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: Why do I have to pee in a cup at my regular checkup?

What's my doctor checking for in there, anyway?

Re: What's my doctor checking for in there, anyway?

The Bump Expert

We know it's not pleasant to have to pee in a cup at your regular OB appointment, but your doc is checking for some pretty important stuff in there. Your pee is how the doc checks that you're not at risk for preeclampsia (too much protein in your urine could be the first sign of the disorder) or diabetes (she'll see excess sugar in your urine). They'll also check that you're not dehydrated and don't have a bacterial infection like a UTI (urinary tract infection). All of these, of course, keep both you and baby healthy, and even though all those pee tests are annoying, face it -- you have to pee anyway!

David E. Zepeda, MD, OB/GYN at The Women's Specialists of Houston affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women and clinical associate professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Q&A: Why do I have to pee in a cup at my regular checkup?

My doctor also checks for drugs and alcohol

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