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: When to induce labor?

Do I need to induce labor early if my baby is too small?

Re: Do I need to induce labor early if my baby is too small?

The Bump Expert

There is a pretty wide range for what is considered to be normal size for a fetus. However, if the fetal weight appears to be less than the tenth percentile for gestational age, it can be a sign the placenta is not supplying the fetus with the nutrients it needs to grow. There are a number of ultrasound tests (biophysical profile, umbilical artery Dopplers) your doctor can do to tell how well the placenta is working, so in many cases, your doctor will not need to induce labor, especially if you are preterm (prior to 37 weeks). However, if you are at term (after 37 weeks) and the fetal weight appears to be less than the tenth percentile, your doctor may want to induce labor or even perform a c-section, depending on the results of the ultrasound testing.

Dr. Ashley Roman


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