Congratulations on your pregnancy! Your heart must flutter from all the joy and excitement of what is yet to come.
However, you have quite a journey to take before you meet your little one.
Allow us to join you, showing you how your baby will develop each week and guiding you to all symptoms and conditions you might experience.
Your baby is yet to be conceived, however, his birth date is calculated from the first day of your last menstruation, which is why week 1 counts as the start of your pregnancy.
Your ovulation begins in week 2, and when your egg is fertilized, the lining of your uterus starts growing to prepare for what is coming.
Your baby attaches to the lining of your uterus. He is microscopic in size and made up of hundreds of cells, which are multiplying fast.
Your baby evolves into an embryo and cells within him divide and prepare to start the creation of his organs.
The first organs that develop are the heart, brain and spinal cord.
His heart starts to beat. His eyes, mouth, nose, and ears slowly begin to take shape.
Limb buds form and start to develop into tiny hands and feet. The main parts of the eyes also start to evolve.
Y our baby tosses and turns, although you cannot feel it yet.
His head grows, and his fingers, toes, elbows, and wrists start to develop. His genitals begin to form, too.
As your belly becomes fuller, your baby starts to look more like a human.
Most of your baby’s organs and structures are already formed and in place. His eyes are wide open, and activity can be detected in his brain.
Your baby begins to move his hands and starts growing fingernails. Small tooth buds appear underneath his gums.
The baby starts looking like a fully formed human. His kidneys get ready to start producing urine. The small tooth buds evolve into teeth.
- Abdominal cramping or light spotting
- Heightened sense of taste and smell
- Fatigue, nausea, bloating, headache
- Breast tenderness
Your baby becomes more proportional – his head now makes only 1/3 of his body.
Your baby starts to cover himself with lanugo – soft hairs that will keep him warm inside the womb.
Your baby starts practising reflexes, such as sucking, chewing and swallowing.
Your baby’s scalp begins to form with hair follicles.
Your baby’s skeleton changes from soft cartilage to bone, so you might feel his gentle shifting in your belly for the first time.
Most likely the gender of your baby will be revealed. He also practices additional reflexes, like yawning and hiccupping.
Your baby’s sensory system begins to develop, segmenting specialized areas for smell, taste, touch, vision, and hearing in his brain. Also, protective coat spreads over his skin.
Your baby's eccrine sweat glands begin to form.
The baby’s taste buds complete their development to the point that he can taste some of the food that you are eating.
Your baby’s hearing is developed enough to hear low-pitched sounds. And his hair has grown quite a lot.
Your baby’s digestive tract is activating, as he is continuing to practice his swallowing reflexes. Also, his muscles build up from all exercises that he’s been doing.
Your baby starts working on his facial muscles. He can lift his eyebrows and twitch the corners of his mouth is smile.
Your baby adds more fat to his body, making his skin smoother. He also grows more hair.
Your baby becomes responsive to the outside world, as he his hearing develops even further.
- Heartburn, fatigue, leg and back cramps, shortness of breath, swelling
- Pregnancy glow
- Hormone-induced acne, skin getting darker around inner thighs, navel, and nipples, stretch marks
- Poor memory and concentration
Your baby starts opening and closing his eyes.
Your baby’s brain adds many new nerve cells to his system.
The baby is to half of his birthweight from now on. His head begins to grow, and his body becomes more proportional.
Your baby’s eyes begin to focus.
Your baby is starting to behave and look like a newborn. He often sucks his fingers, and his translucent skin gets plumper.
Your baby’s skin gets less red and becomes smoother and much softer.
Your baby’s nervous system and lungs are maturing and getting ready to meet the outside world.
Your baby is adding more layers of fat.
Your baby’s kidneys reach their final stage of development.
Your baby’s arms and legs are becoming chubbier, and his skin is getting pink as he is losing his lanugo.
There’s no space inside your womb now, so your baby is not going to do any dramatic movements during those final weeks.
Your baby is officially fully formed to perfection, however he will keep on adding layers of fat.
Your baby is due any moment now.
Still pregnant? Don’t worry, many babies arrive later. Keep in touch with your health provider, so he can monitor your condition. Inducing labor is an option if you reach past your due date.
- Frequent urination
- Shortness of breath, fatigue
- Colostrum coming from your breasts
- Braxton Hicks contractions
After months of anticipation, you will experience a mixture of emotions when your water finally breaks.
Take it easy - contraction by contraction, breathe and drink a lot of water to support your uterus, which functions most properly when fully hydrated. Labour is different for each woman, so listen to your body and trust your doctor. We’re sure you will do just great!
And when you finally meet your little miracle, you will feel like the past nine months were nothing but a daydream.