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: Baby's first checkup?

What happens during baby’s first checkup?

Re: What happens during baby’s first checkup?

The Bump Expert

Many babies get to meet their new doctor in the newborn nursery for their first official checkup. A complete physical examination is done, vital signs are checked, and the pediatrician and the parents meet to discuss feeding, newborn care, and follow-up visits. In cases where the parents choose a pediatrician outside the hospital, the first newborn visit should be before the baby is a week old, preferably two days after getting home from the hospital. 

Parents are asked to fill out a comprehensive family history, which is very important given that many childhood diseases and illnesses have a strong genetic or hereditary component. The doctor will also take a full history of the pregnancy, birth, and nursery routine. Then she will discuss feeding, sleep, behavioral issues like crying, and review development. 

After all this talking with the parents, it's time to check the person of honor. The pediatrician will complete a full physical examination, including recording weight, length, and head circumference. The parents can also ask questions -- hopefully the majority of which have already been answered during the checkup. I always discuss the "reasons to call" so that the new parents know what constitutes an emergency or an urgent problem in their newborn. I also let them know that they can call with questions, which often come up the minute the family gets home!

Dr. Paula Prezioso, MD, is in private practice at Pediatric Associates of New York City and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU Medical School.


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