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: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

I am currently 7.5 months pregnant and my husband has told me that he is just not attracted to my belly. It hurts to hear this, but I appreciate his honesty. I still have needs and desires, though, and I feel like this should be compromised and that he should still make an effort. Am I wrong to expect this?

Re: I am currently 7.5 months pregnant and my husband has told me that he is just not attracted to my belly. It hurts to hear this, but I appreciate his honesty. I still have needs and desires, though, and I feel like this should be compromised and that he should still make an effort. Am I wrong to expect this?

The Bump Expert

Let's get this important issue straight. In an ideal world, you're absolutely right, there should be compromise in the bedroom just as there should be a compromise in every other aspect of a relationship. But because we are living in the real world and this is a temporary situation, to force the issue of him not finding your pregnant belly attractive by insisting he meet your needs could be very damaging to your relationship.

No one should be forced into sexual activity that actually turns them off because we all have our own likes and dislikes. By pressuring your partner to compromise on his sexual dislikes, you run the risk of turning him off from sex with you altogether and that is not helpful!

Therefore, my advice is that you shouldn't expect him to make love to you, but rather ask him to fondle you with his hands or use a vibrator to stimulate you to orgasm. You can also masturbate and pleasure yourself -- pregnant or not.

Dr. Pam Spurr

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

I would smack my husband if he said that to me. How does he think you got that belly? Even if he feels that way he shouldnt voice it. Chances are sex isnt happening like crazy anyways. So he should be able to suck it up.

nmhall21 |

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

i don't think forcing him to have sex with you nor letting him neglect your needs completely are the answer to this. first you should talk to your husband and ask what you could do to make the experience more appealing then maybe suggest other positions or stimulating foreplay for both of you. maybe he would appreciate more oral and you would could be on top or spooning so he doesn't have to look at the belly, or try watching a classy sexy movie to get him in the mood. let him know how this makes you feel and that you need him to give you more positive feedback.

BELISA78 |

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

I have the same problem with my husband; he is just not attracted to the pregnancy body. His loss, my gain. I get to enjoy everything all to myself and he's the one missing out. That's how I see it.

mrsrieper |

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

My cousin and myself both said, hey if you dont like it im pretty sure we can find a mand who wants the pregnant me. My husband LOVES pregnant women and thinks they are beautiful. Honestly, your husband is being a selfish jerk. would he not like you anymore if you got fat? Similar situation just your growing a child inside you. My cousin said to her husband you either do me, or ill find a man who wants to. He ended up doing her, and enjoyed it. He needs to man up. He made you that way. Grow some kahunas buddy.

soccer_sweetie06 |

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

Expecting a little attention in the bedroom doesn't have to be dependent on him liking the belly. Remind him that being neglected for the next 3 months isn't exactly going to turn you on when he finally gets interested again. Besides there are lots of things/positions/lighting situations that don't have him staring at the belly. Dim the lights, try some doggy, opt for some hand work... All good choices in my book!

Jeanneplusone |

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

While it is hard to hear, I think the advice of the bump expert is spot on. Perhaps also"attractiveness" is not the underlying issue in his case - instead, it could be that he is concerned about hurting you and/or the baby. And even though science shows that no harm would come to you or the baby from intercourse, that reasoning may not be enough to assuage his fears, but his feelings need to be respected and valued just like yours are. So, find other ways to be intimate and pleasure each other and your self in the meantime, and start thinking of all the fun you can have after the baby is here - maybe propose an overnight, romantic getaway once the baby routines are down pat and you can get away.

LaizaAdam |

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

I am in my last 4wks and all my husband can say is he cant wait for my body to go back to how it used to be... says baby moving grosses him out and that i look funny... how ever, he is still attracted to me because if he wasnt we wouldnt be having sex for one and also if he was truely grossed out by the baby moving he wouldnt touch my belly... i just think mine likes to pick on me cuz he's a jerk lol

Ashleyarmstrong105 |

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

The last time that I checked, he HELPED you get that belly. Just makes no sense.

Sj1023 |

Q&A: Husband doesn't like pregnancy belly?

hello, I have the same problem it's not that he don't like my pregnant belly just during sex he don't like the fact that my belly touches him, and if the baby moves he is totally turn off , after 5 months our sex life has went down the drain from 3 times a week to 3 times a month , after I drop my load he will be wishing he attended to my needs more I am now 8 months (sad face)

dazjah00 |

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