Week by Week

What’s happening to my body?

“My body is changing can you tell me what is happening to me?”

This week by week guide takes you through the various stages of pregnancy for you and your little bundle.

Find your week of pregnancy or get started with Week 1… the details are below the picture

Stages of Pregnancy

Week 1

Your Baby:

Your pregnancy begins as your body gears up for ovulation and prepares for fertilization.

You:

For the first two weeks of your pregnancy, you won’t actually be pregnant. Yep, you heard that right. When your doctor or midwife calculates your due date, she will count 40 weeks from the first day of your last period, not from the day the baby was actually made

Week 1

Your Baby:

Your pregnancy begins as your body gears up for ovulation and prepares for fertilization.

You:

For the first two weeks of your pregnancy, you won’t actually be pregnant. Yep, you heard that right. When your doctor or midwife calculates your due date, she will count 40 weeks from the first day of your last period, not from the day the baby was actually made

Week 2

Your Baby:

Your pregnancy begins as your body gears up for ovulation and prepares for fertilization.

You:

For the first two weeks of your pregnancy, you won’t actually be pregnant. Yep, you heard that right. When your doctor or midwife calculates your due date, she will count 40 weeks from the first day of your last period, not from the day the baby was actually made.

Week 2

Your Baby:

Your pregnancy begins as your body gears up for ovulation and prepares for fertilization.

You:

For the first two weeks of your pregnancy, you won’t actually be pregnant. Yep, you heard that right. When your doctor or midwife calculates your due date, she will count 40 weeks from the first day of your last period, not from the day the baby was actually made.

Week 3

Your Baby:

As sperm meets egg, fertilization occurs and your baby-to-be takes form — as a tiny group of cells.

 

You:

Although there’s plenty going on, the truth is, it’s all behind the scenes. Your body doesn’t know what’s hit it yet, and it won’t until at least next week

Week 3

Your Baby:

As sperm meets egg, fertilization occurs and your baby-to-be takes form — as a tiny group of cells.

You:

Although there’s plenty going on, the truth is, it’s all behind the scenes. Your body doesn’t know what’s hit it yet, and it won’t until at least next week

Week 4

Your Baby:

  • The ball of cells is splitting into the embryo (your future child) and placenta.

  • Baby's neural tube, the building block of the spine, brain and backbone, is already formed.

  • The amniotic sac and fluid are forming into protective cushioning for your baby.

You:

This is the end of your first month of pregnancy. Most likely you missed your period this week.

You might feel tired almost all of the time and your breasts are also feeling tender and your nipples have started to print through your clothes.

Week 4

Your Baby:

  • The ball of cells is splitting into the embryo (your future child) and placenta.

  • Baby's neural tube, the building block of the spine, brain and backbone, is already formed.

  • The amniotic sac and fluid are forming into protective cushioning for your baby.

You:

This is the end of your first month of pregnancy. Most likely you missed your period this week.

You might feel tired almost all of the time and your breasts are also feeling tender and your nipples have started to print through your clothes.

Week 5

Your Baby:

  • Is the size of an Appleseed this week.

  • The embryo doesn't look like much more than a tadpole right now, but at five weeks he or she's already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, kidney) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous).

 

You:

Your HCG hormone levels are now high enough to confirm if you are or not with a home pregnancy test. If you never paid much attention to what you eat—we’re talking to you Ms. Deep fried chicken and Fries— Now is the time.

Make a list of all the things you have to do before the baby arrives. Need to tell the daddy? Or do you need to tell your parents and family. Start planning, because if you keep putting it off it only gets harder, while your belly gets bigger.

Week 5

Your Baby:

  • Is the size of an Appleseed this week.

  • The embryo doesn't look like much more than a tadpole right now, but at five weeks he or she's already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, kidney) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous).

You:

Your HCG hormone levels are now high enough to confirm if you are or not with a home pregnancy test. If you never paid much attention to what you eat—we’re talking to you Ms. Deep fried chicken and Fries— Now is the time.

Make a list of all the things you have to do before the baby arrives. Need to tell the daddy? Or do you need to tell your parents and family. Start planning, because if you keep putting it off it only gets harder, while your belly gets bigger.

Week 6

Your Baby:

  • Baby is the size of a Pea

  • Baby's also circulating blood with an increasingly more sophisticated circulatory system.

  • Baby's about to get cuter too, since he or she is starting to sprout a nose, eyes, ears, chin and cheeks.

  • And baby might even be wiggling his or her (paddle-like) hands and feet.

 

You:

You may be feeling extra tired or nauseous (or super-tired and nauseous) and your boobs are most likely killing you. This is because of the extra hormones in your body now.
Moderate exercise is a great way to help exhaustion. Try short walks, swimming or gentle stretching can help boost your energy.

Week 6

Your Baby:

  • Baby is the size of a Pea

  • Baby's also circulating blood with an increasingly more sophisticated circulatory system.

  • Baby's about to get cuter too, since he or she is starting to sprout a nose, eyes, ears, chin and cheeks.

  • And baby might even be wiggling his or her (paddle-like) hands and feet.

You:

You may be feeling extra tired or nauseous (or super-tired and nauseous) and your boobs are most likely killing you. This is because of the extra hormones in your body now.
Moderate exercise is a great way to help exhaustion. Try short walks, swimming or gentle stretching can help boost your energy.

Week 7

Your Baby:

  • Baby's generating about one hundred new brain cells each minute!

  • Not only is baby's brain becoming more complex, but the heart is too.

  • Also important: Baby's developing a permanent set of kidneys.

  • Baby's arm and leg joints are now forming.

     

You:

You probably find it hard to swallow even water. Morning sickness can leave a pregnant chick exhausted, here’s how to cope:
Sometimes certain foods can help relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. Also, blaming your partner for everything has been known to comfort many women in the throes of nausea.
If you’re noticing weight loss or dehydration because of excessive morning sickness see your doctor as soon as possible.

note: morning sickness can happen at any time of the day

Week 7

Your Baby:

  • Baby's generating about one hundred new brain cells each minute!

  • Not only is baby's brain becoming more complex, but the heart is too.

  • Also important: Baby's developing a permanent set of kidneys.

  • Baby's arm and leg joints are now forming.

You:

You probably find it hard to swallow even water. Morning sickness can leave a pregnant chick exhausted, here’s how to cope:
Sometimes certain foods can help relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. Also, blaming your partner for everything has been known to comfort many women in the throes of nausea.
If you’re noticing weight loss or dehydration because of excessive morning sickness see your doctor as soon as possible.

note: morning sickness can happen at any time of the day

Week 8

Your Baby:

  • You can't feel it yet, but baby's moving those arms and legs like crazy!

  • Baby's fingers and toes are now only slightly webbed, and his or her tail (yes, there was one) is gone.

  • Fun fact: your baby's taste buds are now forming

     

You:

And the nausea continues.

You know you need to take your prenatal vitamins yet every time you swallow the thing, it comes right back up. Don’t panic:

First, try taking them at night or with food. Having something in your stomach can sometimes help.

If you’re still barfing after all that, tell your doctor and ask for chewable or liquid vitamins or something made for women with severe nausea.

Week 8

Your Baby:

  • You can't feel it yet, but baby's moving those arms and legs like crazy!

  • Baby's fingers and toes are now only slightly webbed, and his or her tail (yes, there was one) is gone.

  • Fun fact: your baby's taste buds are now forming

You:

And the nausea continues.

You know you need to take your prenatal vitamins yet every time you swallow the thing, it comes right back up. Don’t panic:

First, try taking them at night or with food. Having something in your stomach can sometimes help.

If you’re still barfing after all that, tell your doctor and ask for chewable or liquid vitamins or something made for women with severe nausea.

Week 9

Your Baby:

  • This is a milestone: Baby is an embryo-now he or she is a fetus!

  • Baby's developing more distinct facial features.

  • And baby might now have a strong enough heartbeat to be picked up by a fetal doppler.

     

You:

At about this time you may have a new, more voluptuous bust size. Get used to it. Chances are your boobs will grow even more; you are also probably experiencing breast soreness and tenderness. 
Don’t worry if you notice lumpy breasts or changes in your areola. These are normal changes (even if you think they look abnormal).
Enjoy your new chest while it lasts (or don’t worry … it isn’t permanent).

Week 9

Your Baby:

  • This is a milestone: Baby is an embryo-now he or she is a fetus!

  • Baby's developing more distinct facial features.

  • And baby might now have a strong enough heartbeat to be picked up by a fetal doppler.

You:

At about this time you may have a new, more voluptuous bust size. Get used to it. Chances are your boobs will grow even more; you are also probably experiencing breast soreness and tenderness.
Don’t worry if you notice lumpy breasts or changes in your areola. These are normal changes (even if you think they look abnormal).
Enjoy your new chest while it lasts (or don’t worry … it isn’t permanent).

Week 10

Your Baby:

  • Baby has working arm joints, and cartilage and bones are forming.

  • Baby's vital organs are fully developed and they're starting to function.

  • Baby's fingernails and hair are starting to appear too.

  • Plus, baby's swallowing and kicking in there

 

You:

The hormones raging through your body can wreak havoc on your emotional sanity, so be prepared to spend the next few months swinging from one emotion to the other. If you’re feeling especially sad or depressed, talk to your doctor because prenatal depression is a real thing.

Simple changes in exercise and diet have been proven to help women control depressive feelings. But if little things like sad songs and sappy commercials make you cry, don’t worry, this is normal.

Week 10

Your Baby:

  • Baby has working arm joints, and cartilage and bones are forming.

  • Baby's vital organs are fully developed and they're starting to function.

  • Baby's fingernails and hair are starting to appear too.

  • Plus, baby's swallowing and kicking in there

You:

The hormones raging through your body can wreak havoc on your emotional sanity, so be prepared to spend the next few months swinging from one emotion to the other. If you’re feeling especially sad or depressed, talk to your doctor because prenatal depression is a real thing.

Simple changes in exercise and diet have been proven to help women control depressive feelings. But if little things like sad songs and sappy commercials make you cry, don’t worry, this is normal.

Week 11

Your Baby:

  • This week your baby is as big as a lime. 

  • You can't see it, but baby's moving fluidly and gracefully in there.

  • Baby's skin is see-through, but is on his or her way to looking more like a baby.

  • Baby's fingers and toes aren't webbed anymore.

  • Tooth buds, hair follicles and nail beds are forming.

     

You:

Some women experience increased headaches around this time. Some headache remedies are a cold compresses or exercise. 

Unfortunately, women who have a tendency to get migraines tend to get more of them during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you’re having trouble coping or before taking any medication.

Week 11

Your Baby:

  • This week your baby is as big as a lime.

  • You can't see it, but baby's moving fluidly and gracefully in there.

  • Baby's skin is see-through, but is on his or her way to looking more like a baby.

  • Baby's fingers and toes aren't webbed anymore.

  • Tooth buds, hair follicles and nail beds are forming.

You:

Some women experience increased headaches around this time. Some headache remedies are a cold compresses or exercise.

Unfortunately, women who have a tendency to get migraines tend to get more of them during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you’re having trouble coping or before taking any medication.

Week 12

Your Baby:

 

  • Most of baby's critical systems are fully formed!

  • Baby's about to enter the growth and maturation stage, in which organs and tissues will grow and develop rapidly.

  • Baby's now developing reflexes-if you poke his or her body, you'll likely see movement.

  • Baby's opening and closing fingers and curling toes too.

  • Baby's brain is developing fast!

     

You:

You may actually start feeling better from your extreme tiredness and nausea this week. But this is not a promise, it could go on for a while longer. Your belly may start expanding, especially if this is not your first pregnancy.

Your placenta will take over the production of hormones around this time. If you have suffered from corpus luteum cysts they may begin to dissolve now. Your risk of miscarriage is reduced even further.

Week 12

Your Baby:

  • Most of baby's critical systems are fully formed!

  • Baby's about to enter the growth and maturation stage, in which organs and tissues will grow and develop rapidly.

  • Baby's now developing reflexes-if you poke his or her body, you'll likely see movement.

  • Baby's opening and closing fingers and curling toes too.

  • Baby's brain is developing fast!

You:

You may actually start feeling better from your extreme tiredness and nausea this week. But this is not a promise, it could go on for a while longer. Your belly may start expanding, especially if this is not your first pregnancy.

Your placenta will take over the production of hormones around this time. If you have suffered from corpus luteum cysts they may begin to dissolve now. Your risk of miscarriage is reduced even further.

Week 13

Your Baby:

  • This week your baby is as big as a Lemon

  • Can you believe baby's forming vocal cords and teeth?!

  • And even though baby's still teeny, he or she already has fingerprints.

  • Baby's intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to their more permanent place, in the tummy.

     

You:

Welcome to the last week of your first trimester. Any day now you’ll start to feel your energy return. You may even be able to hold down a bite of food.
Your boobs are probably looking pretty glorious now. Estrogen and progesterone are stimulating the milk-producing glands in your boobs and making them grow. Your belly may be popping out a bit now as well. 

You may experience a little milky discharge “down there” this week—it’s nothing to worry about. This is normal.

Week 13

Your Baby:

  • This week your baby is as big as a Lemon

  • Can you believe baby's forming vocal cords and teeth?!

  • And even though baby's still teeny, he or she already has fingerprints.

  • Baby's intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to their more permanent place, in the tummy.

You:

Welcome to the last week of your first trimester. Any day now you’ll start to feel your energy return. You may even be able to hold down a bite of food.
Your boobs are probably looking pretty glorious now. Estrogen and progesterone are stimulating the milk-producing glands in your boobs and making them grow. Your belly may be popping out a bit now as well.

You may experience a little milky discharge “down there” this week—it’s nothing to worry about. This is normal.

Week 14

Your Baby:

  • Baby's probably thumb sucking and wiggling his or her toes in there!

  • Baby's kidneys are making urine, and the liver and spleen are doing their jobs too.

  • And baby's growing lanugo, a thin, peach-fuzz-like hair, all over- it'll help keep the body warm!

 

You:

If your back is starting to hurt, you can thank yet another hormone, relaxing. this relaxes the joints and muscles in your body to help your pelvis expand and loosens the joints in your hips to make room for baby to come out.

If you’re feeling little contractions or pulling and stretching sensations this week, don’t panic. It’s just your ligaments stretching and your organs moving to accommodate your growing baby. (Don’t worry, your organs will all plop back into place when this is over)

Week 14

Your Baby:

  • Baby's probably thumb sucking and wiggling his or her toes in there!

  • Baby's kidneys are making urine, and the liver and spleen are doing their jobs too.

  • And baby's growing lanugo, a thin, peach-fuzz-like hair, all over- it'll help keep the body warm!

You:

If your back is starting to hurt, you can thank yet another hormone, relaxing. this relaxes the joints and muscles in your body to help your pelvis expand and loosens the joints in your hips to make room for baby to come out.

If you’re feeling little contractions or pulling and stretching sensations this week, don’t panic. It’s just your ligaments stretching and your organs moving to accommodate your growing baby. (Don’t worry, your organs will all plop back into place when this is over)

Week 15

Your Baby:

  • You probably can't feel it yet, but baby's squirming a ton!

  • Baby might even be hiccuping in there.

  • Baby's making lots of progress: the joints and limbs can all move now.

     

You:

Although many women don’t start feeling the baby move until the 17th week (or later), your baby has been having his own party in the amniotic sac he calls home. If you feel a little flutter in your belly this week, don’t discount it as gas or hunger. It could be your babe banging around.

Week 15

Your Baby:

  • You probably can't feel it yet, but baby's squirming a ton!

  • Baby might even be hiccuping in there.

  • Baby's making lots of progress: the joints and limbs can all move now.

You:

Although many women don’t start feeling the baby move until the 17th week (or later), your baby has been having his own party in the amniotic sac he calls home. If you feel a little flutter in your belly this week, don’t discount it as gas or hunger. It could be your babe banging around.

Week 16

Your Baby:

  • Baby's listening to your voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in his or her ears.

  • Baby's growing hair, lashes and eyebrows.

  • And baby's forming taste buds.

     

You:

No, you don’t have a new superpower, although it’ll feel like it because you’re able to smell pizza, burnt toast or a pulled-pork sandwich from miles away. Your heightened sense of smell isn’t the only new trick your nose is doing. You’re probably noticing some extra nasal congestion and maybe even some nosebleeds to go along with it.

Week 16

Your Baby:

  • Baby's listening to your voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in his or her ears.

  • Baby's growing hair, lashes and eyebrows.

  • And baby's forming taste buds.

You:

No, you don’t have a new superpower, although it’ll feel like it because you’re able to smell pizza, burnt toast or a pulled-pork sandwich from miles away. Your heightened sense of smell isn’t the only new trick your nose is doing. You’re probably noticing some extra nasal congestion and maybe even some nosebleeds to go along with it.

Week 17

Your Baby:

  • Baby's rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone.And baby's growing some meat on those bones-putting on some fat.Baby's growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord too.

 

You:

Now that you're starting to show, chances are that everyone, even strangers may want to touch your belly. If you don't mind, that's fine. But if you do, speak up kindly but firmly.

A slight vaginal discharge and a greater sensitivity to allergens these days are normal.

For most women, the second trimester not only brings relief from morning sickness but also a truck driver's appetite. Just a few sensible words of advice, eating for two should never be taken literally during pregnancy; if it is, you'll end up looking like two…of you.

If you need help working out how much is too much, talk to your doctor about a meal plan.

Week 17

Your Baby:

  • Baby's rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone.And baby's growing some meat on those bones-putting on some fat.Baby's growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord too.

You:

Now that you're starting to show, chances are that everyone, even strangers may want to touch your belly. If you don't mind, that's fine. But if you do, speak up kindly but firmly.

A slight vaginal discharge and a greater sensitivity to allergens these days are normal.

For most women, the second trimester not only brings relief from morning sickness but also a truck driver's appetite. Just a few sensible words of advice, eating for two should never be taken literally during pregnancy; if it is, you'll end up looking like two…of you.

If you need help working out how much is too much, talk to your doctor about a meal plan.

Week 18

Your Baby:

  • Can you believe baby's yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing?

  • And baby's twisting, rolling, punching and kicking too-and is big enough that you might be able to feel him or her doing it!

 

You:

At about 18 weeks, you might begin to feel a suspicious flutter in your belly. The professionals call it “quickening”. You may even see tiny feet, elbows and knees moving across your belly.Gas pains are a way of life now, and if you don’t start feeling your baby’s flutter kick right away at 18 weeks, don’t worry. Quickening happens at different times for different people. If you notice a distinct lack of fetal movement after feeling your baby move for several days tell your doctor.

Week 18

Your Baby:

  • Can you believe baby's yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing?

  • And baby's twisting, rolling, punching and kicking too-and is big enough that you might be able to feel him or her doing it!

You:

At about 18 weeks, you might begin to feel a suspicious flutter in your belly. The professionals call it “quickening”. You may even see tiny feet, elbows and knees moving across your belly.Gas pains are a way of life now, and if you don’t start feeling your baby’s flutter kick right away at 18 weeks, don’t worry. Quickening happens at different times for different people. If you notice a distinct lack of fetal movement after feeling your baby move for several days tell your doctor.

Week 19

Your Baby:

  • Baby is the size of a Mango

  • Developing a protective coating over the skin, called vernix caseosa. It's greasy and white and you may see some of it at birth.Working on baby's five senses. Nerve cells for sense of taste, hearing, sight and smell are developing in baby's brain.

 

You:

If your chest is on fire every time you eat, drink or lay down, then you’re probably dealing with very normal heartburn. Antacids are considered safe to take during pregnancy so pop a couple when needed. Sometimes eating several small meals instead of three large ones, chewing gum after each meal, drinking warm milk with honey at bedtime, eating yogurt or elevating the head of your bed can help.

Week 19

Your Baby:

  • Baby is the size of a Mango

  • Developing a protective coating over the skin, called vernix caseosa. It's greasy and white and you may see some of it at birth.Working on baby's five senses. Nerve cells for sense of taste, hearing, sight and smell are developing in baby's brain.

You:

If your chest is on fire every time you eat, drink or lay down, then you’re probably dealing with very normal heartburn. Antacids are considered safe to take during pregnancy so pop a couple when needed. Sometimes eating several small meals instead of three large ones, chewing gum after each meal, drinking warm milk with honey at bedtime, eating yogurt or elevating the head of your bed can help.

Week 20

Your Baby:

  • Baby is as big as a banana

  • Baby's got working taste buds.Now, baby's gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day-that's significantly more than before.

 

You:

Hooray! You’re halfway there! And in case you don’t believe 20 weeks is a milestone worth celebrating, consider that it’s longer than a school term. Congrats! This is also the week your baby is able to flash you on the ultrasound, revealing if it’s a boy or girl.

Week 20

Your Baby:

  • Baby is as big as a banana

  • Baby's got working taste buds.Now, baby's gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day-that's significantly more than before.

You:

Hooray! You’re halfway there! And in case you don’t believe 20 weeks is a milestone worth celebrating, consider that it’s longer than a school term. Congrats! This is also the week your baby is able to flash you on the ultrasound, revealing if it’s a boy or girl.

Week 21

Your Baby:

  • As baby's digestive system preps for the outside world, he or she's manufacturing meconium-the tarry black substance you'll find in the first dirty diaper!

  • If it's a girl, she's already got a lifetime's supply of eggs in her womb-about six million of them.

  • Having a boy? His testes are still located in his abdomen but will drop in the coming weeks once the scrotum finishes developing.

     

You:

Stretch marks are the battle scars of pregnancy. And it doesn’t stop there. Other skin changes like acne, pimples, rashes and skin discoloration are also common while pregnant. So if you’re breaking out all over, you’re not alone and it will go away.

Week 21

Your Baby:

  • As baby's digestive system preps for the outside world, he or she's manufacturing meconium-the tarry black substance you'll find in the first dirty diaper!

  • If it's a girl, she's already got a lifetime's supply of eggs in her womb-about six million of them.

  • Having a boy? His testes are still located in his abdomen but will drop in the coming weeks once the scrotum finishes developing.

You:

Stretch marks are the battle scars of pregnancy. And it doesn’t stop there. Other skin changes like acne, pimples, rashes and skin discoloration are also common while pregnant. So if you’re breaking out all over, you’re not alone and it will go away.

Week 22

Your Baby:

  • Your baby is as big as a coconut.

  • Now that baby's got more developed eyes and lips, he or she's looking even more like a newborn.

  • Baby's sleeping in cycles-about 12 to 14 hours per day (hint: they're probably those times you're not feeling any kicks!).

     

You:

If you’re craving a little ice cream with peanut butter, go ahead and indulge, but if you need it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, try to find a healthy substitute. Sometimes it’s easier on pregnant stomachs to eat five or six small meals each day instead of three large meals. Make sure to keep a stockpile of pregnancy-friendly snacks like crackers and cheese or pudding.

Week 22

Your Baby:

  • Your baby is as big as a coconut.

  • Now that baby's got more developed eyes and lips, he or she's looking even more like a newborn.

  • Baby's sleeping in cycles-about 12 to 14 hours per day (hint: they're probably those times you're not feeling any kicks!).

You:

If you’re craving a little ice cream with peanut butter, go ahead and indulge, but if you need it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, try to find a healthy substitute. Sometimes it’s easier on pregnant stomachs to eat five or six small meals each day instead of three large meals. Make sure to keep a stockpile of pregnancy-friendly snacks like crackers and cheese or pudding.

Week 23

Your Baby:

  • Your baby is as big as a Grapefruit.

  • Baby's forming little nipples (yeah, really!)

  • Baby's face is fully formed now-he or she just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.

  • Baby's listening to your voice and your heartbeat-and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.

 

You:

You are carrying around several extra pounds of weight located not only in your belly but in your bra as well. And this can also mean back pains. Try lying on a cool ice pack to relieve some of the strain. A massage can also ease the pain. If you’re noticing severe pain, numbing or tingling in your lower back and hips you should tell your doctor.

Week 23

Your Baby:

  • Your baby is as big as a Grapefruit.

  • Baby's forming little nipples (yeah, really!)

  • Baby's face is fully formed now-he or she just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.

  • Baby's listening to your voice and your heartbeat-and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.

You:

You are carrying around several extra pounds of weight located not only in your belly but in your bra as well. And this can also mean back pains. Try lying on a cool ice pack to relieve some of the strain. A massage can also ease the pain. If you’re noticing severe pain, numbing or tingling in your lower back and hips you should tell your doctor.

Week 24

Your Baby:

  • Baby's see-through skin is gradually becoming more opaque.

  • And baby's got a new pink glow, thanks to the small capillaries that have recently formed

     

You:

Hair growth during pregnancy is another one of those wacky symptoms you didn’t expect. Unfortunately, all that hair growth isn’t limited to your head. You may start to notice a random hair anywhere from your cheeks, back, and belly to your upper lip and chin.

The good news is, tweezing, waxing and electrolysis are all generally accepted as safe during pregnancy. The bad news? All of them can hurt like, um … like waxing. So feel free to skip it. We promise your Doc isn’t going to judge you.

Week 24

Your Baby:

  • Baby's see-through skin is gradually becoming more opaque.

  • And baby's got a new pink glow, thanks to the small capillaries that have recently formed

You:

Hair growth during pregnancy is another one of those wacky symptoms you didn’t expect. Unfortunately, all that hair growth isn’t limited to your head. You may start to notice a random hair anywhere from your cheeks, back, and belly to your upper lip and chin.

The good news is, tweezing, waxing and electrolysis are all generally accepted as safe during pregnancy. The bad news? All of them can hurt like, um … like waxing. So feel free to skip it. We promise your Doc isn’t going to judge you.

Week 25

Your Baby:

  • Baby's enjoying his or her new sense of equilibrium-and now knows which way is up and which is down.

  • Baby's growing more fat and more hair too!

     

You:

Get ready for the pregnancy leg cramps. These are not your ordinary run-of-the-mill leg cramps. Nope, a pregnancy leg cramp will often have you leaping out of bed screaming at the top of your lungs.Leg cramps can be caused by a calcium deficiency, so be sure to get enough calcium. Even if you’re lactose intolerant or have dairy allergies, there’s calcium in almonds, fish, broccoli and tofu.

Week 25

Your Baby:

  • Baby's enjoying his or her new sense of equilibrium-and now knows which way is up and which is down.

  • Baby's growing more fat and more hair too!

You:

Get ready for the pregnancy leg cramps. These are not your ordinary run-of-the-mill leg cramps. Nope, a pregnancy leg cramp will often have you leaping out of bed screaming at the top of your lungs.Leg cramps can be caused by a calcium deficiency, so be sure to get enough calcium. Even if you’re lactose intolerant or have dairy allergies, there’s calcium in almonds, fish, broccoli and tofu.

Week 26

Your Baby:

  • Baby's eyes are forming, and the eyes will soon start to open.

  • And eyelashes are now grown too.

  • Baby's getting his or her immune system ready for life on the outside by soaking up your antibodies.

  • Baby's taking breaths too-of amniotic fluid, not air. But still, it's good practice!

     

You:

Now for the fun: you may find yourself leaking a small amount of urine when you cough, laugh or sneeze, don’t worry this is common in pregnancy. If you’re finding yourself having to urinate much more frequently than normal (that would be urinating like every 10 minutes instead of every 15 thanks to a certain someone sitting on your bladder), If your discharge is thick or itchy, you might have a yeast infection tell your doctor.

Week 26

Your Baby:

  • Baby's eyes are forming, and the eyes will soon start to open.

  • And eyelashes are now grown too.

  • Baby's getting his or her immune system ready for life on the outside by soaking up your antibodies.

  • Baby's taking breaths too-of amniotic fluid, not air. But still, it's good practice!

You:

Now for the fun: you may find yourself leaking a small amount of urine when you cough, laugh or sneeze, don’t worry this is common in pregnancy. If you’re finding yourself having to urinate much more frequently than normal (that would be urinating like every 10 minutes instead of every 15 thanks to a certain someone sitting on your bladder), If your discharge is thick or itchy, you might have a yeast infection tell your doctor.

Week 27

Your Baby:

  • Baby's practicing inhaling and exhaling with his or her rapidly developing lungs.

  • It's official: Baby's showing brain activity! And the brain will keep on getting more complex.

     

You:

Pay careful attention to your body and watch for the symptoms of labor. Premature babies have a much higher risk of illness and even death due to low birth weight and underdevelopment, so if you see signs, contact your doctor.

If you think you might be in premature labor, try drinking several glasses of water and lying down on your left side. While doing this, feel your stomach for contractions, which will make your uterus hard like your forehead.

Week 27

Your Baby:

  • Baby's practicing inhaling and exhaling with his or her rapidly developing lungs.

  • It's official: Baby's showing brain activity! And the brain will keep on getting more complex.

You:

Pay careful attention to your body and watch for the symptoms of labor. Premature babies have a much higher risk of illness and even death due to low birth weight and underdevelopment, so if you see signs, contact your doctor.

If you think you might be in premature labor, try drinking several glasses of water and lying down on your left side. While doing this, feel your stomach for contractions, which will make your uterus hard like your forehead.

Week 28

Your Baby:

  • Baby's starting to develop more fat, so the once-wrinkly skin will start to get smoother.

  • Baby's lungs are mature enough that if born now, he or she'd probably survive. Wow!

 

You:

This is it — you're two-thirds to the finish line and what a difference a trimester makes. Gone, most likely, are the days when you could call pregnancy "comfortable" (that is, if you ever did).

These days, your baby's kicking (or lack of) is keeping you up at night and worried during the day, your feet are swollen, you're getting tired all over again and your backache is a pain that just won't quit.

As your baby gets settled intoposition for birth, his or her head may rest a nerve in the lower part of your spine. And if that happens, you may feel a sharp, shooting pain, tingling or numbness that starts in your buttocks and radiates down the back of your legs. This can be quite intense at times and though it may pass if your baby shifts positions, it can also linger until you've delivered.

A heating pad, a warm tub, stretches or just some self-imposed bed rest can help.

remember: tell your doctor about any pain you may be feeling

Week 28

Your Baby:

  • Baby's starting to develop more fat, so the once-wrinkly skin will start to get smoother.

  • Baby's lungs are mature enough that if born now, he or she'd probably survive. Wow!

You:

This is it — you're two-thirds to the finish line and what a difference a trimester makes. Gone, most likely, are the days when you could call pregnancy "comfortable" (that is, if you ever did).

These days, your baby's kicking (or lack of) is keeping you up at night and worried during the day, your feet are swollen, you're getting tired all over again and your backache is a pain that just won't quit.

As your baby gets settled intoposition for birth, his or her head may rest a nerve in the lower part of your spine. And if that happens, you may feel a sharp, shooting pain, tingling or numbness that starts in your buttocks and radiates down the back of your legs. This can be quite intense at times and though it may pass if your baby shifts positions, it can also linger until you've delivered.

A heating pad, a warm tub, stretches or just some self-imposed bed rest can help.

remember: tell your doctor about any pain you may be feeling

Week 29

Your Baby:

  • Baby's getting a little cramped in there, given how fast he or she's growing. But you probably already realize that, since you're feeling all those kicks and jabs.

  • Baby's growing white fat deposits under his skin, and his or her energy is surging because of it.

  • Feel a subtle twitch? He just might be baby hiccupping.

 

You:

By now your belly is probably large enough that you can't see your legs anymore when you're standing. And that could be a good thing if you're like many pregnant women who develop varicose veins sometime during pregnancy.

They can either develop or worsen when you’re pregnant, but usually disappear a few months after baby is born.

Why now? Because of the increased blood volume during pregnancy, your growing uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins and because of the relaxation of the veins due to hormones.

Varicose veins can also occur in your rectum (hemorrhoids) or even your vulva (isn't that a pretty thought?); they aren’t to be confused with purplish-red spider veins, which resemble — you guessed it — spiders. Some pregnant women find varicose veins painful, while others have no discomfort at all.

Like stretch marks, they're passed on from generation to generation. Your best bet to prevent or minimize them is to keep your circulation going by avoiding standing or sitting for a long time (aim to get in some daily exercise).

Week 29

Your Baby:

  • Baby's getting a little cramped in there, given how fast he or she's growing. But you probably already realize that, since you're feeling all those kicks and jabs.

  • Baby's growing white fat deposits under his skin, and his or her energy is surging because of it.

  • Feel a subtle twitch? He just might be baby hiccupping.

You:

By now your belly is probably large enough that you can't see your legs anymore when you're standing. And that could be a good thing if you're like many pregnant women who develop varicose veins sometime during pregnancy.

They can either develop or worsen when you’re pregnant, but usually disappear a few months after baby is born.

Why now? Because of the increased blood volume during pregnancy, your growing uterus puts pressure on the pelvic veins and because of the relaxation of the veins due to hormones.

Varicose veins can also occur in your rectum (hemorrhoids) or even your vulva (isn't that a pretty thought?); they aren’t to be confused with purplish-red spider veins, which resemble — you guessed it — spiders. Some pregnant women find varicose veins painful, while others have no discomfort at all.

Like stretch marks, they're passed on from generation to generation. Your best bet to prevent or minimize them is to keep your circulation going by avoiding standing or sitting for a long time (aim to get in some daily exercise).

Week 31

Your Baby:

  • Baby's going through major brain and nerve development.Eye development too.

  • Baby's irises now react to light!All five of baby's senses are in working order.

 

You:

Are you feeling a shortness of breath? Welcome to week 31... yeah! 

Your uterus is pushing all the internal organs that used to be there somewhere else, crowding your lungs and making it more difficult for them to expand fully. Don't worry about this, it's all part of preparation for birth. While this shortness of breath may feel very uncomfortable to you, your baby is as happy as a clam. Plus you may get better toward the end of your pregnancy, when your baby drops down into your pelvis.

Until then, be sure to stand as straight as you can and sleep propped up or on your side so that your lungs have more space to... well, breathe.

Week 31

Your Baby:

  • Baby's going through major brain and nerve development.Eye development too.

  • Baby's irises now react to light!All five of baby's senses are in working order.

You:

Are you feeling a shortness of breath? Welcome to week 31... yeah!

Your uterus is pushing all the internal organs that used to be there somewhere else, crowding your lungs and making it more difficult for them to expand fully. Don't worry about this, it's all part of preparation for birth. While this shortness of breath may feel very uncomfortable to you, your baby is as happy as a clam. Plus you may get better toward the end of your pregnancy, when your baby drops down into your pelvis.

Until then, be sure to stand as straight as you can and sleep propped up or on your side so that your lungs have more space to... well, breathe.

Week 32

Your Baby:

  • Baby's getting ready for his or her descent-and is likely in the head-down position now.

  • And baby's probably feeling even more cramped.

 

You:

This week, your body may start prepping for delivery day by flexing its muscles...literally. If you feel your stomach bunching or hardening periodically, those could be Braxton Hicks

These are pre-labor rehearsals or a practice run for the real thing and are typically experienced earlier and with more intensity in women who've been pregnant before (many first time moms-to-be don’t notice them as much).

How do you know this is not real labor? They’ll stop if you change position, and your watch says they not consistent. Try taking a warm bath to help with the discomfort.

If they are getting progressively stronger and more regular (20 mins apart... 15 mins... 10) call your doctor asap

Week 32

Your Baby:

  • Baby's getting ready for his or her descent-and is likely in the head-down position now.

  • And baby's probably feeling even more cramped.

You:

This week, your body may start prepping for delivery day by flexing its muscles...literally. If you feel your stomach bunching or hardening periodically, those could be Braxton Hicks

These are pre-labor rehearsals or a practice run for the real thing and are typically experienced earlier and with more intensity in women who've been pregnant before (many first time moms-to-be don’t notice them as much).

How do you know this is not real labor? They’ll stop if you change position, and your watch says they not consistent. Try taking a warm bath to help with the discomfort.

If they are getting progressively stronger and more regular (20 mins apart... 15 mins... 10) call your doctor asap

Week 33

Your Baby:

  • Baby's keeping eyes open while awake.

  • Baby's also starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing.

  • The bones are hardening.

  • And baby's going through (more) major brain development-that's one smart baby!

 

You:

Are you having trouble sleeping? All the midnight bathroom runs, leg cramps, heartburn and your basketball-sized belly, too hot... is normal for three in four pregnant women.

Add this to the anxiety about your upcoming birth and a mind that races all night long thinking about your to-do-before-the-baby-comes list.

Don't forget that your body needs rest, so remember that worrying about it won't help.

Instead, do your best to get comfy — before bed and when you get in it. Try a warm bath, a warm cup of milk before turning in, avoid exercising, eating or drinking too close to bedtime. Read a book or listen to soothing music until drowsiness sets in. Ask for that massage or foot rub (you deserve it!).

And look on the bright side: Pregnancy insomnia is great training for those sleepless nights to come!

Week 33

Your Baby:

  • Baby's keeping eyes open while awake.

  • Baby's also starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing.

  • The bones are hardening.

  • And baby's going through (more) major brain development-that's one smart baby!

You:

Are you having trouble sleeping? All the midnight bathroom runs, leg cramps, heartburn and your basketball-sized belly, too hot... is normal for three in four pregnant women.

Add this to the anxiety about your upcoming birth and a mind that races all night long thinking about your to-do-before-the-baby-comes list.

Don't forget that your body needs rest, so remember that worrying about it won't help.

Instead, do your best to get comfy — before bed and when you get in it. Try a warm bath, a warm cup of milk before turning in, avoid exercising, eating or drinking too close to bedtime. Read a book or listen to soothing music until drowsiness sets in. Ask for that massage or foot rub (you deserve it!).

And look on the bright side: Pregnancy insomnia is great training for those sleepless nights to come!

Week 34

Your Baby:

  • Baby's recognizing and reacting to simple songs, if you're singing them. (If you're not, start! Baby may find them soothing after birth.)

  • Baby's also urinating about a pint a day.

 

You:

Oh no, you are not imagining it... your belly is still growing. Still.

On top of that, your eyes are giving trouble and you not seeing things as well as usual.

That's because your eyes are yet another part of your body that pregnancy hormones spoil. Not only can your vision seem blurry these days, but a decrease in tear production can leave your eyes dry and irritated, especially if you wear contact lenses. What's more, some women get more nearsighted or farsighted than usual and find wearing glasses rather than contact lenses to be more comfortable.

Thankfully, these changes are all temporary. Things should clear up after delivery.

But do keep in mind that certain more serious vision problems can be a sign of gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, so be sure to mention any vision changes to your practitioner..

Week 34

Your Baby:

  • Baby's recognizing and reacting to simple songs, if you're singing them. (If you're not, start! Baby may find them soothing after birth.)

  • Baby's also urinating about a pint a day.

You:

Oh no, you are not imagining it... your belly is still growing. Still.

On top of that, your eyes are giving trouble and you not seeing things as well as usual.

That's because your eyes are yet another part of your body that pregnancy hormones spoil. Not only can your vision seem blurry these days, but a decrease in tear production can leave your eyes dry and irritated, especially if you wear contact lenses. What's more, some women get more nearsighted or farsighted than usual and find wearing glasses rather than contact lenses to be more comfortable.

Thankfully, these changes are all temporary. Things should clear up after delivery.

But do keep in mind that certain more serious vision problems can be a sign of gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, so be sure to mention any vision changes to your practitioner..

Week 35

Your Baby:

  • Now, hearing is fully developed, and baby responds best to high-pitched noises.

  • If you're having a boy, his testes have probably fully descended.

     

You:

Bathroom visits, and lots of them... you can blame the position of your baby's head pressing directly on your bladder. The result? An urgent need to pee all the time. As if that's not enough, you may also experience urgency (gotta go now!) or a lack of bladder control when you cough, sneeze or even laugh (though there's nothing funny about that).

Whatever you do, don’t cut back on fluids! Instead, empty your bladder as completely as possible by leaning forward (if you can with that big belly of yours — be careful not to tip over), practice your Kegel exercises (which will strengthen the pelvic muscles and prevent or correct most cases of pregnancy-induced incontinence) and wear a panty-liner just to be safe.

Week 35

Your Baby:

  • Now, hearing is fully developed, and baby responds best to high-pitched noises.

  • If you're having a boy, his testes have probably fully descended.

You:

Bathroom visits, and lots of them... you can blame the position of your baby's head pressing directly on your bladder. The result? An urgent need to pee all the time. As if that's not enough, you may also experience urgency (gotta go now!) or a lack of bladder control when you cough, sneeze or even laugh (though there's nothing funny about that).

Whatever you do, don’t cut back on fluids! Instead, empty your bladder as completely as possible by leaning forward (if you can with that big belly of yours — be careful not to tip over), practice your Kegel exercises (which will strengthen the pelvic muscles and prevent or correct most cases of pregnancy-induced incontinence) and wear a panty-liner just to be safe.

Week 36

Your Baby:

  • Baby's getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on his or her own.

  • Baby's skin is getting smooth and soft and the gums are rigid.

  • Baby's liver and kidneys are in working order.

  • Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go too.

 

You:

Welcome to your last *bliping* month of pregnancy! Yeah, you and your body may feel ready to end it by now.

For one thing you are doing the penguin waddle, and nothing you do can stop it (no matter what your friends say). This is your body's way of getting ready to squeeze a big baby out of a small space.

For another thing the pressure from your baby's head (burrowing deeper and deeper into your pelvis now) and your heavier uterus weighing you down and it's no wonder it's a pain to walk, sit or stand

And your Baby Drops so you'll be able to take bigger and deeper breaths. Your stomach also won't be so squished anymore, making eating a full meal more comfortable

But keep in mind that not all babies drop before labor begins

Week 36

Your Baby:

  • Baby's getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on his or her own.

  • Baby's skin is getting smooth and soft and the gums are rigid.

  • Baby's liver and kidneys are in working order.

  • Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go too.

You:

Welcome to your last *bliping* month of pregnancy! Yeah, you and your body may feel ready to end it by now.

For one thing you are doing the penguin waddle, and nothing you do can stop it (no matter what your friends say). This is your body's way of getting ready to squeeze a big baby out of a small space.

For another thing the pressure from your baby's head (burrowing deeper and deeper into your pelvis now) and your heavier uterus weighing you down and it's no wonder it's a pain to walk, sit or stand

And your Baby Drops so you'll be able to take bigger and deeper breaths. Your stomach also won't be so squished anymore, making eating a full meal more comfortable

But keep in mind that not all babies drop before labor begins

Week 37

Your Baby:

  • Baby's practicing some cool, new skills: inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.

  • Baby's getting the first sticky poop (called meconium) ready for his or her first diaper.

 

You:

It's anyone's guess when your baby will decide to be born, it could be early, late or right on time. But you doctor will chick 

  • how far your cervix has opened (it needs to open to 10 centimeters for the baby to pass through into the birth canal)
  • cervical ripeness (it starts out being firm like the tip of your nose and softens to the same texture as the inside of your cheek before labor).
  • how thin your cervix is (it'll be 100 percent effaced before you push your baby out).
  • the position of your cervix (it moves from the back to the front as labor approaches)
  • and the position of the baby (the lower down your baby is, the closer you are to delivery).

But while they're clues that you're indeed progressing, they're far from sure bets when it comes to pinpointing the actual start of labor. You can be very dilated and not have your baby for weeks. Or your cervix can be high and closed during an exam one morning, only to be open and ready for business — and labor — by noon.

So if you haven't already... pack that hospital bag

Week 37

Your Baby:

  • Baby's practicing some cool, new skills: inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.

  • Baby's getting the first sticky poop (called meconium) ready for his or her first diaper.

You:

It's anyone's guess when your baby will decide to be born, it could be early, late or right on time. But you doctor will chick

  • how far your cervix has opened (it needs to open to 10 centimeters for the baby to pass through into the birth canal)
  • cervical ripeness (it starts out being firm like the tip of your nose and softens to the same texture as the inside of your cheek before labor).
  • how thin your cervix is (it'll be 100 percent effaced before you push your baby out).
  • the position of your cervix (it moves from the back to the front as labor approaches)
  • and the position of the baby (the lower down your baby is, the closer you are to delivery).

But while they're clues that you're indeed progressing, they're far from sure bets when it comes to pinpointing the actual start of labor. You can be very dilated and not have your baby for weeks. Or your cervix can be high and closed during an exam one morning, only to be open and ready for business — and labor — by noon.

So if you haven't already... pack that hospital bag

Week 38

Your Baby:

  • Baby may have about an inch or so of hair already.

  • Baby's slowly shedding that white goo on the skin (called vernix caseosa) but you might see some of it at birth.

     

You:

Fingers crossed... two weeks and counting (unless, of course, your baby decides to stay on for the tenth month…).

Just as your baby is preparing for life outside the womb, your body is tending to its own final touches before the big day, such as your baby dropping into your pelvis and cervical dilation and effacement.

While you're waiting for D-day to arrive, think of these last weeks as a dress rehearsal for life with baby. Sleepless nights, a little anxiety (or perhaps a lot) and leaky breasts.

Huh? Leaky breasts? Yes, it's true: Many pregnant women find that their breasts begin to leak sometime in the third trimester. This is a thin yellowish liquid that's the precursor to breast milk. If you are leaking you may want to wear nursing pads in your bra to protect your clothes from now.

The good news is, tweezing, waxing and electrolysis are all generally accepted as safe during pregnancy. The bad news? All of them can hurt like, um … like waxing. So feel free to skip it. We promise your Doc isn’t going to judge you.

Week 38

Your Baby:

  • Baby may have about an inch or so of hair already.

  • Baby's slowly shedding that white goo on the skin (called vernix caseosa) but you might see some of it at birth.

You:

Fingers crossed... two weeks and counting (unless, of course, your baby decides to stay on for the tenth month…).

Just as your baby is preparing for life outside the womb, your body is tending to its own final touches before the big day, such as your baby dropping into your pelvis and cervical dilation and effacement.

While you're waiting for D-day to arrive, think of these last weeks as a dress rehearsal for life with baby. Sleepless nights, a little anxiety (or perhaps a lot) and leaky breasts.

Huh? Leaky breasts? Yes, it's true: Many pregnant women find that their breasts begin to leak sometime in the third trimester. This is a thin yellowish liquid that's the precursor to breast milk. If you are leaking you may want to wear nursing pads in your bra to protect your clothes from now.

The good news is, tweezing, waxing and electrolysis are all generally accepted as safe during pregnancy. The bad news? All of them can hurt like, um … like waxing. So feel free to skip it. We promise your Doc isn’t going to judge you.

Week 39

Your Baby:

  • Baby's probably able to flex limbs now.Baby's brain is still rapidly developing-and getting smarter by the week!Baby's nails may extend past the fingertips.

     

You:

You're probably feeling increasingly uncomfortable by now, plus your pelvis is feeling achier and achier as your baby bears down.

Braxton Hicks contractions are likely increasing in strength and frequency

Knowing that you can go any day, you should be watching out for signs of labor. These include

  • your water breaking;
  • diarrhea or nausea (many women experience these types of digestive disturbances just before the onset of labor);
  • spurts of energy (nesting instinct);
  • the loss of the mucous plug (the “cork” of mucous that seals the opening of the uterus); and
  • the bloody show (your capillaries rupture from the dilation and effacement of your cervix, causing any discharge to appear pink or red-tinged).

Make sure your bag is packed!

Week 39

Your Baby:

  • Baby's probably able to flex limbs now.Baby's brain is still rapidly developing-and getting smarter by the week!Baby's nails may extend past the fingertips.

You:

You're probably feeling increasingly uncomfortable by now, plus your pelvis is feeling achier and achier as your baby bears down.

Braxton Hicks contractions are likely increasing in strength and frequency

Knowing that you can go any day, you should be watching out for signs of labor. These include

  • your water breaking;
  • diarrhea or nausea (many women experience these types of digestive disturbances just before the onset of labor);
  • spurts of energy (nesting instinct);
  • the loss of the mucous plug (the “cork” of mucous that seals the opening of the uterus); and
  • the bloody show (your capillaries rupture from the dilation and effacement of your cervix, causing any discharge to appear pink or red-tinged).

Make sure your bag is packed!

Week 40

Your Baby:

  • Baby's continuing to grow hair and nails.

  • And keeping up that lung development too.

     

You:

When will your body know it's time to deliver this baby? Just because your due date is marked with pen on your practitioner's chart (and with red marker on your calendar) doesn't mean that your bundle of joy got the memo.

About half of all pregnancies last longer than 40 weeks and it's anyone's guess when yours might end (though your practitioner will probably not let it go longer than 42 weeks, thankfully). 

You should also know that your water breaking does not always happen the way it does on tv... like emptying a bucket. It could be a slow leak or a trickle.

How can you tell?
  • If you notice fluid that looks yellowish and smells of ammonia, you're probably leaking urine.
  • You can try to stem the flow of the fluid by squeezing your pelvic muscles (Kegel exercises). If it doesn't, it's amniotic fluid.

If your water breaks and the fluid is green or brown, be sure to call your practitioner right away. It could mean that your baby has had a bowel movement in utero.

Week 40

Your Baby:

  • Baby's continuing to grow hair and nails.

  • And keeping up that lung development too.

You:

When will your body know it's time to deliver this baby? Just because your due date is marked with pen on your practitioner's chart (and with red marker on your calendar) doesn't mean that your bundle of joy got the memo.

About half of all pregnancies last longer than 40 weeks and it's anyone's guess when yours might end (though your practitioner will probably not let it go longer than 42 weeks, thankfully).

You should also know that your water breaking does not always happen the way it does on tv... like emptying a bucket. It could be a slow leak or a trickle.

How can you tell?
  • If you notice fluid that looks yellowish and smells of ammonia, you're probably leaking urine.
  • You can try to stem the flow of the fluid by squeezing your pelvic muscles (Kegel exercises). If it doesn't, it's amniotic fluid.

If your water breaks and the fluid is green or brown, be sure to call your practitioner right away. It could mean that your baby has had a bowel movement in utero.

Week 41

Your Baby:

  • As you await baby's arrival, he or she's plumping up a bit more.And growing hair and nails even longer.

  • No wonder some newborns come out with a full head of hair and ready for a mani-pedi!

     

You:

Meanwhile, your body is as ready for birth as it will ever be. By the time you're 41 weeks pregnant, your doctor has probably discussed labor induction with you, but that doesn't mean that you won't still go into labor on your own; some babies just need to take their time. But here's the question you keep asking yourself: Will you know labor when you feel it?

If you think you might be in premature labor, try drinking several glasses of water and lying down on your left side. While doing this, feel your stomach for contractions, which will make your uterus hard like your forehead.

Week 41

Your Baby:

  • As you await baby's arrival, he or she's plumping up a bit more.And growing hair and nails even longer.

  • No wonder some newborns come out with a full head of hair and ready for a mani-pedi!

You:

Meanwhile, your body is as ready for birth as it will ever be. By the time you're 41 weeks pregnant, your doctor has probably discussed labor induction with you, but that doesn't mean that you won't still go into labor on your own; some babies just need to take their time. But here's the question you keep asking yourself: Will you know labor when you feel it?

If you think you might be in premature labor, try drinking several glasses of water and lying down on your left side. While doing this, feel your stomach for contractions, which will make your uterus hard like your forehead.

Week 42

Your Baby:

  • Because baby's probably shed the vernix caseosa (that filmy stuff), the skin is probably getting a little dry.

  • Baby's doing just fine in there-don't worry, he or she'll be here soon! 98 percent of babies emerge by the end of this week.

     

You:

While you may feel as if this pregnancy has been going on forever, studies show that 70 percent of post-term pregnancies aren't post-term at all.

The frustrating mix-up is usually thanks to irregular ovulation or a mom's uncertainty about the exact date of her last period. Even if you do end up among the two percent of women who are truly overdue, know that before this week is over, your baby will come out on her own — or your doctor will induce labour.

Of course, you're probably sick of everyone calling to see if you've had the baby yet. But here's something to focus on as you wait: By this time next week, you'll be snuggling with your newborn

Week 42

Your Baby:

  • Because baby's probably shed the vernix caseosa (that filmy stuff), the skin is probably getting a little dry.

  • Baby's doing just fine in there-don't worry, he or she'll be here soon! 98 percent of babies emerge by the end of this week.

You:

While you may feel as if this pregnancy has been going on forever, studies show that 70 percent of post-term pregnancies aren't post-term at all.

The frustrating mix-up is usually thanks to irregular ovulation or a mom's uncertainty about the exact date of her last period. Even if you do end up among the two percent of women who are truly overdue, know that before this week is over, your baby will come out on her own — or your doctor will induce labour.

Of course, you're probably sick of everyone calling to see if you've had the baby yet. But here's something to focus on as you wait: By this time next week, you'll be snuggling with your newborn