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: Postpartum supplies for new mom?

What items will I need to take care of myself "down there" after I deliver?

Re: What items will I need to take care of myself "down there" after I deliver?

The Bump Expert

You're smart to realize that baby's not the only one who'll have needs after delivery... Here's what you'll need to take care of yourself.

[  ] Ice packs (in case of tearing during birth or swelling after)

[  ] 2-3 week supply of ultra absorbent sanitary pads

[  ] Panty liners

[  ] Hemorrhoid wipes and cream (can become necessary after labor, even if pregnancy was free of problems…sorry)

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Postpartum supplies for new mom?

The hospital I delivered in made the BEST postpartum ice packs! To my surprise, many other moms I talk to haven't heard of them :( They're super easy: -Take a Pampers Swaddlers NB size diaper (Huggies don't work)and separate the lining at one end so you can put crushed/shaved ice under the mesh lining but on top of the absorbent fluff. -Layert 5-6 tucks pads on top overlapping like sandwich meat. -Tuck sticky tabs under or tear off. -Place inside a mesh postpartum panty or a size too big boyshort or brief. VOILA!! You'll love this if you try it! Just make sure the ice you use is small-ish. The ice chips from the hospital work perfect, but I just set my fridge dispenser to crushed and pulled out the really big chunks that got through.

AmandaLynn123 |


Witch Hazel worked wonders for me when I tore with my first birth. Every time I went pee afterwards, I would put on a little witch hazel (which comes in liquid astringent, or pads), and it eased the stinging. I already have a big bottle ready to go for this one.

msg28 |

Q&A: Postpartum supplies for new mom?

Soak some jumbo pads in Witch Hazel and pop them in the freezer. It took me a bit to figure out how much as you don't want one giant ice cube pad, but trial and error worked it out!

christymalibu |


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