Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on ……

WEEK 13: This is the beginning of a period of rapid growth, your baby’s legs and arms will lengthen and their body will increase in size. Around this time you’ll be offered your first dating or booking scan. Performed at between 10 and 16 weeks, this 20 minute scan is used to date your pregnancy by measuring your baby’s size and find out how many babies you’re expecting. From 12 weeks some private companies can offer the latest 4DFREEVIEW™ technology to give you a 3D moving picture of your baby. With a 4DFREEVIEW™ pregnancy scan you’ll get to see your baby’s internal organs  ̶ including their heart beating, and a checklist of other signs indicating their wellbeing will be completed.

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Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on ……

WEEK 12: At the end of 12 weeks your baby is now fully-formed and measures around 8.5cm from crown to rump and is about the size of a lime. It’s a milestone week because after this point the risk of miscarriage falls dramatically. This is the beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy and many of the key measurements of your baby in this period will be made using ultrasound scans.

Nuchal Translucency (NT) Scan (also called a nuchal scan can be performed between 11 and 13 weeks and 6 days gestation. This is a screening test using ultrasound to measure fluid at the back of your baby’s neck (this area is called the nuchal fold). If a baby has extra fluid at this point ̶ it’s a marker for an extra chromosome and they may have Down’s syndrome and you’ll be counselled to see if you want additional diagnostic tests to find out for sure.

Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on ……

WEEK 11: Your baby is now about the size of a fig. Between 11 and 22 weeks is the period in your baby’s development when an important prenatal test for Down’s syndrome, a genetic condition that can result in learning difficulties, can be performed. A non-invasive pre natal NIPT scan consists of a blood-screening test for Down’s syndrome (called Harmony) with a 30-minute scan to check viability and dates. Your baby no longer has webbed toes and fingers as they have now separated and their nail beds are developing. The head is still disproportionately large but now the body will start to lengthen and the baby uncurl itself. They will be able to stretch out and move around.

Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on ……

WEEK 10: Now around the size of a large olive, your baby’s facial features are now developing, with ears, a nose (with nostrils) and eyelids now visible. They can react to light and can make tiny movements ̶ but it will be many weeks before you can feel this yet. This is a period when all the internal organs and structures start to grow and develop. Your baby’s jawbone has formed too – containing all the baby teeth that will start to appear in their first year.

Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on …….

WEEK NINE: Your baby now has toes and hair follicles are also beginning to appear. They are now officially a fetus rather than an embryo and have entered a new phase of development. Their face looks more human and their eyes are distinguishable. Unbelievably, although your baby is still so tiny, it now has all the organs that an adult has. In a healthy pregnancy a strong heartbeat will usually be detectable by this stage. By the end of this week the embryo will weigh around 0.028kg and measure around 7.6 cm in length.

Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on …….

WEEK EIGHT: This is typically the time when your baby gets a growth spurt and doubles in size. The development of your baby’s major internal organs is continuing apace, their lungs are forming and the brain is increasing in size. They may still be tiny, but complicated structures are rapidly forming including the tongue and their lip and palate, as well as nerves to later detect smell. Bones are already forming and their muscles contracting. Ridges are forming on their hands and feet where their fingers and toes will soon appear. Research has shown that if a heartbeat is detected at eight weeks the chances of the pregnancy continuing is 98 per cent.

Your pregnancy week by week

Pregnancy goes on for nine months and there’s lots happening every week. If you’re curious to find out more about how your baby is growing read on …….

WEEK SEVEN: Your baby is now the size of a grape and the head is growing much larger than the rest of the body so they still don’t look recognisably human, although their trunk (body) is beginning to straighten and uncurl. A private early scan performed in week seven will be able to give you more idea of whether the pregnancy is viable and likely to progress. Your baby’s organs are continuing to develop, the pancreas is starting to form which will secrete hormones including insulin, and the liver starts to form bile ductules, part of the organ’s outflow system. By the end of this week they will be the size of an eraser on the top of a pencil.