Week by week
The 40 weeks leading up to the birth of your baby are full of fascinating milestones, physical transformations that will amaze you, and a sense of anticipation that grows as the big day approaches.
Even before you’ve missed a period, you may suspect – or hope – you are pregnant. Usually, the signs of early pregnancy are obvious. Nausea, a bloated tummy, period pain-like cramps, fuller breasts, and loss of sexual desire, are all symptoms of early pregnancy. However, some women don’t even notice they have a baby on the way. Their symptoms of pregnancy don’t become obvious for weeks or even months after conception!
It is so important that you receive adequate pregnancy care from the earliest stage onwards. Nearly 1 in 3 women may experience some kind of complication during pregnancy.
The majority of pregnant women progress through their pregnancies without problems, though – for all sorts of reasons – some do not. Complications can arise at any stage of pregnancy and pose different grades of risk to the health and well-being of a mother and her baby. If managed carefully, these risks can often be reduced.
Pregnancy allows you 9 months to prepare yourself for the exciting times ahead, and to read up on all the queries you may have.
It’s very exciting to plan your baby’s room – and pregnancy is the ideal time to do it. When your baby arrives you’re likely to be way too busy or sleep-deprived to want to do much planning and decorating.