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: How to choose a baby book?

There are so many keepsake baby books on the market. How should I choose?


There are so many keepsake baby books on the market. How should I choose?

The Bump Expert

A baby book is a fun and meaningful way to record those special moments and milestones of baby’s first year -- and beyond. And it will be a good keepsake to share with baby when she becomes a big kid. The only problem? There are so many adorable options, it’s tough to pick.

If you’re going with a typical bound or binder-style book, consider just how much control over the content you want to have. Some baby books have pages already decorated with spaces for you to fill-in specific information, like funny anecdotes or baby’s height and weight at each age. This is a good choice if you don’t have a ton of time to spend on baby’s book, or if you sometimes have trouble finishing projects. Another option is a “flexible format” style, where you can move pages, add inserts and attach tabs and stickers for reference. Some books give you free rein to style and write. This is a great idea if you’re particularly crafty or love to keep a journal. Flip through and see what sort of content various books have. Some focus mainly on factual stuff about baby, like dates and stats. Others ask fun, out-of-the ordinary questions. They get you thinking, so that you can record some things you may never have thought of, and reading them later is that much more personal.

Looking for some not-so-traditional options? Think high tech. An online baby book is a great way to track your pregnancy progress -- and, later, baby’s growth and development -- and share photos and stories with family and friends no matter how far away they are. We can’t help but recommend using The Bump’s Baby Websites to do this. It’s free, easy to use and the templates are adorable. If you still want a physical book, you can create a photo-oriented one through a site like Kodak and add any pictures and text you want -- then have the completed book printed and mailed to you when you’re done.

There are no set guidelines when it comes to baby books, so have fun with it! It’s something you and your family will cherish for years to come.

--Ali Wing, founder and CEO of Giggle

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