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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Will my baby be too big for a vaginal delivery?

How likely is it that baby won’t fit, um, down there?

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How likely is it that baby won’t fit, um, down there?

The Bump Expert

It’s most moms-to-be’s biggest fear: How the heck is an entire baby going to fit through there? The very best news is that, because of how awesome modern medicine is, doctors are now informed about virtually every detail of your baby, including her size. Every time you visit your OB, she’s taking measurements to make sure not only that baby is growing at the appropriate rate, but also that you’ll be able to deliver her vaginally, if that’s your preference. If there’s any doubt -- especially if baby looks like she’ll be over 10 pounds at birth -- your doc will probably recommend a c-section over a vaginal delivery.

But there are also other factors that come into play when determining whether you’ll be able to deliver vaginally or through a c-section. In some rare cases, a baby who weighs less than 10 pounds won’t be able to squeeze through the birth canal because his mom’s pelvis is too narrow. And if baby is breech (feetfirst) or in a transverse (on his side) position and won’t turn, many OBs will order a c-section.

Even once you’re in labor, things don’t always go according to plan. If your cervix stops dilating, baby’s head won’t descend, your contractions are weak or labor stops progressing for more than a couple of hours, you may have to go for a cesarean. In any case, keep clear communication with your doc but be open-minded to the possibility that a c-section might be medically necessary.

Plus, more from The Bump:
Top 10 Labor and Delivery Fears

How can I avoid a c-section?

10+ Things No One Tells You About C-Sections

Michele Hakakha, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California

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WRONG. The official medical guidelines are to suggest a cesarean if baby is "predicted" to be over 11 lbs. And even then, they cannot tell for sure. Ultrasounds are usually off by up to 2 lbs. Also, the body is made to birth . There have been extremely petite women who have safely vaginally birthed babies much bigger than 10lbs. Some have even done so at home. The cesarean suggestion is to make it easier on the doctor. Cesareans are actually more dangerous to the mother and baby, and the recovery is lomger and more painful.

BlackVelvetSky |

Will my baby be too big for a vaginal delivery?

With my first baby, I absolutely did not want to have a c-section. However, I have a family history of large babies who never want to leave the womb, causing a lot of induced labor. At 40 weeks and 2 days at my last OB appointment, my doctor confirmed that I was not progressing towards labor in any way. My baby had not dropped, I was not effaced or dilating. Since we knew from sonogram measurements (and the fact that I was bigger than a whale) that this was going to be another large baby, my doctor decided to perform a c-section the next day. I asked if we could just induce labor, but he said that he did not want to put me through 3 days of he** before having to perform a c-section anyway (my sister had been in induced labor for 15+ hours when she had to have an emergency c-section as the umbilical cord had wrapped around her sons neck twice). My mother was with me at this appointment, and even though she had previously discouraged me from even having an epidural to ease labor pains, now agreed with the doctor that a c-section sounded best. My best advice is that you need to talk to your doctor about your fears and your hang-ups. If you trust your doctor to make the best medical decision with you, you will be happy with the outcome no matter what you had originally planned to happen.

tani&nela |

Will my baby be too big for a vaginal delivery?

My wife had some problems during her pregnancy. She was all hot and bothered and she even searched a lawyer for a vaginal mesh lawsuit. Ultimately, the complication wasn't so serious, but back then it caused quite an upset.

LenBrannon |

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