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Pregnancy Tracker

Week 4

Your baby
This week the ball of cells or embryo settles down and attaches itself to the uterine wall which is called implantation. The uterus will house your baby safely for the rest of your pregnancy. Implantation triggers the production of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), the hormone that turns your pregnancy test positive. This week the embryo splits into two parts - one half will become the placenta which will deliver nutrient and oxygen to your baby for the rest of your pregnancy and the other half, the embryo itself continues to grow to form your baby. During this period your baby undergoes huge advances in its development so is vulnerable to anything that might interfere with its development . It is now, more important than ever that you look after yourself and avoid any and all harmful substances.
If you are not already taking a folic acid supplement , you should start immediately and continue taking it up until week 12 of your pregnancy.

Your body
By four weeks although you won't experience any visible signs of pregnancy, you may start to feel a little bit pregnant. The most common symptom experienced this early is increased fatigue. (Which is no surprise given the amazing changes going on in your body). Some women also report increased breast tenderness at this stage.

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Week 5

Your baby
Its only been a week since the embryo attached itself to the Uterus wall and already it had made huge developmental leaps. The Placenta and Umbilical cord are functioning passing oxygen and nutrients between you and your baby. The developing embryo now has three distinct layers. One which forms the nervous system, a second which grows into internal organs and a third which makes way for the heart and circulatory system.

Your body
When you reach 5 weeks pregnant you may also start to feel the onset of nausea. Some women also notice they start to urinate more while others are now beginning to experience more tenderness in their breasts. If you have given birth previously, you might notice your abdomen looking slightly larger than usual but this is usually as a result of bloating.

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Week 6

Your baby
This week your baby's heart starts beating at between 100 and 160 times a minute (twice as fast as yours) While this is happening your baby's blood is circulating throughout its body.
Growth is occurring rapidly here and the embryo is beginning to look more human. During this week your baby will start to develop dark spots around where his eyes and nose will eventually form.
The neural tube which connects the brain and spinal cord closes around this time. One end of the tube forms the brain and the other end the spinal cord.

Your body
By week 6 no-one would know you are pregnant but you definitely feel it thanks to the increased fatigue, the tender breasts and the constant trips to the loo. You may begin to notice your waist getting a little thicker but you are still a long way off buying maternity clothes. As you continue your pregnancy week by week your uterus is continuing to grow to accommodate your growing baby.

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Week 7

Your baby
By the end of this week the embryo will have more than doubled in length since last week - growing to approx 11 -13 mm. By week 7 of your pregnancy your babies facial features will start to take shape. Development of the arms and legs continue although the fingers and toes haven't yet formed.

Your body
By this stage your partner may or may not start noticing slight changes in your body - you may have a little trouble getting the zip up on your favourite jeans. Your uterus has doubled in size over the last 5 weeks and as this grows the pressure on the bladder means even more trips to the bathroom. You may start experiencing cravings for certain foods which may be the result of your body being deficient of certain nutrients.

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Week 8

Your baby
This week elbows are beginning to form in the arms and webbed fingers and toes are poking out from hands and feet. The intestines start to form and teeth are beginning to develop under the gum. The brain is continuing to grow and mature. At 8 weeks pregnant the lungs are working hard to mature , however it takes up to 36 weeks for a baby's lungs to develop well enough for a baby to breath comfortably on its own.

Your body
You are definitely growing by 8 weeks pregnant although your tummy may feel more bloated than pregnant. Increasing breast growth is usually noticed around this time - You may notice your bra is getting more snug so now might be a good time to buy some larger ones with better support. It is not unusual to go up a cup size or two in your bra.

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Week 9

Your baby
The embryo may now officially be called a fetus which means 'little one'. By now your baby is approx 1 inch long and starting to look more and more human. Your baby now has all of its primary physical features in place including arms and legs. During this week your baby's organs and muscles are starting to move independently. Your baby's heart will have separated into four unique chambers. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. The eyes are fully formed but the eyelids are fused shut and will remain closed until roughly 27 weeks of pregnancy. Ears are beginning to take shape on the side of the head.

Your body
By now you have probably noticed some mood swings or anxiety. Some women experience the feeling of elation and then feel down. Crying during your pregnancy is very normal - this is all due to the hormone fluctuations. Most women find that moodiness flares around 6-10 weeks but ease up in the second trimester.
You may feel even more tired and bloated now than you have in previous weeks, Some women retain fluid which may contribute to weigh gain at around 9 weeks.

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Week 10

Your baby
This week your baby measures about 1.5 inches and has completed the most critical portion of his development. Vital organs are now all in place and starting to function although they will continue to develop throughout your pregnancy. Your baby will soon start growing details like hair and toenails. By the end of week 10 your baby may start swallowing and even start kicking (although you won't feel those yet).

Your body
Although you are probably not ready for maternity wear yet some of your clothes may be becoming uncomfortably tight with your breasts straining against your bra. During this in between stage you are better off wearing elasticized waistbands.

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Week 11

Your baby
Your baby's head is so big it takes up almost half the length of its body and a clear outline of the spine is visible. Your baby's skin is quite transparent and is forming a protective layer this week. Your baby's toes and fingers are starting to separate, losing their web like appearance.

Your body
You may be feeling a little bit more energetic now and feeling some relief from the morning sickness and fatigue. Unfortunately, you may now be suffering from constipation or even heartburn. Just remember it's all for a good cause and won't last forever. Many women start noticing their fingernails and hair start growing more rapidly.

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Week 12

Your baby
The end of your first trimester - this is an important milestone. Your baby is now approximately 2-2.5 inches long. Nerve cells are multiplying rapidly and the brain is developing furiously and starting to produce hormones. Your baby can now open its mouth and wiggle its fingers and toes. Your baby's kidneys will begin producing urine. His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of its head and the ears are where they should be.

Your body
By week 12 your uterus will start moving up and out of your pelvis, setting just above your pubic bone - this will hopefully ease the pressure on your bladder cutting down on your bathroom trips. Around this time many women experience heartburn. Some women experience heartburn for the first time during pregnancy but those who have experienced it before may find it worsens during their pregnancy. Some women notice changes in their skin at this stage of pregnancy for example freckles appearing darker - or patches of darker skin appearing on the face or neck. All of this fades after the delivery. Your skin is much more sensitive when you are pregnant so it's very important to use proper sun protection. Congratulations you are at the end of your first trimester.

Week 13

Your baby
At the beginning of the second trimester, your baby is growing quickly. He may be nearly three-quarters of an ounce and measures around 3 inches. His head makes up just a third of his body size, his eyes begin to move closer together instead of being on the sides of the head, his ears are in place, his tongue and vocal cords begin to form, his intestines previously part of the umbilical cord, have found their place in his abdominal cavity and your baby's liver will start producing insulin that helps him to regulate his blood sugar. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. In addition, it would be possible now to determine the baby's sex.

Your body
It is the most comfortable and enjoyable stage of pregnancy. Most of the difficult early symptoms are over (or soon will be). Your uterus is expanding and may cause some discomfort or mild cramping. Your breasts may have already started making colostrum, the nutrient-rich fluid that feeds your baby for the first few days after birth, before your milk starts to flow.

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Week 14

Your baby
Your baby measures between 3 and 3 1/2 inches (about the size of a lemon) and weights about 1 1/2 ounces. His body is growing faster than his head and by the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that is in proportion to the rest of his body. His eyes and ears continue to develop, his neck starts to get longer and a chin starts forming. His hands and feet are becoming functional and active. Thanks to brain impulse, your baby's facial muscles are getting a workout : she can now squint, frown, grimace, pee and possibly suck her thumb. Your baby should be receiving all his nourishment from the placenta. That means anything you eat, drink or smoke will cross the placenta and enter your baby. His urine is released into the amniotic fluid around him.

Your body
The pregnancy hormones are levelling off: queasiness may have completely abated by now, your breasts may be feeling less tender.
(in the meantime, the areolas of your breasts may be darkening and growing in diameter),A dark line of pigment, the linea nigra, may form down the centre of your abdomen but this will fade after your baby is born.
You will probably feel less tired now but you may be experiencing some constipation and find yourself a bit hungrier.

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Week 15

Your baby
Your baby weighs about 1 3/4 ounces and measures around 4 1/2 inches (size of an apple). He develops an ultra fine covering of hair, called "lanugo" all over his body to help protect it. He can have hiccups, but can't yet make a sound because his trachea is still filled with fluid, not air. Your baby's bones are also getting harder and stronger. He spends most of his days practicing breathing in amniotic fluid and swimming about.

Your body
As your uterus continues to grow your bump may become more noticeable. Soon your healthcare provider will start feeling your uterus just below your navel and taking detailed measurements.

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Week 16

Your baby
Your baby is more about 4.5 inches long (size of an avocado) and may weigh almost 3 ounces. He has grown strong enough to hold his head straighter. Your baby's eyes and ears are moving into their final position and your baby is focusing much of his energy on his circulation system. Your baby's heart is pumping roughly 25 quarts of blood each day! He starts growing fine hair on the top of his head, his legs start lengthening and his fingernails and toenails are growing too.

Your body
You may start to feel your baby move now. The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubble. You may begin to get a taste for food again.

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Week 17

Your baby
Your baby measures about 4 1/2 inches and weighs about 3 1/2 ounces. He will start converting hisr cartilage skeleton into bone, The umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta is growing stronger and thicker. At this time, most babies can hear outside of the womb.

Your body
Your baby and your placenta are about equal in size now, your uterus continues to grow and expand, changing shape by now to resemble a large oval rather than a ball. You may feel a bit off-balance as you walk around. Soon your uterus will completely inhabit your abdomen and pelvis.

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Week 18

Your baby
Your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (the size of a bell pepper) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. Myelin (a protective covering) is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she is born. His sense of sight is evolving as well; the retinas are more sensitive to light.
Your baby will be more energetic at this time and will start sucking as well as kicking. Some babies begin to suck their thumbs even before they are born.
If you are having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you are having a boy, his prostate gland is beginning to develop.

Your body
At this stage some women find they feel flushed and perspire more than usual. This is caused by the increased levels of blood circulating around your body.
Your pregnancy may also be taking its toll on your lower back and most women experience some discomfort as they try to get a good night's sleep.

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Week 19

Your baby
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and he measures around 6 inches (the size of a large tomato). The motor neurons between the muscles and the brain are connecting, giving him control over his movements. His gums have tooth buds, and throughout his body, rubbery cartilage is turning into bone. This is a crucial time for sensory development: your baby's brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision and touch. His arms and legs are now properly proportioned. Your baby also starts producing a white and sticky substance called vernix. Vernix is a white cheesy substance that protects your baby's skin from its aquatic environment. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 6 million eggs in her ovaries.

Your body
You may be noticing some skin changes around this time such as blotchy patches on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin . When it shows up on your face, it is called "the mask of pregnancy" -. Itchy skin is also very common..

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Week 20

Your baby
Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces and she measures 6 1/2 inches. The protective coating (vernix) continues to coat his skin, protecting it from the amniotic fluid. The scalp hair begins to grow. He's practicing for his first breath outside the womb, moving his chest up and down as if he were breathing through the nose. His genitals are fully formed. The baby has as much sleep and awake time as a newborn.

Your body
You're halfway there! From this point on your uterus and baby's growth generally becomes more regular, and you will probably start noticing your bump expanding more rapidly from here on. Your uterus is at your navel now. You may experience some tenderness as your belly button becomes an "outtie" from the uterus pressing on it.. You're probably feeling the baby frequently now as the movements become stronger.

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Week 21

Your baby
You baby is in just over 10 ounces and should be slightly longer than 7 inches. During pregnancy at week 21 your baby's growth slows just a spell as he concentrates on developing his organs and central nervous system. Your baby's intestines will slowly start to contract and relax, and your baby can now swallow and absorb fluids via the amniotic fluid . He is also producing meconium, a black, stickly substance that is the result of cell loss, digestive secretion and swallowed amniotic fluid. Your baby's skin continues to mature and his heart grows stronger. Nerve cells are working overtime to make connections, and development continues its brisk pace for the five senses.

Your body
Emotionally, you are probably feeling more stable and comfortable. The nausea has gone away, the bathroom breaks are less frequent, and you're probably feeling more energetic than you have in a long while.. Your uterus continues to rise, taking its place about a half inch above the belly button this week. Some women start noticing cramping or achiness in their legs and are prone to varicose veins from the increase pressure pregnancy puts on the veins in your legs.

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Week 22

Your baby
Your baby is roughly 7.5 inches long and may weigh in at more than 12 full ounces. Your baby's organs continue to develop and mature at a remarkable pace, his internal organ systems including his digestive and reproductive systems continue to develop and mature: they have already differentiated and specialized in their function. Your baby's eyelids have completely formed (although the irises have no pigment) as have your baby's eyebrows. His first canines and molars are developing from hard tissue below the gum line.. Of the five senses, touch is the first one to develop in the womb. And now that he has a full set of neurons, he can process everything he's discovering around him.

Your body
Your uterus is nearly an inch above your navel. Some women begin developing stretch marks on their skin. They can appear not only on your tummy but also on your buttocks, thigh's, hips and breasts. You may also find some swelling of your gums caused by the increased levels of hormones in your system.

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Week 23

Your baby
Your baby will weigh in around one full pound (or just shy of) and will measure between eight and eleven inches in length! His skin is red and wrinkled. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare him for breathing. His body is becoming better proportioned each day, and the bones of the middle ear begin to harden. Your can hear now and is especially sensitive to loud noises.

Your body
Your uterus continues to grow and expand. By now your uterus is probably about 1 ½ inches above your navel. You're probably feeling kicks, jabs, flips and flops. You may even see your abdomen move. You may have felt your appetite kick in, and for good reason: Your body needs a generous supply of nutrients, especially protein and fat, for your baby's organ development and overall health and strength.

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Week 24

Your baby
Your baby will weigh in at one 1/4 pound (or just shy of) and will measure around 1 foot. Your baby's organ systems continue their journey toward maturation. He is focusing his efforts on his central nervous system, digestive, reproductive and circulatory systems, Your baby's skin is thin, translucent and wrinkled, his brain is growing rapidly.

Your body
You womb is becoming a bit cramped. Most of your baby's movements from here on out will likely feel a bit more rhythmic which is quite normal. Gradually in the upcoming weeks of your pregnancy you should be able to determine when your baby is sleeping or awake based on his kicking patterns.

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Week 25

Your baby
This week, your baby is almost 9 inches long and weighs approximately 1 1/2 pounds. His lungs are getting ready to take their first breath, and, though the sex of your baby was determined long ago, genital differentiation is now becoming complete.

Your body
Your uterus is now about the size of a soccer ball. Your growing uterus may place some pressure along your back and pelvis. Some women experience sharp or shooting pains down their lower back and legs resulting from this pressure. Your baby may be pressing on your ladder which brings you back to the frequent bathroom trips.

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Week 26

Your baby
Your baby could weigh about 1 3/4 pounds now and be around 9 inches long. The brain kicks in with brain wave activity for the visual and auditory systems. Whatever his ethnicity, his eyes are blue at this time - the irises don't display their final color until a few months after birth. Your baby's brain is maturing rapidly, and he's growing quickly. Your baby will also start to recognize your voice and that of your partner. If you are having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum.

Your body
Your blood pressure may be increasing slightly as it returns to its normal pre-pregnancy range. If you're like most pregnant women, your hair is probably at its most luxurious, with extra body enhanced by higher levels of estrogen and progesterone.

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Week 27

Your baby
Your baby weighs almost 2 pounds and is about 14,4 inches long with his legs extended. He can now open and close his eyes. He is bulking up with fat to keep him warm after he is born, and hisr lungs continue to develop. His immune system is also gearing up for life outside the womb. He sleeps and wakes at regular intervals.

Your body
Your uterus is close to your rib cage now, and your lungs may not be able to fully expand.

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Week 28

Your baby
Your baby may measure more than 15 ¾ inches long and weigh in at roughly 2.5 pounds. His lungs are capable of breathing air, and his muscle tone is gradually improving. Although your baby is filling nearly all of the space in your womb, most babies turn upside down at this stage and seem to fit more comfortably.

Your body
Your uterus has moved to three inches above your navel and is pressing against the tubes between the kidneys and bladder, slowing the flow of urine. Also, the hormone progesterone makes it difficult for your urinary system to flush bacteria such as E. coli out of the bladder, leaving you more susceptible to urinary tract infections. A small amount of Colostrum (yellow breast milk), may leak from your breasts at this time.

Week 29

Your baby
Your baby weighs in at just under 3 pounds and is already more than 16.5 inches long. He is looking more like a full-grown baby than a fetus. The baby's head is in proportion to the rest of the body. Fat continues to accumulate under the skin, muscles and lungs continue to mature and develop. His kicks and jabs are more vigorous now, and you may feel like he is moving all the time.

Your body
Most women experience some heartburn and constipation, at this time. The top of your uterus is four inches above your belly button, crowding your ribs and diaphragm and leaving you breathless. Your growing uterus may also be contributing to haemorrhoids.

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Week 30

Your baby
Your baby is about 17 inches long now, and she weights almost 3 pounds. He is close to having a fully functioning nervous system that regulates the body, and his nerve fibres are now encased in myelin, which allows impulses to travel faster.

Your body
You may be having some trouble sleeping, and feel tired and clumsy. You may also feel irritable or agitated, emotionally up and down. The amount of amniotic fluid in your tummy will start decreasing slowly as your baby continues to grow and takes up most of the space in your uterus. Which brings back many of the old complaints - constant urination, swollen feet, haemorrhoids, fatigue, back pain, and heartburn .

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Week 31

Your baby
Your baby weighs in at roughly 3.5 pounds and is still roughly 18 inches in length. He is shedding the lanugo, and his eyebrows and eyelashes are filling in. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin.

Your body
Many women feel random contractions called "Braxton hicks contractions": This occurs when your Uterus suddenly tightens and then relaxes. These are normal, usually painless and feel similar to menstral cramps.

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Week 32

Your baby
Your baby weighs in at roughly 4 pounds and is roughly 19 inches long. His toenails are completely formed and the hair on his head continues to grow.

Your body
Your uterus is measuring about 5 inches above your navel and is pushing your organs every which way.

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Week 33

Your baby
Your baby will weigh in over 4 pounds and will measure roughly 19 inches in length. At this point, the amniotic fluid is at the highest level in the pregnancy. This week your baby's head will increase in size, the bones in his skull are not fused together which allows them to move and slightly overlap.

Your body
You may be feeling some achiness and even numbness in your fingers, wrists and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain fluid.

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Week 34

Your baby
Your baby weighs in at almost 5 pounds and may be 20 inches long. He is developing immunities to fight mild infection. As the uterine and abdominal walls stretch and thin, more light reaches the womb, causing him to open and close his eyes in response.

Your body
Some women start feeling anxious about delivery around this time. Others worry that their baby may not be able to fit through the birth canal. Fortunately most babies have no difficulty fitting through their mother's pelvis, even if your pelvis is small.

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Week 35

Your baby
Your baby is now 5 1/2 pounds and nearly at his full birth length at around 20 inches. Your baby does not have much room to maneuver now. His skull is still fairly soft and isn't yet completely fused so he can squeeze through the birth canal. The testes have completed their descent in males.

Your body
Your routine visits to your healthcare provider may start to include the checking of your cervix now. Your doctor is checking your cervix for signs of dilation, the indication that labor is not far off.

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Week 36

Your baby
At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. Your baby is about 6 pounds and may measure more than 20 inches long. He continues to put on fat, which will keep him warm and help him to regulate his body temperature when he is born. Your baby has been working diligently to mature and develop organs, reproductive systems and other unique features that will make your baby the unique person he is at delivery.

Your body
Your uterus has risen to more than 6 inches above your navel. During pregnancy the uterus grows from the size of a plum to the size of a large melon. Your "Braxton hicks contractions are more frequent" now.

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Week 37

Your baby
Your baby weighs 6 1/2 pounds and measures 21 inches long, now. He is learning what it's like to breathe, inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid to perfect her skills.
Around this time your baby's head must be down, if not, he could be in a breech position (the baby's bottom or legs come into the pelvis first).

Your body
Your pregnancy is considered a term pregnancy at this point . Any vaginal discharge you may have been having will have more cervical mucus in it as your body begins to prepare for labor

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Week 38

Your baby
Your baby is rapidly closing in on 7 pounds and likely measures 21 inches or more. All his organ systems are in place. The circumference of the head and the baby's abdomen are about the same size. He has shed most of the lanugo and greasy vernix coating, both of which he'll actually ingest, along with some amniotic fluid; His body will turn this concoction into meconium. His lungs and vocal chords are ready to wail.

Your body
False labor contractions are irregular and can be very painful. These contractions may be felt in various parts of your body (back, lower abdomen, pelvis). You may feel greater pressure on your groin, thighs, and bladder. But if the baby's head has gradually dropped into position and shifted into the birth canal, it gives your organs some room. Inside your body, your cervix is getting ready for delivery.

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Week 39

Your baby
Your baby is in the homestretch: he has very little room to manoeuvre. He may already be in position for delivery, with his head cradled in the pelvic cavity. Your baby is moving less now instead of whole movements there will be jabs from the feet and knees.
You should have at least ten baby movements in a twelve hour period.

Your body
You may feel a strange sensation inside your vagina as your baby's head moves against your pelvic floor muscles. You will probably be experiencing multiple mood swings, varying from elated to worried, to tired and excited.

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Week 40

Your baby
Your baby is now ready to be born. His bowels are filled with meconium that will be his first bowel movement after birth.
The average size newborn is 7.5 pounds and 20 inches long.

Your body
Your body is now preparing for the delivery and you may be feeling excitement mixed with apprehension, remember some babies come sooner but most arrive later than your due date so take the time to rest, relax and prepare yourself for the arrival of your baby.

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Note: Keep in mind that this information is at best approximate and as each pregnancy is different it should be used as a guide only . Any questions should be brought to your healthcare provider.

Your Due Date is calculated from your last menstrual period. When you are 3 weeks pregnant your baby is usually too small to detect. It is advisable to wait a week after you miss your period to take a home pregnancy test. By that time, most newly pregnant women have enough human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in their urine for the tests to detect it. Don't forget that the test claim 99 percent accurate! If you see a positive result on your test, take another test in two or three days to be sure. If you see a negative result, wait another few days or a week and try again.

Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters - The first trimester covers the time from conception up to week 12. The second trimester covers week 13 - week 28 and the third trimester covers week 29 to the birth of your baby anywhere around week 40.