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: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

I’m getting closer to my due date and am scared of having a c-section. Is there anything I can do to avoid it?

Re: I’m getting closer to my due date and am scared of having a c-section. Is there anything I can do to avoid it?

The Bump Expert

Not always. In most cases, cesarean sections happen because your baby can’t be delivered vaginally, no matter what you or your doctor does to help her along. You might need a c-section if your baby is breech (bottom first) or transverse (sideways). Your doctor can try to move the baby into the proper (head-down) position, but this doesn’t always work. You may also need a c-section if your baby is especially large or you have placenta previa (when the placenta covers the cervix and blocks baby’s exit).

Sometimes complications during labor force doctors to deliver a baby by c-section. If labor stalls (meaning the cervix stops dilating); your baby’s heart rate slows or becomes irregular; the umbilical cord slips through the cervix (a “prolapsed cord”); or the placenta separates from the uterine wall (placental abruption), your doctor will perform a c-section.

Try not to worry. Good prenatal care will boost your chances of delivering vaginally and handling any complications that might arise. No matter how baby travels from your uterus to your arms, you’ll be thrilled to pieces when she arrives!

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Unfortunately no. C-sections are typical emergency procedures. You may go into the hospital fully intending to have a vaginal birth, but things can go awry which may warrant one. Here are some examples, breech baby, failed induction, umbilical cord wrapping around the baby neck.

nade5678 |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

being induced ups your chances of having c-section and getting an epidural before 5cm dilation ups your chances. : /

paytramg |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Well if it is an emergency there is nothing that can be done. I have had 2 and am trying for a VBAC this time though. My doc told me once my babes is full term I can try the normal things like tons of walking, nipple stimulation and sex to get her down and in position. If I go into labor naturally before my scheduled c-section then I can try a trial of labor woot! If not this will be my 3rd c-section. They aren't as scary as you might think!

shellekorn |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

Please don't be scared of a C-section. My son was delivered via C-Section and everything went just fine. If you are concerned about having one you should try talking to someone who has had one and hopefully they can give you some insight so you won't be scared to have one. I feel like C-Sections are made out to be the worst possible way to deliver when in fact it's not. The doctors and nurses are all there to make sure you and your baby are safe and sound the entire time regular or C-S birth and no matter how your baby gets into the world you'll be happy once they arrive healthy and strong :o)

klaceys |

Q&A: Ways to Avoid a C-Section?

There are a couple things you can do. 1. You can eat a balanced diet low in sugar and "bad" carbs so that the baby does not get huge and you are able to deliver naturally. 2. , if the baby is breech, there are exercises you can do as well as acupuncture.

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