Big Changes Are Coming
Pregnancy is an exciting time — it‘s crazy to think that your baby starts out the size of a poppy seed and grows into a person! “You and your baby are both about to go through a lot of changes,” says Veronica Hendrix, LVN, IBCLC, Nurse and Lactation Consultant at Texas WIC. “This timeline helps you know what to expect during each part of pregnancy.”
- Your baby is about the size of a poppy seed.
- His heart and brain are starting to grow.
- You might feel tired or sick to your stomach.
- Your breasts may be feeling tender or heavy.
- Don’t be afraid to rest when needed. Your body is working hard to grow a person.
- At 6 weeks, your baby is the size of a grain of rice.
- Your baby’s eyes, nose and lips are starting to form.
- Lungs and kidneys are also starting to grow.
- You might need to go to the bathroom more than usual.
- Some things might smell or taste different.
- Your nipples may get darker.
- At 10 weeks, your baby is about the size of a grape.
- Your baby’s fingernails and toenails are growing.
- Your baby can make a fist and move his legs.
- You may be constipated. Try to drink more water.
- You might start feeling extra hungry. Keep some healthy snacks nearby.
- Small bumps called Montgomery glands might appear around your nipples. This is normal.
- At 15 weeks, your baby is about the size of an apple.
- You can hear baby’s heartbeat with a stethoscope!
- Your baby is starting to hear sounds.
- During the second trimester, nausea should improve, but you might have some indigestion.
- You might begin to feel your baby moving or fluttering.
- Your breasts begin to produce colostrum — the first milk for baby.
Weeks 18 – 22
- At 18 weeks, your baby is the size of a sweet potato.
- Your baby’s eyebrows and eyelashes appear.
- Your baby might suck his thumb.
- It’s common to have leg cramps and backaches. This is a great time to ask for a massage.
- You will begin feeling your baby move more. Your partner may also be able to feel the baby move. And this is amazing for everyone.
- You may need to change bra size or wear maternity bras.
- At 23 weeks, your baby is the size of an eggplant.
- You probably know the gender of your baby, if you chose to find out.
- Your baby can open his eyes and see light.
- You may be hungrier than normal and eating more often.
- You may have back pain or swelling in your ankles and feet. Take it easy and rest if needed.
- At 28 weeks, your baby is the size of a head of iceberg lettuce.
- His bones are fully developed this month.
- Your baby knows the sound of your voice. Talk, sing and play music for him!
- He can also taste some flavors from foods you eat, so try to eat healthy.
- During the third trimester, it is not unusual for your breasts to leak milk.
- You might have mild contractions, called Braxton Hicks. Call your doctor if you are having more than five contractions in one hour.
- At 33 weeks, your baby is the size of a pineapple.
- Your baby can blink. He closes his eyes during sleep and opens them while awake.
- His brain and lungs are still developing.
- You might be feeling more back pain.
- You may have constipation and need to pee more often. Yes, that means even more trips to the bathroom.
- You might get short of breath and have trouble sleeping. Try to sleep on your side with pillows for support.
- Your baby is about to make his entrance into the world!
- During this last month, his body and organs will grow a lot.
- It is best to wait until at least 39 weeks to have your baby unless your doctor says you need to deliver sooner for medical reasons.
- Your belly will get lower as baby gets into the birth position. Talk to your doctor about signs of labor.
- The colostrum in your breasts will turn into mature breastmilk 2-3 days after baby is born.