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: Leaky breasts in third trimester?

My breasts are leaking, and I haven’t even given birth yet! Why? And what should I do about it?

Re: My breasts are leaking, and I haven’t even given birth yet! Why? And what should I do about it?

The Bump Expert

The thick, yellow liquid that's leaking out of your breasts is called colostrum, and it's absolutely normal. This is just another part of your body getting ready for baby! Colostrum is chock full of protein, antibodies and immunoglobulins, and will protect baby from infections and help get out that first poop of meconium. It's the perfect food for baby's first days -- easy to digest and loaded with just the right amount of nutrients. Your body starts making colostrum just three or four months into pregnancy, which is why this valuable substance is already starting to leak. By the time you give birth, the colostrum will probably be pale or clear. It will keep on coming until a few days after delivery, when it switches over to mature breast milk. For now, grab a couple of nursing pads to soak up the goods, and no one will notice a thing.

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