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.

More about pregnancy week-by-week Less about pregnancy week-by-week

baby registry

need to buy a gift?

Find baby registries (at top retailers!) and websites with one easy search.

what's hot around the web

baby websites

you asked...

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

I feel so tired I can barely keep my head off my desk at work, but I can’t tell my coworkers I’m pregnant yet. How can I cope?

Re: I feel so tired I can barely keep my head off my desk at work, but I can’t tell my coworkers I’m pregnant yet. How can I cope?

The Bump Expert

It does seem cruel that most moms-to-be feel worst during the first 12 weeks or so. Until you announce the good news, there's no milking it for (well-deserved) sympathy. The only real cure for first trimester fatigue is sleeping more... which, to be honest, might not even help. Since you probably can’t take catnaps in your office and remain employed, simply go to go bed earlier, sleep as late as possible, and try to make it through the day.

To boost energy, eat small, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. Go for protein and complex carb combos like whole grain cereal with low-fat milk, a piece of cheese on whole grain crackers or a couple of slices of turkey on whole wheat bread. And when you feel yourself sinking into a valley, do some stretches and deep breathing exercises or go for a brisk walk around the block.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

I was so tired I could hardly do anything. I couldn't focus at work and when I got home there was no energy for do house work. I was tired of being tired, so I went to a lady who works with herbs and enzymes. I found out my iron leave was very very low. I started taken a herb and with in days I had more energy then before. I am still tired but not anything like I was before. I can enjoy my other children and do my job. Good luck

MNSMMSJJSAJR |

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

Kidney beans and kale are really good for low iron. Be careful with herbs. I am always tired now. I'm 8 weeks and I go to bed around 8:30 pm and get up around 5:45 am. My mom said she was the same during the first trimester, but as soon as she got to the second trimester her energy came back. My hypothyroid is under control and being care for by a endocinologist, but I am still tired.

kellyl831 |

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

Omg I'm so tired and I work 14 hr days. I feel constantly exhausted in week 7. Not to mention the all day nausea. Hurry second trimester

michellebrosnan@optonline.net |

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

for paula to try and help you get that extra boost of energy during the day again go to sleep as early as possible and wake up as late as possible when you get up try taking a cool shower and eat a well balenced breakfast then continully eat snaks during the day. B vitamins are also good to help boost your energy during the day and safe for pregnancy. for michellebrosnan sea bands are drug free inexpensive and very good for nausea once you put them on they work within five minutes, and are available at local drug stores.

loveismylife18 |

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

One thing I've noticed helps me is not eating after dinner. My sleep is more restful, and I'm actually hungry when I wake up. Yes - there is nausea when I wake up, too. I just hurry and eat before the nausea really sets in!

doriblakley |

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

haha You just recommended to eat a slice of turkey! You can't eat lunch meats when you're pregnant!!!?

minckley |

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

Do you think something is wrong if I am not tired?

Taraafc |

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

you can have turkey without it being deli turkey

cocoapicasso |

Q&A: Pregnant and tired all the time?

Pre packaged lunch meats are fine just not the stuff that sits out in the open all day

djsavage10 |

tools

My Pregnancy Calendar
Count down to delivery with your pregnancy calendar.
baby names
Browse 1000s of baby names in our Baby Namer tool.
pregnancy tickers
Create your own pregnancy ticker.
how big is baby
From poppyseed to papaya, see how baby grows each week.

>> See all tools