Mother & Child Care

Pregnancy Week by Week – Symptoms & Signs

Pregnancy is bound to change a woman’s body in innumerable ways affecting a woman physically and mentally. Knowing the gestation period week by week symptoms pre-hand can keep you mentally prepared to take ideal pregnancy care. Healers at Home offers comprehensive mother and child care at the comfort of your doorstep but we understand that assistance is required beyond an extensive stage. Here are detailed pregnancy week by week symptoms with stages that will help you adopt the right pregnancy care with Healers at Home.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 trimesters and each trimester is slightly longer than 13 weeks.

The first trimester of pregnancy
The First Trimester

Pregnancy Week 1-2:

Once the ovulation takes place, the egg travels down the fallopian tube. This egg combines with sperms and pregnancy begins when a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus. Early signs of pregnancy are missed periods, nausea, overall nausea and weakness and tender breasts.

What to do:

Your breasts will feel very tender. Try to buy a supportive sports bra to soothe them.

Week 3-4:

This egg reaches the uterus 3-4 days after fertilization and divides into more cells further forming into a ball and this ball attaches to the lining of the uterus and this stage is the implantation stage of pregnancy.

What to do:

You might notice implantation bleeding which can be wrongly considered as periods. Call your doctor if you notice any bleeding.

Week 5-6/ 7-8:

The balls of cells turn into an embryo at the start of the 6th week. The embryo is 1/5 inches while the umbilical cord develops in the 6th week. You will start experiencing fatigue during this stage. Now the embryo is ¼ to ½ inch and the heart, webbed fingers and toes develop in week 7-8.

What to do:

Take prescribed vitamins and stack your diet with nutritional food ingredients and drink plenty of fluids for optimum care.

Week 9-12:

The embryo now develops into a fetus while the umbilical cord connects the abdomen of the fetus to placenta and this is how the nutrients and oxygen are absorbed from the woman’s bloodstream into the fetus. In week 11-12 the fetus is now 2-3 inches while the fingers and toes are no longer webbed. Changes are triggered by hormones and external sex organs form to determine the gender of the fetus. Pregnancy symptoms of the second stage like extreme fatigue, breast tenderness might worsen and breasts might grow bigger. A woman might also feel nauseated.

What to do:

Try to take proper rest and care as the chances of miscarriage are in the first trimester. You might experience frequent urination but relax till there is no furning or false sensations.

Week 13-16:

Symptoms of pregnancy are pretty much the same during the second trimester. Nausea is reduced but constipation, heartburn and breast soreness continues.

What to do:

Women find ginger and lemon soothing during this stage.

Week 17- 20:

The fetus has grown to about 5.5-6.5 inches by the end of 20th week. Women should be prepared to take fetal movements during this stage as a major symptom of pregnancy. Breasts have turned bigger, sorer and other pregnancy symptoms continue.

What to do: Healthy diet, know your nausea trigger and averting them, good support innerwear is the key to survive.

Week 21-24:

The bone marrow in the fetus makes blood cells. Women might experience drops of milk called colostrum. Some women might also experience squeezing in abdomen or uterus.

What to do:

See a doctor if squeezing is painful.

Week 25-28:

The fetus grows and is generally develops fat around this time. Back pain is one of the major issues as the baby gains fat.

What to do:

Rest as far as possible and opt for yoga sessions under our mother and child care to be on the right path of gestation period care.

A woman goes through various physical and psychological changes during pregnancy.
The different stages of pregnancy

Week 29-32:

Women tend to experience tiredness and difficulty in breathing as uterus expands. Women might also get viscose veins and some might get hemorrhoids. Constipation, heartburn and stretch marks will make your life difficult but turmoil with hormones will make your hair fuller!

Week 32-36:

The fetus is about 12.5 inches by the end of 36th week and skin is no longer wrinkled. Trouble sleeping, holding urine and pain in the lower back are common pregnancy symptoms during this stage. Rest and perform basic yoga poses to alleviate any pregnancy symptoms.

Week 37-40:

The fetus has grown about 13-14 inches and women give birth around 39th-40th week. By the end of gestation period, a woman’s uterus has expanded. Pregnancy symptoms differ if the fetus has drooped down in the lower part of uterus or not. A woman might also experience sharp pain in the vagina as the cervix dilates. Tissues and placenta tend to ooze out of women’s body after pregnancy.

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