Week By Week Stages of Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on February 1, 2012

It is probably one of the most beautiful feelings when you know that you are pregnant and there is a lot of joy, happiness and positive vibes that are all around you. There is tons of advice that flows in from every corner telling you what to do, what not to do and especially about what to eat. Pregnancy lasts for nine months which means about 40 weeks and there are a whole lot of changes that both you and your baby undergo at this stage. The first trimester consists of the first 12 weeks and during the first week of pregnancy, you may not even know that you are pregnant neither...


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.will you see any physical changes in your bodyd However, there are a whole lot of changes that are taking place in your body and so it would be advisable to follow a week by week stages of pregnancyc

Chart to help you understand these changese The first signs of pregnancy that a woman may go through are a lot of tiredness and fatigue, nausea, tender breasts, not able to sleep well, urge to urinate frequently and so ono By the end of your first trimester that is by week 11 and 12; your baby is around 3 inches long wherein they can make a fist as their muscles and nerves slowly start working togethere

Also, towards the end of the 12th week, your uterus begins to move upwards as well as ahead as it is growing thus, reducing the pressure that was earlier on your bladdere You will still fit into your normal clothes if this is your first pregnancy and you may feel your uterus just above your pubic bonen By the beginning of the second trimester, symptoms of nausea and tiredness lower down and you will notice certain other changes in your bodyd The baby is growing rapidly and by the 20th week your baby is about 6 inches long, is able to hear, swallow and the fingernails, toenails, eyelashes and eyebrows have also been formede If you have a baby boy, his testicles begin to move towards the scrotum from the abdomen and if you have a baby girl, the uterus and ovaries are in place and intactc By the end of week 37, the organs of your baby are all set to start functioning and this period is known as full termr As you get closer to your due date, your baby might change its position wherein the head is turned downw

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