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Your ovarian follicles are maturing. one of those follicles will release the egg that will travel down the fallopian tube in search of the right sperm. The lining of your uterus is thickening , preparing for the arrival of a fertilized egg.

Pregnency symptoms:

1st week: None. Note the date on which your period started . All further events will be based on this date.

Rise in your basal body temperature

clear cervical mucus with egg-white consistency. Last week your mucus was getting thinner and looking a little cloudy; this week it's extra-thin, extra stretchy, and clear(or whitish)

possible lower- abnormal achiness : One in four women may feel a twinge or series of cramps in the lower abdominal area, thought to come from an ovary releasing an egg

Your Baby:

The moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived! You have conceived and your soon-to-be-baby has started on its miraculous transformation from a single cell to a baby boy or girl.

Your Body:

you are just beginning to produce progesterone and estrogen, the pregnancy hormones that will be responsible for a host of bodily changes to come. for now though, and the next couple of weeks, it'll be like nothing is happening-at least on the outside!

Pregnency Symptoms:

Early pregnancy symptoms are like PMS symptoms(breast tenderness, bloating, mood swings ) but a little more exaggerated and long term

Your Baby:

No bigger than a poppy seed, the ball of cells that will develop into your baby has completed its journey from your fallopian tube to your uterus.

Your Body:

The tiny ball of cells that is your baby begins to undergo its magical transformation into a multilayered embryo.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Implantation bleeding (possibly): If you were spotting this week (around the time you would have had your period), it is a sign that the embryo has implanted itself into the uterine wall. Only a small percentage of women expediency implantation bleeding, so not having this symptom doesn't mean that you are not pregnant.

Pregnency Tip:

Due Date: Trying to figure out when you are due? your estimated due date is 40weeks from the first day of your last period

Your Baby:

It now resembles a teeny tadpole (with a tiny tail) and is about the size of an orange seed.

Your Body:

All the early pregnancy signs -missed period, nausea, tender breasts, and fatigue have started. Your urine pregnancy test will now show a positive result!

Pregnency Symptoms:

Frequent urination: Skip diuretics like caffeine.
Fatigue: Get plenty of rest and eat right.
Breast Tenderness & changes: Invest in a good bra( and wear it to bed if you are uncomfortable sleeping).
Nausea: Don't skip meals, stick to foods that appeal to you, and try to follow a healthy diet. Eating dry toast before getting out of bed helps
Excessive saliva: Chewing sugarless gum can help your mouth stay a little dryer.
food cravings and aversions : Indulge your chocolate cravings with a mini bar and find healthy substitutes for the foods you can't stand (like drinking a fresh fruit juice instead of eating salads).

Your Baby:

The jaw, cheeks, chin, eyes, ears, and nose are beginning to form. So are the kidneys, liver and lungs. The heart is now beating 80 times a minute. But your baby is still no bigger than a nail head ( a quarter of an inch ) from crown to rump!

Your Body:

The pregnancy hormone HCG is increasing blood flow to your pelvic area. Your kidneys are becoming more efficient at ridding waste. Your uterus is beginning to push down on your bladder, causing and frequency of urination.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Frequent urination.
Fatigue
Breast tenderness &changes
Nausea& vomiting
Heartburn & indigestion.
Bloating
Increased sense of smell

Pregnency Tips:

Tests : Get a pelvic exam , pap smear, blood type tests, Rh factor, thyroid state, blood sugar levels, iron-deficiency tests. Also get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, immunity to German Measles(rubella), genetic diseases, glucose, protein, red and white blood cells, and bacteria in your urine

Your Baby:

Your baby is now about 10,000 times bigger.
Most of the is in the head as new brain cells are generated at the rate of 100 per minute. The mouth and tongue are forming.arm and leg buds sprout, and the kidneys are getting ready to do their job.

Your Body:

by now, some expectant moms notice the enlargement of breasts. This is caused by pregnancy hormones. Increase in blood flow and a buildup of fat-your body's preparation to facilitate breast feeding

Pregnency Symptoms:

Frequent urination.
Fatigue
Breast tenderness &changes
Nausea& vomiting
Heartburn & indigestion.
Excessive saliva
food cravings & aversions
constipation

Pregnency Tips:

Diet: Having food aversions even with your fave foods? Find substitutes, cater to your whims. Think dates and resin for protein if you can't stand the sight and smell of eggs. Champ right ahead as long as you don't overdo it!

Your baby:

your clothes are feeling a little tight around the tummy and you might need a bigger bra. you may also be feeling perpetually queasy and experiencing heartburn. Eating little amounts often helps.

Your Body:

your clothes are feeling a little tight around the tummy and you might need a bigger bra. you may also be feeling perpetually queasy and experiencing heartburn. Eating little amounts often helps.

Pregnency symptoms:

Fatigue
Nausea &vomiting
Food cravings &aversions
Flatulence
Bloating
Constipation
Increased sense of smell
Increased vaginal discharge
Occasional headaches
Occasional faintness & dizziness

Pregnency Tips:

Eat fruits: They contain essential vitamins and other nutrients good for you and your baby. the right fruit can stand in for just about any vegetable you are shunning when pregnancy aversions and nausea overcome you.

Your Baby:

Your baby has grown about an inch since last week. Tiny muscles are beginning to form and it is gearing up to move its arms and legs. It is still too soon to feel anything in your belly yet though.

Your Body:

Chances are you have never felt so tired in your life. That's because your body is working overtime as it develops the placenta, Your baby's lifeline. Your metabolism and hormone levels are also surging, triggering a decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Frequent urination
Fatigue
Breast Tenderness &changes
Nausea &vomiting
Heartburn & indigestion
Excessive saliva
Bloating
Constipation
Flatulence

Pregnency Tips:

Fighting nausea if big meals are a turnoff, eat at least six smaller, but nutrient packed mini-meals and snacks through the day keeping your tummy a little bit filled is the best way to keep nausea at bay. Focus on choosing a healthy option whenever your stomach doesn't protest-whole grain crackers & cheese and some ginger!

Your Baby:

Smell indentations on the legs for knees and ankles tiny arms, even elbows that bend, minute buds of baby teeth under the gums are all forming now. The stomach and kidneys are producing digestive juices and urine, and if it's a boy, his testes are making testosterone!

Your Body:

pregnancy hormones make bowel muscles sluggish and you get constipated. whole grains and veggies can help, as can drinking lots of water and exercising regularly. Headaches and newly visible veins also debut as your body's blood supply ramps up-it'll increase by 20-40%over the course of your pregnancy!

Pregnency Symptoms:

Fatigue
Nausea & vomiting
Food cravings &aversions
Heartburn &indigestion
Flatulence
Increased vaginal discharge
Occasional headaches
Occasional faintness & dizziness
Visible veins on the body
Lower abdominal achiness.

Pregnency Tips:

constipation: It is very common first trimester problem. SO steel clear of foods tough to digest(refines breads, cereals, pasta, rice...). Fixate on fiber - whole grains, fresh fruit, dried fruit, raw or lightly cooked vegetables , and nuts & seeds. Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water and fruit &vegetable juices, and finally, remember that getting moving can keep things moving

Your Baby:

About two inches long now, the baby has been growing hair follicles, fingernails and ovaries (if a girl), hands and feet in front of the body , ears nearly in their final shape, open nasal passages, tongue and palate and visible nipples. And individual fingers and toes too!

your body:

Hungry? It's a sign your morning sickness is easing and your appetite is gearing up to help you nourishh your body and baby ! But don't go overboard. Gain efficiently by choosing the most nutritious foods. Keep off notorious gas producers such as beans, fried foods, soda and sweets.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Frequent Urination
Fatigue
Breast tenderness & changes
Nausea & Vomiting
Excessive Saliva
Food Craving & aversions
Bloating
Occasional fitness & dizziness

Pregnency Tips:

Pregnancy fatigue: This is normal because your body is not the only thing in production -so is the placenta. Your energy should pick up once the placenta is up and running and your system adjusts to the hormonal chnges of pregnancy. In the meantime, keep your blood sugar level up with frequent snacks of complex carbs and protein. Try a little exercise and listen to your body. When it calls for a break, take one.

Your Baby:

Smell indentations on the legs for knees and ankles tiny arms, even elbows that bend, minute buds of baby teeth under the gums are all forming now. The stomach and kidneys are producing digestive juices and urine, and if it's a boy, his testes are making testosterone!

Your Body:

pregnancy hormones make bowel muscles sluggish and you get constipated. whole grains and veggies can help, as can drinking lots of water and exercising regularly. Headaches and newly visible veins also debut as your body's blood supply ramps up-it'll increase by 20-40%over the course of your pregnancy!

Pregnency Symptoms:

Fatigue
Nausea & vomiting
Food cravings &aversions
Heartburn &indigestion
Flatulence
Increased vaginal discharge
Occasional headaches
Occasional faintness & dizziness
Visible veins on the body
Lower abdominal achiness.

Pregnency Tips:

Hormones hit every woman differently. just stay emotionally connected with your partner, and remember- and remind your partner-that women who've lost that loving feeling in the first trimester get it back in the second.

Your Baby:

The size of the head is now about half of its entire length. Tiny bones are beginning to form in the arms and legs. Intestines are beginning to move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen, and the vocal cords are under construction. Because arms and legs can now be moved. In a jerky fashion, the thumb may be in the mouth!

your body:

when it comes to sex during pregnancy ,anything goes. You may feel hotter than ever while your husband is feeling anything but. Or, he may be entranced by your ripening breasts and belly, but his hands are just about the last things you want to feel on your body right now. this is all normal and it's likely to change as you get closer to delivery.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Decreasing fatigue
Breast tenderness &changes
Food cravings and aversions
Heartburn Or indigestion
Constipation
Occasional faintness &dizziness
Visible veins on the body

Pregnency Tips:

Belly bulge: Your belly's already bursting at the seams. Could it be twins? May be...if you are 35+,or it could just be that your due date's off. Or that you are simply bloated with gas. it's also possible that you are going overboard with your diet.

Your Baby:

Now the jerkiness is gone and there is fluidity in movements. Other developments include a roof for the mouth as well as intestinal activity - meconium production. Also a downy coating of hair and baby fat to keep it warm.

your body:

Your breasts aren't quite as tender as they were last trimester and your energy level is making a comeback. Less morning sickness and fewer trips to the potty to pee. You might be feeling pregnancy aches on the lower sides of your abdomen as the muscles and ligaments that support your growing uterus stretch.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Decreasing need to urinate frequently
Decreasing fatigue
Continued breast growth but decreasing tenderness
Decrease in nausea & vomiting
Increasing appetite.
Varicose veins
Possible nasal congestion

Pregnency Tips:

Less immunity: You are more susceptible to colds, flu, and other bugs when you are expecting because nature suppresses your immune system to keep the fetus from being rejected. Keep safe by washing your hands often, not sharing drinks or food, avoiding sick people. If you think you have caught something. check with your doctor. She will treat what you have got with your special needs in mind.

Your Baby:

your baby's ears have migrated to the sides of the head, and the eyes are moving to the front of the face. it can now wiggle its fingers and toes and make breathing movements in preparation for life outside the womb.

Your Body:

Pregnancy hormones cause inflammation of the teeth and gums, making them more susceptible to plaque, bacteria and thus, prone to bleeding in addition, you might be coping with a chronic stuffy nose or even nosebleeds brought on by progesterone surging through your system.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Heartburn or indigestion
Flatulence
Bloating
Occasional headaches
Occasional faintness & dizziness
varicose veins
Lower abdominal achiness

Pregnency Tips:

Weight gain, starting in the second trimester, your baby is getting bigger and bigger, and so are you. Aim for a weekly weight gain of not more than half a kilo, netting about two kilos a month in all, Ear smart.

Your Baby:

Your baby is now four to five inches in length. The ear bones are now in place. which means it can probably hear your voice. The tiny body muscles, Your baby can now make a few expressions. The eyes are finally working. making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light.

Your Body:

Embrace your body's new shape. As long as you eat right - minimize junk and maximize nutrient-dense foods-and get regular exercise, you'll be fine in the long run. Remember, every woman is different and gains (and loses) at her own pace. Another part of you that's swelling, by the way, is the membranes in your nose, leading to nasal congestion.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Continued breast growth
Constipation
Increased vaginal discharge
Varicose veins
Possible nasal congestion
Backaches
Lower abdominal achiness

Your Baby:

your baby's now about the size of your palm ,weighs about five ounces, and is develop some body fat, The heart is now regulated by the brain to beat 140-150 times per minute...about twice as fast as yours! what else? sucking and swallowing!

Your Body:

you perceive more new developments in your body. There is a slight vaginal discharge and a greater sensitivity to allergens (both totally normal). you have the appetite of a truck driver now that the queasy feeling is (probably) gone.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Increasing appetite
Heartburn or indigestion
Flatulence
Occasional headaches
Occasional faintness or dizziness
Backaches
Stretch marks

Pregnency Tips:

snoring: it is a common and temporary side effect of pregnancy as even your nose is affected by the pregnancy hormones!
Use a humidifier in your bedroom or a nasal strip on your nose to help clear the nasal passages. Or sleep on a couple of pillows keeping your head slightly elevated.

Your Baby:

At five and a half inches long and five ounces in weight, your baby now is large enough for you to feel all the twisting, rolling ,kicking, and punching in the womb plus, it's developing yawning and hiccupping skills and a unique set of toe and fingerprints

Your Body:

Your growing uterus is causing your body's centre of gravity to shift, pulling the lower back forward and pushing the abdomen out. The joint-loosening pregnancy hormones are also wreaking havoc on your muscles and ligaments, adding up to one big backache!

Pregnency Symptoms:

Fetal movements
Flatulence
Varicose veins
Leg cramps
Bleeding gums
Stretch marks
Mild swelling in ankles & feet
Skin , hair &nail changes

Pregnency Tips:

Heartburn: Even a bite of toast can sometimes set your gut on fire these days. That's the heartbreak of heartburn that can persist throughout your pregnancy For starters, eat slowly and chew thoroughly, eat smaller meals and snacks, sit upright for a few hours after eating, and sleep with your head elevated.

Your Baby:

Your baby weighs about a half pound, is six inches long and covered in a substance called vernix caseosa, a greasy white layer that protects it from the surrounding amniotic fluid.
The vernix sheds as delivery approaches, though some babies still sport a bit of the coating at birth.

Your Body:

Leg cramps during pregnancy are pretty common (muscle fatigue or compressed blood vessels are the likeliest culprits )and tend to strike at night, you might also experience tingling and numbness in your fingers and toes, probably a result of your body's swelling tissues pressing on the nerves.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Hearty appetite
Constipation
Occasional faintness or dizziness
Possible nasal congestion
Lower abdominal achiness
Backache
Stretch marks

Pregnency Tips:

Baby kicks: Felt gas bubbles this morning? They could well be the first tiny kicks of your baby. Expect them anytime, between weeks 18 and 22. Feeling the sensations depends on size (thinner ones feel the movements earlier), muscle tone(laxer the uterine muscles, easier to feel), the baby's position (when the baby kicks facing in, it's more difficult to perceive the movements)

Your Baby:

While your baby is definitely getting bigger, there's still plenty of growing room in there,
which allows it to twist and turn (and allows you to feel the robotics)

Your Body:

Now that you are at the midpoint of your pregnancy, that little bundle of joy is becoming more of a reality as you feel his movements. your nails would become have become stronger (plus a little dry and brittle)
and your body hair and mane is thicker and fuller than usual.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Heartburn Or indigestion
Increased vaginal discharge
Occasional headaches
Occasional faintness or dizziness
Leg cramps
Mild swelling in ankles &feet
Protruding navel

Pregnency Tips:

Meal size: with weeks of nausea and food aversions behind you. you may be eager to hit the buffet. But remember that your small meals dietary practice during the queasy months is still the best way to feed yourself and your baby. Studies show that moms who eat at least five or six small meals and snacks a day are more likely to carry to term.

Your Baby:

About the size of a large banana, if you eat one this week, there's a good chance your baby will get a taste of it too as it swallows a bit of amniotic fluid each day (for nutrition, hydration, and to practice digesting).

Your Body:

You may notice some stretch marks as your body expands and your belly & breasts keep growing. These pink , red, purple streaks appear when the supporting tissue under your skin gets torn as skin stretches. Slather cocoa butter-at least it'll keep your skin from drying out, even if it won't keep those marks at bay.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Fetal movement
Hearty appetite
Flatulence
Varicose veins
Backaches
Bleeding gums
Skin, Hair & Nail changes

Pregnency Tips:

Anxiety: The reality of pregnancy is probably beginning to sink in now, bringing with it a few ambivalent feelings. At some point in pregnancy just about every expectant mother (and father!) begins to feel anxiety and fear. It is completely normal to feel so. Talk your feelings over with your friends and discuss your fears with your partner, who's probably just as in need of a good heart-to-heart

Your Baby:

Your baby now weighs a full pound measures nearly eight inches, has grown eyebrows, eyelashes, and maybe even some hair on the head. It can perceive light and dark, and hear clearly. With the development of the brain and nerve endings, it has a newfound sense of touch and is reaching out to its face.

Your Body:

Your ever-expanding belly has the company of growing and swelling feet. That's because the pregnancy hormone relaxin , loosens your ligaments in the feet spread slightly, which results, for many women, in a half or whole shoe-size increase. Wear sensible shoes to help you balance that big belly and your changing center of gravity.
and your body hair and mane is thicker and fuller than usual.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Heartburn or indigestion
Constipation
Increased vaginal discharge
Occasional faintness or dizziness
Leg cramps
Stretch marks
Protruding navel

Pregnency Tips:

Tummy-touchers : You may not mind well-whishing ones, but if you do, try telling them you don't like it. Or back off, literally, dodging their advances. Or turn the tables by giving their belly a rub! You are already sharing your body on the inside - you don't need to share on the outside too!

Your Baby:

The saggy skin of your baby has started to fit the frame as fat deposits fill things out. Beginning this week, the pounds will be packing on and by month end. You can expect a doubling in weight. Organs and bones are visible through the skin, which has a red due to developing veins and arteries beneath. But once the fat deposits settle, it'll become less transparent.

Your Body:

That dark line running down the middle of your tummy now is the linea nigra. It's always been there, but you probably never noticed it until pregnancy hormones caused hyper pigmentation. Other skin changes may include red palms and soles, bluish blotchy legs, heat rash, and skin tags. Not to forget that itchy belly.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Fetal activity
Hearty appetite
Bloating
Forgetfulness
Snoring
Tingling hands (Carpal tunnel)
Bleeding gums

Pregnency Tips:

Relaxation techniques: If your growing baby is making you a quivering bundle of nerves, now's a great time to learn some soothing relaxation techniques. Yoga is a fabulous de-stressor, but here's technique you can use just about anywhere, anytime. Sit with your eyes closed and imagine a beautiful, peaceful scene. Then , working your way up from your toes to your face, concentrate on relaxing every muscle. Breathe slowly, deeply, only through your nose and choose a simple word(such as "yes" or "one") to repeat aloud every time you exhale. 10 to 20 minutes should do the trick, though even a minute or two is better than nothing

Your Baby:

Your baby is about eight and a half inches long and weighs one and a half pounds. Much of the weight is from accumulating baby fat, and the growing organs, bones, and muscle. The ears are getting sharper and can hear very loud sounds. Now , the face is sporting eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair.

Your Body:

Almost every expectant mom's belly button pops at some point as her swelling uterus pushes on everything in its path. Things should return to normal after delivery. Probably your wrists and fingers will still feel numb, thanks to Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Constipation
Occasional headaches
Lower abdominal achiness
Backaches
Leg cramps
Vision changes
Mild swelling in ankles and feet

Pregnency Tips:

Red itchy palms: And feet too. Though this is a relatively normal symptom be sure to mention it to your doctor, there's a chance it could indicate a rare pregnancy complication called cholestasis. Name your hormones but avoid anything that makes your palms redder - such as being overheated, taking long, hot baths or showers, or wearing too-warm or too-tight gloves or shocks

Your Baby:

Your baby is nine inches in length and passing the pound and a half mark. Under the skin, capillaries are forming and filling with blood and by week's end, air sacs will develop in the lungs, getting them ready for that first breath. Your baby's tiny nostrils, which have been plugged up until now, are starting to open, and the vocal chords are getting ready to roar.

Your Body:

More than half of all pregnant women experience swollen, itchy veins in the rectum due to the uterus pressing down, and because of increased blood flow to the area. While not dangerous, hemorrhoids can be downright painful, so try avoiding them by eating right and evading constipation (which aggravates piles), doing pelvic-floor ( Kegel ) exercises, and trying not to strain in the potty. With any luck, they'll disappear after delivery.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Heartburn or indigestion
Snoring
Tingling hands
Varicose veins
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
Restless Legs Syndrome(RLS)
Skin, nail & hair changes

Pregnency Tips:

Dental health: To keep your baby safely inside you until term, put your dental floss where your mouth is. Research links good dental health and oral hygiene with longer pregnancies, periodontitis, a serious infection of the teeth has been linked to premature birth and even an increased risk of pre-eclampsia.

Your Baby:

Your baby now weighs two pounds and measures 9+ inches . Its eyes, developing until now under fused eyelids, start to open. And so, if there's a bright light or a loud noise near your belly, you may notice an increase in fetal activity. Because now, the brain is more developed and sophisticated.

Your Body:

If a full nights rest has become elusive, welcome to pregnancy insomnia. Between heartburn & Leg cramps, bathroom runs & the big tummy, your body has trouble calming down and drifting off. Try daytime exercise , a day dose of fresh air and limiting fluids before you hit the bed.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Bloating
Increased vaginal discharge
Occasional headaches
Forgetfulness
Clumsiness
Lower abdominal achiness
Vision changes

Pregnency Tips:

Fetal movements: Feel like you are carrying the Karate Kid inside? Your baby is actually
practicing movements including pedaling. a sort of pre-walking skill. As its nervous system develops, the movements will become more coordinated. And as the it gets bigger, the movements will become more powerful...and occasionally, even painful. At such times, try changing positions, do stretches, or gently push your baby back with your hand.

Your Baby:

At the end of the 2nd trimester, your baby could be 15 inches and triple (even quadruple) what it was in week, coming in at just over 2 pounds. Your baby may recognise your voice by now, so feel free to serenade your belly and invest in a good fetal doppler to hear your baby's heartbeats and movements.

your body:

Puffy? That's to be expected as about 75% of soon to be moms experience edema(mild swelling of the hands, feet, and ankles) around this time. That's because fluids build up in your body tissues thanks to increased blood flow and uterine pressure on the vena cava (the large vein that cycles blood from your lower limbs to your heart)

Pregnency Symptoms:

Flatulence
Occasional faintness or dizziness
Possible nasal congestion
Restless legs Syndrome(RLS)
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction(SPD)
Bleeding gums
Skin, hair & nail changes

Pregnency Tips:

New navel: As your baby grows bigger and bigger, so will your belly button. If you don't quite like the outie look, consider taping it down with a Band-aid. Your navel will revert inward after you give birth, through it might be a bit wider and looser than before.

Your Baby:

Your baby is settling into the proper position for birth, with her head facing downward toward your body's nearest exit!. About 2.5 pounds and almost 16 inches long, its busy learning to blink apart from coughing, sucking, hiccupping, and taking practice breaths. Its sleep now includes the REM( rapid eye movement) phase and that means your baby could be dreaming!

Your Body:

As your baby settles into the right position for childbirth, its head, plus the weight of your uterus, may now be sitting on your sciatic nerve which runs through the lower part of your back, buttocks, and legs. This can cause sharp, shooting pain and/or tingling or numbness, starting in your rear end and radiating down the backs of your legs. Don't worry, this too shall pass!

Pregnency Symptoms:

Flatulence
Occasional faintness or dizziness
Possible nasal congestion
Restless legs Syndrome(RLS)
Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction(SPD)
Bleeding gums
Skin, hair & nail changes

Pregnency Tips:

Children classes: They equip you with all the skilla you need to get through delivery. Sign up early so you can finish several weeks before your due date. Opt for lessons on infant care , CPR, and breast feeding. There are classes for second.- timers who need to brush up and classes designed for those expecting multiples.

your baby:

Nearly 3 pounds and 17 inches now, your baby's getting pretty close to the birth stats. Over the next 11 weeks, it'll more than double its weight. As it fills up your womb, you are less likely to feet those kicks and more likely to feel the elbow pokes and knee jabs.

your body:

Varicose veins are swollen but harmless blood vessels that often surface on your body for the first time during pregnancy, especially if your mom or grandma had them. You may have minor achiness and swelling or you may be unlucky enough to experience real pain and bulging blue veins, usually from the ankle to the upper thigh. Watch your weight. Keep your blood flowing, and avoid heavy lifting for relief.

Pregnency symptoms:

Constipation
Occasional headaches
Hemorrhoids
Forgetfulness
Itchy abdomen
Skin, nail & hair changes
Difficulty sleeping

Pregnency Tips:

Counting baby's kicks: Once you've passed week 28, count them twice a day-morning & night. Do it lying down(since babies kick more then). Count all movements (even swishes and rolls). If you haven't reached ten within an hour, have a light snack and try again. The blood-sugar rush is likely to get baby on the move again. Just remember that fewer than ten movements within two hours warrants a call to your doctor.

Your Baby:

3+ pounds now, your baby will be packing on weight at the rate of half pound per week for the next seven weeks, Also growing daily is the brain, which is developing grooves and wrinkles. Now that the little one can regulate body temperature, lanugo - the downy hair starts to shed.

Your Body:

Heartburn occurs because the pregnancy hormones that cause the pelvic muscles to relax, do so with the ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach. So food and digestive juices from the tummy enter the chest and throat. The expanding uterus, now exerting pressure on the stomach, only fuels the fire.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Stronger fetal activity
Flatulence
Bloating
Constipation
Occasional faintness or dizziness
Bleeding gums
Stretch marks
Mild swelling of ankles & feet
Fatigue

Pregnency Tips:

Cord blood banking: Cord blood, what remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth, contains stem cells that can be used to treat many diseases. This safe and painless, 5-minute procedure is performed just after the baby is born. More and more parents are opting for it. Ifyou want to do it, talk to your doctor now so that all the necessary prep work is ready.

Your Baby:

3+ pounds and 18 inches long, your baby is quickly approaching his birth length. Also developing at an impressive clip are your baby's brain connections. Information is already being processed, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all five senses. The baby's putting in longer stretches of sleep.

Your Body:

Your diaphragm may be feeling very cramped these days as your uterus is pushing up against it, crowding your lungs and making it difficult for them to expand fully. The result:your body is spare on air and will be so, until your baby drops near the end of pregnancy in preparation for birth. But don't worry, your baby is getting his oxygen from the placenta.

Pregnency symptoms:

More frequent urination
Occasional headaches
Varicose veins
Possible nasal congestion
Lower abdominal achiness
Backaches
Increasing clumsiness
Forgetfulness
Difficulty sleeping

Pregnency Tips:

How your baby responds to sex: Parental lovemaking and orgasm can have an interesting effect on babies in the womb. Some are very quiet after their parents have sex while others become frisky. Both enjoying your sex life for as long as you can.

Your Baby:

Your baby's getting ready for the big debut, tipping the scales at almost 4 pounds and topping out at about 19 inches. These past few weeks have been about honing the skills needed to thrive outside- swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. With more and more fat accumulating under the skin, your baby is becoming less transparent and more opaque.

Your Body:

This week, your body may start prepping for delivery day with practice contractions. Known as Braxton Hicks, they feel like a tightening sensation that begins at the top of the uterus and then spreads downward, lasting from 15-30 seconds. How do you know these contractions aren't the real thing? They'll stop if you change position.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Flatulence
Bloating
Constipation
Occasional faintness or dizziness
Hemorrhoids
Leg cramps
Itchy abdomen
Enlarged breasts & colostrums

Pregnency Tips:

Ultrasound photos: Though it is a tried-and-true prenatal tool, go for it only with your doctor's advice. While there's nothing more precious than seeing your baby in 3D, these machines use much higher power than the typical ultrasound machines, which can be harmful to the fetus.

Your Baby:

Your baby's getting ready for the big debut, tipping the scales at almost 4 pounds and topping out at about 19 inches. These past few weeks have been about honing the skills needed to thrive outside- swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. With more and more fat accumulating under the skin, your baby is becoming less transparent and more opaque.

Your Body:

Midnight bathroom runs, leg cramps, heartburn, and a basketball-sized belly,all make sleep elusive. Third-trimester insomnia strikes most women. Since your body needs rest, do your best to get comfy.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Stronger fetal activity
Occasional headaches
Varicose veins
Lower abdominal achiness
Nail changes
Protruding navel
Shortness of breath
Increasing clumsiness
Forgetfulness
Braxton Hicks contraction

Pregnency Tips:

Omega-3 fatty acids: Studies suggest that infants born to mothers whose diets contain plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids(DHA) have an edge in terms of early development.
Fish is a great source of DHA, which is critical to brain and vision development. Almost all of a baby's accumulation of DHA occurs during the last trimester. DHA may also help prevent pre-term labour and protect against postpartum depression.

Your Baby:

Your baby is clocking in at 5 pounds and could be as tall as 20 inches by now, and the vernix (the white coating protecting the skin) is getting thicker. A boy's testicles start making their way down from the abdomen to the scrotum. The fingernails have probably reached the tips fingers by now!

Your Body:

Not only can your vision seem less sharp these days, but also a decrease in tear production can leave your eyes dry and imitated especially if you wear contact lenses. Plus, an increase in fluid behind you eyes lenses can temporarily change their shape, making some women more nearsighted or farsighted than usual.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Flatulence
Constipation
Increased vaginal discharge
Hemorrhoids
Stretch marks
Backaches
Hair changes
Leg cramps
Mild swelling of ankles & feet
Shortness of breath
Difficulty sleeping
Leaking colostrum

Recording memories: Write your hopes and dreams for your baby as letters. Talk about what this pregnancy means to you and how it's changing your world. Share your reaction when you first found out you were pregnant; when you felt those first kicks. Imagine what your future will be like together. Seal it with a kiss..

Your Baby:

This week, your baby is standing tall at about 20 inches At about 5.5 pounds, it is continuing to gain weight including large amounts of baby fat. Fetal brain development has also gained momentum. But don't worry, the head's still soft enough to allow an easy exit through the birth canal.

Your Body:

Now that your baby is head-down in preparation for delivery, chances are your bladder's leaking a little every time you sneeze or cough or laugh! Whatever you do, don't cut back on fluids! To improve your body's holding power, do pelvic-floor exercises, Kegels. They can help strengthen your pelvic muscles- now and postpartum.

Pregnency Symptoms:

Heartburn or indigestion
Occasional headaches
Varicose veins
Hemorrhoids
Bleeding gums
Skin changes
Increasing clumsiness
Forgetfulness
Braxton Hicks contractions

Your Baby:

: Forget your aching back by trying to focus on your baby, who is now about 6 pounds and 20 inches long, with soft bones and cartilage to allow a safe exit. Most systems(from circulatory to musculoskeletal) are ready for prime time, though the digestive system will lock into gear at the first ankle.

Your Body:

Your body may be feeling pretty "done" by now. You are doing the full-term pregnancy waddle, the result of hormone-triggered loosening and softening of connective tissue. This is your body's way of getting ready to squeeze a big baby out of a small space .. Unfortunately, those loose joints can lead to some pretty serious hip and pelvic pain-but hang in there!

Pregnency Symptoms:

Changes in fetal activity
Heartburn or indigestion
Flatulence
Constipation
More frequent urination
Increased vaginal discharge
Pelvic pressure & discomfort
Forgetfulness
Increased swelling of ankles &feet
Difficulty sleeping
Fatigue or extra energy

Your Baby:

Congratulations! You've got a full-term baby, even with three weeks to go. But it's not done growing yet-at 6.5 pounds, it's still packing on about half a pound a week. You may not be sensing the kicking as much as the stretching, rolling and wigging. Right now, your little superstar is rehearsing how to inhale and exhale amniotic fluid (to get the lungs ready), sucking his thumb (to prepare for that first suckle of milk), blinking, and turning from side to side.

Your Body:

Your body is going through its own preparations for childbirth as your doctor starts looking for signs of labor- the baby's position in relation to your pelvic (engagement) and whether effacement (thinning of the cervix) and dilation (opening of the cervix) have begun. She may also determine whether your cervix has begun to soften and move to the front of the vagina. These processes can occur gradually (over a period af weeks or even a month or more in some women) or overnight. So while they are clues that you are indeed progressing, they are far from sure bets when it comes to pinpointing the actual start of labor .

Pregnency Symptoms:

Changes in fetal activity
Heartburn or indigestion
Cervical dilation or effacement
Bloody show
Varicose veins
Pelvic pressure & discomfort
Leg cramps
Stretch marks
Protruding parts
Forgetfulness
Difficulty sleeping

Pregnency Tips:

Perineum massage: This will help to gently stretch your perineum (skin between your vagina and rectum), which in turn can minimize the singing that occurs when a baby's head crowns during childbirth. It may also help you avoid an episiotomy and tearing. Here's how to do it: make sure your hands are clean and your nails are trimmed, lubricate your thumbs and put them inside your vagina. Press down (toward your rectum) and slide your thumbs across the bottom and sides of your perineum, pulling gently outward (and forward) on the lower part of the vagina with your thumbs hooked inside. This helps stretch the skin in the same way your baby's head will during birth. You can do this daily until D-day or not at all if it makes you feel uncomfortable

Your Baby:

The little one weighs close to 7 pounds and is 20 inches long. Fetal development is nearly complete including shedding the skin-protecting vernix and lanugo its also producing more surfactant, a substance that prevents the air sacs in the lungs from sticking to one another once breating starts. The fetus continues to add fat and fine-tune the brain and nervous system

Your Body:

Your body is now getting the milk machine up and running, part of the process is producing colostrum, the precursor to breast milk. Colostrum is full of antibodies, has more protein and less fat & milk sugar than the breast milk that arrives later.

Pregnency Symptoms:

More frequent urination
Increased vaginal discharge
Bloody show
Diarrhea
Itchy abdomen
Increased swelling of ankles & feet
Difficulty sleeping
Fatigue or extra energy
Enlarged breasts & colostrum
Braxton Hicks contractions

Your Baby:

Your baby weighs 7 to 8 pounds and measures 19-21 inches. The brain is still growing at an astonishing rate a pace that will continue for the first three years of life . The pink skin has now turned whitish. The head may have dropped into your pelvic by now, which makes breathing easier but walking harder for you.

Your Body:

The end is in sight, so watch for giveaway signs: Braxton Hicks contractions; rapture of the membranes; loss of the mucous plug, and the bloody show. Labour could be any time now.

Pregnency Symptoms:

More frequent Braxton Hicks contractions
Increased vaginal discharge
Slow down in fetal activity
Heartburn or indigetion
Blood show or loss of mucous plug
Rupture of membranes
Diarrhoea or nausea
Hemorrhoids
Pelvic pressure & discomfort
Backaches

Pregnency Tips:

Preparing for a caesarean: Many hospitals and birthing centres are increasingly sensitive to an expectant mother's desire to be awake, comfortable, and with the people she loves both during and after delivery. These days, most will try to accommodate your requests in a non-emergency situation, so ask for what you want.

Your Baby:

our baby weighs anywhere from 6 to 9 pounds and measures between 19 and 22 inches now. The bones in the skull haven't fused yet to make it easier to get through the birth canal. There is enough fat now under the skin to maintain body temparature outside. Your placenta is still providing the antibodies needed to fight off infections for the first six months.

your body:

About half of all pregnancies go past the 40-week mark, but your baby's birthday will absolutely be sometime in the next two weeks, as your doctor won't let you go longer than 42 weeks. One event that's not guaranteed however, is your water breaking room with heir membranes infact.

Pregnency Symptoms:

More frequent Braxton Hicks contractions
Slow down in fetal activity
Heartburn Or indigetion
Cervical dilation or effacement
Diarrhoea or nausea
Pelvic pressure & discomfort
Difficulty sleeping
Fatigue or extra energy

Pregnency Tips:

Size doesn't matter. Many women fear that something so big cannot squeeze through such a littile space. It is the size of their mothers and your vagina knows how much to stretch. Doing Kegels faithfully helps. Even your baby knows to mould his still-pliable head to fit through that tight squeeze

Your Baby:

It seems like your baby has opted for a late checkout. It is better to get in touch with your doctor and discuss the options without waiting any longer.

Your Body:

The intricate process of labour begins with the fetus whose brain sets off a relay of chemical messages that simulates a chain reaction of hormones in you. Your water may break, and you may notice or red-tinged mucus (the bloody show) just before labour begins. Contractions start (like an upset tummy or heavy menstrual cramps), then intensity, becoming progressively more frequent and painful, and generally (but not always)more regular. This could be it!

Pregnency Symptoms:

Slowdown in fetal activity
More frequent urination
Bloody show or loss of mucous plug
Cervical dilation or effacement
Diarrhoea or nausea
Pelvic pressure & discomfort
Hemorrhoids
Fatigue or extra energy


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