Pregnancy

If you are thinking about parenting your child or planning an adoption you may wonder about pregnancy, your body, and your baby. You might feel tired, or nauseous, or maybe you just feel like you’re pregnant. Whether you are having symptoms or not, some incredible things are happening right now. We want to walk alongside you during this time! Call 517-484-1882 or text 517-618-1753 to schedule an ultrasound and talk with one of our caring counselors about all of your questions and concerns.

 

The first trimester is the first 13 weeks of pregnancy and can seem like a roller coaster of feelings and emotions. Take care of yourself during this time by eating well and getting enough rest. Give yourself a break, you’re doing great! It may not appear to be, but your body is working overtime to make another human being inside of you; that’s no easy task.

Some symptoms you might experience in the first trimester include:

  • tiredness/exhaustion
  • nausea/vomiting
  • appetite loss/gain
  • increased sensitivity to smells
  • frequent urination

Fetal Development

4 Weeks: Cells are rapidly multiplying. Baby is about the size of a poppy seed.

5 Weeks: The heart begins to beat this week. Baby is about the size of a sesame seed.

6 Weeks: The brain starts to develop, ears, mouth and nose take shape. Baby is about the size of a lentil.

7 Weeks: Little hands and feet are emerging from arms and legs. Baby is about the size of a blueberry.

8 Weeks: Baby has started moving around and is now about the size of a kidney bean.

9 Weeks: Baby’s is about the size of a grape. The eyes are fully formed and organs have started to work.

10 Weeks: Fingernails and toenails are starting to form. Baby is about the size of a kumquat.

11 Weeks: Baby is almost fully formed and moving all around. This week baby is about the size of a fig.

12 Weeks: Baby now has reflexes and may react if you push on your belly. He/she is about the size of a lime.

13 Weeks: Baby now has finger prints and is about the size of a pea pod.

The second trimester is from 14 weeks through 26 weeks. You are probably feeling much better by this point in the pregnancy since the nausea has likely tapered off or is gone completely and you have more energy than you did the last few months. You are probably wondering if your baby is a boy or girl, what your baby’s personality will be like, and who he or she will look like. No matter what the answers are to these questions your baby will be beautiful because he or she is a part of you.

Some symptoms you might experience in the second trimester include:

  • backache, headache
  • breast enlargement
  • frequent urination
  • hair growth
  • heartburn
  • skin changes
  • weight gain

Fetal Development

14 – 15 Weeks: Baby can now make a fist and the fingers are fully differentiated.

16 Weeks: Baby’s mouth makes sucking motions and has begun swallowing amniotic fluid.

17 – 18 Weeks: Baby has been moving around for a long time now and if you haven’t felt anything yet, you probably will very soon.

19 – 20 Weeks: Baby can now suck it’s thumb and you will probably be able to find out gender soon, if you want to know.

21 – 22 Weeks: Baby’s eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows are now fully formed.

23 – 24 Weeks: Baby’s brain is developing rapidly and can even be startled by loud noises since he/she can hear sounds from outside the womb now.

25 – 26 Weeks: Baby is getting bigger and taking up all of the space in the womb, you probably feel kicks a lot stronger now.

The third trimester is from 27 weeks to 40 weeks. Baby is getting bigger which means so is your belly. While you may get more uncomfortable as the weeks go on, you will also enjoy this time. You will be able to feel your baby move often, talk or sing to baby, and get more excited about meeting your bundle-of-joy as the due date approaches.

Some symptoms you might experience in the third trimester include:

  • backache, headache
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions
  • fatigue
  • heartburn or constipation
  • weight gain

Fetal Development

28 Weeks: Baby is getting bigger, the eyes are opening and closing and baby can perceive light.

32 Weeks: Baby’s head is probably covered in hair and you may feel like you couldn’t possibly stretch any more, but by 40 weeks your baby will have about doubled his/her current size.

36 Weeks: Baby has likely rotated into a head-down position to prepare for birth, you are probably feeling Braxton-Hicks contractions, or “practice” contractions often.

38 – 42 Weeks: Time for baby! Have your hospital bags packed, most women go into labor between 38 and 40 weeks.

References

Second Trimester of Pregnancy: What to Expect. (2016, August 18). Retrieved January 30, 2017, from http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/second-trimester-of-pregnancy#1

The Endowment for Human Development – Improving lifelong health, one pregnancy at a time. (n.d.). Retrieved March 09, 2017, from https://www.ehd.org/

Third Trimester of Pregnancy: What to Expect. (2016, August 22). Retrieved January 30, 2017, from http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/third-trimester-of-pregnancy#1