A full-term pregnancy lasts for about 40 weeks, give or take one or two days. During this time period a woman’s body goes through multiple changes and the fetus growing within the womb, goes through multiple stages of development.
Having a precise idea of the changes your body is going through and the development of your child within your womb can prove to be advantageous for the health of both mother and child. As such, detailed below is a week by week update of how a pregnancy arrives at full-term. Read further to know more.
1,St 2,nd And 3rd Trimester
Pregnancy week by week is a wonderful journey. After all, it marks the development of a living being inside your womb. However, what is the journey like? What all can you expect when you think of pregnancy week by week? Given below are some of the main points of the first, second, and third trimester of pregnancy.
- While you are not officially pregnant. However, the first day after your last period is when the pregnancy countdown begins. Not much happens at this stage, except for the thickening of the uterine wall for successful implantation of the fertilized egg.
- You commence ovulation and it is as this point that any sperm reaching the egg in the Fallopian tube can result in conception.
- In the third week, you are technically pregnant. The egg has been fertilized to form a zygote in the Fallopian tube, which will move down to the uterus and multiply while doing so. The multiplication or cells will make up the different organs in a baby’s body.
- It is in the 4th week that the embryo attaches itself to the uterine and this commences the stages of development for your expected baby.
- By the 7th week your baby is the first stage of development of internal organs and external appendages.
- By the 9th week your baby ceases to resemble a tadpole and looks more like a mini human. The head is large and the body and legs are tiny, but the human resemblance is apparent.
- By the 13th week your baby bump starts to show. Moreover, at this point, many women get respite from morning sickness.
- At week 14 your baby is almost the size of a small peach. Individual characteristics of a human, especially finger and thumbprints get formed. Moreover, your baby ist tot covered in tiny fur like hair for warmth.
- At week 16 your baby weighs around 4 ounces and measures around five inches. The mother experiences an increase in blood volume to support growing fetus and nosebleeds or large leg veins are common symptoms.
- At week 17 you may feel your baby move for the first time. Moreover, by this time, your baby can even hear you from within the womb.
- By week 22 your baby weighs around a pound and measures up to 8 inches in length at this point. The formation of sex organs has started and gender is clearly discernible at this point.
- At week 24, your baby reaches a stage of viability and if early birth does take place, your baby could survive with the help of a ventilator.
- At week 26, your baby weighs around two pounds and its bluish eyes have opened.
- Week twenty-seven of your pregnancy marks the third trimester. Your baby is now closer than ever to making an entry into the world.
- Development continues into the third trimester and your baby is likely to kick and even turn positions in the womb.
- The third trimester lasts from week 26 to 40, which is the point at which your baby is ready to make an entry into the world.
These highlights of the 40 weeks of pregnancy, mark the journey from being an expecting mother to truly experiencing motherhood.