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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42 Weeks Pregnant

If you’re reading this, you’re one of the rare mamas-to-be who makes it to 42 weeks. And while you might be feeling like you’re going a little crazy, rest assured that as long as your doc is monitoring baby closely, she’s seeing to it that baby’s doing just fine in there. Its super rare for a baby to be born after week 42, so you’ll get to meet baby really soon -- we promise!

Your baby's the size of a jackfruit!
Yup, she's still growing! But don't worry, she's unlikely to be too big to deliver.

your baby at 42 weeks
  • Because she's probably shed the vernix caseosa (that filmy stuff she had), her skin is probably getting a little dry.
  • She's doing just fine in there -- don't worry, she'll be here soon! 98 percent of babies emerge by the end of this week.

pregnancy symptoms at 42 weeks
  • The same stuff you've been feeling the past few weeks, maybe just more intense.
  • Stressed! It's tough going past your due date, but try to stay calm. Baby's comfy in there, but she can't stay in forever.

your must-do's
your nice-to-do's
  • Make sure your gas tank is filled and your bags are fully packed! At this point, is there anything you haven't prepped? We doubt it!

watch: your bump, week 42

Reminder: Medical info on The Bump is FYI only and doesn't replace a visit to a medical professional.