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    Labor and delivery – Relax! Time’s finally up!

    It's somewhere around 40 weeks after you first became pregnant, and time's finally run out! Whether it's week 38, week 40 or week 42 of your pregnancy, you and your little one are finally ready to work together to get this thing going. And while you're no doubt relieved that you'll get to meet your baby and get back to your normal self again, there's still a long road ahead, and that road's called labor and delivery. Here's what you can expect during this …

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    Pregnancy week 42 – This is it … for real

    YOUR CHANGING LIFERelax - this is your last week Welcome to week 42 of your pregnancy. Did you ever think that you would be one of those women who makes it to this point? Even though it might feel like you're the most pregnant woman on earth, you're actually not alone. Plenty of moms-to-be have post-term babies, and it's not always because they're actually "late." In fact, studies have shown that 70 percent of post-term births are actually right on schedule. This …

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    Pregnancy week 41 – What’s the holdup?

    YOUR CHANGING LIFETake it easy - you'll make it! Welcome to week 41 of your pregnancy. You might not have thought that you'd make it this far, considering that most due dates are calculated based on a 40-week pregnancy period - but don't worry. Millions of women go past their due dates, and it can be for a variety of reasons. Your date of conception could have been a little off or your baby's just not ready to come out yet! Either way, there's nothing to stress over …

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    Pregnancy week 34 – Pop goes your belly button! (And other pregnancy quirks)

    YOUR CHANGING LIFEFrom innie to outie and everything in between Welcome to week 34 of your pregnancy. You're one week closer to meeting the little guy or gal who's been giving you so much to think about over the last few trimesters, and while you may feel like you know your baby pretty well at this point, the fact is, you're only just getting started!Right now, your uterus is resting 5 ½ inches over your belly button - if you're normally an innie, you may have …

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    Pregnancy week 33 – Counting down the seconds

    YOUR CHANGING LIFEFocus on "you time" Welcome to week 33 of your pregnancy. From late-night bathroom runs to the feeling that you just can't get one night's worth of restful sleep, you're probably feeling the pressure of your growing baby like never before.As you edge nearer to your delivery date, you may find that your physical movements are more limited. At this time, your uterus is about 5 inches from your belly button, giving you a full-fledged baby bump …

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    Pregnancy Week 32 – Are we there yet?

    YOUR CHANGING LIFEPay attention to those phantom flutters Welcome to week 32 of your pregnancy. Right around now, you may start to notice that your body is experiencing more than just aches and pains. As your due date draws nearer, each feeling of discomfort is actually a sign that your body is preparing in a big way for what's to come.If you didn't notice Braxton Hicks contractions last week, chances are you'll start picking up on them now. When women are affected by Braxton Hicks, they often …

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    Pregnancy Week 31 – Savoring those precious moments of intimacy

    YOUR CHANGING LIFEPhantom contractions and more signs that you're almost ready! Welcome to week 31 of your pregnancy. The good news is that you're closing in on D-Day - the time when you can finally cradle that baby you've been carrying around for months in your arms and smother his or her face with some well-deserved kisses. The bad news? Until that day comes, your body's just getting more uncomfortable as the stress of carrying around a growing little one begins to wear you ragged.It's not …

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    Pregnancy Week 30 – Keeping your eye on the prize

    YOUR CHANGING LIFESleep, sleep and more sleep! Welcome to week 30 of your pregnancy. With 10 weeks left to go, the countdown is officially on to your delivery. Right now, you should really relish the opportunity to get in plenty of extra sleep and cuddle time with your partner, because once that baby comes home with you, your free time will be hard to come by. And you'll likely need all the time you can steal to catch extra ZZZs, because your body's been busy making a home for your little one …

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    Pregnancy Week 29 – Thickening up and enjoying the little things

    YOUR CHANGING LIFERoom for growth Welcome to week 29 of your pregnancy. You're in the second week of your third trimester, which can be a very exciting period. As your baby grows, your body is continuing to transform in exciting ways, making week 29 one of the most memorable you've experienced yet.By now, your weight gain should be between 19 and 25 pounds. If you're not within this range, no need to worry, as every pregnancy can be different. However, it's always a good idea to check …

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    Pregnancy Week 28 – Over the hump and looking toward the future

    YOUR CHANGING LIFE Ready for the final stretch Welcome to week 28 of your pregnancy. Over the last few weeks, you duked it out with uncontrollable flatulence, stretch marks and pregnancy brain and lived to tell the tale. But this week, you're finally out of that second trimester slump and ready for the final stretch - the third trimester! Right about now, you may feel like throwing a party for yourself - after all, you're almost done! Chances are, with your baby shower just around the …

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