Your Pregnancy timeline

We want to ensure that your maternity care with Genesis Clinic is as seamless as possible.

Whether you are in your first, second or third  trimester of your pregnancy, starting your journey with us is made easier with our week-by-week guide. From the moment you find out that you are expecting, to your baby's due date, you will be advised as to what steps need to be taken for each week and trimester of your pregnancy. We strive to safely guide the journey of pregnancy and birth with you.

 

1-4 Weeks Pregnant

Congratulations! If you know you're four weeks pregnant, you found out the news earlier than most women probably do! The ball of cells is splitting into the embryo (your future child) and placenta. Baby's neural tube, the building block of the spine, brain and backbone, is already formed. The amniotic sac and fluid are forming into protective cushioning for your baby. The embryo inside you is the size of a poppy seed. That may be miniscule but big things are happening ~ the fertilised egg has snuggled into the side of your womb. It divides into layers of cells that will eventually become different parts of your baby’s body.

Your Body at 1-4 Weeks 

There's a chance you don't feel different at all yet, but brace yourself, nausea and vomiting may be in your near future. This week, a surge in progesterone can start to make your breasts feel tender, heavy and sore, a bit like how they might feel before your period. 


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5 Weeks Pregnant

At five weeks your baby is already starting to form major organs. Five weeks is a common time when moms-to-be find out they’re pregnant.Your baby is about the size of an apple seed. Your placenta will give your baby nutrients and oxygen through their umbilical cord.

Your Body at 5 Weeks 

Those same hormones your pregnancy test picked up are likely starting to causing some early pregnancy symptoms, such as sore breasts, nausea and fatigue. You might not feel pregnant yet, but it’s time to start looking after yourself and your precious baby. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will give you more energy and ensure your baby gets all the nutrients it needs. 

This Weeks' Reminders

This is also a good time to start looking at your options at Genesis Clinic. You can make an appointment with your midwife at Genesis to get any advice you need and to be booked in for your antenatal care appointments. Do you want to birth in our In-House Unit with our staff midwives, or do you want a Private Midwife and birth in a Luxury Family Room? You may also want to learn more about Genesis Clinic and join us for our Saturday Tours or our more informative Open Days?


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6 Weeks Pregnant

The average embryo at week six is about the size of a sweet pea! The early pregnancy symptoms, which include hormone fluctuations can feel like PMS. Many of the crucial areas of baby development have already started at six weeks, including circulating blood and the development of eyes. Your Body at 6 Weeks

Your body is still getting used to your changing hormones, and this could make you tired. Morning sickness can start too and does not just happen in the morning! Tender breasts, caused by increased blood flow, are actually already prepping your body for breastfeeding! You may feel moody, because of the changing hormones. 

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Your options are to have your consultations with the Staff Midwife and birth in the In-House Birth Unit or you may want to have your consultations with a Private Midwife and birth in a Luxury Family Room. Your midwife will be your main caregiver and she will also advise and guide you throughout your pregnancy and for your birth.
  • Make an appointment for your first scan which is to be scheduled at 8 weeks of your pregnancy. This is to confirm the pregnancy and to check if baby is in utero. The scan determines the approximate due date of baby. Scans can all be done at Genesis ClinicView here for information on all scans and booking details.

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7 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is generating about one hundred new brain cells each minute! Not only is baby's brain becoming more complex, but the heart is too.  Your baby is about the size of a blueberry and its arm and leg joints are now forming.
Your Body at 7 Weeks

Your nausea should become more normal in the second trimester. You may have food cravings,  it's okay to give in here and there, but remember it is better to choose healthier options. Even though you probably don’t look pregnant yet, your uterus has doubled in size.

This Weeks' Reminders

A friendly reminder to make your booking for your ultrasound scan at 8 weeks onwards of pregnancy. View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.


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8 Weeks Pregnant

You can't feel it yet, but your baby is moving those arms and legs a lot. Your baby is now the size of a raspberry!  This week, your baby is growing about a milimeter each day. Can you believe at eight weeks baby's starting to grow taste buds already?
Your Body at 8 Weeks

If you’re feeling nauseated, extra hungry or extra tired right now, remember that it’s all because baby’s growth is in overdrive and your body is still adjusting to all the hormonal changes, don't worry, it will be worth it!

This Weeks' Reminders
  • You will need your appointment for your first scan which is to be scheduled at 8 weeks of your pregnancy. This is to confirm the pregnancy and to check if baby is in utero. The scan determines the approximate due date of baby. Scans can all be done at Genesis Clinic
    Recommended scans during your pregnancy:
  • Week 12-13 of Pregnancy: To check the nuchal fold and exclude Downs Syndrome.

  • Week 20-22 of Pregnancy: The "Anomaly" scan which is to exclude any structural defects. The foetal gender can also be confirmed at this scan. The earliest the gender of your baby can be detected is at 16 weeks of pregnancy. Once this scan has been done, and all is well, you will make your appointments with your midwife.

  • Week 28-31 of Pregnancy: The 4D scan is an optional scan scheduled between week 28 and latest at the end of week 31st of pregnancy. The outcome of this scan depends on various factors and therefore the perfect picture cannot be guaranteed!

  • Week 36 of Pregnancy: The patient will have this scan at their affiliated Genesis Gynaecologist. This will determine if everything is well with you and the baby and will give the 'go-ahead' for a natural birth at Genesis Clinic with your midwife.

    For information on scans and bookings please view here. You, or your Medical Aid will be directly responsible for the payments of the Scans.

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9 Weeks Pregnant

This is a milestone ~ your baby's is known officially as a foetus! our baby is the size of a cherry and your baby might now have a strong enough heartbeat to be picked up by a foetal doppler. You have probably been to your ultrasound scan and have seen your baby's heart beating! 
Your Body at 9 Weeks

Morning (or all day) sickness, remember to eat healthy! You may also experience frequent urination, fatigue, nasal congestion and/or headaches (sorry, its those hormones again!) 

This Weeks' Reminders
Invest in a good quality supportive maternity bra, yes, you will thank us later! 
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10 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby's vital organs are fully developed and they're starting to function. Baby's fingernails and hair are starting to appear too. Plus,your baby is swallowing and kicking! How amazing is your body! Your baby is now also the size of a strawberry  and his or her body's length will almost double in the next three weeks. 
Your Body at 10 Weeks

You may have aches and pains in your abdomen, as baby's putting a pressure on your organs, veins, muscles and ligaments. This is around the time you probably can start to see some real changes in your body and your tummy may starts to develop some extra curve.

This Weeks' Reminders

Schedule an appointment for an Ultrasound scan, for Week 12-13 of Pregnancy. The 3D scan will detect for Downs Syndrome. The patient may decide if she wants blood tests to be combined with this scan, which makes the Downs Syndrome detection rate up to 80% more accurate. If the patient chooses to have blood tests, the blood must be drawn within 2 hrs after the scan.  View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.


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11 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is moving fluidly and gracefully in your tummy and is now the size of a lime! Baby's skin is see-through, but is on his or her way to looking more like a baby. Tooth buds, hair follicles and nail beds are forming. 
Your Body at 11 Weeks

Now is a good time to sign up for Yoga Classes, recommended by most doctors and midwives, prenatal yoga offers a multitude of benefits to both mother and baby throughout pregnancy, during birth and beyond. Yoga Mama offers classes at Genesis Clinic. 

This Weeks' Reminders

Eat regularly and healthy and ensure you are getting enough getting rest, this will help in giving you more stable energy levels. 


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12 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby's brain is developing fast and most of your baby's critical systems are fully formed. Your baby is about the size of a plum and your baby is now developing reflexes, opening and closing fingers and curling toes too!  You’re reaching the home stretch of the first trimester! 
Your Body at 12 Weeks

You may have a noticeably bigger belly. Do you feel more pregnant now? A dark line may have started to appear on your belly. It's called the linea nigra and it's totally normal during pregnancy!

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Make an appointment for your 16 week scan if you want to find out the gender of your baby. Scans can all be done at Genesis Clinic. View here for information on all scans and booking details.
  • Ensure you are eating nutritious, nourishing foods and it is a good idea to cut out caffeine.
  • Your midwife will guide you, educate you and assist you with any question you have regarding your pregnancy. 
Your Antenatal Consultations are as follows:
  • From confirmation of Pregnancy to 28 weeks: Monthly consultations with your midwife.
  • Week 28 to 36 of Pregnancy: Bi-weekly consultations with your midwife.
  • Week 36 of Pregnancy until Birth: Weekly consultations with your midwife.
  • You will also see your back-up Gynaecologist (affiliated with Genesis Clinic), at week 23-24 and then again at week 36 of pregnancy.  Your midwife can give you recommendations of a Gynaecologist she works with.

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13 Weeks Pregnant

Welcome to your second trimester! Can you believe baby is forming vocal cords and teeth! Even though baby's still teeny, he or she already has fingerprints. Your bay is now the size of a lemon.
Your Body at 13 Weeks

Birth is still months away, but your breasts may have already started making colostrum, the nutrient-rich fluid that feeds your baby for the first few days after birth, before your milk starts to flow. Make those calories count: Skip the junk food and have a healthy pregnancy snack or a pregnancy superfood instead.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Make your appointment for your 12-13 week scan. You should be having your week 12 scan this week or next. View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.
  • Keep well hydrated, as for what to drink, plain water is best. Tip: Keep an eye on the colour of your urine. if it's dark yellow or cloudy, you need to drink more. Clear or pale yellow urine means you're well-hydrated.

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14 Weeks Pregnant

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, wee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. Your baby is the size of  peach and growing lanugo, a thin, peach-fuzz-like hair, all over its body!

Your Body at 14 Weeks

Your energy is likely returning, your breasts may be feeling less tender, and your queasiness may have completely abated by now. If not, hang on, chances are good it will soon be behind you (although an unlucky few will still feel nauseated months from now).

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Visit the dentist: Progesterone hormone levels are on the rise during pregnancy, which can cause your gums to have a weird response to plaque bacteria, a lot more plaque buildup than normal, so get those pearly whites checked!
  • Find a prenatal exercise class. If you haven't already, now is a good time to start a regular workout. Joining a class can help motivate you to stick with it. And many women find that prenatal exercise classes are a wonderful way to bond with and get support from other pregnant women. We offer Prenatal Yoga at Genesis. For more information view here.

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15 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is about the size of an apple and busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop.

Your Body at 15 Weeks

You're probably feeling some aches and pains, as your muscles and ligaments stretch to accomodate your growing baby. Once the queasies of the first trimester subside, you might find your appetite on overdrive. Remember to eat healthy.

This Weeks' Reminders

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16 Weeks Pregnant

Right now, he's about the size of an avocado. There's a lot happening inside as well. Your baby is listening to your voice, thanks to tiny bones forming in his or her ears and growing hair, lashes and eyebrows!

Your Body at 16 Weeks

You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and "glowing" skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.

This Weeks' Reminders

It is time to schedule your 20 week antenatal visit with your midwife. You can choose to birth with our In-House Birth Unit, with a staff midwife, or you may choose a private midwife and birth in a Luxury Family Room. In the second trimester you will see your midwife on a monthly basis for your consultations.


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17 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord, the lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby is about the size of a pomegranate.

Your Body at 17 Weeks

You may experience itchy skin as baby is growing, as your skin is stretching thinner. Coconut oil rubbed onto your skin regularly may relieve the itchiness.

This Weeks' Reminders

It is a good time to start booking for your childbirth preparing class. It is important to do these classes, as it will prepare both you and your partner, for what to expect. We have a few options for you to choose from at Genesis, you can choose Weekend Workshops, or Hypnobirting Classes. For more information, check out the "What's On" page on our website.


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18 Weeks Pregnant

If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound. Your baby is now the size of a bell pepper.

Your Body at 18 Weeks

Baby is working his or her muscles and practicing all kinds of moves. (Can you feel them yet?) An increase in appetite and specific food cravings are pretty common about now. Make yours count by choosing meals and snacks that are rich in nutrients instead of empty calories, your baby will thank your for it!

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Book for your ultrasound scan for in your 20th -22nd week of pregnancy. The "Anomaly" scan which is to exclude any structural defects. The foetal gender can also be confirmed at this scan. The earliest the gender of your baby can be detected is at 16 weeks of pregnancy. View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.
  • A reminder to schedule your 20 week antenatal visit with your midwife. You can choose to birth with our In-House Birth Unit, with a staff midwife, or you may choose a private midwife and birth in a Luxury Family Room.
  • In the second trimester you will see your midwife on a monthly basis for your consultations.
  • From now on, when you do lie down, it's best to lie on your side, or at least partly tilted to one side. (When you lie flat on your back, your uterus can compress a major vein, leading to decreased blood return to your heart.)

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19 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby's brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your Body at 19 Weeks

Your belly will start growing even faster in the weeks to come. As a result, you may notice some achiness in your lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides – especially when you shift position or at the end of an active day. Most likely, this is round ligament pain.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Book for your ultrasound scan for in your 20th-22nd week of pregnancy. The "Anomaly" scan which is to exclude any structural defects. The foetal gender can also be confirmed at this scan. The earliest the gender of your baby can be detected is at 16 weeks of pregnancy. View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.
  • A reminder to schedule your 20 week antenatal visit with your midwife. You can choose to birth with our In-House Birth Unit, with a staff midwife, or you may choose a private midwife and birth in a Luxury Family Room.
  • In the second trimester you will see your midwife on a monthly basis for your consultations.
  • Get started on those pregnancy exercise classes! At Genesis we have have Pregnancy Yoga Classes, perfect for gentle exercise and labour preparation. You can also alternative exercise such as walking,swimming or pilates
  • The best and most popular antenatal birth classes can fill up fast, so start your search now. For more information, check out the "What's On" page on our website.

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20 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is swallowing more these days, which is good practice for its digestive system. Your  baby is also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels, and you'll see it in his first soiled nappy (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery). Your baby is about the size of a banana!

Your Body at 20 Weeks

Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. During pregnancy, your body needs more iron to keep up with your expanding blood volume, as well as for your growing baby and the placenta.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • You will have your ultrasound scan in your 20th -22nd week of pregnancy. The "Anomaly" scan which is to exclude any structural defects. The foetal gender can also be confirmed at this scan. The earliest the gender of your baby can be detected is at 16 weeks of pregnancy. View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.
  • You will be having monthly appointments up to week 28, with your midwife: She will guide you through every step of your pregnancy and the weeks leading up to birth.
Your Antenatal Consultations are as follows:
  • From confirmation of Pregnancy to 28 weeks: Monthly consultations with your midwife.
  • Week 28 to 36 of Pregnancy: Bi-weekly consultations with your midwife.
  • Week 36 of Pregnancy until Birth: Weekly consultations with your midwife.
  • You will also see your back-up Gynaecologist (affiliated with Genesis Clinic), at week 23-24 and then again at week 36 of pregnancy. Your midwife can give you recommendations of a Gynaecologist she works with. Please view our Genesis Affiliated Gynaecologists list here.

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21 Weeks Pregnant

About the length of a carrot, you may soon feel like he/she's practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to his/her activity as you get to know her better.

Your Body at 21 Weeks

You're probably feeling pretty comfortable these days. You're not too big yet, and the usual discomforts associated with early pregnancy are, for the most part, gone. If you're feeling good, relax and enjoy it while you can!

This Weeks' Reminders
  • You will have your ultrasound scan in your 20th -22nd week of pregnancy. The "Anomaly" scan which is to exclude any structural defects. The foetal gender can also be confirmed at this scan. The earliest the gender of your baby can be detected is at 16 weeks of pregnancy. View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.
  • You will need to book for your Gynaecologist appointment at week 23-24. Your midwife can give you recommendations of a Gynaecologist she works with. Please view our Genesis Affiliated Gynaecologists list here.
  • This is also good time to start buying items you will need for your baby. If you need any special items, why not ad them onto your wishing list for your baby shower? As much as it is tempting to buy all the latest products on the market , your baby does not need all the latest gadgets!

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22 Weeks Pregnant

Now that your baby's got more developed eyes and lips, he or she's looking even more like a newborn. Your baby is about the size of a coconut!  Inside his belly, his pancreas, essential for the production of some important hormones is developing steadily.

Your Body at 20 Weeks

At this point, you may find your belly becoming a hand magnet. It's perfectly okay to tell folks who touch your tummy that you'd rather they didn't. And if people are telling you that you look smaller or bigger than you should at this point, remember that each woman grows and shows at her own rate.

This Weeks' Reminders

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23 Weeks Pregnant

With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance and is about the size of a large mango. The sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now, such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner probably won't faze her when she hears them outside the womb.

Your Body at 23 Weeks

Exercise regularly to increase circulation. You need to drink plenty of water because staying hydrated actually helps prevent fluid retention. Be sure to call your midwife if you have severe or sudden swelling of your feet or ankles.

This Weeks' Reminders

You will be seeing your Gynaecologist appointment at week 23-24. Your Gynaecologist is your back-up in the event of a Caesarean.  You will see your Gynaecologist again at week 36, to give the final 'go-ahead' for your natural birth at Genesis.


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24 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is growing steadily, and gaining weight and about the size of a cantaloupe melon) and its body is filling out proportionally and will soon start to plump up. Your baby's brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop.

Your Body at 24 Weeks

You may experience get a 'Linea nigra'. This is a dark line that runs up the center of your belly. It will fade after baby's born. You may experience swollen ankles and feet, be sure to elevate them while you're sitting.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • You will be seeing your Gynaecologist appointment at week 23-24. Your Gynaecologist is your back-up in the event of a Caesarean.  You will see your Gynaecologist again at week 36, to give the final 'go-ahead' for your natural birth at Genesis.
  • Backaches are possible and we recommend a pampering and rejuvenation maternity massage with Theoni, of Conscious Birth. See here for her details.

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25 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is beginning to exchange the long, lean look for some baby fat. The wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he/she will start to look more and more like a newborn and is also growing more hair. Now you baby is about the size of a cauliflower!

Your Body at 25 Weeks

Your baby's not the only one with more hair, your locks may look fuller and more lustrous than ever. It's not that you're growing more hair, but thanks to hormonal changes, the hair that you'd normally shed is sticking around longer than usual. You may also notice that you can't move around as gracefully as before.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • You can book for the optional scan 4D scan and is scheduled between week 28 and latest at the end of week 31st of pregnancy. The outcome of this scan depends on various factors and therefore the perfect picture cannot be guaranteed! View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.
  • This may also be a good opportunity to go away on a 'Babymoon', this a great time to bond together with your partner and enjoy the last few weeks of the second trimester. It will help you recharge and reconnect before your baby arrives.

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26 Weeks Pregnant

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air.

Your Body at 26 Weeks

Are you rushing around getting to childbirth classes and antenatal visits, preparing your baby's room, and taking care of all your other daily tasks? Make sure that you also continue to eat well and get plenty of rest. the key is to be well prepared and too take the time out for those yoga classes to destress. Eating healthy will give you the energy and stable blood sugar levels to cope with increasing demands of a pregnancy.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Making a birth plan: Writing a birth plan gives you an opportunity to think about how you'd ideally like your delivery to be handled and to discuss options with your midwife. The process of creating a birth plan can be a terrific way to learn more about labour and your own preferences during labour and birth. Keep in mind that labour is inherently unpredictable, and you'll need to stay flexible in case things come up that require you and your birth team to veer from the plan.
  • You can book for the optional scan 4D scan and is scheduled between week 28 and latest at the end of week 31st of pregnancy. The outcome of this scan depends on various factors and therefore the perfect picture cannot be guaranteed! View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.

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27 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is now sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. Your baby is about the size of a lettuce.

Your Body at 27 Weeks

The second trimester is drawing to a close, and as your body gears up for the final lap, you may start noticing some new symptoms. Your leg muscles could cramp now and then. They're carrying extra weight, after all, and your expanding uterus is putting pressure on the veins that return blood from your legs to your heart as well as on the nerves leading from your trunk to your legs.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Book a Breastfeeding Workshop. Yes, we cannot stress this enough, as breast is best (and easily accessible) and you would want as much education as possible about the who to feed your baby. We cannot stress how valuable this course is and it is very affordable too! We have an International Lactation Consultant who teaches the workshops at Genesis. Please view here for information and details on dates for the workshops.
  • Not a necessity, but if you want, you can book for the optional scan 4D scan which is scheduled between week 28 and latest at the end of week 31st of pregnancy. The outcome of this scan depends on various factors and therefore the perfect picture cannot be guaranteed! View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.

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28 Weeks Pregnant

The size of a large aubergine, your baby can now blink his/her eyes, which now sport eyelashes. With the eyesight developing, your baby may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. Your baby is also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
Your Body at 28 Weeks
You could start getting Braxton Hicks contraction, practice contractions and these might be getting stronger or more frequent as your bod gets ready for labour. Your breasts may already be producing baby's first food, a yellowish substance called colostrum, (liquid gold, nutrient dense and for your baby's first few breast-feeds).
This Weeks' Reminders
You're in the home stretch! The last week of your second trimester! You will enter the third and final trimester next week. At this point, you will visit your midwife every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks of pregnancy, you will have weekly visits.
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29 Weeks Pregnant

You are now in the the third and final trimester! Your baby is about 33cm from head to bottom and about the size of a butternut squash! As well as being able to open his eyes and focus, he can turn towards light outside the womb. Your baby is still developing more fat under his skin, which means he is less wrinkled and his skin is smoothing out.
Your Body at 29 Weeks

Your baby and womb are putting pressure on your stomach, which can give you heartburn. Try to eat little and often, and avoid fatty and spicy foods. If this doesn’t work, your midwife will be able to prescribe you something, which is suitable in pregnancy.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • It’s worth reading up on the pros and cons of all your options, so you can go in to labour prepared. We have a great Reading Resources list on our website, which will help you be well prepared. Ofcourse, now is also the time to do your Antenatal Classes if you have  not yet signed up for one! Genesis Clinic has a wealth of experts, and you can see the classes they offer under our "What's On' page.

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30 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby’s little lungs are developing nicely, though they may still need some help with their breathing if born before 36 weeks. Your baby is about the size of a large cabbage. baby's brain is getting wrinklier, to make way for all that essential brain tissue.

Your Body at 30 Weeks

Heartburn, which might be making sleep hard to come by. At week 30, your dreams might be getting even weirder too! Thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • You will have your midwife appointment in week 30. Learn about common labour fears and ask your midwife about them. She will be able to answer all your questions!
  • The 4D scan is an optional scan scheduled between week 28 and latest at the end of week 31st of pregnancy. The outcome of this scan depends on various factors and therefore the perfect picture cannot be guaranteed! View here for information and contact details for Ultrasound Scans.

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31 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is going through major brain and nerve development. Your Baby's irises now react to light and all five of baby's senses are in working order. Your baby is about the size ope a coconut. She/he is probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort, all this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy!

Your Body at 31 Weeks

Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? Many women feel these random contractions, called Braxton Hicks contractions, in the second half of pregnancy. Often lasting about 30 seconds, they're irregular, and at this point, they should be infrequent and painless. 

This Weeks' Reminders
  • You don't need to pack your bag just yet, but you can start planing by looking at our list of what to bring to Genesis Clinic here. 
  • This is also a good time to book your pregnancy photo shoot, which is usually done from week 31 onwards.
  • In addition to your antenatal class, you may want to consider classes on breastfeeding, and infant CPR. Genesis Clinic offers these and you can contact the providers personally by looking at our "What's On" page.

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32 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby may have turned so he or she's in the head-down position by now, poised for the trip down the birth canal. Her/his skin is becoming soft and smooth as he/she plumps up in preparation for birth. You may have darker nipples, so baby can see then better when it comes time to breastfeed. Isn't your body amazing! Your baby is approximately as big as a large squash.

Your Body at 32 Weeks

To accommodate your and your baby's growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller (healthier) meals more often.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • You will have your midwife appointment this week.
For Dad's/partners:
  • Get “the nest” ready together if possible. Work together getting things for your baby, such as baby furniture, getting the house ready, preparing extra meals.
  • Find out how you can view at least two birth films together. 
  • Let your wife/partner know what you can do to “be there” for her at the birth.
  • Go on a tour of Genesis Clinic is you have not already done so. You can view our Orientation dates here.

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33 Weeks Pregnant

The bones in your baby's skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. Your baby is keeping his/her eyes open while awake. Your baby is also about the size of a pineapple.

Your Body at 33 Weeks

As your baby fills out even more of your belly, lots of things might start to change: Whereas before you were sashaying, you may find yourself waddling. Finding an easy position to sit in, let alone sleep is becoming more of a challenge. 

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Schedule your 36 week appointment with your gynaecologist.
  • It is a good idea to install your baby's car seat now too.
  • Wash your baby's clothes, to remove any irritants in the fabrics. The gentlest detergents are those designed for babies and those that are labeled hypoallergenic or good for sensitive skin.

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34 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is about the size of a cantaloupe and her/his fat layers, which will help regulate her body temperature once he/she's born are filling her out, making your baby rounder. The skin is also smoother than ever and the central nervous system is maturing, and your baby's lungs are continuing to mature as well. 

Your Body at 34 Weeks

Now's the time to slow down and save up your energy for labour day (and beyond). If you've been sitting or lying down for a long time, don't jump up too quickly. Your entire tummy will tighten when you have a Braxton Hicks contraction, and can remain tight for a few seconds. There can be discomfort when you experience one and it may even stop you in your tracks, but generally they’re uncomfortable more than actually painful. Think of them as practice contractions and a good thing to help you get ready for childbirth.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Schedule your 36 week antenatal visit with your gynaecologist. This is the final check-up to determine the go ahead for a normal birth at Genesis Clinic.
  • Use this time to relax and continue doing gentle exercise. Walking or swimming is very beneficial.
  • Pack your bag this week! See our list of what to bring here.

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35 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now is about the size of a honeydew melon.  Because it's so snug in your womb, your baby isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. Most of the basic physical development is now complete. Your baby will spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Your Body at 35 Weeks

From here on out, you'll start seeing your midwife every week. It is now getting very exciting as you get nearer to your due date! 

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Schedule your 36 week appointment with your gynaecologist.
  • Program important numbers into your cellphones.
  • You and your partner may be too exhausted to make dinner in the first weeks after you bring your baby home, therefore preparing frozen meals will listen the load once baby has arrived. This way you are ensuring you are eating healthy, wholesome meals as with breastfeeding you will be nourishing your baby with the foods you eat. Make sure its nutrient dense!

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36 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby is shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture called meconium that will form the contents of her first bowel movements.

Your Body at 36 Weeks

Now that your baby is taking up so much room, you may have trouble eating a normal-size meal. Smaller, more frequent meals are often easier to handle at this point. On the other hand, you may have less heartburn and have an easier time breathing when your baby starts to "drop" down into your pelvis. This process, called lightening often happens a few weeks before labour if this is your first baby. 

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Your 36 week antenatal visit with your gynaecologist. This is the final check-up to determine that everything is ok to go ahead for a normal birth at Genesis Clinic.
  • Your answers to your labour & delivery questions for your gynaecologist, in the event that you many need a Caesarean section. 
  • Finalise your maternity leave plan.

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37 Weeks Pregnant

Around week 37, many moms-to-be find themselves organizing cupboards and scrubbing their floors. That’s the nesting instinct kicking in as your body senses baby will be here shortly. It also might be your brain’s way of making sure you’re prepared for just about anything, so you can feel like you have an extra edge on this whole new parent thing.

Your Body at 37 Weeks

Braxton Hicks contractions may be coming more frequently now and may last longer and be more uncomfortable. Increased pressure on your abdomen and more frequent urination since baby may have dropped lower into the pelvis. It is now getting very exciting as you get nearer to your due date! Remember a due date is an approximate date and only 5% of babies actually get born on their due date. Bear in mind that full term pregnancy is classed as the period between 37 to 42 weeks.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Birth plan: if not already discussed, this will be a good time to discuss your birth plan with your midwife.
  • From here on out, you'll start seeing your midwife every week.
  • Exercise regularly.

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38 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby has really plumped up. He/she has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Your baby's organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what colour your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. That's because a child's irises (the coloured part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born.

Your Body at 38 Weeks

The next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby's born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend quality time with your partner.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Schedule your 39 week appointment with your midwife.
  • Prepare to educate yourself about how to breastfeed your  baby, if you have not yet done a course, you can see available breastfeeding workshops on our website here.
  • This is also a good time to book your newborn photo shoot, if you choose to have one.

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39 to 42 Weeks Pregnant

It's hard to say for sure how big your baby will be. His/her skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit if it's a snug fit through the birth canal during labour. This is called "moulding" and is the reason your baby's noggin' may look a little pointy after birth. Rest assured, it's normal and temporary.

Your Body at 39-42 Weeks

Your baby is not medically considered to be “overdue” until you pass 42 week mark. So in the period between your due date and 42 weeks, relax, prepare and nurture yourself. We  know it can be tempting to wish your pregnancy away in anticipation of reaching the next stage. Maybe you’re simply excited to meet your baby or perhaps you’ve had a rough ride and are more than ready to stop being pregnant and start being a Mama Whatever your experience, each and every day of your pregnancy is a precious step on the journey to creating and meeting your baby. Treat yourself with respect and compassion and trust that your little one will arrive at the perfect time.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Schedule your 39 week appointment with your midwife.
  • You'll still be seeing your midwife every week until the birth of your baby. Your midwife will explain everything every step of the way. 
If you suspect you are in labour:
  • Your midwife will be your first contact and she will advise you when to come to Genesis Clinic.
  • If you have a Doula, you will have already discussed when she will come out to you.

“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates, in her own way, remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone.” - Suzanne Arms

 

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