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Your Pregnancy Week by Week UPDATE August 2010

Your Pregnancy Week by Week UPDATE August 2010

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This fact sheet was produced by John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
Your Pregnancy, Your Baby
 Week 4-5
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.
 Stay healthy:
Drink plenty of water. Eat healthy foods. Consulta health worker for advice. Involvefamily members in your care. Treatyourself well! Your baby dependson your health.
Frequent urination?
Urinate asfrequently as you need to. Drink  plenty of water throughout your  pregnancy.
 Week 6
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.
 Week 7
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.
 Week 8-9
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.
Vaginal discharge?
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.
 Weeks 0-1
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.
 Weeks 1-3
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.
6 Weeks6 to 9 Weeks
WEEK 0-9
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Your Pregnancy, Your Baby
 Week 10-11
Your baby is about 5 cm.You may still feel aversions tocertain foods, cravings for other foods, and have nausea and vomiting.
 Prenatal visit & classes:
It is time toschedule your 1st prenatal visit andstart ANC classes. Take your partner with you so you can share theexperience and information about your growing baby together!
 Week 12-13
Your baby is about 6 cmlong and 18 grams inweight, has eye lids andmuscles, and is movingaround.You may feel less nauseous andtired. Your first prenatal visit willinvolve a complete exam, bloodand urine tests, scheduling prenatalclasses, and an opportunity to ask questions. Your nausea and morningsickness is likely to stop soon. Somewomen feel constipated, especiallyif they if they take iron supplements.
 Iron supplements:
Daily ironsupplements may be suggested by your doctor to prevent or treat anemia. Iron rich foodsare important throughout your  pregnancy.
Drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits, vegetables, andwhole grains. Do not take laxativeswithout consultation with your doctor.
 Week 14-15
Your baby is about 8 to 9cm long and has eyebrowsand little hairs on its head.The baby heart can be heard by ultrasound. Your babyhas increasing need for oxygen and your heart has increased output by 20% to meet this need.You may feel more energetic andless tired. Your skin may darkenaround your nipples and in a linedown the center of your belly. Youmay feel itchy, especially on your  belly. This will disappear after delivery. Your clothes may feel tight.
For itching, try using lesssoap or using mild soap whenwashing. You may also try natural oilsto moisturize the body.
 Breast care:
Avoid using soapto clean the nipples or areola, asthe natural oils prepare the breast for nursing the baby.
 Week 16-17
Your baby is about 16cmlong and weighs about 135grams and has fine hairs allover the body and smallfingernails.You may experience fluttering, like butterfly wings, in your stomach – this is your baby moving! You maysweat more, have nasal congestion,or increased vaginal secretions.These symptoms are normal andwill stop after delivery.
 ANC visit:
Visit your health worker for ANC between week 16-18.
An ultrasound may be done between weeks 16 and 20.
 Nasal congestion:
Do not takemedicines for congestion withoutasking your doctor.
 Week 18-19
Your baby is 20 cm long andis kicking, grasping, andsucking.You may feel your baby kick youfrom inside. You may havetrouble sleeping.
 Sleeping problems:
Try a warm bath,drinking warm milk before sleeping,and use extra pillows to support your  body.
 Week Your baby is growing!You are growing andchanging! What you can do….
12 to 16 Weeks
WEEK 10-19
16 to 20 Weeks
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Your Pregnancy, Your Baby
 Week 20
Your baby is now 25 cm longand a protective “vernix” isforming on the baby’s skin.Your baby will be born withthis white protective vernix.You notice more of your baby’smovements and your navel may popout as your belly grows.
 ANC visit:
A prenatal visit isdue between weeks 20 and 24.You may want to get an adjustable bra to accommodate for your expanding chest.
 Week 21
Your baby is now 450g andactive.You may start having heart burn—a burning feeling in the lower part of your chest—or throw up a smallamount of stomach acid.
 Indigestion and heart burn?
Mint or ginger tea without caffeinemay sooth indigestion and heart burn. Consult your doctor beforedrinking other herbal teas or taking antacids. Excessive useof antacids can interfere withiron absorption.
 Week 22-23
Your baby starts to have patterns of activity andsleep. You may notice your  baby is active when you areresting.Your gums may swell or bleed.
 Dental care:
Brush and flossyour teeth at least twice daily, andkeep good dental hygiene duringyour pregnancy!
 Week 24-25
Your baby is about 32 cm longand 0.5kg. Your baby’s bonesare beginning to harden, andvital organs are alreadyformed, but the lungs cannotwork outside your body.The top of your uterus (the fundus)is just above your navel. Your  baby’s heart can be heard usinga stethoscope or fetoscope. Youmay need to urinate more frequentlyas your baby presses against your  bladder and you may feel crampsin your legs.You can benefit by practicingdeep relaxation and steady rhythmic breathing.
 Week 26-27
Your baby’s skin is changingfrom being thin to moreopaque, and is wrinkled.You are getting bigger each day, butfeeling energetic compared to thefirst weeks of  pregnancy.
 Week 28-29
Your baby is about 38cm longand 0.9 kg. If born now, the baby might survive withmedical support.Your nipples make leak colostrumand you may feel pressure on your internal organs as your growing baby pushes against them. If you areRhesus negative an antibody test may be done.
 ANC visit:
A prenatal visit issuggested between 29-32 weeks
 Blood and Urine tests:
Blood andurine tests are done to check for anemia, glucose levels, sexuallytransmitted diseases, and HIV.
 Week Your baby is growing!You are growing andchanging! What you can do….
WEEK 20-29
24 to 28 Weeks20 to 24 Weeks
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