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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Why do pregnant women waddle?

As much as I try, I can’t help but waddle. Why do we do that?

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As much as I try, I can’t help but waddle. Why do we do that?

The Bump Expert

Ah, the pregnant waddle. We all say this will never happen to us, but it can be unavoidable. That’s because, as your pregnant belly grows, it throws your center of gravity out of whack, so you end up shifting your weight to offset the added heft in front. Plus, all those pregnancy hormones cause your joints to loosen up. “Joint laxities make the lower part of the spine looser and more unstable,” says Myra Wick, MD. “That can cause muscle strain and make you waddle.” The icing on the waddle cake is the inside of your pelvis, which starts to tilt and widens your stance.

Sure, all of that shifting puts strain on your muscles, but gentle stretching and moving throughout pregnancy can help. Try prenatal yoga, walking and swimming -- they won’t erase these changes, but they can make you more comfortable.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Why and When Your Posture Changes During Pregnancy

Pregnant with sore hips and pelvis?

Doing Pilates during pregnancy?

Myra Wick, MD, ob-gyn, medical editor in chief of Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

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I am 29 weeks an my nose is soooo dry....why is that..

bjean36 |

Why do pregnant women waddle?

get a humidifier ^^^

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