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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: I think I'm pregnant...Now what?

I have this feeling that we managed to conceive... what should I do first?

Re: I have this feeling that we managed to conceive... what should I do first?

The Bump Expert

So exciting! Here are the first things to do when you suspect you're expecting.

Take a Test
...together! It's just not as much fun to find out the good news if one of you is away on business or just got home from a tough day. If you have an inkling, decide together when to take the test, and leave some time to celebrate if the news is good. Many tests say to take them in the morning, but don't do it before work. (Wait until Saturday a.m. if you want to play by the rules.) How could you concentrate on a 9:30 meeting after getting the biggest news of your life?

Keep it Quiet
...for now. This is huge, exciting news -- give yourselves some time to revel in your shared secret for a few days (or weeks). Pick a time to tell the parents (best to wait until you're a few weeks along), and put together a plan. Break the news to both sets of parents with similar timing and fanfare to avoid hurt feelings. As for your friends... common knowledge says, wait until week twelve. But, (with the guidance of our real mom Nesties) we say, do it whenever the time feels right! Just make sure you're prepared for the news to spread quickly -- it's tough for people to keep such exciting news to themselves!

See the Doctor
... now! Chances are, the test was correct and everything is fine... but it's still essential to see your OB/GYN. Call your doc and explain that you're expecting as soon as you know, and schedule your first appointment for whenever she recommends.

The Bump Editors

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I think im pregnant. LMP was 11-1-2012 & im never late....well until now....1 day. Im nursing my 7 1/2 mth old baby (exclusively), but had a cycle since he was 2mths....regularly. Had unprotected sex 3 times since lmp. Took a test today & it read negative. I am very fertile, had 2 children 14 & 10, while on depo. Can i be pregnant & it too early to test? Or, should i try a diff brand of pregnancy test?

eightmthsapart |

Q&A: I think I'm pregnant...Now what?

I might be pregnant. My last period was June 5, 2013 but it was only 3 days and lighter than normal. With ever period, I have cramps. There was none with that one. In the past 3 weeks I have had nausea and vomiting, sore boobs, fatigue, I've been smelling everything, and I even had some mood swings.

stryker9000 |

Q&A: I think I'm pregnant...Now what?

You may be preg. I just got confirmation today. My period is due Thursday July 4, however I have same symptoms. Trying to make sure of no ectopic.

Cklballs |

Q&A: I think I'm pregnant...Now what?

so i think i might be pregnant. im 8 days late. i spotted afew days before my period was due and only for afew hours. Im tired all the time, i can smell everything, alittle nausea sometimes, i cramp alittle but it doesnt feel like period cramps, and my husband says i have mood swings but idk :) Could i be pregnant?

meganhite12 |

Q&A: I think I'm pregnant...Now what?

I've been trying with my significant other since my LMP of 7-28-14 and so far i'm late 5 days tomorrow. I have symptoms of backache,cramping,pulling in the abdomen,sometime's severe fatigue,constant hunger. No breast tenderness or nausea as of yet,but i read that everyone is different with pregnancy etc. I was supposed to test on the 26th but due to limited funds until next week i have to wait until i get paid. I've also had some really weird dreams as of late,and sometimes a hard time sleeping due to hot flashes,needing to use the toilet,heartburn or i'm hungry. Not the way i expected a possible pregnancy to be but if so they bring it on.

mum2be32 |

Q&A: I think I'm pregnant...Now what?

Oh yeah i've also had mood swings, feeling the need to cry about everything,then laughing at everything.

mum2be32 |

Q&A: I think I'm pregnant...Now what?

I had my last period on October 2. According to the app that tracks my period, I am 8 days late. As of 2 days ago, I got a negative HPK result but still no period. My boobs are tender and I have some nausea in the morning....without a blood test, is there any other way to tell?

aoliveira0726 |

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