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: Will my baby be breech?

I'm nearing my due date, and my OB has mentioned the possibility of my baby being breech. What exactly does this mean, and why does it happen?

Re: I'm nearing my due date, and my OB has mentioned the possibility of my baby being breech. What exactly does this mean, and why does it happen?

The Bump Expert

As your due date approaches (usually by about 36 weeks), baby should naturally shift into ahead-down position in your uterus. If yours is one of the three to four percent of full-term pregnancies where this doesn’t occur, baby is in "breech presentation." This means baby is positioned right-side up (in terms of giving birth, that’s upside down!), with buttocks and/or feet positioned to come out first.

Breech babies are either in the frank position (buttocks pointed toward uterine opening with legs straight and feet near head), the footling position (one or both feet pointing down), or the complete breech position (settled cross-legged, with buttocks near the uterine opening).

There’s a few ways your OB can determine whether your baby is breech. One option is a physical exam. By feeling your abdomen, your doctor should be able to determine the location of baby’s head, back and buttocks. An ultrasound also may be used to confirm baby’s position. But, since baby can turn right up until delivery, your doc may not know for sure until labor begins.

Why are some babies breech? Consider your baby, almost the size of a newborn. Now consider the size of your uterus.A little cramped, no? That’s the basic explanation -- baby gets stuck. Some other factors that contribute to breech presentation:

[   ] Too much or too little amniotic fluid

[   ] Second (or further subsequent) pregnancy

[   ] Multiples

[   ] Abnormally shaped uterus and/or uterine growths (e.g. fibroids)

[   ] Placentaprevia (placenta covers some or all of the uterus’ opening)

[   ] Preterm birth

[   ] Birth defects

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists

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