Week

1

The Mother

Roughly 14 days after your period started is when you're the most fertile

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The Baby

All systems go! A new human being is created at the moment of conception, you are truly Younique!

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Week

2

The Mother

More advice for a new mum: ‘try to eat well and include food rich in folates, (or leafy green veggies) and take folic acid supplements too

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The Baby

Cells are developing rapidly forming all the organs you will need

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Week

3

The Mother

Mum hasn’t even missed her period and doesn’t know she’s pregnant…

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The Baby

Your young heart is dividing into chambers and will develop a regular rhythm soon.

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Week

4

The Mother

Aovid Mercury, which can damage the baby’s brain, and is found in sushi and large fish like shark, king mackerel and swordfish

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The Baby

An intricate exchange of blood is going on between you and your mother now.

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Week

5

The Mother

Tingling and soreness are common as your body begins to prepare mum to feed her new baby in a few months!

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The Baby

Major systems are forming: your brain, cranial nerves, heartbeat, vertebra, bone tissue, blood vessels.

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Week

6

The Mother

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The Baby

Brain function, as measured by EEG waves, can be recorded within days

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Week

7

The Mother

Pregnancy is an emotional time and its normal to feel sad estatic on minute and on the verge of tears the next.

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The Baby

Your ankles have formed, your arms are long and bend at the elbows.

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Week

8

The Mother

Weeping one moment, happy the next? Hormones can cause mood swings, and can also result in vivid dreams or insomnia.

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The Baby

You’re very active now, and can kick your little limbs and even swallow

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Week

9

The Mother

You'll need plenty of calcium, found in organic milk and yogurt, as well as vitamin D to help build your baby's bones

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The Baby

Your main task has now switched to growing big and strong enough to survive outside the womb

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Week

10

The Mother

Your body’s blood supply is increasing – good news since dizziness and lightheadedness will subside!

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The Baby

You can curl your toes, make a fist, and squint your eye muscles.

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Week

11

The Mother

The ovary manufactures hormones from conception to week 10; now the placenta is beginning to take over hormone production, mainly progesterone, which will increase until birth.

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The Baby

You have tiny fingerprints, and sucking muscles in your cheeks.

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Week

12

The Mother

Your energy levels should continue to improve, and you’ve gained some weight.

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The Baby

You can grasp, squint, frown, and grimace. Movements are now more fluid like water ballet.

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Week

13

The Mother

Now is usually when mums-to-be feel less tired so make the most of it!

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The Baby

All your joints and limbs can move, and your legs are finally longer than your arms.

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Week

14

The Mother

Your skin and muscles are stretching to make room for baby, and you are probably wearing maternity clothes now

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The Baby

The ear bones are now in place, meaning that you can hear music and singing and talking!

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Week

15

The Mother

Round ligament pain – aches in your lower abdomen – is normal because the baby is growing

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The Baby

Your heart beats about 140-150 beats per minute, about twice as fast as your mother’s.

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Week

16

The Mother

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The Baby

Your chest moves up and down and blood vessels are visible through your skin.

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Week

17

The Mother

Now you are showing and people will begin to notice your pregnancy!

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The Baby

Mother nature knows that you need the waxy covering to protect the skin. This is called the vernix caseosa

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Week

18

The Mother

Don't spring up too fast from a lying or sitting position or you might feel a little dizzy.

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The Baby

As the brain and nerve endings continue to develop, you may experiment with your sense of touch

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Week

19

The Mother

"Why stand when you can sit. Why sit when you can lie."

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The Baby

Your eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed, and you can now blink!

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Week

20

The Mother

As your thyroid becomes more active you may perspire a bit more.

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The Baby

Your skin is still wrinkly as you need to gain more baby fat before birth.

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Week

21

The Mother

You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days as you are not too big yet and are over the sickness of the initial weeks.

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The Baby

You now hear quite well, and listen to your mother’s heart beating

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Week

22

The Mother

You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen as it expands to accommodate your growing baby

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The Baby

Your hair is growing well, but the locks are still white, with no pigment yet

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Week

23

The Mother

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The Baby

Your skin is smoothing out, with baby fat making the formerly wrinkled surface smooth, round and plump.

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Week

24

The Mother

Try to lie down as much as possible and rest and remember that most of these symptoms do not last long.

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The Baby

Your eyes begin to open!

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Week

25

The Mother

From now on you might experience heartburn as the baby will be pressing on your tummy as he gets bigger

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The Baby

You sleep and wake at regular intervals and suck your thumb or finger.

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Week

26

The Mother

Stitch-like pains in your abdominal sides are also common as your uterus stretches.

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The Baby

Your bones are almost completely developed, but still soft.

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Week

27

The Mother

You’ve gained between 7 - 10kgs (16 – 22lbs), and your balance and movement are different

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The Baby

Meanwhile, at the upper end of your body, your brain is filling out!

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Week

28

The Mother

Working with nature, taking care of yourself, and keeping your emotional and social needs in order will ensure that discomfort does not overwhelm you.

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The Baby

Your lungs and digestive tract are almost fully developed

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Week

29

The Mother

Your blood pressure’s up a bit and you have gained 8.5 – 11.5kgs (19-25lbs) now

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The Baby

Your arms, legs and body are finally proportional to your head

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Week

30

The Mother

Indigestion is one of the most common (and annoying) pregnancy ailments

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The Baby

You may have a full head of hair now, or a few wisps

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Week

31

The Mother

Your uterus is pushing all the internal organs that used to be there somewhere else, crowding your lungs and making it more difficult for them to expand fully

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The Baby

Your eye pupils can now constrict, dilate and detect light

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Week

32

The Mother

With your big uterus crowding your insides, you may find your appetite waning now

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The Baby

Your fingernails have reached your fingertips

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Week

33

The Mother

Try to get as much rest as possible in the last stretch of pregnancy

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The Baby

You now have a fully developed pair of kidneys and your liver can process waste.

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Week

34

The Mother

Your uterus is still growing and is a whole 5 inches above your naval now!

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The Baby

With less room, it’s expected that you won’t be moving quite as much.

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Week

35

The Mother

From now you will more than likely see your doctor every week until the birth of your baby

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The Baby

You’re turning from side to side quite a bit, and breathing, practicing for life after birth

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Week

36

The Mother

Achy back, heaviness in your seat and pelvis are common

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The Baby

You’re continuing to add fat and fine-tuning your brain and nervous system

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Week

37

The Mother

By the time your baby’s head is engaged in your pelvis, he’ll have a lot less room for any more than a twist or squirm

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The Baby

Your brain is still growing, at a rapid pace that will continue for the first three years of life

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Week

38

The Mother

Make sure the items in your hospital bag still fit you and that you have everything you need as you might have to leave in a hurry!

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The Baby

Welcome to life after birth!

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Week

39

The Mother

Now is the time to sleep and nap whenever you can, take any help you can get, you will need all your energy for the big day!

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The Baby

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Week

40

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