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: Pregnant and can't stop peeing?

Why am I peeing so much, and is there any way to cut down on how many times I pee during the day? It's driving me crazy!

Re: Why am I peeing so much, and is there any way to cut down on how many times I pee during the day? It's driving me crazy!

The Bump Expert

There are a few reasons behind your steady stream. For one thing, the hormone hCG triggers an increase in blood flow to the pelvic area, causing you to make more pee. In addition, the efficiency of the kidneys improves during pregnancy, so your body gets rid of waste products (i.e. pee) more quickly. And let's not forget your growing uterus, which puts increasing pressure on your bladder as it gets bigger. (And bigger!)

The good news is, this pressure lifts once the uterus rises into your abdominal cavity in the second trimester. Until then, be sure to lean forward when you pee to completely empty your bladder, which might cut back on trips to the WC. But don’t stop downing the liquids -- your body needs them.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Pregnant and can't stop peeing?

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