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: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I've heard that you shouldn't fly until after 12 weeks because of the risk of miscarriage -- is this correct? I feel like I've heard of lots of people flying before 12 weeks, though, so I'm wondering if this is just an outdated theory.

Re: I've heard that you shouldn't fly until after 12 weeks because of the risk of miscarriage -- is this correct? I feel like I've heard of lots of people flying before 12 weeks, though, so I'm wondering if this is just an outdated theory.

The Bump Expert

If you've never had a miscarriage before, it should be safe to fly. The other theory you've heard has to do with the fact that approximately 20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Once you've had two or three miscarriages in a row, this risk increases to more than 30%. If you are going to have a miscarriage, it's much more likely to happen in the first trimester than later in pregnancy. By flying, you aren't increasing your risk of miscarriage, but it can be logistically and emotionally difficult if you experience a miscarriage away from home.

Dr. Ashley Roman

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