Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy Week 1 - Week 2

Baby Growth  Where’s my baby?  Did you know that for doctors to maintain consistency, your pregnancy start date is actually marked by the first day of your last period?  Unless you have a very short follicular phase  -- the phase before ovulation -- there’s not even a baby yet!  You & Your Body  Besides that positive pregnancy test indicating raised hCG levels, watch for that rise in your BBT, staying up to indicate your progesterone levels are staying elevated to support a growing embryo. Tips If you haven’t already, add folic acid supplementation to your daily nutrition (through an approved...

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Pregnancy Week 3 - Week 4

Baby Growth Size of a grain of salt. Your baby’s organs begin to develop. Your baby is considered an “embryo.” You & Your Body Possible pregnancy symptoms at this time include fatigue, morning sickness, food cravings and aversions, breast tenderness, frequent urination, spotting (from implantation), bloating, and a heightened sensitivity to smell. No baby bump yet! Tips Your baby is already exposed to whatever you are taking in. Plan a healthy, well-rounded diet.  But do NOT “eat for two” at this time.  Most doctors don’t recommend a consumption increase until your second trimester.  Drink plenty of water. Kick those unhealthy...

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Pregnancy Week 5 - Week 6

Baby Growth Your baby is about the size of a sweet pea. The eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are beginning to develop. The lungs and pituitary gland are forming. Your heart and circulatory system, as well as intestines, brain, muscles, and bones are developing. You & Your Body You may notice some bleeding. This can be normal but consult with your doctor to eliminate the possibility of a miscarriage. Your hCG levels continue to build. You may notice these early pregnancy symptoms: breast sensitivity/discomfort, fatigue, and frequent urination. Tips Schedule your prenatal appointment, if you haven’t already. This is also...

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Pregnancy Week 7 - Week 8

Baby Growth Size is approximately .63 inches .04 ounce. Your baby is the size of a raspberry. Your baby has web-like hand and feet stubs, and is also developing arms, legs, and kidneys. A small tail has developed, but it will quickly be gone.  The retinas and genitals are also beginning to form by week 8, and by the end of the two weeks all essential organs have developed.  Your baby’s face is also beginning to develop. You & Your Body Your mucus plug develops in the opening of your cervix to protect your womb from bacteria, and you may...

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Pregnancy Week 9 - Week 10

Baby Growth Size is approximately 1.22 inches and .14 ounce. Your baby is the size of a strawberry. Your baby has graduated from embryo to fetus! Most of your baby’s major parts have formed and are now developing. Cartilage, bones, and muscle are forming – your baby is starting to move! (But you probably can’t feel it yet). Tiny details are forming, like tooth buds, fingers, toes, and nails! Baby’s head is enlarged, the spinal cord is visible, and the spinal nerves are beginning to extend. You may be able to hear your baby’s heart beat at the doctor’s office....

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Pregnancy Week 11 - Week 12

Baby Growth Size is approximately 2.13 inches and .49 ounce. Your baby is as big as a plum. Your baby is opening and closing fingers and toes and developing his or her brain. Your baby is close to being fully developed by this point and just needs to keep growing! You & Your Body Hormones are still increasing. (Just a few more weeks of this!) You may still be experiencing the same symptoms as last week, such as nausea, bloating, headaches, and vaginal discharge (clear). Consult your doctor if your discharge has any of these colors: yellow, greenish, pink, or...

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Pregnancy Week 13 - Week 14

Baby Growth Size is approximately 3.42 inches and 1.52 ounce. Your baby is as big as a peach. You’re finishing up your first trimester and entering your second. Your baby’s fingerprints are developing, and your baby now has use of his or her liver and kidneys. Small body hairs are beginning to grow, and the vocal cords are developing. Your baby can also complete some finer movements, such as facial expressions and grasping movements. You & Your Body Your bump is getting bigger and your weight continues to increase. Healthy weight gain is 1-2 pounds per week. You may still...

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Pregnancy Week 15 - Week 16

Baby Growth Size is approximately 4.57 inches and 3.53 ounces. Your baby’s proportions are becoming a little more normalized. Your baby is the size of an avocado. Your baby is starting to hear your voice.  Your baby is also forming taste buds and is sensitive to light. You & Your Body Your baby bump may be getting a little higher up as it outgrows your pelvis. (But every woman is different.) You may notice the following symptoms in these two weeks: nosebleeds, heartburn/indigestion, swollen gums, larger breasts, constipation, forgetfulness, dry and sensitive eyes, and shortness of breath. You may also...

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Pregnancy Week 17 - Week 18

Baby Growth Size is approximately 5.59 inches and 6.70 ounces. Your baby is the size of a cucumber. Your baby’s cartilage is turning to bone, and he or she is gaining more fat. Myelin, a protective nerve insulation is continuing to develop. A stronger umbilical cord is developing. Your baby is working on mastering survival skills: stretching, kicking, sucking, swallowing, and yawning. You & Your Body Your baby is starting to kick harder! Symptoms these two weeks may include increased bodily fluids, strange dreams, itchy breasts and stomach, stretch marks, increased appetite, swollen hands or feet, backaches, leg cramps, varicose...

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Pregnancy Week 19 - Week 20

Baby Growth Size is approximately 10.08 inches and 10.58 ounces. Your baby is the size of a banana. Your baby is developing the vernix caseosa, a protective coating over the skin. The bronchioles in the lungs are beginning to form. You might be able to spot your baby’s gender! You & Your Body It’s time for that ultrasound! Common symptoms may include: abdominal aches, lightheadedness, leg cramps, hip pain, vaginal discharge, heart burn, swelling, shortness of breath, and high energy. Tips Do you have a pediatrician yet? It may be a good time to start researching. Consider signing up for...

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Pregnancy Week 21 - Week 22

Baby Growth Size is approximately 10.94 inches and 15.17 ounces. Measurement is now from crown to heel. Before it was from head to bottom (buttocks). Your baby is about the size of a red bell pepper. Your baby has developed taste buds! Besides getting nutrition from the placenta, he or she is also beginning to take in amniotic fluid. Your baby’s reproductive system is developing further. You & Your Body You may continue to experience an increased sex drive, hair growth, swollen hands or feet, breathlessness, increased vaginal discharge, stretch marks, dry skin, and heart burn or indigestion. Some new...

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Pregnancy Week 23- Week 24

Baby Growth Size is approximately 11.81 inches and 1.32 pound. Your baby is the size of an ear of corn. Small capillaries have been forming, giving your baby’s skin a less translucent, pinker look. Your baby is quiet while sleeping and may be getting pretty active while awake! Your baby’s skin is sagging a bit, waiting for more fat to develop. Your baby’s face has now fully formed, and your baby can hear outside noises. You & Your Body You may still be experiencing some of those same symptoms: swollen ankles and feet, Braxton Hicks contractions, backaches, abdominal aches, leg...

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Pregnancy Week 25 - Week 26

Baby Growth Size is approximately 14.02 inches and 1.68 pound. Your baby is the size of kale. More fat and more hair is developing, and your baby is also developing his or her immune system. Your baby is breathing in the amniotic fluid, preparing for birth. You & Your Body Your doctor’s visits increase around this time as you get closer to delivery. Typical symptoms at this time include: trouble sleeping, frequent urination, constipation, hemorrhoids, bloating, heartburn, pregnancy brain, headaches, higher blood pressure, and Braxton Hicks contractions. Tips Consider a warm bath or hot or cold compress for some of...

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Pregnancy Week 27 - Week 28

Baby Growth Size is approximately 14.8 inches and 2.22 pounds. Your baby is the size of an eggplant. Your baby may be experiencing some hiccups, coughing, blinking, and dreaming! You & Your Body Many of your previous symptoms may persist into this time. A new symptom may be “snissing” – urinating when you sneeze. Consult with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms (possible signs of preeclampsia): excessive swelling, particularly in the face or around the eyes; change in vision, such as blurred vision; intense pain in the upper abdomen; or nausea and vomiting. Tips Maintain – or...

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Pregnancy Week 29 - Week 30

Baby Growth Size is approximately 15.71 inches and 2.91 pounds. Your baby is now the size of a red cabbage. Your baby’s eyesight is continuing to develop. Your baby might be smiling already! Wrinkles are forming in your baby’s brain as it continues to get bigger. Your baby’s bone marrow is producing red blood cells.   You & Your Body You may find your balance is a little off! You are probably feeling more pokes and jabs from your baby. Hemorrhoids, heartburn, constipation, and mood swings may worsen during this time. Lying on your back may make cause a change...

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Pregnancy Week 31 - Week 32

  Baby Growth Size is approximately 16.69 inches and 3.75 pounds. Your baby is the size of a cantelope. Your baby is getting plumper and is now turning his or her head from side to side and sucking his or her thumb. Your baby is hopefully beginning to move into position, with his or her head facing down. You & Your Body You may be waddling a bit and finding your bump is getting in the way of tying your shoes! Your symptoms may be persisting, such as shortness of breath, vaginal discharge, dry nails, Braxton Hicks contractions, leaky breasts,...

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Pregnancy Week 33 - Week 34

Baby Growth Size is approximately 17.72 inches and 4.73 pounds. Your baby is the size of a pineapple. Your baby’s brain is continuing to develop and bones are hardening. Your baby should be kicking about 10 times in an hour, or less. Your baby is now keeping eyes open while awake.   You & Your Body During this week you may notice overheating, shortness of breath, vaginal discharge, cramps, clumsiness, foggy brain, and headaches. You may still notice some Braxton Hicks contractions after sexual activity or exercise. Real contractions aren’t comfortable, keep happening even when you switch position, and increase...

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Pregnancy Week 35 - Week 36

Baby Growth Size is approximately 18.66 inches and 5.78. Your baby is the size of a romaine lettuce. Your baby is about fully developed, and a lot of your baby’s growth is fat now. With less space, a lot of your baby’s movements have changed to rolls and wiggles. Your baby’s skull will remain soft to make delivery easier. You & Your Body These symptoms may persist: Braxton Hicks contractions, frequent urination, constipation, pains in your hips or pelvis, swollen ankles or feet, heartburn, and trouble sleeping. You may also find that it’s easier to breathe now. Tips Be aware...

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Pregnancy Week 37 - Week 38

Baby Growth Size is approximately 19.61 inches and 6.80 pounds. Your baby is the size of a pumpkin. Your baby has improved dexterity and has developed just about everything except digestion and final development of the lungs, brain, and diagram. Your baby may be “dropping”, moving lower and into the birth canal. Your baby can come at any time now, but your baby may need these extra weeks to finish development. You & Your Body You may not gain any weight this month. You may still be experiencing these symptoms: heartburn, spotting (particularly after sexual activity), stretch marks, abdominal pressure,...

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Pregnancy Week 39 - Week 40

Baby Growth Size is approximately 20.16 inches and 7.63 pounds. Your baby is the size of a watermelon. Your baby is now “full term”! Your baby’s brain is still developing. Your baby’s head may look a little pointy after delivery, due to the passage through the birth canal, but this is normal. You & Your Body You may be experiencing these symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions, pelvic pressure or sharp pains, leg cramps, trouble sleeping, fatigue, anxiety, and a “nesting” urge. Watch for these symptoms of labor: thick mucus, possibly with a tinge of blood (mucus plug released); nausea, diarrhea, water...

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