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Weeks 1-4
Weeks 1-4 Fertilisation occurs
and a ball of quickly multiplying
cells embeds itself in the lining
of the uterus.…read more

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Week 5
The mass of cells is developing
fast and becomes an embryo.
For many women the first sign
of pregnancy is a missed period.…read more

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Week 6-7
The embryo officially becomes a
foetus. It is about the size of a baked
bean and its spine and nervous
system begin to form.
The baby's heart is beginning to
develop. Morning sickness and other
side effects of early pregnancy may
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Week 8-9
It is quite common to have a first
scan at this stage if the woman has
had a previous miscarriage or
bleeding.
Women who may be at higher risk of
passing on sickle cell anaemia and
thalassaemia should be offered a
blood test before 10 weeks.…read more

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Week 11
The umbilical cord is fully
formed providing nourishment
and removing waste products.
The foetus looks fully human
now.…read more

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