From conception to 27 weeks: it’s an amazing time of incredible growth. The changes come thick and fast too – both for you and your growing baba.
Here, in a handy week-by-week guide, MummyPages takes you through the magical stages of trimesters one and two – using everyday seeds, veg, and fruits to provide a useful visualisation.
Week 4: The size of a poppy seed (so cute!), this tiny embryo is already amazing. As for mum – having just realised you’re pregnant, you’re probably feeling ecstatic and a little overwhelmed.
Week 5: A sesame seed – and looking more like a tadpole. Meanwhile, you might be feeling nauseous and could be experiencing headaches.
Week 6: 5mm in size (about a single lentil), the embryo is developing rapidly. Mum is weathering mood-swings and lethargy.
Week 7: Now a blueberry having doubled in size in a week. You’ll need to go to the toilet more regularly and will have sore breasts.
Week 8: A grape – and starting to move. The embryo weighs about 1g. For the mum-to-be, she’s going to need A LOT of rest.
Week 9: A kidney bean, with muscles developing apace. You might start to look more ‘pregnant’ from now onwards.
Week 10: An olive; 3g and 3mm in length. Tuck in! Mums will notice an increase in their appetite-levels.
Week 11: The size of a fig – twice as big as the previous week. Hopefully, however, morning sickness is beginning to subside.
Week 12: A lime – the embryo continues to increase in size rapidly. This is around the time a lot of mums-to-be announce their pregnancies.
Week 13: Almost the length of a pea-pod and weighing around 23g. Mums should make sure they’re having enough water in order to stay hydrated.
Week 14: Like a lemon; you should have had your first scan by now. Keep comfy with loose-fitting clothing.
Week 15: The foetus is now an apple! Try to eat small meals at regular intervals to keep hunger at bay without over-eating.
Week 16: The size of an avocado and an impressive 100g. Mums will start to notice their baby’s movements from this stage onward.
Week 17: Weighing in at 140g, the baby is now a… turnip! Mums may find sleeping more difficult.
Week 18: About the length of a bell pepper – the foetus is beginning to look more like a baby too. The expectant mother, sadly, will still be battling fatigue.
Week 19: A mango – and one who is developing bone mass. Mums need to look out for backache and pelvic issues.
Week 20: A banana; already 300g and 16.5cm long. You’re at the half-way point!
Week 21: A carrot of some 26.5cm in length. This is about the time you’ll have your detailed anomaly scan. Most mums say it’s a little nerve-racking, but for the vast majority it’s nothing more than confirmation that everything is healthy and well.
Week 22: A small butternut squash – and gradually looking more and more like a ‘real baby’. Your own mood swings will start to settle.
Week 23: A melon. The baby will reach half a kilo at this stage. You’ll find you’re going to the toilet… A LOT!
Week 24: Although you’ll want them in there for as long as possible, the large corn-on-the-cob-sized baby is now potentially viable outside of the womb. Your own energy levels might drop.
Week 25: The size of a swede and growing more hair and building up fat stores. The mama, meanwhile, could feel a little uncomfortable as her uterus stretches.
Week 26: A red cabbage – complete with eyelashes. Your back will be feeling the strain of pregnancy.
Week 27: The end of trimester two! The baby is now a cauliflower and has an active brain. The mother-to-be needs to keep drinking plenty of water.
Right now, you are living in a world of anticipation as you patiently wait for the arrival of your new baby.  
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