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: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

I am having a hard time sleeping. What’s the best position, and what about those body pillows?

Re: I am having a hard time sleeping. What’s the best position, and what about those body pillows?

The Bump Expert

In the third trimester, you should be sleeping on your side. Lying on your back puts too much pressure on your vena cava (the vein that transports blood from the lower body to the heart), and lying on your belly is obviously out of the question. Lie on whichever side feels best (and switch throughout the night), though experts recommend lying on the left side to allows optimal blood flow to the placenta.

You’ll probably find side sleeping is most comfortable when you bend your knees and place a pillow in between them. You might also want to place a pillow between the side of your belly and the bed, and behind your back for support. A body pillow (or just a collection of strategically placed head pillows) can also help you find a comfortable position. Tip: If you want to try out a body pillow before investing, ask around to see if a friend has one to lend for a night or two.

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Q&A: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

Its best to sleep on your left side becasue it increases blood flow to the baby and also i sleep with two pillows at my head and one between my legs. i never bought a body pillow but it might help also.

rylanjames2011 |

Q&A: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

I'm 37 weeks and sleeping on my side has become fairly uncomfortable even with a body pillow. My hips start to feel like I was kicked by a mule! I found that switching to the couch where I can square my hips and sleep in a slightly slouched, sitting up position really helped me a lot.

jmolborn05 |

Q&A: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

when i sleep on my side (the only semi comfortable way) eventually the leg on the bottom of the other one start to hurt and cramp up really bad...anyone else have this problem? or know what i can do? the pains unbearable almost

MommyMelissa93 |

Q&A: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

If you put a few pillows or a large fluffy blanket behind you and lean back against it - rather than lying directly on your side - it helps with the leg cramps! Also, as long as you are having a normal and healthy pregnancy you should be able to take some Benadryl at night. Not only does it make you nice and drowsy (so you can ignore baby's dramatic kicks and rolls as well as the general discomfort) but it also helps any swelling in your sinuses (from the extra blood floating around your body).

kowaropeski |

Q&A: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

Potassium is good for muscle cramps...bananas and oranges are good sources. I had terrible leg cramps and have found that eating one of each everyday has cut down on the severity. Also, my yoga teacher suggested calf raises and stretches to strengthen the muscle and release the tension.

babyE27 |

Q&A: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

It's an expensive solution, but my husband and I bought a Tempurpedic mattress with my last pregnancy and it was amazing. I never had any problems sleeping other than the need to get up and pee a million times. I still used a body pillow. I had a friend that was pregnant and I recommended buying a Tempurpedic because she was experiencing severe back pain. She purchased one and immediately felt relief. I am now pregnant with our second child, and once again I am sleeping great. I know it's an expensive fix, but I highly recommend buying one if you can afford it.

dancingonair |


It don't matter what position I'm in, I still can't sleep. What can I do about that?

Kianna1992 |


I'm not getting leg cramps I am having a problem with my hands and arms falling asleep no matter what side I'm sleeping on! I wake up several times feeling like my hands are going to fall off! I tried the couch but any pressure on one particular side causes my hands to fall asleep I don't know what else to do!

mstandingwright |

Q&A: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

Had trouble sleeping for a few weeks, finally received the Ok from my Doc to take 50 mg of Benadryl, I only took 25mg (not really into taking meds while pregnant). Slept for a solid 4 hour and never had to take any more. I lay on my left side with my two pillows and sleep like a baby naturally...

Krisd75 |

Q&A: Sleeping comfortably late in pregnancy?

Benadryl has saved my life. I take 25mg and it knocks me out for a pretty long stretch- and even when I get up to pee- I have no trouble falling back asleep. I also use a body pillow which I've found helpful since early on.

JennAndAdam23 |


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