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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: Miscarriage risks?

Why do miscarriages happen? Is there anything I can do to avoid it? How do I know if I'm at risk?

Re: Why do miscarriages happen? Is there anything I can do to avoid it? How do I know if I'm at risk?

The Bump Expert

Unfortunately, there really is no way to prevent a first trimester miscarriage, and it is the most frustrating thing about obstetrics. But, after ultrasound confirms your baby’s heartbeat at eight weeks, the risk of miscarriage is only about 3%. The risk falls even lower (1%) after a normal ultrasound at 16 weeks. (Overall, from conception, about 10 to 15% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.)  Most pregnancy losses are diagnosed in the first trimester when a patient experiences bleeding or cramping.  Many women may have no symptoms that the pregnancy has stopped progressing until a routine ultrasound examination indicates no heartbeat.

Most miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the pregnancy resulting from an error during fertilization. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to avoid this. If you have experienced a single miscarriage, you are not at increased risk for miscarriage in a subsequent pregnancy. However, if you have experienced two or more consecutive miscarriages in the first trimester or one second trimester miscarriage, you are at higher risk for a miscarriage in the next pregnancy and should be evaluated for an underlying cause. Certain blood clotting disorders (otherwise known as thrombophilias), thyroid disease, lupus, or diabetes can increase your risk of having a miscarriage. An abnormality in the way your uterus has formed can also be associated with recurrent pregnancy loss, particularly after the first trimester. If you are concerned that you may be at high risk for recurrent miscarriages, you should discuss your concerns with your obstetrician.

Dr. Ashley Roman

Q&A: Miscarriage risks?

i have pco not the syndrome how much at risk am i?

orchidflower123 |

Q&A: Miscarriage risks?

There absolutely ARE ways to prevent a miscarriage before your conceive by having a healthy lifestyle!

cowgirl1232 |

Q&A: Miscarriage risks?

You can call 1-800-733-4727 for free and confident information. I call them weekly with questions about things I can and cannot use while pregnant and they don't get annoyed. :)

hockeymom27 |

Q&A: Miscarriage risks?

having a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean you won't miscarry - "Most miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the pregnancy resulting from an error during fertilization. "

melissaNbrad |


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