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You Have Just Found Out Your Pregnant

When you have found out that you are pregnant, there are a lot of things you need to know. Sometimes just knowing where to start and which information you can trust can be a challenge.

On the following pages you will find out information of the various tests and scans you will need, what is safe for both you and your baby and what are the best lifestyle changes you might need to make to have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

We also have information on how your baby will develop and grow over the next nine months and also some of the common issues that most women encounter during their pregnancy.

Pregnancy - 0 to 8 weeks

Conception usually takes place about two weeks after your last period, around the time that you ovulate (release an egg).Three weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period, your fertilised egg moves slowly along the fallopian tube towards the womb.

Pregnancy - 9 to 12 weeks

By weeks 9-12, the baby’s face is slowly forming, and the eyes are more obvious and have some colour in them. You might still be feeling tired and sick, but this should clear up. By week 12 you should start antenatal care.

Pregnancy - 13 to 16 weeks

At 14 weeks, the baby is about 85mm long from head to bottom. If you have been feeling sick and tired, you will probably start to feel better when you are around 13 or 14 weeks pregnant.

Some women start to experience an increased sex drive around this time.

Pregnancy - 17 to 20 weeks

At 17 weeks, your baby’s body grows bigger so that the head and body are more in proportion and the baby doesn’t look so top heavy. You will probably feel your baby move for the first time when you’re around 17 or 18 weeks pregnant.

Pregnancy - 21 to 24 weeks

When you are 24 weeks pregnant, the baby has a chance of survival if it is born. Most babies born before this time may not live because vital organs are not developed enough. Your womb will begin to get bigger more quickly and you may feel hungrier than before.

Pregnancy - 25 to 28 weeks

Your baby may begin to follow a pattern for waking and sleeping. Very often this is a different pattern from yours, so when you go to bed at night, the baby may wake up and start kicking. You may also get indigestion, feel tired and have some swelling.

Pregnancy - 29 to 32 weeks

By about 32 weeks the baby is usually lying with its head pointing downwards, ready for birth. Your baby continues to be very active at this stage, and you’ll probably be aware of lots of movements. Leg cramps at night are common around 29 to 32 weeks pregnant.

Pregnancy - 33 to 36 weeks

Your baby’s bones are starting to harden now, even though the skull bones will stay soft and separated to make the journey through the birth canal easier. You may be aware of your uterus tightening from time to time. These are known as ‘Braxton Hicks’ contractions.

Pregnancy - 37 to 40 weeks

At 37 weeks, your pregnancy is considered full-term. In the last weeks, the baby’s head should move down into your pelvis. When your baby’s head moves down like this, it is said to be ‘engaged’. Most women will go into labour between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy

Overdue

Pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks or around 280 days from the first day of your last period. Most women go into labour within a week either side of this date, but some women go overdue.