Pregnancy Calendar

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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1

Watch out for unusual cravings like dirt, laundry starch, or ice chips. These cravings are known as 'pica,' which is caused by an iron-deficiency. If you're craving these things, please contact your provider!

2

Baby's blood cells take over for liver in producing blood. The gall bladder becomes functional, producing bile which is needed for digestion.

3

Lunar Month 6, 20 wks LMP (18 wks gestation)
Baby weighs 10.58 ounces or 300 grams. Baby is 6.46 inches or 16.4 cm long.

4

Consider a Doula to help during childbirth. Come meet ours!

5

Your baby's milk teeth begin to form under gums. You won't see these for awhile, at least until they are about 5-6 months old.

6

Baby's body hair, including eyebrows and lashes begin to grow. Small hairs called lanugo covers baby's body and face. Most of it falls out before birth.

7

Baby's body hair, including eyebrows and lashes begin to grow. Small hairs called lanugo covers baby's body and face. Most of it falls out before birth.

8

Right now your baby's skin is translucent. If you could see your baby, you would also be able to see his/her bones and organs, too!

9

As your belly grows, it puts pressure on your bladder, making you urinate more frequently. Your digestive system is also suffering. This may cause heartburn and indigestion. Try eating smaller meals at more frequent intervals.

10

21 wks LMP (19 wks gestation)
Baby weighs 12.70 ounces or 360 grams and is 10.51 inches or 26.7 cm long. NOTE: Length is now measured heel to crown instead of rump to crown.

11

White blood cells are under production. Leukocytes (or white blood cells) form our body's defense system. They help fight infections and diseases.

12

Baby's getting strong: Mom you might feel some movement. This is called the quickening.

13

Avoid hot-tubs, tanning booths, and super hot showers. You want to keep your body heat low and not "boil" the baby.

14

Walking, biking, and swimming (all in moderation unless you have permission to go harder) help keep you fit and make your delivery easier.

15

This is a good time to register for childbirth/pain management classes if you haven't already!

16

Ultrasounds happen around this time. You don't have to have one, unless a problem is suspected or you're curious.

17

22 wks LMP (20 wks gestation) >
Baby weighs 15.17 ounces or 430 grams. Baby is 10.94 inches or 27.8 cm long.

18

Hooray! Your baby's heartbeat can be heard without specialized listening equipment! How exciting!

19

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!

20

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!

21

At this point, baby girls have developed all the eggs they'll ever have in their ovaries. Whew!

22

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.

23

Your baby's brain is developing rapidly. Fatty sheaths that transmit thought are forming. Eating protein is very important to help develop the brain.

24

23 wks LMP (21 wks gestation)
Baby weighs 1.10 lbs or 501 grams. Baby is 11.38 inches or 28.9 cm long.

25

Meconium, the baby's first stool is developing. You'll see a lot of this come out after baby is born.

26

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!

27

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.

28

Your baby might begin to suck his or her thumb around now. Awww...

29

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.

30

Vernix, which protects baby's skin from amniotic fluid, covers the entire skin.