Pregnancy Week by Week
In just 40 short weeks, a baby will grow from the size of a tiny seed to the size of a plump watermelon - Won-der-ful!
Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters. Pregnancy lasts for 9 months, the first 3 months is the first trimester, the second period of 3 months is the second trimester while the last 3 months is the third trimester. Get it? We will talk about all three here.
If you have decided to have a baby, the most important thing you can do is to take good care of yourself so you and your baby will be healthy. If you get the proper care and make the right choices you have a very good chance of having a healthy baby.
See a healthcare provider as soon as possible after you find out you're pregnant to begin getting antenatal care. Antenatal care is medical care received during pregnancy. The sooner you start to get care from a healthcare provider, the better the chances that you and your baby will be healthy.
The first trimester of pregnancy - from the moment of conception through the third month is marked by an invisible — yet amazing — transformation. And it happens quickly! Hormones trigger your body to begin nourishing the baby even before tests and a physical exam can confirm the pregnancy. From the moment of conception to the end of the third month your baby grows from the size of a seed to the size of a pear or coconut. Wow!
During the first trimester, it is extremely important to start your antenatal care at your hospital! We recommend that you regularly show up for antenatal care for adequate monitoring of your baby’s progress and you. At the very least, have 4 focused antenatal care visits throughout your pregnancy - the first being in your first trimester. At your first visit a healthcare provider will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy and answer any questions you may have. They may also provide you with vitamins for a healthy pregnancy.
Common physical changes during the first trimester of pregnancy can include nausea (“morning sickness”), breast tenderness, increased urination, fatigue, food cravings or aversions, dizziness, spotting (like period but very light) , nipple darkening, heartburn or constipation. These are all normal and every woman experiences them differently.
By the end of the second trimester your baby is as big as a cucumber. That is a lot of growing!
Fourteen weeks into your pregnancy or 12 weeks after conception, your baby's sex will become obvious this week or in the coming weeks. If you are able to have an ultrasound at your doctor’s office, they will be able to tell you if you are having a boy, or girl, or twins!
As for your health, as you enter your second trimester of pregnancy, the morning sickness and fatigue that plagued you during the last three months should be fading, leaving you feeling more energetic and like your old self again. The second trimester is, for many women, the easiest three months of pregnancy. Take the time now, while you are feeling better and your energy is up, to start planning for your baby's arrival!
Between 16 and 20 weeks, you will start to feel your baby move around inside you! Toward the end of the trimester, you might also feel repeated "blips" in your abdomen, Do not worry: That is just your baby having completely harmless hiccups!
Now that you have reached the third trimester, you're in the last lap of your pregnancy - how exciting! You have only got a few more weeks to go, but this part of your pregnancy can be the most challenging.
During this last trimester, you may be experiencing symptoms such as backaches, some spotting, breasts enlargements (caused by your body getting ready to produce breast-milk), mild contractions (your body doing warm-ups to prepare your uterus for the real labor to come), frequent urination, and swelling of some body parts. Every woman’s pregnancy symptoms are different, but talk to a doctor if you are worried about anything you are experiencing or that you are not comfortable with..
Read on to learn about what to expect at the very end of your pregnancy - and labor!
Giving Birth & Arrival of the New Baby
Giving Birth & Arrival of the New Baby
Approximately forty weeks into your pregnancy, or 38 weeks after conception, your baby might be about 450 to 500 millimeters long and weigh 2,900 grams or more. Remember: healthy babies come in different sizes!