Find out what's happening each day - week by week! We have links to articles, books, products, and even peer-to-peer anecdotes to help you through your entire pregnancy! The calendar features links to hundreds of articles, our fetal development section, fetal development pictures, what you'll need -- when you'll need it, peer advice, book suggestions and more!
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Childproofing your home is a good idea (even though you have another 6 months after the birth to do it). Those wee ones get mobile fast!
Real hair and toenails are beginning to grow. Your baby continues to urinate and drink amniotic fluid, which is exchanged every three hours. Don't worry, it's sterile!
At this point, baby girls have developed all the eggs they'll ever have in their ovaries. Whew!
You'll probably find that everyone, want to give you every detail of their birth stories. Take it in stride. Try to focus on those that have positive stories with wonderful outcomes.
Your baby's brain is developing rapidly. Fatty sheaths that transmit thought are forming. Eating protein is very important to help develop the brain.
23 wks LMP (21 wks gestation)
Meconium, the baby's first stool is developing. You'll see a lot of this come out after baby is born.
Your baby can hear the your heart and stomach. These types of sounds are comforting to a newborn, too. They even make teddy bears with the sound built-in!
A special type of fat called brown fat develops. This keeps baby warm at birth. It also provides nourishment while your milk is coming in.
Your baby might begin to suck his or her thumb around now. Awww...
The pancreas, essential in the production of hormones, is developing steadily. Your baby has started producing insulin, important for sugar breakdown. If born now, there's a 15% chance of survival.
Vernix, which protects baby's skin from amniotic fluid, covers the entire skin.
Lunar Month 7, 24 wks LMP (22 wks gestation)
Your baby is almost fully formed about now -- and finally looks like a miniature human instead of other-worldly.
Bones solidify and baby kicks. Sometimes it feels more like a lurch, reminiscent of the Loch Ness monster.
Most babies turn upside-down around this time but will continue to rotate until about week 31 LMP.
The baby's heartbeat is very strong now. Your feet and ankles might swell. Keep drinking your water!
Think seriously about breastfeeding your baby -- babies love it, and it's enjoyable.
If you are not having a home birth, this is a good time to plan the best route to the place of birth whether that is a birthing center, or a hospital as well as your 'birth bag.'
25 wks LMP (23 wks gestation)
Leg cramps getting you down? Try adding a little potassium to your diet! Bananas and fluids can do the trick. Try flexing your feet-toes pointing up to the ceiling several times it helps relieve your calves.
Suggested Reading: Preparation for Birth: The complete Guide to the Lamaze Method, by Savage and Simkin.
Keep exercising. Your baby is growing and you'll need the strength to deliver her.
Your baby's nostrils begin to open. There is a study out of Belfast, Ireland that suggests babies at this stage have the capability of scent preferences! Do you wonder what they'll like?
Your bigger body is beautiful -- feel good about yourself. If you haven't pampered yourself yet, give it a try.
Did you know that the peak time of year for babies to be born is late summer? On the flip side, fewer births occur during the middle of winter and around the holidays.
26 wks LMP (24 wks gestation)
Personal Reflection: "The first time I felt my son move made my pregnancy feel 'real' to me."
Unless you're having a homebirth, research the hospital or birthing center where you want to deliver.
Discharge like leukorrhea continues (sorry!). Call your provider if the discharge is painful or has an overly pungent odor.
If your baby doesn't move 10 times within a 5-hour period (during a regularly active time) you'll want to call your provider. There may be nothing wrong, but better to be safe.