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: Soft cheeses during pregnancy?

Can I eat soft cheeses?  I read somewhere that they're bad for you during pregnancy -- is this true?

Re: Can I eat soft cheeses?  I read somewhere that they're bad for you during pregnancy -- is this true?

The Bump Expert Well, kind of. It’s not the cheese itself that can be harmful; it’s the process that’s used to make it. Before you chow down on the cheese, check the ingredient label and make sure it’s made from pasteurized milk. Unpasteurized cheeses can contain disease-spreading organisms that’ll put you and baby at a higher risk for getting sick. They also can carry listeria monocytogenes, deadly bacterium that are more likely to affect pregnant women. Pasteurization is what kills this nasty bacteria (along with other bad organisms). Varieties like Brie, feta and goat cheese are most likely to be pasteurized in the United States, but it's always worth it to double check. Just make sure to read the label before you buy!

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Soft cheeses during pregnancy?

Be sure to check and see if the cheese dip from your favorite Mexican Restaurant is pasteurized. My Dr mentioned it, so when I went to eat tonight I made it a point to ask and the waitress didn't know but went to ask and someone else and they said it's not. What a bummer. No more cheese dip for me!

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