PREGNANCY – WEEK BY WEEK (Week 1 to 40)
PREGNANCY WEEK 1 & 2
During the first two weeks of pregnancy, you are technically not pregnant yet. During these weeks, you will menstruate, after which your body will prepare to ovulate.
PREGNANCY WEEK 3
The third week is around the time that ovulation and conception occur. During this week, fetal development will begin, including development of the brain and spinal cord.
PREGNANCY WEEK 4
Between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy is when many women discover they are pregnant. You may begin to experience various pregnancy symptoms.
PREGNANCY WEEK 5
During the fifth week, you will want to schedule your first prenatal appointment. At this point, you may also begin to experience morning sickness.
PREGNANCY WEEK 6
At this point, you may experience nausea, breast changes, and heartburn, among other symptoms. Your baby’s vital organs are also developing.
PREGNANCY WEEK 7
By the seventh week, every vital organ has begun to develop in your baby’s body. Also, while morning sickness is unpleasant, there are steps you can take to find relief.
PREGNANCY WEEK 8
During the eighth week, you will probably experience morning sickness, and your baby is growing. You will also probably have your first prenatal appointment this month.
PREGNANCY WEEK 9
At nine weeks, your baby is about the size of a grape and may start sucking on his/her thumb. Find out how you can prevent heartburn and get a better night’s sleep.
PREGNANCY WEEK 10
While most of your baby’s organs are present by the 10th week, they will continue to mature throughout your pregnancy. Also, find exercises to stay healthy during pregnancy.
PREGNANCY WEEK 11
At 11 weeks, you only have a couple weeks left in the first trimester. While you may not be able to feel any movement at this point, your baby is becoming more active.
PREGNANCY WEEK 12
You have almost completed the first trimester! Your baby is continuing to grow, and you want to eat well to get the proper nutrients for both you and your baby.
PREGNANCY WEEK 13
As you finish your first trimester, you will begin to notice many changes with your body, including stretch marks. Also, your baby now has a unique set of fingerprints.
PREGNANCY WEEK 14
Congratulations on beginning your second trimester! You and your baby are continuing to grow. Learn how to manage stress in a healthy way.
PREGNANCY WEEK 15
By the 15th week, your doctor may begin measuring your fundal height to monitor growth. Also, discover the best sleeping position for pregnancy.
PREGNANCY WEEK 16
As you enter your 16th week, your blood volume has increased, you may have a pregnancy glow, and your baby is getting ready for a growth spurt.
PREGNANCY WEEK 17
By the 17th week, you are well into your second trimester. Your baby is developing adipose, your abdomen is growing, and you may experience sciatic nerve pain.
PREGNANCY WEEK 18
By 18 weeks, your pregnancy bump is starting to show more. You may need to take time to rest during the day. You may also have your third prenatal appointment soon.
PREGNANCY WEEK 19
During the 19th week, you may experience round ligament pain and dizziness. Talk with your doctor before using any medication or herbal remedies.
PREGNANCY WEEK 20
Congratulations on making it half-way through your pregnancy! Now is a great time to start creating a birth plan. Also make sure you are consuming enough iron.
PREGNANCY WEEK 21
At 21 weeks, you are well into your second trimester. For many women, this is the most enjoyable trimester. Enjoy this time as your baby continues to grow.
PREGNANCY WEEK 22
By 22 weeks, your baby is looking more like a newborn, although there is much more growing to do. This is a good time to sign up to take a childbirth education class.
PREGNANCY WEEK 23
At 23 weeks, your baby is continuing to develop. This is also a great time to finalize plans for maternity leave and begin discussing options for paternity leave.
PREGNANCY WEEK 24
By the 24th week, your baby’s brain is developing rapidly, and the lungs are maturing. You may be experiencing heartburn and changes in your skin.
PREGNANCY WEEK 25
At 25 weeks, your uterus is about the size of a soccer ball. Your baby is gaining fat, and you may be able to find out your baby’s gender at this point.
PREGNANCY WEEK 26
At 26 weeks, you have almost reached your third trimester! At your next appointment , you can expect your doctor to perform some routine screenings.
PREGNANCY WEEK 27
At 27 weeks, you have begun your third trimester! At this point, you can feel your baby move more. This is also a great time to pick out an infant car seat.
PREGNANCY WEEK 28
Around the 28th week, you will begin having more frequent prenatal appointments. This is also a great time to make plans for your trip to the hospital.
PREGNANCY WEEK 29
At 29 weeks, it is important that you are getting adequate amounts of nutrients and rest. This is a great time to discuss you birth plan with your partner.
PREGNANCY WEEK 30
At 30 weeks, you may be feeling more tired, and your joints may feel looser. This is the time to think about your pain relief options for when you deliver.
PREGNANCY WEEK 31
At 31 weeks, you may experience Braxton Hicks contractions and start leaking colostrum. This is a great time to decide whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed.
PREGNANCY WEEK 32
By your 32nd week, you will probably have prenatal appointments every two weeks. Look into making a decision on whether or not to keep your baby’s cord blood.
PREGNANCY WEEK 33
Starting in the 33rd week, you may notice leaking amniotic fluid. You will also want to take preventative measures to reduce your chances of needing an episiotomy.
PREGNANCY WEEK 34
By the 34th week, your baby’s lungs are well-developed. At this point, your doctor may recommend that you begin massaging your perineum to prevent an episiotomy.
PREGNANCY WEEK 35
At 35 weeks, you may feel short of breath. You may also notice a change in your baby’s movements. Around this week, it is important to start tracking your baby’s kick counts.
PREGNANCY WEEK 36
At 36 weeks, you only have a month to go. You may experience an increase in Braxton Hicks contractions. This is a good time to go ahead and pack your bag for the hospital.
PREGNANCY WEEK 37
During your 37th week, your cervix will begin to dilate and efface. You may also pass your mucus plug. Take time to finish any preparations before your baby arrives.
PREGNANCY WEEK 38
At 38 weeks, most of your baby’s organs are fully functional, and you could go into labor at any time. Try to rest, and enjoy these last few days before you meet your baby.
PREGNANCY WEEK 39
At 39 weeks, you may not have noticed many changes over the past couple weeks. Your baby could arrive at any point, so make sure to rest and enjoy this time.
PREGNANCY WEEK 40
Congratulations on reaching the end of your pregnancy! You will probably meet your baby this week. Learn some helpful tips for when you are in labor.