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: Why is my mouth watering so much?

Now that I’m pregnant, my mouth is watering all the time. Why?

Re: Now that I’m pregnant, my mouth is watering all the time. Why?

The Bump Expert

We bet no one warned you about this one before you got pregnant, huh? You expect the nausea, the crazy cravings, and the swollen feet. But excess saliva? Seriously? Unfortunately, it’s one of those rarely talked about pregnancy symptoms. On the bright side: it's a harmless symptom and generally doesn’t last long. On the not-so-bright-side: it can definitely get pretty embarrassing in certain social settings and it tends to make nausea even worse. So what’s behind it? Hormones, most likely. Excess saliva usually plagues women who are experiencing particularly bad morning sickness and/or heartburn. So unless you would like to add a spit cup to your accessories closet, there’s not much else to do but wait for this symptom to pass and try and stay hydrated. You can also try brushing your teeth to keep any bad tastes from driving you crazy.

Amy Stanford


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