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: Preventing pregnancy stretch marks?

Is it possible to prevent stretch marks? Or, if I do get them, can I make them go away?

Re: Is it possible to prevent stretch marks? Or, if I do get them, can I make them go away?

The Bump Expert

One of the most dreaded effects of pregnancy is stretch marks. From belly to bottom, stretch marks hit over half of pregnant women. Stretch marks happen because your skin is expanding at such a rapid rate, particularly in the sixth and seventh months. You’re more likely to get stretch marks if you are carrying multiples or a big baby or gained weight especially quickly. Genetics also play a factor -- if your mother or sister got stretch marks, you probably will, too.

Although there are no surefire ways to prevent stretch marks, there are a few measures you can take. No hard evidence supports that lotions and creams work, but moisturizing and staying hydrated are great ways to protect your skin’s elasticity. The good news is, stretch marks should fade considerably in the months after you deliver. If you’re later unhappy with your skin’s appearance, see a dermatologist for treatment options such as prescription creams and laser therapy.

Paula Kashtan

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