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: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

Why am I getting these headaches, and what can I do about them? 

Re: Why am I getting these headaches, and what can I do about them? 

The Bump Expert

Headaches are very common during the first trimester, and stem from a variety of factors. Surging hormones, increased blood volume circulation, stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, and caffeine withdrawal all can lead to a pounding head. Luckily, these headaches should recede during the second trimester as your body adjusts to the new hormone levels. If severe headaches do occur during the third trimester, talk to your doctor -- this could be a sign of preeclampsia.

Avoid tension headaches by getting plenty of sleep, exercising, eating healthy, and staying hydrated. If the pain does hit, try applying a warm compress to your face or a cold compress to the back of your neck, resting in a dark room or taking a warm shower. This is also the perfect time to let your spouse do his part in the pregnancy... meaning, a neck and shoulder massage for you! If these natural methods don't relieve the pain, talk to your doctor about medication. It's generally recommended for pregnant women to steer clear of meds like aspirin and ibuprofen, but never pop any pills or supplements without your doctor's approval.


Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

My morning sickness has been replaced by headaches. I have been trying to drink a full glass of water in the morning and trying to get my husband to rub my neck a bit. Will buy a hot/cold pack over the weekend to see if it will help.

kellyl831 |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

week 8. I had a terrible headache for 3 days. I could fell pain in my face neck and behind the eyes too. Tried all of the above. On day 3 I took 1 tylenol (only 500 mg). The headache was gone within an hr.

chagara |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

I've had a headache now for the past 3 days...its dull but very annoying. Nothing seems to help so I am just dealing at the moment.

Brit1031 |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

I get these several day-long types of headaches every cycle (and now while pregnant) from hormones. I can't tell you why, but bananas are all that work for me. I have to always have them around.

almsthere |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

A small glass of Coke was recommended and it worked wonders!

joselynzick |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

ice pack;, peppermint, lavendar, and vanilla scents. Badger Co makes a gel in a tin to rub on your forehead that is great, it smells of lavendar and peppermint ( and it's organic). I suffer from migraines and have to come up with inventive ways to treat now. I can find Badger products at also walking outside getting that fresh air is great. lots of water and 100% juice too. I have aromatherapy pillows that I can put in the freezer or microwave that are always handy.

epema512 |

Q&A: Ways to deal with headaches during pregnancy?

I think in your case, headaches are your baby's way of telling you she needs vitamins and minerals. Most of the nutrients from the food you eat goes directly to you, by giving yourself better absorption, you're in turn, helping to feed your baby better, which in turn, relieves the headache.

BethReis |


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