Anya's Pregnancy Week by Week

The First Trimester

Week 10 -Your baby has tiny fingernails now and the ability to kick, swallow, and move. Pretty impressive for someone the size of a lipstick tube. That will change soon; within the next few weeks, your featherweight child should double in size and you may be able to see — via ultrasound — whether you're carrying a boy or a girl.

Week 11 -Your fetus finally looks like a baby, with tiny but fully formed fingers and toes. As his body grows and becomes more developed and functional, he'll start twisting and turning like an acrobat, cushioned and protected by your amniotic fluid. You, on the other hand, are probably feeling less like a gymnast every day. Leg cramps, which may be a sign of calcium deficiency, and heartburn (caused by pregnancy hormones that relax the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach) may be annoying you during the day and keeping you up at night. Just remember, all this suffering is for a good cause — you're having a baby!

Week 12- Your raging hormones should be calming down a bit and you may notice your nausea tapering off. Most women kiss regular morning sickness goodbye now (though queasiness can return periodically throughout pregnancy). This week, your baby's face looks practically human. Her eyes have moved closer together and her ears are right where they should be. Your baby is nearly 3 inches long now and has entered what is known as the fetal period, when tissues and organs rapidly grow and mature.

Week 13 -Your baby is now 3 to 4 inches long and weighs an ounce or two. If you could hold his hand, you'd notice the squiggly lines that make up his one-of-a-kind fingerprints. You'd also see veins and vital organs beneath his tissue-thin skin.

The Second Trimester

Week 14 - Welcome to your second trimester! Your baby is no longer a baldy! He's sprouting his first locks. Whether they're jet black, cocoa brown, golden blond, or fiery red, curly or straight, will remain a secret until the day he's born. Of course, family genes offer some clues, but many parents have been surprised on labor day. Fine body hair called lanugo, which usually disappears later in pregnancy, blankets his body now too. Your own hair may also be more lustrous. Many women say thicker, fuller hair is one of the nicest perks of pregnancy. Enjoy it while you can.

3/22/04 Week 15 - Starting this week, any stomach rumblings you feel may be your baby doing the womb wiggle, since she can now move all her limbs. (But don't worry if you still don't feel anything for a while.) She's also becoming sensitive to light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, she's likely to move away from the beam. Anxious to know whether she's really a she or a he? You may be able to find out during an ultrasound, if your doctor has recommended one for you at this stage. Your baby's external genitals are probably developed enough by now that an ultrasound technician could tell you the sex.

3/29/04 Week 16 - Your baby's about the size of an avocado now, but in the next three weeks he'll go through a tremendous growth spurt — doubling his weight and adding inches to his length. In the meantime, he'll be playing with his umbilical cord and practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid through his lungs. You're going through a bit of a growth spurt yourself. Your uterus has expanded so much that the ligaments in your abdomen are stretching to make room for it. If you feel any twinges of pain now, that's why.

4/4/04 Week 17 - "Starting to feel like a balloon? You may be gaining weight rapidly at this point, even if you're not eating much. Don't necessarily blame yourself if the pounds are accumulating faster than you'd like — what's important for you and your baby is eating smart. Make sure you eat a balanced diet rich in protein, fruits, and vegetables.  Your baby is now just over 5 inches long and weighs approximately 5 ounces. Her skeleton is mostly rubbery cartilage, which will harden later. A protective substance called myelin slowly begins to enshroud the spinal cord.

With the help of a special stethoscope, you can now hear your baby's heartbeat. Although you probably already heard it weeks ago in your doctor's office, there's almost nothing more comforting or exciting than hearing your baby's heartbeat galloping along. On days when you're worried about how your pregnancy is progressing, hearing the heartbeat lets you know that your baby's developing and growing. For times when boredom strikes and you feel as if you'll be pregnant forever, it can be a pleasant reminder of what will come at the end of 40 weeks of waiting.

Your growing uterus has shifted your center of gravity, and you've probably been feeling a bit off-kilter. Be careful and wear low-heeled shoes. If you haven't had an amniocentesis yet and plan to, do it this week. One perk: You'll get a long look at your baby through ultrasound during this procedure."

4/11/04 Week 18 - "Your baby is twice as big as he was last month, but he still weighs only about 7 ounces. (Meanwhile, you've probably gained as many as 14 pounds, most of which is from amniotic fluid, placenta, and water retention.) Though things may seem calm on the surface, your little one is kicking, flexing, reaching, rolling, and even sucking his thumb now. If you haven't felt him move yet, you will in the next few weeks."

4/18/04 Week 19 - Think you're big now? You'll start growing even more rapidly in the weeks to come, so don't be surprised if you find yourself slowing down. If you feel the urge to indulge in a cat nap, go for it — you and your baby deserve it. If you haven't already, start talking or reading to your little one during your down time. Her hearing is developing, and she'll be getting used to your voice."

4/25/04 Week 20 -"Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. All the pieces are there and, if it’s a girl, she’s growing her vagina this week! By now your baby is about the size of a large sweet potato and you should be feeling her move around. Enjoy it — those rumbles are one of the true joys of pregnancy. She's also giving her new digestive system a little practice by swallowing amniotic fluid. She absorbs nutrients and water from this fluid. The unabsorbed matter continues into her bowel where it concentrates into meconium, the greenish black or light brown substance she'll pass the first few days after she's born. "

5/2/04 Week 21 - ""Your little one now weighs about 12 ounces, and you may soon feel like he's practicing the martial arts in there as his initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. As your pregnancy progresses, you may be able to decipher a pattern to his activity. Some babies are restless in the evening, just as you're trying to fall asleep; others get busy during the daytime.  If you're starting to feel the muscles in your uterus tighten up every once in a while, chances are you're not going into labor. These random, usually painless "Braxton Hicks" contractions are common around the middle of pregnancy. If the contractions start coming more often, and or are painful, be sure to check with your provider to be on the safe side."

5/9/04 Week 22 - "Your baby's skin is still pretty transparent — if you could see through your uterus, you would see your baby's veins. His face and body are beginning to look more like those of a newborn, as his lips, eyelids, and brow become more distinct. If people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that all women and their babies grow at different rates. Your doctor will want to do a glucose tolerance test soon to check for gestational diabetes. The hormonal changes of pregnancy and your baby's additional energy needs can interfere with the way your body processes sugars (my appointment is for June 2nd). 
The baby now weighs almost a pound, measures nearly 11 inches long, and is proportioned like a newborn, albeit a thinner version since her baby fat hasn't yet developed. Although she's getting heavier every day, her skin still appears wrinkled because she needs to gain more weight. The lips are distinct and the eyes are formed, though the iris (the colored part of the eye) still lacks pigment. The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. 

Even this early, the first signs of teeth appear in the form of tooth buds beneath the gum line. Before you know it, your baby will be born, and soon after, flashing his pearly whites.

You've likely gained between 12 and 15 pounds. Starting now you'll begin to put on weight more steadily, averaging about half a pound per week. You may crave certain foods."

5/16/04 Week 23 -"Your baby now weighs a little over a pound. Her hearing is well established, and she can make out a distorted version of your voice, the beating of your heart, and your stomach rumblings. Loud noises often heard in utero, such as the barking of a dog next door or the roar of a vacuum cleaner, probably won't faze your child when she hears them outside the womb. Numerous studies seem to indicate that the unborn prefer classical music, especially Vivaldi. Play "The Four Seasons" for your child, and pay attention to her movements. Does she quiet down during adagio sections, and speed up for the allegro portions? You may have a budding conductor in your womb. In addition to advances in your baby's hearing, blood vessels in the baby's lungs are developing to prepare for breathing. She's swallowing, but usually won't pass stool until after birth.

If your baby were to be born now, she would still have a good chance of survival (about 85 percent) with the right care. Advances in science and technology now mean that a 24-week-old baby can grow outside the womb if necessary, although about 50 percent of children in this situation will have some severe and permanent damage. As for you, you may feel clumsy now that your center of gravity has shifted; your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth, and your belly button, once an "innie," may now stick out. Don't worry — it'll revert to its pre-baby state soon after you give birth"

5/23/04 Week 24 - " At 1 1/4 pounds, your baby is still a little string bean with no body fat. But his brain is growing rapidly, and he's starting to fill the space in your uterus, which is now the size of a soccer ball. His taste buds are also forming, and, believe it or not, his sweet tooth. Could that explain your sudden craving for donuts? No one knows for sure, but try that excuse on your honey the next time you ask him to run to the store. Rapid eye movements are beginning! The eyes open and shut frequently, and his eyebrows and eyelashes are present. This eleven-inch wonder is moving a great deal these days. Take a bath and watch your belly roll!

The fetus weighs more than 1 1/4 pounds. Though it still has little body fat and its skin is thin and fragile, it's now well-proportioned. The brain is growing rapidly, and the baby is starting to fill the space in your uterus.  If you went into labor at this time, however, many healthcare providers would make every effort to halt the progress of preterm labor to enable the fetus to continue maturing.

You may be noticing faint, red streaks--otherwise known as striae or stretch marks--on your abdomen, hips, and breasts. While creams won't erase them, wearing a supportive bra may help prevent or minimize them on your breasts. They are typical developments at this stage of the pregnancy and they will fade to silvery, white marks after giving birth. Also, your eyes may be light-sensitive and may feel gritty and dry. This is a perfectly normal pregnancy symptom known as dry-eye. To ease your discomfort, use an "artificial tears" solution to add moisture."

5/30/04 Week 25 (6months) Pregnancy- "The baby now weighs about 1 1/2 pounds and is approximately 13 1/2 inches long. He makes breathing movements, but has no air in his lungs yet. At this point, fetal brain scans show response to touch. If you shine a light on your abdomen, your baby will turn his head, which, according to researchers, means the optic nerve is working.  He's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. His hair is probably recognizable now (in color and texture), although both may change after he's born."

6/6/04 Week 26 Pregnancy- "Your baby now weighs a little under 2 pounds and measures about 14 inches, from head to heel. The nerve pathways in her ears are developing, which means her response to sounds is growing more consistent. Her lungs are developing now, too, as she continues to take small breaths of amniotic fluid — good practice for when she's born and takes that first breath of air. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days. Your baby's eyes begin to open around now. Response to sound grows more consistent toward the end of the seventh month, when the network of nerves to the ear is complete. You should boost your intake of grains and legumes by about a serving a day from now until you deliver since your baby needs the extra nutrients."

6/13/04 Week 27 Pregnancy- "The baby now weighs about 2 pounds. Her eyes open and close, and she sleeps and wakes at regular intervals and may suck a finger or thumb.  Sweet dreams, little baby! Some experts believe that babies begin to dream by the 28th week. What do they dream about? No one knows for certain. But the brain is active this week as well. The characteristic grooves on the brain's surface start to appear, and more brain tissue develops.

Chalk up any rhythmic movement you may be feeling to a case of the hiccups, which are common this week and throughout the pregnancy. Your baby has them, but is breathing in amniotic fluid rather than air. A paper bag can't cure her hiccups, obviously, but an episode usually lasts only momentarily. Besides, it may feel like a belly tickle, so enjoy.  Since your uterus is now up near your rib cage, you may now find yourself short of breath if you haven't already. Starting now, and continuing through the last three months of pregnancy, you may be plagued by leg cramps, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and an itchy abdomen."

The Third Trimester (AT LAST!)

6/20/04 28 weeks Pregnant - 
You're in the home stretch. The third trimester typically starts this week and lasts until 40 weeks and sometimes even beyond. (Don't worry — 42 weeks is the maximum! After that, a woman usually is induced to give birth.) Most women gain an average of 11 pounds during this trimester. How your baby's growing: By this week, your baby weighs a little over 2 pounds and measures about 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can open her eyes — which now sport lashes — and she'll turn her head toward a continuous, bright light from the outside. Her fat layers are beginning to form and the fingernails appear too, as she gets ready for life outside the womb.   
You're probably vacillating between feeling as if you've been pregnant forever and being nervous about childbirth. Checking off things on your to-do list can help. If you aren't already, you'll probably start visiting your doctor once every two weeks until the eighth month, when you'll switch to weekly visits.

6/27/04 29 weeks Pregnant - "Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature. The baby's head is getting bigger to accommodate her brain — which is busy developing billions of neurons. Nearly all babies react to sound by 30 weeks. With her rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester. You should be able to feel your baby's movements strongly now. Pay attention to the kicks and nudges, and let your practitioner know if you ever notice a decrease in activity."

7/4/04 30 weeks Pregnant - "Your baby's lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed. And while your baby may soon grow more slowly in length, she will continue to put on the pounds. Your baby's a bit more than 15 1/2 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds.This week she continues to open and shut her eyes. She can probably see what's going on in utero, distinguish light from dark, and even track a light source. If you shine a light on a your belly, your baby may move her head to follow the light or even reach out to touch the moving glow. Some researchers think baring your belly to light stimulates visual development. But don't expect 20/20 vision when your baby is born — newborns can see a distance of only about 8 to 12 inches. (Children with normal vision, don't reach 20/20 vision until about age seven to nine.) And to complete the picture, new eyebrows and eyelashes now frame your little one's peepers.  A pint and a half of amniotic fluid now surrounds your baby, but that volume decreases as she gets bigger and has less room in your uterus. As you and the baby continue to grow, don't be alarmed if you feel breathless, as if you can't get enough air; it's just your uterus pressing against your diaphragm. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though. Usually about two to four weeks before labor (or during labor, if this is your second or third pregnancy), your baby's head will drop into your pelvis — to get ready for delivery — and that will make breathing and eating a lot easier."

7/11/04 31 weeks Pregnant - "This week, your baby measures about 16 inches long. He weighs a little over 3 pounds and is headed for a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and he's beginning to accumulate a layer of fat underneath his skin in preparation for life as a newborn. As a result, his arms, legs, and body are filling out.."

7/18/04 32 weeks  Pregnant - "No wonder you're starting to feel huge — it's crowded in there! Your baby weighs about 3 3/4 pounds and is about 16 1/2 inches long. You're gaining a pound a week now, and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next seven weeks, fattening up for survival outside the womb. Thanks to these fatty deposits, his skin is getting plumper and looking healthier."


7/25/04 33 weeks  Pregnant  (only 7 weeks left) -
"This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and measures 33 weeks pregnant with our little girl 7/25/0417.2 inches from the top of her head to her heels. Her skin is becoming less red and wrinkled, and while most of her bones are hardening, her skull is quite pliable and not completely joined. This will help her ease out of your relatively narrow birth canal.."

I am now seeing my doctor every two weeks and beginning August 5th,  I will go every week until the day.  As of my 32 week check up, I am still about 5 pounds under my pre pregnancy weight. I have attached a picture for you all to see that yes my belly and upper areas are growing anyway. Remember with Lars I only gained a total of 1 pound (he was 8lb 11oz) and it looks like I am on the same track with our little girl. Morning sickness got the best of me both times and I lost about 15 pounds with each pregnancy in the 1st 4-5 months, so I am slowly gaining it back. No complaints here, I still feel very pregnant as I begin to waddle like a duck. Lars and I were at home depot and he stuck his hands under his armpits and began to waddle like a duck and said "like this mommy". I guess he thinks I look like a duck too.

8/1/04 34 weeks  Pregnant  (only 6 weeks left) - "Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is probably almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — I am poking and smelling what looked nothing like a candy barwhich she'll need to regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her central nervous system is still maturing and her lungs are well developed by now. If you've been nervous about going into preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that 99 percent of babies this age can survive outside the womb — and most have no major long-term problems related to prematurity."

8/8/04 35 weeks  Pregnant  (only 5 weeks left) - "Your baby's getting big. She weighs a tad over 5 pounds and is just over 18 inches long. Because it's so snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight."

8/15/04 36 weeks  Pregnant  (only 4 weeks left) - We had an ultrasound on Thursday 8/12/04. We were told she is about 5 1/2 - 6lbs right now and if we go full term she will probably be a little over 8lbs. She is currently in the head down position and we are just waiting.

"Your baby is still putting on the pounds — about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is a little less than 19 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the creamy substance that covered and protected her skin during its submersion in amniotic fluid. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, which will stay in her bowels until birth. This blackish mixture, called meconium, will become her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Babies between 37 and 42 weeks are considered full-term; a baby born before 37 weeks is pre-term and after 42 is post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position by now, which is optimal for a smooth delivery,"  

8/22/04 - 37 weeks  Pregnant  (only 3 weeks left) 
37 weeks pregnant with our little girl Lars wants in on the attention Lars sees an airplane
"Your baby may weigh between 5 and 7 pounds at this point and is probably 19 to 20 inches long. Your baby's head is now cradled in your pelvic cavity — surrounded and protected by your pelvic bone. This position clears  some much-needed space for her growing legs and buttocks. Many babies now have a full head of hair, with locks from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if her hair isn't the same color as yours."

8/29/04 38 weeks  Pregnant  (only 2 weeks left) "Your baby has really fattened up. She likely weighs between 6 and 7 1/2 pounds now, and she's probably between 19 and 20 inches long. She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test with your pinky! Her organs are fully developed and in place, but her lungs and brain — though developed enough for her to function now — will continue to mature right through childhood."

9/05/04 39 weeks  Pregnant  (only 1 week left) "Your baby's ready to greet the world! She continues to build a layer of fat to help control her body temperature after birth, but it's likely she already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds. Your baby's organs are fully developed and in place, and the outer layers of skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath."

9/12/04 40 weeks  Pregnant  (no baby yet) "It's hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs in at a little over 7 pounds and is about 20 inches long. Your baby will continue to grow with every passing day (her nails and hair will continue to get longer, too). Your baby's skull bones are still separated and they'll stay that way to allow the bones to compress enough to fit through the birth canal during labor.  

Despite medical advances, there's still no way to know for sure when a woman will go into labor. You may not be as late as you think, especially if your baby wasn't conceived exactly when you thought Even with reliable dating, some women still have prolonged pregnancies, and experts don't really understand why. You still have a couple of weeks before you'll be considered "post-term." But to be sure your baby is still thriving, this week — or by the start of 41 weeks at the latest — your practitioner will want to begin special testing to monitor your baby."


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