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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: What is a false negative?

What does it mean if I get a false negative on a home pregnancy test?

Re: What does it mean if I get a false negative on a home pregnancy test?

The Bump Expert An example of a false negative test is a “negative” on a home pregnancy test, when in fact, you really are pregnant. This is most often due to taking the test too early in pregnancy or with very dilute urine, resulting in undetectable levels of pregnancy hormone in the urine. Different brands have different sensitivities, so check the package insert to make sure you are not testing too soon. Other reasons for false negatives may be an expired test or an improperly conducted test. Make sure you follow the instructions very closely, and check for expiration dates. If still left in doubt, call your doctor and discuss having a blood test which is the most accurate way of determining your status.

Dr. Debbra Keegan


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