This fact sheet was produced by John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK-BY-WEEK
Your Pregnancy, Your Baby
Your embryo is about 2mmlong – the size of a pea. It arrivesat your uterus and embeds into theuterine wall, where it gets nutrientsthrough your uterine blood vessels.A sack and placenta form aroundyour fetus.You may notice a strange metallictaste in their mouth. Your periodis late but you may feel like it willstart any time. Your breasts mayfeel tender. You may need tourinate often. Some women spot alittle blood at this time.
Drink plenty of water. Eat healthy foods. Consulta health worker for advice. Involvefamily members in your care. Treatyourself well! Your baby dependson your health.
Urinate asfrequently as you need to. Drink plenty of water throughout your pregnancy.
Your baby has a head and body,and buds where arms, legs, andteeth will form.You may have nausea or vomiting, especially in themorning or when you eat.You may cry or weep easily.A urine test may confirm thatyou are pregnant.
Nausea & vomiting?
Try eating 4or 5 smaller, more frequent, andwell balanced meals, instead of 2-3 big meals.
Your baby is about 2-3 cm long,has a head, spinal cord, and tinyarms and legs with indentationswhere fingers and toes will grow.You may continue to feel nauseaand fatigue. Your breasts andnipples may be sore.
Tired & Sleepy?
Rest and take napsduring the day, if possible.
Your baby is about 3-4 cm longand rapidly developing internalorgans, eyes and ears, a nervoussystem, fingers, and toes.Many women don’t feel likeeating some foods they onceenjoyed, and may experienceslight vaginal discharge. Somewomen have bleeding gums andchanges in their skin and hair, because of hormonal changes.
Inform your doctor if the discharge smells bador causes itching. Wear comfortable-fitting cottonunderwear. An
may bedone if you previously had amiscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
A healthy diet and lifestyle before pregnancy maximizes your chance of having a healthy baby. Folic acidsupplements before conception reduce the risk of problems in the newborn. Alcohol, drugs, and cigarettesharm you as well as your growing baby and should be avoided. Caffeinated beverages and unhealthy foodsshould also be reduced or avoided.
You are pregnant!
Around 14 days before your expected period, one egg is released from one of your ovaries and traveleddown your fallopian tube. During these days, sex with your male partner sends millions of sperm throughyour vagina, into your uterus, and then into your fallopian tubes. Your egg is fertilized by one sperm whiletraveling down your fallopian tube, and then multiplies into a cluster of cells, called an
, that travelsalong the fallopian tube toward your uterus.
Week Your baby is growing!You are growing andchanging! What you can do….
Your pregnancy will last 38 weeks (or 266 days)from the day your female egg was fertilized byyour partner’s sperm. Your expected delivery dateis estimated by counting 40 weeks from the firstday of your last menstrual period. But, less than10% of babies are born on their due date. A normalfull term baby may be born from 37 to 43 weeks.
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