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: Interviewing a new OB?

How should I pick my OB? What kinds of things should I ask when I'm trying to decide?

Re: How should I pick my OB? What kinds of things should I ask when I'm trying to decide?

The Bump Expert

You're lucky to have a choice. Use these questions to make the most of your good fortune and come to an informed decision.
[  ] If it’s a group practice, what are your chances of having your primary OB deliver?
[  ] Who will be there if your primary OB isn't available in an emergency or when labor begins?
[  ] What is the hospital affiliation?
[  ] What is the cesarean rate?
[  ] Does the doctor (or group) perform episiotomies as a matter of course?
[  ] What is the doctor's attitude about patients having a birth plan with their personal preferences?
[  ] How does the doctor feel about pain medication during birth?
[  ] What are the after-hours policies? Is the doctor available by phone or email for questions between visits, or is there a nurse who can answer provide advice and answers?
[  ] What experience does the doctor (or group) have with high-risk pregnancies?
[  ] How many babies do they deliver per year?

After your interview, ask yourself if the doctor really listened to your concerns and seemed comfortable with your views on pregnancy, childbirth and medical care. If the answer is no, keep looking.

The Bump Editors


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