PREGNANCY

Pregnancy, Week By Week

Let our pregnancy week by week calendar guide you through the various stages of pregnancy right up until birth. We take you from the exciting time you first discover you’re pregnant, through the uncomfortable stages of morning sickness. We’ll help you pick a baby name, decorate your nursery, pack your hospital bag, and even prepare you for the pinnacle moment — the birth of your new baby! Find your week of pregnancy or get started with Week 4.

Sleep at this stage may not come easy to you. If you’re finding it difficult to get rest at night, try sleeping propped up with pillows or even in a comfy armchair.

You could catch up by taking a nap during the day. Just rest and play some soothing music. Dozing will do you good and will build up your energy stores for labour. Try not to worry if you never seem to get a good night’s sleep these days. You may feel a little gritty-eyed during the day, but your baby won’t be affected by your lack of sleep.

How your life’s changing

After months of anticipation, your due date goes by, and… you’re still pregnant. It’s a frustrating, but common, situation. If you’re running out of patience, it may help to remind yourself that your due date is only an estimation. At 40 weeks, your doctor or midwife won’t consider you overdue for a week yet.

A few mums-to-be have what is called a prolonged pregnancy, which lasts longer than 42 weeks. Your midwife will keep an eye on you during these final days. You should have an antenatal appointment each week. If your pregnancy has been straightforward, your midwife should offer you an induction after 41 weeks.

What you need to know

Are your friends and family ringing or messaging you every day to find out how things are going? If it’s frustrating you, explain that you’ll call when your baby is definitely on her way and not before!

Try to have all those last-minute things sorted for when you do go into labour. A jar of change for the car park, a fully charged phone and camera, your car topped up with petrol.

If time’s dragging and you have the energy, fit in a few last-minute treats with your partner. It won’t be so easy after your baby’s born.

Here are more suggestions for getting through the final days:

  • Sure you’ve settled on a name? For last-minute inspiration, take a look at our baby names section and use our baby names printable to jot down your favorites.
  • Use this time to double-check your birth plan. Compare it with our sample birth plans in case you’ve missed something out or want to rethink some points as the big day approaches.
  • From day one your baby’s navel and umbilical cord will need looking after. Find out how to keep her umbilical stump clean.
  • You’ll need to take care of yourself as well as your new baby once you’re a mum. Read up on what to expect after the birth.
  • If you think your labour has started, but you’re not sure, phone your midwife and ask for advice. Don’t hesitate to give her a call if you’re worried. Remind yourself of the signs of labour.

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