Childbirth or Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way. This method will help you learn relaxation techniques that you can use in labor, as well as, learning about the many myths that surround drugs during childbirth. Many women do choose to have epidurals during pregnancy, however, no drug has been proven safe to use during pregnancy.

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