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A Month-By-Month Look At The Pregnancy Calendar

Here’s an outline of what you can expect during the different stages in a pregnancy calendar. A typical pregnancy normally lasts from 37 to 42 weeks. Check out more info here!

A typical pregnancy normally lasts from 37 to 42 weeks, counting from the first day of your last period. When you’re pregnant, your body will go through a number of important changes. Here’s an outline of what you can expect during the different stages in a pregnancy calendar.

Pregnancy Calendar

Month 1

  • Start of first trimester
  • For most, this is the month you discover you’re pregnant.
  • Your baby is only 0.1 to 0.2 mm.
  • You may be prescribed pre-natal vitamins and folic acid.

Month 2

  • Your baby is now a little under an inch long.
  • Your baby’s heart is beating, the brain is developing, and has developed all limbs. The eyes have not fully developed.
  • You may experience moodiness as hormone levels adjust.
  • Nausea, vomiting, food sensitivity and fatigue may develop, or become more severe.
  • Start budgeting, and explore your options for birth plans.

Month 3

  • Nausea may decrease as your body adjusts to hormone levels.
  • By the end of the first trimester, your baby is fully developed.
  • You will be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat.
  • Your baby is between 2 and 4 inches long.
  • You may experience your first food cravings as appetite returns.

Month 4

  • Start of second trimester in the pregnancy calendar.
  • Experience first flutters of baby movement, often described as “butterflies” or “bubbles”.
  • Nausea usually subsides and energy increases.
  • You may develop heartburn as your uterus rises in the abdomen.
  • Consider signing up for prenatal classes.

Month 5

  • Appetite often increases.
  • Fatigue may return, as you’re carrying extra weight.
  • You may experience bloating, and constipation.
  • Some will experience forgetfulness, also known as “pregnancy brain”.
  • Your baby is now about 6 to 9 inches long, and develop fingerprints.

Month 6

  • Your uterus is the size of a basketball resting above your belly button.
  • Skin on the stomach may feel itchy as it stretches around your womb.
  • Bleeding gums, constipation, heartburn and leg cramps, may intensify.
  • Your baby is about 10 inches long.
  • You’ll be aware when your baby stretches and hiccups at this stage of the pregnancy calendar.
  • Plan your maternity leave with your employer.

Month 7

  • Your feet or hands may start cramping.
  • You may experience more of your baby’s movements.
  • Many experience Braxton Hicks contractions (non-productive contractions).
  • Your baby is almost 12 inches long.
  • Your child can now see, hear, and taste.

Month 8

  • You may experience discomfort as your baby pushes against your rib cage or organs.
  • Pelvic pressure may increase as your baby drops into this area.
  • Indigestion and heartburn may become more intense.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions become more regular.
  • Your baby may be a 12 inches or longer.
  • By the end of the 8th month in the pregnancy calendar, most babies descend head-down into the pelvic area.

Month 9

  • You breathe a little easier as your baby settles into the pelvis, giving you more room in the abdominal area.
  • Sleep will become more difficult due to your belly’s size.
  • Your weight gain will be as high as it will go; up to 35 pounds on average.
  • Your baby will be about 18 to 21 inches long.
  • Your baby’s brain is growing rapidly at the last month of the pregnancy calendar.