The three eventual stages of pregnancy
It is universal fact that Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, counting right from the first day of your last normal period. The weeks are calculated into three trimesters. Find out and enjoy the motherly hood of what's happening with you and your baby in these three stages.
First Trimester (week 1-week 12)
In the first trimester, your body undergoes many changes. Hormonal changes will affect nearly every organ system in your body. These changes can trigger symptoms even in the very first weeks of pregnancy. Your period stopping is a clear sign that you are pregnant. Other changes may include:
- Extreme tiredness
- Tender, swollen breasts and sometimes your nipples might also stick out
- Upset stomach with or without throwing up (morning sickness)
- Cravings or distaste for certain foods
- Mood swings
- Constipation (trouble having bowel movements)
- Must to pass urine more often
- Weight gain or loss
As your body changes, you have to make changes in your daily routine, such as going to bed earlier, in-taking frequent small meals, drinking plenty of water et al. Fortunately, most of these disquiets will go away as your pregnancy headways. And some women might not feel any disquiet at all! It is just as each woman is different, so is each pregnancy.
Second trimester (week 13-week 28)
- Most women find the second trimester of pregnancy easier than the first. But it is just as important to stay informed about your pregnancy during these months.
- Your symptoms like nausea and fatigue might go away. But you are ought to catch other new, more noticeable changes to your body in your second trimester. As babily grows, your abdomen will expand. In addition, before this trimester is over, you will feel your baby begins to move!
- As your body changes to make room for your growing baby, you may have:
- Body aches include but not just limited to: back ache, abdomen, and pain over thighs or groin area
- Stretch marks will appear on your abdomen, breasts, thighs, or buttocks
- Skin darkening will happen around your nipples
- A line on the skin will run from belly button to pubic hairline
- Patches of darker skin will appear, generally over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip and it often matches on both sides of the face, which is known as pregnancy mask
- You will feel numbness or tingling hands, called carpal tunnel syndrome
- You will feel Itching on the abdomen, palms, and soles of the feet
- You must rush to your doctor if you have routine nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue combined with itching, which may be the signs of serious liver problem
- You may get swells over your ankle part, fingers, and face. But if you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a sudden weight, go to your doctor right away hence this could be a sign of preeclampsia.
Third trimester (week 29-week 40)
Now you're in the home stretch! Some of the same disquiet you had in your second trimester will continue in your trimester too. And more, many women may find breathing difficult and notice they have to go to the loo even more often. This is purely because of the baby is growing bigger and bigger and hence adding more pressure on your uterus part and abdomen part. No need to worry, your baby is fine and such problems will lessen once you give birth.
The new body changes you might notice in your third trimester include:
- Shortness of breath and heartburn sensation
- Tender breasts, which may leak watery pre-milk called colostrum
- Your belly button may stick out
- Trouble sleeping
- The baby "dropping", or moving lower in your abdomen
- Contractions, which can be a sign of real or false pain
As your due date comes closer, your cervix becomes thinner and softer (called effacing). This is a normal, natural process that helps the birth canal (vagina) to open during the birth giving process. Your doctor will check your progress with a vaginal examination as you near your due date.