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 vagina ever be the same again after delivery?

Will my vagina be the same again after delivery?

Re: Will my vagina be the same again after delivery?

The Bump Expert

Yes and no. The vagina is a very compliant organ, with a remarkable ability to stretch to accommodate the delivery of a full-term baby. That said, is it going to be exactly the same after giving birth? Probably not. But, in due time, the vagina usually regains its pre-pregnancy shape and muscle strength. And remember, exercises like Kegels may also help things out down there, so if you’re worried, be sure to routinely squeeze in some exercises when you can (during pregnancy and after).

As for how it will function during sex after delivery, most women don't really experience any huge difference or permanent issues in terms of pain or discomfort during sex after a vaginal birth. Still, doctors recommend avoiding sex for at least six weeks after birth, so the vagina can heal. But remember: This doesn't mean that everything is going to be back to normal at six weeks. It can take up to six months to a year sometimes for the vagina and pelvic floor to heal fully after vaginal birth, so keep that in mind. Every case is different.

Dr. Ashley Roman

Q&A: Will my vagina ever be the same again after delivery?

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