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: Good music for labor?

Some of my friends have played music during their labor and delivery, and it seems like a good idea. What songs should I include on my playlist?

Re: Some of my friends have played music during their labor and delivery, and it seems like a good idea. What songs should I include on my playlist?

The Bump Expert

You can’t plan how labor and delivery are going to progress, but you can prepare the soundtrack. Multiple studies show that music, by promoting relaxation, can help cut down on pain; in other words, you definitely should have that iPod in the delivery room.

Here are some ideas for creating your personal childbirth playlist in case you want to listen to something other than the anesthesiologist's voice and your partner’s encouragement.

If you’ve been crying for 40 weeks and the scrapbook is already huge...
“Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder
“Beautiful Day," by U2
“Daughters,” by John Mayer
“Father and Son,” by Cat Stevens
“Hold On,” by Wilson Phillips

If you prefer black onesies...
“Push It,” by Salt-N-Pepa
“Snow (Hey Oh),” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Love Stoned,” by Justin Timberlake
“Hey Baby,” by No Doubt
“Stronger,” by Kanye West

If yoga class and Lamaze have you feeling just fine...
“Three Little Birds,” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Comfortably Numb,” by Pink Floyd
“O-o-h Child,” by the Five Stairsteps
“(They Long To Be) Close to You,” by Carpenters
“One Sweet World,” by Dave Matthews Band

If you conceived on vacation...
“Margaritaville,” by Jimmy Buffet
“Better Together,” by Jack Johnson
“Somewhere over the Rainbow,” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
“Paradise,” by Sade
“Soak up the Sun,” by Sheryl Crow

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