Written by Published on 11/18/2022
Why is pregnancy the eighth wonder of the world is a question that only a mother can answer. Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful creative processes and yet a great mystery. Imagine the “9 month”- long road that the baby has to pass from the moment he is only a small cell until he becomes a child in flesh and blood. From this point of view any mother is an artist.
But the creation of beauty comes at a price, the baby needs special care from the moment he is conceived until he leaves his nest. His road is extremely complicated, but fascinating and complex. As a pregnant woman it can become extremely difficult at times to cope with the rapid changes that are going on and to understand how much this process affects one’s life.
Pregnancy Week by Week - Here’s a weekly breakdown of the pregnancy stages during a typical 40 week pregnancy. You could use this as a weekly pregnancy calendar to keep track of your physical changes and your baby’s development on a week by week basis.
1 Weeks Pregnant
If you are thinking of becoming pregnant or suspect that you are, there are several things to take into consideration. First of all, you need to avoid anything that may have adverse effects on your body as anything that effects you also effects your baby. Alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and any drugs not prescribed by your doctor are things to avoid. Week 1 of the pregnancy is when everything is getting set up in your body to carry your child.
Exercise, as long as you don’t overdo, can be good for you. It not only keeps you active but keeps you from gaining too much weight which can cause a harder pregnancy. It has been noted that exercise can help during childbirth and make it an easier experience. This initial few days when you find out for sure that you are expecting can be a joyous time and the happiness you experience from this will show.
During this time don’t overextend yourself but you don’t have to stop doing everything you love to do. Consult your doctor if you are unsure of what you can and cannot do. Week 1 of the pregnancy is the best time to start making sure you are getting plenty of rest. Also start watching your diet and make sure you eat the right foods. Eat healthy by making sure you get the correct amounts of the basic food groups. Avoid the old theory that you are eating for two. You may be however if you start eating enough for two grown people you will start to look like two grown people.
If you are a worrier try to find something to take your mind off of things that worry you. Take up yoga or meditate to try and find a way to channel your energy to thinking of good things instead of sitting around worrying. Your moods, even at this early stage, can be picked up by your baby. If you are jittery and nervous and moody, these mood will be picked up by the baby. Calm makes for a happier and less stressful pregnancy and your baby will be happier and not as cranky as a child born into stress.
There are not a lot of physical changes in week 1 of the pregnancy. Your body is changing on the inside but the outside hasn’t started yet. You may not even know that you are pregnant yet as tests to determine this are usually not accurate until day 8 or later. However the previous steps in taking care of yourself are the way to make sure that if you are planning a pregnancy and miss your period the earlier you start taking care of yourself the better.
One thing you may notice is a tenderness in the breast area similar to the tenderness felt with the onset of your period. Not all women experience this however. There are no sure fire ways of knowing for sure you are pregnant this early. But you may have that feeling that you are and it doesn’t hurt to start taking care of yourself as though you were.
2 Weeks Pregnant
During the second week of pregnancy you may not even know for sure if you are pregnant yet. Your body has yet to begin the dramatic transformations and changes that occur later in the second and third trimesters.
The most common early sign that many women experience is mild cramping or pain in one or both sides of the abdomen. This is similar to the feeling that you may experience during ovulation. In actuality, most women do not really see any signs or pregnancy until 10 - 14 days after ovulation. This is because once the egg is fertilized it has to travel through the fallopian tube into the uterus where the uterus recognizes the fertilized egg as a living thing. Once the fertilized egg implants in the wall of the uterus a lot of biological reactions begin to take place.
There are a few signs that may indicate that you are pregnant can include increased fatigue, nausea, frequent urination, a missed period, breast tenderness, sleep disturbances, metallic taste in mouth and increased body temperature. These are some of the most common first signs of pregnancy. You may experience some, you may experience all or you may not experience any of them.
Pregnancy is different for everyone. Some women feel dizzy and may even faint. Some women experience nosebleeds for no apparent reason. You may begin to experience mild hair loss. Some women report mood swings, likening the roller coaster emotions to having PMS. If you once had a rather thick skin, you may now find that you burst into tears for no apparent reason.
The nausea, the infamous “morning sickness” is often the pregnancy symptom that many women dread the most. It tends to stop at the beginning of the second trimester, but those who have it know that it is no fun. Your doctor may give you vitamin K to curb the nausea and it often works. Also, there are a few simple tricks that you can try. If your nausea is mostly in the morning, keep some saltine crackers and a drink like Sprite or 7-Up next to your bed. Nibble on the crackers and sip on the drink before you even get out of bed in the morning. Soda crackers are also good and some women swear by pretzels.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the symptoms of pregnancy are often more pronounced in the case of a multiple pregnancy. For instance, a mother of twins may experience morning sickness and other symptoms more dramatically than a mom having just one baby. A mother of triplets will often experience stronger symptoms that the mom of twins and so forth. Also, sometimes morning sickness extends beyond the first trimester, occasionally continuing right up to delivery. The more babies the mother is carrying, it often seems the longer she will experience morning sickness.
During week 2 of pregnancy, the mother usually does not even know that she is pregnant. She may experience the symptoms, but pass them off as being “under the weather,” having the flu or just a bad case of PMS. Most home pregnancy tests will not even be able to detect a pregnancy this early in the game. However, if you think that you may be pregnant, you should begin taking the necessary precautions with your diet and activities. Refrain from smoking, drugs and alcohol, just to be on the safe side. After all, it isn’t all about you any longer. Now you have another little life entirely dependent upon you.
3 Weeks Pregnant
To be 3 weeks pregnant means conception has begun and it has been three weeks since the last day of the last menstruation. The baby has begun to grow, however it can not be seen with the human eye alone. During week 3 of pregnancy, the baby is approximately the size of a needle head and is basically a cluster of cells. Although there have been no missed periods, a pregnancy test can detect that fertilization has occurred a few days after the third week ends.
The size of the embryo at this stage is approximately 0.006 of an inch and even if the image was magnified, it bears no resemblance to the shape of a baby. Up until week 3 of pregnancy, the baby is a combination of the mother’s and father’s chromosomes, which are cells that continue to multiply throughout the term of the pregnancy. In week three, protective fluid begins to build around the embryo which is called amniotic fluid and although the sac is yet to form, the fluid is there for it to grow around later.
When a woman is 3 weeks pregnant, the placenta won’t begin to form for at least another week: The embryo grows small tube like links to the wall of the uterus, where it sources all nutrition until the placenta is ready.
The majority of women won’t notice any side effects of being pregnant until they are at least five or six weeks along. However, a small number of women can begin experiencing morning sickness at 3 weeks pregnant and others may have cramps on one side of their abdomen or can even notice an extra clear, mucous-like discharge. Commonly, women fly through the third week without knowing they are pregnant until they have missed their first period, while others claim they “just intuitively knew”.
For those women who are aware that they have conceived, week 3 of pregnancy is a time to start planning for the future: It is a time for their whole lifestyle to be analyzed and reviewed for areas that may require change or improvement. The aim is to lead as healthy a lifestyle as possible for the entire term of the pregnancy, so things such as alcohol and smoking should be stopped immediately. Daily water intake needs to be sufficient and diet should be full of fresh, natural and healthy food. Exercise is also extremely important and ensuring fitness levels are maintained when they are 3 weeks pregnant is going to set a strong foundation for good health throughout the whole nine months.
The most important thing at any stage of pregnancy is to remain calm and free of anxiety or worry. The more relaxed and stress-free the mother is, the calmer and more secure the baby’s environment will be inside of her. Every woman should remember that for their bodies, pregnancy is the most natural thing it can do, so let it happen without feeling anxious about everything being okay. It is still important at 3 weeks pregnant to maximize their time alone, because before they know it they will have another little person with them pretty much everywhere they go!
4 Weeks Pregnant
For many women, the 4th week of pregnancy is an amazing time, especially if it is going to be their first child. It’s the time when they may have been feeling some side effects and have noticed their period didn’t arrive like clockwork as it usually does. A few days prior to the normal menstruation date, a quality home pregnancy test can detect the change and when a woman does that first positive test, it’s a moment she will remember forever.
Women who are going to have more severe morning sickness than others can commonly begin to feel queasy at the four week mark. Many women report starting to feel off color at this stage and then continuing to be nauseous up until the last trimester or even the birth of their child. Most women still see no side effects in this way in week 4 of pregnancy.
In week four, there is a wider range of growth differences in embryos from one woman to the next than week two or three. Some embryos will be 0.014 of an inch up to others that can be 0.4 of an inch and the size at this stage bears no relation the overall size of the baby when it’s born. In the 4th week of pregnancy, the embryo will be working hard to securely implant itself into the lining of the uterus to ensure its safe and firm for the term of the pregnancy. Often a miscarriage will occur in earlier stages of pregnancy because the embryo has failed to root itself securely in the fourth week.
At this stage, the embryo has a little more shape and looks similar to a tadpole with little eyeballs: It still bears no resemblance to an actual baby by the 4th week of pregnancy. The placenta will start to grow in this week and the amniotic cavity is forming, which is a space for the fluid and the amniotic sac to continue to grow.
Although the embryo is very minuscule, the organs also begin forming in the fourth week. The best way it can be understood is to imagine the cells multiplying and being assigned to be a part of different sections of the future body: When the cell originally multiplies it is a generic cell or “stem cell” which can become any kind of cell it’s directed to be.
Because their body is working so hard over the first four weeks of fertilization, many women report feeling lethargic and drained. Week four of pregnancy is when the body produces enough progesterone to supply the fetus for another two months and every woman’s body reacts differently to the hormonal change.
During week 4 of pregnancy, all women should look seriously at avoiding all alcohol and tobacco, as well as analyzing their environments to ensure they aren’t surrounded by harmful pollutants or toxins that could damage the fetus. Stocking up on research material and looking into maternity clothes is also a good step to take at this time and have items on hand to combat morning sickness if it should arrive in the future. Bearing in mind some pregnancies can miscarry most commonly up until week twelve, it is still a time to get excited and begin to accept that she is actually going to have a baby in eight months!
5 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - A lot of women know by week five of pregnancy that they have conceived: A period that was due has come and gone and they may even be experiencing some signs and symptoms that they are pregnant. Even though the embryo is still only the size of a short grain of rice, organs have begun to form as well as the placenta and amniotic sac.
The vital body parts that are forming in the 5th week of pregnancy include the heart, central nervous system, bones and even muscles. The heart starts to form into two individual chambers and will also start to actually pump blood! And all inside an embryo that is only around a millimeter in size!
During week 5 of pregnancy, the placenta and umbilical chord are developing, however it is known as the primitive placenta in the early stages. Not even an expert could tell that a woman is in her 5th week of pregnancy by looking at her. While she won’t look pregnant, at five weeks many women do feel bloated and often mistaken this for the coming of a late and heavy period.
Each woman is completely unique in the way her body responds to pregnancy and the rate and size at which the baby forms. It is common for a woman to begin experiencing the signs of being pregnant at five or six weeks, but many breeze through without noticing at all. Some women feel nauseous, have tender and swollen breasts and notice a need to urinate a lot more than they usually do. Fatigue can make surviving a normal daily schedule very difficult and since caffeine should be avoided, exercise will be their best friend.
In week five, a woman will want to be educating herself all about her body, the fetus and the months to come. There are many reputable and informative books and guides available to help pregnant women as well as excellent supplements and remedies that are highly recommended. Ensuring levels of B6 and foliate are sufficient is high on every pregnant ladies list of priorities, as well as being well stocked up on natural remedies for morning sickness, sleeping and energy.
If morning sickness is very severe, dehydration can occur, which is very dangerous to the fetus. Every woman should ensure they drink around two and a half liters or water each day of their pregnancy and exercise should be light, steady and regular.
Other items that can make the journey through pregnancy more comfortable include full body pillows, meditation CDs, lavender scented eye pillows and a comfortable foot stool. Many women now days are even buying fresh juicers as soon as they realize they are pregnant so they can include a fresh fruit and vegetable juice in their daily diet. Maternity wear will need to be considered as well as where to have the baby and who will be the baby’s doctor. Week 5 of pregnancy is only the very early stages, so the best advice is to relax and enjoy the changes taking place inside the body in such an amazing and natural way.
6 Weeks Pregnant
The 6th week of pregnancy is an exciting, somewhat difficult time for most women: Morning sickness sets in, along with lethargy and constant trips to the toilet. For the lucky women who don’t have any side effects of pregnancy, it is a time for mentally end emotionally preparing themselves for the fact that they are having a baby in eight months.
For those women who are trying to fall pregnant, the best plan is to maintain a strict and healthy lifestyle prior to positive test results. This will not only set the body up for falling pregnant, but will also ensure when they do fall, the first month is a healthy and stable one. If knowledge of the pregnancy doesn’t come until much later, it’s best not to feel stressed about lifestyle choices up to that point: As soon as a woman becomes aware that she is pregnant, she should take every precaution to be as healthy as possible.
Since week six is still very early on in the pregnancy, the best things a women can do to prepare is to set her self up for the time ahead. There is a variety of excellent books available that can provide sound advice on surviving pregnancy and she can also plan for her birth with booking birthing classes or perhaps hypno-birthing lessons. Another great idea is to stock the cupboard with a variety of natural products to combat morning sickness, because even if they don’t have it, it can strike at any time and no one feels like driving to the store when they are so ill and nauseous.
An ultra sound is often performed in week 6 of pregnancy and the doctor or midwife will take measurements in crown-rump-length increments. At this stage, the fetus can range from two to five centimeters in length. Spots can be seen where they eyes and ears will form and the beginning of arms and legs can grow as well. The fetus is still unable to move independently and is unresponsive to any external stimulation or noise.
It is not uncommon for women to begin to notice a thickening around their waste area, although a pregnant looking belly is yet to show. Weight gain can begin in the 6th week of pregnancy and continues at a steady rate of around five pounds per week. The breasts become tender and the nipples can be very sensitive.
It is time for a woman to start seriously thinking about maternity clothes when they notice their weight changing: They aren’t going to be getting any smaller for some time to come, so planning a sensible and useful wardrobe for the time ahead is important. A lot of women now days choose to do their maternity shopping online since they can feel self conscious about their new size and there are a lot more options available over the web.
Of course, not all women put on weight as early as week 6 of pregnancy. If they are experiencing serious morning sickness, they may find they don’t really have an appetite until the sickness subsides. Either way, it is very important for a pregnant woman to drink more than their adequate daily water intake because they really are drinking for two. The best idea is to buy a few reputable books on health during pregnancy to create a plan that both mother and baby will benefit from.
7 Weeks Pregnant
During week 7 of pregnancy, you should have confirmed that you are pregnant at this point and are looking forward to your first prenatal doctor visit. At this point in your pregnancy, your baby is a teeny tiny 0.2 to 0.52 inches long. It is about the size of a marble and weighs just about 0.03 ounces. To put this size and weight into perspective, think about the top of a pencil eraser in regards to size and an aspirin tablet in regards to the weight.
Some of the symptoms that you may be experiencing during this time include constipation, morning sickness/nausea, excess saliva and an increased vaginal discharge. You will notice that your waistline is expanding and your clothing is probably getting too tight even if your pregnancy is not yet showing.
It is at this point of your pregnancy that you will develop your mucus plug. This plug forms in the cervix, at the opening of the cervical canal. It seals the uterus to protect it and keep it as good environment for your baby to grow. As your cervix dilates when your body is preparing for labor, you will lose this plug which is often one of the first indications of the onset of labor.
Though your baby is very tiny at this point, a lot is going on as far as development is concerned. The heart becomes fully formed during this time and the limb buds emerge. The arms have a paddle like appearance. The eyes appear as dark spots and the tongue begins to form. The eyelid folds are also forming during this time. Your baby’s body becomes more elongated and it straightens. Organs such as permanent kidneys, spleen and liver ducts and the stomach are beginning to form. The cerebral cortex becomes visible. This is the part of the brain that controls motor activity and intellect. Also in the brain, the pituitary gland is forming in the middle of the brain. The intestines are becoming more elongated and the esophagus is beginning to form. At this time the umbilical cord is visible. The umbilical cord links the baby and the placenta which is connected to the mother.
At this point in your pregnancy, your body may provide you with a few clues regarding how many fetuses you may be carrying. There are no hard, fast rules that act as a neon sign to tell you that you are carrying twins, triplets - or more, but there are a few things you may experience that may clue you in. A faster weight gain that includes an increased size of your abdomen (you may experience increased itching in this area as well), a heavy feeling in your pelvis or vagina (it may feel heavy, congested or even like pressure), greater tendency to retain water or increased swelling, varicose veins and increased fatigue. At this time, a woman who is carrying multiple fetuses will often have extra high hCG levels. This is measured in the pregnancy blood test that your doctor orders at your first prenatal visit.
8 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - At 8 weeks, you probably either know for sure that you are pregnant or have a pretty good idea. Many women will have their first prenatal visit at this time. You doctor will give you a thorough check up and confirm your pregnancy. He or she will get a lot of information from you as well as order several tests to make sure that there are no problems. He will check your blood pressure, give you a urine test and he will also order a blood test. Sometimes, during your exam, you doctor can lift your uterus and use the Doppler to listen to your baby’s heartbeat.
You will be asked to give your doctor a complete medical history that includes any chronic illnesses, hospitalizations and surgeries. He or she will also need to know about any medications that you are taking as well as any allergies that you may have. Your doctor can also give you a due date at this check up. He or she may also order an ultrasound just to make sure that everything is OK.
During week 8 of pregnancy, your baby should be around .56 to 0.8 inches long and weigh about 0.1 ounces. This is measured from the crown of the head to the rump. Your baby already has a beating heart, a spinal cord and a good portion of the brain has been developed even though he or she is about the size of a peanut or pumpkin seed. The neurological system is developing, but your baby definitely has a brain at this stage of the pregnancy.
This is about the time that you may begin to notice that your clothing is getting tight. You may not necessarily be showing yet, particularly if this is your first pregnancy, nonetheless, your clothing may be a little snug.
You may experience some more pronounced symptoms now. These would include acne, tender and swollen breasts, nausea and extreme fatigue. You may also find that certain foods or smells turn your stomach. Food aversion is common in the first weeks of pregnancy and some women experience it throughout their entire pregnancy. You may also notice that your tummy begins to pooch a little. Sometimes, women experience swelling in their hands and feet as well.
One of the biggest signs that you may notice is an increase in hormonal activity. You may feel like your hormones have been turned upside down. This can cause acne, moodiness and even crying spells. Other common symptoms include headaches and dizziness.
A home pregnancy test can confirm that you are pregnant and if you have not made a doctor’s appointment, you should do so as soon as possible. It is important that your pregnancy is monitored by a health care professional to make sure that everything goes smoothly and no complications arise.
This is sort of a limbo time for most moms because they are not yet ready for maternity clothing, but their regular clothing may be getting too tight. If you find yourself in this position, you may enjoy picking up a few pairs of pants or skirts with an elastic waistband a size or two larger than what you normally wear. These outfits can give you a little growing room while keeping your comfortable. It is not good (and certainly not comfortable) to continue squeezing into tight clothing. Just go with it, get some larger clothes and enjoy this time - relax, you are going to get a lot larger before it is all said and done.
There is also a lot going with your baby during this time as well. The leg buds are diving into the thigh, leg and foot while the arm buds are becoming the hand, arm, elbow and shoulder. The arms and legs also begin to move during this time. The cartilage, bones and eyelids also begin to form. Facial features such as the ears, upper lip and the tip of the nose become recognizable and the tongue begins to develop and teeth are developing under the gums. This period is also the time when gonads, the testes or ovaries are develop.
You should start taking a prenatal vitamin. A healthy diet is very important. Fresh fruits and vegetables will help your baby grow strong and healthy. However, if you are experiencing morning sickness, you may not have much of an appetite. Also, you should talk to your doctor about lifestyle choices that you make including drinking alcohol, smoking and taking drugs. It is important that you are completely honest with your doctor and tell them everything. This is for your baby’s sake and is important to your baby’s safety - and yours.
9 Weeks Pregnant
Week 9 of pregnancy is known for the “era of the mood swings”. You may begin to notice symptoms such as irritability, weepiness and mood swings. Indigestion may appear at this time and antacids will become your friend. At this time your baby is about 1 inch long and weighs about as much as a paper clip (one eighth of an ounce). There are some major changes taking place in your baby’s body as the development during this time is fast and dramatic.
At this stage of your pregnancy, your baby is undergoing a great deal of developmental changes. The nipples and hair follicles are beginning to form and the abdomen and chest cavities separate. The facial features are becoming more pronounced as the eye muscles and upper lip develop. Ultrasound can detect fetal movement but you won’t likely be able to feel the first flutterings for a few more weeks. The nerve cells form in the retinas of the eyes and nerve connections are made to the brain from the retina. The ear canals form as do the nasal passages. The neck elongates and becomes more distinct as it connects the body to the head.
All the fingers and toes are visible at this time and the rectal and urinary passages separate completely. The intestines move out of the umbilical cord and begin moving into the abdomen. The changes are very dramatic at this time of the pregnancy and these first few weeks are the time frame that allows the baby to develop in a manner that will form the foundation of his or her growth. You will likely feel more tired, even exhausted during this time because of all the things that are going on in your body. Just rest when your body tells you that it needs it. In a few weeks the exhaustion will pass as the development shifts from baby formation to baby growth.
You are going through some dramatic changes as well. Your hormones are shifting about and your body is preparing to nurture your baby, go through labor and delivery and breastfeed your baby after the birth. Those are a lot of changes! Your breasts feel fuller and more sensitive and you may have some PMS symptoms. You probably notice that your waistline is expanding and even a slight weight gain. You may feel bloated, have mood swings and feel teary or irritable. While nausea and morning sickness are already a regular part of your day, heartburn and indigestion may surface at this time and you may also notice that you have food aversions and food cravings. Some women crave “normal” food like brownies or Chinese food, while some women crave things like dirt or starch. If you have any abnormal cravings, you should talk to your doctor.
The first trimester of pregnancy is usually not the most comfortable. It is usually considered by women to be the least enjoyable with the third trimester running in second. Your body is working very hard during this time and on top of that, your hormones are adjusting. Hang in there because the second trimester is usually a wonderful time where you feel great and you get that beautiful “pregnancy glow”.
10 Weeks Pregnant
Week 10 of pregnancy is like the one quarter mark. At this point you have three quarters to go! It is very important to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and continue to do so throughout your pregnancy. One thing that you may notice at this time is that you are more emotional, maybe more irritable or teary. This does get better, but make sure that you get enough rest and maintain a healthy diet. You will feel much more tired than usual so take it easy and get rest when you need it.
At this point in your pregnancy, your baby’s brain is growing very quickly, producing 250,000 neurons a minute. At this time, your baby is 1.25 to 1.68 inches long and weighs about 0.18 ounces. This is about the weight of a quarter. Much of your baby’s development is occurring during this time and your little “peanut” is starting to look more like a baby. The eyelids are not transparent any longer and the outer ears are nearly finished forming. The tooth buds are beginning to form. In male babies, the testes begin producing the hormone testosterone.
Your baby’s fingers and toes are completely separated and the embryonic tail has completely disappeared. The skeleton is developing as the bones form and the eyes are no longer on the sides of the head, but now closer to the front of the face. This is also the time when your baby’s palate and roof of the mouth form as do the taste buds and neck muscles. The stomach moves into position and the clitoris develops in females while the ovaries begin their descent. The lungs are developing and the diaphragm starts to form a separation between the lungs and heart from the stomach.
Whew! It’s no wonder you are exhausted at this time! Your body is facilitating some tremendous growth in your baby. Your blood volume in increasing during your pregnancy. In fact, it will increase by 40 to 50 percent throughout your pregnancy and this could mean that you have some veins that are more noticeable in certain areas. This includes your legs, breasts and tummy. You may also notice that your complexion becomes blotchy with red, ruddy or dark patches on your skin and face. You may find that you are moodier than normal, maybe more irritable or teary than usual. You are likely noticing some weight gain and even some softening of your gums.
Since weight is often a big issue with women, particularly when they are pregnant. The typical (and acceptable) weight gain during pregnancy is 30 to 40 pounds. For a woman who is a normal weight prior to getting pregnant, she should look to gain 25 to 30 pounds and if she is overweight, then 15 to 25 pounds is acceptable.
A breakdown, in very general terms, of the weight gain is as follows:
- 7.5 pounds - baby
- 2.0 pounds - uterus
- 1.5 pounds - placenta
- 2.0 pounds - breasts
- 8.0 pounds - fluid and blood
- 7.0 pounds - fat
Now, of course some babies are larger than others and some are smaller, but this will give you an idea of where the weight goes during your pregnancy.
11 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - At week 11 of pregnancy, the most vital developmental advances in your baby’s growth are completed. At this time, your baby goes from the medical term of embryo to fetus. This is often when mothers get to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time. This is also a time when your baby grows quite rapidly. By the end of the 11th week, your baby will be about 2 inches long. The blood vessels in the placenta increase in size and in number to accommodate this growth. This allows more nutrients to get to your baby. Just think, at the middle of week 11 you only have about 200 days left until you get to hold your little one for the first time!
Your baby’s development is moving right along. At this stage of the game, your baby has some interesting developments occurring. The eyelids have fused and they will remain fused until the 24th week. The external genitals move to the outside of the body but you really can’t tell for sure yet on a sonogram whether you are having a boy or a girl. The hair follicles are forming on the skin and the teeth are beginning to form. Week 11 is also that time that your baby is no longer in danger of developing the more congenital abnormalities.
Your baby’s head is still just about half the size of his or her body. This is because the brain is one of the first developments so the rest of the baby, including the head, are left to catch up. The ears are formed but low. However, they will move up the neck and settle on the sides of the head.
During this week, you may notice some more dramatic changes in your body. Your breasts are probably very full and tender and you may even notice that the skin color of the areolas becomes darker. You may even see blue colored veins under the skin. This is because of the increased blood supply throughout your body.
It is very important that you take the time now and get a good, well fitting bra that offer full support. You want to wear a good support bra throughout your pregnancy. A maternity bra is often the bra of choice for expecting moms because they have nice, broad straps that do not cut into the shoulder. They are also wide in the back so that they ease muscle strain. They also are designed so that they don’t press into the breast tissue which also makes them ideal for nursing mothers as well. A bra that is too tight or constricts the breast tissue can result in clogged milk ducts - and you can have clogged milk ducts before you even go into labor.
You may be showing at this time. You may be sporting a little “baby bump” and your clothing is probably too tight. If this is not your first child, you are more likely to “show” at this time. A first time mom takes more time to “show”.
12 Weeks Pregnant
The 12th week of pregnancy is an amazing time and is on the cusp of the second trimester. Every woman is different in the way she experiences pregnancy and some may have felt signs for weeks, where others will only start to notice around the twelve week mark. A baby has been growing inside of them at a rapid rate, so rarely do women fly through without any symptoms.
By week 12 of pregnancy, the fetus is approximately a half ounce in weight and 2.5 inches long. A lot is happening inside the small baby-to-be, including hormone production in the brain and urine production in the kidneys. Pressing on areas around the uterus can cause the baby to move, but women won’t be able to feel the movements yet because it’s still too small.
The 12th week of pregnancy is the time when pretty much all pregnant ladies notice their uterus “pop” out in front of them. This “pot belly” is usually in the lower abdomen area, rather than up higher near the stomach. The skin will often change in appearance and other side effects such as heartburn, lower back pain, headaches and lethargy are prominent around this time.
For women who have trouble sleeping because of restless legs or lower back problems, there are special pregnancy pillows that are a fantastic resolution. As the body works hard to grow and change in the uterus area, it can offer a lot of relief to sleep with the legs apart, resting the whole body along the pillow.
When the 12th week of pregnancy is reached, many women experience a sense of relief. The majority of miscarriages occur at some stage in the first trimester so a feeling of being home-free is not uncommon. Of course there are rare cases where complications can arise, but from twelve weeks on it’s usually a smooth ride to the finish line.
Twins will usually be identified in the eleven week ultra sound, or any number of multiples. Whether they are having one or more babies, if it hasn’t struck her yet, it is around this time that all women will start to really plan and get organized for the changes that are coming their way. They will start to plan for any big adjustments that need to be made, organize maternity leave and have birth plans and birthing classes in place.
Since spending a lot of time on their feet can be difficult for a tired, busy pregnant woman, there are many options available for shopping online. From items for the baby to anything an expecting mother needs to make pregnancy more comfortable, the items required can be bought over the internet. This means no waiting in lines, being stuck in crowds or finding the things they need are out of stock. The goal when pregnant is to stay as relaxed and calm as possible, so buying over the web is often the simplest and best option.
There is still so many more amazing and wonderful experiences to come, such as feeling the baby move for the first time or even finding out the sex. The most important thing of all for any woman is to ensure she does everything in an educated way that she is completely comfortable with, as well as surrounding herself with support from friends, family and professionals that reassure her everything is safe and under control. A sense of security for the mother will provide a relaxed and comforting environment for the baby to develop in.
13 Weeks Pregnant
In week 13 of pregnancy, your baby is about three inches long from crown to rump and weighs about an ounce. Your baby already has his or her own unique fingerprints. His or her tiny pancreas is starting to produce insulin, which will be important for continued growing later in life. It’s an amazing feeling to know that your fetus already looks like a tiny baby, with an enlarged head. Don’t worry, the body will catch up soon! There are some amazing and sometimes frustrating changes happening to you in week 13 of pregnancy as well.
As your uterus continues to expand with your growing baby, you may feel some pain in your abdomen. This is normal as long as there are no very sharp and intense pains or bleeding. You are finally getting over the nausea, frequent urination and exhaustion that your first trimester brought you. Thank Goodness, right? You will begin to feel full of energy and more like yourself.
In week 13 of pregnancy, you are probably starting to fill out your clothing a little too much. You should purchase some comfortable and loose fitting clothing. Don’t worry, you can save your “little people” clothes for after Baby is here. You may not need maternity clothing just yet, but clothing a few sizes bigger than your regular clothes are a good idea. This will allow you to be comfortable and not constricted.
Around this time, your stomach is beginning to stretch to accommodate your growing baby, and now is when you should start to be concerned with stretch marks. By beginning to apply some type of special lotion or cream now, you can avoid those stretch marks later. Lotions or creams designed especially for pregnant women help your skin to stretch without damage. It will also help with the elasticity of your skin, and prevent “itchy” belly and scars.
You may find that you are still experiencing soreness in your breasts as they expand and grow. In week 13 of pregnancy, you are already starting to make Colostrum. This is the highly nutritional “milk” that your baby will be getting for the first few days if you will be breastfeeding. Soreness in your breasts and darkening of the areolas are natural and expected.
14 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - In week 14 of pregnancy, your baby is about 4 inches long from crown to rump, and weighs about an ounce or a little over. Your baby is growing hair on his or her head and in the eyebrow area, and has very soft little fingernails and toenails. Your baby is beginning to uncurl from the fetal position, and can move much more freely now. Your baby may even be sucking his or her thumb. In week 14 of pregnancy, your doctor should be able to tell if your baby is a boy or girl. This is a very exciting time in your pregnancy, and you will notice some changes in yourself as well.
You will notice that your belly is becoming bigger and bigger. Don’t frown… Pregnant bellies are adorable! You will probably need to get some maternity clothes. You may have been wearing baggy clothes for the past couple of weeks, but with maternity clothing, you can dress really nicely and still be comfortable. There are all kinds of cute maternity outfits available.
You may also notice a darkening line that runs from your navel to your pelvic area. This is normal, and it’s called linea negra. You will probably notice that your areolas are much darker now and your breasts may be sore and tender. This is perfectly normal, and a good supporting bra should relieve these symptoms. In week 14 of pregnancy, constipation is a common thing. Your hormones have slowed the function of your bowel muscles, and this can sometimes lead to constipation.
At this point in your pregnancy, your baby is actually getting some of the food that you eat. It’s important to eat nutritious and healthy food. It is not only good for your baby, but it will provide you with essential nutrients and vitamins that you need to keep your energy up and stay healthy. Try whole foods, like fruits, veggies and whole grains. These are great foods for pregnant women as well as everyone else. The great fiber in whole grains should help with your constipation as well. Drink plenty of water; you should be getting at least 8 glasses a day.
If you haven’t started already, you should begin rubbing on an anti stretch mark cream or lotion onto your belly and breasts. This will reduce the chance of stretch marks occurring and keep your belly from itching so much as it stretches. It’s a good idea to apply it even if you don’t see any stretch marks yet as it can help to prevent them altogether.
15 Weeks Pregnant
During week 15 of pregnancy, your baby is around 4 to 5 inches from crown to rump and weighs around 1½ ounces. Your baby’s bones are hardening and retain calcium rapidly. Your baby is developing fine hair all over it’s body. His or her hands are perfectly formed and are about the size of the tip of your pinky finger! Your baby is busy practicing breathing, sucking his or her thumb and acrobatics! He or she is able to move all around, kick, lunge and grab out with his or her hands. You might not feel this movement yet because your baby is still very small.
By now, most expectant mothers would be wearing maternity clothes. Your growing belly can come along with some frustrating symptoms. You may experience heartburn starting in week 15 of pregnancy, which may worsen at night. One good tip is to lie with your head slightly elevated. This can reduce the uncomfortable feelings of heartburn.
As your body grows, it can be difficult to get comfortable. You’re not used to sleeping around this growing belly and for some women, this can be very frustrating. You shouldn’t be sleeping on your stomach in week 15 of pregnancy. If you haven’t purchased a pregnancy pillow yet, now is a great time to do it. This will make it easier for you to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Try sleeping on your side, with your top leg over the pregnancy pillow. Placing some extra pillows behind your back will help too.
You might notice that your belly is extremely itchy! This is because it is stretching to accommodate your baby’s growing body. Remember to apply anti stretch mark creams to prevent stretch marks. This is an important time in your pregnancy and you may find that you need to ask for help more now than you did before. You shouldn’t be lifting anything over 20 pounds now, or lifting things over your head. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help from your family. Keeping you healthy and happy should be your first priority.
16 Weeks Pregnant
Having a baby can be both exciting and fun; however, it can have its moments when you are dealing with morning sickness or just feeling fat. Thankfully, by the time you are getting to your 16th week of pregnancy, most women will find that morning sickness is well behind them, although the cravings may still be haunting them, especially in the night hours.
During week 16 of pregnancy, you can expect quite a few changes, both for you, and for your baby as well. At this point in time, your baby will be a bit longer than four inches, and will probably weigh in at around 3 ounces or so. This is the week where your baby will begin to start growing hair, and when the ears and the eyes will be moving into their permanent position.
Not only is the baby changing, but you are going to be seeing some changes in your own body too during the 16th week of pregnancy. Of course your waistline will have been long gone, but your stomach is going to continue to get rounder during this week. However, at this point in time, many women are loving they way they look while they are pregnant. While the first couple of months may have had you despairing about your increasing waistline, more than likely you will be enjoying it now.
One of the biggest things that you will probably begin to notice around the 16th week of pregnancy is that you can actually feel your baby moving around. Although some women may feel this movement earlier or a bit later, usually it is around this time that the first movements are able to be felt by you. When you start feeling that fluttering in your stomach that seems a bit like gas, chances are that you are feeling your baby move for the very first time.
A few other things that you will probably experience around your 16th week of pregnancy include swollen feet, a bit of abdominal pain, gums that bleed, and even a stuffy nose. These are all normal things that occur, so there is no need to worry. More than likely the swollen feet are around to stay; however, the rest of problems should only be short term issues.
Since your stomach is probably starting to look like a map of the moon, a great product to invest in around this time of pregnancy is some stretch mark cream. There are special stretch mark creams especially developed for pregnant women, or other products, like cocoa butter may be a help as well. They help to provide moisture and elasticity to your skin that will keep stretch marks to a minimum.
Investing in some larger shoes that are comfortable or sandals may be a good idea as well. This way you do not have to stuff your swollen feet into tight shoes, and you will be able to enjoy walking with a bit of comfort.
17 Weeks Pregnant
Now that you are in week 17 of pregnancy, you are getting close to halfway through the pregnancy. There are quite a few changes that are occurring in both you and your baby during this week, and it is important that you know what to expect. You also need to know what you should be doing at this time for a healthy pregnancy.
During week 17 of pregnancy, the uterus is going to begin to move upwards toward your belly button. Since it is getting bigger, you will be beginning to show and you may even feel a bit off balance because of the shift in your center of gravity too. At this point in time, you probably will have gained somewhere between 5-10 pounds, and now maternity clothes are going to be a must. While wearing larger clothes may work, you will probably want to go shopping for some maternity clothes that fit right and that will make you look and feel your best.
In week 17 of pregnancy, many women are beginning to feel like they have more energy. This is caused by the placenta beginning to produce it’s own hormones. While you may have been overly tired for the past few weeks, you will be glad to feel your energy coming back. Although you will be feeling energetic, often during week 17 of pregnancy women begin to notice that they get dizzy when they stand or sit up. You will need to be careful of this, but simply sitting down or laying down for a minute can help. Also, be sure to be careful to get up slowly as well.
While your tummy is probably the most noticeable thing growing, during week 17 of pregnancy your breasts are probably beginning to get larger as well. You may want to invest in a special maternity bra for pregnant women. Also, there are special sleeping bras available that will provide you with comfort while you are sleeping as well.
Once you get to week 17 of pregnancy and beyond, it is going to be especially important that you reduce the amount of stress in your life. You need to avoid stressful situations totally, and work to make sure that you eliminate any stress from your life. While you will never be able to get rid of all the stress you have, do your best to keep things as stress free as possible. Keeping your stress levels down will help you have a more healthy pregnancy for both you and your baby as well.
18 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - At 18 weeks of pregnancy, you may have already experienced some of the symptoms of pregnancy and the effects of the hormones changing in your body at this stage. While you are healthy, you still may experience some things that just can’t seem to be explained.
At this point in your pregnancy, there are so many changes going on inside of you, and you may notice it on the outside. Others will too. They will see that you are expecting. There are also changes that no one can see going on inside of you. You might experience having low blood pressure because your cardiovascular system is becoming affected by the pregnancy. When you sit or stand up make sure you do so slowly. This is important, and can help you decrease how dizzy you will feel.
Just like stated above, do not sit up or stand up too quickly. You might not feel as if you have to take it easy so to speak, but your body could be going through some blood pressure level changes. Your blood pressure is likely to be low right now. To avoid feeling dizzy and possibly passing out you need to take care in how you sit up or stand up. Do so slowly and you should not feel too dizzy.
This is the time you will begin to feel the strain on your body of carrying and growing a baby inside of you. You will probably feel fatigued and want to take a nap during the day. Make sure you eat healthy and well. If you feel like you need to lie down for a while, go ahead. You deserve a break.
During this part of your pregnancy you will begin to feel your body in a sense giving all it has to your baby, leaving you with little to run off of. Get some supplies to help you relax, such as some bathing soaps, candles, a new pillow for your legs, and other bath supplies. Taking a bath can help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. This is also a great time to buy some bath supplies (especially a bath pillow, if you do not already have one), because relaxing in some warm water can help your body relax in the tub for a while and get a break from the strain of carrying a baby.
19 Weeks Pregnant
This is week 19 of your pregnancy and you are probably wondering what to expect this week. Every week through your entire pregnancy, your body goes through many changes as your child grows inside of you. As this week comes, you may start to feel what is called quickening, which is actually the baby moving. You will most likely have another check up or prenatal visit, where your doctor will want to check such things as your weight, uterus, blood pressure and also your urine. He or she will be looking to see if there is protein in your urine and to make sure that you are not showing signs of pre-eclamsia as well as the amount of sugar for other problems.
This is your half way mark and you may notice some changes in your body that may include stretch marks as well as itchy skin. You may also notice that you are starting to have back aches. This is due to the extra weight that your baby is adding to your body, but rest assured, it is only temporary. Your baby is around 5 to 6 inches in length and will most likely weigh about 7 ounces. Your precious baby can now do a few things on his or her own such as thumb sucking and he or she can also display involuntary muscle movements.
At your prenatal checkup you will get to hear your little ones heart beat. Some people say it sounds like a train as it beats so fast. That “pitter patter” sound is like music to a mother’s ears. This helps keep the magic alive and makes that baby seem more real to a mother. Be sure to have your doctor check you for anemia while at your checkup, especially if you seem more tired than usual, are experiencing fainting spells, find your heartbeat seems to be pounding or your skin appears pale. If you suffer from iron deficiency anemia, you can treat that with some simple diet changes. You can cook your foods with iron cookware as well incorporate more green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, legumes and dried fruit
Here are a few tips that you can follow to help you deal with the changes you’re going through in this 19th week of your pregnancy. For the itchy skin and stretch marks, you can try one of the many lotions or creams that are out on the market today. If you are suffering from leg cramps, you can try eating a banana to help increase your potassium level. Be sure to keep the lines of communication open with your spouse to ensure that you are getting the support that you need as you can be having problems with your hormones and mood swings.
20 Weeks Pregnant
You are halfway to bringing your beautiful baby in to this world. By the time you get to week 20 of your pregnancy, your baby is moving around quite a bit and your little bundle of joy is now getting some hair on his or her head as well as some eyebrows. You still may see some changes going on with your skin but rest assured this is all normal and right on schedule. You may also see that you now have somewhat of a vaginal discharge, which is also normal. When you finish this week out you will officially be halfway through the entire experience.
Your baby is still growing by leaps and bounds and at this point in time he or she weights around 9 pounds and is approximately 5½ to 6½ inches in length. It is truly amazing, all the things your little one can do and he or she doesn’t even weight a full pound yet. Your precious cargo can hear sounds and if the noise is too loud that he or she hears, then it will cover its ears with its hands. You little one is also stretching out and moving around, stretching and kicking, twisting and turning. To you, those movements may feel like butterflies or a hungry stomach.
Your baby now has a protective coating on his or her skin that protects it from the amniotic fluid. The eyebrows are still coming in and if you are having a girl then the uterus is actually starting to form. Your baby’s skin is also starting to thicken, getting all the necessary layers that it needs and the finger and toenails are starting to form.
You will notice some changes that will be a bit different then the previous weeks of your pregnancy. For instance you may have a dark line forming that goes from your belly button down to your pubic area. You may also notice that you are perspiring more than you are used to and this is caused from your thyroid gland being more active. As the baby grows there will be more pressure on your bladder so you will need to urinate more frequently then usual.
Be sure to keep your posture upright to avoid back aches and make sure you use a foot stool when sitting as this will help to keep swelling down in your ankles. Be sure to sleep with a pillow between your legs at your waist as this till help to alleviate pressure.
This is also a good time to sign up or look into child birthing classes to help you when the time comes to bring the baby into the world. This can also be an exciting time as it may be possible to find out the baby’s sex during an ultrasound.
21 Weeks Pregnant
At week 21 of pregnancy, you are finally halfway through the pregnancy. More than likely you are getting over some of the worst parts of pregnancy like morning sickness, and smells are probably not affecting you as much anymore either. While your babies growth is slowing down a bit, more than likely yours is not, and you are probably picking up a few more pounds.
One big thing you may be noticing is that you are constipated more than ever before. The reason this happens is because the body is releasing more progesterone than normal. This tends to make the body more relaxed, and it relaxes the muscles of the bowel as well. Since these muscles are relaxed, it takes more time to move waste through, which is resulting in your constipation. You may want to try eating more fiber, which can help.
Another thing you need to watch out for during week 21 of pregnancy and through the rest of your pregnancy is a urinary tract infection. The muscles in the urinary tract are relaxing as well, which means the risk of an infection is greater during this time. If you begin having pain when you urinate or it is difficult to urinate, be sure to see your doctor.
During week 21 of pregnancy, more than likely your doctor is going to let you begin to do some low impact exercise. This will help to keep you from gaining too much weight and it will also help keep varicose veins and bad backaches away as well. Exercises that are great for pregnant women include swimming, walking, and yoga; however, be sure to discuss any exercise you plan on doing with your doctor.
While you have probably been dealing with some swelling in your feet for some time, you may notice it even more during week 21 of pregnancy and beyond. You will probably want to take some time to rest and you should prop your feet up for awhile each day. If the swelling becomes severe, your doctor should be contacted.
Leg cramps may also show up at week 21 of pregnancy as well. They can be quite painful, but there are a few things that you can do to help. One thing you can do is to purchase a pregnancy pillow. You can use this pillow to prop your legs up at night while you are sleeping. Purchasing and wearing pregnancy stockings or a support belt may also help to alleviate the leg cramps as well. If you wear the pregnancy support stockings regularly, they may also help to prevent the varicose veins that some women develop during pregnancy as well.
22 Weeks Pregnant
During week 22 of your pregnancy. Your volume of blood should have increased by now to keep you and your baby healthy. This is normal. This is also a time when you might find yourself practically gaining weight overnight. This is also normal. Your body is now ready to gain weight on a regular basis to keep up with the needs of your baby. You might also feel a strain in your body because of the regular weight gain. You will probably most likely feel a lot of the strain in your lower back.
Try to stop wearing shoes with heels on them. This will only increase the lower back pain from the strain of weight gain. When you are sitting or lying down you should have a stool or a pillow to prop your feet up. This can help reduce the likeliness of getting swollen and sore feet and ankles. It can also help reduce the pain in your lower back.
If you have any problems, such as becoming short of breath, pale skin, a pounding heart and becoming extremely tired you need to go see your medical professional right away. You could be experiencing anemia. This can be treated and will have you feeling much better very soon.
You will need a stool and a large pillow so you can prop your feet up when you are sitting or lying down. You should also get some extra comfortable and supportive shoes so you can help to reduce the amount of lower back pain you will have from the strain of weight gain during this week 22 and beyond. This is a good time to also go clothes shopping for some new maternity clothing. At week 22 of pregnancy you will notice that you have gained weight and seem to be continuing to gain weight. This is because you are. Your body needs to add on this weight to help your baby grow. Try to buy maternity clothing that is one or more sizes larger than you are now. Find comfortable, stretchy clothing that you know will last for at least four weeks.
You may also experience leg cramps, which can be quite painful. Eat more bananas, oranges, cheese, yogurt and drink more milk to help your body keep up with its needs of calcium and potassium.
23 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - You are just starting your week 23 of your pregnancy and your tummy is moving all over the place. You baby’s movements continue to increase and as the baby grows, so does the intensity of how you feel when this happens. You will still have, pretty much the same symptoms that you had in the week prior such as: Itchy skin, stretch marks, and vaginal discharge as well. Lets take a closer look at what you can expect this week in your pregnancy.
Well, you pretty much know how you feel but what is going on with that little one that is inside of you? By the time you reach this point in your pregnancy, your baby’s teeth are starting to form just beneath the gum line and his or her body is becoming more proportionate. At the 23rd week of your pregnancy, your baby is approximately 8 inches in length from top (crown) to bottom (rump), and weighs just about 1 pound.
Your baby is moving muscles more freely such as the muscles in the fingers and toes and because of this, you will likely feel more intense movement in your uterus. You can most likely see the movement if you look down at your stomach when your little one is kicking and moving. Your baby’s features are starting to come together as the eyebrows continue to form, the lips become more distinct and the eyes develop more but are still without color. You baby will start to gain approximately 6 ounces each week.
One of the changes that you may see in yourself at this time in your pregnancy may be difficultly in sleeping. You will also have frequent urination as the baby continues to grow and put pressure on your bladder. You may notice that you now have more heartburn and indigestion, some people believe that this is do to the hair forming. Call it an old wives tale if you will, but women have sworn by the fact that the more heart burn and indigestion you have, the more hair your baby will be born with. With all of these symptoms, it is still important that you rest as much as you can. You may notice that you are more irritable and have more anxiety and mood swings so rest can help to alleviate some of this.
If you are carrying twins or multiple babies, be sure to be familiar with what the signs are for premature labor. You want to also watch out for your water breaking (ruptured membrane) and a watery, yellow or bloody discharge. Be sure to contact your doctor if you are in doubt of what to look for and if anything seems out of the ordinary. It is important to keep your doctor up to date with your progress and symptoms.
24 Weeks Pregnant
You are now moving into your 7th month of your pregnancy when you start your 24th week. This means that you are 2/3rds of the way to delivering your baby. Your bundle of joy is getting ready for his or her life on the outside and is making great strides to getting there.
By week 24 of pregnancy, your little one will be approximately 8.4 inches in length and will weigh around 1.4 pounds. You can expect your baby to gain around 6 ounces this week and each week here after. The weight your baby is gaining will be mainly muscle, organs, tissues and bone mass. By the end of the week, your baby may tip the scales at a whopping 1.5 pounds. At this point in your pregnancy, your baby has a basic control over his or her senses such as: vision, touch, taste, smell and hearing. You baby can also swallow as well. The head of your baby may seem a bit large in comparison with its body right now but it will all even out.
Here is a breakdown of some of the progress your baby has made:
- The inner ear of your baby is fully developed
- The blood vessels that are in the lungs are now developing
- The eyelashes on your little one are just about complete
- Your baby’s white blood cells are starting to form as well, which will help fight disease and infection
You now know more about your body then you ever did before and you are glowing with the changes that nature has bestowed upon you. Your breasts are now preparing to produce milk to feed your baby and you will continue to see changes in your breasts as they start to fill with milk and the areolas continue to grow. You will notice that your breasts are getting more and more tender each day as they make the necessary changes. Now would be a good time to start looking into nursing bras or to talk with your doctor if you are not going to breast-feed. There are many benefits for you and your baby where breast-feeding is concerned so make this decision wisely.
Some of the other things that you may or may not have trouble with or feel would be leg cramps, lower back pain, constipation, heartburn and difficulty getting comfortable to sleep. You can use a body pillow that helps women sleep while pregnancy as it cradles your body and relives pressure where needed. You may also see that you are forgetful but do not worry as this is normal with all pregnancies. You can expect a prenatal visit to your doctor this week as well. Your doctor will be checking all of the same things that he or she has been doing all along and will most likely have you do a glucose test. Be sure to keep a list of questions for your doctor to go over with him or her at each visit.
25 Weeks Pregnant
Now that you are in week 25 of pregnancy, you will definitely be feeling some huge differences. Your baby now weighs a 1.5 pounds and your belly probably has the appearance of a soccer ball about now too. During this time your body is continuing to change like crazy, and it may even seem like your body is changing hour by hour, which can be a bit frustrating.
One thing that you may begin to experience in week 25 of pregnancy is hemorrhoids. These tend to occur during this time because the blood vessels in the area get dilated. Hemorrhoids can be quite uncomfortable and more than likely along with them you will be dealing with some constipation as well.
There are a variety of other physical changes you will notice during week 25 of pregnancy as well. More than likely you will beginning to experience some heartburn and indigestion. Dizziness will continue to be a part of your life, and you may also notice that you sweat more as well. Many women also find themselves getting quite forgetful during this time and some also experience very vivid dreams as well.
At week 25 of pregnancy, no doubt your baby is moving around all the time. You will probably be feeling movement in your tummy that is quite forceful. The baby will probably be kicking, punching, and twisting all around inside you, which can make for some pretty interesting nights.
During week 25 of pregnancy, you may also begin to notice that as your uterus is continuing to grow, it is now putting a bit of pressure on your back and spine. At times this can cause quite a bit of pain in your back and even shooting pain in your legs. When you start to feel this pain, you need to change your position. At times warm compresses or even ice packs on your back may make it feel better.
This is the time when some women go into pre-term labor. It is important that you are aware of the signs of pre-term labor. A few signs to watch for include cramping, pressure on the pelvis, contractions, and a low, dull backache. If you have any of these symptoms, you need to immediately contact your doctor.
There are a variety of different products that may make your life a bit easier. If you are dealing with hemorrhoids, there are a variety of creams that you can purchase that can help to alleviate your pain. Also, if you are having a hard time with the back pain, there are special back support belts that you can buy especially for pregnant women. While week 25 of pregnancy can bring about a bit of discomfort, with some rest and a few helpful products, it can be a joyful week as well.
26 Weeks Pregnant
Once you have hit the week 26 of pregnancy, your baby has actually begun to look like a baby! By now, he or she should be about 12 to 14 inches long. If he is growing healthy, his or her eyes open and close normally. By this point, your baby has begun to practice taking in breaths and letting them go, and while this is not useful now, as there is no oxygen in the womb, it will prove very useful down the line.
Also, it is important to understand the comprehension level of your baby at this point. By now, they are hearing better than they could before, so you might feel more movement and kicking in the womb than usual. This is because they are responding to your movements, your voice and the other voices and noises in your environment, therefore you might want to be careful about what you are around.
At this point, your baby is learning and developing for the first real time in the womb. This is where it becomes critical for you to put the right things into your body so that you have what it takes to give your baby all of the vital vitamins and nutrients they need. Bright and colorful fruits and vegetables, as well as grains and fibers, provide vital nutrition for a growing baby and mother, so it is important to incorporate them into your diet as much as you can.
At this point, you should probably start worrying about getting the things together that your baby will need once he or she arrives. A bassinet, some nice warm clothes, and other baby supplies are going to be necessary, so you might want to start getting these together before your pregnancy goes any further and you become too uncomfortable to do the shopping. Baby showers happen around this point, and that is a great way to get nearly everything you need for your little one’s arrival.
27 Weeks Pregnant
At week 27 of pregnancy, the uterus is beginning to expand and move up more and more. Now it is probably getting closer to your rib cage, which can make it feel a bit more difficult to breath, since it is now harder for your lungs to expand. While it may feel like you are out of breath some of the time, there is no need to worry. All those pregnancy hormones that are running wild are improving your circulatory system so your baby is getting all the oxygen needed. However, from this time on, in order to relieve the feelings of breathlessness, you need to get rid of stress, take it easy, and start decreasing your daily activity a bit.
If you haven’t already noticed them by this point, more than likely you are going to start seeing some stretch marks during week 27 of pregnancy. In fact, by now you have probably gained close to 20 pounds, or maybe even a bit more. As you continue to get larger, you are going to need to be careful as your balance may be a bit off due to the changes in your center of gravity.
When you do start to notice those stretch marks, you may want to invest in some stretch mark creams. There are a variety of great stretch mark creams out there that can help sooth the stretch marks and make them less noticeable. You may also want to take some forms of prenatal vitamins along the way that will help increase the elasticity of your skin, which will help to keep stretch marks at a minimum.
While earlier in your pregnancy you may have dealt with morning sickness, by week 27 of pregnancy you will probably notice that the sickness has left and now you are experiencing cravings all the time. This third trimester of your pregnancy is going to be the big time for extreme cravings, and though healthy snacks are best, your cravings may be telling you just the opposite.
Usually, around this time is a great time to start thinking about child birth classes, such as a Lamaze class. You will probably be able to find a class at your local hospital or at a community center in your area. These classes will help to start getting you prepared for labor and childbirth. During these classes you will learn things like infant CPR, your pain relief options, breathing techniques, and also about some common problems that occur with newborns. Taking these classes is especially important if you are going to be a mother for the very first time.
28 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - Your baby looks very much like he would when he’s born, as he’s opening his eyes and growing some eyelashes. His previously smooth brain is also starting to develop into the more textured and complex brain we’re all born with.
Expect to gain weight a lot of weight from week 28 of pregnancy. Even if you have successfully maintained your slim appearance throughout your pregnancy, your body will add on the pounds to encourage weight gain in your baby as well. He’s still quite skinny at this point, having only as much as 3 percent body fat. So go put on some pounds!
Without the weight gain, you’ll probably feel huge anyway, what with your uterus moving up above your navel by a good three inches. Also, this is usually when your ankles and feet will be a bit more swollen than usual. Your breasts are also starting to get ready for lactation and will undergo changes. Some expecting mothers will experience heartburn, leg cramps, constipation and fatigue.
Swimming is considered the best exercise for pregnant women, although by the 28th week, just wading around inside the pool will already constitute as exercise. This helps to relieve your swelling joints, so go for a regular dip. You can also take warm baths, which will be good for Braxton Hicks contractions as well. Just don’t overdo it: running too hot a bath or staying in for longer than 30 minutes.
Braxton Hicks contractions, also known as false labor, happens at varying degrees throughout your pregnancy, are quite painful, more regular and last longer. At 28 weeks, you may be inclined to start expecting contractions, so it’s good to know the difference between them. Braxton Hicks contractions are more uncomfortable than painful, and recede soon enough. To make them go away, do an activity opposite from when the contractions began, such as walking around if you were sitting down.
By now, you should know if your blood tests taken early in your pregnancy will show if you or your baby has the Rh factor in your blood cells, which may cause a condition known as hemolytic disease, which hinders the immune system of your baby. If you turn up Rh negative, you should receive a vaccine called RhoD Immune Globulin or RhoGAM on your 28th week of pregnancy, and again when you give birth. By the 28th week, you will see your doctor more frequently, as she will schedule your appointments every two weeks instead of monthly.
Baby showers are usually thrown in your honor at this time, so you could put off buying baby supplies and other necessities until after then. Bear in mind, though, that you can never have enough diapers and other useful items such as wipes and sterilized bottles, especially when you’re sleeping only when your baby sleeps and will be too tired to keep going to the grocery for new supplies.
29 Weeks Pregnant
Now that you’ve reached week 29 of pregnancy, you have 12 weeks left to go and counting. By this time your baby is weighing in at close to three pounds, and no doubt you are feeling the difference. Your baby is also getting more active by now, and no doubt you are experiencing quite a bit of movement during the day. The movement of your baby is actually quite important, and while it may get a bit uncomfortable at times, if you stop feeling it there may be a problem. At this stage of pregnancy you should usually feel your baby moving about 10 times each hour, and if you do not, you may want to see your doctor.
Since your baby is growing larger, a very common problem you may experience at week 29 of pregnancy is heartburn. The baby can push up on your stomach causing this problem, so you may need to use some antacids if you need them. Many expectant mothers often find that just eating smaller meals can help the problem as well.
During week 29 of pregnancy the body is beginning to produce more and more prolactin, which begins the production of colostrum. Many women begin noticing that they have problems with their breasts leaking out the colostrum during this time. This can cause some staining on your clothing, so you may want to purchasing some nursing pads to wear to prevent staining and embarrassing spots on your clothes.
Some expectant mothers also have a problem with iron deficiency during pregnancy, especially around week 29 of pregnancy and beyond. Many women have this problem during pregnancy, so an iron supplement may be needed to help increase the amount or iron in the body. The reason that having enough iron is important is because it will help to replenish the supply of red blood cells, help deal with the increased blood volume demand, and also will provide your baby with the iron that is needed. A simple iron test can be done by your doctor, and if your iron is a bit too low then more than likely an iron supplement will be prescribed.
Pelvic pain is also a very common problem that occurs around week 29 of pregnancy and beyond as well. As your uterus continues to grow, the bones in your pelvis tend to shift around causing a bit of pain. Common movements like walking, getting out of bed, and exercise can cause this pain in your pelvis, groin, and upper thighs. Usually it is best to stop the activity and change your position in order alleviate the pain.
While your body is definitely going through a great deal of change at this stage of your pregnancy, the great thing is that you are close to delivery. Just taking care to eat right, get rest, and follow your doctors orders can help to keep both you and your baby healthy during week 29 of pregnancy.
30 Weeks Pregnant
By this time, no doubt you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your baby. But you still have 11 more weeks to wait. More than likely, week 30 of pregnancy finds you feeling quite uncomfortable and definitely ready for it all to be over. Your baby is growing steadily bigger at this point in time and gaining about half a pound each week, which means you are growing bigger as well. No doubt more and more stretch marks are beginning to appear on your tummy, and if you haven’t started using any stretch marks creams, you may want to start using it now. Not only will stretch marks appear on your tummy, but they may also show up on your hips, thighs, and your breasts as well.
While constipation can be a problem throughout pregnancy, it can become even worse when you are at week 30 of pregnancy. The hormones that are produced during pregnancy seem to hamper the digestive process, which leads to constipation. However, at this stage of your pregnancy your uterus is pressing on your intestines, which also causes constipation as well. Be sure that you are eating plenty of foods that are high in fiber to help deal with this problem, and in some cases, if it becomes too problematic, you may need to speak to your doctor about using a stool softener to help.
Another thing that many women begin to notice around week 30 of pregnancy is a dark line that runs vertically down the stomach. This line is actually called linea nigra, and it is a very common thing that happens about this stage of pregnancy, so there is no need to get worried. It will probably last for the rest of the pregnancy; however, once you have your baby it will disappear.
Sleeping can get a bit difficult during week 30 of pregnancy and beyond. Your stomach is now so much bigger than it used to be, so you need to take care in how you are sleeping. Usually, most doctors will recommend that you sleep on your left side. This is recommended since the vena cava and aorta on to the right of the center of your back. When you sleep on your left side you make sure that they are opened up so that they can function properly and supply the entire body with the blood that is needed while you are sleeping. This will enable blood to flow properly to the organs and the extremities as well. If comfort is an issue while you are sleeping, you may want to invest in a nice body pillow or a maternity pillow to help you sleep more comfortably.
31 Weeks Pregnant
At week 31 of pregnancy, more than likely most of your former gracefulness is gone. This stage of pregnancy may make you quite a bit more clumsy than usual; however, it is quickly coming to an end, since you only have 10 more weeks to go. No need to worry because your gracefulness and center of balance will return after you deliver.
During week 31 of pregnancy, many women begin to notice more and more backaches. While your back has probably bothered you numerous times during pregnancy, you will probably notice it even more now. Your body is beginning to prepare itself for labor, so the muscles and ligaments in your back are beginning to loosen up in anticipation. This can cause some nasty backaches, especially since you are carrying most of the baby’s weight in the front of your body.
If your backaches get too bad, you will probably want to see your doctor; however, there are various products that you can purchase to help with this problem. There are special pregnancy girdles or belts that you can purchase to wear. These help to take the pressure off of your back so you have less of a problem with backaches.
About week 31 of pregnancy, many women start to have what is called Braxton Hicks contractions. These contractions are basically practice contractions that occur in the weeks before labor. There is nothing wrong with you if you are feeling these contractions from time to time. Your body is merely getting prepared for labor in the future. However, if you have contractions that occur more than four times in an hour of you have unusual discharge with them, you will want to let your doctor know immediately, since this could be a sign of real labor.
Many women also begin to develop varicose veins around week 31 of pregnancy. If you develop them on your legs, wearing special support hose or support stockings may be a way to help with the problem. Some women get these veins in places other than their legs as well. While you may not be thrilled with them, the good news is that they will usually disappear within a few weeks after you have your baby.
Feeling breathless is also very common during week 31 of pregnancy. Many times the uterus begins to push up against the lungs as the baby grows, causing the feelings of breathlessness. If this problem becomes very bothersome you will want to speak with your doctor. In some cases this may be a sign that you are dealing with anemia as well. When you are experiencing breathlessness, you may want to make sure that you get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities as well.
32 Weeks Pregnant
Week 32 of pregnancy can be a unique time for some mothers, this is when you begin to plan on taking maternity leave, looking for clothes for your baby, and yes, more maternity clothing for you. This is a time for changes and you might even find yourself planning on the big day. If you are having a Cesarean section, you and your doctor may begin preparations for it by scheduling tests and even planning the actual day.
Every woman’s body changes during the 32nd week of pregnancy. As the uterus grows, you will find yourself experiencing heartburn and constipation. You need to increase the amount of water you drink and increase the amount of fiber to avoid getting constipation. Your doctor or midwife can also recommend stool softeners for you to try. Use these under their supervision only. For the heartburn problem, you need to cut down on the amount of food you eat and the types of food. Start spacing your meals out and eat twice as often with the same amounts. Avoid anything seriously spicy or greasy as they tend to facilitate the occurrences of heartburn.
You might feel more out of breath and retain more fluids. Varicose veins are also known to develop during this time as well. If any of these symptoms begin to occur, let your doctor know. You will also start to gain more weight, around one pound each week. Your doctor will instruct you on whether you need to gain more or less to maintain a healthy weight. If you are worried that you might bother your partner due to the fact you cannot sleep, talk to him and take steps to ensure you are both happy.
During week 32, you should not be over exerting yourself and overly worrying about things that are out of your control. What you should be doing is planning ahead for the big day, by getting plenty of rest, planning your baby’s room and letting others do the hard work. If you are having early contractions, try changing your posture and drink more water. This will cause you to go to the bathroom more but it will help alleviate the pain.
33 Weeks Pregnant
Now that you are in week 33 of pregnancy, weight gain is going to be normal for the rest of your pregnancy. You can expect to gain about a pound each week until you have your baby. Many women find that in those last few weeks of pregnancy they actually get too big for the maternity clothes they have been wearing. This is very normal, and you may need to invest in a few clothes that will fit for the next few weeks. However, you will want to be careful what you eat so that you do not gain too much weight during this time.
There are many changes that are happening to your baby during week 33 of pregnancy as well. Since there is less room for your baby now, you will notice that your baby does not move as much as he did before. There is no need to worry about this; however, you will still probably notice some kicking even though the level of movement is not like it was before. Usually, your baby will be in the birth position or will be getting into position as well, which means his head will be pointing down towards the birth canal.
As your stomach is continuing to grow during week 33, don’t be alarmed if your belly button begins to pop out. Some women may experience this earlier in pregnancy; however, most women have this happen between week 33 and the birth of the baby. This is totally natural, and more than likely, it will return to normal after you have your baby.
Most women are beginning to feel more tired. This is totally normal as well and you should be sure to get plenty of rest. If the tiredness gets to be overwhelming, you may want to talk to your doctor. In some cases being overly tired can point to an iron deficiency and you may need to be taking an iron supplement. However, just being tired and needing some extra rest is nothing to be worried about unless it is extreme.
Since labor is just on the horizon, there are a few things you may want to do during the 33rd week. For one, you may want to go and tour the labor and delivery area of the hospital you plan on going to. This will give you an idea of where to go and get you familiar with the layout and area before you have your baby. You may also want to consider what type of pain relief options you are going to want during your labor and delivery as well. There are three options available, including special breathing learned in Lamaze class, pain medications, or an epidural. It is usually helpful to make this decision before you actually go into labor.
34 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - Believe it or not, the end of your pregnancy is near, and even though it may feel like forever, you actually only have seven more weeks to go. When you are in week 34 of pregnancy, your baby weighs in at about five pounds, which means things are probably feeling pretty snug. More than likely your baby is already getting into the fetal position as well to get ready for delivery in a few weeks.
While your baby is getting ready for delivery, more than likely you are feeling more and more exhausted as time goes along. Fatigue is extremely common around this time of your pregnancy, and aches, pains, weight gain, and even anxiety can be contributing to this feeling. During week 34 of pregnancy and probably throughout the rest of your pregnancy you are going to want to start taking a few more naps. Getting enough rest is important and you definitely do not want to rely on caffeine to stay awake, since too much can actually be harmful to your baby. So, take the extra naps and keep the caffeine to a minimum.
As you go into week 34 of pregnancy, you will probably begin to notice that you are dealing with more swelling as well. While you probably have dealt with some swelling throughout your pregnancy, many women notice that it gets even worse around this time. Be sure that you drink plenty of water during this stage of pregnancy. Also, keeping your feet elevated as much as possible can also help with the fluid retention problem too.
Throughout your pregnancy and especially towards the end of your pregnancy, it is extremely important that you get plenty of calcium. Your baby will be taking calcium from you to help in the development of his bones, so you need to be sure that you have plenty. Eating foods that have a calcium in them is important, and you may even want to purchase a supplement that will provide you with extra calcium as well. If you are not sure about which supplement to take, you may want to consult your obstetrician for advice.
Various aches and pains, such as pelvic pain, back pain, sore ribs, and even Braxton Hicks contractions are quite common during week 34 of pregnancy. Usually, there is not much that you can do to help these aches and pains; however, rest can definitely be helpful. While staying active during pregnancy is a great idea, as you get closer and closer to delivery you may need to cut back a bit on your activity. If your back is one of the worst problems, consider purchasing a special pillow or support belt to help ease the pressure off of your back.
Just a few more weeks to go and all of this will be over, even if it does not feel like it. Be sure to eat right and get plenty of rest during week 34 of pregnancy. You want to keep healthy and ensure that you keep your strength up so you can have a healthy delivery in a few weeks.
35 Weeks Pregnant
By the time you are in week 35 of pregnancy, your baby is weighing in at about 5.5 pounds now. This is probably contributing to the increased discomfort that you are dealing with as well as your sleepless nights. While delivery is just a few short weeks away, it probably feels like it can’t come fast enough at this point in time. Your body has changed a great deal in the past weeks, so it is no wonder that you are feeling totally uncomfortable at this point in time.
Mood swings and irritability are also quite common around week 35 of pregnancy. The changing moods may be difficult for you and your family to deal with, but they should be over soon. More than likely you are beginning to feel quite anxious as well, which is also normal during this time of your pregnancy. The best thing you can do is to make sure that you relax and that you get plenty of rest. Consider doing various activities that aid in relaxation, such as meditation or listening to soothing music.
Although hemorrhoids have probably been plaguing you for awhile, during week 35 of pregnancy, you will probably notice that they are getting even worse. This is due to the increased pressure of the baby on the blood vessels in the area. Your baby’s head is probably pressed against the birth canal now, so there is a lot of pressure in the pelvic area, which makes your hemorrhoids even worse. Since you are also dealing with constipation as well at this point, that will also make your hemorrhoid problem get worse, too. Consider using some gentle topical treatments for hemorrhoids to help with the pain. Also, increase the amount of green, leafy vegetables that you eat as well. If you are considering the use of a laxative, be sure that you discuss it with your doctor before taking one.
While it is true that labor is just around the corner, it is important that you understand some of the myths associated with labor. Some people seem to think that you will go into labor early if there is a full moon or if there is a bad storm. This is just a myth that has been passed around and there is nothing to it. Your body will determine when it is ready to go into labor, and a storm or a full moon is not going to change that, so there is no need for you to worry. If you are a bit nervous about labor, this may be a good time to read some helpful books on labor if you haven’t already so you get a general idea of what to expect.
36 Weeks Pregnant
During week 36 of pregnancy, you will notice that your baby has begun to drop lower. You will have to see your doctor weekly from this point forward and get a check up to see if you are effacing - The process by which the cervix begins to thin to prepare for the baby’s birth. Many women report that after the baby’s head has been lowered, they could breathe easier and their appetite increased. This is normal as the pressure from the baby has changed. Other women experience tingly sensations or numbing in their pelvic region.
You will also notice that the baby feels a lot heavier. This is the time when babies put on a lot of weight and they generally weigh around 6 pounds at this point. Be sure to continue eating well for this is the time your baby grows the most. You should also be prepared for delivery at any time during this period. Make sure your overnight bag is ready, get a nice hair cut to because you might not have time later.
If you don’t have a birthing plan by now, this is a good time to get one written. Be sure that your birthing plan includes all the little details of the type of birth you want, right down to the type of medication, people you want around you during childbirth and the location. If you notice any unusual conditions like flu, fever, headaches, hemorrhoids or pain in your abdomen, call your doctor to get it checked.
Do not over exert yourself by bending down to pick up stuff. Ask your partner to do it instead. You should also avoid moving around too much and if you must, be sure to ask someone to be around to take care of you. Get a couple of extra pillows and place one under your stomach and the other between your legs at the knees, these help take the pressure and weight off your baby and belly.
37 Weeks Pregnant
At week 37 of pregnancy, it is time to get your bags packed and ready to go because labor is just around the corner. If you go into labor at this point, your baby has an excellent chance of survival, weighing in at over 6 pounds now. No doubt you will be ready for this event to happen at any time, and you have probably grown tired of people asking when you are going to deliver. At this point in your pregnancy, the baby’s head will probably actually drop down into the birth canal in preparation for delivery, so take heart, you are very close to meeting that little person you have been waiting for.
During week 37 of pregnancy and beyond, you will probably notice that your breasts are getting larger and fuller. This is in preparation for breast feeding and more than likely your bras are not going to fit you as they should. You will probably want to consider purchasing a maternity bra if you haven’t already and make sure that it fits well. A nursing bra may also be a good investment at this time, especially if you plan on nursing your baby yourself. Be sure to buy the size that fits to keep from wearing a bra that is too small, which may be very uncomfortable.
You are probably noticing that your breasts are leaking even more around week 37 of pregnancy, even though they have been doing this for awhile now. It is important that you take care in washing your nipples during this time, and instead of using soap, you will probably want to switch to only warm water to keep them from getting dry and cracked. If you do have a problem with dryness or irritation, purchase a lotion that has lanolin in it to help.
At week 37 of pregnancy and beyond, your cervix will be beginning to dilate in preparation for delivery. One thing you may begin to notice is some strange discharge during this time. There is a mucus plug that helps to keep your uterus sealed off from infection while you are pregnant, and as your cervix dilates you will begin to discharge some of the mucus plug. You may notice this discharge for a few days or even a few weeks before you actually go into labor. Although it is normal, be sure to discuss any discharge you have with your doctor.
Although you are dealing with many changes and you are probably feeling quite uncomfortable, remember that the end is in sight. In just a few weeks you will be having your baby and no doubt all the discomfort will be worth it when you first hold that little bundle of joy.
38 Weeks Pregnant
Being 38 weeks pregnant means you are almost at the end of the road, and a woman can actually give birth to a healthy full-term child during her 38th week. During the 30th week, both mother and child are experiencing physical changes, which will prepare the two for the birth that is soon to take place.
All of the child’s major organs are fully developed during week 38 of pregnancy, with the exception of the lungs. A child born at 38 weeks is able to survive, but their lungs will still need to develop further in a healthy, smoke-free environment. Also, tear ducts develop over the first few weeks of the child’s life, so tiny tears won’t be coming from baby’s eyes when she is first born. Baby is about 14 inches long from crown to rump when you are 38 weeks pregnant, and will only grow a little more during the last two weeks. Sex organs are fully developed by this time, and parents may be able to tell the sex of the baby just by how large mom’s belly has gotten. Boy babies tend to be a little larger than girls, and girls also sometimes may rest lower in the belly than a boy.
A woman’s body will start to prepare itself for labor during week 30 of pregnancy, and mom may even notice her breasts are starting to leak colostrum. Colostrum is a yellowish liquid that is essential for baby during the first few weeks, since it contains antibodies and nutrients that will help baby to stay healthy and strong. You may also start to feel false contractions, which is a way her body works to prepare itself for the much stronger contractions that will soon occur. The cervix also becomes thinner and starts to dilate slightly over the few last weeks, in order to prepare for the baby that is soon going to enter the world. From the top of the uterus to the bellybutton should measure about 6.5 to 7 inches, but can be smaller or larger depending on the size of the baby.
A woman who is 38 weeks pregnant should be fully prepared for the arrival of her new child, since realistically she can be born any day. Only about 5% of women actually deliver on their scheduled due date, mostly due to inductions and cesarean section deliveries. A woman in week 38 of pregnancy should already have her bag packed to take with her to the hospital, which should include items to keep both mom and baby comfortable. Comfortable clothing to wear after the delivery should be packed for mom, along with toiletries and other items to make mom feel like she is at home. Outfits, soft blankets, and diapers can also be packed for baby, but most hospitals will provide them to those who need them. Mom should pay a visit to the location she plans to have her child, to become familiar with the location to lessen and possible stress on delivery date.
You should continue to eat healthy during week 38 of pregnancy, and walk in order to make delivery a little bit easier. She should sit back, relax, and wait for her body to tell her when she is ready to have the child. Being 38 weeks pregnant can be very exciting and nerve wrecking, but it is important to stay calm and relaxed in order to keep the child from becoming stressed as well. Use the last two weeks to finish the last minute details on the nursery, make a phone list of people to call after delivery, and relax and let time takes it course.
39 Weeks Pregnant
Pregnancy Week by Week - Are you ready to have your baby? If not, you need to get ready because you could go into labor anytime now that you are in week 39 of pregnancy. A baby born at this point in time would be considered to be full term, and more than likely there would not be any problems. Your baby is pretty big by now and probably weighs somewhere around seven pounds. This means that he is probably quite cramped up inside of you, which means there probably isn’t too much movement going on at this time.
More than likely you are feeling even more uncomfortable in week 39 of pregnancy. Your entire center of gravity is off, so you are probably quite clumsy and feel a bit like you are waddling around. No doubt you are feeling very large as well, which adds to the feelings of discomfort you are having. Getting out of bed or even out of the chair really becomes a production when you are at this stage of pregnancy. Even though you are feeling huge and uncomfortable, remember that the end is near and soon your pregnancy will be all over.
At week 39 of pregnancy there are many different changes you may be noticing around this time. Not only are your breasts getting larger and fuller, but now they are probably beginning to get quite sensitive as well. More than likely any thoughts of sleeping through a night are long gone. You probably notice that you are going to the bathroom more and more because of all the pressure on your bladder and you may also be dealing with leg cramps while you are trying to sleep as well. Some women find that they are more comfortable sleeping in a recliner than they are in bed at this point.
You will continue to notice that your feet and legs are swelling at week 39 of pregnancy. Keeping your feet and legs propped up can help to alleviate this a bit. Even your face and fingers may be a bit swollen as well, and if this problem gets too bad you will want to consult with your doctor. False labor contractions may start around this time as well. False contractions usually will subside if you change your position and you will be able to talk and walk fairly easily while you are having them.
If you are going into real labor, you will find that you cannot talk or walk while you are having these kinds of contractions. They are also a bit different and tend to start at the top of the uterus and work their way out. If you are really in labor, just changing your position will not help and you will notice that the pain and contractions gets worse and worse over time. Your water may also break anytime now too, and you may only notice just a bit of a trickle of water or a large gush. When your water breaks, or even if you just think it has broken, be sure to call your doctor immediately.
40 Weeks Pregnant
Week 40 of pregnancy is the final week to conclude the wait for your baby. It is a very exciting, yet challenging time. There are many changes occurring within your body, many emotions, considerations, cautions, as well as a lot of preparation.
During week 40 of pregnancy, you can expect some monumental changes occurring within the body. One of the main changes is the increased movement of the fetus. The fetus is considered full term and has become quite large at this point during pregnancy. It is moving around more to gain comfort in his or her, now, cramped quarters. As a result of the excess movement and the increased size of the fetus, you may experience additional changes. These changes may include severe pain in the back, pressure in the area of the groin, and an increase desire to urinate.
When you are 40 weeks pregnant, you can expect numerous other issues to occur within your body as well. You may have a difficult time being able to sleep because of the awkwardness of the weight that you are now carrying. Furthermore, the pressure on the bladder, lower abdomen and groin area can make you extremely uncomfortable. Braxton Hicks contractions are often common at this stage in pregnancy as well. These contractions are referred to as “false” labor pains. Despite the fact that these contractions are not the real thing, you should never underestimate their ability to make you feel as if they are.
During week 40 of pregnancy, your body is preparing for the delivery of your baby. You will start to notice a discharge from your nipples. This is the body’s way of preparing to provide nourishment to your newborn. You may also notice an increased amount of cramps throughout the body. The majority of these cramps will occur in the legs. Not only do you have the issue of additional weight, this week of pregnancy can find you experiencing issues with proper circulation. This is one of the main reasons that you will experience leg cramps.
When you are 40 weeks pregnant, there are many things that you should do to prepare for the delivery of your baby. One of the most important things that you can do is to get plenty of exercise. It is beneficial to walk during this time so that when you are delivering, it is easier on you. However, you should carry a cell phone with you or have a partner walk with you as a precautionary measure. In addition to exercising, it is imperative that you drink plenty of water. During week 40 of pregnancy, it is essential to drink at least ten to twelve glasses of water a day. Lastly, it is important that you keep life as stress free as possible and try to rest as much as your body will allow you. You will need this rest for when the time of delivery occurs.
Pregnancy Week by Week | When you are 40 weeks pregnant, there are numerous things that can be purchased in order to ensure this time is as comfortable as possible. One of the purchases that you can make is a body pillow. This is sure to help you gain comfort on those restless nights. In addition to this, it can be used to lounge in other places, such as the sofa, during the day. Many pregnant women select to purchase what is called a “belly belt”. This is said to prevent discomfort by alleviating the symptoms of cramping and swelling that occurs when you are 40 weeks pregnant. Lastly, you may benefit from purchasing a professional massage during week 40 of pregnancy. This will help to soothe the symptoms of some of the pain that you are experiencing, and relax you for the upcoming delivery.