Complete Guide # Pregnancy # Stages # Week by Week


Congratulations, whether you have confirmed your pregnancy using a home pregnancy test or done a pregnancy tested to lab the Good news is both joyous and challenging at the same time for a woman The baby or fetus as doctors will refer to your batch you goes through many developments rapidly In fact every week your baby reaches a new milestone while your body undergoes some essential changes Here is what happens during the 40 weeks of your pregnancy Pregnancy zero for weeks. Did you know that your countdown to pregnancy starts before you conceive? This is because the calculation of your expect of du-deta needs to take into account the first day of the last menstrual cycle before conception Ovulation happens 14 days after your cycle starts once ovulation happens and you try to get pregnant Your partners sperm would fertilize the mature egg released from the ovary this fertilized egg Then moves towards the fallopian tube and then to the uterus where it gets implanted once the embryo has Implanted itself inside the uterus and started to grow at full pace. This marks the start of your motherhood So if you don’t know the exact date of conception, then your expected due date is a shifting mark This is also a good time to clarify some basic doubts like whether to exercise in the first month of pregnancy or not What precautions you should take and the exercise guidelines to follow? Pregnancy week 5 : apart from the rising levels of estrogen and progesterone your body is now secreting more HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin Hormone these hormones would now be responsible for most of your pregnancy niggles like morning sickness Aversion to certain smells, etc this is a good time to keep in mind a list of all the essential things a pregnant woman should Carry in her handbag like the anti vomiting pills antacids prenatal vitamins Etc. This week is also an important week for your baby as all the major organ developments take place along with the placenta pregnancy week six There would be a gush of blood flow in your system to meet the demands of your body and that of the developing fetus You might also have the urge for frequent urination as the uterus presses against the bladder Your baby’s heart would start to beat by this week and can be picked up during an ultrasound It is better to clear all your misconceptions about an ultrasound during pregnancy at this time also facial features of the baby start to develop this week onwards Pregnancy week 7 : your breasts would be swollen and full by now in preparation for the breastfeeding phase now that a lot of HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin Hormone is secreted in the body more food aversions Sensitivity to smell fatigue and constipation can be expected this week the facial features of your baby become more Distinct also the hands and legs start to protrude out in the vital organs like the kidneys liver heart Intestine pancreas and the appendix develop at an exponential pace Pregnancy week 8 you could feel the discomforts of pregnancy even more this week while fetal development takes on at a faster pace This week marks the stage when the embryo turns to become a fetus with Distinct facial features limbs protruding out from the body with the development of sexual organs and hardening of the skeletal system Pregnancy week 9 this week onwards you would notice that you are gaining weight and for all good reasons Your baby’s heart gets divided into four chambers and is pumping blood rapidly also because of placental development your metabolism and hormonal levels might also increase Pregnancy week 10 your belly might be slightly bulging out there Negligible at the moment and you might become slower with your pace of work However become as for your baby or the crucial organs of your baby have now been formed the kidneys lungs heart intestines and the brain are working in tandem and also developing and growing at Reiter pace bones and cartilages are also forming strengthening the skeletal system of the baby Pregnancy week 11 you would have gained the few kilos at least despite the regular bouts of vomiting and nausea And your belly will be protruding out a bit more than the previous week placental development happens rapidly with new blood cells being added to it as For the baby ovaries are formed in the female fetus and the testicles in the male It is the stage at which the sex of the child can be determined however, if you are in India Remember that it is illegal Pregnancy a week 12 some of your pregnancy symptoms like fatigue morning sickness Nausea will now take a backseat but there can still be a possibility of suffering from heartburn and bouts of constipation The baby’s own hormone production has kick-started which would eventually influence its growth and development White blood cells are being produced in abundance in the fetus that would provide protection from infection. Once your baby is out in the world Another important development of the week is the formation of the vocal cords in the neck area pregnancy week 13 Congratulations, you have completed your first trimester Frequent urination will now be in check but a new annoying symptom to the surface would be vaginal discharge This is the outcome of increased estrogen and blood flow in the pelvic area The discharge keeps the balance of healthy bacteria in the vaginal area intact Your baby’s intestine now is fully functional from this week onwards and the pancreas has also started to produce Insulin as the abdominal cavity grows, the intestine also shifts its position in the abdomen Pregnancy week 14 the worst of your pregnancy symptoms are definitely behind you Though acne and dark spots can make its presence felt on the face Now your uterus has started to bulge pushing your tummy out The facial features of your baby would be more developed this week allowing her to squint grimace frown and also suck her thumb This week your baby gets a thin film of hair coating on her entire body and not just the head This hair is called the lanugo and keeps your baby warm inside the womb pregnancy week 15 though There isn’t any significant change in terms of your physical appearance From what you look at the week before but you might have gained a few kilos by now and probably Started to feel a little heavier than usual Your baby’s senses are also developing this week onwards you can now gently Pat your belly and talk to your baby Your baby would also be sensitive to light now Pregnancy week 16 waist gain is in full swing this week onwards and you might have gained anywhere between 2 to 5 kilos your baby is also developing a thin layer of fat underneath the skin which will act like an Insulator to keep your baby warm and would also be playing with her first toy ever the umbilical cord Pregnancy week 17 now that your baby bump is showing and you are probably basking in the newfound joys of motherhood You must know that medical check-ups and sonographers are going to be a regular part of your life from now on The most crucial development of the week is development of the fingerprints in your baby This week fetal brain will take over control of heart functions, which will make her heartbeats and the pumping action more synchronized Pregnancy week 18 with your belly protruding out your center of gravity now shifts slightly This makes postural correction crucial at this point in time bad posture now can aggravate fat cake Your baby’s nervous system grows rapidly from xviii weeks onwards the nerves in the brain and are making more complex Connections and new ones are also being added in the process Pregnancy week 19 as your uterus grows and bulges out it Continues to put too pressure on the ligaments that surround and supportive leading to lower abdominal pains The most recent development that happens this week for your baby is that her little scalp starts to produce her own hair? Pregnancy week 20 now that you have left your morning sick behind you hunger pangs can get the better of you But don’t indulge in the habit of eating for two, whatever you eat make sure it is healthy and not junk food This week onwards your baby’s ears are fully developed and functional Talking to your baby now is a good idea to initiate the mother and baby bonding process Pregnancy week 21 sometime this week you might notice your ankles and feet swell due to water retention leading to edema It could be evident on your palms and fingers, too This isn’t a matter of concern and this harmless condition usually resolves soon after delivery This week onwards chances are your baby will also be able to taste the food that you are eating through amniotic fluid pregnancy week 22 due to hormonal changes Pigmentation and dark patches could show up on your face this week on the other hand Your baby’s liver secretes enzymes from this week onwards these enzymes help break down fetal red blood cells into Bilirubin this bilirubin then enters the mother’s blood stream through the placenta and is removed from the system through urine pregnancy week 23 with your belly extruding out and the baby growing within your womb your uterus pushes on your stomach, which gives rise to some ugly stretch marks all over the abdomen while you deal with the stretch marks on the outside or the Distinguishable facial features of your baby develops while the fetal body is grows in proportion to her head There are more fat cells being added beneath the skin to keep her warm Pregnancy week 24. Yes You can experience Braxton Hicks contractions as early as week 24 This happens due to the tightening of the uterus muscles and subsides within no time At this point of time your baby’s lungs are forming small Respiratory structures inside and also as a fact and that will help her breathe once outside the womb pregnancy week 25 the hormonal changes those responsible for almost all the functions of the body during pregnancy a During this stage this is the reason why many pregnant women feel that their hair becomes lustrous and gains volume during Pregnancy blood vessels start to develop in the lungs of your fetus bringing them a little closer to maturity Apart from this your baby’s nostrils open to help breathe in air Since there is no air inside the womb your baby will be breathing in amniotic Fluid which turns to be a good practice for breathing after birth pregnancy week 26 Remember it is common to experience headaches hand and feet pain chest pain lower back Pelvic and fat cakes during pregnancy you might experience some of these symptoms during this week Your baby’s eyelids that had been closed for the past few months So the retina can develop fully to help focus now starts to open However, the irises are still in the stage of development Pregnancy week 27 as you approach your due date. You may experience excessive hunger This is quite obvious as your body is craving for more energy and needs the right nutrients for proper growth and development of your baby But be sure that you don’t overeat This week your baby’s brain development takes an upward step has new brain tissues would be added Many experts believe that babies might also begin to dream from this week Pregnancy week 28 you might experience a surge in fetal movements during this week This is the normal progression of your pregnancy. If fetal movements are at its peak during the nights it could again disrupt your sleep This week onwards your baby is going to gain weight consistently till labor Most babies will take a head down position by this week to prepare for labor However, if your sana Griffey Rose that your baby is still in the transverse or breech position There is no need to worry as there is still time for your baby to turn into the right position Pregnancy week 29 the infamous hormonal surges can now result in mood swings that can be very disturbing for both You and your loved once You might feel fatigued too often as you have gained enough weight around 10 kilograms or more which can further dampen your spirits This week your baby will be moving more nudging you with its elbows and palms apart from stretching its limbs inside the womb However, as you near labour these movements will become less due to lack of space in the womb Pregnancy week 30 your breasts can leak more often and frequently at this point in time Your baby’s bone marrows have started to produce red blood cells now This is a milestone that your baby will attain this week This also indicates that if you go into labor anytime soon, your baby will be able to thrive on its own Pregnancy week 31 as the bulging uterus exerts pressure on the bladder not only will you feel a frequent urge for urination but might also leak while you cough sneeze or laugh out loud an Essential development that happens in your baby. This week is the development of finger and toe nails pregnancy week 32 you would be gaining up to 500 grams each week from now onward till the time you hit labor in a healthy pregnancy You can gain anywhere between one to two kilograms every month during your third trimester At 32 weeks most babies will turn to the heads-down position Which means that the head of the baby is resting on the bottom of the uterus Pregnancy week 33. It is common to experience sleepless nights during the third trimester the bulging belly excess weight Increased fetal movements fatigue among others makes it difficult to sleep for hours at a stretch in a comfortable position At this point in time your baby’s immune system is developing and receiving antibodies from you Which will help ward off infections once your baby is out of the room Pregnancy week 34 many women complain of blurry vision during this time due to the hormonal changes happening inside the body However, this vision problem is temporary and will settle post deliver without much trouble All your babies cruiser organs are developed and are functioning on their own now accepts the lungs The lungs become fully functional when your baby is delivered and breathe in a gush of fresh air Pregnancy week 35 your belly is still Extending and stretching itself outward as your baby keeps on putting on more weight and increases in length Now your uterus is about six inches above your belly button Which would be very sensitive to touch your baby’s liver and kidneys are fully mature and functioning on their own excreting waist You might feel more fetal kicks now as there is less space for your baby to move around Pregnancy week 36 now that you are approaching full-term pregnancy Your uterus would be stretched and you might have gained anywhere between 10 to 12 kilograms Throughout these months all the other bones and cartilage gets stronger in your baby with each passing day But the skull remains soft to initiate a smooth vaginal birth during labor However, this doesn’t mean that the other bones become hard and rigid They are still flexible to help your baby squeeze itself out through the vaginal opening Pregnancy week 37 now that your baby is in the labor ready position with its head resting on the pelvic floor You might feel more pressure and pain in that area as you approach the due date your baby keeps Practicing breathing techniques by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid through the nostrils Pregnancy week 38 an increased vaginal discharge during this time is normal which indicates that your cervix is dilating and preparing for the labor Hair covering your baby’s overall body sheds now and your baby keeps on piling some weight This makes your baby plumper and the skin smooth You may not be able to sit or sleep comfortably, but don’t worry. That is normal Pregnancy week 39 if you haven’t experienced false contractions or Braxton Hicks yet You might feel them this time around However, you should be able to differentiate foreskin tractions from signs of preterm labor these last few days Your baby gets enough fat Deposited beneath the skin which adds to the weight gain process and also helps to keep the temperature in control pregnancy week 40 around this time your prenatal expert and your Gynecologist will tell you start counting the baby’s movements because you are ready to deliver any time This will be the highlight of your 40th week in case it happens on time However, be watchful of your labor symptoms in some Cases the labor starts with a dull back ache if labor sets in on time this week You will be able to hold your bundle of joy in your arms this is a good time to learn these things about labor and delivery that you should know at birth your baby might weigh anywhere between 2.5 to 3.5 kilograms or even more Congratulations, you are blessed with your baby your baby

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