Your Pregnancy By Month

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Month 1

  • Size of Fetus: fraction of an ounce
  • Comparison: poppy seed
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: placenta is forming, amniotic and yolk sacs are developing, forming organs
  • Symptoms: mother will stop getting period, this is when you could first find out you are pregnant

Month 2

  • Size of Fetus: .04 ounce
  • Comparison: sesame seed
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: neural tube, heart and circulatory system, endoderm (for lungs), and parts of the brain will all be forming
  • Symptoms: sore breasts, fatigue, frequent urination, moodiness, and other signs of discomfort

Month 3

  • Size of Fetus: .5 ounce
  • Comparison: grape
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: sex organs are there but not distinguishable, basic physiology is complete, tissue and vital organs are formed, limbs can bend, some bones are hardening
  • Symptoms: mood swings, waist starts to thicken, constipation, heart burn

Tip: Morningsickness

Nausea may make it hard to eat a variety of healthy foods. This is normal and it will subside.

Month 4

  • Size of Fetus: 10.5 ounces
  • Comparison: pea pod
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: veins and organs are visible through the thin skin, fingerprints are formed, facial muscles work, able to determine sex, heart pumping
  • Symptoms: less nausea, stuffed nose

Month 5

  • Size of Fetus: 1.25 pounds
  • Comparison: tomato
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: umbilical cord is stronger, sweat glands are developing, brain is designating areas for the sense, hair is sprouting
  • Symptoms: loss of balance, dry eyes, increase in apetite, achiness

Month 6

  • Size of Fetus: 2.25 pounds
  • Comparison: banana
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: swallowing, kicking, developed eyebrows and lids
  • Symptoms: gaining a pound each week, feeling more comfortable, varicose veins

Tip: Eating for Two?

You only need to eat about 300 calories extra.

Tip: Sleeping

Lying down to one side will help with comfort. Lying on your back can compress a major vein

Month 7

  • Size of Fetus: 3.75 pounds
  • Comparison: ear of corn
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: lungs are developing branches, developing baby fat
  • Symptoms: swollen ankles and feet, thicker hair

Month 8

  • Size of Fetus: 5.75 pounds
  • Comparison: butternut squash
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: able to blink eyes and eyesight is developing, neurons developing, can respond to changes in light, can turn head side to side
  • Symptoms: heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, trouble sleeping

Month 9

  • Size of Fetus: 7.5 pounds
  • Comparison: mini-watermelon
  • What the Fetus is Experiencing: toenails and fingernails, skin is becoming less wrinkled, central nervous system is maturing, full head of hair
  • Symptoms: swelling of ankles, feet, hands, face, mini contractions

Tip: Diabetes

Untreated diabetes increases your risk of having a difficult vaginal delivery. It also raises your baby's odds for other complications like low blood sugar right after birth.

Tip: Preeclampisa

Symptoms include: headaches, visual changes, intense upper abdominal pain or tenderness, or nausea and vomiting.