Month 1 – VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS
- If you haven’t already been taking supplements during pregnancy, Docs recommend taking folic acid from conception until atleast 12 weeks, plus vitamin D supplements.
- Size of your baby: 1.6 cm
- If you haven’t already been taking supplements during pregnancy, Docs recommend taking folic acid from conception until at least 12 weeks, plus vitamin D supplements.
- What happens to your body? Implantation bleeding. Period-like symptoms –
bloating, cramps, tiredness and moodiness. Nausea; breast tenderness;
fatigue; frequent urination; food sensitivity.
Month 2 – PREGNANCY BOOKS/ONLINE RESOURCES
- Now is a great time to start reading up about what to expect now you’re expecting.
- Size of your baby: 3.1 cm
- What happens to your body? Morning sickness. Increased hunger. ‘Baby brain’.
Month 3 – SCANS AND APPOINTMENTS
- 12 weeks typically sees your first ultra sound scan. Υou can also expect a scan around 20 weeks, and potentially 16 weeks, too.
- Size of your baby: 5.4 cm
- Start capturing the growing belly on Lifecake and share with family
- What happens to your body? Food cravings! Starting to show – your uterus grows to the size of a grapefruit. The pressure your uterus places on your bladder may lead to urine leakage
Month 4 – TELLING THE WORLD
- The risk of miscarriage drops dramatically after 12 weeks. Many parents wait until this point to break the news. You should also consider telling your employer, even though you’re not legally required until 15 weeks before your due date.
- Size of your baby: 11.6 cm
- What happens to your body? ‘Quickening’ – the first flutters of baby movement! Renewed energy and libido. (Hopefully!) diminished
Month 5 – BOY OR GIRL?
- At the 20 week scan you’ll likely have the opportunity to find out your baby’s gender.
- Size of your baby: 16.4 cm
- Invite family and friends on your Lifecake
- What happens to your body? An urge to ‘nest’. Increased urination. Vivid/strange dreams.
Month 6 – BUDGETING
- On top of physical changes, you should be aware that your financial circumstances are about to change. This is a great time to take an inventory and put together a new budget
- Size of your baby: 30 cm
- What happens to your body? Constipation and haemorrhoids. Bleeding gums. Weight gain as baby’s weight nearly doubles.
Month 7 – TAKING THE CLASSES
- Most antenatal classes start around 8-10 weeks before your due date, and will arm you with some of the practical information you need to hit the ground running.
- Size of your baby: 37.6 cm
- What happens to your body? Heartburn and leg cramps. Braxton Hicks contractions – intermittent abdominal tightening.
Month 8 – BUYING THE ESSENTIALS
- It’s important to be ready for your baby’s arrival, and with your ‘nesting’ urges in overdrive, now is a good time to start buying the essentials – car seats, prams, cots and nursery furniture.
- Size of your baby: 42.4 cm
- What happens to your body? Breathlessness as your growing uterus crowds your diaphragm. Discomfort as baby pushes up against organs and ribs.
Continued weight gain as you put on around a pound a week.
Month 9 – THE BIG DAY APPROACHES
- Every labour experience is different – prepare by packing your hospital bag, and spending plenty of quality time relaxing (and sleeping!).
- Size of your baby: 51.5 cm
- What happens to your body? ‘Lightening’ – it becomes easier to breathe as baby drops into pelvic area… which also increases pelvic discomfort. Leaky breasts. Some difficulty sleeping due to discomfort and anxiety.