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Finding out you’re pregnant comes with a whirlwind of emotions; you’re excited, anxious, and naturally scared because you don’t know what to expect. Pregnancy is your gateway to motherhood, which is one of God’s greatest gifts and a whole lot of joy. But that doesn’t mean it’s not scary. When you know what to expect during your pregnancy, it makes the whole ordeal a lot easier and allows you to enjoy your pregnancy week by week without freaking out.
In this article, we’ve put together a guide to help you prepare for your first 9 weeks of pregnancy. You’ll be able to identify early pregnancy symptoms, what’s happening inside your body, and what your pregnancy checklist or pregnancy must-dos are for that specific week.
1 week pregnant
During your first week of pregnancy, you won’t have a clue that you are pregnant, yet pregnancy weeks are calculated from your previous menstrual cycle. But if you want to know what’s happening inside your body, read our pregnancy week by week: 1 week pregnant guide.
2 weeks pregnant
You’ll probably have just finished your period and not even thinking about the possibility of being pregnant yet. During week 2, you’re at the most fertile time of your month as you’re ovulating. At 2 weeks, your body is getting ready to fertilize an egg and so what’s happening inside your belly is that your uterine lining is thickening up to be able to support fertilizing an egg. Check out our pregnancy week by week: 2 weeks pregnant guide for more details.
3 weeks pregnant
While there is no sign of pregnancy on the outside, if your egg has been fertilized by a sperm during your 2nd week of pregnancy, then implantation occurs. This means that you can now confirm your pregnancy. Your body now is preparing to host the blastocyst which will soon evolve into an embryo and head to the uterus. You’ll find all the early symptoms of pregnancy in our week by week: 3 weeks pregnant guide.
4 weeks pregnant
During your fourth week of pregnancy, you’ll have missed your period, be feeling early signs of pregnancy, and facing a whirlwind of emotions. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re pregnant, read our week by week: 4 week pregnant guide to help you understand what’s happening.
5 weeks pregnant
At 5 weeks, your body will not show much difference in appearance, especially when it comes to your belly. However, on the inside, a lot is happening. At 5-weeks, your baby’s nervous system is developing and the brain and spinal cord are starting to form. Your baby’s heart will start to beat around this time, too. You’ll find a list of 5 weeks pregnancy symptoms and 5 weeks pregnancy checklist in our week by week: 5 weeks pregnancy guide.
6 weeks pregnant
At 6 weeks pregnant, expect to start feeling exhausted. That is because while your baby’s musculoskeletal system, liver, and brain are developing, the baby requires a lot of nutrients which is being sucked from your body. Make sure you’re getting proper nutrition! In our pregnancy week by week: 6 weeks pregnant guide, you’ll find the symptoms you’ll be feeling, your 6 weeks pregnancy checklist, and tips on how to ease morning sickness during your first trimester.
7 weeks pregnant
At 7-weeks pregnant, it’s important to take care of your health and well-being. You’ll be feeling exhausted as your baby is consuming a lot of nutrients. During your 7th week of pregnancy, your baby will continue to grow and develop as the limb buds develop into hands and feet. Other organs and body parts are also forming such as the baby’s heart, lungs, intestines, appendix, brain, spinal cord, mouth, nostrils, and eyes. In our pregnancy week by week: 7 weeks pregnant guide, you’ll find tips on how to take care of your health and the pregnancy checklist you need for that week.
8 weeks pregnant
In the first trimester, morning sickness can be an issue for most pregnant women. You’ll be able to identify the food that triggers your morning sickness and other foods you crave during your 8th week of pregnancy. If you’re wondering what is happening inside your belly, read our pregnancy week by week: 8 weeks pregnant guide.
9 weeks pregnant
By your 9th week of pregnancy, you’ve probably already visited your OB or gyno, but if you haven’t, now is the time. During this phase, most of the major organs have already started to develop and will continue to develop. The elbows are starting to grow, the toes are starting to form on the feet, and the eyelids and ears continue to form. You’ll find all the expected 9 weeks pregnancy symptoms in our week by week: 9 weeks pregnant guide.
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