Pregnancy is a very exciting time in a couples lives, most people know what to expect in the long run or by trimester but would it not be fun to see what happens as your baby grows week by week. This article will show you what happens in the first half of your pregnancy. You may be surprised at how many exciting things are happening to your baby that you cannot see.
Let's start the pregnancy week by week journey:
Week One: During the first week of pregnancy it really does not seem at all that you are pregnant; most women don’t realize that during the first week of pregnancy is actually considered to be conception and not actual pregnancy. That is why when a doctor gives you a due date they cannot be 100 % accurate.
Week Two: At this point the uterus is actually shedding the lining as it does during your period but it now setting up for new tissue for the fetus. At this stage of the game, the egg is about to be released and wait for fertilization
Week Three: This is where fertilization happens, also at this time the baby’s sex is now determined but you will not be able to see it with a sonogram until about 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Week Four: By this week, you will be able to confirm that you are indeed pregnant. You will also start to experience some pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, swollen breasts, nausea and sometimes vomiting (morning sickness).
Week Five: the embryo is now developing and has 3 layers; this is nature’s way of setting up, so to speak for the development of the spinal cord, bones, brain, circulatory system and much more.
Week Six: Week six is a very exciting time because now you will be able to hear the heartbeat for the very first time. This is most beautiful sound in the
world. The umbilical cord also starts to take shape. The baby’s blood also starts flowing through the pumping of the heart. Buds will start to form that will later develop into the arms and legs. For moms this week will bring on the morning sickness, some moms never experience and others experience very severe morning sickness. Morning sickness last about 3 months and usually subsides around the 4th month or pregnancy.
Week Seven: The baby grows about 1/3 of an inch which can equal about the size of one small grain of rice. The arms and legs continue to grow and the baby’s eyes are starting to form as well. During this time for the mom, you are not showing yet but you may feel bloated. At this stage that is normal, you will start showing soon enough.
Week Eight: at your doctor’s appointment you will be able to see the baby’s heartbeat. It looks like a fluttering signal on the ultra sound. The baby’s elbows and fingers will continue to grow and you can see the tip of the nose if you look close enough.
Week Nine: The baby’s bone and cartilage will also start to form. The eyes are developing more and more. The intestines will stem from the umbilical cord and form in the abdomen. The baby is continuing to grow so the more the baby grows the body can allow for more internal organs to grow inside the baby.
Week Ten: The baby will have started to become active by moving around the womb. You will not be able to feel this yet because the baby is so small in size. The baby’s joints are now forming and you can see elbows, wrists, knees, shoulders and hands, fingers, feet and toes. At this point for moms you will get about a 45% increase in blood flow. Your veins may be more noticeable but it is normal and they resume normalcy once the baby is born.
Week Eleven: At this time the baby is now acknowledged as a fetus. This is also where the majority of the baby’s development is now complete. The only thing left to for the baby to do is grow. It is very important for new moms that you start taking your prenatal vitamins right from the start. Stop smoking, drinking and cut back on fatty foods, try to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Week Twelve: The baby’s hair is starting to grow as are the baby’s genitals are starting to take form. The amniotic fluid is starting to form around the baby for ultimate protection. You may also see a change in morning sickness if you are experiencing it. The symptoms will start to subside as the baby’s growth progresses.
Week Thirteen: You have now entered the second trimester. This is the most relaxing part of the pregnancy. You will have more energy and you still are not showing yet. The baby has come more full circle. The eyes are forming in the right structure and everything is in place for the next months of growth.
Week Fourteen: By now when you see your sonogram you can see the baby is about 3-1/2 inches and can weigh in as little as 1 to 2 ounces. The baby is now perfecting their breathing and their bodies become stronger and stronger. Muscles continue to develop and their hands are becoming usable.
Week Fifteen: During this time, you will start to feel the uterus rising. You will be able to feel about a couple of inches below your belly button. At this doctor’s appointment, the doctor will be able to tell if the baby is growing at the normal growth rate for a fetus at this age. Sometimes you may be able to tell the sex of the fetus but it can be too early in some cases.
Week Sixteen: You may be able to feel the baby moving around. The baby’s bones are hardening more and more. As they continue to grow you will feel the baby move more and more.
Week Seventeen: The body fat of the baby will start to form at this stage of the pregnancy. The heart is able to pump about 25 quarts a day. The baby can also blink, suck and swallow. For mom, you should be gaining about 5 to 10 pounds up until this time.
Week Eighteen: Baby weight should be about 1 pound and pads are forming on the fingers and toes. The baby can hiccup at this time which you will be able to see in your belly, so don’t panic.
Week Nineteen: The baby will start to form the whitish discharge you will see when the baby is born. This protects the baby from the water in the womb.
Week Twenty: At this week, you can see the sex of the baby and you will feel more of the baby’s movements.
Week Twenty One: In the first 20 weeks, the baby grows at almost an accelerated pace but you will see the growth slow down to a normal rate. The heart is getting stronger and stronger and the legs are becoming more proportionate with the body. You as the mom will start to show now. Average weight gain for the mom is about 10 to 15 pounds by week 21. If you are concerned about your weight, speak to your doctor.
Week Twenty Two: The baby’s brain starts to form more quickly at this week. The eyelids and the eyebrows are now completely formed. As the baby gains weigh, so will you. You may start to feel some back discomfort but that is normal. If you start feeling severe pain, call your doctor.
Week Twenty Three: At this stage, the baby is over a pound so if the baby were to be born now, they have a great chance of survival. The more active the baby is, the more you will be able to feel them move. Mom may experience some mood swings but don’t panic, it is normal.
Week Twenty Four: During this time, the baby will gain another 6 ounces. The body is filling out more and more. The baby weight is muscle at this time and the organs and tissues are continuing to grow. At your doctor’s appointment you may have to take a glucose test this will test for gestational diabetes.
Week Twenty Five: The baby’s nostrils will open and about 1000 ligaments will form. For mom as the uterus gets higher and higher it will start putting some pressure on the pelvis and the back. Sleep may be interrupted, it is suggested that you lie on your left side, with a pillow between your legs.
Week Twenty Six: The weight of the baby should be about 2 pounds now; the length of the baby could be as much as 9 inches. The lungs are developing and brain wave activity is becoming more prominent.
Week Twenty Seven: The brain and lungs continue to grow. The baby’s eyes can open and close and the retinas are forming. Mom may be experiencing shortness of breath. This is normal because as the baby grows and the uterus is pushed up your other organs are being pushed up as well. So it may affect your daily routine which includes shortness of breath.
Week Twenty Eight: Welcome to your Third and Final Trimester. The baby is growing more and more as each passing day goes by. The eyes are completely formed. The body fat on the baby should be about 3 percent. At this time, the baby can hear, so try talking or singing to the baby, they can hear you. You would be surprised that when the baby is born and they hear your voice they will recognize you.
Week Twenty Nine: The baby’s body is now proportionate to the head. Body fat continues to grow and the brain can control primitive movements like breathing. During this stage for mom, she may start to feel that she has been pregnant her whole life. Hang in there, the end result is worth it.
Week Thirty: The baby will be about 3 pounds on the average. The toenails are growing as well as fingernails. The baby has developed bone marrow. Mom may have some trouble getting comfortable; try sleeping on the left side, with a pillow between your knees.
Week Thirty One: The baby’s growth will start to slow down and the brain hits a growth spurt. All of the organs have been developed except the lungs which usually are completely formed by week 36.
Week Thirty Two: The baby’s weight is now 4 pounds and every sense is working, sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. Your doctor’s appointments will increase to about every two weeks.
Week Thirty Three: During this week, the amniotic fluid is very high. The level of fluid in the womb will stay there until birth. The head size of the baby will grow due to brain development. The skin color of the baby which was red now starts to turn pink. Mom may experience some headaches which are from what is called mild edema. There is nothing to panic about, talk to your doctor if you are experiencing frequent headaches.
Week Thirty Four: The baby can act like a newborn would in terms of sleeping. The baby will sleep with their eyes shut and stay wide eyed when awake. You may feel the baby kick a lot rather than move around the womb. This is normal because you are counting down to the birth and there is very little room left. The lungs should be completing development.
Week Thirty Five: The baby should average about 5 to 6 pounds by now. Every baby is different so don’t panic if the is more weight or less. Your doctor may require weekly visits at this time to check the cervix for dilation.
Week Thirty Six: The baby’s lungs should be completed developed at this point. The baby is getting ready to move into position for birth. You have 4 weeks or so left. Average weight gain for mom is about 25 to 30 pounds. At this week in pregnancy, you should be eating more with about 2400 calories a day.
Week Thirty Seven: The baby is about 6-1/2 pounds or more. The baby has also been practicing breathing, getting ready for birth. They can now grasp a firm hold with their hand and they will turn their heads to light. You may experience some vaginal discharge with more mucus in it. This is normal. The baby should descend into the birth canal head first. An ultra sound can determine this.
Week Thirty Eight: The baby will gain about an ounce a day and the intestines are holding the baby’s first bowel movement. You may experience false labor pains at this time but even though they are not real labor pains they can be very painful. Real labor pains will be more intense and more severe.
Week Thirty Nine: The baby is now ready to be born at any time. The baby could average about 7 pounds by now. Mom is getting ready for birth and should stay off her feet as much as possible.
Week Forty: CONGRATUALTIONS YOU ARE NOW A PROUD PARENT.