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It’s a long 9 months, but we’ll be here every step of the way to make sure your pregnancy goes as smooth and safe as possible!  After all, that’s why we were founded! Good luck, it’s a long and incredible trip! –Bump Boxes

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4 Weeks Pregnant

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Welcome to pregnancy!

It’s a long 9 months, but we’ll be here every step of the way to make sure your pregnancy goes as smooth and safe as possible!  After all, that’s why we were founded! Good luck, it’s a long and incredible trip! –Bump Boxes

At 4 weeks pregnant the size of your baby is hardly measurable – it’s an embryo the size of a grain of sugar. That embryo is divided into three sections that will form into vital organs. Your placenta has also started to form, which will provide everything your baby needs as they both grow. Your baby is even beginning to develop a brain and central nervous system! The craziest part? All of these big developments are unnoticeable by the outside world (and maybe to you, too)!

When they’re 4 weeks pregnant, most moms don’t even know it! The start of the embryonic period (aka the beginning of pregnancy) happens as soon as you miss your first period. Sometime during the end of this week you will be able to take a home pregnancy test and see for sure. This is some big news, and it can come as a shock! Your first order of business should be talking to your partner, followed closely by a call to your doctor for a prenatal appointment. The ingredients are here and the oven is on, lets get cooking!

Symptoms at 4 Weeks Pregnant

Your body is going to start doing a lot of hard work as that little grain of sugar and your uterus get acquainted. Most symptoms you experience during this week may be pretty similar to what you’re used to feeling before your period begins. You could be getting a little bit of bleeding or cramping as your baby settles in. The pregnancy hormone progesterone will begin flowing and possibly cause some bloating and tender breasts. Then again, since it’s so early you may not experience any symptoms at all. Just remember, every body and every baby is different!

Your Baby

  • Your baby is difficult to measure…a near-microscopic embryo!
  • The neural tube has formed, which is the basis for the nervous system
  • The amniotic sac and fluid begin to develop, ready to cushion your growing baby

Your Body

  • A little light bleeding (spotting) as your embryo settles into your uterine lining
  • Tender breasts
  • Bloating
  • Nausea

Bump Boxes Tip!

-Start taking a prenatal vitamin if you haven’t already

 



5 Weeks Pregnant

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It’s week five!

This is the week that the majority of women find out they are pregnant. You’ve missed your period by a full week, and that home pregnancy test will hopefully show you a positive result. The only thing missing from the excitement? Sprinkles! Your baby at 5 weeks pregnant is less than 1/4 of an inch long, barely the size of a sprinkle!

Your little sprinkle is composed of three layers, the endoderm, ectoderm and mesoderm. These layers will grow into organs and tissues in the weeks ahead. The placenta and umbilical cord, although they are in very early development, are hard at work supplying oxygen and nutrients to your baby.

As soon as you are sure you are pregnant, it’s very important to stop smoking and drinking alcohol. This can have serious negative effects for your child, so get used to saying no to that glass of wine at dinner! In fact, there are quite a few things that you should think about saying no to now that you’re 5 weeks pregnant!

Symptoms at 5 weeks pregnant

That little embryo is growing like crazy, and your body is preparing for some very big changes in the coming weeks. In fact, by next week your baby will have doubled in size! That’s a tall order, so you can expect to feel sore breasts, fatigue and nausea. As different parts of your body change, you may also start taking those frequent trips to the bathroom to pee… yes, it can start this early!

Your Baby

  • Your baby is .13 inches long and growing fast!
  • Beginning to form vital organs and major systems
  • The placenta and umbilical cord are already doing their job

Your Body

  • Nausea (Say hello to morning sickness!)
  • Tender breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Spotting

Bump Boxes Tip!

-Call your doctor and schedule a prenatal appointment, which usually happens at week 8

-Start paying attention to the different foods and chemicals you interact with on a day-to-day basis, the safer the better!



6 Weeks Pregnant

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Hello week 6!

Are used to the idea of being pregnant yet? It can take some time! You’ve got plenty of time left to let it sink in, so now its best to just go with the flow. In order to get through the difficult early stages, it’s important to appreciate the little things, like how fast your baby is growing! At 6 weeks pregnant your baby is now 1/4 of an inch long, the size of one sugared pine nut!

Pregnancy can really make your heart race… this is true for you and your baby! An increasingly developing circulatory system just started pumping blood through baby’s body, thanks to a tiny heart beating nearly twice as fast as yours. The intestines and lungs are starting to form, but the most exciting news may be that your baby’s face is starting to emerge! The eyes, nose, ears, mouth and cheeks are all making an appearance this week. What a cutie!

Symptoms at 6 Weeks Pregnant

All of these changes are of course going to have an impact on your body, enough to make any person feel pretty emotional. In fact, the changes in your body’s hormone levels at 6 weeks pregnant are most likely causing your mood to fluctuate and fly all over the place! Some days you may feel overjoyed, others you could feel super moody. This is a natural part of the process! Among the other natural parts of week six: nausea (you’re familiar with that by now!), fatigue and more soreness. You may get a little bit of spotting or bleeding like in the earlier weeks. Be sure to contact your healthcare provider about it, just to be safe. In fact, keeping a running list of questions and concerns in between prenatal doctor visits is a great way to ease your stress.

Your Baby

  • Your baby is .25 inches long, doubled from last week!
  • A tiny heart is beating 100-160 times a minute
  • The lungs, brain and face are all entering the early stages of growth

Your Body

  • The pregnancy hormone hCG is causing some intense feelings and mood swings
  • Morning sickness and nausea, which is NOT confined to the morning.
  • Fatigue
  • Soreness
  • Possible spotting

Bump Boxes Tip!

-Take pictures every week of your little bump’s progress…it goes by so fast!

-Check your makeup bag! The products you’re used to using may contain dangerous chemicals that are very harmful for your little one!

 



7 Weeks Pregnant

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What’s up week 7!

You wouldn’t be able to tell from the outside, but at 7 weeks pregnant your little bump has doubled in size yet again – now the size of a single Jordan Almond (1/2 inches across!).

While your baby is hard at work developing hundreds of brain cells each minute (wow!), you are probably starting to feel the heat. At 7 weeks pregnant, your body is building the placenta – your baby’s life support system. Your body is going through a LOT of changes, all in preparation for when your little bump isn’t so little anymore.

One big step this week is preparing for your first prenatal visit with your OB. Not all pregnancies are the same, and some doctors will schedule you earlier or later. Remember to bring a list of questions and medications you are taking. Prepare for a battery of samples: urine, blood, and cervical cells (yeesh!). The first appointment usually takes the longest, so make use of the time by bringing all of your questions and concerns!

Symptoms at 7 Weeks Pregnant

You’re probably experiencing fatigue, tender breasts, and some serious nausea – the usual! Also you can start to expect some crazy cravings or aversions to food. Some of this can be chalked up to your body needing more nutrition than usual, and hormones play a pretty big role as well! Its okay to indulge, but try to pick healthier options when you can.

Your Baby

  • Developing a permanent set of kidneys
  • Serious generation of brain cells
  • Formation of arm and leg joints

Your Body

  • Frequent urge to pee (your uterus has actually doubled in size since week 4!)
  • Nausea
  • Soreness
  • Fatigue
  • Food cravings and aversions

Bump Boxes Tip!

-Although you may be experiencing aversions to food, along with nausea, try to get in as many nutrients as you can! Stick with organic fruits and veggies, nuts, and proteins…or if crackers and ginger ale is your diet right now (thanks morning sickness), make sure you take that prenatal vitamin!

Fun fact: Traditionally, Jordan Almonds are served at weddings in groups of 5, so they are indivisible, just like the newlyweds. Across many different cultures, Jordan Almonds have roots with new couples – and their new babies! These tasty treats are often used to celebrate a new pregnancy or birth. The usual time to announce a pregnancy is 12 weeks, but if you’re feeling antsy, don’t hold back!



8 Weeks Pregnant

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Feelin’ great in week 8!

You’re 8 weeks pregnant, and your baby is 0.6 inches long and finally has a measurable weight: just 0.04 ounces! You probably can’t see a bump yet, but you may catch yourself checking out your stomach in the mirror to get a sneak preview!

This week, baby is growing some basic, primitive structures that will grow into full-fledged people parts in the coming weeks. She’s got webbed fingers and toes, and she’s even growing some basic taste buds! One signature of the embryonic period, her tail, is starting to go away. Her brain is also making very basic neural connections, and she’s moving her (extremely) tiny limbs! What a crazy amount of development from what was a clump of cells a month ago!

Symptoms at 8 Weeks Pregnant

You can’t feel your baby’s movements, nor can you see your bump (probably). What you CAN feel, is nausea and fatigue – two major first trimester symptoms. There’s also a chance that by now you’re getting some sharp pains in the side of your pelvis. These “round ligament pains” are a result of your ever-growing uterus and your body trying to keep up. Hormones are also doing their business when you’re 8 weeks pregnant. They have a hand in your morning sickness, as well as making you feel pretty emotional, and causing your breasts to grow a cup size or two. You may need to size up those bras!

Your Baby

  • Primitive lungs and breathing tubes are growing
  • So antsy! Your baby is moving constantly, even though she’s too small for you to feel it
  • Baby’s body is starting to straighten out, and very basic facial structures are appearing!

Your Body

  • Nausea, aka morning sickness, has most likely reared its ugly head by now
  • Vaginal discharge can be expected, possibly with some blood
  • Issues with your tummy! Heartburn, nausea, indigestion and more run rampant


9 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 9 – time to celebrate!

First off, welcome to your third month of pregnancy! At 9 weeks pregnant your baby is just about the size of a maraschino cherry. Wow! Weighing in at about 0.9 inches and 0.07 ounces, she’s got most of her basic physiology and essential body parts in place and ready to develop.

At 9 weeks pregnant, some amazing things are happening with your baby. Her tiny heart has developed its four chambers – with a heartbeat you can see and hear through ultrasound! The eyes have developed and the placenta is nearly ready to produce hormones. That means you won’t have to do it anymore! You’re not quite out of the woods, but now that most of your baby’s basic structure is there the nasty part of the first trimester has an end in sight.

Symptoms at 9 Weeks Pregnant

By now, you are probably ready to get the heck out of the 1st trimester. You’re halfway through it, you got this! Something that’s easy to get familiar with but impossible to get used to is morning sickness. Unfortunately, although it often starts in the morning its can strike at any time, partly thanks to your increased sense of smell. Getting used to those mood swings and cravings yet? At 9 weeks pregnant your body is producing a ton of hormones that cause these symptoms. Soon enough they will calm down, but do your best to stick through it for the next few weeks! If it’s getting too rough, we have tons of natural morning sickness cures that will help any mom!

Your Baby

  • More complexity in organs and systems, including a possibly detectible heartbeat!
  • Fully developed eyes, but lids that won’t open until about week 27
  • No longer an embryo, your baby is a fetus!

 

Your Body

  • Morning sickness is at its peak now, but often subsides around weeks 12-14
  • Frequent need to pee thanks to your growing uterus pushing against your bladder
  • Mood swings, but these should calm down a touch in the second trimester

A few of our morning sickness tips:

-Foods might be difficult to keep down, so we recommend eating very small meals/snacks consistently to keep something in your stomach.

-Be sure to keep that sensitive nose away from strong smells.

-Ginger is an excellent natural nausea-fighter; try some ginger tea or ginger ale for a tasty remedy. Peppermint and acupressure wristbands have been known to help as well.

-And of course, drink plenty of water and stay as hydrated as possible!



10 Weeks Pregnant

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You made it to week 10!

Did you know that at this point your baby is just about the size of a cake pop? At 10 weeks pregnant, baby is about 1 1/4 inches long and 0.15 ounces. He’s already started kicking, although it will still be a few more weeks until you can feel it!

Up until now you’ve definitely felt pregnant, but starting around now you may begin to look it. Your baby is working on kicking the growth up a notch, so that cute little baby bump will start making an appearance (exciting right?). After all, your uterus is expanding every week –and at 10 weeks pregnant it’s the size of a grapefruit! In terms of your little cake pop, this week he has formed working arm joints and is currently growing some bones and cartilage. Solid! Furthermore, the vital organs that developed over the past several weeks are all starting to kick into gear.

Symptoms at 10 Weeks Pregnant

Both of your bodies are changing a bunch, and that can be pretty stressful. Nausea and mood swings, and the rest of the usual symptoms, are probably still hanging around, as well as some new aches and pains. Morning sickness can be a real killer during the first trimester! Fortunately, your friends at Bump Boxes have just the thing! This may be the time to consider some maternity wear, or at least some looser and more comfy clothing. This goes doubly for bras – your breasts are growing a ton during this trimester as they (already!) prepare for breastfeeding. Hey, there are worse things that could happen!

Your Baby

  • Major organs are starting to function
  • Bones, cartilage, and even fingernails are growing steady
  • Swallowing and kicking are your baby’s new favorite activities!

Your Body

  • Slight weight gain, and the beginnings of a bump
  • Blossoming boobs, as well as the possibility of some hormonally induced benefits like glowing skin and luscious hair!
  • Fatigue, aches and soreness
  • Extra veins showing up, pumping tons of blood to your baby


11 Weeks Pregnant

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Good news on Week 11!

Now that you’re 11 weeks pregnant, the end of the first trimester is just on the horizon! After week 13, the 2nd trimester begins and you can generally say goodbye to the nastier effects of hCG hormones. That means a lot less morning sickness and mood swings. What’s better, the 2nd trimester is when a lot of mommies report having more energy and feeling much better than they did in the first 13 weeks, so hang in there!

At 11 weeks pregnant, your baby is now the size of a macaroon, around 1 1/2 inches long and weighing a 1/4 of an ounce. If you got a peek inside your uterus, you would see her kicking, stretching, sighing and hiccupping. She’s looking more and more like a baby every day she matures. The bones in the face are forming nicely, and the proportions of the body are starting to get closer to those of a newborn’s.

Symptoms at 11 Weeks Pregnant

For some women, nausea and mood swings have already begun to disappear by now. Another pregnancy symptom that many women experience is a dark vertical line showing up on the belly. It’s called the Linea Nigra (latin for, you guessed it, black line), and it’s caused by the same hormones that darken the areolas. Hormones do some crazy things! Fun fact: the reason pregnant mommies’ nipples darken is so the newborn baby has an easier time seeing them for breastfeeding!

Your Baby

  • Having a blast kicking, stretching, squeezing, and practicing other general baby acrobatics
  • Say goodbye to webbed fingers and toes, say hello to finger and toe nails!
  • Genitals are slowly starting to form, but it will still be another 5-10 weeks before you know the gender

Your Body

  • (Most likely) on the tail end of nausea and mood swings
  • Some leg and body cramps
  • A possible appearance of a dark line on your belly


12 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 12, how sweet it is!

Now that you’re 12 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown to the size of an Amaretto cookie, a bittersweet Italian creation with a romantic story attached. He’s 2 inches long and a half ounce in weight!

The next few weeks are known as the “golden period” of pregnancy – the perfect time for you and your partner to spend some quality time together. Many couples like to plan “Babymoons” during this time, where they have a little romantic getaway before the baby arrives. You’ll be regaining a lot of energy and vigor now that the difficult first trimester is coming to an end. Put it to good use and you and your partner will find yourselves as happy as the couple from the legend!

Your baby is nearly done growing all of the critical systems and the foundations of the vital organs. The next stage is all about growth. Something cool: your baby developed reflexes this week! He will curl his toes, flex his fingers, and clench his eye muscles. Even better: if you were to give your belly a poke, your baby would actually move in response!

Symptoms at 12 Weeks Pregnant

You are really going to start noticing that bump this week! After all, your baby’s been growing pretty fast! You could also be experiencing a much-wanted end to nausea and mood swings. Lucky! For those moms who are still getting nasty morning sickness at unexpected times, hang in there! It should subside by 14 weeks.

Your Baby

  • Formed the majority of vital organs and systems
  • Reflexes! Your baby will likely move in response to stimulus
  • Nearly ready to enter the maturation stage

Your Body

  • A lot of moms that are 12 weeks pregnant notice their constant nausea starting to fade! Yes!
  • A bit of a bump showing
  • Heartburn and headaches are a new addition

Bake Shop Fact!

According to the legend, in the 1700s a Milanese bishop visited the small town of Saronno in Italy. A young couple wanted to pay tribute, so they whipped up some homemade cookies (Amaretto cookies!) with the limited ingredients they had. The bishop adored the unique treat, and blessed the couple with a happy and prosperous marriage. Do something fun with your partner while you envision your happy future!

 



13 Weeks Pregnant

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Welcome to week 13, the final week of your 1st trimester!

You’re already a third of the way there! At 13 weeks pregnant, your baby is about 2 1/2 inches long and 0.8 ounces – about the size of a madeleine cookie. Her head is getting more proportional to her body, and she has fully formed her lips and nose. What a cutie!

Now that you’re 13 weeks pregnant, your baby is growing at full speed. This week’s big developments are fingerprints, vocal cords, and tiny teeth! Your baby is occupying her time flexing those new muscles and joints. She’s also having a bunch of prenatal hiccups, which are getting her diaphragm strengthened and ready for breathing.

Symptoms at 13 Weeks Pregnant

All of this is amazing, but your favorite piece of news may be that the placenta has taken over production of hormones. That means goodbye, hopefully, to the worst of the nausea and spontaneous throwing up. Good riddance! Now that you have the energy and stable stomach, go for a walk or a swim. It’s important to stay fit when you’re pregnant, and many consider swimming to be the perfect pregnancy exercise. Another thing that often comes with this increased energy when you’re 13 weeks pregnant is a charged up sex drive! Hey, might as well enjoy it!

Your Baby

  • Vocal cords, teeth and little fingerprints!
  • Hiccupping up a storm to strengthen the respiratory system
  • Individual facial features are forming

Your Body

  • More balance in hormones means less nausea and vomiting (finally!)
  • The taste aversions will likely stick around – they’re your body’s attempt to keep you away from harmful foods
  • Less fatigue, and maybe an increased sex drive. Like we said, trimester two is pretty awesome!

Bake Shop Fact!

Here’s a bite of culture for you: madeleines were made famous in Marcel Proust’s book Remembrance of Things Past. After taking a bite of a madeleine with a sip of tea, one of Proust’s characters was flooded by a wave of memories from childhood. Maybe some of those crazy food cravings will spark a similar experience!



14 Weeks Pregnant

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14 Weeks Pregnant – Welcome to the 2nd Trimester!

You’re in week 14, welcome to the official start of most women’s favorite part of pregnancy: the 2nd trimester! Size update: at 14 weeks pregnant your baby is as big as a cupcake! 3 1/2 inches long and 1 1/2 ounces in weight, the growth is really kicking into overdrive.

Besides just growing in size, your baby is trying out new facial expressions. He’s exercising his facial muscles by grimacing, frowning and more. Organs are starting to function, and now your baby is producing urine, bile, and insulin. He’s also starting to get covered head to toe in super fine hair called lanugo that will keep his body temperature regulated.

Now that you’re 14 weeks pregnant, baby’s growth is speeding up and your nausea has generally gone away. Right now you’re probably feeling pretty hungry! Be sure to have plenty of healthy snacks around for when it strikes. Try to avoid a lot of greasy or fatty foods so you and your bump can get the nutrients you need. It’s okay to indulge every now and again, but just remember that eating for two doesn’t actually mean doubling your diet!

Symptoms at 14 Weeks Pregnant

At 14 weeks pregnant, you are likely feeling some aching and soreness as your body adjusts to your baby’s growth spurt. On the plus side you may be feeling some more energy, so put it to good use! Exercise is super important, so get it in while the symptoms are at a minimum. Staying fit throughout pregnancy calms down cramping and aching later down the road, makes delivery easier and helps you bounce back after birth.

Did you know food cravings and aversions serve a purpose? For instance, that hankering for a hot juicy burger is probably your body telling you to get more protein! Craving chocolate? That could be a need for magnesium. Craving cheeze wiz and pickles? We don’t know what the heck that could mean but it certainly happens to a lot of moms!

Your Baby

  • Growing like crazy!
  • Tiny organs are starting to function
  • He is sucking his thumb for the first time!

Your Body

  • Some aches and pains as your little one stops being so little
  • Super hungry! Be sure to try to keep it healthy, but that burger you’ve been craving is okay every now and again
  • If nausea, tenderness and other nasty first trimester symptoms haven’t gone away yet, they are likely on their way out soon!


15 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 15 welcomes you!

How’s the bump looking? That’s right, right around this week you will be able to notice a very real baby bump just below your belly button. At 15 weeks pregnant your baby is about 4 inches long and weighs in at 2 1/2 ounces, just about the size of a cupcake!

As your baby has grown, she’s been getting more proportional and now her legs are longer than her arms. All of her limbs can move, and she’s taking full advantage of that! Here’s something cool: right around this time, female fetuses will start to show more mouth movement than males. But perhaps the most exciting part of being 15 weeks pregnant is that at your next ultrasound you will be able to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl! You are likely to get this done at week 20, at your mid-pregnancy ultrasound. This is pretty huge! If you want to be surprised though, be sure to tell your provider or else they might let it slip on accident.

Symptoms at 15 Weeks Pregnant

You’re growing with your baby! By now you’ve likely gained about 5 pounds and your breasts are getting bigger too. You’re getting a new rush of hormones, and that can result in some interesting symptoms. You may be getting a stuffed up or bloody nose thanks to increased blood flow. Heartburn and gas could show up as well. But it’s not all bad! You may find that your hair is looking luscious and vibrant, one of the better symptoms. Despite the weird nosebleeds, increased energy and sex drive makes a lot of women feel great during these weeks! If you’re looking to have some fun with those pregnancy bonuses, check out our Love Products for a bunch of exciting ways to spice things up!

Your Baby

  • All of the joints can move, and your baby is using them all!
  • Light sensitive eyes mean she will react to changes in lighting
  • An ultrasound will most likely let you see if you’re having a girl or a boy!

Your Body

  • Nosebleeds? In fact they are so common there’s a term for them: rhinitis of pregnancy
  • Swollen gums, thanks again hormones
  • A noticeable baby bump! You’re getting there, mom!


16 Weeks Pregnant

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Week Sweet 16!

Welcome to the start of month number four. You’re on your way to the halfway mark! At 16 weeks pregnant your baby is the size of a beignet, which coincidentally is the French word for “bump”! Say hello to 4 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 ounces of love today, because your baby’s ears can hear you now!

Now that you’re 16 weeks pregnant, your baby has developed tiny bones in his ears that allow him to hear sounds and get familiar with your voice. He will recognize your voice when he is born, so talk to him! He’s also growing some hair (on top of his head, this time) and eyelashes. Adorable! His heart is pumping as much as his legs are, and soon enough you will be able to feel tiny fluttering kicks! They may not feel like more than a muscle twitch or maybe some indigestion, but in the coming weeks you will be very familiar with the feeling. Most mommies feel their first baby kicks in between weeks 16 through 22, so if you’re not feeling anything yet, don’t fret!

Symptoms at 16 Weeks Pregnant

How’s that bump looking? In the next few weeks you can expect it to really start growing, because your baby is about to enter a serious growth spurt. You’ve got about a cup of amniotic fluid in your uterus, and combined with that baby boom and increased fluid volume you can expect to see an extra pound a week. Now that your bump is growing you will find yourself running to the bathroom more and more!

Your Baby

  • Entering a growth spurt, prepare for his size to double within a few weeks!
  • Tiny hands can grasp the umbilical cord
  • Hair, solidified bones, eyelashes and eyebrows!

Your Body

  • Constipation and small bladder, and with that bump pressing on your intestines its no surprise
  • Even less nausea and fatigue than before
  • Heavy, dense feeling bump due to the amniotic fluid


17 Weeks Pregnant

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Welcome to week 17!

Your baby isn’t messing around anymore, she’s added some more weight this week! When you’re 17 weeks pregnant your baby totals out to 5 inches, 5 ounces. She’s wide enough to fill out your palm, and her size is comparable to flan from a Mexican restaurant. Thinking about desserts at this stage may be making you feel a little uncomfortable because of how your weight has been changing, but it happens to every mom! Keep that confidence high and strut your stuff this week!

Those hormones that caused you so much grief may actually be making you feel super this week. Their crazy magic gives many women thicker, more lustrous, shampoo-commercial hair. They could also be working in tandem with the increased blood flow in your face to give you an awesome “pregnancy glow”!

Symptoms at 17 Weeks Pregnant

That being said, you can expect a few not-so-sexy symptoms when you’re 17 weeks pregnant. One symptom many pregnant women experience is strange dreams. Being dreams, they are difficult to explain, but many medical professionals chalk them up to a combination of anxiety and hormones. Don’t let them freak you out; rather try use them as a way to get in touch with your feelings. Easier said than done, we know! Physically, you may experience itchiness as your skin gets thinner around fast-growing areas. More discharge and fluids all over, as the amount of fluid in your body has greatly increased. Your eyes may even start to feel dry due to hormones, but that’s an easy enough fix with some over the counter eye drops or a switch from contacts to glasses. There’s a lot of unexpected stuff that happens when you’re expecting!

Your Baby

  • Cartilage is slowly hardening into bone, creating a rigid skeleton
  • Very rapid weight gain! Lots of size doubling to come!
  • Developing sweat glands

Your Body

  • Wild wacky hormonal symptoms ranging from strange dreams, forgetfulness, awesome hair and complexion, all the way to back aches
  • Anxiety! It’s getting very real, especially with your week 20 Standard Ultrasound coming up!
  • Feeling a little off kilter? Your bump has shifted your center of balance; you may want to start wearing more flats to help you feel stable as a table


18 Weeks Pregnant

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Hello week 18!

And hello to your fast-growing baby, who has grown to 5 1/2 inches and 6 3/4 ounces. These last couple of weeks may have not been a piece of cake, but when you’re 18 weeks pregnant baby is the size of a slice o’ pie! (Cheesy, we know. Speaking of, have you ever tried cheddar cheese on apple pie…?)

Your baby is having the time of her life, or so it would seem based on her quickly increasing kicking and movement. Here’s a fun fact: in many cultures, the first time a woman feels her baby’s kicking is called “quickening”, and is considered the point at which life begins. Again, if you haven’t felt this yet, don’t get scared! Different women feel these movements at different times. Aside from kicking up a storm, baby is doing tons of spinning, twisting and rolling around in your uterus. Let her have her fun – she’s not leaving any time soon! Her ears have moved into place, and she’s hearing your heartbeat. Even more, baby is yawning, hiccupping, sucking and swallowing. What a busy baby!

Symptoms at 18 Weeks Pregnant

With your increasing bump, you may want to start sleeping on your side. Sleeping on your back is going to start putting extra pressure on a few major veins, something that will make you lightheaded or possibly cause lowered blood pressure. We hate to say it, but all this increased work from your cardiovascular system will likely leave you with some varicose veins. And that growing bump? Don’t be surprised if you see some stretch marks around it. Its nothing to be embarrassed about either; this is all a perfectly natural part of the process!

Your Baby

  • Rockin’ and rollin’ inside your uterus! Expect to feel those kicks soon if you haven’t yet!
  • Myelin is coating her nerves (which is essential for a functioning nervous system) and will continue to do so for a year after birth
  • Girls’ fallopian tubes and uterus are formed and in place, boys’ genitals are noticeable by ultrasound

Your Body

  • Keep doing your best to eat healthy, an increase in appetite is very common when you’re 18 weeks pregnant
  • Don’t get up too fast! Your cardiovascular system is working in overdrive and you may get a little dizzy


19 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 19, can you feel it?

This is a very exciting week for you and your bump. First off, at 19 weeks pregnant baby clocks in at 6 whole inches and 8 1/2 ounces. He’s as big as a lava cake, which is a nice comparison because his sensory development is ERUPTING this week! Specialized areas of the brain are developing to allow the five senses start firing up. Babies at this age have been seen touching the amniotic sac, reaching out and grabbing the umbilical cord, and touching their own faces!

Symptoms at 19 Weeks Pregnant

You are probably feeling some soreness and pains in your abdomen at 19 weeks pregnant. This is called round ligament pain and it happens as your body develops muscles to support your growing bump. In fact, expect a lot of soreness this week as your body adjusts.

Your Standard Ultrasound, a.k.a. your second trimester ultrasound, is coming up next week. This is a pretty big deal for you and your partner. Get pumped! This is, in fact, the time when you will be able to find out for sure whether you’re having a boy or a girl. By now you’ve probably discussed it, but be sure to have made your decision before the appointment. Tell your provider if you don’t want them to spoil the surprise! Your provider will do more than just figure out the sex of your baby at this appointment. Baby gets a full ultrasound to ensure everything is developing all right.

Your Baby

  • Huge developments of the five senses!
  • Growth of a protective coating over the skin, called the vernix caseosa (Vernix is latin for varnish, Caseosa is latin for… cheesy? Hey, we didn’t name it!)
  • Arms and legs are now in the correct proportion!

Your Body

  • Aches and pains all over, especially the abdomen, hips and back.
  • Leg cramps! Do some stretches and take breaks from being on your feet!
  • Skin changes, especially around your face. This and darkening of the skin of your nipples, underarms and more occur as a result of hormones. If you’re looking for some natural skincare products, Bump Boxes has you covered!


20 Weeks Pregnant

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20 Weeks Pregnant – Half Way There!

Wow, week 20! Can you believe you hit the halfway mark? This is a huge week for you, your partner, and your bump! That combined with your 2nd trimester ultrasound makes this week a huge reason to celebrate! If you found out your baby’s sex, suddenly you can start to imagine your little boy or girl more vividly. And if you didn’t, you’re inching towards the surprise of your life. That’s some pretty strong motivation no matter what you decided!

At 20 weeks pregnant, baby is 6 1/2 inches long (crown to rump), 10 inches long (crown to heel) and 10 1/2 ounces in weight. As big as an ice cream sandwich! That’s right, at week 20 babies make the switch to being measured head to toe. Yet another sign of progress! Speaking of measuring, your provider will be sizing up your uterus at every visit from now on. Your uterus is about belly-button height, and will start to grow upward at a rate of one centimeter weekly.

With a delivery date on the horizon, you are probably thinking about preparation constantly. You may be thinking about planning a baby shower – better start building that gift registry! Another important consideration is a childbirth class. These classes are an excellent way for first time mothers to learn about labor, relieve fears and meet other mommies! You can find these classes through hospitals and community centers, and independent teachers can be found online.

Hang in there, mom. At 20 weeks pregnant, you’ve reached a huge milestone this week! Take some time off, put your feet up, and let the stress slowly get replaced by daydreams of you’re amazing new life you’re about to bring into the world.

Your Baby

  • Measured crown to heel now that the limbs are developed enough
  • Swallowing amniotic fluid, a good workout for a new digestive system
  • All of your antibodies are being transferred to build up baby’s immune system

Your Body

  • Vaginal discharge that will continue until delivery
  • Heartburn, stomach aches, shortness of breath as your growing uterus presses on neighboring organs
  • High energy and a major psychological boost!


21 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 21, lets have some fun!

You’re smack dab in the middle of trimester 2, and most likely feeling like you’re on top of the world! In fact, some women claim that they feel more energetic and all around awesome at this stage of pregnancy than ever before, even outside of pregnancy. We hope you’re one of them! Your baby when you’re 21 weeks pregnant is the size of two big jelly donuts – 10 1/2 inches and 13 ounces. His main project for the rest of pregnancy: pack on the pounds!

Your baby is drinking a bunch of amniotic fluid for nutrients and hydration. He’s also breathing and urinating. A substance called meconium is being manufactured in his intestines as well. That’s some tarry, black stuff that is a byproduct of an early digestive system, and you will get familiar with it the first time you change your baby’s diaper (gotta love that first diaper change, right Mom?!). Your baby’s little kicks and punches should be really noticeable by now. Maybe he’s just as excited for his birthday as you are!

Symptoms at 21 Weeks Pregnant

You’re still in the calm before the proverbial storm at 21 weeks pregnant, but you may be getting some sneak previews of your next trimester. We’re talking mainly leaky breasts and Braxton Hicks contractions. The hallmark of those contractions is a particular tightness in the uterus – that’s a sign your body’s getting ready for delivery. Some other symptoms include some varicose veins and spider veins (not as scary as they sound!) on your ankles, legs or other places. These are caused by an increase of blood flow and progesterone, and can be minimized by daily exercise, wearing pregnancy support hose and putting your feet up. Plus, a good amount of them will fade after delivery. Phew!

Your Baby

  • Girls have developed a lifetime supply of eggs (over six million) already!
  • The eyelids are still sealed, but the eyes are as active as the limbs
  • Digestion and respiration systems are getting prepped for the outside world

Your Body

  • If you’re feeling energetic (which many women are at this stage), keep with your exercise routine or go for a walk!
  • Heartburn or indigestion – try to eat clean and healthy to ease this!
  • Some stretch marks and itchiness on areas that have been growing quickly


22 Weeks Pregnant

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Here’s to you, week 22!

You’ve just raced past the midway point of your 2nd trimester and your baby has just entered month 5 of existence. Seems like there’s a new reason to celebrate every week, doesn’t it? Your baby when you’re 22 weeks pregnant is the size of a nice, big jumbo eclair: on average 11 inches and around 15 ounces. Bake shop fact: éclair comes from the French word for lightning, because they are often gone in a flash. Even though it seems like 40 weeks is a long time, looking back on it you may realize that time has flown by!

Speaking of pounds, baby is going to start packing them on. You’ve been gaining about a pound every week up until now, and that should slow down to a half-pound weekly. With your belly growing so much at such a crazy speed, you are likely to see some stretch marks and experience itching. You may even start to get an “outie” belly button! While the stretch marks may not ever fully go away, your outie will go back innie, and the discoloration of stretch marks will fade within a year. Could be worse!

Now that you’re 22 weeks pregnant, baby’s eyes and lips are much more more developed. She finally looks like a tiny version of a newborn! She’s also growing her pancreas and working on a layer of fat to keep her warm. You may notice your baby isn’t kicking or moving a whole bunch for about 14 hours a day. No worries, she’s just sleeping!

Symptoms at 22 Weeks Pregnant

Your hormones, oh how you’ve grown to love them, are still running wild. This results in a variety of outcomes, from hair growing where it usually doesn’t grow, to a super increased sex drive. It will be different acting on your libido than it is outside of pregnancy. That’s why communication – with your partner and your care provider – is key! And if you’re looking to add a little extra fun on top, Bump Boxes has just what you need!

Your Baby

  • Working on some new teeth and developing her pair of lips
  • Her goal is going to be to pack on as much weight as possible until birth!

Your Body

  • Your ever-increasing uterus is likely causing frequent urination, shortness of breath, and back aches
  • More vaginal discharge, don’t expect an end to that any time soon
  • With that new outie, you look unmistakably pregnant!


23 Weeks Pregnant

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What do you think about week 23?

Here’s the big story for this week: on average, your baby is finally tipping the scales at one pound! At 16 ounces and just about a 11 1/4 inches in length, your baby is not messing around anymore! Now that you’re 23 weeks pregnant he’s grown to the size of a bear claw!  Grr!

By week 23 baby is getting great at recognizing sounds. He’s familiar with your voice, and accustomed to the big noises in your life such as cars honking and dogs barking. They likely won’t even surprise him when he’s in the outside world. He’s also become a pro at sensing movement, so when you’re dancing to your favorite song he is having just as much fun as you!

You should definitely be feeling your baby’s movement by now, if not, talk to your care provider. It could mean that the placenta is in between your belly and your baby. If you are overweight it takes a little longer to start feeling movement, so don’t get too worried. On the other hand, at 23 weeks pregnant, smaller women may start to see their baby moving around under their clothes around now.

Symptoms at 23 Weeks Pregnant

As your body gets ready for the long haul of the 3rd trimester, you will begin to get acquainted with some of that trimester’s symptoms. Prepare for swollen ankles and feet! They’ll calm down after delivery, but you should buy some slightly bigger, comfy flats. Also, support stockings and regular exercise will be make things so much easier.

Your Baby

  • Fully formed face, he just needs to grow in size now!
  • Sense of hearing has developed to allow baby to get familiar with the world beyond the womb
  • Blood vessels in the lungs are growing and getting ready to breathe

Your Body

  • Swollen ankles and feet. This is caused by fluid retention, but staying hydrated will actually combat the worst of this symptom
  • You’ve probably gained an average of 15 pounds as you grow with your baby
  • Braxton Hicks contractions that are prepping you for delivery


24 Weeks Pregnant

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Say hi to week 24!

You’ve entered month 5 and you’re well on your way to the big day! Baby is growing fast! She has developed to the point where basically all she needs before birth is more weight. That explains how she put on 4 ounces since last week! When you’re 24 weeks pregnant, she totals 1 and 1/3 pounds, and right around a foot in length. She’s as big as a pan of cinnamon rolls!

Up until now, your baby has had mostly see-through skin. At 24 weeks pregnant, her skin will start to develop pigment and become more opaque. She’s looking cuter every day! Within her skin, her lungs are getting very complicated and developed for breathing fresh air. Just another step closer to life in the outside world.

Symptoms at 24 Weeks Pregnant

Your uterus is growing fast. By now it’s about 1 inch above your belly button and the size of a soccer ball. There’s no more disguising it (unless a poncho is part of your daily wardrobe), so be proud of your bump! You should be feeling a lot of movement in there, especially since baby is starting to react to outside light, sounds and touch with her fearsome kicks! Hi-yah!

Your Baby

  • Tons of kicks – although they are called kicks, they could be anything from regular movement to hiccups!
  • Her skin is becoming less transparent and more pink due to pigment
  • Fast developing brain and lungs

Your Body

  • Around this time your provider will have you take a Glucose Tolerance Test, involving a sugary drink called Glucola and a blood test. Some say it tastes like flat soda, others gatorade, others had less glowing reviews…
  • The Linea Nigra (latin for dark line) may show up on your belly. Don’t worry, it goes away after birth!
  • Heartburn, due to hormones

Here’s an old wives’ tale you may have heard: Women who have bad heartburn during pregnancy will give birth to a babies with full heads of hair. Sounds pretty folksy, right? Well as it turns out, a study from Johns Hopkins Hospital showed that pregnant women suffering from heartburn had a hairy baby 82 percent of the time. Looks like the legend has some truth behind it!



25 Weeks Pregnant

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Feeling alive in week 25!

You and your baby have made some serious progress. When you’re 25 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of a coffee cake! That’s an average weight of 1 1/2 pounds and 13 1/2 inches. That weight has doubled since last month, and will double and triple during the coming trimester. That’s one heck of a growth spurt!

Now that baby has gotten so big, if your partner listens close to your belly, a tiny heartbeat can be heard! Baby’s skin is smoothing out and becoming more opaque and pink, just like a newborn’s. And his hair (real hair, not lanugo) is growing out and developing color and texture. Adorable!

Symptoms at 25 Weeks Pregnant

We have some not-so-awesome news: at 25 weeks pregnant, those carefree days of your early 2nd trimester are coming to a close. You only have three weeks left until trimester three, and you’re getting a little more symptomatic. Constipation is an issue this week, so eat plenty of fiber. One symptom everybody knows comes with pregnancy – frequent need to pee. Baby is really pressing on your bladder, so you’re going to be feeling the need to go, go, go! You may also have some trouble sleeping, either due to hormones, that big bump getting in the way, or the anxiety that comes with the thought “I’m getting pretty close to actually delivering this baby”!

Your Baby

  • Growing steady, and working on a layer of fat to stay warm
  • Nostrils that used to be plugged up are now open for business
  • Nimble fingers and hands allow your baby to touch his feet and make a fist

Your Body

  • Feeling the burn from muscle and back aches? Try some swimming, walking, yoga, and any other non-weight-bearing exercise. Bump Boxes can help you with these fitness tips!
  • Hemorrhoids and constipation now that baby is sitting right on your digestive tract
  • Trouble sleeping. Snacks with protein may cancel out some of the causes of this.


26 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 26 says hello!

Your baby is growing just as steadily as ever, and working on a few new tricks! Now that you’re 26 weeks pregnant, baby’s just reaching 14 inches long with a weight of 1 3/4 pounds. She is now the size of a a bowl of peach cobbler. Getting a little heavy now, isn’t she?

The big focus of this week isn’t baby’s increasing weight, rather some very cool developments with her senses. Up until right now, your baby’s eyelids have been fused shut as they develop. This week, they’re opening up and letting the light in! What color do you think they will be? No matter what the genetics are, babies all have blue eyes in the womb and at birth. They’ll darken from blue within a few months!

The nerves in baby’s ears are also much more developed than they used to be, and all of the essential parts are there. She can hear much more than she used to, and you may notice her jumping at loud sounds. She can even hear your partner when you chat, and she’s getting used to that voice as well. Sound travels pretty easily into the uterus; so try playing your baby some music and singing along! You may feel her dancing in response!

Symptoms at 26 Weeks Pregnant

You’re 26 weeks pregnant – that’s a long time! It may start to feel like your pregnancy and your baby have been dominating your thoughts. Sometimes it may feel like all you think about is if she’s ok, when delivery is, if you’re doing everything the best way. You may even start getting really forgetful…that’s a real symptom, not just you! These are all totally natural for pregnancy. It would happen to anyone going through such a major change (even without the raging hormones!), so hang in there!

Your Baby

  • Opening up those beautiful blue (for now) eyes!
  • With eyes come eyelashes! So cute!
  • She’s breathing in amniotic fluid, great rehearsal for the real deal

Your Body

  • On top of physical symptoms, you’re likely stressing over a huge amount of preparation that needs to be done before the big day
  • Achey back, due to hormonal changes and that big bump you’ve been carrying around
  • Braxton Hicks contractions. Feel that tightness in your belly every now and again? Don’t worry, you’re not starting the show early, your body is just getting prepared for labor


27 Weeks Pregnant

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Is it week 27 already?

Over six months of pregnancy! You’ve carried your baby since he was just a couple of cells, now he’s just crossing over 2 whole pounds and 14 1/2 inches. At 27 weeks pregnant, he’s as big as a deluxe banana split! But the craziest thing? You’re in the home stretch. With the end of this week comes the end of the second trimester! You’re two thirds of the way through this journey, now you’ve only got about 3 months until the big day!

Baby news watch! This week: baby’s brain activity is going off the charts! His brain activity is getting more and more complex every day now. The brainstem – the part of the brain responsible for our most vital functions – has come close to becoming fully developed. This is cool because it means if your baby were born when you’re 27 weeks pregnant he would actually have an 85% chance of surviving. All of his vitals are present and accounted for! Of course there’s still a lot of growing to be done, but this is just more proof of exactly how much has been accomplished in the last six months.

Symptoms at 27 Weeks Pregnant

As you approach the final trimester, you will start to experience symptoms that are slightly different than what you’re used to. You are familiar with stretch marks, which will likely make their appearance soon if they haven’t already. Those leg cramps will get pretty annoying, and so will that shrinking bladder. In fact, with such a big, well-developed baby sitting right on your bladder, don’t be surprised if you experience a little extra leaking every now and again! (Yikes!) You’ve just reached the beginning of the end, and that big delivery date is growing on the horizon every day. At 27 weeks pregnant, are you prepared for the final push?

Your Baby

  • Fully developed brainstem means that your baby is fully equipped for life outside the womb!
  • Practicing inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid and strengthening young lungs
  • Now that the amount of amniotic fluid is decreasing, you may be able to see his tiny knees and elbows poking your belly as he turns and kicks!

Your Body

  • Say goodbye to the 2nd trimester!
  • Shooting pain in your lower back and legs (ouch!) Try taking warm baths or using ice packs
  • Leg cramps. These are no fun, be sure to stretch, massage your muscles,and walk around a bit to get some relief


28 Weeks Pregnant

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28 Weeks Pregnant – Welcome to the Third Trimester!

Week 28 is here, and so is month number 7! Feeling lucky? More likely you’re feeling anxious! It must seem like there’s a thousand things to do and countless more to worry about. This week, find some time to relax, put those feet up, and take your mind off of it all! Treat yourself to something relaxing this week. If you need some encouragement that everything’s okay: at 28 weeks pregnant your baby is the size of a soufflé for two – 14 3/4 inches and 2 and 1/4 pounds!

A lot of mommies at this stage find themselves missing out on sleep. The leg cramps can start to drive you nuts at night! That bump, bigger every day, is pretty tough to ignore when you’re trying to get comfortable. Even more, your baby has gotten big enough to give you some real “Wake Up!” kicks! That won’t be the last time she messes with your beauty sleep! Either way, hormones, nerves and everything else that keeps you up at night is nicely treated with a hot beverage, relaxing music and a nice blanket. Stay relaxed, you’ll thank yourself!

Baby’s big plan for this week involves finishing off work on vital organs, building up the brain, and growing layers of fat. As more fat develops, baby’s skin becomes less wrinkly and much more smooth and more like, well, a baby’s! Her brain will also do some serious growth – from the start of the 3rd trimester until birth, baby’s brains grow 400-500% in weight! Baby genius!

Symptoms at 28 Weeks Pregnant

This being said, in the 3rd trimester you and baby are just about ready to go. At 28 weeks pregnant, both of your anatomies are nearly ready for delivery. Your breasts are producing (and sometimes leaking) colostrum; a yellowish, antibody-rich substance that is going to be what baby eats for the first few days. Those Braxton Hicks contractions are prepping your muscles for labor. You and baby are very nearly ready, and that long span of time in between now and your due date is going to fly by!

Your Baby

  • Serious brain development continues!
  • She’s started blinking those big eyes, which are now adorned with beautiful eyelashes!
  • Maturing lungs are getting practice for air by hiccupping

Your Body

  • Difficulty sleeping, due to a ton of different factors
  • Certain women feel a creepy sensation in their legs that is relieved when they move them around. Stretch, massage, and walk around. If it’s too distracting, go to your doctor. It may be restless leg syndrome.
  • If it’s hot out, stay in the shade and drink tons of water! You are especially prone to fainting right now, so don’t be far from a bottle of water or a shady tree!


29 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 29, feelin’ fine!

When you’re 29 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of a loaf of banana bread: 15 1/4 inches, 2 1/2 pounds. He’s also very active, but you probably found that out pretty easily in between the kicks and jabs! Your care provider may ask you to spend a few minutes a day counting those kicks, which can be a fun little way to bond with your baby.

Your baby has been working out those little muscles a lot lately! His bones are growing too, and they’re going to need a steady supply of calcium as they strengthen and harden. Baby needs a lot of nutrients now, so be sure to help his growth by taking in plenty of Vitamin C, Protein, Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron. On top of nutrition, you should also work on a little exercise whenever you can! Exercise is always helpful, and during pregnancy it will help you get through labor and recovery, as well as avoid excessive weight gain. Try some yoga, walking, or water based exercise. Just be sure it’s nothing that involves bearing weight or putting too much strain on your body!

Symptoms at 29 Weeks Pregnant

As the 3rd trimester kicks into gear, you are probably noticing a bunch of crazy symptoms. At 29 weeks pregnant, most of these will be related to your uterus crowding your digestive system. Most mommies who are 29 weeks pregnant report constipation, heartburn, and even hemorrhoids. Ouch! Be sure to eat plenty of fiber to help combat these nasty symptoms. You are probably getting well acquainted with back, leg and pelvic pain by now. And to top it all off, leaky breasts, varicose veins and the super frequent urge to pee! Yeesh! Nobody said it was going to be easy, but this is all a bit much! Just be sure to eat at regular intervals to keep your blood sugar up, and get plenty of sleep! Your body needs as much rest as it can get.

Your Baby

  • Developing a layer of white fat which will keep his body temperature regulated
  • His adrenal glands are producing estriol, a chemical that tells your body to produce milk and lactate
  • Researchers speculate based on this week’s brain activity that babies can dream at this time!

Your Body

  • Tons of yucky symptoms now that your uterus is crowding your digestive tract – namely heartburn, constipation and hemorrhoids
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Headaches and dizziness! Eat regularly to keep your blood sugar up


30 Weeks Pregnant

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30 Weeks Pregnant – 10 Weeks Until the Big Day!

Welcome to week 30! Welcome to the beginning of the big countdown: 10 weeks until your due date! Did you know that your baby has doubled in length in the last six weeks? At 30 weeks pregnant she’s the size of a raspberry galette, 15 ¾ inches and just shy of 3 pounds. That’s some real growing!

This week in baby news: week 30 is, on average, the time when a baby’s eyesight develops the ability to track light. Some researchers believe that shining light on your belly at this stage may actually stimulate development, so go grab a flashlight and see if she reacts! Another very cool change this week is that baby’s skin is getting smoother but her brain is getting more wrinkly. The wrinkles create more surface area for neural connections to form, allowing (later down the road) complex thought.

Feeling a little nervous about the big day? It’s perfectly natural for mommies to wonder about their delivery or if they will be a good parent or not. There are a lot of anxieties associated with this stage that can really throw you off your game. Try doing little things to ease your worries, like taking a test drive to the hospital. The extra peace of mind is well worth the trip!

Symptoms at 30 Weeks Pregnant

While baby is busy using her noodle, you may be starting to work on your waddle. You’ve gotten bigger and your belly is the size of a watermelon! Hoisting around this growing belly is tough work, and now it may even start to be tricky just to tie your shoes. In fact, hormones create looseness in your joints and ligaments, which can cause your feet to spread and grow another size or so permanently. All this on top of a very offset center of balance can make you start to feel super clumsy!

Your Baby

  • Strong enough to grip a finger
  • Swimming in 1 ½ pints of amniotic fluid, and less every day as she grows
  • Light sensitive eyes, hello sunshine!

Your Body

  • A bunch of different factors contributing to a lack of balance and newfound clumsiness
  • Anxious! There’s a lot to worry about, don’t let it all consume your thoughts
  • Bigger feet attached to your cramped legs


31 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 31, tons of fun!

Well, symptoms and anxiety may be making it tough to have TONS of fun, but there’s still excitement to be had knowing you’re now 9 weeks from your due date! Baby is now slightly over 16 inches long and about 3 ¼ pounds, although at this stage it becomes different for every baby. At 31 weeks pregnant you can count on him being around the size of a chocolate steamed pudding!

At some point you’ve probably looked at your inflating belly and wondered, “just how much bigger am I going to get?” Although you and your baby’s growth is becoming very individualized at this stage and is tricky to predict, the average baby grows a bit less than a half inch and gains around a half pound every week. As the average baby weight at birth is 7.5 pounds – you’ve still got a ways to grow!

One cool fact about baby’s development this week: when you are 31 weeks pregnant, your baby can experience all of the five senses! That’s a very major step in the brain’s maturation and yet another step towards life outside. As worrisome as parts of pregnancy can be, just remember that you are in the home stretch, and after delivery you may even reminisce on this time and miss it a little bit as well!

Symptoms at 31 Weeks Pregnant

Baby is having the time of his life throwing his newfound weight around. As he gets bigger and runs out of wiggle room in the uterus, his activity is going to be a lot more noticeable. Some doctors will ask moms to spend some time counting kicks, or keep a kick chart, to measure baby’s activity. If he starts slacking or slowing his movement down a noticeable amount and it’s starting to scare you, try a big glass of cold juice to spur his energy. If that doesn’t seem to work, contact your care provider. Another thing you’re going to notice at 31 weeks pregnant is tightening of your uterus at random intervals – Braxton Hicks contractions. They should be lasting 30 seconds or so a piece. Though they’re not actually the start of going into labor, you should contact your provider if you feel more than four contractions in an hour. It could be a signal of preterm labor.

Your Baby

  • All five senses are fully developed!
  • Fat is accumulating under the skin and sculpting the perfect chubby cheeks!
  • Very active, on average delivering ten kicks per hour

Your Body

  • Constant need to pee! Say goodbye to sleeping through the whole night!
  • Colostrum (pre milk) leaking from your breasts. Get some nursing pads to save those bras!
  • Feeling out of breath as your generous bump invades your lungs’ territory


32 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 32, how do you do?

You are 8 weeks from your 40-week due date, and officially 7 months pregnant! Bet you’re wishing this could last forever right…? Or not! Size update: baby is, on average, a touch over 16 ½ inches and 3 ¾ pounds. When you’re 32 weeks pregnant, she’s the size of a pineapple upside down cake. Remember when she was only the size of one of the maraschino cherries?

8 weeks out and baby is already getting ready for the big day – at this time she has flipped into the head down position and is ready for her descent! As she gets into position for her passage through the birth canal, your nipples are leaking colostrum and darkening. This is so even if your baby were born right now, she’d be able to see your nipples for breastfeeding. Your baby is so close to fully developed that all she needs is more weight – a preterm birth at 32 weeks pregnant would actually lead to very few complications and baby would have an extraordinary high chance of survival.

Symptoms at 32 Weeks Pregnant

Another very impressive thing your body does is providing you with the nesting instinct. This is an urge some mommies feel that compels them to prepare their environment for when the baby shows up. We’re talking anything from getting the crib set up, to stockpiling diapers, to preparing and freezing dinners for the next two weeks. Whenever this urge strikes – and we hope it’s not at a time that makes you lose sleep – we recommend setting up a list and a hospital bag. It’s gratifying to add and cross off items from the list, and keeping the bag by the door will really add a sense of preparedness that will ward off anxiety! And while you’re in the cleaning spirit, be sure to only use products that are free of dangerous chemicals.

Your Baby

  • Losing that coat of lanugo (infant body hair)
  • REM (dream producing!) sleep is occurring
  • Practicing breathing motions in preparation for the big day

Your Body

  • Vaginal discharge – your body is preparing for labor and using this to prevent infection
  • More Braxton Hicks contractions, get used to them!
  • With so much to think about, so many kung-fu kicks from baby and such a tiny bladder, a full night of sleep is a rare thing


33 Weeks Pregnant

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Here’s to week 33!

At 33 weeks pregnant, baby has crossed the 17-inch mark and weighs 4 ¼ pounds. You’ve got 7 weeks, feeling lucky? He’s the size of a whole loaf of cinnamon bread! There’s still a lot of growth going on, but the amazing thing is that your baby could be born right now and still thrive with a little help.

Your baby is now in the head-down position and at some point in the next six weeks he will descend into your pelvis. This is his final preparation for birth, and what’s double cool about it is that the position allows a ton of much needed blood to flow to his brain and fuel growth. Besides flipping his perspective, baby’s bones are also starting to harden. The skull will remain soft, and some of the bones up there will in fact overlap a bit in order to ease the passage through the birth canal. They won’t fuse all the way until he’s a young adult, his brain is going to expand a lot before then!

Symptoms at 33 Weeks Pregnant

After 33 weeks pregnant you may be a little sick of the whole pregnancy thing. That’s understandable! Just remember, when you find yourself wishing this baby were born already: he’s much easier to take care of inside you than out there! It may not seem that easy during these next few weeks, though. You’re likely suffering a lot of forgetfulness with so much on your mind (and don’t forget the hormones), as well as an added helping of clumsiness due to your new size. One very special symptom you’ll notice now is a feeling that you’re overheating. Your metabolism is working at turbo speed, so you’re probably sweating as you read this. Plenty of women report feeling just plain hot though at 33 weeks pregnant – as in their sex drive is still active and kicking! As long as you have the go-ahead from your care provider, its perfectly healthy to act on it!

Your Baby

  • Hardening skeleton, everywhere but the skull
  • He can keep his eyes open while he’s awake
  • Going through a TON of brain development

Your Body

  • Hot hot hot! Your metabolic rate is at an all-time high, and you’re feeling like you’re cooking as a result
  • Numbness in fingers, wrists and hands. Be sure to stretch your hands out if you do a lot of repetitive tasks with them
  • Somehow you’re going to add six more pounds in your belly! You may be feeling nervous, scared, or absolutely ecstatic!


34 Weeks Pregnant

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Here you are, week 34!

6 weeks left until the big 40 week due date! When you are 34 weeks pregnant your baby measures around 17 ¾ inches tall and 4 ¾ pounds. She’s as big as a whole bundt cake, pan and all! She can hear a lot more clearly now and can even recognize songs. Some researchers believe that if you sing songs to your baby now, she will be more soothed by them when she hears them from you after being born. She will definitely be familiar with your voice though, and has already formed an attachment to it. Play her a tune or sing a lullaby!

When you’re 34 weeks pregnant, baby is piling on the fat. That is making her skin become as soft and smooth as ever! Your body has been boosting your immunity and pumping antibodies to your baby to give her a strong immune system when she makes her debut. In case you’re worried about a preterm delivery, babies born during this week and later usually have no long-term health problems and end up generally healthy and complication free. That’s a relief!

Symptoms at 34 Weeks Pregnant

Speaking of relief, at some point in the near future (any time between now and the day of delivery, actually) your baby will descend into your pelvis. That will make breathing a lot easier, but the tradeoff is that your bladder will be even more squished than ever. And you thought you took a lot of bathroom breaks now! You are probably getting familiar with your symptoms by now – swollen feet, legs and lower back cramps, constipation and lack of sleep to name a few – but soon you may experience a few more. At 34 weeks pregnant, some mommies report blurred vision as a result of everybody’s favorite troublemaker, hormones. Others get these itchy red bumps along their stomach, thighs and buttocks called “pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy” – PUPPP for short! If you are noticing PUPPP, talk to your provider and they’ll help you out!

Your Baby

  • Reacting to sounds more than ever, and recognizing music for the very first time
  • Taking deep breaths of amniotic fluid
  • Preparing to make her descent and get in position for birth

Your Body

  • Swollen feet, constipation, hemorrhoids, headaches, and cramps – not fun!
  • Blurry vision, and the possibility of PUPPP (itchy little red bumps)
  • Hardly any sleep. Mommies need rest, so get as much as you can no matter how many late night bathroom trips you need to make!


35 Weeks Pregnant

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35 Weeks Pregnant – 5 Weeks Until The Due Date!

Week 35 – You’ve come a long way, baby! You’ve got 5 more weeks until that due date, but it probably feels like you couldn’t possibly get any bigger! Today baby checks in at an average of 18 ¼ inches and 5 ¼ pounds. He isn’t going to get a whole lot taller, but he’s certainly going to keep packing on the pounds! He’s the size of a loaf of braided nutella bread, and just as warm and sweet!

By now you’ve probably started thinking about the specifics of delivery. There are a ton of different options available to you and many varieties of birth. Which one is right for you? You may be considering a home birth, or one at an independent birth center. Or you could be thinking about a standard vaginal hospital birth, or even a planned C-section. There’s a lot to think about, and it’s very important to consider not just your feelings, but also those of your partner and the plain truth of your medical situation. Now that you’re 35 weeks pregnant, you should get your birth plan hammered out and share it with your care provider.

Every week there has been a new exciting development to discuss about baby’s development. At 35 weeks pregnant, even though there are some systems that need to mature, everything is fully put together. If he were born today, he would have a 90% chance of survival. Wow! All that’s left is for baby to pack on more more of that cute baby fat – he will be ready for his big day very soon!

Symptoms at 35 Weeks Pregnant

Baby isn’t the only one getting bigger! You can expect to gain a half-pound per week up until delivery. You’re probably feeling like you’ve blown up over the past few months. Well, you kind of have! Here’s something crazy – your uterus has grown to over 1000 times its original size since conception, and there’s still more to come!

Your Baby

  • The majority of lanugo (downy body hair) has been shed now that he has a layer of fat to keep him warm
  • If he’s a boy, his testes have most likely descended
  • Most physical development that goes on in the womb has happened! Now it’s a race to put on weight before the big day 

Your Body

  • If it hasn’t descended, your uterus is in your lungs’ personal space, making it tough to breathe. If it has, it’s sitting on your bladder making you need to go to the bathroom constantly. There’s always a trade off!
  • All the room your uterus is taking up is causing distress: heartburn, constipation and more
  • You’re pretty big! It’s getting hard to move around and sometimes even exhausting!


36 Weeks Pregnant

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Week 36, it’s the final countdown!

One month is all that separates you from your due date…the last 8 have flown by right?! Today, baby tips the scale at 5 ¾ pounds, and is a touch over 18 ½ inches tall. She’s the size of a loaf of zucchini bread, and with over 2 pounds to go she’s not slowing down for a minute until her big debut!

Baby doesn’t have much room to do those cartwheels and acrobatics she practiced in earlier months, but she should be keeping up activity and giving you plenty of kicks and jabs. When you’re 36 weeks pregnant, you’re gaining a half-pound per week and baby’s growing at a rate of an ounce per day. Don’t worry! A big portion of your extra weight is just fluids, and those will vacate in one way or another in the days following delivery.

Symptoms at 36 Weeks Pregnant

At the end of this week, you will have entered “early term” (weeks 37-38), which is decidedly a better time to give birth than “pre term” (before week 37). This means that baby is all set for birth and there is a real possibility of you going into labor soon! This is the time to cover all of your bases and go over anything you’re unsure about in terms of giving birth. Be sure you’ve mapped out the quickest route to the hospital from home and from work and stock that hospital bag. At 36 weeks pregnant, make sure you take some time for yourself and give yourself relief from your symptoms.

If it hasn’t happened already, soon enough your uterus will descend into your pelvis. This process is called “lightening”, and is going to add a whole new level of awkward to your walk. This is actually your first sign that you’re ready for labor, which could happen at any time after this! Buckle up, buttercup!

Your Baby

  • By the time you’re 36 weeks pregnant all of her systems, parts, and everything else are good to go!

Your Body

  • The descent of your uterus into your pelvis is the first step before labor can occur. Every body and every baby is different; don’t be worried if it hasn’t happened yet!
  • Still a bunch of trouble sleeping, so sneak in rest whenever you can
  • The same swelling and cramps you have gotten to know over the past few weeks


37 Weeks Pregnant

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How does it feel to be in week 37?

That due date is rapidly approaching, with only 3 more weeks remaining. Baby is just over 19 inches tall, and on average around 6 ¼ pounds. When you’re 37 weeks pregnant he’s as big as whole apple pie! Fun fact: only about 5% of babies actually arrive on their due date! Guess it’s more of a guideline after all…

Now that you’re 37 weeks pregnant, your baby has likely shed all of his lanugo that covered his body to keep him warm. It is actually broken down and digested to help form a sticky black substance called meconium, which is building up in baby’s intestines (you’ll see this in the first little dirty diapers you change!). The majority of the vernix caseosa – the waxy substance that covered baby since mid first trimester – goes the same way. With the lanugo and vernix out of the way, your baby has a chance to grow a nice head of hair. Many babies are born with hair, but you may be surprised to see its color isn’t a match for you or your partner!

Symptoms at 37 Weeks Pregnant

In labor news, there’s a chance that you will see your mucus plug sometime soon. Lovingly referred to as the “bloody show”, seeing this discharge means that you can expect a birthday pretty soon!

On top of the usual physical symptoms, a very common ailment for mommies at 37 weeks pregnant is anxiety. There are a lot of unknowns, and it feels like there’s countless things to do before the big day. Our advice? Relax! Your new baby won’t care what color the nursery is painted! Take some of the stress away by stocking it up with natural baby products from our baby shop!!

Your Baby

  • Building up meconium in his lower intestines, which you hopefully won’t see until his first diaper change
  • Practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling deep breaths of amniotic fluid

Your Body

  • The cervical mucus plug, aka the “bloody show” is not as horrible as its name would make it seem! But it does signal that labor is coming very soon
  • A hormone called relaxin is making your joints start… relaxin’! Your joints will feel very loosey goosey for a while

Fun Fact!

If you’ve decided you want the sex of your baby to be a surprise, here’s a cool trick that may tip you off: mommies carrying boys tend to eat more than mommies with girls! Boys also tend to weigh a little more than girls at birth. So if you’re noticing big time food cravings, maybe it’s a premonition of your future teenage boy’s fridge raids!



38 Weeks Pregnant

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38 Weeks Pregnant – 2 Weeks Until The Due Date!

You’re doing great in week 28! Your due date is bearing down, and it will be here in 2 weeks! Baby has really grown in the past few weeks, reaching 19 ½ inches tall and nearly 7 pounds. She’s the size of a whole loaf of sweet bread – it’s a workout just to walk now!

What has baby been up to in the last week? By the time you’re 38 weeks pregnant, pretty much everything is in its right place and it’s up to your body to decide when the big day is. On top of growing out in size, your baby is growing out her hair and nails. She’s also creating thousands of neural connections, a process that will continue well after birth. Her nearly complete status this week leaves her in the “early term” stage until the end of this week, but at the start of next week she enters full term – ready for delivery!

Symptoms at 38 Weeks Pregnant

Baby is probably riding pretty low in your pelvis right now, which could be leading to some shooting sensations in your legs and pelvis. This is because she’s big enough that she may start accidentally stepping on some nerves down there, which will feel pretty weird! The size and position of your baby has probably turned you into one of the least graceful people you know. You still have 2 weeks left until your predicted due date, but it’s only going to get more awkward to move around. This means you should get all of your preparations done as soon as possible. Be sure to enlist the help of your partner! Just remember not to stress, its impossible to get everything done!

Your Baby

  • Hair and nails are growing, baby could have over an inch of hair by now
  • There’s only about a pound left to go before the big day!

Your Body

  • Plenty of practice contractions, which can be easy to mistake for the real thing! Real contractions happen with regularity and get stronger as time passes.
  • Feeling nervousness, anxiety, or just maybe plain sick of being pregnant
  • Bouts of diarrhea? Look out, this can be a sign that you’re ready for labor!


39 Weeks Pregnant

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39 Weeks Pregnant: 1 Week before the Due Date!

Comin’ in hot: week 39! You’ve officially entered full term pregnancy. The moment you’ve been waiting for is coming up. Your baby is now just shy of 20 inches tall, weighing 7 ¼ pounds – as big as a trifle desert! You may be wondering how you’re going to have this baby if he keeps getting bigger! Hang in there, the big day is in sight!

This week your baby is likely able to flex all of his limbs, even though at 39 weeks pregnant there isn’t much room left to do that anymore. All of this crowding, on top of his new position in your pelvis and the simple fact that you’ve been carrying him for 273 days (that’s right!), may leave you feeling seriously impatient! That’s very natural, and there are a lot of people who believe feeling sick of pregnancy at this stage is actually your body preparing you for when it’s over.

Symptoms At 39 Weeks Pregnant

On the other hand, there’s a pretty good chance that every day feels like it could be the day, and you imagine rushing to the hospital to give birth at every muscle cramp. Constant speculation from friends and relatives probably isn’t helping! Our advice is to do your best to take your mind off of it. Your due date at 40 weeks may come and go, but try to make plans every day that will keep you from stressing. Whether it happens 3 weeks from now or today, the baby is still getting born no matter what!

Your Baby

  • Researchers theorize that when your baby is ready for birth, he sends chemical signals to the body to initiate labor. That’s why they say: “only a baby knows when it’s ready to be born”!

Your Body

  • You’re still going to be feeling a lot of pressure, cramping, and heartburn.
  • Feeling a little burnt out with pregnancy. That’s okay! Just try to stay prepared and wait it out!
  • When your water breaks, it’s not always like in the movies (with a dramatic splash!). For some women it’s a long trickle of fluid that is easy to mistake for “pregnancy incontinence” i.e., an accident!

 



40 Weeks Pregnant

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40 Weeks Pregnant – The Week of the Due Date!

CONGRATULATIONS! After 280 days, you’ve miraculously managed to grow a real live human being. WOW! This week is what you’ve been waiting for: your due date! At 40 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of a full-blown carrot cake: a touch over 20 inches and right around 7 ½ pounds. You’ve both done some amazing work over the past 9 months!

Even though your due date is this week, remember that only 5% of pregnant women actually give birth on their due date. Nobody but your baby knows when it’s time, so do what you can to keep your mind off the big unknown. It will happen soon enough!

Symptoms at 40 Weeks Pregnant

This week it’s an absolute must that you have your hospital bag ready and set to go. Try to do little things to keep you feeling prepared and less anxious, like having the car gassed up at all times and bringing a phone charger with you wherever you go. Your body is likely still hitting you with the nesting urge, telling you to keep the house immaculate, organized, and extremely perfect for baby’s arrival. Just do what you can, communicate with your partner and RELAX! There’s always more to do, and there will be more time after the baby’s actually here! But seriously, hang out with your partner, watch a movie and take it easy. If you’re running around until the last minute, you’re going to be running on empty when its time for the main event!

Your Baby

  • According to your due date, delivery is officially on the table and your baby could be born at any time!

Your Body

  • The usual symptoms – cramping, heartburn and fatigue
  • Some signs that labor is near: passing of the mucus plug (aka the “bloody show”), diarrhea, more Braxton Hicks contractions and, of course, your water breaking!


41 Weeks Pregnant

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Welcome to week 41!

Not a lot of mommies expect to find themselves 41 weeks pregnant! Rest assured, since the due date is not set in stone, tons of mommies watch it come and pass! At 41 weeks pregnant, your baby is right around 20 inches and shy of 8 pounds. She’s the size of a whole cheesecake, and probably feels like it!

As of the day after your due date, you have entered late-term pregnancy. At this point, you and your care provider will be meeting soon to discuss your options. Generally, a pregnancy can still healthily continue into 42 weeks. Even after that, 3 to 12 percent of pregnant women go into post term and still have a natural, healthy childbirth! Your care provider will perform some tests, internal and external, to try and gauge the health of your baby. This usually helps moms decide whether or not they’d like to induce pregnancy. Remember: the majority of births happen naturally, and you have the support of your care provider, family, friends and your partner as you get ready for the arrival of your baby!

Symptoms at 41 Weeks Pregnant

At this point, you are probably feeling a little anxious…especially if this is your first pregnancy! There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding giving birth and what labor will be like (we’ve all heard about how bad it can hurt!) and your definitely tired of being pregnant. It’s frustrating to see your due date come and go, but the most important thing to do is keep in mind that no matter what, your baby is having a birthday very, very soon!

Your Baby

  • Maybe your bundle of joy seems a little stubborn right now, but he’s ready to go!

Your Body

  • The usual symptoms on top of a new wave of anxiety
  • Don’t let your nerves get the better of you, the majority of childbirths happen completely naturally


42 Weeks Pregnant

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42 Weeks Pregnant – It’s time!

Here you are at week 42! By now, you have had a meeting or two with your care provider and have probably made a decision to induce labor if it doesn’t happen before the week is out. That’s just as well, because at 42 weeks pregnant, your baby is just as big as a birthday cake! Although birth weight varies, the average size is slightly over 20 inches and a bit above 8 pounds. They say a baby is easier to take care of inside of you than out, it’s officially time to find out!

98% of births end up happening at the end of this week or earlier, so get ready to finally meet your baby! What’s cool about a post date pregnancy is that your baby will probably come out a lot more active than most. Months of anticipation have led up to this moment, and the big day is finally here! Grab that hospital bag and get ready for that final push!

You’re about to become a parent, and finally fulfill what you’ve been waiting for all this time. Pregnancy was a big adventure – with twists and turns and some moments you may never even want to think about again – but you’re about to take your first steps into a bigger journey: motherhood.  It’s the hardest and most rewarding experience you will ever have…it will go by in the blink of an eye, so make sure you take lots of pictures! From all of us at Bump Boxes to you, CONGRATULATIONS MOM!



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