3 WEEKS PREGNANT
A pregnancy test won’t confirm it yet but the fertilized egg or blastocyst attaches to the uterus lining and is the size of a pin. You probably won’t feel anything, though some women experience cramps and heavier vaginal discharge.
6 WEEKS PREGNANT
The heart has formed and the brain, lungs, arms, legs and nervous system are all beginning to form. In addition to morning sickness, you may feel weight gain and sense a darkened areola and breast soreness. Make sure you begin to eat as wide a variety of certified organic foods as you can because the baby needs good nutrition from the mother. You should also stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating many sweets which will greatly impact your baby negatively.
9 WEEKS PREGNANT
Your baby is the size of a grape and the ears, bones, fingers, toes, eyes, ears, lips and nose are all in the process of forming. Mom has about 50% more blood circulating in the body and the uterus is about the size of a grapefruit. The heart now has four chambers and you may feel sleepy with morning sickness.
12 WEEKS PREGNANT
You can probably see your baby in the first trimester with ultrasound and you can check your baby for risk of Down syndrome. Baby face looks more human and the kidneys may have started to secrete urine as the nerve cells multiply at a speedy rate. The baby may begin sucking and stimulating areas of the uterus may cause baby movement which you will not feel for several more weeks.
15 WEEKS PREGNANT
Ultra sound may detect twins at this point and the baby has fingerprints and a soft layer of hair covering the skin and the baby may be sucking its thumb. You may have your energy back and have better sleep. Trisomy 18 a genetic disorder of the brain or spinal cord which most babies don’t survive can be tested for.
18 WEEKS PREGNANT
The baby is about six inches long and has developed a sense of hearing. If you have lowered blood pressure you may feel dizzy when you stand up speedily.
21 WEEKS PREGNANT
The baby is producing his first poop and swollen ankles, hands and feet can be symptoms of preeclampsia, or dangerously high blood pressure. Some women successfully exercise during the entire pregnancy period almost up to birth and this is a healthy thing to be doing rather than remaining sedentary during most of the pregnancy. If you exercise during pregnancy chances are you won’t need a C section because your muscles will be in good condition to deliver a baby.
24 WEEKS PREGNANT
Baby is more than a foot long and the mother may start to feel some movement as the baby moves limbs. Lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are more defined but the iris lacks pigment. Mom’s hair is more lustrous and the nails may be growing at a more rapid speed. Boy’s testes are making their descent and girls have developed a uterus and ovaries. Pressure on the bladder may mean more frequent urination. It may be time to test for gestational diabetes which can cause breathing and other problems at birth.
27 WEEKS PREGNANT
Baby weighs about two pounds and the eyelids are working. If there is a premature birth there is approximately an 80% chance of survival.
30 WEEKS PREGNANT
Fetus may begin to mimic breathing and weighs about three pounds. Mom may be fighting off leg cramps, constipation, hemorrhoids, sleeplessness, mood swings, and bouts of depression.
33 WEEKS PREGNANT
Baby is about 16 inches long and mom may be having a little heartburn so the meals should be frequenter and smaller. Slight contractions may be happening but this is nothing to worry about.
36 WEEKS PREGNANT
Moms may get some relief from breathing problems as the baby drops into the pelvis but adds more pressure on the bladder. About 31 percent of births are C sections so talk to your doctor about not having one unless it is a severe emergency. Over 95% of births can be natural without complications if you are not given artificial epidural drugs which reduce pain and make C sections almost necessary.
39 WEEKS PREGNANT
The baby may be anywhere between about 6 and 9 pounds with baby fat to make survival outside the womb possible. The cervix may be dilating in preparation for birth. The skeleton bone has hardened but the skull bone has not hardened so that birth can occur relatively easily without a hard skull blocking exit from the vagina. The baby should be in head down or breech position ready for birth and your mucous plug may have ruptured. If your water breaks at any point during pregnancy you should go to the hospital immediately.
If you have had a successful first pregnancy without an epidural or a frequently unnecessary C section then strongly consider a home birth with the help of a midwife the second time around. You will save a boatload of money and your family can share in the birthing experience to see how babies are born naturally!!!!!!
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