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: Morning sickness tips?

“Morning” sickness is a lie -- I feel nauseous all day! Any tips on soothing it?

Re: “Morning” sickness is a lie -- I feel nauseous all day! Any tips on soothing it?

The Bump Expert

Dr. Ashley Roman: Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill for curing that horrible, about-to-barf-any-second sensation. But, there are some things you can do to try to minimize it:

Try to eat frequent small meals throughout the day, focusing on stomach-friendly foods like starchy carbs, yogurt and avoiding greasy and spicy foods. An empty stomach only increases nausea. Keep saltine crackers by your bed so that you can snack on a couple before getting up in the morning.

Prevent dehydration (another nausea trigger) by sipping small amounts of water throughout the day and eating hydrating foods like popsicles.

You can also try Sea-Bands or Psi Bands, which are oh-so-stylish stretchy wrist bands proven to reduce nausea by stimulating acupressure points. (They’re available at most drugstores.)

Vitamin B6 has been shown in scientific studies to reduce early pregnancy nausea. Taking 10 or 25 mg tablets up to four times a day can help soothe the nauseated tummy. Ginger capsules 250 mg taken up to four times daily has also been shown in scientific studies to reduce nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy.

Finally, if you’re spending a good part of the day over the toilet or simply can’t stomach the thought of waiting until your second trimester to feel better, ask your doctor about over-the-counter or prescription medications that might help.

“Morning” sickness can be dangerous for both you and the baby if you are losing more than 10% of your baseline weight or if you are unable to keep down even sips of water. If you are losing significant weight or cannot keep anything down, these may be signs of a more serious problem, so talk to your doctor.

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Dr. Ashley Roman

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

I will say the Sea-Bands are a miracle! I haven't been able to function all week because I will so dizzy and finally tried them and I feel like myself again!

Vortex80 |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

Sea-Bands are great! I also work at a compounding pharmacy and got some ginger lollipops. Those help alot also!

Wonderange |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

Taking a half tablet of Doxylamine Succinate (Unisom) and a B6 tablet before bed does wonders for me. In the morning I take another B6 tablet and haven't had a problem with nausea since. I keep crackers with me at work so I have something to munch on during the day.

singingirl96 |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

I'm part of the small percent of women that nothing the doctor has tried has helped. My insurance does not cover the medication Zofran, so I have to jump through hoops first. I was prescribed Regalin, and that worked for one day before it started causing painful and dangerous side effects. Now I've tried the soup and ginger and stuff like that, but they don't work. The only thing that seems to help even the slightest is eating spicy flavored cup noodles. But I plan on trying Sea-Bands soon.

nmvaladanzouj |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

Ginger capsules and papaya enzyme have been helping me. I recommend them!

partycrasher23 |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

Lemon Heads seem to be a great help. I'm a dental hygienist so I'm not looking forward to my own personal trip to the dentist :)

amylynn180 |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

Ginger! Not the pop - the root. Buy it, mince it and use it in salads, tea, and other recipes. For on the go, try peppermint gum or sour candy.

bundleoflove12 |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

Cheeze its and gingerale, also preggie pops found at pharmacy stores like walgreens, cvs, or a walmart.

rrbiggs |

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Carmen medford |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

I wanted to wait until I tried them for over a week to write this, but I bought Quesybeads on etsy.com. It's the same thought as the seaband wristbands with acupressure, only these aren't as obvious (so it's great for those waiting for spill the big news). I'm serious when I say that my all day nausea went from a 9 down to a 3. Don't get me wrong, food still sounds disgusting, but i'm not constantly wondering if I need to run to the restroom while working.

drjessbu13 |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

LEMON! Lemonade, lemon yogurt, lemon gatorade, lemon poppy seed muffins. Seems to be all I can stomach other than crackers and plain macaroni. :) I must try the sea bands though.

JessieMTH |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

im in my 8weeks now, i dont know what im craving for but im in japan and whenever my mother in law cooks japanese foods and i smelled it i feel sick and loose appetite even if im really hungry..what should i do? any tips or advice that can help? thanks!

moonlytmiko |

Q&A: Morning sickness tips?

I'm finding that plain yogurt with granola first thing in the before I even drink anything helps me a lot! I am also separating my drinks from my meals. Also not allowing myself to ever get hungry at all throughout the day with little snacks makes a big difference. Sucking mint Tic Tacs or chewing mint gum helps a lot also. I am going to start the Unisom and B6 today. Se bands didn't do much for me last time, But I'll try them again this time. Every pregnancy is different!

caspernbeth |

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