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: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

Is it safe to do yoga? I'm about 7 weeks pregnant but in October of 2006 I miscarried around 9 weeks. I just want to play everything on the safe side. --MissMoochie

Re: Is it safe to do yoga? I'm about 7 weeks pregnant but in October of 2006 I miscarried around 9 weeks. I just want to play everything on the safe side. --MissMoochie

The Bump Expert In general, it is safe to do yoga during pregnancy. It is important to stay well-hydrated and avoid Bikram yoga or yoga performed at hot temperatures. If you had a first trimester miscarriage in a prior pregnancy and have had no problems with your current pregnancy such as vaginal bleeding or spotting, yoga should still be OK. But, if you are concerned or anxious about exercising given your history, I would suggest waiting until the second trimester before starting or resuming yoga.

Dr. Ashley Roman

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