Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pregnancy Week By Week Development

Once you have conceived, the journey will involve development of you as well as the baby.
Every week will see your body undergoing changes, and the baby will grow a little more inside of you. This article discusses some of the things you can expect on a week to week basis during your pregnancy.

Weeks 1-2

During this period, you will have had your last period. Week one starts on the first day of your last period.

Weeks 3-7

In week 3, the sperm fertilized the egg. The fertilized egg starts growing slowly and forms the embryo. The embryo gets implanted inside the uterine wall.
In week five, a home test kit for pregnancy will return positive results.
In week six, the heart of the fetus starts beating.
This is the time you might feel morning sickness.

Weeks 8-11

In the first stages of this period, the fetus develops its internal organs.

You will notice the first signs of a growing belly.
Morning sickness should taper off by the end of this period.

Weeks 12-19

Most of important organs have been formed.
You will likely no longer feel nauseated the entire day.
Your body weight will slowly increase.

Weeks 20-23

Your doctor would be able to tell you the sex of the baby.
Small contractions of the uterus are common at this stage. Do not worry; it is just your body preparing itself for the arrival of the newborn.

Weeks 24-27

The baby will get a layer of fat to keep her warm once she is born.
Her eyes and ears have developed well, and she can sense sounds coming from outside the mother’s belly. She also knows when it is light or dark outside.

Weeks 28-31

The brain of the baby has developed. The head of the baby grows bigger, and her eyes have developed almost completely.

Weeks 32-35

The baby is almost fully developed.
The lungs are still in the process of maturing.
Her fingernails have started growing.
A normal baby has attained the weight of around four pounds by this time.

Weeks 36-40

The baby is ready to come into the world outside.
Her organs are fully developed.
The lungs have also developed by the end of this period.

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