The first 12 weeks of pregnancy are crucial as the baby’s organs are beginning to develop. The mother’s body also goes through many changes, such as an increase in hormones which can cause nausea, backaches and morning sickness. Book a prenatal appointment with a doctor for a medical checkup and to confirm the pregnancy with an ultrasound. Around the 12th week you will be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat.
This is the third to sixth month of pregnancy, which is roughly between weeks 13 and 28. By this time, the mother’s body has adjusted to the pregnancy, which can reduce pregnancy symptoms. Most mothers start thinking about their baby’s needs, such as buying clothes and furniture. Women are supposed to continue visiting their health care provider every four weeks to check on their progress. Physical changes at this stage can include starting to wear maternity clothes to show off their pregnant belly proudly.
The final stage of pregnancy is between weeks 29 and 40. By this point, the baby has grown rapidly in both weight and height. Additionally, the baby’s lungs and respiratory system have developed. Between weeks 37 and 42, the baby is fully mature and ready for birth.
When the time is almost up, the mother will experience Braxton Hicks contractions. These contractions eventually lead to strong labor pains and finally the delivery of the baby. On delivery, the baby usually weighs around 7.5 pounds.
It’s so important to follow a week-by-week pregnancy guide to stay on top of your pregnancy and know what to expect. This way, you can enjoy your pregnancy more, and you’ll be prepared for each step before delivering your beautiful baby. Be sure to visit your healthcare provider regularly to ensure everything is progressing well. Mothers should eat a nutritious diet and avoid harmful habits like smoking and drinking, which can harm the developing baby.