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: My husband's nervous to cut the cord. Will he regret it if he doesn't do it?

My husband's nervous to cut the cord. Will he regret it if he doesn't do it?

Re: My husband's nervous to cut the cord. Will he regret it if he doesn't do it?

The Bump Expert

Maybe, but ultimately, it should be his choice whether to cut the cord. We know childbirth isn't exactly a walk in the park for you, but remember there's pressure on your guy too! He's got to be the labor coach, and he'll be deeply concerned about your and baby's well-being during the birth process. Cutting the cord, to some, is a dad's rite of passage, and it makes some dads feel closer to baby and like a bigger part of the birth experience. But if he doesn't want to do it, he shouldn't be pressured to. That won't make him any less of a dad, so support his decision either way.

Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Q&A: My husband's nervous to cut the cord. Will he regret it if he doesn't do it?

There's nothing to be nervous about. The doctor will be watching and directing him where to cut, so it's not like he'll screw it up.

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