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: How to burp a baby?

I feel like I'm not burping my baby right. It takes forever! What am I doing wrong?

Re: I feel like I'm not burping my baby right. It takes forever! What am I doing wrong?

The Bump Expert

Burping helps baby get rid of air swallowedduring feeding, and keeps them from spitting up and becoming cranky and gassy.In other words, burping benefits you just as much as it does baby. Burp whenyou switch breasts, or for every two to three ounces she gulps down. Try one ofthese techniques, and if you still have trouble, remember the good news: Byfive or six months, baby will practically burp herself.

[  ] Lay baby belly-down down on your lap, with her headabove her chest, and pat her back.

[  ] Hold baby facing your chest, with her chinon your shoulder. Use one hand to support her head and the other to rub herback. Or, face her outward and leaning a bit forward, supporting her neck andchest with one hand.

[  ] If baby can hold her head up, try standing and holdher against your body, facing outward. Then apply gentle pressure on herstomach as you walk around the room.

Find the position that works best for your little one, and don't be afraid topat firmly. Infants are tougher than they seem, and being too gentle won'tburst those air bubbles that are bugging your babe.

Paula Kashtan


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