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Pregnancy is a long journey that is different for everyone, but here is a quick pregnancy week by week guide on how it could affect you.

Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Week 1-2: Since pregnancies are dated from the start of your last period, you aren’t pregnant for the first couple of weeks.

Week 3: The fertilised egg makes its way along the fallopian tube and implants in your womb, which can cause some spotting.

Week 4: Pregnancy hormones could already be causing symptoms such as breast tenderness and nausea, but you might confuse these with your usual pre-menstrual symptoms.

Week 5: You can take a pregnancy test as soon as you miss a period.

Week 6: Food cravings are common in early pregnancy. It’s important to eat well.

Week 7: Fatigue and mood changes are common during the early months of pregnancy.

Week 8: You might notice you’re drinking (and urinating) more often.

Week 9: Morning sickness is often at its worst in the early stages of pregnancy.

Week 10: Cramps, spotting and vaginal discharge are all common.

Week 11: A slight baby bump may begin to appear.

Week 12: You’re due for your nuchal scan.

Week 13: Some of the earlier symptoms of pregnancy (like nausea) can improve, but new symptoms appear.

Week 14: You’ve reached the second trimester.

Week 15: Try a pregnancy massage if the skin on your bump is feeling itchy and stretched.

Week 16: Ultrasound scans can tell if you’re expecting a boy or girl.

Week 17: The bump should get more noticeable as your womb moves upwards.

Week 18: Back pain gets more common.

Week 19: You should soon be able to feel your baby is moving.

Week 20: The anomaly scan is due.

Week 21: You’ve reached the second half of pregnancy.

Week 22: Talking or singing to your bump is a great way to bond as baby will hear your voice.
Week 23: Stretch marks may be appearing.

Week 24: Some women notice tiny spots of colostrum and you’ll probably have gone up a couple of cup sizes.

Week 25: Braxton-Hicks contractions can start to appear.

Week 26: Try to keep mobile to reduce aches and cramps.

Week 27: This is a good time to plan for the birth.

Week 28: You’re entering the third trimester of the pregnancy.

Week 29: Your belly button might start to stick out.

Week 30: Sleep on your left side to ensure better blood flow.

Week 31: Take extra care when moving around as your balance is likely to be off and your joints may be looser.

Week 32: You may notice it’s getting harder to breathe as your womb starts pushing upwards as your baby grows.

Week 33: Many women notice their hair is looking particularly full and healthy.

Week 34: Your breasts need extra support as they grow heavier.

Week 35: Try changing positions to ease aches and pains caused by pressure or your baby’s movements.

Week 36: It could be harder to sleep or to make yourself comfortable.

Week 37: As your baby drops down into the pelvis, some symptoms such as constipation and heartburn can improve, but it can put more pressure on your bladder.

Week 38: Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest when you can.

Week 39: Watch out for signs of labour.

Week 40: The due date arrives, but babies are often born a week or two early or late.