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: What's a doula?

My neighbor had a doula who was there when she gave birth and for a few weeks after. What exactly is a doula and why would I need one?

Re: My neighbor had a doula who was there when she gave birth and for a few weeks after. What exactly is a doula and why would I need one?

The Bump Expert Doulas (also called childbirth assistants) are specially trained to provide support during labor and delivery. A doula also serves as a go-between for the doctor, nurses, and you and your mate. Think of her as a knowledgeable companion who can offer encouragement and wisdom throughout the birth process. Experienced doulas know all about positioning, soothing touch and other comfort measures to ease the general experience.
Many doulas also offer at-home help after baby is born, usually for a couple of weeks. Her role is to mother the mother (you), and may change from day to day. She'll generally do whatever is necessary to help you adjust, including making sure you’re well-fed and hydrated. She will also provide education for you about baby care and breastfeeding. To find a doula, ask your doc for a recommendation, check out local mom reviews on lila guide, or try the Doula Organization of North America's finder.

Paula Kashtan


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