Your pregnancy and baby guide

Your pregnancy week by week

There's a lot to consider when you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant, including:

  • healthy eating
  • pregnancy care (also called antenatal care)
  • decisions you need to make about labour and birth
  • coping with common pregnancy problems
  • when pregnancy goes wrong

You can find out about all these and read about your baby's development in our week-by-week pregnancy content.

You can also see a slideshow of what's happening to your baby each week.

Before you get pregnant

There are things you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.

Find out what can help when you're planning a pregnancy or trying to get pregnant

Pregnancy weeks 0 to 8

Three weeks after the first day of your last period, your fertilised egg moves slowly along the fallopian tube towards the womb.

Find out what happens when you're:

Pregnancy weeks 9, 10, 11, 12

By now the face is slowly forming, and the eyes are more obvious and have some colour in them. You might still be feeling tired and sick, but for many women this should clear up soon.

Find out what else happens in the third month of pregnancy when you're:

Read more about how much weight you'll put on in pregnancy.

Pregnancy weeks 13, 14, 15, 16

At 14 weeks, the baby is about 85mm long from head to bottom. If you have been feeling sick and tired, you'll probably start to feel better when you're around 13 or 14 weeks pregnant.

Find out what else is happening when you're:

Pregnancy weeks 17, 18, 19, 20

Your baby's body grows bigger so the head and body are more in proportion.

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Pregnancy weeks 21, 22, 23, 24

When you're 24 weeks pregnant, the baby has a chance of survival if they're born. Most babies born before this time can't live because their lungs and other vital organs aren't developed enough.

Find out what else is happening when you're:

Pregnancy weeks 25, 26, 27, 28

Your baby may begin to follow a pattern for waking and sleeping. Very often this is a different pattern from yours, so when you go to bed at night, the baby may wake up and start kicking.

Find out what else is happening when you're:

Pregnancy weeks 29, 30, 31, 32

By about 32 weeks the baby is usually lying with its head pointing downwards, ready for birth.

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Pregnancy weeks 33, 34, 35, 36

Your baby's bones are starting to harden now, even though the skull bones will stay soft and separated to make the journey through the birth canal easier.

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Pregnancy weeks 37, 38, 39, 40

The amniotic fluid now turns into waste, called meconium, in the baby's intestines, and the soft hair (lanugo) that covered your baby's body is now almost all gone.

Find out what else is happening at:

Pregnancy weeks 40 plus

Find out what to expect if you go overdue:

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Media last reviewed: 20/03/2017

Media review due: 20/03/2020

Page last reviewed: 17/07/2018
Next review due: 17/07/2021