Carol App Team
Pregnancy - Week by Week
Congratulations on your pregnancy! You're about to embark on an incredible journey of nurturing a new life. To help you understand the amazing changes happening week by week, here's a brief guide about pregnancy, week by week:
Week 1-4: The Beginning
In these early weeks, you may not even realise you're pregnant! The first day of your pregnancy is calculated as the first day of your last period.During these weeks, the egg gets fertilised and implants in the uterus while your body starts producing pregnancy hormones.
Week 5: Embryo Development
You may have missed your period and taken a pregnancy test - by week 5 your hCG levels (pregnancy hormone) should be high enough to detect on a pregnancy test! Now, the embryo starts taking shape. The brain and spinal cord begin to form, so make sure you're taking prenatal vitamins and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Week 6-8: Organ Development
Major organs like the heart, brain, and lungs start developing. Your little one's face starts taking shape, and tiny limb buds start appearing. Get ready for early pregnancy symptoms like fatigue and morning sickness.
Week 9-12: Rapid Growth
During this period, your baby grows rapidly. Facial features become more distinct, and those little fingers and toes start forming. As the placenta takes over hormone production, you may feel more energised.
Week 13-16: Baby's Movement
Bones and muscles continue to strengthen, and you might start feeling gentle flutters or "quickening." If you want to find out, you can find out your baby's gender through an ultrasound!
Week 17-20: Developing Senses
Your baby's senses, like hearing and touch, are developing. You'll notice that growing baby bump!
Week 21-24: Maturing Lungs
The baby's lungs are maturing, and their sense of taste is developing. Your appetite might increase more during these weeks. Bonding with your baby through gentle touches and talking is a great idea.
Week 25-28: Third Trimester Begins
The baby's brain is growing rapidly, and their eyes are opening. You might start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions and more noticeable movements. Keep an eye on your blood pressure too.
Week 29-32: Growth Spurt
Bones are hardening, and that baby fat is starting to accumulate. As your baby grows, you may experience discomfort like backache and trouble sleeping.
Week 33-36: Preparation for Birth
The baby's head may engage in your pelvis, getting ready for birth. Energy levels might drop, so try to practise relaxation techniques and get those final preparations done.
Week 37-40: Full Term
Congratulations! Your baby is now considered full term. Keep an eye out for signs of labour and get ready for the delivery. And don't worry if your baby doesn't arrive by week 40—they often take their time!
If your baby hasn't arrived yet, your midwife will closely monitor you and your baby's well-being. They might discuss induction methods if necessary.
Remember, every pregnancy is unique, and the timeline can vary. Take care of yourself, attend those prenatal check-ups, and lean on the support of your midwife, family, and friends. Enjoy this miraculous journey and get excited about meeting your precious little one!