The embryo is approximately one-third of an inch (somewhere between 5 to 13 mm long). The brain is growing more complex as cavities and passages necessary for the circulation of spinal fluid take shape. The lenses of the eyes are developing, and the middle part of the ears continues to grow. The outer extremities (arms, legs, hands, and feet) are in the making. Overall, this little being is becoming more and more recognizable!
Now that you're pregnant, you're going to have to take exceptionally good care of yourself and your growing baby. That means getting good prenatal care by going to your health care provider (OB/GYN, Family Practitioner, or Certified Nurse-Midwife) on a regular basis.
Perhaps you discussed pregnancy with your health care provider before you got pregnant and already know how often you are going to need to be seen for care. If not, then the first thing to do once you have discovered that you are pregnant is to make an appointment with your health care provider. The first appointment is important to figure out how far along you are and what steps will be needed for monitoring you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. Generally, you will see your health care provider once a month through your 28th week. As you get closer to your due date, the office visits will become more frequent. From 28-36, weeks you will likely need to go every 2 weeks. From week 36 until delivery, you will probably be seen once a week. This may vary slightly and will be specific to you and your pregnancy.
If you're like the other 70% of pregnant women, you'll probably experience a bout of nausea and vomiting -- more commonly referred to as morning sickness -- during the first 12 weeks. If you would like to learn more about it what causes it and how to avoid it click here to read.
You have a lot of appointments ahead of you -- between the regular prenatal visits, blood and other lab tests, and ultrasounds -- you'll no doubt be doing a lot of waiting in hospital reception areas. One seasoned mother recommends bringing a book with you at all times so you can catch up on some reading while you wait.
Review Date: 12/9/2012
Reviewed By: Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.