Hey … What’s going on in your womb? Now you don’t have to spend your nine months worrying about your baby’s health or things that could go wrong. Knowledge is the key that unlocks all the doors. So here’s a good news! We bring you our Week-By-Week guide for managing your pregnancy.
GUIDE TO PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK:
PREGNANCY WEEK 1 TO 4:
Your expected delivery date is calculated from the first day of your last period so you’ll not be seeing your periods this week. Your last period is considered as the beginning of your pregnancy. Even though your baby hasn’t been conceived yet. At the end of the second week you will be at the mid-point of your menstruating cycle so your ovary will release an egg into the Fallopian tube. During this period, you can easily conceive once a sperm meets the egg. By the 3rd week, things really begin to happen. By week 6, your baby will be conceived. You are likely to be bursting with joy, you’re going to be a mom!
PREGNANCY WEEK 5 TO 8:
By week 5, your baby is floating gently in the amniotic fluid, attached only by the umbilical cord. Your baby’s heart will begin to beat and pump blood and its heartbeat can be picked up on an ultrasound. By the time you are 6 weeks pregnant, your baby continues to inculcate in your uterus. Once your baby is implanted, it starts to produce a hormone called HCG, which helps in giving signals to the ovary to stop your periodic cycle. While the implantation is taking place, some women might experience ‘spotting’.
By the time you are 7 weeks pregnant, your baby’s face takes shape. Some facial features will be more defined. The limb buds will grow rapidly and finger and toes will appear soon. During this stage, good prenatal care is important for the safe delivery of your baby. Miscarriages most often happen during these first few weeks.
PREGNANCY WEEK 9 TO 12:
Your baby continues to grow and develop. It will finally be able to move spontaneously and wrap its fingers around the umbilical cord. Congenital abnormalities are likely to develop after the tenth month. You are officially in the last month of your first trimester. Nearly all your baby organs are formed by the time you are 11 weeks pregnant. Your baby’s brain will also start producing hormones and its bone marrow will start to produce its own white cells (WBC). These white blood cells help in fighting the infection, keeping your baby healthy and well protected.
PREGNANCY WEEK 13 TO 16:
By the time you are in your second trimester, your baby will start inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. It’s hands will begin to become more functional and it will be able to play with its fingers by now. The body of your baby will be covered with fine downy hair called lanugo, which will further protect its skin when its floating around. At this stage, small breathing movements, sucking and swallowing actions will be clear on ultrasound. The bones of your baby will continue to grow and lengthen. Its developing facial muscles make it possible for her to open and close its mouth.
PREGNANCY WEEK 17 TO 20
By the time you are 18 weeks pregnant, your baby’s bones will form rapidly and will start to harden. You will be able to feel its movements.
By week 19, it’s movements will be stronger and it’s buds for her permanent teeth will begin to form. Your baby’s kidneys will be working well and producing urine.
By week 20, your baby will be able hear sounds within your body and it may become more active for certain sounds.
PREGNANCY WEEK 21 TO 24
By week 21, your baby’s brain and muscles are working in synchronization which means there’s intend behind those movements. Bones located in the middle ear gets hardened and so now your baby will be able to react if there is a sudden loud noise and hear your conversations more clearly. Taste buds will start forming. Your baby can move all its muscles and there will be even more action and coordination going on in your womb. Your baby will almost completely be formed by the end of the 24th month. Babies that are born this time can survive with a special hospital care.
PREGNANCY WEEK 25 TO 27
Big changes with the baby’s eyes this week, with more maturation of their retinas.
Your baby’s eyes will open and begin to blink so if you shine a light on your belly, your baby will turn its head. Your baby will continue to develop and a lot of development will take place.
PREGNANCY WEEK 28 TO 31:
Your baby’s heart will beat at 120-140 beats per minute that means twice the speed of yours. It’s nostrils will open and its breathing practice will continue. By week 30, it’s lungs will be fully developed. Your baby has the capability to produce tears. By week 31, its memory develops. It will gain a lot of weight during the rest of your pregnancy.
Nearly all babies react to light and sound by the end of this week. Your baby’s head will move down into your pelvis as it gets into the right position of birth, that will make breathing and eating much easier.
PREGNANCY WEEK 32 TO 36
The baby fills the space in the uterus, touching the sides really using the space to its own advantage. Its movements will peak around now and you will really feel them, as the amount of amniotic fluid in your womb decreases to give her more space. The soft, downy hair that has been covering its skin will start disappearing by the end of this week. Your baby will about 14g of the fat a day and will continue to grow and move down into your pelvis. By now most babies will be in position of delivery.
PREGNANCY WEEK 37 TO 40
It’s time to come out now. However, your baby still benefits from its time in the womb but if by the end of the week there’s still no sign of labour, remember this is just an estimate. Only four percent of babies arrive on their due dates, so allow for two weeks either side. Finally after weeks of anticipation and preparation, your baby will be placed in your waiting arms.