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: Timing of first OB appointment?

I called yesterday to schedule my first doc visit. They didn't schedule me until the middle of my 9th week. Is that okay? --carriem428

Re: I called yesterday to schedule my first doc visit. They didn't schedule me until the middle of my 9th week. Is that okay? --carriem428

The Bump Expert

We typically schedule low risk patients for their first visit at around eight or nine weeks. There are some cases when we recommend women come to the office earlier (when they have a positive pregnancy test), such as if a woman has had recurrent early pregnancy losses or if she needs to be on blood thinners for a known blood clotting disorder.


Dr. Ashley Roman

Q&A: Timing of first OB appointment?

I would recommend waiting until eight or nine weeks. I scheduled my first appointment was scheduled for 6 weeks from my LMP. Once completing the ultrasound they were only able to see the gestational sac and yolk sac because it was too early to see a baby. I then had to complete 2 days of blood work which did nothing but worry me since this is my first pregnancy. I was scheduled for a second ultrasound a week later since I am believed to actually be anywhere from 4-6 weeks and it was too early to see the baby or hear a heart beat. I would recommend waiting unless you are in pain or have uncommon symptoms as it will probably only worry you more if you go too early.

spencermaegan |


I called to make my first doctors appointment, they won't see me until I'm 10 weeks along. Is this normal? I have never had any collocations before, and we have 5 beautiful healthy children. What concerns me is I am 39, soon to be 40. My lady pregnancy 3.5 years ago I had bleeding at 10 weeks and tge doc thinks it was from sex but wasn't sure. It lasted for 2-3 weeks! Should I call them back and explain this so I can get in earlier?

Angelkimay |

Q&A: Timing of first OB appointment?

this is my 1st pregnancy and i'm 5 weeks today (or tomorrow) depending on which day did it! the dr doesn't want to see me until april 5 when they can hear the heartbeat even though i'm over 40 but I guess that's whats commnon

proctorcookie7 |


Hello my name is Tina I have a 7 year old son and am 5 weeks pregnant by the bumps working outs x it seems a lot has changed in 7 years so pleeeze can someone tel me what an o b appointment is ? Xx

Jayjblip |


Hi me again by the way am 36 and am having people drumming downs testing in to me should I be that worried ? X

Jayjblip |

Q&A: Timing of first OB appointment?

My OB schedules a nurse appointment and blood work around 7 weeks, first MD visit between 10-12 weeks, when baby is grown enough to see clearly on ultrasound. Tina, this is simply an appointment with your obstetrician (OB for short,) to check your general health, confirm your pregnancy, answer questions, and possibly do an early ultrasound to check out your baby. While the risk of genetic disorders is slightly higher in moms over 35, the tests to check for them also carry some risks, including a small risk of miscarriage. Learn about the pros and cons, and then decide for yourself if this information is important enough to you to be worth the potential risk.

AbbyBarnesRN |

Q&A: Timing of first OB appointment?

Mine is also scheduled for about 9-1/2 weeks.... it so hard to wait.

JenC1616 |

Q&A: Timing of first OB appointment?

my name is Jessica and I found out that I was pregnant back on the 14th. I have been pregnant before, however that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. I go to see my CNP on April 7th which will put me around 7 1/2 weeks. This is so nerve wracking...

LedfordFamily2014 |

Q&A: Timing of first OB appointment?

My first appointment isn't until I am 10 weeks. That puts me going June 3rd. So far away!!!

mkc1212 |

Q&A: Timing of first OB appointment?

I'm approximately 4weeks and 2 days and my appointment is next week May 20th. Is that too early to see anything? I don't want to worry!

mylittlebabyblessing |

Q&A: Timing of first OB appointment?

I am 5 weeks and 3 days. I just left the clinc and had an ultrasound. The only thing we could see was the sac. My next appt is in 2 weeks and they said they would do another ultrasound and we would hopefully see our baby.

misdlatt |


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