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 am I getting all of these nosebleeds?

Are nosebleeds more common during pregnancy? What can I do to stop them?

Re: Are nosebleeds more common during pregnancy? What can I do to stop them?

The Bump Expert

Now that you're pregnant, nosebleeds are probably a much more common occurrence than ever before, but that's perfectly normal. In pregnancy, there's an increase in blood volume, and the tender mucous membranes of the nasal area become more susceptible to nosebleeds as your veins get dilated. Nosebleeds also tend to come with colds; so don't be shocked if one comes while you're feeling a bit under the weather. (Learn how to prevent colds -- safely -- here.)

To stop a nosebleed, apply pressure to your nose by pinching it for at least five to 10 minutes, which is how long it should take for the blood to clot naturally. And word of advice, mama: Keep plenty of tissues with you in that big purse of yours, and check in with your doc if you're having frequent or excessive nosebleeds.

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


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