Our pregnancy calendar accompanies expectant mothers through nine exciting months and informed in each of the 40 weeks of pregnancy on the development of the baby in the belly.

Pregnancy Calendar: What happens in 40 weeks of pregnancy?

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There are few phases of life that are as fascinating as the 40 weeks of pregnancy. If a woman becomes pregnant, begins with the union of two tiny cells a great miracle - a baby's development in the womb. In order to provide you during your pregnancy with information about the development of your baby in the belly, we have weekly summary of the exciting events. Important: All sizes and weights in our pregnancy calendar are only approximate values, the actual growth of each child steps mostly deviate from these values.

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1. SSW - Calculate the due date

In this first week of the pregnancy calendar, starting with the first day of the last period, you are not even pregnant! It serves only the mathematical determination of the date of delivery. Indeed, we are 40 weeks in pregnancy, starting point is the first day of your last menstrual.

And so you can determine your child's birthday to the usual so-called Naegele's rule:

  • Write down the date of the first day of the last period.

    So for example: 7.6.

  • Add to the days the number 7: 7 + 7 = 14
  • Drag from the months the number 3 from: 6 - 3 = 3

Your child comes in this example, therefore, expected on 14 March of the following year to the world. But beware: In fact, only a small percentage of children born to your expected date. Variations of up to two weeks are quite common.

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2. SSW - ovulation and fertilization

A very special moment in your belly: Ovulation takes place. In the following hours, the chance of fertilization is optimal. but fertilization can also take a further 24 hours after ovulation. the zygote: If the male sperm meets the egg and both merge, the first cell of your baby is formed. It already contains all of your child systems: the eye color, length of the nose, the size of the feet and the sex!

The sex of the child is determined solely by the husband. His sperm are carriers of the X chromosome (then it will be a girl) or the Y chromosome (it's a boy). The male sperm are considered to be faster, but also more sensitive than the female. That is, they have a shorter life, can survive while the female sperm up to three days.

3. SSW - The fertilized egg travels to the uterus

This week, the fertilized egg, supported by the fimbriae moves - that's fine, frayed fabric on the lining of the fallopian tube - through the fallopian tube to the uterus. Along the way it divides further and forms a globular cluster of cells, the morula. Even here, in this way, the process of organ development that will continue until the 14th week of pregnancy begins. Your child some properties have been announced already, eg gender, eye color and hair color. In the womb arrived - the globular cell clusters is now called a blastocyst or blastula - it settles down after about two to three days in the lining of the uterus. It is about the seventh day after fertilization.

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4. SSW - Einnistungsblutung possible

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Exactly when a pregnancy begins, is controversial again. Some experts speak only of a pregnancy if the implantation has taken place in the uterus. Therefore, you are now actually and properly pregnant for this part of the professional world.

Nestled in the endometrium, the blastocyst begins to develop and differentiate:

  • in the embryoblast, from which the child is created, and
  • in the trophoblast, is evident from the later especially the placenta (placenta).

Some women report a slight pull or even a minimal bleeding at the time of implantation. Most likely though is that you do not feel it, and that you do not have any idea about the miracle that is taking place in your belly. Because absolutely nothing indicated initially indicate a pregnancy, although the inside of your body, the organism already in full Tour Works to you for the next nine months "fit" close. If you have, for example, led a temperature curve, you might be now at the end of the fourth week (calculated from the first day of your last period) to find that the temperature remains in the measurements above. This is already a first indication of a possible pregnancy.

Many women keep it out of sheer excitement any longer and grab early as the end of the fourth week of pregnancy to Pregnancy Early Test, which already responds to very small amounts of HCG. However, since the error rate is relatively high, it is advisable to wait rather a few days longer in doubt, not to be disappointed unnecessary.


5. SSW - The first signs of pregnancy

A feat has been accomplished: At the end of this week, the embryo is already have a heart that beats! Until you can even admire the tiny heartbeat, but you have to wait a bit. In ultrasound of the heart beat is the earliest to see in the sixth week, sometimes it takes up to eight weeks. About two to four millimeters measures your baby now.

If you have a regular and an average long cycle, now is your period and you feel the first time clearly that something is different. If you take a pregnancy test, this will be positive. A very special moment! If this is the case, you will now soon take an appointment with your gynecologist or obstetrician agree. It also does not hurt, so to wait until the eighth or ninth week. Because then the doctor can see everything better. The first screening is used primarily to determine how old the pregnancy (and to calculate the due date), whether the embryo is sitting in the uterus and whether one or even several fruit plants (twins) are available. In addition, a medical history (medical history) is charged to find out whether there are pregnancy risks with you. Of course you can also use the visit to the doctor to ask some of the many questions that are now buzzing through your head.

Medication you should take from now only after consulting your doctor. Consultation also require vaccinations or radiographs.

The consumption of alcohol and cigarettes (and of other drugs) you should look for the next few months and the time after birth (if you plan to breastfeed) Setting possible. They would harm the unborn child.

6. SSW - time for the first pregnancy symptoms

Your baby is now about six millimeters in size and has the appearance of a small bean. Its growth is rapid: Within a week, it doubles its size. Major organs have already been increasing: The heart beats (but not necessarily already be seen on the ultrasound), liver, stomach, intestines and guts see forming, the cornerstone of the brain is placed, the spinal cord is present. And arms and legs show up as fine limb bud!

Your child's downright stunning development accompany possibly with nausea and exhaustion due to the hormonal changes caused by your body makes. Especially in the morning you can be bad, you may have also passed. Is your appetite disappeared? Do you suffer from constipation? Also can be normal side effects of the first month of your pregnancy. Energized They drag themselves through the day, might think after getting up again longingly to the lying down.

Even sleeping may occur and to make matters worse plague you might doubt whether you can meet the new situation, so, if you ever want it all. Not without reason, the first period of pregnancy is also "uncertainty phase" called. Because they feel mentally and physically, as tremendous changes loom in you.

But of course there is also the all-around happy pregnant woman who by all these "classical" Pregnancy symptoms remains even spared even during early pregnancy.

7. SSW - The breast changes

About 14 millimeters (sizes are always only rough indications) measures the embryo, and even the nose, ears and mouth are visible rudimentary. While arms and legs are very short, but hands and feet are already taking shape. Arms and hands develop faster than legs and feet. Even after the birth of your child will be able to access first, long before it learns to walk.

Her breast is bigger and heavier, the nipples more sensitive. he already is preparing for his future task of breastfeeding before. You can over-stretching of the skin and the ligaments that hold the breast, prevent by wearing a well-fitting bra. This should support without constricting. A cold shower breast stimulates the blood flow! Avoid excessively hot baths, they avoid the skin on an unnecessary and can slow down circulation. Keep the skin - not just the breast - Elastic: You creams generous!

Now, you might already the employer information about the pregnancy, so you can take full advantage of the Maternity Protection Act from the start. Especially women with a job, occur on the heavy use (for example, radiographer) should inform their pregnancy early. However, you should also know that the natural risk of miscarriage until the twelfth week is higher than then later in the pregnancy.

8. SSW - Mother passport is an important document

Your baby brings now about a half gram on the scales, his heart is eager 140 to 150 times a minute, twice as often as that of his mother. The head is getting bigger and seems the rest of the body in size soon to want to overtake. The optic nerve begins to develop and grow in the mouth a little tongue. Vertebrae are formed around the spinal cord: The spine is formed.

Overall, the embryo is increasingly recognized as a human being, after short rather similar to a tadpole or a fish before.

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By that date you should go to the first check-up. The results are regularly by a doctor or midwife in your Mutterpass registered, you must from now on proudly carry with you always and should.

Do not seize it! You may now avoid quiet greater physical effort. They could lead to uterine contractions and cause miscarriage in a risk pregnancy. Before such a reference but now leads to too great anxiety, keep in mind the other hand: You are not sick! And the rule is that a normal scale and intact pregnancy is very difficult to disrupt.

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9. SSW - time for the first ultrasound

Your child's development continues at breakneck speed. It is 17 to 22 millimeters, wherein the head occupies the most space. The neck is formed and separates these bulky head from the rest of the body. The face shapes continued: eyes and eyelids are already trained, the lip and the grounds for the teeth find their place. And: The child moves! It beats Salto, revolves around himself. Even you do not feel this reflex movements. On the ultrasound can be the "gymnastics" but clearly visible. After the maternity guidelines, the first of three ultrasounds is now provided (9 to 12 weeks), in which the size of the embryo is determined - and based on the extent of the expected date of birth. In practice, a first ultrasound is however often performed earlier, although gynecologists always emphasize that too early ultrasound studies likely to lead to uncertainty in pregnant women, since it is then sometimes still too little to see.

Healthy and balanced diet provides the embryo with his "feat" optimal. skip any meal, eat healthy, easily digestible products and ensure sufficient supply of vitamins and minerals. In no case, the mother needs for two to eat. not drink, and forget! Two to three liters of liquid (preferably water) a day are now especially important since your kidneys have to pay more filters work.

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10. SSW - All organs are now created

and the tip of the nose - your baby now the outer ear growing. Thumb and forefinger develop slowly apart, the eyes are wide open and not covered yet by the eyelids. Your child's heart is full and divided into a right and left half of the heart. Two and a half to three and a half centimeters measures the child and weighs about eight to 13 grams. Your baby is now a complete person, all the institutions have been created. From now on this little creature must "only" mature and grow. In ultrasound, the doctor can precisely measure the body of the unborn and as accurately calculate the expected date of birth for a few days.

Some parents now want to take advantage of other opportunities for prenatal diagnosis, as the nuchal translucency measurement or the first trimester screening. They provide information about whether a risk is evident even in the 10th week of pregnancy that the child might come with a heart defect, trisomy 21 and other genetic diseases to the world. Be aware of when deciding whether such tests, the consequences could have a suspicious test result for you.

By the way: for you this pregnancy "High Performance Sport", The function of the kidneys increases your blood volume increases by about 35 percent, six to seven liters of water body need to be addressed by your body. And your uterus grows from 60 grams at the beginning of pregnancy to around 1,000 grams at the end.

Do not forget to make an appointment with the dentist to control paying attention to particularly good dental care and to eat healthily. Then, by the hormonal changes during pregnancy, the gum is increased flow of blood and thereby softer and more sensitive. Bacteria can then better settle in the gums and cause inflammation, the so-called pregnancy gingivitis. The changes in hormone levels also affect the properties and composition of saliva. Thus, the risk of caries increases. The frequent changes during pregnancy eating habits lead to more frequent caries disease.

11. SSW - Keep moving

In the past week, the embryonic stage of your baby has ended, now called the embryo fetus. Especially the further development of the face really makes the fetus no longer like a little animal of prehistoric look. The eyes, initially located on the side of the head, have now reached their positions forward in the face and the ears are at the right place. Nose and mouth are evolving, arms and legs are longer. Eyelids now cover the eyes and in secret, the eyeball is maturing.

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Your baby's gender is not yet visible. But even here, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus-vaginal canal have already been created in the girl, the boy's testicles are already sitting behind the abdominal wall. Everything in this so-called fetal stage aims at the growth and expansion of the scale in the embryonic stage organs.

They come slightly out of breath: The heart beats faster as the amount of blood increases and the heart has to provide a higher power (25 percent of your blood are directly needed by the placenta).

Movement is good for you: Go best walk at least half an hour a day and, if possible, not just on the main road! Do not forget: You are the oxygen supply of your child.

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12th week of pregnancy - is fading risk of miscarriage

Your baby is raging. Still completely out of reflex, but the muscles on the child now has, allowing it to move the arms and legs, to turn his head and make fists. The brain is not yet developed enough to control these movements, reflexes come directly from the spinal cord. Even after birth, the brain is not yet in a position to take over the control function.

Among the already created deciduous teeth, the battery of the second permanent teeth formed. The tooth buds will rest there until it about six years later, pushing to the surface and are responsible for the cute tooth gaps smile Sprout.

Oh yes: The fetus is now about five centimeters tall and weighs up to 45 grams. His feet already measures about 9 millimeters.

The higher in the first three months risk of miscarriage is smaller now that pregnancy occurs in a stable phase. Slowly disappear nausea and fatigue and also the ups and downs of emotions seems to back the "unschwangeren" to approach state. But no need to worry if you continue "built close to the water", This is a completely normal part that can take care of tears in vain occasions incidentally also a few weeks after birth. Pregnant women are also said to have a special gift of forgetfulness - appointments to daily purchase of milk.

Three months, you have now been made and will be up to two kilograms have increased (if you do not suffer from constant nausea and vomiting). Only about 48 grams Attributable to your baby. The remainder is mainly due to the placenta and amniotic fluid, breast and the larger uterus. If you have taken the first few weeks, there is no need to worry. Your baby takes what it takes!

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13. SSW - Relaxed phase begins

From the cartilage of your baby's first bone now have evolved. Leg and pelvic bone can be seen, the ribs form out. And also the first hair is available as a fine fluff in the area of ​​the upper lip and the eyelashes.

The face of the fetus is taking on ever more human features, but the head is still disproportionately large. Compared to the rest of the body of the baby, he makes up around a third of the body length.

Your body has now probably used to the pregnancy and you feel slow again slightly fitter. Maybe you are looking now for sports and opportunities for healthy exercise and relaxation in order, which are particularly suitable for pregnant women. In water, for example, the pregnant body feels fit as a fiddle: the heavy elements are light and otherwise tedious movements are again easily in the cool or warm wet perform. Even pregnancy gymnastics or yoga are excellent as movement or meditation exercises to increase well-being during pregnancy, but also for an optimal preparation for the birth.

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14 weeks - diagnostics for high-risk pregnancies

Your baby now weighs about 60 grams and is to rump about eight centimeters from his head. If your child is a boy, it has now been a small penis. Should it be a girl, the ovaries migrate into the abdomen. Start now the gonads with the production of hormones, which are necessary for the maturation of the external genitalia.

Are you over 35 or under 18? Or you had before your pregnancy for more than two miscarriages? Then count aloud maternity guidelines to the so-called high-risk pregnancies. This unfortunately rather alarming name but only initially means that health insurance companies pay you more medical examinations and controls. This primarily amniocentesis (amniocentesis), for example, to detect Down's syndrome.

But as "normal"-Schwangerer you have the option of further diagnostics - such as the triple test, an advanced ultrasound screening or nuchal translucency measurement - open, you, however, if no medical indication is known, usually have to pay yourself. Many pregnant women feel but stressed also by all these possibilities and choices that are associated with it. It is important to be aware, none of these additional studies is really necessary for a normal pregnancy or even mandatory. The decision is yours alone. Take the recommended prenatal care examinations true, but anything beyond only if you really want it and if you are clear about what the consequences can drag the investigation results by itself.

15th week of pregnancy - Beautiful pregnant thanks to hormones

Your baby now begins gradually in order to drink a little amniotic fluid. The time now is namely able to open his mouth to close and perform sucking movements. In addition, the skeleton ever developed the bones harden. With the help of ultrasound, the head can be measured and from this the head circumference (KU) are calculated: in the 15th week of pregnancy around eleven centimeters.

Your waistline disappears until further notice, the belly is round, slowly no longer fit trousers and skirts. Often pregnant women seem to have softer features. This may be due to water retention under the skin. Some like never before enjoying during pregnancy also shiny and full of hair. but be also be taken that you do not comply, perhaps (like many other women) this promotional image of beautiful pregnant woman with flawless belly and breasts, beautiful skin and great hair. Because fact is that hormonal changes during pregnancy, for example, lead to bad skin or the extra pounds may adversely verteilen.Aber remember: Beauty indeed also arises from an inner glow that off your joy at the growing life can nourish them.

If you have an amniocentesis necessary, which is recommended for genetic diseases in the family, possibly detected irregularities and for women over 35, it is possible in the 15th week of pregnancy now. In this so-called amniocentesis, a sample of amniotic fluid is taken and analyzed for genetic abnormalities with a thin needle. 

16th week - Baby grimaces

About 14 centimeters tall, all 110 grams and more active is your baby in your belly. Meanwhile, it frowns "rowing" further uncontrolled arms and legs, sucking his thumb and - if you could only see it - makes faces! This week, the thyroid gland begins to produce its hormone. It ensures, among other things, the growth of the baby. For optimum performance, the gland iodine, which is supplied via the diet needs. In general, the intake of iodine tablets is advised to food supplements by many doctors.

Especially, when the belly is growing gradually and the body changed noticeably, women sometimes ask whether sex during pregnancy is always safe. And the answer is, fortunately,: of course! There is no reason for concern to harm the unborn child, as long as the pregnancy is normal. The baby floats satisfied in the womb and is well protected in the middle of the uterus. The desire for lovemaking, however, can remain in the first months of pregnancy fatigue and nausea on the track. In the middle trimester, many women but then even experience a phase of increased sexual pleasure because the sexual organs are better supplied with blood than usual. In the last few weeks before birth, in turn, the act of love can be a difficult task simply by waist circumference. But this of course there are solutions, such as the lateral position. It is important simply that both partners feel comfortable.

17 SSW - babies practicing breathing and swallowing

About 16 centimeters measures your baby from head to toe and weighs around 135 grams, as much as a small orange! Oxygen gets it on through your blood, yet already breathing movements are taking place - irregular and yet without any meaning. The child practices. In the warm weightlessness of his "bath water" it finds an ideal terrain to try body movements and swallowing liquid. The amniotic fluid is the way new constantly being produced and its amount decreases over the course of pregnancy, only to give birth again somewhat. Toward the end of pregnancy is about 1000 ml.

They come easily sweat. This is due to the natural increase in body temperature during pregnancy. For daily shower the best use (better than a full bath) a shower additive which does not disturb the natural fat of the skin. Otherwise threaten especially in the genital area risk of infection and itching. In any case, one should refrain from vaginal douching (with any supplement).

Incidentally, it is normal that increased significantly during pregnancy, the amount of vaginal secretions. After the shower chest and abdomen can, but also hips and thighs are gently massaged. Especially like pregnant women is put the plucking massage his heart. This should help keep the skin supple - if children, occupation and partners will be time for that.

18 SSW - fetal movements are felt

Perhaps it is now so far, suddenly you feel your child (18 to 20 weeks)! If you are pregnant for the first time, you will need some time to find out that this slight "Butterfly flapping" were in your belly kicking or hitting your unborn offspring. A wonderful touch that sometimes can be painful but in late pregnancy quite strong and (rarely) also. You just wait, your child has even a lot in stock!

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Should there be problems, such as persistent contraction in the abdomen, bleeding or dizziness between the four-week checkups, do not hesitate to see your doctor and spontaneous.

At this stage of pregnancy is true of most women emotionally and physically dazzling. Initial symptoms are gone for good, the joy on child takes the upper hand, energy and good humor returning. An additional thermal sensation ("the warmer front of the abdomen") Is normal - in winter pleasant in summer but sometimes a little annoying. Constipation can be a tedious side effect. Even though she is very stubborn, please do not without the advice of the gynecologist take a laxative!

19. SSW - The second ultrasound is at

Your baby now weighs around 200 grams - as much as two bars of chocolate! From head to toe, it has grown to about 19 centimeters. The nerve fibers linking increasingly, the muscles become stronger, the movements of certain and fine motor skills begin to develop. Your child has its own fitness program "thought"To further build up his muscles with grasping, turning, kicking and boxing. Fine fuzz covers the entire body of the baby, called lanugo. Slowly, the fetus is now starting to put too fat. Around the 20th week around, but no earlier than now, the second ultrasound examination is - also "large ultrasound" or "Organ ultrasound" called. Here werdenvor especially the head shape and the fine Hiern, skin texture on the back, the heart, the stomach and the bladder closely examined. If the doctor anomalies fixed, he will refer you to a specialist for further evaluation or treatment. In this second ultrasound can now see clearly also the placenta, swallowing movements of the child, the brain and the proof that the sense of touch is formed: The fetus withdraws his foot when he comes to the uterine wall. You might also be lucky and your baby sucking his thumb just when it ultrasonically in his "Studio" visit.

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By now, your belly starts to grow significantly. The pregnancy will be probably visible to others: time for leisurely pregnancy pants, dresses and what not to hear to feel good. However, your belly is not so thick that it hinders you - the best time for a carefree holiday with your partner or older children. However, if you plan for a long-distance travel, have great climatic changes or unusual altitudes, you should discuss this with your doctor or midwife.

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20th week - baby hears now

At the end of this week's halftime! And your child can hear. It is not only capable of your heartbeat to hear the noise of your blood or the rumble of your intestines. The baby perceives sounds and noises of the outside world. It responds to rhythms and songs, on noise and noise. If you start at this stage to sing to your baby, it will recognize these songs after birth!

The final number of nerve cells - 12 to 14 Everyone - is now available. When the brain is mature at age 18, already the slow degradation of the cells begins again.

A possible additional study of prenatal diagnosis is as the umbilical cord investigation, called in the jargon Chordozentese that is made at the request of parents and / or the physician usually around the 20th week of pregnancy around. the optimal supply of the unborn child to be backed up on a blood sample from the umbilical cord. Here, the specialist determines the blood count, checked the number of platelets, white blood cells and the amount of antibodies to exclude certain infections in the fetus. Other reasons for the umbilical blood sampling are abnormalities by ultrasound, the treatment of the unborn child or unclear findings on amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, an investigation can be diagnosed with, among other metabolic disorders of the fetus.

Are you planning to breastfeed? For women with so-called hollow, flat or inverted nipples, it may be useful to slow to begin now to prepare the breast for breastfeeding: For example, by the nipples are regularly massaged with the fingers to make them better for breastfeeding "in shape" to bring - a bit of skin oil or cream help. Also brush massages and tug on the nipples sometimes act as miracle. Is not that enough, Nipple Formers can now even be worn in the bra that create a slight vacuum and can thus emerge the nipple better and do well comprehensible for the baby. Ask yourself if you are your midwife unsure, you can help with the specific application or consult the Lactation Consultants of La Leche League. 

Which method you will always choose for good reasons, breast-feeding or maybe the bottle, not that differs the good from the bad mother! By the way: Do not be alarmed if already separated a little milk dripping from her bosom. The natural preparing your body on the period after the birth is already in full swing.

21 SSW - Plenty of sleep and sports in the belly

Your baby is a late riser. 16 to 20 hours a day the Scion sleeps a total, sometimes deep, sometimes slightly. Mostly, however, only a maximum of six to eight hours at a stretch. He spends the rest of his day with somersault hitting and active "sports program", Sometimes you can use the shocks now already observed on the abdomen - the belly bulges suddenly at one point. Now your partner can feel his baby clearly. The baby measures from head to toe around 21.5 centimeters and weighs about 335 grams.

One in two women suffer from heartburn, because the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus by the pressure of the uterus remains sometimes are open - thus flows acid back. Simple home remedies can bring relief. Nutritionist Edith Gätjen recommends in her book "Lotta can eat" a decoction of two tablespoons of flaxseed that are simmered for ten minutes 250 ml of water. The abgeseihte Sud can then be drunk before meals. The "Internists on the net" advise to milk, still water or herbal tea to relieve the discomfort. Several small meals do the stomach better now than a few large portions.
By increased water retention hands and feet may swell slightly - unpleasant, but normal. In any case, one should also address this complaint to the next doctor visit - possibly he will investigate the reasons for this in more detail.

High time to register for the childbirth class! If you are not planning home birth or birth in a birth center, ideally equal to the clinic you have chosen for the birth. The midwife who will look after you during and after birth in childbirth, you should now know them. Even before birth, she always has an open ear for your fears and problems.

22 weeks - girl or boy?

Meanwhile, the skin of your baby is opaque and reddish. However, still very wrinkled, since the body of the fetus is still thin and did not recognize a lot of fat. For this, its proportions are now better adapted to the head, which does not seem so huge. The facial features now resemble very much those of a newborn. Whether your baby is a boy or girl, the doctor can now detect the (fine) ultrasound depending on the location of the child. However, he is not conducted this study to determine the sex, but serves as a so-called second major ultrasound organ diagnosis and detection of possible abnormalities.

In the check-up to this week around the doctor to check whether your child is developing normally, how fast his heart beats, where the placenta sits and how the child is in the stomach. Head circumference, chest circumference and length of the baby are measured and compared with the expected date. , Is also checked whether the cervix is ​​tightly closed and whether any vaginal infection.

The first stretch marks may appear. They do not disappear even after birth, but they fade with time. Depending on which type of skin you have, it can be very useful to support your tissue through massage and regular rubbing with skin oil or cream.

23 weeks - The brain matures, grow hair

Your child gets hair, sparse, but still. Even the nails begin to grow. The brain cells mature, and your child is able to understand and remember. All the time it exerts to stick his thumb in his mouth and sucking on it - vital to be after the birth right to be able to drink at the breast (to be supplied by the mouth of outside food so if then the diet over the umbilical cord is over).

From now on, the child to recognize the voice of the Father begins and can hear even after birth among many other voices out - if it could be heard through the abdominal wall Papis voice often enough.

Tingling, heavy legs, varicose veins, leg cramps and hemorrhoids are the next potential tormentors your pregnancy. If necessary, the doctor ordered an appropriate therapy, for example magnesium calf cramps and compression stockings for varicose veins - but this can be a hot agony in the summer.

24 weeks - rhythm of sleeping and waking

Your baby's head diameter has now reached about 6.1 cm. From head to toe, the little tot is now about 26 cm tall. It weighs about 500 grams, compared with two pieces of butter. The eyes are still closed, but it already grow the lashes. The eyebrows are emerging, closed eyelids conceal even the eye color of your baby! Your child has now found his own sleep-wake rhythm. However, can one or the other night shift care after birth for!

In this phase of pregnancy, in which you can feel your baby more and more regular, the inner relationship with your child is the stronger. It will do you both good when you treat yourself to these islands of tranquility, where you put your hands on your stomach, listening to the inside and simply are entirely up to your baby with mind and soul - undisturbed time with your mysterious and yet already beloved little guests of the stomach.

Pregnant are often a little dreamy, so extra care on the roads is required. Many counselors recommend the way to fasten your belt so during car trips that he is below the stomach so as to harm the child with a possible rear-end collision as little as possible.

The additional intake of minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium, you should also speak to the doctor especially if you suffer from fatigue and headaches.

25 SSW - Frequently back problems

Your baby feeds amounts of amniotic fluid and it can get them hiccups! So if you feel a rhythmic throbbing or pounding in the belly, that is no reason for concern. Your child has a small Hicks. The water is absorbed by the skin and the child's mouth and partly excreted as urine. At the end of pregnancy the amniotic fluid is replaced within two hours. The amount of amniotic fluid vary throughout pregnancy between 300 ml and 1.5 liters. Your child's nerve cells now make a complicated network, which is important for the transmission of information.

Their organs are displaced by the fast growing baby from its actual location. This can be tedious to your breathing, and going to the toilet is often necessary. By weight gain and modal shift it can more frequently come to the back and sciatic pain. Try now to protect your spine: Be kind to your vertebral column, by avoiding heavy lifting and wear shoes with low heels.

26 SSW - Second trimester almost finished

Your child moves a lot. There is still enough space in the womb to kick extensively and do gymnastics. Again and again encounter feet, hands, back and head to the uterine wall - so discovered the baby's sense of touch.

Your child now measures about 30 cm from head to rump approximately 19 cm to the foot. It brings about 650 grams on the scale. It should now come to a premature birth, your child has a chance of survival!

Your stomach can already be very round and perhaps the tense skin itches you sometimes. At the beginning of pregnancy you were ever tired now perhaps the time of the night awakening begins as another unpleasant side effect, which is partly due to the baby. This uses the time when you are silent, especially like to run around. There are also cramps, caused by the thickness of the abdomen uncomfortable position and the resulting other minor ailments. Also, fears of the imminent birth in a few weeks to come up and keep you awake. also particularly intense dreams become pregnant on the other side but rumored.

Between the 24th and the 28th week of pregnancy the Artz should conduct a glucose tolerance test. It provides information about whether the pregnant woman is prone to gestational diabetes or even already suffers. Particularly vulnerable to gestational diabetes are risk groups such as overweight and hereditary Preloaded.

The second third of your pregnancy draws to an end, and you get probably around six kilograms more on the scales. Your baby takes them a kilo, the rest devour the support systems of the fetus, her growing breasts, the increased fluid and blood volume in the body.

27 SSW - Baby experiencing feelings

make slow growing fat noticeable. Your baby's skin is losing its countless wrinkles and starts to smooth out. Meanwhile, your offspring, on average, is about 32 centimeters tall and weighs 750 grams. At this stage, the child begins to regulate his body temperature slowly themselves.

And be aware experienced your child and feels with! Voices, sounds and even your feelings do not remain hidden from him. This way your stress, which translates to a certain extent on the baby and it can, for example, make a little uneasy. You might sometimes feel it on his thrusts and kicks! Or the opposite happens: If you feel under pressure, your child's movements diminish. In any case, your relationship with your child at this stage of pregnancy deepened more and more, as you see what and how your baby reacts and learn to distinguish his sleep and wake phases.

In your breasts even the so-called colostrum may form (first milk) at this time. This milk is easy to digest and provides your child after birth with the first meal, until the final milk flow.

28th week of pregnancy - baby now sees light and dark

Now your baby opens his eyes and is able to distinguish light and dark! When it came to the world, it will learn the first thing to recognize images that are repeated often. These are mostly the faces of Mom and Dad!

The child drinks more and more amniotic fluid. Almost all of the liquid passes through the digestive system, is filtered by the kidneys and excreted - up to half a liter of urine ends up as a day in the amniotic fluid!

Take too fast. Not only itself grows the child, but also the placenta and amniotic sac including amniotic bring extra pounds on the scale. Water would penetrate your tissues - a natural depot, which provides more kilos on the scales, but after the birth quickly disappears. Pay attention to your diet and try - not sweet to consume in excess - such as non-pregnant women also.

If not already done, it is now time to decide where you want to release. If you want to go to a clinic or birthplace, use a introduction and viewing. When does maternity hospitals accept applications varies depending on the clinic. So you need to inquire on site.

29 SSW - Third and final ultrasound

Between the 29th and 32nd week is also time for the last and third screening ultrasound. Here, the development of the fetus' controlled search for any abnormalities, determine the exact age of the child and assessed the position of the placenta.

Your baby's brain is now further. A complex network is created, which is required for the conduction of the nerves. Everyone "strand" of the network (the "neurites") Is to accelerate the transfer of stimuli with a protective case isolated - the nerve fibers arise. It's a long process that will be completed only after about 20 years. If your baby is celebrating its birthday, this development has only just begun. The reason is that the infant initially can not walk or talk. In the then following three years, the casing and the further interconnection of the areas of the brain is rapidly advancing: Your child learns to walk, talk, going to the toilet, and begins to think coherently.

Half a kilo more on the scale are not uncommon this week alone! Her stomach expands more and more, her navel slowly begins to bulge outward. Join shorter, avoid excessive effort - even in sport! Focus instead on gentle methods such as swimming, prenatal exercises or yoga.

Surely you devote themselves already now and then one of the best questions that arises expectant mothers and fathers: What do you mean my baby? In our lexicon of names with more than 6,000 entries, you can be inspired and learn the names of other favorite Urbia mothers and minders.

30 SSW - ultrasound controlled babies location

Slowly the skin of the fetus changes its color from red to pink. The small body is round - by the fatty deposits that can now be up to eight percent of its weight. After the birth of this energy cushion regulate body temperature of the newborn. At present, your baby measures from head to foot about 34 centimeters and weighs now more than one kilogram.

now appears a straight dark line in the center of your big belly? This is called the linea nigra, which can occur due to the increasing pigmentation of their skin. Do not worry, some time after the birth, she also disappears.

Now it's time to register for the prenatal classes, which, moreover, paid for by your health insurance! Maybe even directly in the maternity facility you have chosen for the birth. Now is also still time for the third ultrasound which is performed between the 29th and 32nd week of pregnancy. In this is especially noticed if the child has developed on time and the placenta the way "outwards" not blocked. Now even a first glance is cast on the location of the child. Is it already with the head down? If not, there is still time, that it aligns in this optimal position for birth.

31 SSW - The first milk is here

Maybe your baby already has a great head of hair! In any case, it swallows continue much amniotic fluid, which is processed by the kidneys, intestines and stomach. It is believed that the amniotic fluid changes its taste depending on the diet of the mother. Maybe your offspring like today especially like spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce?
Anyway: It at least discovered his sense of taste. About two centimeters won your baby this week in size, its weight is about 1500 grams.

The first milk that is intended for your baby, called colostrum. It contains numerous antibodies and is therefore extremely important for your baby. If you compress your breasts, you can see emerge a little milk may already.

Be careful with infectious diseases! Bacteria and viruses can happen at this stage of the placenta barrier, as the villus has become thinner in order to pass large amounts of nutrients. So: Take care of your health and contact your doctor if you get unexplained fever, headache, neck pain or swelling occur or face plagues a bladder or vaginal infection.

A wonderful opportunity for mothers and fathers to get in close contact with the baby in the womb, is the Haptonomy, the doctrine of the contact. Especially becoming fathers they can help to experience the relationship with the unborn child already.

32 weeks - Small contractions are possible

FÜR the fetus is it getting tight warm in his "Studio", Therefore, your baby gradually moves less and is engaged in trying to find a comfortable position in the uterus. If your child already come into the world, it would have a very good chance to survive without prejudice. Although his lungs are not yet mature, but thanks to today's medical facilities to support breathing, this problem is good to get a grip.

In preparation for the birth of the uterus can contract, these are the first labor. The contractions last about 20 seconds and it may be that you feel nothing about it. But this is clearly noticeable, while more frequently than ten times the day before, so you should go to your gynecologist or -Doctor. What you can also feel at this stage, your pool, perhaps hurts a little, as it has stretched. Regular checkups now take place every two weeks.

33. SSW - baby turns in position for birth

40 centimeters tall and about 1,800 grams, your child can now be. One last big somersault is in the ever closer home: your child turns into the most favorable position for birth. Normally, the head lies at birth below and comes as the first part of the child's body to the world. This is true in 95 percent of cases. But maybe your baby has indeed an aversion to headstand and is characterized by a great deal already " sitzfleisch" out. This is at this time no cause for alarm. There is still time that it rotates.

It better to compensate not only for your back to avoid your extra weight because you sit back: the perspective changes and thus also your center of gravity. So it can happen that you initiate or frequently lose things somewhere of his hands.

34 weeks - now the maternity leave begins

Calcium, calcium, calcium - your baby has a higher calcium levels in the blood than you do! It requires these enormous amounts for the growth of his bones. The placenta provides the calcium zoom by tapping the reserves of the mother has to. therefore pay attention to calcium-rich diet. The mineral is in milk, yogurt, cheese, but also in dark green vegetables such as kale, spinach or broccoli. Even nuts are favorable.

The baby now weighs 2,000 grams and is about 41 centimeters long. The fingernails are also grown and extend to the fingertips.

Now, if you often have a headache the next, although annoying, but harmless back problems in the maternity care special attention to water retention, the urine test and blood pressure should be placed. If this increases, which may be indicative of preeclampsia. Then you would have to pay particular attention to a balanced and sufficiently salty diet. Maybe your gynecologist will prescribe you the daily high-dose intake of magnesium. Of course, high blood pressure and a lot of relaxation and avoiding caffeine and theine are important.

By the way: the end of this week of maternity leave begins He is twelve weeks to eight weeks after the birth of the child and in cases of premature or multiple births.

35. SSW - What is "meconium"?

A green-black, sticky mass fills the guts of your child, the meconium, also called meconium. It consists of residues of cells and fat from the amniotic fluid, lanugo hairs, mucus and bile. After birth, the mass is separated from the child. So no need to worry. Most children rotate the way by now into their final position for birth.

Your thoughts turn more and more to the birth and the expected child. How will it look like? How is it going to be? As our life together will make? A good time to set up a place for your baby in your home. This can be a private room, but it can also simply a place for the baby and the baby clothes and of course the baby crib to be. 

36 weeks - time for the clinic case

The fine fluff that cover the entire body of your baby's lanugo, now fall out. Chance of but can still sections of hair on the legs, arms, shoulders and the folds of skin left behind.

Your baby does not have its own immune system. It gets its antibodies about you and is thus protected against anything while you have built deterrents, such as rubella or mumps.

Your child continues to grow. About 43 centimeters it's tall and weighs about 2200-2600 grams. Every week around 200 grams it.

There may be irregular Braxton Hicks contractions. Some of these contractions can be quite strong and painful. But you do not happen often and especially not on a regular basis. This is the subtle difference to the correct contractions that occur at regular intervals. Now is also a good time to not to pack the suitcase clinic alone. Until the due date, it is not long, and maybe your baby's curious and want earlier to the world!

37 weeks - pain in belly bands normal

Your placenta has now reached a size 20 to 25 centimeters, is three centimeters thick and about 500 grams. Enough space so to ensure the exchange of nutrients and waste between you and your child. The placenta produces hormones that can further swell your breasts. But not only your: Even your child, whether boy or girl, swell. The swelling goes after birth back (or if you are breastfeeding your child, perhaps later). If you get a girl, these hormones can cause a slight vaginal bleeding for several days after birth. So: Do ​​not worry!

Do you have pain in the lower part of your abdomen? These are your joints in the pelvis, giving way slowly to the baby then at birth "free travel" allow. Yielding attracts the bands, the ligaments so-called, and that can hurt. Her hips are wider, and this is also useful to have a pool just gebärdfreudiges. It was not until about a year, you are expected to have regained your original figure.

The closer the birth approaches, the wahscheinlicher it that you sometimes worried look on the upcoming event. This is in view of the uncertainty that brings every birth with itself, completely normal. At the same time pregnant women in late pregnancy, but most particularly stable and confident a wonderful arrangement of nature, the women brought a thicker nerves shortly before birth.

38. SSW - baby no more premature birth

2,700 grams bring your offspring on the scale, it is about 47 centimeters tall and has a head diameter of about 9.3 centimeters.

Your baby's body is now producing cortisone, a hormone that prepares the lungs of the first breath. Because immediately after the birth of the bloodstream of the child is different and not your connected to. Independently the whole blood of the baby will have to pass through the lungs, to ensure the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. If it is born now, your child is no longer one of the premature births.

Interestingly, it is found that many pregnant women are tremendously active shortly before birth. Since the floor is waxed, cleaned the windows, wiped out the closets, in short: the "nest" is made really nice for the newcomer. This nesting instinct course you may pursue your heart's content as long as you make these preparatory activities joy and you do not strain physically. 

39. SSW - Little room for the baby

"Pooh, that's tight!"Your baby would probably say if it could talk already. your "lodger" has now crossed sure his arms on his chest, knees bent and moves hardly. so do not scare you if your child's movements now subside at the end of your pregnancy. After all, it is now about 50 centimeters and about 3,000 grams! However, you should feel it a day course at least once.

Everything is now waiting for the arrival of your baby. Not infrequently, a birth is artificially introduced. This can happen, for example, if you are diabetic, have heart disease or suffer from high blood pressure. Also, the jump of the amniotic sac or the imminent arrival of twins may be a reason to induce labor.

40. SSW - signs of imminent birth

At many small characters you can see that the birth is imminent: for example, sometimes in sudden fatigue or nausea. This is due to hormonal changes, triggering the birth. The mucus plug that has sealed the cervix during pregnancy, leaves. Usually that happens one to three days before birth. Among the reasons to go to the hospital, including a ruptured amniotic sac or slight bleeding - the bloody show. And of course, regular contractions every ten minutes for at least one hour. Maybe it starts with a drawing in the back (in the kidneys), initially hardly noticeable, the stronger and more regular (or night) during the day - no doubt, it is so far: Your baby wants to World!

If it still shows no sign of wanting to leave your warm belly, this is no cause for alarm. Do not get crazy by now certain frequent requests from parents, friends and acquaintances. As normal transfer up to 14 days applies. Regular checks with your doctor to monitor your health and the baby during this time.