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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Elective Labor Induction?

I'm full term anyway. Can I just ask the doctor to induce me already?

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I'm full term anyway. Can I just ask the doctor to induce me already?

The Bump Expert

Patience, child. Just because you are "full term" doesn’t mean baby is ready to come out. Your body knows when the time is right, and it’s safer not to cut it short, especially before you’ve passed your due date. Plus, induction isn’t without risks. Inducing labor too early (for example, if your due date projections were off) could result in a preterm birth, putting baby at risk for health issues. Induction also increases the risk of infection (for you and baby), umbilical cord problems, low fetal heart rate, the need for a c-section and an increased risk of uterine rupture if you’re trying for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesaerean).

Plus, more from The Bump:

What Happens In an Induction

Going Past Due Date?

Natural Labor Induction Methods

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