Your Pregnancy MD

Pregnancy Week by Week


Pregnancy can be a joyful—but stressful—time. Look no further for everything you need to know about your changing body, your growing baby, and even what to expect during labor. Every week brings new growth and new surprises during pregnancy. Find out what your baby looks like and what symptoms you can expect from the first day to the last day of your pregnancy. Learn about your baby, and share your weekly progress with friends and family!

In the first trimester you will start experiencing true pregnancy symptoms 10 to 14 days after ovulation, and a positive pregnancy test on the first day of a missed period.

Congratulations! In roughly nine months, you are going to be a new mother. Although you won’t look pregnant in the first trimester, you will definitely feel it. From morning sickness to fatigue to breast tenderness, the first 13 weeks of pregnancy is often the most challenging. The higher levels of hormones can wreck havoc on your body, your mood, and your life.

The second trimester is when your baby's rapid growth starts. You should be able to feel your baby move between the 17th and 21st week of pregnancy and determine the gender.

Welcome to your second trimester of pregnancy. You are most likely feeling much better now than the first trimester. Your baby is growing quickly, the organs are beginning to function, eyebrows are forming, the skin is covered with vernix, the genitals are develop and fine hair is covering the body. This is the trimester that you will feel your baby move and predict the baby’s gender.

The third trimester is exciting, as you approach delivery. All the discomforts are typically mitigated by the expectation that you will soon greet your newborn baby.

In the third trimester of pregnancy both you and your baby continue to grow. Do you think you are going into labor? Learn the signs of false versus true labor during the third trimester. Learn when labor starts and about the baby’s apgar score test. Did you know that term pregnancy is now divided into early term (37 to 38 weeks-6 days), full term (39 weeks to 40 weeks-6 days) and late term (41 weeks to 41 weeks-6 days)?