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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What's the best way to get to the hospital while I’m in labor?

I’m really nervous about getting to the hospital when I go into labor. What are some ways that I can prepare?

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I’m really nervous about getting to the hospital when I go into labor. What are some ways that I can prepare?

The Bump Expert

You’re right to want to be uber-prepared. It’s important to create a plan and a backup plan for getting to the hospital. Know that you definitely shouldn’t drive while in labor, so be sure you know who’s going to drive you there (and that they know the whole plan).

Seem straightforward? Well, it might not be. For example, what if you go into labor at work? Or your partner isn’t reachable? That’s why you need a Plan B. Enlist a VIP friend or family member and be sure they’re in on the plan too -- they should always have their cell phone on and handy.

Once your plan’s in place, do a couple practice runs so you and your chauffeur know the route to the hospital -- and at least one alternate one. “I advise my patients to take a tour of the hospital beforehand so that they know where the maternity ward entrance is and the best route,” says Elise Harper, MD, an ob-gyn at Health Central OBGYN in Frisco, Texas.

If you usually take public transportation, you should probably come up with another way to get to the hospital during labor. We recommend having a reputable car service on speed dial, instead of risking getting stuck on a train, or not being able to find a taxi at an off-peak time.

In the weeks leading up to your due date, be sure your car is in perfect working condition (take it in for a tune-up and oil change now!) and keep the gas tank full. You don’t want to risk any major hitches getting to the hospital.

You’ll also want to prepare all your labor and birth necessities. Pack your hospital bag and put it near your front door so you can easily grab it on the way out. Be sure to think of what you’ll need after delivery, even if that’s hard to imagine right now. “The common thing I see people forgetting is their cameras or that their camera battery isn’t charged,” says Harper.

When you do go into labor, make sure you leave for the hospital at the right time. You don’t want to go too early or too late: Go too early and you might not get admitted; go too late and you risk infection for baby or giving birth in your living room. So be in touch with your OB and update her on how your labor is progressing. “I normally tell my patients to call if they have contractions five minutes apart for an hour -- this is for a low-risk patient who lives pretty close,” says Harper. “If you’re a high-risk patient and there’s bleeding, you should get to the hospital quickly. You should also go if your water has broken, if you’re bleeding more than a period’s amount or if you’re concerned that baby’s not moving enough.” Talk to your doctor about the signs of labor and what you should do when.

Plus, more from The Bump:
Signs of labor?

Biggest Labor and Delivery Fears

Checklist: Packing a Hospital Bag

The Bump Editors

What's the best way to get to the hospital while I’m in labor?

Well, you could prepare yourself to lose weight and maybe go to yoga classes for pregnant women. That is surely something that helps. Good luck!!

DolceM |

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