Pregnancy Week by Week
As women stroke their round bellies and ponder the mystery unfolding inside them, and as their partners feel that first ripple of life under their curious fingertips, it is natural to wonder how their baby is changing throughout the pregnancy week by week. Then there are the physical symptoms. The nausea and tiredness, the calves that cramp in the night, and the breasts that have never been so LARGE. Women often wonder if the amazing changes they are experiencing are normal, and when they should seek help.
As if pregnancy symptoms aren’t enough to cope with, there are all the appointments and tests. Plus trying to remember when to see who, about what, and how often? We want to help you understand and contend with what is happening during your pregnancy week by week. Therefore, we’ve put together a guide to the three trimesters of pregnancy. It explains how your baby is developing, what symptoms you may experience and the tests and appointments that may be needed.
Pregnancy Week by Week Articles
A Nine-Month Miracle Hannah Dahlen “He who sees things grow from the beginning will have the finest view of them” Aristotle 384-322 BC From the chaotic stampede of sperm towards the gently rolling ovum, to the amazing growth, development and birth of a tiny, yet perfect human, we indeed witness an awesome miracle. Life begins as union of chance and emerges as a masterpiece. Pregnancy is usually referred to by midwives and doctors as the number of weeks following
The Third Trimester- Weeks 29 to Birth By Hannah Dahlen What is happening? During this period the baby increasingly matures as well as gains weight. At 34 weeks of pregnancy the baby weighs around 2 kilograms and their chances of survival are very good. The lungs are much more mature and able to cope with life outside the uterus. The baby’s fingernails have now reached their fingertips and the toenails are better developed. At 38 weeks of pregnancy the
The Second Trimester- Weeks 15 to 28 By Hannah Dahlen What is happening? The second trimester is a period of rapid growth for your baby. By 18 weeks of pregnancy the baby will weigh around 200gms and be approximately 14cm long. The body now grows more rapidly than the head, so the baby seems more in proportion. The legs will have also lengthened and the skeleton begins to harden. The eyes, which were more to the side of
The First Trimester - Weeks 1 to 14 By Hannah Dahlen Your baby’s development Pregnancy really begins when an ovum is fertilised by one of the 500 million sperm that approach it. Only twelve hours after the initial fusion of ovum and sperm the first cell division occurs. By the fourth day following fertilisation the tiny group of cells leave the fallopian tube and enter the mother’s uterus, where they implant. Three weeks after fertilisation, or at just
Nine Months of Pregnancy By Jane Palmer Perhaps you have just discovered you are pregnant, you are hoping to be, or your partner has just given you the news. This article gives a brief snapshot of what nine months of pregnancy holds in store. Month 1 There are three trimesters to pregnancy and you are just starting out on the first. While they say there are 40 weeks of pregnancy it’s week two when the actual conception occurs so
From Bump to Buzz This is a wonderful YouTube video from Tom Fletcher (the lead singer from boy band McFly and the father-to-be) called 'From Bump to Buzz. It features time lapse pregnancy photos from the start of pregnancy right the way until the baby is born. A lovely song called "Something New" (by Tom Fletcher) accompanies the video. The end result is very charming. Pregnancy Week by Week Check out more informative articles about 'Pregnancy
1 Week Pregnant By Yvette Barton Even though we say ‘1 week pregnant’ the truth is that you are not actually pregnant yet. It is hard to tell when ovulation occurs, so the first day of your last period is recorded as the beginning of your pregnancy and is the day that your Estimated Due Date (EDD) is calculated from. For this reason if you are pregnant, the start of your menstrual cycle will be regarded as 1 week
2 Weeks Pregnant By Yvette Barton Even though we say ‘2 weeks pregnant’ you are still not actually pregnant yet. As we explained in 1 Week Pregnant, if you receive a positive pregnancy test the first day of your last period is the best constant upon which an Estimated Due Date or EDD can be calculated. However while you may not be pregnant yet your body is not hanging around idly waiting for a pregnancy to occur. Quite the
3 Weeks Pregnant By Yvette Barton It’s time to sound the drum roll. You're 3 weeks pregnant. This is the week your baby is conceived! If you have been trying to conceive you will have earmarked the magic four days this week which will give you your best chance of success. You have made love on some (or maybe all!) of those days… so when is the magic moment? It’s tricky to pinpoint that exactly. Remember that sperm are