It is fascinating to know how life inside you goes from a cell to a bunch of cells to eventually develop into the beautiful little baby you will see in a few months’ time. As each month, week, day goes by, new developments are taking place – some fast and some slow – and steadily and surely each step is bringing you closer to the adorable little baby that will soon be snuggling in your arms. Heart starts breathing, organs and limbs develop, ears start hearing, mouth starts tasting and yawning, eyes start dreaming, little legs start kicking… a lot of magic happens on an everyday basis.
While you are curious to know how the baby is changing and growing inside the womb, it’s just as important, as a pregnant woman, to understand the changes that are happening to your own body and mind as well. Your body will go through many changes during these 40 weeks, not just the physical or hormonal but also emotional, social and behavioural. Some of these changes will be visible, such as an expanding belly and breasts! Others, you might experience, such as morning sickness. And there will be yet others that are internal, physiological and not obvious.
Our week by week pregnancy tracker provides a clear view of the weeks, months, and pregnancy trimesters, each marked by new developments for you and your baby. With each week, you’ll gain insights into how your baby is growing, the size of your baby at each stage, the varied symptoms you might experience, and, as you enter the third trimester, the important steps to prepare for labor and delivery. This week-by-week guide is designed to provide clarity and confidence, ensuring you are well-prepared for the life-changing moment of meeting your baby.
The first trimester of pregnancy is actually calculated from the 1st day of the last menstrual period (even though you are not pregnant then) through the end of week 13. During this time, the fetus is about the size of a large plum. By the end of this trimester, the fetus will have all essential organs and body parts in place.
In the second trimester of pregnancy you will gain most of the pregnancy weight, the baby bump will get more obvious by the day and your breasts might start producing colostrum in preparation for breastfeeding. As the baby grows you will feel more pressure on your bladder and back aches. Between weeks 16 and 24 baby’s first kicks will delight you and make it all worthwhile.
Your baby continues to grow at a fast pace in the third trimester of pregnancy. They will gain about half of their birth weight during these months. By 36 weeks they will be so grown, they won’t have much free space in the womb. By 39 weeks, your baby is considered full term and ready for the outside world!
How Veira Life can help you
At Veira we have resource-filled online prenatal classes created by experts and vetted by doctors and pre/postnatal experts. We have highly experienced and certified maternity coaches (doulas, prenatal and childbirth educators, midwives and lactation counsellors) who will work with you 1 on 1. Our coaches and experts are passionate about providing support tailored to the needs of women and new families all through pregnancy and birthing to postnatal recovery, breastfeeding and transition back to work.
Register at Veira and you will be assured of high quality reliable information, experienced and comprehensive advice and compassionate personalised support throughout your journey from pregnancy to babycare. Join our growing community, we would love to support you on your motherhood journey.