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 risk diagnostic testing?

With the increased miscarriage risk from CVS and amnio, why would I consider testing?

Re: With the increased miscarriage risk from CVS and amnio, why would I consider testing?

The Bump Expert

It all depends on what makes you more nervous -- being unsure about baby's condition, or (very slightly) increasing miscarriage risk. For some parents, the test results will determine the next action -- if the results show a serious birth defect, you may decide to terminate the pregnancy. Even if you plan on having the baby no matter what, though, there are reasons to test (though some parents feel that if they’re not considering termination, there’s no reason to increase the risk of miscarriage just for the sake of knowing). If the test comes up positive, you’ll have time to learn about your child’s specific disorder, prepare emotionally, and start arranging any special care and resources that baby may need after birth. Your doctor will be prepared to deliver a baby with a special condition, and can make sure any necessary resources, including a neonatal intensive care unit, are available. The disorder may also affect the safest way to deliver baby (vaginal birth vs. c-section). And, if the test results show up negative, you’ll be able to take a major worry off your mind. (Though no test will detect every problem, it can definitely rule out enough for a big sigh of relief.)

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005.

Paula Kashtan

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