Your pregnancy guide

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    TRIMESTER 1
    Weeks 1-4
    You:
    By the time your period is due, you’ve been pregnant for 2 weeks
    Your baby:
    The sperm and egg join at the moment of conception and form a single cell. This forms a ball of cells called a blastocyst. The blastocyst plants itself into the lining of the womb (uterus) and produces pregnancy hormones immediately, these tell your body not to menstruate. This tiny baby is growing faster at this point than at any other time. It forms the brain, heart and spine at this stage.

    Week 5
    You:
    Your period is roughly a week late and your hormones are going crazy. You may notice some changes already like feeling sick and tired.
    Your baby:
    The baby is about 5mm long, roughly the size of an apple seed.

    Week 6
    You:
    Your baby relies on you to provide vital nourishment, so start thinking about what you’re drinking and eating.
    Your baby:
    Tiny buds are forming now, these are the babies hands and feet. The baby’s vital organs have formed but they have a lot of growing to do, the size of his/her heart is the size of a poppy seed.

    Week 7
    You:
    Say hello to the hormonal roller-coaster, one minute your happy the next your crying. This is normal and now you may be producing more saliva and craving unusual foods.
    Your baby:
    The baby is about the size of a baked bean and is surrounded by fluid in the amniotic sac. A tiny tail has grown, this will soon disappear. He/she starts making movements although you wont feel anything at this stage.

    Week 8
    You:
    Your womb has doubled in size, morning sickness may continue until week 14. Your womb is pressing on your bladder, so you may need the loo more often.
    Your baby:
    Fingers, toes and the bones of the face are forming. The baby’s skin is paper thin.

    Week 9
    You:
    Your waistline is starting to expand and so are your breasts.
    Your baby:
    Eyelids are now in place and ears are developing. Organs, muscles and nerves are now starting to work.

    Week 10
    You:
    Your bump may be showing.
    Your baby:
    It now resembles a baby, your baby is kicking and stretching all the time now and is now known as a “foetus”.

    Week 11
    You:
    Mood swings still take over every now and again.
    Your baby:
    Tiny fists are opening and closing and teeth are starting to form inside the gums. All organ symptoms are now functioning.

    Week 12:
    You:
    You may find it hard to sleep and be restless during the day.
    Your baby:
    Baby now measures 6cm, wrists and elbows bend. Genitals are now forming.

    Week 13
    You:
    You’re now out of the danger zone as miscarriages are much lower now. Hormones and sickness should start improving. You should now your baby’s due date by now.
    Your baby:
    From top to bottom your baby now measures 6.7cm, not much bigger than an egg. They are moving lots and swallowing too.


    TRIMESTER 2

    Week 14
    You:
    You may have trouble remembering things and the morning sickness should be fading now.
    Your baby:
    Baby now measures up to 9cm in length, fingerprints have now formed. Hair is now growing on your baby too.

    Week 15
    You:
    The placenta takes over the role of providing nourishment to your baby, so you should feel much better. Your belly may be showing a darker hair line now, this is normal and due to an increase melanin (pigment in your skin).
    Your baby:
    Your baby has started to grasp, suck and swallow. His/her ears are fully formed and baby can now hear your voice.

    Week 16
    You:
    Your feet and ankles may be swelling, and hormonal changes may cause your gums to bleed.
    Your baby:
    Baby is now 11.5cm in length. Joints and limbs are now formed and the nany may be sucking his thumb.

    Week 17
    You:
    Fluttering may be felt in your tummy now as your baby moves. Veins in your arms and breasts will be more visible.
    Your baby:
    Baby’s weight is getting bigger now. Baby is moving more and more. Tiny taste buds are now in place.

    Week 18
    You:
    You may feel slightly uneasy on your feet, this is due to your centre of gravity changing as your bump grows.
    Your baby:
    Baby’s bones are growing stronger and stronger. If the baby is a girl her ovaries are already developing eggs.

    Week 19
    You:
    Tiredness is becoming more prominent. Water retention may cause you to have blurred vision, this is normal so don’t panic.
    Your baby:
    Baby’s heartbeat is much faster than yours and pigment is now developing in your baby’s skin.

    Week 20 – You’re half way there!
    You:
    You will feel proper kicks now, your belly will ache due to the ligaments either side of your womb stretching. Your back and legs may ache now too.
    Your baby:
    Baby is now 16.5cm long and the nerves in the brain are developing.

    Week 21
    You:
    Baby is more active at night now and you may notice an increase in vaginal discharge, this is normal. You may find you’re enjoying sex more now than ever.
    Your baby:
    Your baby forms a substance called “vernix caseosa”, this protects their skin during their long time in the amniotic fluid. Eyebrows and eyelashes are forming.

    Week 22
    You:
    Aches and pains may start to fade. Make sure you’re eating enough of the right foods.
    Your baby:
    Baby is now 27cm long and is listening to your voice more than ever now. Baby is now storing fat below the skin.

    Week 23
    You:
    You’ll be putting weight on more steadily now, your back may be aching more now.
    Your baby:
    Eyes are fully formed but have no colour. If your baby is born now it has a chance of survial.

    Week 24
    You:
    Your centre of gravity keeps shifting as your bump gets bigger.
    Your baby:
    Baby measures 30cm now and their lungs are developing ready to breathe air rather than water.

    Week 25
    You:
    If you find it hard to sleep, try using a pillow on your side. Rest with your feet up when ever you get the chance to.
    Your baby:
    Baby is moving lots now although there isn’t much room.

    Week 26
    You:
    Your hormones can make your temperature rise. You may be clumsy and forgetful too.
    Your baby:
    Baby weighs roughly 2lb and is 36cm in length. You’ll find baby has active spells then quiet spells. If your baby is not moving regularly, seek advice from your midwife.

    TRIMESTER 3

    Week 27
    You:
    Your body needs extra energy, so you may be feeling hungrier more often. Constipation may kick in, drink more fluids.
    Your baby:
    Baby starts to open his/her eyes. The brain is now developing faster than ever now.

    Week 28
    You:
    You may get short of breath as your womb pushes up towards your rib cage. If you find it painful to walk you may need a pelvic girdle, chat to your midwife.

    Week 29
    You:
    Your breasts may grow several sizes. If you’re wearing contacts you may need to remove them now if your eyes become itchy and sore.
    Your baby:
    All babies react to light and sounds now. Between now and birth, your baby will almost double in size.

    Week 30
    You:
    Pins and needles may be felt in hands and feet. Cramps in the legs can be relieved by wearing support stockings.
    Your baby:
    Baby’s brain is starting to resemble an adult brain. The baby is now 39cm in length and responds to light.

    Week 31
    You:
    Growing baby now puts more pressure on your stomach so you may experience heartburn now.
    Your baby:
    Baby can now tell night from day and will continue to put on more weight.

    Week 32
    You:
    Braxton and Hicks may be happening more and more now. Say hello to your belly button that may have popped out.
    Your baby:
    Your baby can now see and hear and there is less space in there now, so baby will wriggle instead of kicking. Your baby is now dreaming properly.

    Week 33
    You:
    Baby’s movements are more uncomfortable now and you feel tired now too. Swimming can take the pressure off your belly.
    Your baby:
    Baby is roughly 4lbs and 45cm in length with a full head of hair.

    Week 34
    You:
    If your hand and face start to look puffy, you should chat to your GP as it could be a sign of pre-pre-eclampsia.
    Your baby:
    Baby weighs roughly 5lbs now and may have its head down ready (engaged).

    Week 35
    You:
    You may have lots of energy at this stage, but don’t over do it.
    Your baby:
    Baby is gaining weight steadily and its little lungs have developed.

    Week 36
    You:
    Lots of pressure on your bladder now means more trips to the loo. Pack your hospital bag ready just in case.
    Your baby:
    Baby is now 6lbs and 48cm long!

    Week 37
    You:
    Breathing may be easier now as the baby is moving lower down.
    Your baby:
    Baby is twisting around now.

    Week 38-39
    You:
    Spotting of blood may be happening now and those Braxton and Hicks may be happening more and more.
    Your baby:
    Fully-developed, your baby continues to gain weight.

    Week 40
    You:
    If you haven’t given birth by 41 weeks, you’ll have further appointments.
    Your baby:
    Baby is ready to be born, although he/she may not want to be born yet!

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