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​Keeping up with what's happening week to week

There are lots of resources out there to help you keep track of what's happening with you and your baby week by week. You can stay informed on how your baby is growing, what symptoms you might experience and there are even handy checklists to help you get organised for your new arrival.

We have rounded up some of our favourites for you:

Your pregnancy week by week on the NHS website

Babycenter week by week

The Bump pregnancy week by week

First trimester

Your first trimester runs from week 1 to week 13.

In this trimester you'll be getting used to the idea that you're pregnant and possibly feeling tired and maybe a little sick. It's important to listen to your body and get as much rest as you can.

You'll have your first midwife appointment around week 9 or 10 followed by your ultrasound scan at 12 weeks.

If you're struggling to quit cigarettes you can get help to stop smoking during pregnancy. We also have some great advice on eating well during pregnancy.

Second trimester

Your second trimester runs from week 14 to week 26.

In this trimester you may have decided to share your exciting news and your bump will be beginning to show. You may have more energy and start to feel those symptoms from the first trimester wearing off a bit. You'll also start to feel your baby move, exciting stuff.

You'll have your 16 week appointment with your midwife, your 20 week ultrasound scan and another 25 week appointment with your midwife if this is your first baby.

This might also be a good time to start thinking about booking your antenatal classes.

Third trimester

Your third trimester runs from week 27 to week 42.

In this trimester you're on the home stretch. You'll want to start preparing for the birth by organising your home, buying all the essentials, packing your hospital bag, preparing a birth plan and making a plan for when you go into labour.

You'll have a few antenatal appointments with your midwife in this trimester just to keep an eye on things before the big day.

You're likely to be feeling pretty exhausted, so put your feet up and rest as much as you can.

You're nearly there.

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