About your newborn's first week of life Your newborn spends his first week of life adapting to his new environment. The outside world is very different from the womb, where it's dim, the temperature is constant, and noise is muffled. You can help your baby get used to the outside world by giving her warmth, love, security, attention - and lots of cuddles and smiles.
You at 22 weeks pregnant Many women get excited about their pregnancy at this stage, as their lovely round bump really starts to show. Tell your midwife or doctor if you have any worries about your baby or the size of your bump - they can help to reassure you. Maternity clothes or looser clothes might be the go if your normal clothes don't fit anymore.
You at 29 weeks pregnant You might have heard that it's not a good idea to lie flat on your back . This is because your uterus can press on a big vein called the vena cava, which runs down the right side of your back. Pressure on this vein from your uterus can reduce blood flow through the vein and can cause light-headedness or pain down one side of your body.
You at 24 weeks pregnant You might be able to feel your baby moving from the outside now, by putting your hand on your belly. As your baby gets bigger, you and others will be able to see your baby moving. Towards the very end of your pregnancy, you might even be able to recognise some body parts. Other people might comment on your belly or even touch your belly, even if you haven't asked them to.
You at 23 weeks pregnant Just about all women can feel their baby moving by now. Your baby's movements can be exciting and reassuring. A few women start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions from around now. These are 'practice' contractions, and feel a bit like a band of muscle tightening across your belly.
You at 5 weeks pregnant 'Hmmm, no period', you think. 'Could I be pregnant?' Now could be a good time to do a home pregnancy test if you've missed a period and you've been sexually active. Pregnancy tests measure the amount of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Different kits show results in different ways, so read and follow the instructions carefully.
You at 20 weeks pregnant This is the halfway point of the average pregnancy. Your uterus is taking up a lot more room , and some of your other organs - for example, your heart and lungs - now have less space. You might feel a bit breathless at times, especially when you're lying flat on your back. When you're lying down at night, you might need to put a pillow on one or both sides, or even between your legs.
You at 33 weeks pregnant As well as feeling more excited as the birth approaches, you might also have more swelling, aches and pains, heartburn and reflux . You might be feeling more tired and urinating more often. Rest whenever you can, and accept help whenever people offer it. Signs of labour Here are some signs of labour, which might start soon: a 'show' - this is when the mucus plug that has been sealing your cervix comes away your waters breaking - this could be a slow leak or a big gush.
You at 36 weeks pregnant You could be excited, really tired, and even a bit impatient for baby to arrive. If your baby's head has 'engaged' (entered the pelvic cavity), you might be feeling more pressure lower down in your pelvis . You might even feel baby's head putting pressure on your cervix, which can be quite uncomfortable.
You at 38 weeks pregnant Your breasts could be leaking colostrum. You might be experiencing more Braxton Hicks contractions. Although they can at times feel uncomfortable, they're actually helping to prepare your uterus and cervix for labour and birth. The placenta is about 17-18 cm across, and can weigh up to 1 kg.
You at 26 weeks pregnant You might be experiencing backache, Braxton Hicks contractions and vivid dreams . You'll be gaining weight, and your centre of gravity has shifted. This can sometimes make you feel a bit clumsy as you get used to doing things and lifting things in different ways. The way you walk might change slightly too.
You at 19 weeks pregnant You might become very focused on your pregnancy around now. Other things in your life could seem less important. Your changing shape You might be amazed at your changing shape. You'll almost certainly be looking pregnant by now, and it could be time to get some maternity clothes, or at least some looser ones.
You at 35 weeks pregnant Your face might be puffy in the morning, and your feet and ankles might be swollen by the afternoon or evening. Put your feet up as much as you can. A little bit of walking each day will also help get the swelling down. You might need to rethink your footwear. Getting closer to the big day As the birth gets nearer, it's natural to think about labour and how you might manage it.
You at 4 weeks pregnant The fertilised egg moves down your fallopian tube to the uterus, where it implants itself in the endometrium. This can take 3-10 days. Some women have a small amount of bleeding - or 'spotting' - around the time of implantation. You might not notice any changes in your body such as sore breasts and tiredness, but by the end of the week you'll probably have missed your period and could be wondering if you're pregnant.
You at 40 weeks pregnant Congratulations, you've reached your due date ! If you haven't gone into labour yet, don't worry. Very few babies arrive on their due dates, and around half of all pregnancies go past 40 weeks. Even at 41-42 weeks of pregnancy, your baby is still likely to be going very well - although you might be feeling pretty tired and uncomfortable.
You at 31 weeks pregnant Stretch marks are common at this stage, especially if you've gained weight quickly. There's not a lot you can do about them if you do get them. Unfortunately, they're permanent, but they'll fade in colour after your baby is born. Despite what it says in the advertisements, creams and other potions don't work.
You at 37 weeks pregnant It's common to have trouble sleeping . You probably need to go to the toilet several times a night, and baby's movements might be keeping you awake too. This is good practice for becoming a mum, when you'll be up to your baby several times at night for care and feeding. Sleep and rest when you can during the day.
You at 2 weeks pregnant Your period has finished by now. One of your ovaries is getting ready to release an egg. The ovaries are also producing lots of oestrogen. Oestrogen kick-starts some important processes in your body: Your fallopian tubes and cervix produce 'fertile mucus', which helps and protects any sperm along its way.
You at 34 weeks pregnant You're probably feeling more and more uncomfortable as baby's weight continues to increase. Healthy eating and some light exercise might help you feel better. Keep doing your pelvic floor exercises. You might notice more Braxton Hicks contractions now. Rh type A blood test done earlier in pregnancy will let you know your Rh type.
You at 25 weeks pregnant You might be feeling uncomfortable in the rib area, as your uterus expands upwards. You might start getting some indigestion around now. If you haven't already, consider booking into antenatal classes . Preparing other children If you have other children, it's a good idea to prepare them for your new baby's arrival.
You at 10 weeks pregnant It's completely normal to feel more: emotional and moody than usual hungry than usual hot than usual vulnerable and tired than usual. Some women also feel less attractive and less interested in sex than before, although some find pregnancy increases their sex drive. Being open and honest about your feelings with people you know and trust can avoid hurt and misunderstanding.