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 is Pitocin exactly?

What is Pitocin, and how is it used in labor?


What is Pitocin, and how is it used in labor?

The Bump Expert

Pitocin is a combination of a nonapeptide protein -- which means it’s made of nine amino acids. The simple explanation is that it’s basically the same hormone your own brain creates to cause contractions -- it's also created when you breastfeed and helps with postpartum healing.

Pitocin can be used if you’re already in labor and your contractions aren’t strong or frequent enough to progress your labor. You’ll be given Pitocin through an IV, and the medicine level can be adjusted (so you get more or less as needed, depending on how things are going).

Pitocin can also be given to a pregnant woman whose labor is getting induced. It’s important, though, to make sure your cervix is favorable (dilated and/or effaced enough) before you get Pitocin. If a doctor induces labor when mom-to-be has an unfavorable cervix, there’s an increased chance she’ll need a c-section.

Plus, more from The Bump:

What to Expect in an Induction

How do labor induction meds work, and what are the risks?

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

What is Pitocin exactly?

I work in healthcare administration and I saw a lot of cases when women were given Pitocin because the contractions were not strong enough, the doctor can adjust the doses to get good results. I also was given Pitocin at my first childbirth, the doctors wanted to make a c-section but I insisted to try using Pitocin first.

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