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: Feeding supplies for a newborn?

I'm not sure if I'm going to breastfeed or not yet... if I decide to bottle feed, what supplies should I buy?

Re: I'm not sure if I'm going to breastfeed or not yet... if I decide to bottle feed, what supplies should I buy?

The Bump Expert

Actually, even if you do decide to breastfeed, keep bottles and nipples on hand for pumping. This will give your partner a chance to feed and bond with the baby, and enable you to take a break if necessary. (Items with a * are must-haves.)

[   ] 10-16 bottles and nipples, both four and eight ounce (if fed strictly by the bottle, baby will go through about ten in the four ounce size per day)*

[   ] Liners, for disposable bottles

[   ] Bottle warmer (cuts down on nighttime trips to and from the kitchen)

[   ] Bottle sterilizer (if your dishwasher doesn’t have one)

[   ] Bottle brush

[   ] Dishwasher basket for small items

[   ] 4-8 bibs

[   ] Burp cloths (or cloth diapers)*

[   ] High chair

[  ] 2-4 pacifiers

[   ] Formula (if not nursing)*

For nursing moms:

[   ] 1-3 nursing bras (Breasts swell following birth, so start with one size larger than your maternity bra. Wait until size settles down -- about twoweeks after birth -- to purchase additional bras.)

[   ] Nursing pads

[   ] Nipple cream

[ ]   Nursing pillow

[   ] Pump (even if you plan only to nurse, a pump will allow you to leave milk for baby if you want or need to separate)*

[   ] Milk storage bags*

Paula Kashtan


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