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: Prepping to nurse?

"What are the best ways, other than taking a class and/or reading a book, to prepare yourself and your body for breastfeeding before you even give birth?" - jonnasue71

Re: "What are the best ways, other than taking a class and/or reading a book, to prepare yourself and your body for breastfeeding before you even give birth?" - jonnasue71

The Bump Expert

You are right that it is a good idea to take a breastfeeding class while you are still pregnant. You'll learn some basics and have more confidence once your baby is born. Additionally, one of the best ways to prepare is to watch another mom breastfeed. Of course not all babies are the same, but it is nice to familiarize yourself with the process. There are also a lot of websites and blogs that focus on breastfeeding -- you can certainly check out my blog!

Andi Silvermanm, author of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding

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