Stages of Pregnancy

Mating Day

First day of mating.

Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs


Week 1

Fertilization occurs.

The Ebryos split to make 2 cells


Week 2

Embryo will be 4 cell at start of week and grow and divide to be 64 cells by the end of the week

Embryo enters the uterus.


Week 3

Embryos implants along uterus wall.

During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.

Her nipples begin to turn pink and enlarge.


Week 4

An ultrasound scan can be performed on day 28 to confirm pregnancy

Development of eyes and spinal cord and faces take shape.

The fur on the belly and around the nipples thins.


Week 5

You may be able to feel the little puppies -they whould be the small bumps in the abdomen.

Develpment of toes, whisker buds, and claws.

Eyes now close and gender can be determined.

The puppies are now considered fully developed miniature dogs.

She may be showing... She may also gain a little weight particularly if she is going to birth more than 1-2 puppies..


Week 6

During the last several weeks, your dog’s nutritional needs nearly double. Feed small meals several times a day.

Enlargment of mammary glands as nipples darken and enlarge.


Week 7

She may shred papers, blankets or bedding in an attempt at “nest building” in the last weeks.

Definate abdominal enlargement.

Abdomen hair will start shedding.


Week 8

Dam begins to spend a lot more time grooming herself.

Her breasts become swollen as her milk forms.

Nesting begins as she looks for a place to have her puppies...

You can feel the puppies move now.


Week 9

Watch for her temperature to drop., the temperature will drop to 37.2 or below 24 hours prior to whelping

She may also become restless, seek seclusion and in the last few days, soil the house.

She will be 'nesting' 12-24 hours before the birth