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Home > Trying to Conceive
So you’re thinking about trying to conceive? Congratulations! That exciting ‘blue line’ moment could be here before you know it! When it comes to preparing for pregnancy, we’re here to help you with all the advice you need for getting your pregnancy plan sorted. Whether it’s diet, timings or real support along the way, there are thousands of mums here at Karimums who understand the wonderful journey you’re about to embark on – so get excited!
Pre-pregnancy diet and lifestyle
Getting your body ready to carry new life doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful, which is good news. It’s about looking after yourself, living a healthy lifestyle and making nutritious food choices pre-pregnancy ... that goes for your partner too! It’s not really a diet for pregnancy as such; just making sure that you’re both getting a well-balanced variety of all the food groups, and doing some sort of exercise every day – even if it’s just a brisk walk.
Trying to quit!
Speaking of healthy habits, if you (or your partner) are smokers, now’s the time to take that leap and quit. Smoking can reduce your chances of conceiving, so what better incentive to quit than helping you make a little baby?
Signs of ovulation
When you’re feeling healthy, fit and fine, that’s the best time to get pregnant. It’s also good to understand your ovulation cycle. There are ways that you can work out when you ovulate and calculate your fertile window, as well as other signs of ovulation – such as the cervical mucus method, the basal body temperature method, and using ovulation predictor kits (or OPKs).
What our community says about trying to conceive
Home > First Trimester
Congratulations, you're pregnant! Your big moment is finally here and you must be thrilled to bits. If you're not sure how many weeks pregnant you are, our pregnancy calculator can help you work out your due date - and of course, we're here to help you too, with all of our first trimester information. Don't stress if you don't know your pregnancy dates yet, you usually have a dating scan at 5-8 weeks to confirm your due date.
If you’d like to track your baby’s progress and your body’s changes throughout pregnancy week by week, make sure you sign up to our weekly pregnancy emails. Sharing the journey together is a whole lot of fun!
Your first trimester baby
Your little one will grow from the size of a tadpole or lentil bean to the size of a ripe plum (around 5cm long) in the first trimester, graduating from an embryo to a foetus. Its heart will begin to develop and it will start to look a lot more human too ... you'll even get your first snapshot at 12 weeks pregnant.
Early pregnancy symptoms
As for your pregnancy symptoms, they're not all bad! Your period will be gone but there'll be a little fatigue and possibly moodiness ... you might notice sensitive breasts, a shrinking bladder, nausea and even the infamous morning sickness. What are you experiencing in your first trimester? Do you have any remedies or tips? Remember to add a post to share and get support from other mums, or ask our Careline of mums, midwives, dietitians and a nutritionist.
Visiting your doctor
Most importantly, visit your doctor straight away. They'll take you through a series of blood tests to check your blood group, antibody levels and all-important iron levels. They will also do blood tests called Antenatal Screening tests and will give you a referral for your first dating ultrasound.
What our community says about first trimester
4 weeks pregnant
The first weeks of pregnancy are so exciting. You might not even know that you're pregnant until now! Share your journey and ask any questions about being four weeks pregnant and if you're further along, add your own pregnancy advice for other mums!
5 weeks pregnant
Wow, you're five weeks pregnant! How are you feeling? It isn't unusual to have slight cramping, swollen breasts and a very persistent bladder. Share your journey and ask as many questions as you need about week 5 of pregnancy.
6 weeks pregnant
At six weeks pregnant, baby is a teeny tadpole. You might be starting to get a bit grumpy, especially if you're experiencing morning sickness. Share your journey and ask questions about week 6 of pregnancy or add your own pregnancy tips for other mums.
7 weeks pregnant
At seven weeks pregnant, baby is growing rapidly and the lungs are just starting to form. Food might taste different and you may have continuing nausea. Have you noticed this, or any other symptoms? Share your week 7 pregnancy journey with us!
8 weeks pregnant
This is when it starts to feel real: the week 8 ultrasound. Seeing your little peanut couldn't be more exciting. You might be feeling tired, nauseous. How are you finding week 8 of pregnancy? Add a post to share your journey with us!
9 weeks pregnant
Your embryo is now as big as an olive! Your belly might be starting to swell. Share your week 9 pregnancy stories with other mums below and ask any questions by adding a post – there's no question too big or small!
10 weeks pregnant
Your embryo becomes a foetus this week, growing to the size of a brazil nut. You need more fuel than usual too, so eat if you're hungry! What are you craving? Share your week 10 pregnancy stories and ask any questions below by adding a post.
11 weeks pregnant
Your little one is starting to look like a tiny human now. Any nausea you've been having may start to settle too. Share your week 11 pregnancy stories with us and ask any questions below by adding a post. Feel free to add your own pregnancy tips too!
12 weeks pregnant
Wow, you're officially three months pregnant! It's often the first time you'll see an obstetrician or midwife and see baby up close at your 12 week scan. Share your week 12 pregnancy stories and scans with other mums below, and ask as many questions as you need.
Home > Second Trimester
Welcome to the middle part of your pregnancy, the second trimester! This is said to be the most energetic and comfortable trimester on the pregnancy calendar for mums-to-be, so if you’re between 13 and 26 weeks, we’re here to help you enjoy the ride. It’s time for healthy, glossy tresses and that enviable pregnancy ‘glow’ ... how are you feeling? If you’re going through it right now, make a post and tell us all about it.
Don’t forget, if you want to track your baby’s progress during pregnancy week by week, make sure you sign up to our weekly pregnancy emails. You’ll find out all about this trimester, and the next!
Your second trimester baby
Your little one is busy getting much bigger. At 13 weeks pregnant, it’ll be the size of a peach and grow to the size of an iceberg lettuce by week 26 - wow! There’ll be many milestones for baby in the second trimester. Its lungs will take shape, it’ll develop tastebuds and its tiny little fingernails and toenails will form ... even fingerprints can be taken by the end. He or she will develop a fine hair called lanugo that covers all over its body, and by the end of the second trimester, you should be feeling baby kicking about. Have you felt any kicks or ‘butterflies’ yet?
Second trimester pregnancy symptoms
Your pregnancy symptoms should tend to ease off a little and you’ll probably find you have a lot more energy to play with ... yes! You might be salivating more and prone to an irritated, stuffy nose, which is common. There’s also the big 20-week scan to look forward to, so remember to share your scan photos with us here on Karimums.
What our community says about second trimester
13 weeks pregnant
At 13 weeks, your belly may be starting to show! Any nausea you've experienced might start to settle – how are you feeling in week 13 of pregnancy? Share your stories, scans and pictures with other Karimums and ask as many questions as you need below.
14 weeks pregnant
At week 14 of pregnancy, your energy levels might start to make a comeback. You'll almost certainly have a little baby bump and you may start to get a dark line down your belly called the Linea Nigra. Have you experienced this or any other symptoms at 14 weeks pregnant?
15 weeks pregnant
Week 15 is about the time you start getting your pregnancy 'glow'! Baby's fingernails are developing and facial features are clearly defined – can you believe he or she weighs around 80 grams? Share stories and ask questions about week 15 of pregnancy below.
16 weeks pregnant
Baby is on the move and you may start to feel butterflies in your tummy around week 16. Add a post to share stories and ask questions about week 16 of pregnancy here.
17 weeks pregnant
Welcome to week 17! By now baby's sex organs are completely formed, so you're closer to finding out if you're carrying a *he* or *she*. For you, there'll be sweating and a runny nose. What week 17 pregnancy symptoms are you experiencing?
18 weeks pregnant
You've just hit week 18 and you might feel baby move – aww! Tastebuds are forming and your little one now weighs around 200 grams (a block of chocolate)! Share your stories about week 18 of pregnancy with other mums and ask all your questions below.
19 weeks pregnant
In week 19, baby's muscles are developing! Say bye to your waist and hello to a big tummy and maybe backaches, skin pigment changes and what we like to call 'pregnancy brain'. What week 19 symptoms of pregnancy are you having?
20 weeks pregnant
You're officially five months pregnant! By now you might've felt baby move - he or she is putting on more muscle and having a great time testing it out. You'll see more of this at your 20 week scan, too. Share your week 20 pregnancy stories with other mums here.
21 weeks pregnant
At 21 weeks, you're well and truly popping. Baby's brain is developing quickly and you may start to get heartburn and/or indigestion. Whether you're going through week 21 of pregnancy right now or have been through it already, share your stories with us below.
22 weeks pregnant
There's a lot going on at 22 weeks. Baby now has eyebrows and possibly head hair! Mums-to-be might feel strangely calm and a little bit, well, heavy (you will gain weight more rapidly in the second trimester). Ask questions or share your week 22 pregnancy stories with us. We are here to help.
23 weeks pregnant
Oh week 23 of pregnancy. If it isn't your belly, it's your bladder getting in the way! Baby's brain is maturing and little one weighs around 600 grams. There's a chance you might feel mild practice labour contractions called Braxton Hicks. Have you had any symptoms?
24 weeks pregnant
You're on the home stretch! At 24 weeks (or 6 months pregnant) baby is getting much bigger and its lungs are still being developed. You might feel a little faint when you lie on your back as blood pressure tends to drop. How are you finding week 24 of pregnancy?
25 weeks pregnant
Baby is due to start putting the pressure on in week 25. You might get pains down the sides of your tummy as the uterus stretches. Bub looks pretty much like a baby at birth and has developed its own sleeping patterns. Share your week 25 pregnancy stories!
26 weeks pregnant
Your clever baby can now detect light, smell and sound - even recognise voices! He or she is stocking up on fat and muscle, so make sure you get lots of rest. Share your stories and questions about week 26 of pregnancy with other Karimums below.
Home > Third Trimester
It’s time for a big round of applause ... you’ve just hit your third trimester - the final one! Needless to say you must be thrilled to bits about meeting your little one soon. We’re here to help you nut out your third trimester pregnancy symptoms, as well as fill you in on your baby’s progress during this last stage of pregnancy week by week. How big is your belly? Are you ready to pop? Share your bump photos with us along the way.
If you’d like to keep tracking your baby’s progress and the changes to your body in the third trimester, remember to sign up for our weekly pregnancy and post-birth emails.
Your third trimester baby
What starts off around the size of an eggplant at 27 weeks pregnant, may well end up being bigger than a watermelon at birth! We’re talking about your baby, of course, who in the third trimester will open its eyes for the first time and often triple in weight. The finishing touches are being put on the lungs and digestive tract, while all other organs are fully formed.
Third trimester pregnancy symptoms
As for your pregnancy symptoms, you might be feeling tired, so it’s important to rest every minute you can. If sleep isn’t happening, try lying on your side with three pillows – one between your knees, one behind your back and one under your head. Or have you got any tips to share for getting a good night’s sleep? Things like muscle and leg cramps, swelling, heartburn and acidic tummy pains are all fairly normal now too, but if you have any concerns, always check with your doctor just in case.
What our community says about third trimester
27 weeks pregnant
In week 27, it's all about baby's brain development and breathing movements. The tiny person in your tummy will start to make its first little breath-like movements! Share your stories about week 27 of pregnancy with other Karimums below and ask any questions you need.
28 weeks pregnant
Baby weighs just over 1kg now! During week 28 of pregnancy, baby's eyes are partially open, it is covered with vernix (a waxy substance that moisturisers baby's skin and facilitates birth) and it may even be hiccupping! Share your stories at 28 weeks here.
29 weeks pregnant
Baby's breath-like movements are becoming more regular in week 29 of pregnancy. He or she is definitely looking rounder and cuddly - like an actual baby! You may be sleep deprived and feeling uncomfortable or faint at times (a pillow under the right hip usually helps).
30 weeks pregnant
In week 30 of pregnancy, baby's eyes are open and you might feel your baby's hiccups! Braxton Hicks practice contractions may become common too.
31 weeks pregnant
In week 31, baby can blink! The brain is active and bub's awake and sleeping patterns may be opposite to yours (they like to be 'rocked' to sleep while you're up and about). You might have pregnancy stripes (or stretch marks). Share your week 31 pregnancy stories!
32 weeks pregnant
Baby's lungs are much stronger in week 32 but still not ready yet. He or she is getting plumper by the day! The end is in sight and you might be getting over being pregnant – hold on mums-to-be! Share your week 32 pregnancy stories and questions here.
33 weeks pregnant
Baby weighs about 2kgs now and he or she is almost ready to go – just a little bit more fat and coating on the lungs is all it needs. Your belly button is probably popping out! Share your week 33 pregnancy stories and questions here.
34 weeks pregnant
Practice makes perfect, and baby is doing a whole lot of perfecting in week 34 of pregnancy. Breathing movements, blinking, turning, stretching out, grabbing its hands – there's almost no room left to move. Add your week 34 pregnancy story here.
35 weeks pregnant
You're nearly there now! Baby now has toenails, and fingernails so long that it can scratch itself! You might be swollen everywhere. How are you finding week 35 of pregnancy? Have you gone up a shoe size? Share stories here!
36 weeks pregnant
Most babies are head down, ready for launch! Lungs are still being finished in week 36 of pregnancy, and he or she has put on lots of fat. You might feel breathless and dizzy, even get what feels like a stitch. How are you finding week 36?
37 weeks pregnant
Baby is still busy putting on weight and its tiny lungs are getting ready for the world. Rest and sleep now, as much as you can. What other advice would you give to mums in week 37?
38 weeks pregnant
It's full steam ahead from week 38 of pregnancy onwards. Baby is said to be full term now, and thanks to your uterus, you might experience aches and pains. What symptoms did you experience in week 38 of pregnancy? Share your stories and questions here.
39 weeks pregnant
In week 39, baby's growth is slowing down in preparation for birth. The mucus plug could release soon (which means labour could start within hours), or those faux Braxton Hicks contractions may be having fun with you. What were your first signs of labour?
40 weeks pregnant
Your baby is due! Week 40 is the due date week and baby is now ready to be born. Remember an exact 'due date' is based on averages, so it's easy to be early or overdue. Are you still in week 40 of pregnancy and overdue? Hang in there, not long now!
Home > Labour & Birth
The big day has finally arrived. You’re nervous, excited and ready for anything ... then again, you’re not feeling ready at all! So what is giving birth actually like? We’ve got thousands of mums who’ll tell you all about their own labour and birth experiences - just add a post and ask! Of course, we’re here to help take away your worries about childbirth too, from the first signs of labour to the joy of having your baby.
First stage of labour
The first stage of labour is divided into two phases: ‘early’ and ‘established’ labour. Early labour can last from 6 hours to 2+ days, and your cervix dilates up to 4cm (don’t be scared, it does sound like a long time!). It might start when your ‘waters break’, but this isn’t always the case. Early labour is characterised by irregular cramping and mild contractions that slowly increase in strength, length and frequency, until you’re in established labour. In established labour, your cervix dilates from 4cm up to 10cm - and you won’t be able to talk through your contractions anymore!
Before the next stage starts, there’s a period called the ‘transition’. This is usually between 8-10cm dilated and it’s quite common for you to feel overwhelmed, like you can’t go on, or want more pain relief ... quick, give me everything, now! Hang in there, because before you know it, you’ll be onto your second stage of labour.
Second stage of labour
This is the ‘pushing’ stage - when you’re 10cm dilated and it’s time for baby to come out. You may notice that the contractions are less painful because you’re too busy focusing on pushing!
Third stage of labour
The third stage of labour means your baby is now born! You’ll be happy and so in love beyond words, but you still need to deliver your placenta and membrane sack. Don’t worry - there are no bones or body so it isn’t as hard as birthing baby. There are two ways to do this: the natural or physiological method, or the active management method. Make sure you discuss these options with your midwife and include it in your birth plan before the big day.
What our community says about labour & birth
Home > Baby 0-6 Months
Hello cutey! Your little bundle of joy has arrived and is getting used to the ‘outside’ world. Don’t be surprised if all your month-old baby wants to do is sleep all the time ... they have just spent the last nine months snuggled up inside your peaceful womb, after all.
Your baby’s development
In the first six months, you’ll get to witness your baby’s first beautiful smiles! Your little one will most likely lift its head, start to track objects with its eyes, laugh and giggle – even start ‘gooing’ at you in full baby conversation! Then, before you know it, they’ll be endlessly on the move...
Newborn baby routine
The important thing to establish early on is settling your newborn baby into a feed-play-sleep routine, usually between six and eight weeks old. This can often be easier said than done, but keep persisting and above all else, remember that it’s always ok to ask for help.
Breast feeding your baby
Although we mums seem perfectly designed for breast feeding, it can take a little while to get the hang of. You might be wondering things like whether your baby’s getting enough milk and how to increase your milk supply, so make sure you read our breast feeding ‘how to’ guide to help get you started. Then by the time your baby is around six months old, it’ll be time to start thinking about introducing solids ... oh how they grow!
Bonding and tummy time
In the first six months, bonding time with your baby is one of the greatest joys as a new parent. Things like getting as much skin-to-skin contact as possible and sharing lots of cuddles with your baby is an amazing feeling! Giving them plenty of supervised tummy time from the start is also important to strengthen your baby’s muscles and help them gain head and body control.
What our community says about this stage
Home > Baby 7-12 Months
By seven months old, your little baby isn’t so little anymore! For starters, they’ll most likely be on big boy (or girl) food, having three small meals per day, followed by their milk feeds. If you’re still breast feeding, that means around four feeds a day, or if you’re bottle feeding, it may be time to get your baby used to a sippy cup.
Your baby’s development
Where have the past six months gone? It’s hard to believe how fast they grow, and your baby is getting stronger by the day. We bet they’re having fun bouncing up and down on your lap and laughing with you! In the first 12 months, your little one will most likely go from being able to sit without your help, to shuffling around the floor, to crawling, to standing – to saying their first real words!
Introducing baby food
How are you going with weaning your baby? Introducing solids and finger foods can be a messy adventure, but there are two important things to remember: take things slowly, and just keep trying. When it comes to baby food, try your hand at some wholesome homemade meals and you can always freeze them for later too! Make sure you browse through our favourite recipes for some inspiration for your baby!
Games to play with baby
Lots of playtime is essential for their development, and has been since birth. Little things like reading to them every day and playing endless games of peek-a-boo will work wonders to capture their attention and help them to learn ... plus, anything to catch that gorgeous smile!
Baby’s on the move!
Between seven and 12 months old, your baby is awake more than ever before and most likely, on the move. Yes, it’s officially time to childproof the house and make sure that it’s safe for your rolly-polly cuddly bundle to get around.
What our community says about this stage
Home > Toddler
Over the last 12 months, you’ve laughed, you’ve cried, you’ve cuddled and you’ve watched your little one blossom into a fantastic tiny person ... and now, it’s time for the birthday parties to start. As of your baby’s first birthday, it’s officially time to start calling them “my toddler”. In fact, if you’re stuck for first birthday party ideas, you can read up on other mums' ideas!
Your toddler’s development
Becoming a toddler sees many major developments in your child’s body and mind. While they seem like a mini adult on the outside, they still have lots of basic skills to master. You can help their hand-eye co-ordination by giving them finger food to hold and eat by themselves – but always stay with them while they eat, in case they bite off too much.
As they grow, they’ll become increasingly active too, meaning it’s playtime every day. Sit and roll a ball back and forth with them, or start to draw pictures together. The more your toddler plays with others, the more they’ll learn how to interact, communicate and share their toys too.
Toilet training and tantrums
Now’s the time for food fights, toilet training, tantrums – you name it. Toddlers often have no control over their emotions during a tantrum, and sometimes there’s just nothing you can do to calm them down. The best thing you can do is stay calm yourself, let it run its course, and be ready to cuddle them once it’s over.
Toddler recipes and fussy eaters
And did you know that approximately half of all toddlers have fussy food habits? It’ll seem like your toddler’s tastes are changing every day, but it’s important to hang in there and persevere to give them a balanced, nutritious diet. Have a look through our toddler recipes for some tasty new inspiration, even for the fussiest of eaters!
What our community says about toddlers
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