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Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week

Updated on May 20, 2016

Bearing a child for a woman is the most special feeling in the world. Though it is a very long, wonderful journey where you get agitated, frustrated, but at the end, the ten tiny soft fingers and that sound of cry is all worth it.

Week 1

Hardly does a woman realize a skipped menstrual cycle as one has in mind that it probably has gotten delayed so it goes unnoticed. One can feel tired, mood swings, frequent need to urinate although internally minor problems like constipation, tender breast, morning sickness occur due to hormonal changes in the body. It is not necessary that every woman experience these symptoms in the first week.

Week 2

Now there is a bit of excitement as you now feel that there is a chance you being pregnant. A home pregnancy test is common and easily available but they are not always assured results so have a visit to the doctor and if you are then your EDD (expected due date) is calculated.

Now, if you are sure to be pregnant, the symptoms will increase such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness this is all normal but now the female should consider changing her dietary habits and lifestyle like if she is a smoker or drinks and if she is taking any type of drug or medicine .Take all medicine according to your doctor

Week 3

Some females during this time can overlook their pregnancy even be mistaken even by their gynecologist of being pregnant so one should get it confirmed as soon as possible.

For those who are pregnant will feel pregnancy pain, craving and will gain a little weight.

Week 4

Still no confirmation and you're wondering if you are pregnant. Now is the time for looking the obvious signs like missing out menstrual cycle, craving, body changes, nausea, vomiting, mood swing.

These signs are not easy to miss. If you are confirmed then this is a really important week because now the baby brain, heart, spinal cord and many other tissues are developing, so if you are taking alcohol or drug it can affect the baby. Your breast will be getting tender and sore and may experience a tingle sensation. Some women experience sense of sharp smell which maybe good depending on what they smell because a foul smell can lead to vomiting.

Week 5

Women by now have confirmed their pregnancy. Your hormones are high and you will experience pressure and will need to go to the rest-room. No one can look at you and say that you are pregnant yet. The earlier pregnancy symptom will remain. During this time the ultrasound can detect the baby heart sound.

Week 6

The pregnancy symptoms will increase the morning sickness, craving and this would be due to increase in the growth of the baby. You will gain weight and mostly this is the first time you will get a glimpse of the foetus so make sure that you are on a proper diet and some may lose weight due to vomiting but it is nothing to worry about.

Week 7

There is still no sign of a baby bump but you will feel bloated and there will be a gain of weight and now is probably the time to wear loose fitted cloths. Cravings are at a peak at this stage for your favourite food which once was disliked; it’s okay as long as the baby is healthy.

One major change in your body is the cervical mucus plug which will be a protection barrier for your baby. Be careful what you eat as it will affect your baby.

Week 8

A whole 2 months have passed which is almost half of your first trimester and in this phase miscarriages are common. The baby keeps growing, the uterus is growing and so are the breasts.

Your nipple region may start becoming darker and there is yellow excretion from breast, this is called colostrum. About abdominal cramp; nothing to worry this is all normal. Take your required vitamins prescribe by your doctor.

Week 9

This will be your first visit to your doctor. Your uterus is increasing and size as the baby grows and you may feel more bloated than before and lethargic. You may also be gaining weight but that is because of fluid retention. You may also have a lot of mood swings, but remember this all is due to your hormones.

Week 10

At this phase there are less congenital abnormalities or deformities to affect you. However, you should still be in critical and avoid alcohols and any kind of toxins. You will feel as if you have gained more weight and you feel really bloated as your first trimester ends. The pregnancy symptom will decrease and you are able to hear the baby heart sound beat.

Week 11

Now, the small baby bump is visible and it shows that you are about to be a proud mother. Say goodbye to morning sickness as you start feeling better. The uterus is increasing and your baby grows slowly with it. You may notice changes in your hair, nails as they grow fast; this is all due to hormones.

You may feel a false kick but that is due to the gas in your stomach and your body temperature increases but this is normal. By now you have gained 2-3 pounds if you are underweight or overweight go to your doctor.

Week 12

By this time chances of miscarriage decrease, but do not stop from eating the right food and exercise.

Now you are showing prominently that you are pregnant and you will get that wonderful glow but the skin around your areola darkens and pigmented and has freckles some may get dark brown patches on face. The cure is large dose of vitamin A but do not give, as it can cause liver damage and is thought to be teratogenic. You may feel heart burns, but do not worry, just eat little part of food and stick to high fibers. If you still feel the pregnancy symptom not gone, consult your doctor in case of molar pregnancy. This is due to abnormal placenta development and this is a major reason for miscarriage.

Week 13

The pressure on the bladder increases. Women can experience pelvic pain, abdominal pain if it becomes severe you may want to consult a doctor and if there is bleeding or any fluid discharge go to the doctor immediately.

Your breasts are more sensitive and releasing secretion; remember this is all normal! You may find stretch marks around buttock, thigh and abdomen to avoid keep up a balance diet or you can ask your doctor for any lotion to help decrease the marks.

Week 14

As the waistline expands and weight gains, you feel the need to eat for two. The spots and freckles around breast increases and mood swings keep on elevating. This is all normal, but if controlling mood swings is difficult you may want to talk to some close friend or partner.

Pregnancy Symptoms in Week 15

Adjust to body changes but as the waist line increase you may feel sharp pain on the ligament that supports the uterus. Some may experience pain on both sides. The new mummy should adjust to different sitting, standing and laying postures as it will help them further weeks.

Pregnancy Symptoms in Week 16

Breasts enlarge and secretions are produced. In other words, breasts are being ready for the lactating phase. Milk starts being produced. By now, you would have gained about 5-10 pounds of weigh, hence the back pain occur the genital have completely been grown and you can now know what gender is your baby.

Week 17

This week carries out the test routine and other lab tests. You feel more excited by this time the increase in size of uterus causes pain by compressing a nerve in the leg. This nerve passes under the uterus in some women and the pain is really sharp. Ask your doctor for proper guidance. Sweating and discharge increases but it is normal, so do not worry about it. You may feel discomfort in sleep standing so do consult your doctor.

Week 18

What you are eating is what your child will be. You may have gained about 13 pounds but it varies from each women. You may experience dizziness and light-headedness. Just change your side. Stretch marks increase and if still having heartburn, consult doctor.

This time of week you will be having more rounds to restroom. Few women may expect kicks but do not worry that for some they can show late sign.

Week 19

Use lotion to avoid dry flaky skin as it can become more sensitive to heat so try taking in as much as fluid you can. Strictly avoid caffeine as it can affect the baby as it can increase blood pressure and can lead to pregnancy induced hypertension so drink a lot of fresh juices.

Week 20

Experiencing breathing problem because? The baby is restricting internal organs within your body. By now you have gained almost 15 pounds. Keep your diet intake healthy and eat a lot iron in food and even in form of tablets so that during pregnancy you do not have to face anaemia or premature labour.

Week 21

Still gaining weight but remember now you may feel cramps on your legs! To reduce it try to elevate your legs with help of a pillow. Wear flats so it becomes easier to walk. Moreover, at this stage very different cravings are felt that you can talk to your doctor about them.

Week 22

Talk to your doctor if there is any abnormality in weight gain and weight loss during pregnancy. It is important as each woman varies and they will fluctuate differently during pregnancy terms. Severe pregnancy complication can arise by sudden weight loss. So, ask your doctor as soon as possible. Vaginal discharge is normal and at this point you may feel a little kick too.

Week 23

Your baby is more active now you can notice him or her kicking, or punching you more often. Visit to the rest room increases which can make you more irritated. Increase in blood flow can increase the vaginal discharge but this is all normal. Stay away from stress and be cheerful and happy all the time.

Week 24

Antenatal testing to check for symptoms of birth complications is important. Glucose test can be performed to check for any gestational labour. Women begin to experience signs of a false labour which is called Braxton hicks contraction.

Blurred vision may occur that can easily treated by artificial tear drops and increase of dryness and itchiness due to increase of stretching, nasal congestion is common consult doctor for a saline solution.

Week 25

If you still have not gotten your glucose level checked. Then get hurry as it is an easy process and done mostly between 24th-28th weeks. Your may notice that your hair growth is increasing; this is because your baby hair is growing.

So, let them grow as after birth they will fall out. Increase water intake this week to avoid avoid dehydration. Your skin will be hot flushing; this is just because of increase blood flow and hormones. If constipation is still a problem take in a lot of fibers and perform exercise.

Week 26

As your second trimester is almost at the end, you should make sure that you do not have anaemia, gestational diabetes and rhoGAM injection. You will feel cramps similar to those of menstrual cramps, more false labour contractions.

The visits to the bathroom increase and the need to rest too. At this time you may feel pain at your ribs region; this is due to the baby kicking and pushing change position to feel comfortable. Pregnancy back pain may increase as you gain weight. To relieve symptoms of pain, contact your doctor and make sure you are taking in plenty of fluids.

Week 27

Verge of craving increases but make sure you are taking about 300-500 extra calories a well-balanced diet that is healthy. As the weight increases, you start feeling pressure on your chest and difficulty in breathing also your face, neck, foot, hands --- everything seem swelled up but do not worry; this is all normal signs of pregnancy symptom.

Week 28

This is time to know in what position your baby is! If it is breech position then give it time to move around. If it does not then there is need of C-section. During this time your blood results come back and if they have Rh antibody, you will be given anti-D injection during this week, and again at 36th week.

During this time pressure also applies to the colon due to which you feel constipation, fatigue, cramps, frequent urination, increase and Braxton hicks contraction. By now you have almost gained 17-24 pounds.

Week 29

You will be seeing your doctor a lot. You also have to face with intense itching and dryness, so keep moisturizer. Fatigue and weight gain is applying pressure on your body which makes you feel tired and exhausted. Try to relax yourself.

You can lean to adjust in different ways of walking and lying comfortably. You may observe swollen or elongated veins on your legs, but don’t worry, that is normal. Make sure you are taking in your prenatal vitamins and iron as required.

Week 30

Weight gain is making your life difficult. Pregnancy pains continue to take toll on your daily life. Keep practising good posture to help you gain control over your lower back pains. Secretion of hormones eases the body joints and amniotic fluid decreases as your baby grows inside of you. Keep resting and travel through it.

Remember it that you are going to be al-right!

Week 31

The pain in your lower abdomen decreases but with that problems increase that you cannot sleep any more comfortably because of the unbearable back pain. For some, it is really savoir and some cannot sleep at all, but try resting as much as you want.

A small laugh or a sneeze may cause urine to come out and your breasts are heavier and preparing for lactation. This all is normal! So, keep your exercising routine well.

Week 32

By this time, you feel you are ready to give birth when actually the time is not there yet. What is new in this week is the same cycle repeating where weight gained and blood volume increases for your little prince or princess. Normal symptom of pregnancy still is on. Sometime a reflex of nausea and vomiting can push the baby to the pelvic region.

Week 33

Your doctors want to see you regularly now as the time is about to come and they want to make sure to avoid any complications. By this time, your weight is on the rampage and sleepless nights.

The kicks are now disturbing you, but do not worry this is normal. It is painful, but bear it with a lot of joy and keep moving forward. You may feel light-headedness because lying on your back causes compression of blood vessels. So try sleeping on your left side as it promotes better blood flow to the uterus.

Week 34

You are at the height of discomfort and you may give birth but that varies with each woman. Strep B test should be done at this stage. If positive, an injection is given to avoid it so that later it does not cause infection to your vagina and further to the baby which may result in stillbirth.

The biggest difference you will notice of being able to breathe easily as your child is now moving towards the pelvic region. Heart burns may occur and swelling around your hands and feet may be still present.

Week 35

The mother is anxious to deliver but keep patience as you can go through labour at this week. Start doing exercise to keep your pelvic muscle strong. You have gained almost 30 pounds by now. The baby is reducing the pressure on your chest but increasing it on your bladder. Therefore, you have to urinate a lot which will be irritating and intense mood swing will be on but do not let it get over the best of you.

Week 36

Now your birth of child is considered late pre-term. Congratulations now will cause your baby be born between 37th - 40th week. By this time, many just want to get over with it and may schedule a date but do not rush as there is a high rate of Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Constant need to urinate causes urinary tract infection.

Week 37

By the end of 37th week, you are now considered with a full term pregnancy and you just want it out of you but wait and try focusing your mind else-where. More and more pressure felt on pelvic bones as the baby's head is on it and using it as a pillow, by now you can actually feel the force of gravity.

Super mom! It is not that far to hold on. Your breasts are tender to touch and you may feel pain as now they are full. this is all due to hormones. Make sure you have a birth plan! Have your bags packed because now it can happen any time!

Week 38

Increase in mucus makes the cervix soften and your body is preparing for labour. As the baby moves into the birth canal many will feel pain at the back and pelvic region. Swelling is more prominent at your feet if severe headache and abdominal cramps are present.

Consult a doctor this could be serious as this is a sign of pregnancy induced hypertension. Go to the hospital immediately, this will decrease the blood flow of the placenta and deplete the child from oxygen.

Week 39

It's almost over; you will be welcoming the little angel home soon. Try enjoying these last moments as after that motherhood will become stressful! By now, you can enter labour any time. Your weight increases but your breast size will also increase. You are now extremely uncomfortable. To distinguish from false labour and real one is that you cannot walk. Your baby is moving towards the cervix and your cervix lining is thinner and more soften.

Week 40

This is the last week. You are quite uncomfortable now and you both want it to end. Try to enjoy these last hours! Pain and pressure increase, and more weight is felt at this week so it’s better to decrease your activity as the baby can come out any time.

Secretion of white substance from the nipples occurs; this is normal and your body is preparing for childbirth. Cramps intensity increases throughout your body so try your best to rest as much as possible. You are about to give birth to your prince or princess!


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