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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How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?

How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?


How do labor induction meds work and what are the risks?

The Bump Expert

Medications used for labor induction work by either softening the cervix or by causing the uterus to contract; and in some cases, both. One common labor med is Cervidil, which is actually a string placed in the vagina next to the cervix. It has prostaglandin in it, which acts as an aid to ripen the cervix and start the labor process. Another common labor med you might hear about is Pitocin, which is actually a hormone. Pitocin is similar to a hormone our body already makes -- oxytocin -- and is given intravenously to stimulate contractions.

The primary risk of any medication used to induce labor is that it can work a little too well, causing too many contractions inside the uterus. If this occurs, baby may go into fetal distress, which ups the risk of needing a c-section. But this is a rare case. When used properly in carefully selected patients with close surveillance, meds used for labor inductions are always considered safe -- for Mom and baby.

Dr. Ashley Roman


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