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: Is it safe to paint while pregnant

I’ve heard that pregnant women shouldn't paint. Is this true? Is there anything else I need to know while I’m working on the nursery?

Re: I’ve heard that pregnant women shouldn't paint. Is this true? Is there anything else I need to know while I’m working on the nursery?

The Bump Expert

The exact dangers of painting aren’t known, but it’s safest to let someone else handle this job. Every type of paint has chemicals, and though it’s tough to measure how much is actually absorbed while painting (and the resulting effects), some exposure is inevitable. There is some evidence linking high solvent exposure with birth defects and miscarriage. Any exposure while painting will be much less significant, but again, it’s best to let your partner take care of it. If you’ve already had exposure, though, don’t worry too much. Chances are, baby will be fine. If for some reason you absolutely must paint, limit the time you spend around chemicals, keep the windows open, wear long pants and sleeves, gloves, and a screen or mask, don’t eat or drink while working, and use water-based paints (which have less solvents than oil-based paints).

Take special caution if your house was built or decorated before lead paint was banned in 1978. If you have even the slightest suspicion that lead paint was used, let a professional do the scraping and removing, and leave the house while they work. Inhaling the dust can be harmful to both you and baby.   

Also, start working on the nursery as soon as possible. Climbing ladders, carrying linens and setting up furniture will be much easier and safer right now, when your balance, flexibility and energy levels are still (relatively) high.

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Q&A: Is it safe to paint while pregnant

I always perfer low VOC or no-VOC paint. My husband just used it in our nursery and it looks great! And, there's little or no smell. I like using it whether I'm pregnant or not.

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