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: Do I need life insurance?

Now that I'm expecting a baby, I want to get a life insurance policy. What should I look for in a policy?

Re: Now that I'm expecting a baby, I want to get a life insurance policy. What should I look for in a policy?

The Bump Expert

You have two options for life insurance. If you choose a variable policy, the premiums you pay will be high but you can invest the money in the financial markets. That could help the cash value of your policy, and cause it to either gain or lose value. You can also borrow against the policy if you need the money.

Your other option is term life insurance. It's cheaper than variable and pays only upon your death without offering those other financial options. And, if you don't die, no one you know will ever see those premiums. Still, many investment advisors will say to stick with term because it nicely serves the purpose of protecting your loved ones while freeing up those extra funds, which you can invest separately in an investment account with even more options and potentially smaller fees.

Brett Graff

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Okay I'm 6wks pregnant, my due date is 11/6/13 & I have a daughter who will be 3 in July!? How much harder is it with two kids?

madisynmommy |

Q&A: Do I need life insurance?

What do you mean, harder? The premiums you will pay for life insurance don't depend on how many children you have, they depend on your age, your health, smoker/non-smoker, etc. The number of children you have does play into how much life insurance you should get. Rule of thumb is 10 x's your salary but if you are single, it should be more. If you are young and healthy, get as much as you can afford and lock it in now for 30 years. I suggest going to zander.com for a free quote.

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