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: Babyproofing suggestions?

Should I wait until my daughter crawls to start babyproofing, or are there things I should do now- before she's even born- to get the house safe?

Re: Should I wait until my daughter crawls to start babyproofing, or are there things I should do now- before she's even born- to get the house safe?

The Bump Expert

There are definitely things you can do now. Ideally, get started at least three months prior to your due date, because some preparations may take time. And don’t forget, this is just round one -- check out Babyproofing, Part 2 once he starts to crawl.

General safety
[  ] Install a UL certified carbon monoxide detector on every story of your house if you use gas or oil appliances or have an attached garage. Check the batteries of any detectors you already have.
[  ] Do the same routine with smoke detectors
[  ] Purchase a fire extinguisher, learn how to use it (and know where it is!)
[  ] Stock your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit
[  ] Post emergency numbers next to every phone
[  ] Install a temperature guard on your water heater at a maximum of 120° Fahrenheit (48° Celsius)
[  ] Get any flaking or peeling paint sealed or removed by a professional, especially if your home was built before 1978. (Dust from lead paint, which was banned from residential use in that year, can be harmful if ingested.)

Room-by-room
[  ] Put non-slip pads under all rugs
[  ] Cover all sharp furniture edges and corners with bumpers or safety padding
[  ] Block all open outlets with furniture or use safety plugs
[  ] Latch closed any drawers, doors or cupboards within baby’s reach
[  ] Cut any looped blind or curtain cords and install safety tassels and cord stops
[  ] Always unplug and store electric appliances not in use (iron, flatiron, etc)
 
[  ] Check house and yard for poisonous plants, and move out of baby’s reach
[  ] Always store your own and visitors’ purses out of baby’s reach
[  ] Place baby wipes and supplies within your reach from the changing table, but out of baby’s
[  ] Put a thick rug or carpet below the changing table
[  ] Position the crib away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decoration and cords
[  ] Check all nursery furniture according to our safety suggestions
[  ] If you plan to hook a highchair to your kitchen table, be sure the table is sturdy and strong

Car
[  ] Install an approved rear-facing car seat in the middle of the back seat
[  ] If the sun is strong in your area, put hanging shades on the back windows to block the rays

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