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1 & 2 Weeks Pregnant

The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

Signs and Symptoms

During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

  • Breast Changes
  • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
  • Frequent Urination
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
  • Food Cravings and Aversions

Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

  • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
  • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
  • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
  • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
  • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
  • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

Tips for healthy pregnancy

Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

Role of Folic acid-

Folate is a vitamin that helps build healthy blood and tissues for you and your baby. Folic acid is agreat source of folate and it has a great role to play in your baby’s development. It is better to take Folic acid prior to conception to ensure Healthy spinal cord development in Your Baby.Some women need more folic acid. Talk to your health care provider. Take a prenatal vitamin as well every day.

What not to do?
  • Eat healthy and balanced diet to fulfill all the nutrient requirements of your body. Remember, a healthy pregnancy requires no more than 500 additional daily calories.
  • Doing regular exercise at home, park or gym will help you stay fit during this time. Yoga and water aerobics are better options.
  • Proper rest is amust. Going to bed early at night and taking naps during the day will help calm your mind and body.
Lab test at First Visit

At first visit your doctor may ask you to go for following lab tests- For women-

  • Hb (Haemoglobin)
  • FBS, USG, HB Electrophoresis
  • PP SUGAR, Rubella Test
  • Routine Urine test, Beta hCG test, Anti HCV
  • For both men & women- HIV, VDRL, and blood group

How Fetus appears during the 3rd of Pregnancy?

The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

Signs and Symptoms when you are 3rd Weeks Pregnant

At the third week of an obstetric pregnancy, your future kid is just a group of cells. It carries all the important genetic information. The process of formation and development of the fetus is already underway.

  • The size of your fetus will resemble a hollow ball with a diameter of 0.1-0.2 mm
  • The cell number will increase to 250
  • The embryo is placed in a tiny water pouch that is filled with the amniotic fluid
  • It receives nutrients from the yolk-sac and not from the mother’s body
  • The process of hematopoietic goes on

What is Happening inside of you?

The 3rd week of pregnancy is actually the first week of life of your fetus. Fertilization is considered to be the most significant event of this week. Yes, after the ovulation the egg had only 24 hours to meet with sperm in the fallopian tube and if this does not happen in time,then the egg will lose its ability to fertilize.

  • The zygote remains in the cavity of the fallopian tube, in the early days of this week
  • It is now fed with the proteins that are released by the glands of the fallopian tubes as well as with its own energy reserves for the fetus
  • Once, it enters into the uterine cavity, it gets attached to its inner shell. The embryo then begins to plunge into the uterine wall, into the endometrium layer. This process is actually called implantation
  • The embryo is firmly anchored in a favorable and nutrient-rich environment in the endometrium layer, by the end of this week if everything goes well. And now from this moment, multilateral relations between the mother and the fetus set.

3d Obstetric week of Pregnancy- An extremely important period

This is the period when egg migrates into the uterine cavity, settles down there permanently and gets attached to the wall. And then the active development of fetus starts. Also during this period, a division of the fertilized egg takes place and with the result, an expectant mother can become pregnant with twins or triplets (sometimes). No doubt, multiple pregnancy can give your family a double or triple happiness but it may cause some complications as well and hence, requires a proper medical care.

Crucial Week of Pregnancy

This is the crucial week that transforms your pregnancy from the stage of “planning” into the real existence. When we speak in terms of theory, ovulation occurs on or between 12th-14th day. Actually, the third week is the most favorable time for conception if fertilization has not occurred till the end of the second week.

Feelings

No doubt, the gestational age is very small and just a few days, but some of the expectant mothers can feel a new life inside. Maybe, such feelings occur due to an expectation of pregnancy especially if it is planned and long expected. While many of the expectant mothers do not feel any change happening inside their body.

3 weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Well, at this stage, it is possible to determine the uterine pregnancy. Your doctor may recommend for early ultrasounds to know the facts of your pregnancy. He may also identify the symptoms that can cause complications in your pregnancy during this procedure

Baby's Development during 4th Week of Pregnancy-

The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

The Embryo is about 2mm long, now.It has three layers

During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

  • Outer layer- The outer layer is known as ectoderm. It will develop into the nervous system, skin, hair, nails, eyes and teeth of baby
  • Middle layer- The middle layer is known as mesoderm.It will develop into the circulatory system, heart, sex organs, skeleton, connective tissues and muscles of baby
  • Endoderm- The inner layer is known as endoderm. It will develop into the lungs, lining of gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas and thyroid gland of baby

Development of Fetus during 4th Week-

Now, your body is producing the pregnancy hormone hCG(human chorionic gonadotrophin). This hormone can cause anxiety, vomiting, fainting, dizziness, nausea, light-headedness and mood swings.

  • Your basal body temperature will be high.
  • You may notice some mild cramping.
  • There will be an increase in vaginal discharge.
  • You may experience spotting.
  • Your sense of smell may become sharp.

Care Tips -

Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

High Risk of Abnormalities

Everything looks normal from the outside, but your body is undergoing great changes inside to accommodate growing baby in your womb.During this stage, fetus is at high risk for abnormalities, as the brain, heart, head, spinal cord, bones, muscles, tissues, and teeth of baby are developing. By the fourth week,blastocyst is firmly embedded in your uterus.

Have a Strong Family Support

Consult with your family and friends. They will help you go through the emotional, hormonal, and physical changes during this period. Having a strong family support system may benefit you and your partner, especially if this is your first pregnancy.

5 Weeks Pregnant

The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

Signs and Symptoms

During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

  • Breast Changes
  • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
  • Frequent Urination
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
  • Food Cravings and Aversions

Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

  • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
  • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
  • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
  • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
  • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
  • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

Tips for healthy pregnancy -

Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

Warning Signs of a Miscarriage-

At 5th week of pregnancy,If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is important to contact your doctor to evaluate if you could be having a miscarriage:

  • Mild to severe back pain
  • Brown or Bright Red Bleeding
  • Passing of tissue with Clot from Vagina
  • Discharge of White-Pink Mucus
  • Miscarriage Prevention-

    We cannot do much to prevent miscarriage because most of the miscarriages occur due to chromosomal abnormalities. The only step you can take is to get as healthy as you can before conceiving so that there can be a healthy atmosphere for conception to occur. Taking healthy and balanced diet, doing exercise regularly, managing stress and avoiding all poor lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol can help in maintaining good health.

    Lab Test at 5th Week

    Get early prenatal care- Going for regular check up is must for healthy pregnancy. Schedule your prenatal doctor visit this week, if you haven’t already done so. Your doctor may ask you for antenatal investigations at this week. Your doctor will let you know what actions to take to keep you and your baby healthy for nine months.

    6 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    Complications of Twin Pregnancy-

    If you’re carrying more than one baby in your womb, then you have a higher risk of developing pregnancy complications. Some of the most common complications are-

  • Twin-to-Twin transfusion syndrome, which occurs when one baby gets more blood than the other baby
  • Anemia
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Care Tips-
  • Do not lift or move heavy objects. Find someone to help you out.
  • Drink Plenty of Water . Eat Healthy and Balanced Diet.
  • Continue taking folic acid supplement. Cook your food thoroughly.
  • Say no to dieting. Quit smoking, stop drinking alcohol and avoid taking drugs.
  • Pass on the duty of cleaning toilet, dealing with bleach, phenyl, or chlorine-containing materials to another family member.
  • Lab Test at 6th Week-

    Prenatal testing and screening are very important during the early weeks of pregnancy. So, if you haven’t visited your gynecologist yet, this is the right time to book an appointment. This week, your doctor may ask you for USG for placental localisation and to detect fetal cardiac activity.

    7th Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    Ultrasound-

    The 7th week is considered to be an ideal time to go for your first ultrasound scan. Apart from predicting the due date, ultrasound scan in 7th week of pregnancy can reveal certain things about your pregnancy. It is done to predict the following

  • Confirm your Pregnancy. Predict the Gestational age of Embryo.
  • Rules out Ectopic Pregnancy. Can identify Source of Blood loss if Present.
  • Confirms whether your Ovaries, Uterus and Fallopian Tubes are in Good Shape.
  • Checks out whether the Embryo is having Proper Development and Growth.
  • High-resolution Ultrasound Scan allows you to see the Heartbeat of your Baby.
  • Complications-

    Ectopic pregnancy is a major complication which occurs during the first few weeks of conception. It is a pregnancy which is formed outside the uterus, most often in fallopian tubes. In case, you experience following symptoms during 7th week of pregnancy, then you must meet the gynaecologist immediately.

  • Vaginal Bleeding.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Fainting.
  • Sudden and Unexplained Dizziness.
  • Rectal Pressure.
  • Intense Pelvic Pain
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Role of Diet-

    A healthy diet is must to follow during pregnancy. So, continue to follow a healthy and balanced diet. A complaint of morning sickness is common during early weeks of pregnancy. Changing some dietary habits can help to manage morning sickness.

  • Say no to dieting. Eat smaller meals often. Continue folic acid supplement. Take vitamin B6 and iron rich foods daily.
  • Include citrus fruits such as orange, sweet lime, lemon, grapefruit etc in your daily diet. Eat dairy products such as cheese, paneer, etc.
  • Ginger chews can help to manage nausea. Do not eat spicy food. Avoid the intake of deep fried and oily foods. Avoid overeating.
  • Drink Lemonade to relieve Nausea. Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of Fruit Juices and Water. Drink Coconut Water and Milk.
  • Care Tips-

    See your doctor and get USG done for placental localisation and to detect fetal cardiac activity

  • Avoid alcohol, coffee or other harmful drinks.
  • Quit smoking and avoid intake of illegal drugs.
  • Get plenty of rest, and nap during the day.
  • Go for a walk. Manage stress.
  • Wear a good supporting bra to manage the tenderness and swelling in your breasts.
  • You and your baby at 11 Weeks Pregnant-

    Congratulations! The first trimester is going to complete very soon. Just one more week to go! If you are waiting until you enter the second trimester to share this good news, you may want to start thinking about how you’ll tell your family, relatives, and friends.

    What My Baby is doing when I am Eleven Weeks Pregnant?

    • Your baby is about the size of a lime, this week. He or she has waved goodbye to webbed hands and feet.
    • Hair follicles form on the crown (top of the head) and rest of your baby’s body, this week.Nail beds are starting to develop.
    • Your baby’s head still accounts for around half of the length and torso (central part of the body) will grow over next few weeks.
    • Your baby’s bones are hardening but his or her skin is still transparent.
    • As your baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid, he or she has learned to swallow.
    • Your baby’s organs are continuing to grow and form. Some of them are already functioning.
    • More blood vessels will appear in the placenta to provide nutrients and oxygen to your growing baby.
    • The ears of your baby will move to their correct position i.e. from the neck to side of head.
    • Your baby will be kicking and stretching but you won’t feel any movement for next one or two months.Your baby's reproductive organs are developing.

    What’s Going on with My Body at Eleven Weeks Pregnant?

    Like your baby, changes are occurring within your body also. You might notice following changes within your body at 10 weeks pregnant-

    • Morning sickness, a common complaint during early weeks of pregnancy, will be starting to die down, hopefully. You will continue to experience other symptoms which you had in last weeks.
    • You’ll be getting your appetite back but still, don’t go overboard. Stick to nutritious and healthy meals. Avoid eating too much junk food.
    • You may find your jeans a little tighter this week. Of course, anyone can easily expect that now you’re pregnant. But sometimes, this occurs due to bloating. You will continue to experience this pregnancy symptom this week too. It is better to eat little and often rather than eating three or four big meals.
    • During this week, your uterus continues to expand to accommodate the increasing size of your baby. You may experience light twinges as this expansion continues.
    • Snoring is another unexpected side effect of those pregnancy hormones. Pregnancy hormones can make the inside of your nose swell. So, you can blame the hormones if you’ve woken yourself or anyone else sleeping with you up during night.

    Wellness at 11 Weeks Pregnant-

    Eating healthy, exercising regularly, and doing proper rest are still needed during this week for keeping you and your baby healthy. If you feel tired or exhausted, it is completely OK. In fact, most women are more tired than usual while they’re pregnant. This happens due to your body’s hard work to produce hormones and more blood to support the developing body of your baby. The high level of progesterone in your body at this time is directly responsible for how sleepy you are.

    How Big is my Baby at 9th Weeks Pregnant?

    Your baby is about the size of a grape that measures 1 inch (2.3 cm) and weighs less than 2 grams. Your baby’s body parts continue to develop and change quickly. The baby is now out of embryonic phase and enters into a fetal phase which means your little embryo becomes a fetus. The tail now disappears and your baby now looks like a small human being.

    How my Baby is Growing?

    • The eyelids completely cover your baby’s eyes. They are fused and don’t open.
    • The earlobes are tiny and visible.
    • The facial features such as nose, nostrils, and mouth become more distinct. The mouth appears as a flat line on surface. The tongue starts forming.
    • Wrists and ankles begin to develop while fingers and toes are visible. Arms are growing and bend near the elbows. Neck region becomes more defined. This undergoes lifting and turning movements.
    • All the joints, including elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles and wrist joints start working and allow the baby to move freely in amniotic fluid.
    • Your baby’s skeleton starts to harden. Cartilage also forms throughout the body.
    • Baby’s pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and anus form. The intestines also elongate.
    • Your baby’s reproductive organs develop internally but the fetus looks same from outside whether baby is boy or girl.
    • During this week, heart divides into four chambers and valves start to form. The blood starts pumping in and out rapidly. So, it provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby and likewise removes wastes from the body

    What Body Changes I will Experience during the 9th Week of Pregnancy?

    You may not look pregnant but you may feel the pregnancy. You will begin to observe the following changes in your body.

    • You may find your waistbands uncomfortable even if you don’t have a proper bump.
    • Your breasts continue to increase in size. Nipples will become larger and darker. Also, several small pimples appear around the areola.
    • Uterus increases double fold and now it will be about the size of a small melon.
    • You will also experience cramping and pain in the lower abdominal region due to increasing size of uterus.
    • The food you may have loved earlier can now completely put you off
    • You will pass more urine frequently
    • You will find bulging veins on your hands and legs
    • You will gain weight that is more likely due to water retention in body than the baby
    • Your hair may turn lustrous, thick (or thin), and greasy. Other common symptoms during 9th week of pregnancy include backaches, headaches, gum bleeds, nose bleeds, dehydration, heartburn, nausea, feeling of bloating and lethargy

    What Should I do to Combat Symptoms?

    • To combat constipation, eat high-fiber foods and drink plenty of water. Don’t skip meals
    • Avoid standing for too long, to help prevent dizziness
    • Instead of taking three large meals, eat frequent small meals a day. To help prevent heartburn and nausea, avoid greasy and spicy foods
    • By eating salty crackers or dry toast before getting out of bed, you can get some relief from morning sickness
    • To cope with frequent urination, take bathroom breaks as needed and avoid caffeine
    You and Your Baby

    Let’s get serious for a sec. You are 9 weeks pregnant, now. You are close enough to leave the first trimester behind you. Just one more month to go! If you are a working woman, then, you can consider your company’s handbook to see how maternity leave is typically handled. The first prenatal appointment typically happens between weeks 8 and 12. So, if you have not visited your OB till now, then you will soon visit. You may even see your baby’s tiny heartbeat on the ultrasound in this first appointment

    You and Your Baby at 10th Week of Pregnancy

    You are now ten weeks into your pregnancy. Congratulations! Things are really moving along! At the end of week 10, your baby will officially graduate from an embryo to a fetus.

    What does My Baby Look like at 10 Weeks?

    At week 10, your baby will be around 3.8cm long. It is now a little over an inch or so long from crown to bottom and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce. This week, your baby is the size of a lime and takes on a more human-like appearance.

    How My Baby is Growing during 10th Week of Pregnancy?

    • The most critical stage of your baby’s development is now complete. Your baby continues to develop into a real little person and he or she is starting to enter the fetal stage where tissues and organs grow rapidly
    • Your uterus will have enlarged to the size of a grapefruit to cater needs for growing size of your baby. You may now be able to feel it above your pubic bone
    • The jawbones start to form, and, amazingly, they contain their future milk teeth already. Don’t worry; the teeth won’t break through gums until your baby is around 6 months old
    • The heart is now fully formed and beating 2-3 times faster than yours
    • During this week, your baby begins to swallow fluid and produce digestive juices
    • On an ultrasound scan at 10 weeks, you can see that your baby is making jerky movements
    • Now, fingers and toes of your baby are no longer webbed. He or she can bend their arms at the wrist
    • Your baby’s nails are starting to form. Your baby has developed a peachy fuzzy hair on the skin
    • The spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from spinal cord. His embryonic tail, located at the bottom of his spinal cord, has disappeared
    • If your baby is a boy then he will already be producing male hormone testosterone

    What are the Changes Occurring Within My Body when I am 10 Weeks Pregnant?

    Like your baby, changes are occurring within your body also. You might notice following changes within your body at 10 weeks pregnant-

    • You may experience pressure in your lower abdomen. It occurs due to increasing size of your uterus and increasing blood flow. This pressure may urge you to urinate more often
    • You might notice some changes with your eyes such as thickening of the cornea due to fluid retention, dry eyes, and puffy eyelids. Do not worry, these symptoms are temporary and your eyes will become normal after you give birth. But speak with your doctor if you see spots, or if blurred vision occurs suddenly because such changes in your eyes are the cause of concern

    What Symptoms I Will Experience at 10 Weeks Pregnant?

    You'll continue experiencing many of the same symptoms you’ve encountered throughout last week

    Vaginal Discharge
    • Vaginal discharge occurs due to increased estrogen level. If vaginal discharge has any of the following characteristics, it is time to seek an immediate help of your doctor
    • Discharge with a foul odor
    • Green or yellow color discharge
    • Discharge occurs with redness or itching of the vulva
    • Discharge mixed with blood
    • Discharge associated with painful urination
    Abdominal Pain

    It is common to have abdominal pain during pregnancy. This week, you may experience sharp or dull pain in your abdomen, and it is benign. So, from this week onwards, try moving more slowly, and take your time standing up. This may help to reduce your pain to some extent

    How Many Calories should I take at 10 Weeks Pregnant?

    A healthy diet is a key to good health. By choosing good foods from all of the food groups, you can provide nourishment to your growing baby with a broad range of different nutrients. Limit food that is high in fat, salt, and sugar. Make sure you are getting good mixture of vitamins and minerals.

    Add about 300 calories a day to your diet during this week, when your baby is growing at his fastest. That's equivalent to an egg with toast, a banana with milk, or slightly larger portions of your normal meals.

    You’re Almost There!

    Now, it is a time of relief for many women because they are almost at the end of their first trimester. At this stage, changes are fast and furious for you and your baby as well. So, keep enjoying the changes and take care.

    11 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 11th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 11th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    Care Tips for Fighting Fatigue:
  • Do proper rest. It sounds simple but during this time you should do proper rest and not less. Your body needs extra hours of sleep. So, be sure to build them into your regular routine.
  • Learn to say NO and avoid taking on extra commitments during this time.
  • Whether you are at home, on the job, or during your other activities, ask for help, whenever you need
  • Do some exercises and stay active. Regular physical exercise will leave you feeling more energized.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet. It's more important to continue eating iron and protein rich diet. Take additional calories to stay healthy.
  • Lab Test at 11th Week-
  • Your doctor may recommend Dual marker test at 11th-13th week plus 6 days of gestation to detect pre birth conditions of the fetus.
  • Your doctor may ask you for USG to detect nuchal thickness.
  • You and Your Baby when you are 12 Weeks Pregnant

    Now, you are in the final week of your first trimester. If you haven’t announced your pregnancy to your family and friends then, of course, this is the perfect time to inform them. Although your baby has changed beyond all recognition from week one, the most dramatic development takes place this week. What’s it? Reflexes!!! Let us first discuss how big is your baby now?

    How Big is my Baby When I am 12 Weeks Pregnant?

    At 12 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of an apricot. Your tiny baby is now fully formed and about 6 cm in length. He will grow larger, practice sucking and breathing movements. You’ll likely to see your growing baby at your dating scan for the first time this week.

    How my Baby is Growing at 12 Weeks?

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • This week, your baby is beginning to practice their reflexes. His fingers and toes will soon begin to curl, eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements.
    • You can’t feel your baby moving, but if you poke your stomach, your baby will squirm in response.
    • Now, his intestines, that have grown so fast, protrude into the umbilical cord and soon that will start to move into his abdominal cavity.
    • His kidneys will begin to excrete urine into his bladder.
    • Nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and synapses are forming furiously in your baby's brain.
    • His face now looks like a human. His eyes have moved from the sides to front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be.

    What Changes I will Experience at 12 Weeks Pregnant?

    • The muscles of your stomach slow down, making your stools harder and drier.
    • Your uterus has gotten too big to fit in your pelvis. It is now pushing into your abdomen.
    • You might find your jeans are feeling a little tighter this week.
    • Because of the extra volume of blood in your body, your heart rate may speed up.
    • To make more room for your uterus to grow, your hips are widening.
    • Pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue may start to fade, as your pregnancy hormones start to calm down. Headaches and dizziness may replace them.
    • You will experience increased vaginal discharge.
    • You may begin to feel heartburn, a burning sensation, which often extends from the bottom of your breastbone to your lower throat.
    • You may notice brownish marks or patches on your forehead, cheeks, and chin.
    • You may find that your gums are now more sensitive and bleed when you brush or floss.
    Pregnancy Care

    Taking care of yourself and your baby is important throughout your pregnancy. At this week, you will stop having some of the pregnancy symptoms like nausea, fatigue and morning sickness. This means that your pregnancy is going nicely and everything is fine.

    Care Tips to Follow-
  • To manage heartburn, eat smaller meals frequently. Avoid fatty and greasy foods. Avoid spicy meals. Stay away from fizzy drinks.
  • Eat regularly throughout the day because skipping meals can cause low blood sugar and this can trigger headaches.
  • Stay active. Exercising is important during pregnancy. You can go for a walk in the park.
  • You and Your Baby at 13th Week of Pregnancy

    At 13 weeks, you can breathe a sigh of relief, as the chances of miscarriage greatly decrease after first trimester. More than 80 percent of miscarriages occur before the 12-week mark. As you are now entering the second trimester, there is still a lot going on with your baby and body. You’re starting to actually look pregnant. It is a good time to start shopping for maternity clothes if you have not done so. Now we are going to discuss- What you can expect this week?

    What does My Baby look like at 13th Weeks?

    • Fingerprints are forming on your baby’s tiny fingertips.
    • His or her veins and organs are clearly visible through the still-thin skin.
    • Baby’s body is starting to catch up with his or her head, which makes up just a third of his or her body size now.
    • Your baby’s nose and lips are completely formed, and now he or she begins to produce and excrete urine.
    • If the baby is a girl, then she has now more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries.

    Symptoms at 13 Weeks -Pregnant-

    From this Week, you will notice your earlier pregnancy symptoms begin to fade. Now, you may find yourself in a comfortable state. You can expect the following main changes in your pregnancy symptoms at 13 weeks-

    • Diminished Nausea or Exhaustion
    • Leaky Breasts
    • Increased Energy
    • Round Ligament Pain

    What Changes will I Experience in my Body when I am 13 Weeks Pregnant?

    • Now, your hormone levels are evening out and your placenta takes over production.
    • our belly continues to expand up and out of your pelvis.
    • The uterus grows up and out of your pelvic bones and so pressure on your bladder begins to subside.
    • As your waistline thickens and the pressure is relieved from your bladder, you may begin to experience abdominal pain.
    • Birth of your baby is still months away, but your breasts may have already started making colostrum.
    Pregnancy Care-

    Taking care of yourself is important throughout your pregnancy. Whether you are in the first trimester or entering second trimester, proper care is necessary. Following a healthy diet and good lifestyle can help you avoid the complications.

    Do not Forget to Follow the Care Tips we are Going to Describe.
  • Keep an eye on the color of your urine. If it's dark yellow or cloudy, you need to drink more water. Clear or pale yellow urine means you are well-hydrated. Eat protein, iron, and calcium rich foods because these are three nutrients which you need to keep you healthy and fuel your baby's development.
  • Avoid eating junk food. Have a healthy pregnancy snack instead. Doing some exercises at home can help alleviate your mood. You can go for walk at your nearby park.
  • 14 Weeks Pregnant

    So, till now you have managed to keep the secret? It’s good! But sorry to say, now it is better to spread the good news as your baby bump may be starting to show itself. Things are probably starting to look up as you are now officially in your second trimester. The chances of miscarriage are much less. How soon a woman’s belly starts to “show” or protrude? Well, it depends on several factors, such as whether you’ve been pregnant before or not, your body shape and anatomy etc.

    How Big is my Baby at 14 Weeks?

    • Your baby at 14 weeks is as big as peach. He/she has almost doubled in weight since last week and is now somewhat between 3 to 4 inches in size. He keeps on growing at super speed at this week.
    • Your baby can now show you just how much he or she likes or dislikes what you ate last night.
    • One interesting thing is- your baby can now make different faces at you, such as squinting (looking at someone with one or both eyes partly closed), frowning (furrow one’s eyebrows to give an expression of disappointment), or even grimacing (sad facial expression). But you won’t be able to see or feel them.
    • Now, kidneys of your baby can produce urine and it gets released into the amniotic fluid. The liver of your baby starts producing bile. Congratulations, your baby is preparing for life outside the womb.
    • It is now possible to hear the baby’s heartbeat with a doppler. A woman may choose to purchase a doppler for home use. But in case, you don’t find the heartbeat of your baby right away, do not worry because it can take several tries to get hear the baby’s heartbeat.

    Symptoms at 14 Weeks Pregnant-

    You are likely to experience some changes in your pregnancy symptoms at 14 weeks which include-

    • Less noticeable breast tenderness
    • Reduced morning sickness
    • Increased energy
    • Continued weight gain
    • Reduced mood swings

    Nausea- A common Complaint

    While some women experience morning sickness throughout their pregnancy, nausea becomes a less serious cause of concern for some as the second trimester starts. So you may still have to be prepared for an unexpected rush to the bathroom. If your feelings of nausea seem particularly severe and you are finding it difficult to your stomach then rush to your doctor to make sure that both of you are getting enough nutrients.
    Care Tips to Combat Pregnancy Symptoms-

    Take full advantage of your energetic body now. Go for a walk in morning or evening. If your energy peaks in the afternoon or evening, then do some exercises or yoga to feel refreshed.

    If you feel stressed, get as much rest as your daily life allow. If certain smells such as pickles or vinegar make your pregnancy symptoms like nausea worse, then it is better to avoid such things for now.

    You and Your Baby at 15th Weeks Pregnant

    TNow, you are 15 weeks pregnant. So, how many months pregnant you are? Well, you are three months and approximately two weeks pregnant. During this time, you are probably feeling very high energy which may mean high libido (sexual desire) too. Let us discuss- What more is happening at this week?

    What does My Baby Look like at 15th Weeks?

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

      Your baby is now about the size of an apple or orange. Your baby’s proportions are becoming even more normal this week. He is still small but there’s lot happening during this week.

    • The skeleton of your baby is beginning to develop bones.
    • Your baby’s legs are growing longer than his or her arms now.
    • The ears of your baby are now developed enough that he can hear sounds from within your body, like the sound of your heartbeat, voice as well as digestive system. He may also pick up muffled sounds from the outside world.
    • Your baby can move all of his or her joints and limbs, now.
    • You’ll begin to feel little flutters of your baby’s movement.
    • Additionally, your baby is growing more skin and hair. Even his or her eyebrows are growing.

    Symptoms at 15 Weeks Pregnant-

    As you are now in the second trimester, your symptoms may be less intense when compared to the first trimester. But that doesn’t mean that you are symptom-free. During this time, you may experience following symptoms:

    • Body pains
    • Continued weight gain
    • Tingling in the hands and feet.
    • Darkening of skin around the nipples.

    What Changes I will Experience in My Body at 15 Weeks Pregnant?

      Now, you may notice several changes from outside such as an increase in belly size and so you may consider wearing maternity clothes for Comfort.

    • The first most important change- your belly may be getting larger. Apart from the belly, your breasts and nipples may also be getting larger.
    • These outward changes may make your pregnancy feel more real now.
    • You will feel your baby’s first movements, in just a few weeks.
    • Your emotions may shift as your body adjusts to mid-pregnancy. You may feel anxious about your pregnancy.
    • Due to increased blood circulation, there will be slight swelling in your feet, ankles, and hands.
    • During this time, your sex life may even change. Your feelings about sex can heighten or disappear. Keep an open communication with your partner and share your feelings with him.
    Care Tips-
  • To ease the discomfort, you can do some mild exercises. Walking, swimming or simple yoga poses can be the good options.
  • Pay strict attention to foods that are triggering your pregnancy symptoms. Try to avoid these foods.
  • Take good care of your oral health to avoid gum infection. Brush your teeth often and floss gently.
  • Try investing in a body pregnancy pillow to have a better sleep.
  • Getting a massage before bed may help with your insomnia. You can also try some other relaxation techniques.
  • You’re Almost There!

    Now, it is a time of relief for many women because they are almost at the end of their first trimester. At this stage, changes are fast and furious for you and your baby as well. So, keep enjoying the changes and take care.

    You and Your Baby at 16th Week of Pregnancy

    It is now time for your baby to get stronger day by day. Now, you may find lying on your side to be the most comfortable sleeping position. What more is going on at 16 weeks pregnant? Let us discuss in detail.

    How my Baby is Growing when I am 16 Weeks Pregnant?

    So, what’s happening with your baby at week 16? He or she is becoming more active and it is the only main thing that is happening at this week.

    • The circulatory and urinary systems of your baby are now functioning at a more advanced stage.
    • The eyes and ears of your baby have settled into their permanent position on his or her head and so, the head appears much more normal.
    • Your baby’s head is also becoming more erect and not angled forward as it was in earlier weeks.

    What Body Changes I can Experience at 16 Weeks Pregnant?

    Second trimester is often known as “the honeymoon phase” of pregnancy. This is because, during this trimester, you may notice that you are now sleeping more peacefully and soundly. At this time your doctor may suggest you to stop sleeping on your back. You should start sleeping on your side now. You can use extra pillows to provide extra comfort to your body while you sleep, rest or watch television. You may continue to suffer from occasional mood swing. So, do not be surprised. You may now miss your old clothes as you start wearing more maternity clothes for comfort.

    What Pregnancy Symptoms I may Experience at 16 Weeks Pregnant?

    Many women may get little free from the morning sickness phase of their pregnancy. Around this time you may find difficulty in concentrating or become a little forgetful. You will continue to suffer most of your pregnancy symptoms this week too. What symptoms you can expect to continue this week? Have a look.

    • The increase in blood flow throughout your body may lead to brighter skin.
    • The increase in active hormones may lead to oilier or shinier skin these days. You can try oil free cleanser if your face becomes too oily.
    • Constipation and heartburn can become troublesome. Try to eat fiber rich foods and avoid fried, greasy and spicy foods.
    • There is the possibility of occasional nosebleeds or bleeding gums due to additional blood flow in your body which in turn causes rupturing of tiny blood vessels present in your nose. These are usually harmless.
    • You may experience nasal congestion that occurs due to slight swelling of nasal passages when blood supply in the body is increased.
    • You will continue to gain body weight. Focus on healthy diet and eat foods rich in vitamins.
    • During this time there is the possibility of hemorrhoids too.
    • You may find yourself growing frustrated. Talk to your friends who have experienced the same problem in their pregnancy. Or you can directly talk to your doctor.
    Lab tests

    Your doctor may ask you to go for following lab tests at 16th-20th Weeks-

    • Triple and quad screen test.
    • Amniocentesis test.
    • Cell free fetal DNA test.
    • Ultrasound level-II.
    Things and Care Tips to Follow-
    • Try to eat fruit or yogurt instead of a candy bar, in case you are craving for sweet foods.
    • If you are craving for salty foods, then try snacking on string cheese.
    • Try to aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Swimming and walking can be the good options. Speak with your doctor first about an exercise routine.
    • If you have started feeling your baby’s movement on a regular basis, then call your doctor immediately in case, you haven’t felt any movement for at least 12 hours.

    How my Baby is Growing when I am 17th Weeks Pregnant?

    Babies are playful creatures whether they are in or out of the womb. Do not worry about how your pregnancy is progressing; just hear the heartbeat of your baby with help of special stethoscope. It will let you know how he or she is developing and growing.

    • Your baby is about the size of an Onion now.
    • Your baby is now 5 inches in length and weighs 5 ounces.
    • Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone.
    • The umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker.
    • Your baby can move his or her joints.
    • Your baby’s sweat glands are starting to develop.
    • Your baby is practicing sucking and swallowing as he or she gets ready for the real thing such as breast or bottle.

    What body Changes I will experience at 17 Weeks Pregnant?

    • Some may stop feeling pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and nausea. While some continue to experience the same but do not worry, just look at your growing belly to get an amazing answer for your pregnancy symptoms.
    • Your uterus continues to expand for your growing baby. Your organs will shift to make room and it may lead to more frequent gastrointestinal issues.

    What Symptoms I can Experience at 17th Weeks Pregnant?

    • Gastrointestinal issues such as heartburn, gas, constipation, and indigestion can cause discomfort.
    • Brownish or blackish spots may form on your face due to hormonal changes.
    • At this stage, many pregnant women experience hemorrhoids at some point.

    Sciatic Nerve Pain-

    • You may have periodic shooting pains radiating from one of your legs. This pain may occur due to your sciatic nerve, the largest nerve present in your body
    • Pain may start in your lower back or hip and reach all the way down your legs. It is still not clear that why this pain occurs in pregnant women, but it can be due to the pressure on this nerve by your growing baby.
    • As pain is centralised in one of your legs, it is better to lie down on the side that doesn’t hurt you. You may try swimming as it can help relieve some discomfort.
    Care Tips to Follow-
  • Eat plenty of fiber and drink more water to help combat gastro intestinal problems.
  • Try to maintain your postural balance because your belly continues to protrude outward now. Stick to flats and avoid high-heeled shoes.
  • You can schedule prenatal massage to pamper your body and help relieve some discomfort.
  • Call your doctor immediately, if you notice vaginal bleeding, fluid leakage or severe abdominal pain.
  • You and your Baby at 18 Weeks Pregnant

    No matter, you are 18 weeks pregnant with single baby, twins or triplets; get ready to feel more definitive sensations that resemble actual baby kicks. Yes, they are not just tiny flutters now. They are getting stronger day by day. So, feel a life inside your body and enjoy this exciting phase of your life.

    What my Baby is doing at 18 Weeks Pregnant?

    • our baby’s fingerprints are nearly complete.
    • Baby’s heart has formed completely and its different structures can be seen on ultrasound.
    • Your baby's senses are rapidly maturing too. More taste buds are formed.
    • At last, your baby is able to use his or her ears. He or she can now hear your loud noise and sounds like your heartbeat and blood pumping through the umbilical cord.
    • Your baby’s visceral organs such as heart and liver are growing fast, and so baby is now sitting more erect inside you to make room for them.
    • Baby now has 200 bones, which are continuing to harden. The placenta is still your baby’s main source of nutrients and oxygen.

    What Symptoms I may Feel at 18th Weeks Pregnant?

    You may feel some pregnancy symptoms such as swollen feet or hands, back pain, leg cramps etc which can cause discomfort. The stress can keep you up at night.

    Purple or Blue Varicose Veins- - Due to pressure on your circulatory system, purple or blue color veins get swollen. To manage this symptom, do some exercise, avoid wearing tight clothes, change your position often and give proper support to your legs.
    • Welling in Feet and Hands- It can be annoying but there is no need to worry because swelling isn’t severe. But if it is severe, then call your doctor immediately.
    • Purple or Blue Varicose Veins- Due to pressure on your circulatory system, purple or blue color veins get swollen. To manage this symptom, do some exercise, avoid wearing tight clothes, change your position often and give proper support to your legs.
    • Back Pain- As your baby is putting pressure on your insides, you may suffer from backaches.
    • Difficulty in Sleeping - As your mind is overworking this time, you will find it difficult to sleep. Take short naps whenever you can and go to bed early at night.
    • Nosebleeds- Your nose may be making it bleed more than usual around this time because of extra pressure on the veins. Applying an ice pack on the nose can help stop the bleeding.

    Care Tips to Follow-

    • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods and try to keep your legs elevated to manage swelling.
    • In case you feel dizziness, don’t spring up too fast from lying or sitting position.
    • Do plenty of rest and eat enough food to feel good.
    • Switch your sleeping position from back to sides.

    19th Weeks Pregnant

    Your belly is growing faster at 19 weeks pregnant. You may think that you are big now. Actually, your baby is growing fast and gaining weight. But still, your baby doesn’t have much fat in his or her body. What is going on with your baby this week? Let us discuss.

    How my Baby is Growing at 19th Weeks Pregnant?

    Now, your baby measures about 6 inches from head to bottom and weighs about 8 1/2 ounces. The sensory development of your baby is progressing

    • Your baby’s brain is developing specialized areas for hearing, vision, smell, taste, and touch.
    • The vernix caseosa, a waxy protective coating, is now forming on your baby’s skin to prevent him or her from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
    • The hair on your baby’s scalp is sprouting.
    • Your baby’s arms and legs are in proportion to each other.
    • The kidneys of your baby continue to make urine.

    Body Changes I may Experience at 19th Weeks Pregnant?

    You will continue to experience some pregnancy symptoms as in the previous week.

    • Round ligament pain- You may experience stabbing pain in your lower abdomen on one or both sides. The pain usually occurs when you shift your position or at the end of your active day. Most of the times, it is round ligament pain. It occurs due to stretching of ligaments that support your uterus to support your increasing weight. Do not worry, this is normal but in case pain continues even when you are resting then call your doctor immediately.
    • Skin Changes- You may notice redness in palms of your hands due to extra estrogen. Due to temporary increase in pigment, you may notice patches of darkened skin. Patches may appear on your upper lip, cheeks, and forehead.Darkened spots will fade after childbirth. But protect yourself from scorching heat in the sun which can otherwise intensify the pigment changes. Cover yourself while going out in sun.
    • Hot Flashes- You will feel warmer than usual due to increased blood flow in your body. You may notice that you sweat more now. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Keep your clothing cool and light.

    19 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound Scan-

    Fetal morphology scan, also known as routine second-trimester transabdominal ultrasound, is usually done between 18th and 20th weeks of your pregnancy. Scan allows your doctor to see external as well as internal body parts of your growing baby. This scan is usually done to evaluate the fetal growth and heartbeat. The defects in developing fetus can also be identified if any.

    Your Pregnancy- 21st Weeks

    Many congratulations! You are at the halfway point during 20th week of your pregnancy. You may feel fully pregnant as your belly is now a bump. Your appetite is back and you may have even felt the movement of your growing baby.

    How Big is my Baby at 20th Weeks?

    • Your baby is the size of a banana at 20 weeks pregnant. He or she is about 6.5 inches long from crown to rump and weighs about 10.2 ounces.
    • Hair is already growing on your baby’s head. The fine and soft hair, called lanugo, is beginning to cover his or her body.
    • The thick and whitish substance, known as vernix caseosa, continues to form this week to protect your baby’s skin from amniotic fluid.

    What Body Changes I will experience at 20th Weeks?

    At 20 weeks, you should be feeling pretty good as you are in the middle of your second trimester and middle of your pregnancy.

    • Your appetite may have increased. During this trimester, some symptoms such as nausea and fatigue may have disappeared but you may continue to experience the following symptoms-
    • Skin pigmentation
    • Food cravings
    • Body aches
    • Stretch marks

    Braxton-Hicks Contractions or False Labor-

    • This week Braxton-Hicks contractions can also start as your body starts its early preparations for labor. Do not worry. These contractions are normal, usually mild, and also unpredictable.
    • Sometimes you may feel such contractions just from sitting in a strange position or walking too much. Lying down and drinking water may help control the stronger ones
    • If you experience these contractions at regular intervals with pain, call your doctor because it can be the sign of preterm labor, a serious complication.
    Anatomical Scan-

    This week, you may have your anatomical scan. This ultrasound scan is performed on the abdomen to give you a look at your baby from head to toe. It can be seen whether your baby’s organs are functioning properly or not. It can give you information about the location of your placenta and your amniotic fluid levels. You can go for this scan with your partner for special support

    Care Tips-

    Continue to take care of yourself by-

  • Eating well
  • Exercising regularly
  • Sleeping soundly
  • If you experience spotting or bleeding with strong, painful, or regular contractions, then contact your doctor immediately.

    Due Date Still Far Away!

    You have reached the major milestone in your pregnancy. No doubt, your due date may still seem far away, but you are continuously making steady progress to reach the finish line.

    Your Pregnancy- 21st Weeks

    As you have crossed the halfway mark, your baby continues to mature and develop. At this stage, your baby is sleeping quite nicely inside your belly. Your belly and weight continue to grow. At this point, you are at increased risk of urinary tract infections. So be aware. If you suspect an infection, then do not wait to call your doctor.

    How Big is my Baby at 21 Weeks Pregnant?

    At 21 weeks, your baby is about the size of a carrot. When measured from crown to heel, your baby is over 8 1/2 inches long with weight around 12 ounces. This week, your baby can open his or her eyes and can swallow amniotic fluid. Now, your baby’s tiny finger and toe prints may be noticeable.

    What Smptoms I can Experience at 21st Weeks Pregnant?

    Many women find the pregnancy symptoms little comfortable throughout their second trimester but some uncomfortable symptoms may still occur at 21 weeks pregnant.

    • Heartburn and Indigestion- You may feel Braxton Hicks contractions and this symptom is totally normal and usually, the contractions occur when you switch positions. As your uterus practice for labor, it might occasionally feel tight. In case, pain or contractions do not stop, call your doctor immediately.
    • Braxton Hicks Contractions- You will continue to suffer from heartburn and indigestion. Avoid spicy and greasy foods and other triggers.
    • Larger breasts and fully developed milk ducts- Your beasts become larger and by the end of second trimester, your milk ducts will be fully developed.
    • Dry and Itchy Skin- strong> You will continue to experience dry and itchy skin over your growing bump. Applying a pregnancy safe lotion can help reduce the itchiness on affected skin.
    • Stretch Marks- Stretch marks are more common for women with a family history or who are pregnant with twins. There is no need to worry as these marks usually fade after childbirth.
    • Urinary Tract Infections- As your pregnancy progresses, UTI’s become more common. The infection may occur due to blockage of urine flow because of extra pressure of the uterus on bladder. So if you experience symptoms such as pain or burning sensation during urination, the urgency to urinate or frequent urination, then call your doctor.

    Care Tips to Manage Chronic Stress-

    No doubt, pregnancy is an exciting part of life but sometimes, it can be overwhelming. Whether it is emotional health or physical health, you should take extra care of yourself to avoid stress. Stress may occur due to the changes in hormone level, managing work at job or children at home and physical discomfort. Some stress is normal, but in case, you suffer from chronic stress, it is important to consult your doctor because it may affect your baby. Sometimes, counseling may be helpful.

    Steps to Manage Stress

    Chronic stress can be managed to some extent at home by following simple steps-

    • Eating a Well-Balanced and Healthy Diet.
    • Doing Regular Exercise
    • Practicing Relaxation Techniques like Yoga or Meditation
    Lab Test- Echocardiography Test

    Your doctor may ask you for echocardiography test at 21st week. It is similar to a routine pregnancy ultrasound. This exam allows your doctor to better see the structure and function of your unborn child’s heart.

    22nd Weeks Pregnancy- You and Your Baby

    It’s week 22nd, and chances are, you’re feeling pretty good now. And if not, then flutters of your baby’s movement can help improve your mood. Keep taking nutritious foods and fluids to maintain your good health.

    How does my Baby look like at 22nd Weeks of Pregnancy?

    Your baby is getting bigger with each passing week. At this stage, he or she has undergone enough development to resemble an infant. Your baby still has to grow and he or she will continue to put on more weight.

    • Now, your baby is about the size of a papaya.
    • He or she is about 11 inches long from crown to heel and weighs about 430 grams.
    • Your baby is getting heavier every day but his or her skin still appears wrinkled. He or she needs to gain more weight.
    • At this week, your baby’s lips are distinct. His or her eyes are formed, but colored part of the eye, known as iris, still lacks pigment. All other visual parts including eyelids and eyebrows are present now.The pancreas, which plays an important role in production of hormones, is developing steadily at this week.
    • At this week, second signs of your baby’s teeth appear in the form of tooth buds beneath gum line. Soon after baby’s birth, his or her second teeth will come through.

    What Pregnancy Symptoms I Will Experience at 22nd Weeks of Pregnancy?

    Your uterus continues to grow and stretch this week to fit your growing baby. At this stage, you may crave certain foods and you may notice an increased vaginal discharge. These pregnancy symptoms are normal. So, do not worry.

    On reaching middle of the second trimester, many women feel good enough. But some things still can appear to make you frustrate. During this week of your pregnancy, you may experience following symptoms-

    • Hemorrhoids
    • Varicose veins
    • Abdominal pain
    • Backaches
    • Pelvic pressure

    When to Call Doctor?

    Extra care is required during pregnancy. So, take care of yourself. It is best to see your doctor if you experience the following signs-

    • Vaginal bleeding
    • Fluid leakage
    • Fever
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Headache
    • Blurred vision
    • Labor pain
    Childbirth Education Classes-

    If this is your first pregnancy, go and attend a childbirth class to get some education about your delivery and beyond. These classes can help you to prepare for birth and labor.

    23rd Weeks Pregnancy-You and Your Baby

    It’s week 23rd. Be prepared for getting comments about looking too fat and big. Till now, weight gain was fairly slow, but from now onwards, your baby will start to put on more weight.

    How my Baby is Growing at 23rd Weeks of Pregnancy?

    Your baby is about the size of a large mango, this week. He or she has probably reached 1 pound mark.

    • The soft fine hair, known as Lanugo, which covers most of your baby’s body, may start to become darker and you may notice it in your ultrasound scan.
    • Your baby’s lungs are developing and he or she is practicing breathing motions.
    • Your baby’s heart is now beating more strongly and pumping more blood around his or her body.
    • At this stage, your baby is moving around more. When you go to sleep, chances are you may feel the dancing movements of your baby.
    • Now, your baby's bone marrow has taken over the job of producing red blood cells from his or her liver and spleen

    What Body Changes I can Experience at 23rd Weeks of Pregnancy?

    • Your belly continues to grow and you will continue to gain weight.
    • At the end of day, you may notice swelling in your ankles and feet due to sluggish blood circulation in your legs.
    • You may notice stretch marks on your belly, thighs, and breasts.
    • This week, your breasts may start producing colostrum (early form of breast milk).

    What Pregnancy Symptoms I can Experience at 23rd Weeks of Pregnancy? -

    You may notice following symptoms by 23 weeks of your pregnancy

    • Increased appetite
    • Snoring
    • Weight gain
    • Nasal congestion
    • Frequent urination
    What Care Tips I Should follow for a Healthy Pregnancy?
  • Try to exercise regularly to increase circulation in your legs.
  • Wear support stockings and comfortable shoes to combat swelling.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, juice of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • To meet your daily calcium intake requirement, drink a glass of milk daily.
  • Keep an eye on your posture, and before sitting on a chair, make sure it is properly adjusted.
  • Keep healthy snack foods such as cheese, fresh fruits, yogurt, vegetables, peanut butter and whole grain cracker around yourself to deal with increased appetite.
  • When You Should Call Your Doctor?

    If you experience following conditions, then do not hesitate to call your doctor.

  • If you experience sharp increase in blood pressure, then do not wait to call your doctor because it can be a very serious pregnancy complication. It could be a sign of pre-eclampsia.
  • Call your doctor immediately, if you notice severe or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, more than slight swelling of your face, hands or puffiness around your eyes
  • When you laugh or cough, you may notice a fluid leakage. This is normal but in case you experience a gush of fluid which does not smell or look like urine, then it is time to call your doctor.
  • 24 Weeks Pregnant

    Your baby is now starting to fill the space in your womb and chances are, you’re noticeably pregnant by now. Your baby’s patterns of sleeping and waking at 24 weeks are becoming more defined and you will probably find that when you're sleeping, he or she is actually alert and kicking.

    How Big is my Baby at 24th Weeks Pregnant?

    At 24 weeks, your baby is about a foot long i.e. about the size of an ear of corn.

    • Now, your baby weighs more than a pound and he or she is about 10 to 12 inches long.
    • At this point, the brain of your baby is growing quickly.Your baby’s taste buds are continuing to develop.
    • His or her lungs are developing branches of the respiratory tree. The cells produce surfactant in the lungs which helps stabilize your baby’s air sacs that are important for healthy breathing.
    • Your baby’s skin is still thin and translucent.Your baby is also developing eyelashes and eyebrows.

    What Body Changes I Will Experience at 24th Weeks Pregnant?

    • This week, you may experience dry and irritated eyes. It may become worse on wearing glasses or contact lenses. Lubricating eye drops or artificial tears may help manage this problem.
    • Around this time, you may notice stretch marks on your breasts, tummy, thighs, or hips. You can massage your tummy with any cream containing Vitamin E. The best time to do massage is after showering because at that time your skin is warm and damp.
    • You may also notice small pimple like spots on your areolas. When you shower, do not try to be too vigorous with the soap.
    • At 24 weeks of pregnancy, excess saliva is a common condition. So, do not worry. You may sometimes feel messy and irritating. You can try chewing gum, to absorb the excess saliva if you need to.
    • You may suffer from headaches, this week and your work or general concentration may get affected.

    Glucose Test to Detect Gestational Diabetes-

    This week, your doctor may schedule a glucose test for you to screen for gestational diabetes. A simple blood test can help diagnose gestational diabetes. Do not worry, because it is treatable and most often temporary.

    • Sometimes you may feel such contractions just from sitting in a strange position or walking too much. Lying down and drinking water may help control the stronger ones.
    • If you experience these contractions at regular intervals with pain, call your doctor because it can be the sign of preterm labor, a serious complication.
    Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that mostly disappears after the baby is born. It occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin required to metabolize sugar in bloodstream. High level of sugar in your urine (determined by urine test), unusual thirst, and frequent urination are some of the common symptoms of this type of diabetes.

    Lab Test- Glucose Tolerance Test

    Pregnant women can develop a condition known as gestational diabetes, diabetes which is brought on by pregnancy. It can pose a risk to both mother and baby. Your doctor may recommend you a Glucose tolerance test, a test to check for gestational diabetes.

    25-weeks pregnancy

    At 25 weeks, you are around 6 months pregnant. Now you are near the end of your second trimester but you still have plenty of time left in your pregnancy. You may consider yoga or meditation to manage stress, prepare your body and mind for the delivery.

    How Big is my Baby at 25 Weeks?

    Now, your baby is as big as a head of cauliflower. He or she measures 13.6 inches in length and weighs nearly 1.5 pounds. What more is going on with your baby at this week?

    • This week, your baby’s skin is turning pinker because small blood vessels, known as capillaries, are forming under his or her skin and filling with blood.
    • This week, lungs are still very much works-in-progress.
    • Blood vessels will also develop in your baby's lungs later this week. It will bring them one step closer to take that first breath of fresh air.
    • The nostrils and nose of your baby are starting to work. That allows your little one to start practicing breaths. As there is no air in there, your baby is breathing amniotic fluid only, but it is the practice. By this week, your baby may able to smell various scents in the uterus.

    What Body Changes I Will Experience at 25th Weeks Pregnant?

    Your baby is now taking up a room in your midsection and chances are you may be feeling uncomfortable as your body adjusts. As your baby grows, your body will also gain weight to support him or her.

    You may continue to experience following symptoms or body changes in the second trimester-

    • Darkening nipples
    • Expanding stretch marks
    • Swollen ankles
    • Constipation and heartburn
    • Sleeping difficulties
    • Patches of darker skin on your face
    • Body aches and pains
    • A line of hair running from your belly button to the pubic hairline

    When to Call your Doctor?

    If you experience any of the following symptoms, then you should not wait to call your doctor.

    • Vaginal bleeding
    • Fluid leakage
    • Severe abdominal cramping
    • Abdominal or pelvic pain
    • Pressure in your pelvis or vagina
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Regular tightening or pain in your abdomen or back (premature labor)
    • Burning with urination
    Implement healthy choices

    Try not to stress over little things. Maintain your healthy diet and safe exercise routine. If you haven’t yet started implementing these healthy choices, remember it is never too late to start. So, start now.

    26th weeks pregnant- Baby’s development and Body changes

    Now, you are just days away to enter your third trimester. Your baby can hear you, and you can start spending time talking with your belly. Try not to stress over small things. Keep your weight in check to avoid your risk for any complications such as gestational diabetes. Let us discuss now, what more is going this week?

    How Big is my Baby at 26th Weeks?

    At this week, your baby is as big as a head of cabbage. He or she is around 13 inches long and weighs 2 pounds.

    • Your baby's eyes begin to open around now.
    • His or her nostrils are beginning to open, this week.
    • Your baby continues to breathe in and out amniotic fluid.
    • Your baby's taste buds are now fully developed.If your baby is a boy, then his testicles have started to descend into his scrotum.
    • His or her mouth and lips are becoming more sensitive, now.The nerves in your baby’s ears continue to develop, and he or she can hear you more clearly with every passing day.Your baby’s tooth buds begin to appear this week and they will eventually become his or her adult incisor and canine teeth

    What body changes and symptoms I can experience at 26 weeks pregnant?

    • Your previous symptoms (during past weeks) such as frequent urination may still continue to occur.
    • Your uterus now reaches more than 2 inches above your belly button.You’ll be experiencing more frequent false contractions (Braxton Hicks Contractions).
    • You’ll frequently feel the need to lie down and do rest.You may begin to experience pain under your ribs due to baby’s kicks and stretching of your uterus. Changing positions can help relieve the pain. Due to your increased weight, you may feel more back pain now.

    What Dietary tips I can follow at 26 weeks Pregnant?

    As your baby is now growing so fast, you need to follow a well balanced diet. As your baby’s brain development is so intense at this stage, your nutrition is very important.

    • Continue to eat a healthy diet including plenty of grains and vegetables.
    • Include fibre-rich foods in your diet.
    • Include whole-grain bread and cereals, lentils and brown rice in your diet. These foods are high in vitamin B and can help manage constipation.
    Implement healthy choices

    Try not to stress over little things. Maintain your healthy diet and safe exercise routine. If you haven’t yet started implementing these healthy choices, remember it is never too late to start. So, start now.

    27th-Week Pregnancy

    You have now been pregnant for more than six months. Congratulations! Now, you are finishing second trimester and beginning the final one. Your baby is sleeping and waking at regular intervals and sucking his or her fingers, perhaps.

    How Big is my Baby at 27th Weeks?

    • Your baby is as big as a head of lettuce at 27 weeks pregnant.
    • At this week, your baby looks like a thinner and smaller version of what he or she will look like after birth.
    • The lungs and nervous system of your baby continue to mature at this week

    What Symptoms I can Experience at 27th Weeks Pregnant?

    You will continue to experience previous pregnancy symptoms. At this stage, you’ve probably found some other ways to deal with them. Some of the most common symptoms are:

    • You may experience leg and muscle cramps. Stretching your legs and flexing your feet can help manage this problem.
    • You may continue to suffer from Backaches. Gentle stretching and sleeping with huge pillows can help give your back a comfortable position
    • Constipation is another common symptom. Eating plenty of fiber foods and drinking enough water can help soften your stool.
    • Haemorrhoids can occur due to the pressure which your baby is putting on your lower half.
    • For some women, their skin, hair, and nails may start growing thicker or faster while for some others they might become more brittle.
    • You can pee when you sneeze as your baby is putting a ton of pressure on your bladder.

    What Care Tips I must follow at 27th Weeks Pregnant?

    At 27th weeks, chances are you’re struggling to get enough sleep as your body adapts to your baby’s increasing size and the annoying symptoms. You can try some techniques to improve your sleep. Following care tips can help

    • Eat balanced and healthy diet.
    • Exercise and stretch.
    • Maintain a routine sleep schedule.
    • Avoid excess consumption of liquid in the evening.
    • Use relaxation techniques before bed.
    What other things I should know?

    Your doctor will test you for gestational diabetes between 24 weeks to 28 weeks of your pregnancy. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy due to hormonal changes that interfere with insulin production and resistance. Early diagnosis can help you to go on to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. Your doctor will ask you to follow a proper course of action to monitor and treat your blood sugar, in case; you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

    28th Weeks Pregnant

    At 28 weeks pregnant, chances are you will find yourself up in the middle of night. Do something relaxing to have a healthy sleep. You can read a book, or listen to soft music before going to bed. A prenatal photo shoot at this week can be a good idea to cherish your pregnancy forever. From this week onwards, staying alone is a strict no-no.

    How Big is my Baby at 28th Weeks?

    At 28th weeks, your baby is about 14.5 inches long and weighs 2 to 2.5 pounds. It is now time for your baby to start packing on the pounds for life outside of your womb.

    • This week, your baby’s eyelids are partially open.
    • The tiny eyelids now also have eyelashes.
    • The brain of your baby is in major production phase this week.
    • His or her brain is beginning to develop deep ridges. Also, the amount of tissue is increasing this week.

    What Symptoms I can Experience at 28th Weeks Pregnant?

    You are likely to experience following symptoms-

    • Breast growth and leakage
    • Continued weight gain
    • Backaches and leg cramps
    • Heavy vaginal discharge
    • Insomnia
    • Frequent urination
    • Shortness of breath
    • Heartburn, constipation and gas
    • Swelling in limbs
    • Varicose veins
    • Braxton-hicks contraction

    What Care Tips I Should Follow?

    As you are getting closer to your due date, you should take extra care of yourself and your baby.

    • Keep a check on your baby’s movements and if you notice that the movements slow down, call your doctor
    • Due to the expanding skin, your abdomen may become itchy. Contact your doctor immediately, if the itchiness is severe.
    • Avoid wearing high heels and footwear that can cause discomfort and wear comfortable flat shoes.
    • Although the delivery is still about three months away, you can start preparing for that by talking to an expert about exercises which you can do to have an easy labor.
    • Avoid sitting in one position for a long time as this will restrict the blood circulation. Also, avoid sitting with crossed legs.
    • Nutrition is important at this stage. So, continue eating a healthy and balanced diet.
    What Things I Should know?

    If you have an appointment with your doctor this week, then you can expect him or her to check your weight and blood pressure. Your doctor may look for symptoms of gestational diabetes and anemia. These conditions should be treated immediately to have a safe pregnancy. As you are going closer to your delivery date, you will have more frequent appointments with your doctor.

    29th Weeks Pregnancy

    It is now a good time to start stocking the nursery with baby care essentials. You can start packing your bag with all the things you know you will need at the hospital for your baby’s birth.

    • He or she now weighs about 2.5 pounds and is over 15 inches long from head to heel.
    • The muscles and lungs of your baby are continuing to mature.
    • Your baby’s head is growing bigger due to the rapid development of his or her brain.
    • Your baby’s bones are soaking up lots of calcium this week. Each day, about 250 mg of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton. So, make sure you are eating or drinking good food sources of calcium>

    What symptoms I can experience at 29th Weeks Pregnant?

    You may feel tired as your body is now working overtime to make a room for your baby. During week 29, you may continue to experience following symptoms-

    • Frequent urination
    • Constipation and gas
    • Abdominal pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Passing hard stools

    What Dietary Tips I can follow at 29th Weeks Pregnant?

    As your baby’s brain development and overall growth are rapid, it’s now more important to follow a well nutritious and balanced diet. So, take stock of your diet and essential supplements.

    • Are you taking enough of the important nutrients in your diet? What about calcium? At this week, you should be consuming about 1,000 to 1,200 mg of calcium daily
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Ideally, you’re getting all the calcium which you need from your diet. Here are some excellent sources of calcium which you must include in your diet at this stage.
    • Dairy products
    • Almonds
    • Beans
    • Leafy greens
    • Broccoli
    • Spinach

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    What other things I should know at 29th weeks Pregnant?

    During pregnancy, some women get something which is called "supine hypotensive syndrome".

    This occurs due to change in your heart rate and blood pressure when lying flat on your back that makes you feel dizzy till you change your position. If you stand up too quickly, you may feel lightheaded.

    How to avoid "The Spins"?
  • Lie on your side rather than your back.
  • Move slowly as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.
  • So, take care of yourself accordingly.

    30th Weeks Pregnancy

    The countdown begins! Very soon, your baby will be with you in this world. The final weeks of pregnancy are an important time for growth and development of your baby. So, take extra care of yourself.

    How Big is my Baby at 30 Weeks?

    At 30 weeks, your baby is about the size of a cucumber. He or she will be about 15.7 inches long and weighs almost 3 pounds. Your baby is fully developed, but some fine tuning is still going on.

    How my Baby is Growing during this Week?

    You may feel tired as your body is now working overtime to make a room for your baby. During week 29, you may continue to experience following symptoms-

    • At this stage, your baby’s lungs are not quite mature enough to support them in the outside world.
    • Your baby’s bone marrow is also starting to produce red blood cells ready for development and growth after birth.
    • The brain of your baby is taking on the grooves and ridges and this appearance makes it look the same as adults.
    • Now, the digestive tract of your baby is almost fully developed.
    • The amniotic fluid surrounding the baby will decrease as he or she continues to grow into the final weeks.
    • At this stage, the lanugo hair will start to disappear.

    What Body Changes I can Experience at 30th Weeks Pregnant?

    Look down at your beautiful belly! You’re well on your way to baby snuggles. You may feel extra tired these days. Finding a comfortable sleeping position will become more difficult. Better, you go to sleep earlier than usual. If you want, you can sleep or take short nap in a little later in the morning to improve your energy.

    What Pregnancy Symptoms I can experience at 30th Weeks?

    You may experience the following symptoms by 30 weeks of your pregnancy-

  • Backaches
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Changes in the size or structure of your feet
  • What Care Tips I can follow this Week?
  • You can purchase a pregnancy pillow if you’re having trouble sleeping.
  • Do not miss any appointments with your doctor because at this stage it is very important to stay updated with the changes in your body.
  • Eat balanced healthy diet and exercise every day.
  • Whenever you feel fatigued, do rest.
  • Stay connected with your friends. Call and talk to your family and loved ones.
  • What things I should know and when should I call my Doctor?

    This week, the most important thing for which you should stay alert is uterine contractions.

  • If you start feeling contraction pains and they’re growing more frequent, chances are they’re real contractions and not the Braxton-Hicks contractions. Do not hesitate to call your doctor at that time.
  • Other reasons to call your doctor include vaginal bleeding or fluid leakage.
  • If you’re experiencing severe sadness or anxiety, then also check in with your doctor. Your doctor will help you safely manage and treat your depression.
  • 31 weeks Pregnant

    At this stage, you may feel like the days of being uncomfortable are never going to end. But don’t worry; very soon, you’ll be holding your baby in your arms.

    How your baby is Growing at 31 Weeks Pregnant?

    At this week, your baby is over 18 inches long and weighs 5.3 pounds. Most of the basic physical development of your baby is now complete.

    • Your baby’s kidneys are fully developed now.
    • His or her liver can process some waste products around this time.
    • Your baby will spend the next few weeks putting on weight

    What body changes I can experience at 31 Weeks Pregnant?

    Your expanding uterus may be applying some pressure to the underside of your diaphragm. Due to this, you may feel like you have to urinate frequently and you may find it harder to catch your breath.

    Pregnancy Symptoms

    You will continue to experience following pregnancy symptoms-

    • Leaky Breasts
    • Shortness of breath
    • Braxton-Hicks contractions
    • Backaches
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Dry brittle nails
    Care tips to follow-
  • Sign up for a childbirth education class, if you haven't done so already.
  • Start packing your bag with all the items which you want to bring to hospital.
  • You may pick up a nursing bra to protect your clothes from leaky breasts.
  • Call your doctor immediately if you have more than 4 contractions in an hour or if you experience any other signs of preterm labor.
  • Pregnancy Brain

    Welcome to mommy's brain! It is a condition that occurs due to shrinking of brain cell volume in the third trimester. You may feel more forgetful. Don’t worry; everything will be normal after delivery. Do not stress and take it easy. Write things down or make notes on your smartphone.

    32 Weeks Pregnancy

    Now, it is time to surround your room with all the necessary things which you will need after your baby is born. It may seem premature, but it will help you to easily adjust to your new life.

    How Big is my Baby at 32 Weeks?

    At this week, your baby will be about the length of a leaf of kale. He or she may weigh around 4 pounds.

    • At this week, your baby’s tiny body is nearing the point where they can be ready for his or her life outside the womb. But there is still some work to do.
    • Your baby’s bones have formed but they are still soft.
    • The lungs of your baby are still in the final development stages.

    What Pregnancy Symptoms I can expect at 32 Weeks Pregnant?

    • You will probably continue to experience pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, heartburn, breast leakage and Braxton Hicks contractions until you give birth.
    • By week 32 of your pregnancy, it is normal to gain 1 pound every week. So, keep your meal choices healthy, and include fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein in your diet.

    Care Tips to follow-

    • If you have other children, you should start discussion with your family and relatives to take care of them when you go into labor.
    • Work with your partner, friends and family to set up a schedule for bringing you meals in hospital.
    • Ask a friend or neighbour to take out your garbage and walk your dog
    Things to know-

    If you think you might be experiencing contractions then, call your doctor immediately. You should also call your doctor if you experience other signs such as vaginal bleeding or fluid leakage, fever and severe abdominal pain that won’t go away.

    Lab Tests at 32 Weeks Pregnant

    At this week, your doctor may recommend-

  • HB test to check for red blood cell count (anemia).
  • Glucose tolerance test to check for gestational diabetes.
  • 33 Weeks Pregnancy

    Now, it is time to surround your room with all the necessary things which you will need after your baby is born. It may seem premature, but it will help you to easily adjust to your new life.

    How Big is my Baby at 33 Weeks?

    At this week, your baby will be about the length of a leaf of kale. He or she may weigh around 4 pounds.

    • At this week, your baby’s tiny body is nearing the point where they can be ready for his or her life outside the womb. But there is still some work to do.
    • Your baby’s bones have formed but they are still soft.
    • The lungs of your baby are still in the final development stages.

    What Pregnancy Symptoms I can expect at 33 Weeks Pregnant?

    • You will probably continue to experience pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, heartburn, breast leakage and Braxton Hicks contractions until you give birth.
    • ABy week 32 of your pregnancy, it is normal to gain 1 pound every week. So, keep your meal choices healthy, and include fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein in your diet.

    Care Tips to follow-

    • If you have other children, you should start discussion with your family and relatives to take care of them when you go into labor.
    • Work with your partner, friends and family to set up a schedule for bringing you meals in hospital.
    • Ask a friend or neighbour to take out your garbage and walk your dog.
    Things to know-

    If you think you might be experiencing contractions then, call your doctor immediately. You should also call your doctor if you experience other signs such as vaginal bleeding or fluid leakage, fever and severe abdominal pain that won’t go away.

    Lab Tests at 32 Weeks Pregnant

    At this week, your doctor may recommend-

  • HB test to check for red blood cell count (anemia).
  • Glucose tolerance test to check for gestational diabetes.
  • 6 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    6 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    6 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    6 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    6 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    6 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.

    6 Weeks Pregnant

    The blastocyst is now a tiny group of embryonic cells.Blastocystwould have already made the journey from your fallopian tube into your uterus. Now, implantation will occur and blastocyst will develop into an embryo. Placenta may become fully functional by the end of this week. But in the beginning, it will not be able to provide nutrients to developing foetus. During this period, yolk sac delivers nutrients to thefoetus. Placenta will produce hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)to alertyour ovaries to stop releasing eggs and increase the production of estrogen and progesterone.

    Signs and Symptoms

    During 5th week of your pregnancy, you can experience any or all of the following symptoms. Most of these symptoms occur due to increased level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone.

    • Breast Changes
    • Mood swings, Morning Sickness, Lightheadedness and Fatigue
    • Frequent Urination
    • Constipation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Vaginal Bleeding and Discharge
    • Food Cravings and Aversions

    Development of Fetus during 5th Week-

    Now, the embryo is about half centimeter long and looks more like a tadpole. The growth of your embryo begins during this week.

    • At this stage, you may not look pregnant but the heart of your baby has already begun to beat and pump blood.
    • Embryo’s heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, starts dividing into chambers and will find a more regular rhythm soon.
    • Major organs such as kidneys and liver also begin to grow.
    • The neural tube that connects the brain and spinal cord will close now.
    • The upper and lower limb buds of your embryo begin to sprout. Later on, these buds will form arms and legs of the baby.
    • Below the opening that will later form your baby's mouth, small folds exist. The neck and lower jaw eventually develop at these folds.

    Tips for healthy pregnancy -

    Take your prenatal vitamin- Take folic acid supplement once a day- Folic acid may lower the risk of some birth defects. So, it is important to include those foods in your diet that are rich in folic acid. Take a prenatal vitamin supplement that contains high level of folic acid. Many prenatal vitamins now provide DHA and EPA. These nutrients help in healthy development of brain and eye in your baby. These omega-3 fatty acids also help to make your breast milk more nutritious.

    Follow Healthy Diet- Say no to Dieting. Maintaining a healthy diet is important for you and your baby’s health. So, include healthy foods to your diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Include whole grains, lean proteins, beans, nuts, and dairy products to your diet. Make sure your proteins are fully cooked. Avoid seafood which contains high amount of mercury. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products to prevent infection in your developing fetus.