If you’ve just found out you’re expecting a new arrival, congratulations! But if it’s your first baby, you’ll no doubt have questions about the nine months ahead. So we’ve looked at 25 important pregnancy milestones to make sure you know what to look for. From the first signs to the last push in labour, here are some things to tick off your pregnancy calendar.
25 Pregnancy Calendar Milestones
4) Emotional Rollercoaster
Your body will start to change when you’re around 9-12 weeks pregnant. Your breasts will get bigger and you might start to feel emotional. Pregnancy causes a huge change in hormones, so don’t worry if you feel very up and down and have lots of mood swings.
5) Morning Sickness
While it’s not exactly the nicest of pregnancy milestones on your pregnancy calendar, morning sickness happens to most expectant mums. Nausea in pregnancy can be horrible, but it usually stops at around 14-20 weeks.
6) The First Ultrasound
At approximately 12 weeks, you can have your first ultrasound scan. Ultrasounds are completely painless, but the gel is freezing! They let you ‘see’ your tiny baby in the womb and hear their heartbeat – now you know it’s really happening.
From pickles to ice cream, many mums-to-be have cravings when they’re pregnant. From the wonderful to just plain weird, your first craving is a happy milestone you can mark off on your pregnancy calendar.
8) Your First Baby Purchase
Shopping for your baby for the first time is one of the most exciting pregnancy milestones on your pregnancy calendar. But what will it be? A tiny hat and mittens set? A cute changing bag? Whatever you go for, make sure to grab the must-have baby items before you blow your budget!
9) My Clothes Don’t Fit!
Kiss goodbye to your favourite high-waisted jeans – for a little while, anyway. Now you need supportive bras, loose tops and some stretchy trousers. Get ready for a brand new maternity wardrobe.
10) Telling Everyone Else
You can tell people you’re pregnant whenever you like, but most people wait until after their 12-week ultrasound, when your doctor can confirm there are no abnormalities. Once you’re ready, it’s time to start spreading the good news!
11) Newsflash: Babies Are Expensive
One of the more shocking moments in your pregnancy calendar – when it dawns on you how much this tiny of bundle of joy is going to cost. Planning an extended maternity leave sounds like a lovely way to spend the early years with your little one, but remember you still have bills to pay. The cost of having a baby can be huge, so always make a baby budget – no matter your plans.
12) Keep on Movin’
A little twinge here, a small shift there – is that your baby moving? The likelihood is yes! One of our favourite pregnancy milestones will happen at around 17 weeks, when you can feel your baby wriggling around in the womb.
In case you didn’t know, carrying a baby around all day is really hard. It’s exhausting for your body, which makes insomnia in pregnancy all the more annoying. It’s important to eat a healthy diet and avoid caffeine where possible. Try to wind down before bedtime – suggest to your kind caring partner to give you a foot rub!
14) Spotted by a Stranger
How far along are you? When are you due? Is it a boy or a girl? These are just some of the many questions you’ll face when you’re pregnant. Hopefully you won’t find it too annoying because you’ll only get more attention when your baby arrives!
15) Is That a Stretch Mark?
Baby’s getting bigger and so is your bump, which can only mean one thing for your pregnancy calendar. Stretch marks are completely natural and almost every mum-to-be develops them at some stage, usually from around 20 weeks.
16) Oh, We’re Halfway There
20 weeks means you’re halfway through your pregnancy calendar. This is a very important point, as you’ll be attending your mid-pregnancy anomaly scan. The sonographer will be able to tell you there and then if they suspect any problems. Your anomaly scan can feel very daunting, so take your partner or a friend.
17) It’s a Boy! Or… It’s a Girl!
At your 20-week scan, you can also choose to hit one of the biggest pregnancy milestones – finding out the sex of your baby. You don’t have to do this, but if you’re dying to know, ask the sonographer and they can try to determine if you’re having a little boy or girl.
18) Baby Shower
It’s party time! Alcohol free, of course – but you can still eat lots of cake and play some fun baby shower games with your friends and family. Plus, we’re sure your generous loved ones will give you lots of new mum gifts to celebrate your new arrival!
23) My Waters Broke!
The more obvious sign of labour is your waters breaking. You must get in touch with your doctor or midwife if your waters break because of the increased risk of infection. They will tell you when it’s the right time to go to the hospital.
Labour’s probably one of the pregnancy milestones on your pregnancy calendar that you’d rather forget. Your birthing partner should stay nearby to give you sips of water, wipe your face and hold your hand to help you through the pain.
25) Your Baby Arrives
You did it! You’ve given birth to a beautiful baby (or babies!). We’re sure this is your favourite moment on your pregnancy calendar and it’s only going to better. Now it’s time to look forward to lots of baby cuddles, seeing their first smile and watching your little one grow.