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Guide to Pregnancy by Week


Guide to Being One Week Pregnant

When you're looking down the long road to motherhood, week 40 can look more appealing than week one. It can seem a long time to wait to feel that tiny fist wrapped around your finger. So what is week one really like, and how exactly can you tell you're one week along?

Guide to Being Two Weeks Pregnant

Like "one-week pregnant," two weeks along exists only in retrospect. That doesn't mean the second week of pregnancy doesn't matter, though. There's no baby yet, but there's a lot of preparation going on.

Guide to Being Three Weeks Pregnant

If you're trying for a baby, this is your big moment. Conception typically occurs during week three, which means you are not just technically pregnant, you're actually pregnant. At last, a microscopic ball of cells to call your own.

Guide to Being Four Weeks Pregnant

You're having the symptoms -- morning sickness, bloating, missed period -- but you aren't sure if you're really pregnant. Four weeks is about the right time to take the pregnancy test and get an accurate diagnosis. Why? Read on to find out.

Guide to Being Five Weeks Pregnant

In week five, your fetus is about the size of a sesame seed! You're popping folic acid and trying to fight off morning sickness. Here's what you and your partner should know about this early stage of prengnancy.

Guide to Being Six Weeks Pregnant

During week six of your pregnancy, those cravings and bouts of morning sickness are in full swing! The good news? You might be able to hear your baby's heartbeat. What else can you expect when your little one is a half-inch long?

Guide to Being Seven Weeks Pregnant

By now, your baby is transforming from a featureless, c-shaped tube into a tiny creature with a head. What else can you expect during your seventh week of pregnancy?

Guide to Being Eight Weeks Pregnant

While you won't be feeling it yet, your baby is actually starting to move around. What else can you expect from your eighth week of pregnancy?

Guide to Being Nine Weeks Pregnant

You're two-thirds of the way through your first trimester and really starting to feel -- if not actually look -- pregnant. At this point, you may also be experiencing some unpleasant side effects. But what exactly is going on during week nine?

Guide to Being 10 Weeks Pregnant

By Week 10, if you were to look closely at your baby, you'd notice she doesn't look like a tadpole anymore. Her embryonic tail, at the bottom of the spinal cord, has disappeared and her rapidly developing spinal nerves have become visible. What else can you see?

Guide to Being 11 Weeks Pregnant

Hopefully your morning sickness has started to subside and your energy level has increased. You might even be starting to see that "pregnancy glow." But you will be experiencing some new changes ahead. Let's take a look.

Guide to Being 12 Weeks Pregnant

The day comes when you take a drive without a pit stop and get through a day without getting sick. Hopefully first-trimester symptoms are starting to ease up in week 12, leaving plenty of room for a new set of sensory experiences.

Guide to Being 13 Weeks Pregnant

In week 13, pregnancy is probably starting to be a whole lot more fun. Lots of women find the middle months to be the easiest, with fewer unpleasant symptoms and new reasons to be excited. So what should you expect in this banner week of pregnancy?

Guide to Being 14 Weeks Pregnant

Now solidly in your second trimester, you're probably more excited than ever about your little bun in the oven. At 14 weeks, development is progressing at a breakneck pace. What's next?

Guide to Being 15 Weeks Pregnant

You're rounding third on month four, and with just 25 waist-expanding weeks until the moment you've been waiting for, you might be feeling better than you have in some time. What should you expect in week 15?

Guide to Being 16 Weeks Pregnant

This is a big week for baby mamas! You might find out your little one's gender, and you can also start feeling your baby's movements. Also, it's time to book that babymoon you've been dreaming about -- you deserve it.

Guide to Being 17 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy is a strange and wonderful time at 17 weeks along. Sure, your gums are bleeding and you're dizzy all the time, but you've got life growing inside you! Find out what your little guy or gal is up to.

Guide to Being 18 Weeks Pregnant

There are no breaks in the action when you're pregnant. It's week after week of miracles and heartburn. Week 18 is no exception. What's going on inside you?

Guide to Being 19 Weeks Pregnant

By 19 weeks, you're probably starting to truly feel pregnant. It'll get worse before it gets better, but don't worry: As soon as you feel those tiny kicks, you'll forget it all.

Guide to Being 20 Weeks Pregnant

You're about to enter your third trimester of pregnancy, and with all the changes happening in your life and your body, you might feel overwhelmed. Take a moment to relax while reading our guide to being 20 weeks pregnant.

Guide to Being 21 Weeks Pregnant

At 21 weeks pregnant, your little bundle of joy will arrive in just a few more months! Here's a guide to what's happening in your body right now.

Guide to Being 22 Weeks Pregnant

The second half of your second trimester can sometimes feel like the middle of a long road trip. What pleasant surprises does week 22 hold in store? Read on to find out.

Guide to Being 23 Weeks Pregnant

Here are some of the things you might be feeling, thinking about and wishing your partner knew as you head into week 23 of your pregnancy. And yes, the skin on your belly actually will stretch a little more.

Guide to Being 24 Weeks Pregnant

By the time you hit 24 weeks, the novelty might be wearing off. Still, you're nearing the home stretch, and believe it or not, this may be the most comfortable you feel until after your love bug arrives. So what do you need to know?

Guide to Being 25 Weeks Pregnant

Hello, 25 weeks! You're halfway through month six, and your baby's body is taking leaps and bounds toward the first breath, the first cry and the first grip on your finger. Motherhood is close. But what comes first?

Guide to Being 26 Weeks Pregnant

By week 26, your discomfort, anxiety and excitement are probably growing at similar rates. Baby is roughly, astonishingly, just 14 weeks off. So what should you prepare for now?

Guide to Being 27 Weeks Pregnant

If, up to now, you've barely been showing, week 27 could be your entry into the "obviously pregnant" zone. You're getting so close -- what should you expect during this transition between the second and third trimesters?

Guide to Being 28 Weeks Pregnant

You're in the third trimester now, and your baby bump has swollen to a baby boulder! If you haven't decorated your nursery or picked out a baby name, it's time to get cracking. We've got a few more hints for moms at 28 weeks.

Guide to Being 29 Weeks Pregnant

While you might be experiencing less-than-pleasant things such as constipation and swelling in your hands and feet, take a look at the exciting developments happening with your baby during your 29th week of pregnancy.

Guide to Being 30 Weeks Pregnant

Welcome to the big 3-0 -- your 30th week of pregnancy, that is. You've got about 10 weeks to go until your baby arrives, so let's take a look at what's happening during the homestretch of your pregnancy.

Guide to Being 31 Weeks Pregnant

Fasten your seatbelts, ladies: While you may carry to 42 weeks (or, Lord help you, beyond), "full term" is just six weeks off. That means in a month and a half, you've got the green light to give birth to that tiny person you're carrying around.

Guide to Being 32 Weeks Pregnant

Feel like you just might burst? Hang in there: At week 32, you've got as little as five weeks until you're full-term, and just eight until you enter "overdue." You're nearing the end. And the beginning. And that baby is huge.

Guide to Being 33 Weeks Pregnant

What's the mind-body experience you'll have at 33 weeks? Every kick helps you count down to the day you'll deliver your little acrobat. The nursery's ready, but there are still some things to think about and some important preparations to make.

Guide to Being 34 Weeks Pregnant

Though you're only six weeks from your official due date, you might feel like you're looking at the longest six weeks of your life. What can you expect in week 34 of your pregnancy?

Guide to Being 35 Weeks Pregnant

At 35 weeks pregnant, you're well into the homestretch. Your baby is basically done growing, so all you have to do now is relax until he makes his arrival.

Guide to Being 36 Weeks Pregnant

In your 36th week of pregnancy, it's easy to appreciate why gravid is another word for pregnant. See what you can look forward to as you gear up for the big day.

Guide to Being 37 Weeks Pregnant

That baby is technically ready to go, and it could happen any minute now. So what are you experiencing at 37 weeks, and what's happening in that enormous belly of yours?

Guide to Being 38 Weeks Pregnant

You've got two short, waddling weeks left, give or take, before your baby greets the world, and the excitement (and anxiety) might be keeping you up at night. So what are you experiencing in week 38?

Guide to Being 39 Weeks Pregnant

Thirty-nine weeks down, only one or two more to go! Here's what's going on with you and baby during these final days of pregnancy.

Guide to Being 40 Weeks Pregnant

You're having a baby any day now! We'll take you through the final preparation for the long-awaited event.

Guide to Being 41 Weeks Pregnant

At 41 weeks pregnant, it's very possible your due date has come and gone. Read on for why your little bundle of joy could just not be ready to make an appearance.

Guide to Being 42 Weeks Pregnant

So, your due date came and went, and you're still lugging around that passenger. How can someone so little be so stubborn?

Guide to Being 42+ Weeks Pregnant

Well, it's official: You're overdue, post-term, post-date or just plain sick of this miracle happening inside you. So what's taking that (not so) little one so long?