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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What to expect in an induction?

The doctor recommends I have my labor induced. What’s going to happen?

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The doctor recommends I have my labor induced. What’s going to happen?

The Bump Expert

If you’re being induced, it’s likely because of a medical reason that makes it less risky to induce than to remain pregnant. Here’s what to expect:

First, you’ll probably have an IV so you’re getting fluids and/or medication throughout your labor. Baby’s size will also be checked, and you’ll get a pelvic exam to see how favorable -- dilated and effaced -- your cervix is.

If your cervix is favorable, you may get oxytocin (Pitocin is the brand name), which is a natural hormone that can cause contractions or make them stronger. It will be administered through your IV.

If your cervix isn’t ready to go, you may get a prostaglandin like Cervidil (inserted vaginally), which can help ripen the cervix and cause mild contractions. After 12 hours of Cervidil, you’ll probably be ready for some Pitocin.

As for how long labor and delivery will take after you get induced, it varies greatly. Everybody’s different. Some women are more sensitive to labor medications than others, and their induction could happen much faster, so don’t expect it to be completely predictable.

Plus, more from The Bump:

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Brian Iriye, MD, ob-gyn and member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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