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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Is it safe to poke my belly?

Is it okay to poke my pregnant belly?


Is it okay to poke my pregnant belly?

The Bump Expert

Sure…if that’s what you want to do. It might seem weird at first, since baby is so small and still developing. But your baby is incredibly well cushioned in there. Remember, she’s floating in a sac of amniotic fluid, which is surrounded by a thick, muscular organ (your uterus). On top of that is your skin and belly fat (more cushioning!).

Of course, just because it won’t hurt baby, doesn’t mean she can’t feel you poking -- in fact, baby will probably feel you move and poke before you can start to feel her, which is usually at around 18 to 20 weeks. And when baby’s big enough, she might even poke back!

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Is it safe to poke my belly?

my son likes to tese me. ill feel hi oving then reach to touch him ad he flips and hides for a moment then apears again, its like hide and seek

Alli89123 |

Is it safe to poke my belly?

At 31 weeks, my baby boy responds to daddy's and my pokes all the time, it's really fun!

LalaDrac |

Is it safe to poke my belly?

31 weeks, and my baby knows when we're all focused on him. My belly will be doing its own little dance because he's moving so much, but when I invite people to touch it, he stops. I think it's because the conversation around us drops off when they focus on my belly. It's like he knows "everybody's lookin' at me!"

Comicfanh13 |

Is it safe to poke my belly?


brianaclayton61 |

Is it safe to poke my belly?

I am 31 weeks and my little man loves to poke back! It's like a fun game that never ends!

megheg |

Is it safe to poke my belly?

I enjoy poking my little man at first it was really weird to feel a little person moving inside of you but this is my first baby! Now it's just normal. He likes to hid from daddy though every time he puts his hand on me he stops whatever he's doing! Hopefully soon he will get to feel him!

ashdnay21 |

Is it safe to poke my belly?

I poke at my son every chance I get to get him stimulated

TopFlight07 |

Is it safe to poke my belly?

My baby girl and I have played around! So cute! She never stops moving it seems.

mmitchel87 |


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