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: Emotions during pregnancy?

I'm pregnant with my first baby, and I'm super emotional! I know that being hormonal is part of pregnancy, but how do I know what's normal and what isn't?

Re: I'm pregnant with my first baby, and I'm super emotional! I know that being hormonal is part of pregnancy, but how do I know what's normal and what isn't?

The Bump Expert

Every pregnancy is different, but you're right that (unfortunately) being emotional is often a big part of pregnancy. Your body is going through some pretty crazy changes, and it can be especially trying during the first trimester when you're just getting used to the transformation.

While mood swings during pregnancy can be traced to everything from fatigue, physical stress and metabolic changes, the main culprit is your hormones. During the first few months after conception, the levels of hormones like estrogen and progesterone change dramatically, which has significant effect on brain chemistry. So if you find yourself spontaneously bursting into tears or breaking into a laughing fit, don't worry -- you're pregnant, not crazy.

For most women, the moodiness is most noticeable in the first few months of pregnancy and the last weeks leading up to delivery. If yours seem extreme or are affecting your way of life, talk with your doc. She'll be able to guide you towards further care.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Emotions during pregnancy?

i just had the worst crying fit last night. nearly scared my husband to death! the way i see it, the more pregnancy symptoms, the more likely it is that you're having a healthy pregnancy so far. hang in there!

kerplunk1127 |


Thank you for all the advice mommies! Im about 6 weeks now & Its nice to know other women have experienced what Ive been going through, and to learn valuable info! I had an emotional episode last night that even scared me a little. These darn hormones I'm trying to stay calm and grounded but something takes over.... I just think about my baby find comfort in Scripture and don't want to cause problems so Im getting better with it! Prayers and best wishes to all if us:)

Newbeemama |


I've always struggled with stress. And now that I'm 5 weeks preggers I'm even more stressed cause of my hormones and I misscarried last April at 8 weeks. My emotions are everywhere. And I'm worried that my stress will cause me to miscarry. When Iget really stressed and upset I get mild cramping in my stomach. That's worrying me. I haven't bleed at all. But I'm worried I may miscarry. Would anyone be able to tell me what the think the cramps are from and if so is it going to cause me to miscarry???

jaleen15 |

Q&A: Emotions during pregnancy?

Try reading a little about misscarriage on WebMD. I did because I'm a giant ball of anxiety... they said that stress won't cause a misscarriage. I would assume that stress would cause cramps though.

rachelrambin |


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