Let's Talk Steps of Pregnancy
As you know, going into this pregnancy I had ZERO idea what to expect. I am here to give you a breakdown of what to expect at certain weeks of your pregnancy. Here are a few things that I wish someone had told me.
PS. I don’t know why we were told that pregnancy is 9 months….. it’s actually 10 months or 40 weeks. Get used to talking in weeks. First trimester is week 1- 13. Second trimester is week 14-27. Third trimester is week 28- end of your pregnancy.
Week 5 - The week I had my first OB appointment to confirm my pregnancy. (a lot of doctors won’t see you this early, but I didn’t know at the time that I was only 5 weeks) It’s too soon to hear a heartbeat or predict a due date
Week 10 - This is the week that your OB will have you come back to the office to listen to a heartbeat and give you your due date. I’m pretty sure I did a blood test and urine sample this visit. PS. Make sure you need to pee at each appointment because from here on out you will need to leave a urine sample every visit!
Week 14 - You’re able to take a blood test to find out the gender of the baby. My results came back in about a 7 days. You will have a special ultrasound that measures the width of babys neck - by doing this they are able to see whether or not your baby may have Down Syndrome or genetic disorders. I had to see a “high risk” doctor for this test, but you may be able to have the scan done in your office, every office is different. **This is also the end of your first trimester.**
SIDE NOTE: Everyone says that morning sickness goes away after your first trimester, I am now 32 weeks and it hasn’t gone away! Read my “Let’s Talk Morning Sickness” post to find out how to completely cure morning sickness.
Week 14-18 - A lot of people claim to be able to feel the baby move and are starting to show at this point. I am here to tell you, that was NOT the case for me!
Week 20 - I felt tiny movements in my tummy for the first time and was finally starting to show.
Week 20-22 - You will need to do your anatomy scan. (I had to go back to the same high risk doctor that I went to during my week 14 scan) This is a special ultrasound to look at baby anatomy and make sure all looks normal. During this scan, they are able to see things that sometimes can’t be seen in a regular ultrasound.
Week 24-28 - You’ll have to take your glucose test to make sure you don’t have gestational diabetes. (Diabetes that can occur during the length of your pregnancy) I know each OB does the test slightly different. For me, I had my appointment first thing in the morning, 30 min before getting my blood drawn I had to drink this really disgusting sugary drink. Then you get your blood drawn, and get your results back soon after.
Week 26 - END OF SECOND TRIMESTER!
Week 30 - This is when I was REALLY showing, gaining noticeable weight every week, having trouble sleeping. I highly recommend investing in a pregnancy pillow, it literally saved my life and sleep.
Week 34/35 - Vaginal swab to check for any bacteria. You will also have another blood test around this time.