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: Is a c-section more difficult if I'm overweight?

Will a c-section be more difficult if I'm overweight?

Re: Will a c-section be more difficult if I'm overweight?

The Bump Expert

Not necessarily. According to the stats, overweight women are more likely to need c-sections than those within a normal weight range -- especially if they're 20 percent or more over the recommended BMI. This happens for a few reasons, one of which is the fact that babies born to overweight moms tend to be larger-than-average in size, which means your doc may determine a vaginal birth is a little too risky.

If you do wind up needing a c-section, it's true that the procedure may be a bit trickier, since your doc will have more layers to cut through, which may complicate the surgery as well as your recovery. But if you're worried your weight might complicate your pregnancy, your best bet is to try to slim down before you conceive as much as possible. If you become pregnant before shedding the extra pounds, ask your doctor to help create a meal and exercise plan so you'll gain less than the average 25 to 35 pounds packed on during pregnancy and have the most painless delivery possible.

Colleen Canney


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