Posted March 27, 2013 in PREGNANCY

week by week pregnancy symptoms


As you need to know, the entire nine month period of pregnancy consists of 38-40 weeks on average and in some cases extending to 41-42 weeks postdate. Usually, weeks are important as those define the stages in pregnancy.  The symptoms appear in the weeks, showing the stages of pregnancy by week.  It is important for you to know about the week by week pregnancy symptoms as you have to be more cautious about your diet, exercise and other necessities of motherhood.

A brief about the week by week symptoms

  • First to ten weeks and Symptoms of pregnancy-   The initial stages of formation of embryo begins in the first four weeks of pregnancy. A flat structure or a neural plate is formed inside your womb that later becomes the central nervous system of the child. It grows in a groove and later becomes tubular shape that becomes the shape of the embryo.  One part of it, that later becomes the brain, begins swelling and the rest part become s the spinal cord.  The spinal cord grows further with the development of brain and this determines the initial phases of pregnancy by week, where you feel the kicks from the baby as the spinal cord grows.Besides all these changes, certain changes also occur in the breasts. You might find enlargement of the breasts and tenderness in the breasts after one week of pregnancy.  There are dark circles around the rings of the breasts and moreover, the veins are visible.  Although the first sign of early pregnancy is loss of a period, it is wise to go for a test and be sure about it. As you reach the third week, you begin to go through problems in digestion or digestive ailments. But you need not worry as this is the most common problem during the initial stage of pregnancy. You may experience morning sickness from the 6th week and it may continue up to the 14th week of pregnancy.
  • Symptoms manifest from six to fourteen weeks-    The symptoms begin appearing six weeks onwards. The symptoms are as follows;
    • You begin to feel sick. The drastic hormonal changes are responsible for morning sickness. The related hormonal releases bring morning sickness and vomiting.
    • You may have pain in your breasts.
    • You feel nausea and tendency to vomit. This is caused by the presence of HCG hormone. Human chorionic gonadotropin  (HCG) hormone increases in the mother’s body and therefore, the body experiences excess nausea.
    • From Seventh week up to twenty week- The seventh week is a marked phase as the baby’s senses begin to develop.  The stages of pregnancy begin with your desires to eat many things. As your reach the 18th week of pregnancy, you have the following symptoms inside you. Those are as follows;
      • When you closely watch, you can certainly know the movements of your child within your body.
      • Normally within the 18th to 20th week, an ultra-sound or sonogram of the baby can get you the details of your baby’s development and health. During this period, the movements you feel are particular to this time and show the health of your baby.
      • From 20th week to birth of the baby- There are other symptoms from 20th week onwards that continues up to the birth of the baby.  From the 20th week, the baby in your womb begins to recognizing your voice. The symptoms from this week are as follows;
        • There are physiological and vascular changes in your eyes. It is because of Estrogen in your body that leads to vision changes and dry eyes.
        • You have tears in your eyes and in rare cases, eyes may appear to bulge.
        • There are certain psychological changes within you after the 25th week of the pregnancy. You develop an extreme sense of intimacy with the baby inside your womb.
        • All the time from 30th week onwards, you feel heaviness in the body.Summary: Week by week pregnancy symptoms determines the stages of pregnancy by week.  For more detailed information of each of the 40 weeks please refer to our week by week section on the Pregnancy Beat home page. It is important to know detailed information to determine the need for normal or high risk care, need of dietary changes or medication also to prepare for the proper care provider and place of birth.