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: Headache relief without medication?

I'm nervous about taking medication during pregnancy. Any ideas for treating a headache without meds?

Re: I'm nervous about taking medication during pregnancy. Any ideas for treating a headache without meds?

The Bump Expert

Good thinking -- I definitely recommend trying non-pharmacological pain relief methods first. These are also great techniques to try after pregnancy. (Though, if you do want to take medication, Tylenol is usually safe. Check with your provider before taking anything else, even something prescribed to you before pregnancy.)

[  ] Go to a room away from noise and dim the lights.

[  ] Try placing a cool compress on your forehead or over your eyes.

[  ] Eat small, frequent meals to make sure your blood sugar levels don’t drop.

[  ] Stay hydrated -- keep a water bottle with you at all times.

[  ] Consider enrolling in prenatal yoga or stress management classes, if your headaches are caused by tension.

[  ] Take regular time for low-impact exercise -- daily, if possible.

Most importantly, talk with your provider if you are experiencing frequent headaches, or the pain is not relieved by Tylenol and/or simple relief measures.  Headaches, particularly when combined with high blood pressure, can be a sign of a serious medical condition.


Maria Kammerer

Q&A: Headache relief without medication?

I get regular migraines. Thankfully they lightened up during pregnancy, but they still come every so often. First check with the doctor / midwife to make sure your headaches are not due to high blood pressure or other problems that could cause complications during pregnancy. After getting the OK, here's my strategy for headaches (when prevention measures fail): 1 - Tylenol 2 - Biofreeze or Icy Hot to the neck, forehead, and temples 3 - Drink 2 Gatorade 4 - Massage to work out residual muscle tension Good luck!

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