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At1week,youshouldbethinkingabout...

Quitsmoking
Quittingsmokingisthebestthingyoucandoforyourbaby.Whenyousmoke,youbreatheinover4,000
chemicalsfromthecigarette.Thosechemicalsgofromyourlungs,intoyourbloodstreamandthen
travelacrosstheplacentsrightintoyourbabysbody.

At2weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Healthydiet
Ahealthydietisanimportantpartofahealthylifestyleatanytime,butespeciallyvitalifyoure
pregnantorplanningapregnancy.Healthyeatingkeepsyoufeelinggoodandgivesyourbabythe
essentialnutrientstheyneedinutero.

At3weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Vitaminsandnutrition
Eatingahealthy,varieddietinpregnancywillhelpyoutogetallthevitaminsandmineralsyouneed.It
isbesttogetvitaminsandmineralsfromthefoodyoueat,butwhenyouarepregnantyouwillneedto
takesomesupplementsaswell.

At4weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat4weeks
Conceptionusuallytakesplaceabouttwoweeksafteryourlastperiod,aroundthetimethatyouovulate
(releaseanegg).Threeweeksafterthefirstdayofyourlastmenstrualperiod,yourfertilisedeggmoves
slowlyalongthefallopiantubetowardsthewomb.

At5weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Earlysignsofpregnancy
Forwomenwhohavearegularmonthlymenstrualcycle,theearliestandmostreliablesignof
pregnancyisamissedperiod.Sometimeswomenwhoarepregnanthaveaverylightperiod,losingonly
alittleblood.

At6weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...

Folate
Ifyouhaventalreadybeentakingfolicacid,youshouldstartassoonasyoucan.Folateandfolicacid
areimportantforpregnancyasitcanhelppreventbirthdefectsknownasneuraltubedefects,suchas
spinabifida.

At7weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Thingstoavoidduringyourpregnancy
Thereareanumberofthingsapregnantwomanshouldbecautiousof,oravoidduringpregnancy,
includingcleaningproducts,massages,saunas,foods,Xrays,hairdye,sunbedsandfaketans.

At8weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Morningsickness
Morningsicknessisacommonsymptomofearlypregnancyand,inmanycases,goesawaybytheendof
thefirstthreemonths.Itiscausedbychangesinhormonesduringpregnancyandmaymakeeating
difficult.

At9weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat9weeks
Byweeks912,thebabysfaceisslowlyforming,andtheeyesaremoreobviousandhavesomecolour
inthem.Youmightstillbefeelingtiredandsick,butthisshouldclearup.Byweek12youshouldstart
antenatalcare.

At10weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Chorionicvillussampling(CVS)test
Chorionicvillussampling(CVS)isatestcarriedoutduringpregnancytodetectspecificabnormalitiesin
anunbornbaby.Asampleofcellsistakenfromtheplacenta(theorganthatlinksthemothersblood
supplywithherunbornbabys)andtestedforgeneticdefects.

At11weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Antenatalcare
Youshouldbookyourfirstantenatalvisitwhenyouare1016weekspregnant.Thisvisitmaytakeupto
twohoursandwillestablishyourhistory,generalhealthanddiscussanyteststhatyoucantake.

At12weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Datingscan
At12weeks,youmaybeofferedyourfirstultrasound.Thistestisoftencalledadatingscanasitis
usedtohelpdeterminetheduedateofyourbaby.Aspartofthescreening,youwillbeofferedablood
testthatwillscreenforariskofDownsyndrome

At13weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat13weeks
Atthisstage,yourbabyisabout85mmlongfromheadtobottom.Ifyouhavebeenfeelingsickand
tired,youwillprobablystarttofeelbetterwhenyouarearound13or14weekspregnant.Somewomen
starttoexperienceanincreasedsexdrivearoundthistime.

At14weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Firstantenatalvisit
Youshouldhaveyourfirstantenatalvisitbetween10and16weeks,soifyouhaventbookedinforone,
youshouldplanthatnow.

At15weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Youramniocentisistest
Amniocentesisisadiagnostictestthattakesasampleoftheamnioticfluidfromthewombto
determineshowlikelyitisthebabywilldeveloponeormoreconditions,whichmaybegenetic
(inherited)ordevelopduringthepregnancy.

At16weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Pelvicfloorexercises
Themusclesofthepelvicfloorcomeundergreatstrainduringyourpregnancyandchildbirth.Every
pregnantwomanshoulddopelvicfloorexercisestohelpstrengthenthesemusclestoreduceoravoid
stressincontinence.

At17weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat17weeks

At17weeks,yourbabysbodygrowsbiggersothattheheadandbodyaremoreinproportionandthe
babydoesntlooksotopheavy.Youwillprobablyfeelyourbabymoveforthefirsttimewhenyoure
around17or18weekspregnant.

At18weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Anomalyscan
Mostwomenwillhaveatleastoneultrasoundscanduringtheirpregnancy.Itusuallytakesplace
between18weeksand21weeks.Itscalledtheanomalyscanbecauseitchecksforstructural
abnormalities(anomalies)inthebaby.

At19weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Avoidingalcoholduringyourpregnancy
Drinkingalcoholduringpregnancycanaffecttheunbornbabybydamagingthedevelopmentofthe
babysbrainandslowingdownphysicalgrowth.Therefore,itisbesttoavoiddrinkingalcoholduring
pregnancyasmuchaspossible.

At20weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Wheretogivebirth
Thereareseveraloptionsavailabletowomenonwheretheychoosetogivebirth.Whatisimportantis
thatyouhavealltheinformationyouandyourpartnerneedtomakeaninformeddecision.

At21weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat21weeks
At21weeks,yourbabyisbeginningtogetintoapatternofsleepingandwaking,whichwont
necessarilybethesameasyours.Yourwombwillbegintogetbiggermorequicklyandyouwillreally
begintolookpregnant.Youmayfeelhungrierthanbeforetrytosticktoasensible,balanceddiet,and
makesureyouknowwhatfoodstoavoid.

At22weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Feelingsandrelationshipsduringpregnancy
Pregnancycanmeanthebeginningofanewstageinawomanslife,withallthechangesthatnewstage
canbring.Peopletalkaboutobviousonescravings,fatigue,nausea,bodyshapebuttherearealso

situationslikenegotiatingnewworkingarrangementsandreworkingyourfinancesthatcanmakethisa
difficulttime.

At23weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Anaemiaduringpregnancy
Awomansbodychangesduringherpregnancytolookafterthegrowingchild.Asaresultofthis,some
womencandevelopanaemiaduringtheirpregnancy.Thisconditionispossibletoprotectagainstand
alsopossibletotreat.

At24weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Antenatalappointments
Fromaround24weeks,yourantenatalappointmentswillusuallybecomemorefrequent.However,if
yourpregnancyisuncomplicatedandyouareingoodhealth,youmaynotbeseenasoftenassomeone
whoneedstobemorecloselymonitored.

At25weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat25weeks
Yourbabymaybegintofollowapatternforwakingandsleeping.Veryoftenthisisadifferentpattern
fromyours,sowhenyougotobedatnight,thebabymaywakeupandstartkicking.Youmayalsoget
indigestion,feeltiredandhavesomeswelling.

At26weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Travellingduringyourpregnancy
Withtheproperprecautions,andarmedwithinformationonwhentotravel,vaccinationsand
insurance,mostwomencantravelsafelywellintotheirpregnancy.Whereveryougo,locatehealthcare
facilitiesatyourdestinationandtakeyourmedicalrecordswithyou.

At27weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Dealingwithcramps,swellingandvaricoseveins
Cramps,swellingandvaricoseveinsaresomeofthemostwellknownissueswomenexperienceduring
theirpregnancy.Butmaintainingahealthylifestylealongwithsomeregularexerciseandplentyofrest
shouldhelpalleviatethesymptoms.

At28weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Diabetesduringpregnancy
Duringthesecondpartofpregnancy,somewomendevelopgestationaldiabetes.Itscommonfor
pregnantwomentobeofferedaglucosetestaround2628weeksofpregnancy.

At29weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat29weeks
Byabout32weeksthebabyisusuallylyingwithitsheadpointingdownwards,readyforbirth.Yourbaby
continuestobeveryactiveatthisstage,andyoullprobablybeawareoflotsofmovements.Legcramps
atnightarecommonaround29to32weekspregnant.

At30weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Backacheduringpregnancy
Asyourpregnancyadvances,yourbackandpelvismaystarttoache.Thisisanormalpartofpregnancy
astheligamentsinyourbodynaturallybecomesofterandstretchtoprepareyouforlabour.

At31weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Whattohavereadyforthebaby
Babiesgrowveryquickly.Allyouneedforthefirstfewweeksareenoughclothestomakesurethatyour
babywillbewarmandclean.Youwillalsoneedacotandsuitablebedding.

At32weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Makingabirthplan
Abirthplanisawrittenlistofwhatyoudliketohappenwhenyouareinlabourandgivebirth.Aplan
includesthingslikewhoyoudliketobewithyouinlabour,andwhatpositionyoudliketogivebirthin.

At33weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat33weeks
Yourbabysbonesarestartingtohardennow,eventhoughtheskullboneswillstaysoftandseparated
tomakethejourneythroughthebirthcanaleasier.Youmaybeawareofyouruterustighteningfrom
timetotime.TheseareknownasBraxtonHickscontractions.

At34weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Signsofprematurelabour
Whenababyisbornearly,itisknownasprematurity.Mostpregnancieslastaround40weeksand
babiesbornbetween37and42weeksareconsideredfullterm.Babiesthatarebornbefore37weeks
areconsideredpremature.

At35weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Painreliefduringlabour
Ifyouhaventalreadystartedthinkingabout,youmaywaytostarttothinkaboutwhetheryouwantto
takesomekindofpainreliefduringlabourandifso,whatkindsareavalilabletoyou.

At36weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Goingtohospital
Whenyouareapproachingyourduedate,itsimportantthatyouarereadytogoatamomentsnotice.
Hereisausefullistofwhatyouwillneedtobringwithyoutothehospitalandwhattoexpectwhenyou
getthere.

At37weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Yourpregnancyat37weeks
At37weeks,yourpregnancyisconsideredfullterm.Inthelastweeks,thebabysheadshouldmove
downintoyourpelvis.Whenyourbabysheadmovesdownlikethis,itissaidtobeengaged.Most
womenwillgointolabourbetween38and42weeksofpregnancy.

At38weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Labour
Youreunlikelytomistakethesignsoflabourwhenthetimecomes,butifyoureinanydoubtdont
hesitatetocontactyourmidwife.Themainsignsoflabourstartingarestrong,regularcontractions,and
ashow.

At39weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Whathappensafterthebirth

Aftercarryingyourbabyfor9monthsandfinallygivingbirth,yourbodyhasgonethroughsignificant
changesandsotoohasyourbaby.Therearealsoanumberofteststhatwillbeofferedtoyouandyour
newborn.

At40weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Newbornhealthtests
Thereareseveralteststhatwillbeofferedtoyouwhenyourbabyisborn,suchastheneonatal
screeningtest,hearingtestandthevitaminKinjection.Itsimportanttobewellinformedofwhatthese
testsare.

At41weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Overdue
Pregnancynormallylastsabout40weeksoraround280daysfromthefirstdayofyourlastperiod.Most
womengointolabourwithinaweekeithersideofthisdate,butsomewomengooverdue.

At42weeks,youshouldbethinkingabout...
Optionsforfeedingyourbaby
Oneofthemostimportantchoicesyouneedtomakeasanewmumishowyouwillfeedyourbaby.Its
agoodideatohaveathinkaboutthiswellaheadoftime,soyoullbereadyonceyourbabyisborn.

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Description

Week

Yourbabyisconceived

Week2

Positivepregnancytest

Week4

Organsbegintoform,heartstartsbeating

Week5

Majororganshaveformed,heartcanbeheard

Week10

Secondtrimester,riskofmiscarriagedecreases

Week12

Nowisagoodtimetoannounceyourpregnancy

Week14

Yourbabycannowseelight

Week15

Yourbaby'sgenderisvisibleonultrasound

Week16

Youcanfeelyourbabymovearound

Week18

Yourbabycannowhearsounds

Week19

Prematurebabieshaveachancetosurvive

Week23

Thirdtrimester,yourbabycanbreathe

Week27

Fingernailsandtoenailshaveformed

Week32

Yourbabyisnowconsideredfullterm

Week37

Yourbabyisdueanytimenow!

Week40