A week by week guide for mom's who want to know what to expect, when they're expecting!
Weeks 1 and 2-
Your pregnancy begins as your body prepares for ovulation and fertilization. When you ovulate, if sperm meets the egg, you're on your way! Make sure you start taking a pregnancy vitamin!
When fertilization occurs, your baby-to-be is hundreds of cells that are multiplying quickly.
You're Pregnant! You'll be able to test positive with at home pregnancy tests.
Your baby's heart is developing and your hormones may be acting up. Tender breasts, nausea, and pregnancy brain may start to kick in around this time.
A little nose, sweet mouth, and tiny ears begin to develop.
The embryo has doubled in size and your uterus continues to make room to grow. Your baby is also forming hands and feet.
Morning Sickness may begin to worsen. Although you may not feel it, your baby is constantly moving. Your doctor may also give you a due date around this time.
Your baby is almost an inch long and starting to look more human everyday. You may be feeling tired. Growing a baby is busy work!
The most critical time in pregnancy is nearing an end. Your baby is building bones and cartilage.
Baby's hands will begin to open and close into fists, while your pregnancy cravings may be getting a little crazy!
A baby bump is starting to appear! While you may be feeling big now, your baby has doubled in size.
You've completed your first trimester! Your baby now has fingerprints and continues to grow at a rapid speed.
The side effects from your first trimester are beginning to subside. You'll feel more energetic and less nauseous. Expect to gain weight during this next trimester as you eat for two.
Your little sprout will begin growing some hair. Eyebrows, eyelashes, and body hair begin to show. Your baby can also experience light and sound.
Prepare for a growth spurt! During this time a baby can almost double their weight and grow inches at a time.
Bones are hardening and the umbilical cord is getting thicker. Your baby is also trying to learn to swallow as it prepares for life outside the womb.
Did you feel that? Around this time you will begin to feel your baby's movements.
Anxious to know if you'll be having a boy or girl? A routine ultrasound will give you the answer.
You're doing great mama- You're halfway there!
Those early flutters you felt around week 18 will turn into full fledged kicks as your baby grows.
Your baby is starting to look like a newborn. As your belly grows, you may be getting unwanted belly rubs.
A line may appear beneath your belly button. This is totally normal and about seventy-five percent of all pregnant women experience this.
Your child's facial features begin to define as your belly button begins to pop out.
It's common to experience leg cramps and heartburn around this point in your pregnancy. While it may be a pain, it's so worth it when you see your little bundle of joy!
Your baby has opened his eyes! Right about the time you're wishing you could get some shut eye.
You and your baby both move on to a new growth chart. Expect to gain about 1 pound a week from here on out.
You're almost done! Practice contractions, or "Braxton Hicks" begin around this time as your body prepares for delivery.
Getting bigger? Your baby's head is growing to make room for it's developing brain.
Your baby weighs almost 3 pounds. You may be experiencing shortness of breath as your growing uterus crowds your diaphragm.
Running out of womb? You may experience softer kicks as your baby's space starts to get smaller.
Your baby is practicing sucking and breathing- to prepare for breastfeeding. But your pregnancy glow may just have dimmed.
Almost done! With your baby weighing around 4 pounds, it's immune system is getting a boost.
Your child's central nervous system is ironing out the kinks as it prepares to be on it's own.
Baby is still growing while you're growing tired!
Readying position: Your baby will drop into your pelvis as it prepares for delivery.
Lungs and brain are continuing to mature. While your doctor checks for labor signs, try not to bribe him into inducing labor!
Your body begins to produce colostrum- your baby's first food.
All systems go! Your pregnancy is considered full term. Hold tight, you could deliver any day!
Baby not get the memo? It's completely normal to go past your due date.
You've made such a comfy place for your baby, but it's time for them to part. Your OB will monitor you closely and may want to induce labor.