Pregnancy Week by Week
Pregnancy Week by Week
You are newly pregnant and full of overwhelming anticipations about your unborn baby. Since the time you’ve conceived, start tracking every minute till the very moment you actually you meet the baby, hold her in your arms and enjoy the glory of becoming a proud mom.
Detailed Description of Week by Week Pregnancy
Week 1 to 4
Pregnancy Week by Week - Breif Description
- Physiological changes in your body during the nine months of pregnancy
- Diagnosis of pregnancy during three trimesters
- Types of clinical examinations and modes of assessments of fetal well-being and safe motherhood
- Causes, duration and stages of labor, and
- Time and mechanisms of delivery.
- Maximum possibility of fertilization of eggs is seen.
- Visit an obstetrician to confirm Pregnancy.
- You can also try home Pregnancy tests
- Some early symptoms of pregnancy like morning sickness, amenorrhea, fullness of breast, etc are noticed
- The placenta gradually develops and starts nourishing the fetus. You may not realize the changes as they are not visible during the first month
- Once the pregnancy is confirmed, get into a dietary regime and exercises as recommended to have a healthy body and baby as well.
- The embryo starts growing. Initially it looks like a tadpole. Gradually, fingers, limbs and facial features start developing.
- You may feel cramps or pains in lower abdomen or sides due to frequent contractions and relaxations in your uterus.
- You have gained some extra pounds and the waistline bulge is visible too.
- A pelvic examination would enable your doctor to see the growing size of your uterus.
- The fetus gradually reaches a length of about 1.58 inches by the end of the 10th week.
- Develop a good eating habit. Follow a Pregnancy Diet. Take daily doses of vitamins, folic acids and lots of water.
- The fetus has reached a length of 3.2 inches.
- The head can be well-differentiated from the body. The CNS has developed too. Genitals and tooth buds appear and the liver starts producing red blood cells.
- You would experience morning sickness resulting in food aversions, nausea and bloating.
- Your uterus grows more.
- You are advised to go for CVS tests to detect generic abnormalities if any.
- Dietary calcium intakes are recommended.
Week 17- 22
- Lanugos on the head of the fetus are seen. The bones and muscle tissues start developing further and harden in due course. The fetal movements are also felt.
- Liver and pancreas start secreting fluids. The heart starts beating. You can hear that by the help of a Doppler stethoscope.
- Now the fetus is about 6 inches in length
- You uterus now bulges out upward, trying to fill up the upper abdomen.
- During this Week by Week Pregnancy , you may be experiencing occasional headaches, dizziness and fatigue from hormonal changes .
- Change your positions slowly when you are getting up from bed.
- Body hairs start growing. Eyebrows, eyelashes and nails appear. Eyelids are also developed but remain closed.
- Quickening is frequent
- Lungs grow and start functioning. Blood circulation and urinary system start working too.
- Fetal reflexes are also noticed
- The fetus now weighs about 1 pound and measures 11 inches in length.
- Ultra-sound examination may be done to analyze the growth and development of the fetus and to verify the due date as well.
- The brain develops and the nervous system starts functioning though to a limited extent. Rhythmic breathing movements occur. White blood cells are developed and the fetus is ready to fight infections.
- Bones are fully developed, but are still soft and pliable.
- Constant fetal movements are felt.
- You baby now measures about 15.75 inches and weighs about 2.4 pounds.
- Now your bulge is significantly increased and noticeable. Your body weight gain is about 15-20 pounds and you can expect a few more pounds increase by the end of 28 weeks.
- You may still have occasional backaches. You may be experiencing hemorrhoids and odorous vaginal discharges. The other common symptoms are leg cramps and mild swelling of ankles and feet, shortness of breath, frequent urination, clumsiness, etc.
- Your skin continues to stretch and becomes dry. Use lotions or oil to feel comfortable.
- Glucose screens for detecting gestational diabetes are given between this period (25-28 week)
- You need regular medical check-ups. Consult doctors, caregivers and competent medical assistants for labor supports and other medical helps.
- It's also the time to maintain other Pregnancy related logistics like finding a hospital, pre-registering for delivery, taking decisions regarding delivery and birth plans.
- Your Baby continues stretching and kicking. This is a good sign of normal development of fetus and enjoyable too for the expecting mother.
- During the early phase, you may experience a premature labor. Your blood pressure level tends to rise high and may lead to pre-eclampsia. You need to consult your doctor in such case.
- The fetus reaches a length of about 16-19 inches and weighs about 5-6 pounds.
- Fingernails are well-formed now. Lanugos start disappearing.
- Over time, you may be feeling more discomfort in your pelvis and abdominal region. Practice breathing and relaxation exercises to reduce difficulties.
- The fetus is now 19 - 21 inches in length and weighs about 7-11 pounds.
- The lanugos are almost gone except on some parts of hands and limbs.
- You complete the full term of pregnancy by the 40 th week. Watch for signs of labor. It may start before the 37th week and the intensity of labor pains increases over time.
- The fetus is now normally positioned upside down in to the pelvis and is ready to descend.
- You will be full of excitement about the arrival of your baby. Talk to the caregivers to learn more about breastfeeding and post-natal cares.
- You may also experience colostrums leakage in your breasts.
- This is a crucial period. The baby is fully grown and is ready to come out of the mother’s womb.
- You are prescribed a series of tests now to secure your baby from the dangers of bacterial infections and other diseases.
- Sometimes, a premature birth can take place before the completion of 40th week. The survival rate depends on proper medical interventions and a good amount of post-natal care.