Weekly Pregnancy Guide

Weekly Pregnancy Guide

Are you browsing for a week by week guide of pregnancy? Then you are in the right place. Here we are going to tell you what changes will be going to happen inside your body as well as outside of your body at each trimester or week.

Pregnancy begins when an egg from female and sperm from male unites in the womb of female and ends with a birth. Usually, it takes 266 to 280 days or 38 to 40 weeks or 9 months.

This pregnancy time period is most commonly divided into three trimesters. Each trimester is for 3 months.

weekly pregnancy

First Trimester

After implementation and conception, embryo is just a layer of cells that later develops into the body parts and organs.

4 weeks pregnant

Symptoms:

  • Lower basal temperature
  • Increased cervical mucus
  • Lower abdominal pressure
  • Implantation Bleeding
  • Premenstrual syndrome symptoms

Baby Development

  • It is a phase of rapid cell division that occurs through the process of mitosis.
  • Baby at this stage is a group of cells that multiply and forms a blastocyst.
  • It is less than 1/10 inch long.
  • Digestive system, lungs, heart, spinal cord and nervous system starts to develop.
  • Amniotic sac develops and protects the forming tissues.
  • Baby at this stage is called as “zygote.”

Tips to follow during these weeks

  • Taking 400mg of folic acid will protect your baby from inborn heart diseases or preterm labor.
  • Intake vitamin C, calcium and iron rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Take proper and healthy nutrition
  • If you are having vomiting or nausea, make sure to replenish your body’s fluid requirement.
  • Avoid junk or fast food.

5 – 8 weeks pregnant

Symptoms:

  • You might feel breast soreness, fatigue, nausea and spotting.
  • Gas and bloating
  • Frequent washroom visits
  • Cravings and aversions of certain kinds of foods
  • Excessive salivation
  • Digestion problems or heartburn

Baby Development:

  • Now it is 1 inch long.
  • At this stage, it is known as “embryo.”
  • The face starts forming with spaces or curvatures for eyes, nose, ears, mouth and tooth.
  • Legs and arms begin to move.
  • With ultrasound, a heartbeat can be detectable.
  • Brain starts forming.
  • Size of the uterus becomes double.

Tips:

Same tips as mentioned for previous weeks, including:

  • Choose a healthy diet for yourself
  • Various exercises recommended by doctor, yoga or meditation helps to relax your body as well as mind.
  • Deal with the cramps, headaches, cravings and skin problems.  

9 – 13 weeks pregnant:

Symptoms:

  • breast soreness, fatigue, nausea and spotting.
  • Gas and bloating
  • Frequent washroom visits
  • Cravings and aversions of certain kinds of foods
  • Excessive salivation
  • Digestion problems or heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Faintness
  • Visible veins
  • Improved sense of smell

Baby Development:

  • Weight of baby is 1 ounce and is 3 inches long
  • He is called as “fetus” at this stage.
  • Able to move fingers, toes and legs.
  • Fingerprints are existing.
  • Able to frown, smile, swallow and suck.
  • Gender can be determined.
  • Able to pass out urine

Tips:

Same tips as for previous weeks, including:

  • Eat healthily
  • Manage your mood swings and try to be happy
  • Walking will help to get relieved from cramps
  • Remain hydrated
  • Adopt loose and baggy wear style
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Second Trimester

13 – 16 weeks pregnant:

Symptoms:

  • Increased hunger
  • Low breast tenderness
  • Continued breast growth
  • Swollen and large veins
  • Nausea, vomiting ends
  • Stuffy nose

Baby Development:

  • Baby weighs 4 – 7 ounces and is 6 inches approx. transparent and thin skin
  • Nails of toes and fingers start forming
  • Lanugo (hair) covers the whole body
  • Baby is able to turn over in the mother’s womb or amniotic fluid
  • Heartbeat is strong

Tips:

Above mentioned tips of previous weeks are to be followed

20 – 24 weeks pregnant:

Symptoms:

Same symptoms as mentioned in previous weeks, including

  • Backache
  • Bleeding gums
  • Stretch marks
  • Fetal movements
  • Swelled ankle and feet
  • Leg cramps

Baby Development:

  • Baby weighs almost 1 pound and is 12 inches approx.
  • Using stethoscope heartbeat can be heard
  • Sucks thumb
  • Eyelashes, hair and eyebrows are developed
  • Hiccups

Tips:

  • Eat green vegetables
  • Deal with the back, tooth and head ache
  • Intake more fibre
  • Read child birth or child rearing books

24- 28 weeks pregnant:

Symptoms:

Same symptoms as mentioned in previous weeks, including

  • Nails grow very fast
  • Swollen belly
  • Snoring while sleeping
  • Itchy belly
  • Symphysis pubis dysfunction

Baby Development:

  • Baby weighs almost 1 to ½ pound and is 14 inches approx.
  • Vernix caseosa, a protective layer covered the skin
  • Bowel is able to store waste matter.
  • Eyes are open

Tip:

Same as mentioned in previous weeks including:

  • Avoid raw eggs and meat
  • Start setting up baby registry

Third Trimester

28 – 32 weeks pregnant:

Symptoms:

Same as mentioned in previous weeks including,

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sleeping problems
  • Breasts are leaking/ colostrum
  • Shortness of breath

Baby Development:

  • Baby weighs almost 3 pounds and is about 16 inches long
  • Fat starts adding to the body
  • Baby is very active these days

Tips:

Same tips as mentioned in previous weeks including:

  • Keep yourself hydrated
  • Start packing your hospital bag
  • Moisturize yourself
34 weeks pregnant
pregnant woman with visible uterus and fetus week 34

32 – 36 weeks pregnant:

Symptoms:

Same as mentioned in previous weeks including,

  • Nails become brittle
  • Insomnia
  • Increased hair growth
  • Skin rashes
  • Vaginal discharge with blood

Baby Development:

  • Baby weighs 4 to 5 pounds and is 16.5 to 18 inches long
  • Baby has proper sleep and wake duration
  • Begins to respond to sound
  • Baby comes into the birth position
  • Iron is stored in the liver
  • Head bones are flexible and soft

Tips:

Same as mentioned in previous weeks including,

  • Because your skin is getting very dry day by day, loose light cotton wears.
  • Know about the early symptoms of labor
  • Low down the amount of salt in your diet
  • Take protein and vitamin B6 and DHA in a greater amount
39 weeks pregnant
pregnant woman with visible uterus and fetus week 39

36 – 38 weeks pregnant:

Symptoms:

Same as mentioned in previous weeks including,

  • Breast nipples start popping out
  • Vaginal discharge having blood
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions
  • Water break
  • Leaky breasts
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Baby Development:

  • Weight is 6.5 to 7 pounds and is 19 to 20 inches long
  • Less wrinkled skin
  • Thick vernix caseosa
  • Lanugo is almost gone
  • Baby is less active
  • Taking immunity from mother

Tip:

Same as previous weeks including,

  • Complete your to-do- list
  • Use labor inducing foods
  • Set all the things in your home that you will require after childbirth
  • Go for a walk
  • Take proper sleep
  • Do squat exercise but with the advice of doctors

Normally, by the end of 39th week your tot is completely ready to come into the world. Some babies may take some more days to meet the world. If your water bag breaks, immediately call or visit your doctor.

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