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: Is back pain a sign of labor?

I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 1 1/2 cm and fully effaced. I have been uncomfortable, but haven't noticed anything real dramatic as far as excessive pain until last night. My lower back is absolutely killing me, to the point of it hurting to much to walk. Should I be prepared that labor will soon follow or just get rest and pay attention to the overall signs of labor as my body sends them?

Re: I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 1 1/2 cm and fully effaced. I have been uncomfortable, but haven't noticed anything real dramatic as far as excessive pain until last night. My lower back is absolutely killing me, to the point of it hurting to much to walk. Should I be prepared that labor will soon follow or just get rest and pay attention to the overall signs of labor as my body sends them?

The Bump Expert

Everything you describe is completely normal for a term pregnancy (pregnancy after 37 weeks of gestation). Unfortunately, I can’t predict when labor is going to start. It could be tonight, or it could be weeks from now. The most important thing is to stay well-hydrated and to have a plan in place for when you do go into labor. Pack your bag for the hospital now, if you haven’t already done so. Talk to your doctor about when he/she wants you to call and come into the hospital. And, make sure you have a way to get in touch with your partner at all times.

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Dr. Ashley Roman

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Yea, I had killer back pain last night paired with terrible heartburn....not cool. My fiancée was snoring away with only a couple hours in and a couple hours left before having to get up for work so I started massaging my own back. I surprisingly was able to get my whole lower back, which is great since when he does it he usually falls asleep right when he finally starts hitting the good spots...lol.

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