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: Labor and delivery staff during birth?

I know my OB will be there, but what other medical staff will be in the delivery room when I'm giving birth?

Re: I know my OB will be there, but what other medical staff will be in the delivery room when I'm giving birth?

The Bump Expert

Good question -- it's nice to be prepared for who’ll be hanging around (and staring at your woman parts) when you’re in the delivery room. Hospitals have differing policies on what staff is present, but here’s a rundown on the basics.

L&D Nurse: As you progress through labor, a labor and delivery nurse will be your support and communication line with the practitioner that will be delivering your baby. She’ll be the one to check your progression and monitor baby as you dilate. You might have the same nurse throughout labor, or there could be one or more switches in staff due to shift changes or other circumstances.

Doctor or Midwife: Once the time comes, of course, someone will be present to deliver your baby. This may or may not be the practitioner that you’ve been seeing throughout your pregnancy (for example, your doc may be on vacation or be part of a practice that rotates which doctor is on call). During pregnancy, ask your doc or midwife who will be available to deliver your baby if she can’t be present. You may be able to meet them ahead of the big day, which should help you feel more comfortable when the time comes.

Anesthesiologist: If you’ll receive some sort of anesthetic during labor (spinal, epidural, or other meds), an anesthesiologist and/or nurse anesthetist may be present to administer the drugs.

OB Tech: Sometimes an OB Tech will come in just before delivery to assist the doctor/midwife and set up instruments that may be needed.

Other Nurse(s), Specialists, Students: Depending on the hospital and the circumstances surrounding the birth, there may be other staff present, such as a nursery nurse, neonatologist or medical student. You might also choose to have a doula present to offer support. (Hospitals rules vary on whether doulas are allowed in the room. Check with yours to find out their policies.)

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