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Pregnancy Week by Week: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Journey

Pregnancy is an extraordinary journey filled with anticipation, excitement, and countless changes. Understanding the week-by-week progression of your pregnancy can help you prepare for the physical, emotional, and developmental milestones ahead.

Week 1-4: The Beginning of Life

  • Week 1: Conception occurs when a sperm fertilizes an egg, forming a zygote.
  • Week 2: The zygote travels through the fallopian tube towards the uterus.
  • Week 3: The zygote implants in the uterine lining, forming the placenta.
  • Week 4: The embryo develops a heart and begins to circulate blood.

Week 5-8: Rapid Growth and Development

  • Week 5: The embryo’s brain, spinal cord, and major organs start to form.
  • Week 6: The embryo’s heart is fully formed and begins to beat regularly.
  • Week 7: The embryo’s face begins to take shape, with eyes, ears, and a nose forming.
  • Week 8: The embryo is now referred to as a fetus and measures about 1 inch in length.

Week 9-12: Organ Formation and Fetal Movement

  • Week 9: The fetus’s limbs begin to develop, and the fingers and toes become visible.
  • Week 10: The fetus’s external genitalia start to develop, indicating the sex.
  • Week 11: The fetus’s kidneys begin to function, and the fetus starts to produce urine.
  • Week 12: The fetus is about 2.5 inches in length and can move its arms and legs.

Week 13-16: Rapid Fetal Growth and Increased Activity

  • Week 13: The fetus’s eyelids fuse shut and will remain closed until around week 28.
  • Week 14: The fetus’s ears are fully formed, and it can hear sounds from outside the womb.
  • Week 15: The fetus’s skin becomes thicker, and hair begins to grow on the head.
  • Week 16: The fetus is about 4 inches in length and weighs about 4 ounces.

Week 17-20: Refining Features and Increased Awareness

  • Week 17: The fetus’s eyebrows and eyelashes start to grow.
  • Week 18: The fetus’s movements become stronger and more frequent.
  • Week 19: The fetus’s brain undergoes rapid development, and the fetus begins to dream.
  • Week 20: The fetus is about 6 inches in length and weighs about 10 ounces.

Week 21-24: Preparing for Birth

  • Week 21: The fetus’s lungs begin to produce surfactant, a substance that helps the lungs expand after birth.
  • Week 22: The fetus’s eyes open, and it can focus on light.
  • Week 23: The fetus’s skin becomes smoother and less wrinkled.
  • Week 24: The fetus is about 8 inches in length and weighs about 1.5 pounds.

Week 25-28: Weight Gain and Fetal Maturation

  • Week 25: The fetus’s fingernails and toenails begin to grow.
  • Week 26: The fetus’s eyelids begin to open and close.
  • Week 27: The fetus’s body fat increases, and it begins to look more like a newborn.
  • Week 28: The fetus is about 10 inches in length and weighs about 2 pounds.

Week 29-32: Final Preparations for Birth

  • Week 29: The fetus’s brain continues to develop rapidly, and it can now recognize voices.
  • Week 30: The fetus’s lungs are almost fully mature.
  • Week 31: The fetus’s head circumference increases significantly.
  • Week 32: The fetus is about 12 inches in length and weighs about 3 pounds.

Week 33-36: Preparing for Labor

  • Week 33: The fetus’s body becomes rounder, and it gains more weight.
  • Week 34: The fetus’s head engages in the pelvis, preparing for birth.
  • Week 35: The fetus’s lungs are fully mature, and it can survive outside the womb.
  • Week 36: The fetus is about 14 inches in length and weighs about 5 pounds.

Week 37-40: The Final Stretch

  • Week 37: The fetus’s head is usually engaged in the pelvis, and it is getting ready to be born.
  • Week 38: The fetus’s fingernails and toenails are fully grown.
  • Week 39: The fetus’s lungs are fully mature, and it can breathe independently.
  • Week 40: The average gestational period is 40 weeks. However, some babies are born earlier or later than this.

Beyond Week 40: Post-Term Pregnancy

If your pregnancy extends beyond week 40, it is considered post-term. Your doctor will monitor you closely and may recommend inducing labor to prevent potential complications.


  • Every pregnancy is unique, and your baby may develop at a slightly different pace.
  • Consult with your healthcare provider regularly to track your pregnancy’s progress and address any concerns.
  • Enjoy this incredible journey and embrace the changes that come with each passing week.

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