Congratulations, you’re having a baby!
You probably have a swarm of questions. It’s entirely reasonable. Here’s a guide to help understand what you can expect during each trimester of your pregnancy – from your body changes to your little one’s growth and development.
If you’re like most women, you’re probably trying to pinpoint exactly when your baby is due. Your obstetrician will help you calculate this by counting down from the first day of your last period approximately nine months and seven days or 40 weeks.
What To Expect During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters:
- First trimester – up to week 12
- Second trimester – week 13 to week 28
- Third trimester – week 29 to week 4
During the first trimester of your pregnancy, you will start to experience many symptoms due to hormonal changes happening in your body.
- Body aches
- Cravings or distaste of certain foods
- Frequent urination
- Missed period (some spotting is normal during the first few weeks)
- Mood swings
- Morning sickness
- Sensitivity to smells
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain or loss
By the end of the first trimester, your baby will be about three inches long and barely weigh one ounce. Your baby’s legs, arms, spine, brain nerves, muscles, bones and sex organs begin to form and start working together.
During the second trimester of your pregnancy some of the initial symptoms you experienced in the first trimester like morning sickness will subside. During this second stage you will really start to see the visible changes happening to your body.
- Belly button starts to poke out
- Darkening of the skin around your nipples
- Mood swings
- Nose or gum bleeds
- Numbness in your hands and fingers
- Stretch marks on your stomach, butt, thighs or breasts
- Uneven skin tone on your face
- Urinary tract infection or vaginal infection
- Visible line from belly button to pubic area
- Weight gain (between 1-2 pounds per week)
- You’ll feel the baby move (around 18-20 weeks)
You baby’s internal organs continue to mature during the second trimester. Your little one can start to hear some sounds and become sensitive to light. You will start to feel your baby moving all around and even have hiccups. Inside your baby can now move on its own, have facial expressions and even suck its thumb.
- Frequent urination
- Irregular contractions (Braxton Hicks Contractions)
- Spider veins or varicose veins
- Swollen and tender breasts
- Vaginal discharge
- Weight gain
During the third trimester your baby is experiencing rapid growth. The waxy coating covering your baby’s body gets thicker and the fine hair begins to disappear. The hair on your baby’s head and fat begin to form. They can open and close your eyes. Brain continues to develop to get ready for life on the outside. Lungs develop and weight increases to about 7 lbs.
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