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: Will our sex life be affected if my husband looks down there during delivery?

Will our sex life be affected if my husband looks down there during delivery?

Re: Will our sex life be affected if my husband looks down there during delivery?

The Bump Expert

It's a possibility, but probably not. Yes, it can be strange for some husbands when body parts once reserved for sexy time suddenly are used to bring baby into the world. Sure, once he sees some blood and eventually a whole human pop out of your body, his perception of it could shift--temporarily. But we don't think you have anything to worry about, since we know plenty of dads who witnessed their babies' birth, and their libidos haven't slowed.

Remember that you shouldn't have sex until about four to six weeks after birth to give your uterus and cervix time to heal. We think your guy will get over the non-sexiness he saw in the hospital by then. In the rare case he doesn't--and it persists--we suggest seeing a counselor or therapist.

Shoshana Bennett, PhD

Q&A: Will our sex life be affected if my husband looks down there during delivery?

It might be affected for a little bit, but not for very long. Remember, he is a guy and eventually he will forget all about that. One thing that I found was that it took him longer to feel comfortable giving oral sex. But, I cant really say that I blame him. But, he'll get over it sooner than later if he is affected by it at all.

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