Your baby looks a bit like a tadpole, even though shes no bigger than a grain of rice. Her heartbeat can be picked up from an ultrasound scan. Shell double in size this week from 4mm to 8mm.
You may feel sick or grumpy and emotional due to hormones.
- Take folic acid until week 12.
- Eat little and often.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Start the day with bland food like toast.
Hes about 9mm the size of a coffee bean. His head is emerging, and there are buds that will be his arms and legs. He has dark patches where his eyes are forming.
Your breasts may be swollen and sore. Your nausea continues and you need to wee a lot. Foods taste different.
- See your GP if you have constant nausea.
- Avoid undercooked meat, soft cheeses and raw eggs.
Your baby is prawn shaped, with a big head and tail. She is now a foetus, not an embryo, and is around 16mm long. Shes starting to move, but you wont be able to feel it yet.
You may feel nauseous, tired and could be constipated.
- Rest when you can.
- Eat lots of fruit and veg, drink more fluids.
- Avoid over-exertion.
- Dont take medicine unless advised.
Hes about 2cm long the size of a grape. Eyelids are appearing and his sex organs are forming. An ultrasound scan will show leg movements.
You may feel irritable and weepy, and your centre of gravity is starting to change.
- Talk to your friends or partner about your mood swings.
- Watch your step and remove anything you could trip up on at home.
As your babys tail shrinks, she looks more like a human. Her limbs are growing, her arms can bend and her toes and fingers lose their webbing. Her heart is fully formed. Shes about 4cm long.
Youre permanently hungry. Your uterus has grown and is pushing against your bladder. Your breasts have also grown.
- Get measured for a maternity bra it will feel a lot more comfy.
He looks like a baby but with a big head, which he can hold up and away from his chest. He has 32 tooth buds and his sucking reflex is already working. He measures about 5cm.
Your nausea should subside but the mood swings may not.
- Your babys less susceptible to drugs and chemicals.
- Drink no more than one to two units of alcohol a week.
An expert can tell your babys sex now. She is using your womb as a trampoline, but you wont feel it. Fingers and toes have separated and hair is growing. Shes the size of a plum, about 8cm.
Your first antenatal appointment is due and the risk of miscarriage falls. Your clothes will feel tight.
- Take it easy.
- See your dentist, as gums are prone to infection in pregnancy.
He has a recognisable chin, snub nose and large forehead. Hes sucking, swallowing and clenching his fists. By the end of this week, hell be almost fully formed. Hes about 9cm long.
Your tummy is growing and soon everyone will notice your bump. You may get spots due to hormonal changes.
- Exercise moderately if you feel up to it.
- Make sure you drink plenty of water.
Your baby is standing up, stretching and sitting down. An ultrasound scan may be able to detect your babys sex. Your babys still skinny, as she hasnt developed a fat layer yet. Shes about 11cm long.
You may suffer from heartburn. Your tummy could have a dark line from your navel to your pubic hair called the linea nigra.
- Wear loose clothing.
- Eat little and often.
|Im 14 weeks and beginning to look like the baby youre going to meet. Im now starting to practise how to breathe and my tiny thumb has separated from the rest of my fingers so I can suck it. |
He can yawn, blink, rub his eyes and suck his thumb. His nails are developing and his facial features are defined. Hes about 12.5cm and starting to gain weight.
Your hearts pumping 20% faster to cope with the extra blood. Your hairs thicker and you may glow. Youll feel nauseous if you get tired and hungry.
- Always carry a snack and drink.
- Dont overdo it.
Your baby can wave her fingers and toes about. She is covered in downy hair called lanugo (wool) to keep her warm before fat is formed. She can hear some sounds. She is 14cm long about the length of a pencil.
You may feel the baby move like butterflies in your stomach. Itll be harder to sleep at night due to your growing bump.
- Write down any worries in a notebook.
He has a range of expressions, from a frown to a grimace. He can bring his fingers to his thumb and his fingers all together. Hes about 16.5cm but still fits in your palm.
You may be constipated but feel as if youre leaking fluids, thanks to a runny nose, extra sweating and vaginal secretions.
Stay focused on eating a healthy diet.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Avoid stodgy food.
She can punch, kick, turn and wriggle. Air sacs in her lungs and her fingerprints are developing. Her eyes may open and shell be aware of light. Shes 18cm.
Babies tend to move when youre resting, but dont worry if you cant feel anything yet.
- Massage your body with wheatgerm or vitamin E oil or cream.
- Call the NCT on 0870 444 8707 for antenatal class info.
Your baby is swinging around his umbilical cord. Brown-coloured fat deposits are forming, which keep him warm. Hes about 20.5cm in length.
You might suffer backache and skin pigment changes,
but you could have extra energy, too.
- Gentle swimming is great exercise.
- Talk your birth plan through with your midwife and birth partner, but be flexible.
|Im 19 weeks and getting bigger. I can kick, turn and leap about, though you might not feel it yet. My skins covered in a white substance called vernix. You may be able to tell if Im a boy or a girl now, too. |
Her growth rate slows. Her lungs and digestive system are maturing. Shes covered in fine hair and a waxy coating called vernix. Shes about 11oz in weight and 25cm long.
If you havent felt the baby move it may just mean you dont recognise it. You may get your libido back.
- You may feel breathless, which can signal anaemia and should be checked.
His nervous system, muscles and adult teeth are forming. His hearing is acute and hell jump at loud noises. Hes 26cm, about half as long as hell be when hes born.
You may be forgetful and people will comment on your size.
- Ignore youre so big/small comments. Everyone is different and bump size varies.
- Jot dates down and make lists so you dont forget anything.
Your baby is somersaulting and hiccuping and you should be able to feel it. Her legs are now in proportion to her body. Shes 27cm long.
Youll be piling on weight, but with the hormones settling you should be happier.
- Its time to buy some big knickers!
- Read up about breastfeeding. Its a good idea to be as informed and prepared as possible.
Hes now a fully-formed baby. He has a waking and sleeping pattern. He can hear his dads voice more easily than yours. He may be able to think. Hes about 28cm and weighs 1lb.
Your bladder is getting more squashed and youll need to wee more. Sleep becomes uncomfortable.
- Sleep on your side, not your back.
- Use a pregnancy sleep cushion.
|Im 23 weeks but I already have a sleep pattern. I like it when you move it lulls me to sleep. But when alls quiet, Im raring to go! I love to hear your voice so dont forget to say hello to me. |
She may survive
if born now, although shed need intensive care and help with breathing. Shes about 29cm.
You may have the occasional dizzy spell and feel faint. Your hair and nails are growing well.
- Avoid lying on your back, as it may constrict blood flow to your heart.
- Skins sensitive, so avoid hair removal creams and bleach.
Blood vessels continue to develop in his lungs the last vital organ to mature. Hes about 30cm long and weighs 1lb 8oz.
Your babys putting pressure on your rib cage. You may have pain as your uterus stretches.
- Avoid big meals.
- Check out nursery equipment while you still have the energy.
- Sit up straight to give your baby room.
You can see her smile and frown. Fat is forming, which will help regulate her body temperature. Shes about 30.5cm.
Your centre of gravitys changed and youll need to protect your bump. Your joints are loosening up, so look after your back.
- Avoid high heels.
- Squat when youre lifting something.
- Get down on all fours daily to take the weight off your spine.
His transparent skin is now turning opaque. Hes practising his breathing. His eyes are fully developed. Hes about 31cm.
Congratulations, youre in the third trimester! Youll need lots of fluids and a seat on the bus/train.
- Read Prima Baby and push your stomach out on public transport so no one can ignore your bump.
- Always carry a drink.
If your baby were born now, her chance of survival would be up to 95%. She measures around 32cm in length.
Your bump may itch as it swells. Some airlines wont let you fly from this week.
- If you go on holiday, check out where the nearest hospital is.
- Speak to your midwife if itching is severe as it may be a sign of a harmful liver condition.
You should be able to feel as many as 10 kicks in a morning. His brain is gaining power and he can taste the difference between sweet and sour. Hes 34cm long.
Youll have gained about 20lb. The extra weight puts pressure on your legs.
- Try to put your feet up and rest. Accept help when its offered.
- Avoid cramp by not sitting with your legs crossed.
The hair covering her body is starting to fall out. Her skin
is less wrinkled and she has more fat. If she hears a loud noise youll feel her kick. Shes 36cm.
You may feel Braxton Hicks practice contractions.
- Practise relaxation and breathing exercises for labour.
- Make the most of some quality time with your partner before your baby arrives.
His brain and nervous system are fully developed, but his sucking reflex is still weak. Hes probably in a head-down position, though this can change. Hell move if you prod him. Hes roughly 37cm.
Youll feel hot and sweaty when everyone else is cold. Your tummy will be putting you off balance.
- Watch your posture.
- Avoid tight clothing.
- Wear layers.
Shes fully formed but is still growing and gaining strength. She receives half a litre of blood a minute from the placenta. She responds to pain, light and sound. Shes about 39cm.
Youll be feeling large and uncomfortable.
- Change position often if youre sitting, stand up. If youre on the move, lay down and rest.
- Start doing your pelvic floor exercises.
Your placenta is working extra hard and is at its most efficient. At birth it will weigh about one sixth of your babys weight. Hes about 40cm long.
Your navel probably sticks out and you feel you couldnt fit another thing inside you. When youre tired, you may have a heavy, dragging feeling in your pelvis.
- Rest when you can.
- Avoid lifting any heavy things.
Shell move less. Her intestine is filled with meconium a substance made up of dead cells and waste from the liver and bowel. She may pass some of this during labour. Shes 41cm.
Youll feel breathless. Your breasts may leak yellow colostrum, which protects your baby in the first days.
- Sit or stand up straight.
- If your breasts begin to leak, buy pads.
His lungs need to mature, but his head may now be engaged. Hes 42cm and gaining ½oz a day.
You feel huge and swollen, and could be finding it hard to get your shoes on and off. Your feet may have increased a size.
- Wear sandals or comfy trainers.
- Sit or lie down as often as you can, with your feet raised.
- Eat nutritious snacks rather than big meals.
Her lungs are developing in preparation for breathing. If she hasnt turned upside down, shes probably about to. Shes roughly 44cm.
If youve stopped work, make sure you enjoy some relaxation time. The babys head may be down low in your pelvis, giving
you a few shocks.
- Dont sit down too quickly.
- Contact local mum and baby groups.
Hes almost fully mature. He probably wouldnt need special care if born now. His eyes are blue but can change. Hes 45cm.
Your boobs may leak, especially when you hear a baby cry. You feel so uncomfortable youre eager to get the birth over with.
- Get as much rest and sleep as you can.
- If you cant get comfortable, lie on your side with a pillow between your legs.
Shes full term and could be born any time. She has more than 70 reflexes. Shes around 47cm.
You feel aches and pains due to your expanded uterus. You start nesting, giving in to that incredible urge to decorate, bake and clean.
- Dont do anything that involves standing on a chair or ladder.
- Pack your hospital bag and have it at the ready just in case.
Hes grown so rapidly he is now three times heavier than he was 11 weeks ago. Hes plumped out and measures 48cm.
You may have Braxton Hicks contractions. Your cervix will get softer and thinner.
- You may need the loo more often, so dont get caught short!
- Put some meals in the freezer and stock up on essentials you wont have much time once the babys arrived.
Your babys waiting for the hormonal tip that gets things going. Only around 5% of babies arrive on their due date. The average baby weighs 7lb 7oz and is 50cm.
- Most mums-to-be worry they wont recognise labour signs, but you will. Remember your breathing.
- Focus on your baby.
- Remember, your life wont be the same it will be even better.
Hello Mum! Youve waited such a long time to meet me. Now Im here! I feel as if I know you already as your voice, heartbeat and smell are so familiar to me. I feel comforted just being near you.