Your belly in 9 months
There are lots of changes for you to go through during the 40 weeks of your pregnancy. Below you can see how your belly and your baby develop during these nine months. Any questions? Please contact your obstetrician, gynecologist or your family doctor.
Congratulations, you’re pregnant!
You may feel no difference yet, or you may feel very differently. From this moment onwards, your body will soon start to change.
The gestational age is calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period, although the fertilization of the egg takes place two weeks later.
So you’re calculated being six weeks pregnant, but your unborn child is only four weeks old. The heart, the stomach, the intestines and the brains are developing. The heart begins to beat. The baby’s length is now about 1 cm.
The face of the child is developing, and your baby now has arms and legs with hands and feet, length is now about 8 cm. Although you cannot feel it yet, the baby starts moving. Swallowing and urinating of the amniotic fluid begins.
The baby’s length is 20 to 25 cm and weight is 225 to 350 grams. It responds to sounds from outside. The baby’s moves are now palpable. In a first pregnancy, it can still take about 3 weeks before you recognize this feeling.
The baby is now about 45 cm in length and weighs 2.5 kg. From now on it will daily gain about 30 grams. Mostly it lies head down. When the baby is sleeping, it’s quiet and you won’t feel it move. There is a clear response to familiar voices.
Welcome to the world!
After +/- 40 weeks of waiting you can finally get to know your baby. The postpartum period begins and you and your baby can recover from the birth. The maternity nurse will help you and your partner to get started with this new phase of your life.
Congratulations and good luck with your baby!
Want to read more about pregnancy?
For more information on the development and health of your (unborn) baby, check out the following websites and apps.
GroeiApp (Growth Guide)