A Guide to each week of your pregnancy, with details on your baby's growth, your body and symptoms to look out for. Written by Dr Donald Gibb and Midwives at The Birth Company, London
Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth there is still a lot to discover. Pregnancy is usually a delightful period of a woman’s life but it’s not without its drawbacks and worry.
Using our 14 years of experience in the prenatal industry, we’ve brought together a detailed guide so you can follow your pregnancy week by week.
We understand that you have concerns and often need reassurance that your pregnancy is going to plan. We also understand your desire to meet your new baby, even when they are still inside your tummy.
That’s why we’ve broken down our pregnancy week by week guide into easy to digest sections, these sections include:
We’ve brought you information about how your baby is growing in your womb along with letting you into the secrets of their development. With our guide you’ll know when your baby develops fingers and toes along with certain aspects of their unique personality.
Your body undergoes huge change in pregnancy and if this is your first child you may find the changes a little strange. Many women often worry that they are displaying symptoms that may not be normal too. This section aims to answer general questions about how your body changes week to week, what’s normal and how to adapt to cope with your growing frame.
We also let you know about common symptoms you may be experiencing. Remedies to help with different stages of pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness and backache, and ideas on how to stay healthy during your pregnancy.
Unfortunately not every pregnancy runs smoothly and when you display symptoms such as bleeding during pregnancy you can become very stressed and anxious. Our section lets you know of symptoms you should watch out for and when you should call your Doctor for help.
The NHS have a fairly similar care strategy for all pregnant women, unless complications arise, in which case the strategy changes. We let you know of the care you should be receiving week by week from your NHS provider, your midwife and your GP.
Sometimes NHS care isn’t enough. Many women like to book extra scans to see their growing baby or receive additional support and help. We let you know of private care options available either as a one off service or throughout your whole pregnancy.
We had received possible worrying news from our NHS anomaly scan, without much information provided or confirmation. I am so pleased that we came to The Birth Company for reassurance, as we are now extremely happy that everything is fine. Shahrzad was fantastic and went through the whole anomaly scan thoroughly, explaining everything and looking in detail at each area. Nothing was rushed and she took her time to make sure baby was in the correct position to get the best results. We can’t thank her and Dr Gibb enough for the confidence they have given us. Would highly recommend The Birth Company for all scans.
' Professional and reassuring 'Helen Campbell
The sonographer was ready as soon as I arrived, and she was extremely calming, personable and professional. The scan and blood test where efficient without feeling rushed and all very easy. These appointments can feel uneasy and make you feel anxious but I felt reassured and in professional hands the whole time
I saw Kate throughout my first pregnancy and am now doing so again with my second. She is absolutely amazing, she explains everything really clearly, and has answered all sorts of bizarre questions and worries I have had. On top of being clinically excellent she is also just the loveliest person and always a pleasure to see.Sarah Elliott
We had the harmony test with the Birth Company and had a reassurance scan with sonographer Kirsty McGarry who was absolutely lovely and really put our minds at rest. We had been scared by our NHS dating scan and left feeling like there was something wrong. We explained the situation and was treated very professionally and with good care. Also speedy appointments also as I had phone in the morning and got an appointment by afternoon. So thankful.Ashley and Tom
Really friendly, efficient service. Great experience overall. Had the Panorama. My appointment was with Kate who was absolutely fantastic. The results came really quickly. Have a comparison with private healthcare elsewhere and must say that The Birth Company was just how I would like to be treated when I pay for medical services - attentively, calmly, friendly, in a pleasant environment that doesn't look like hospital. Top marks!Anna
' Efficient, friendly and always on hand to provide last minute appointments 'Hannah Murphy
The Birth Company has been excellent, providing timely scans and blood tests during my IVF treatment abroad. Staff are always friendly and extremely efficient. I would highly recommend coming here.
' Professional and friendly 'Lyndsey Dilla
When I first contacted the Birth Company I spoke to Danielle. She was fantastic. She went above & beyond to put me at easy & make the journey from Kent as stress free as possible. Every staff member that myself and my husband have come into contact with have been approachable, professional and friendly. Kate scanned me the first time and put me completely at easy. Lisa on reception is professional and very approachable. Highly recommended
' Highly recommended 'Emelie
Donald was so lovely! I was so nervous as I have a bad history and he was super quick and confirmed my baby's heartbeat as quickly as he could. He spent time showing me the baby and the anatomy and it was the best money I have ever spent! The reception girls were lovely too - considering they deal with babies day in day out they were super excited for me! Thank you so much one and all! If only I lived in London and could have all my scans with you!
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