Congratulations! If this is your first pregnancy or if you will be delivering
your second or third child, we are excited to be part of your pregnancy
journey. If you don’t have a doctor, now is the time to find a physician
that will share in one of life’s most precious moments with you.
See Who's Delivering at Baton Rouge General
Your Pregnancy Journey
Weeks 1 – 4
- During these weeks your baby is barely the size of a pen point. But don’t
worry, development progresses rapidly.
- You may start feeling symptoms similar to those you experience during your
period such as fatigue, moodiness and breast tenderness.
Time to hit the books! Stock up on all the pregnancy and childbirth books
you need at our
Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of our Bluebonnet hospital.
Weeks 5 – 8
- Your baby’s size is close to that of a grain of rice. Don’t
let the size fool you — your baby has experienced some major developments!
- At six weeks your baby’s heart begins to beat and organs are beginning to form.
- You may notice that you have either gained or lost a few pounds. This is
normal as your body is adjusting to pregnancy.
This is the time to make your first appointment with your OB/GYN.
Click here to find an OB/GYN delivering at Baton Rouge General.
Weeks 9 – 13
- It’s hard to tell just from your waistline, but by week nine your
baby is the size of a raspberry.
- Your baby’s body systems, such as circulatory, nervous, reproductive
and digestive systems, are fully formed during this time. The most critical
stage of development is now complete.
- Take time to listen to your body. If you feel tired, RELAX!
Weeks 14 – 18
- By now, your baby is about the length of a medium-sized banana and weighs
around three ounces!
- By week 16 you should be able to determine the gender of your baby. If
you want to know, you can contact your doctor for details.
- At this time you should begin feeling your baby’s movements. These
movements will feel like a fluttering sensation.
- This is a good time for you to start sleeping on your side to help increase
the blood flow to the baby.
Now is the time to take a
virtual tour of our Birth Center at Baton Rouge General.
Weeks 19 – 22
- By this time your baby will be dreaming about the wonderful life that awaits.
It is at this stage in your pregnancy that your baby begins to dream while sleeping.
- Around week 20, due to the pressure of your growing baby, your “innie”
will most likely become an “outie.” For those attached to
their innies, don’t worry—most will go back following delivery.
Begin thinking about whether or not you want to breastfeed. Request your
virtual learning packet that includes a course on breastfeeding, and don’t forget, our Corner
Pharmacy has all the breastfeeding supplies you might need.
Weeks 23 – 27
- Your baby has fingerprints by week 25.
- This is also the time that your baby can begin to hear external noises.
Fill your home with relaxing sounds, and talk to your baby frequently
since they can already recognize mom’s voice.
- You might begin to experience Braxton Hicks Contractions, the sudden tightening
and relaxing of your uterus, which should be painless and irregular. Don’t
worry, this is your body’s way of practicing for the big event!
It’s time to start thinking about the arrival of your newborn. Request your
virtual learning packet that includes a course on childbirth preparation.
Weeks 28 – 31
- You are not going to believe how big your baby is already! By this stage
most babies are more than a foot in length and weigh more than two pounds.
- Your baby’s movements begin to increase and grow stronger. At this
stage your baby has a grip that is powerful enough to hold onto
- your finger.
- As you and your baby grow, calcium is in great demand. Make sure you watch
your diet and include plenty of calcium, protein and iron.
virtual learning packet that includes a course on taking care of your newborn.
Weeks 32 – 35
- Make sure that you have an infant car seat securely installed to take your
new baby home from the hospital. This will also give you time to drive
around and make sure that the seat is positioned just right for you to
see what your baby is up to.
- The Braxton Hicks contractions you have been experiencing, which should
be painless and irregular, intensify these final weeks.
One thing to determine before you deliver is who your baby’s pediatrician will be.
Click here to see a list of pediatricians on staff at Baton Rouge General.
Weeks 36 – 40
- This is the time to pack a suitcase! Use the checklist included in this
guide to help you remember everything you will need.
- You may begin to feel off balance as your baby settles and gets ready for
birth. Be careful and remember to take things slow.
- This is the month that you have been waiting for. Spend time relaxing and
enjoy your last weeks of pregnancy.