After discovering that you are pregnant, it will be but natural for you to be anxious to know more about the different pregnancy stages. Well! As intimidating as it might sound, pregnancy is one of the most beautiful periods in a woman’s life.
Pregnancy can be divided into three pregnancy trimesters. Each trimester lasts approximately three months each. With each trimester the mother-to-be experiences different bodily changes. Different emotions and advancing physical signs of pregnancy differentiate one trimester from the other.
It would be best if you can maintain a pregnancy journal. This journal also called the pregnancy calendar can be downloaded free of cost from websites over the Internet. This calendar helps one know the most appropriate time to conceive, record the time for tests and calculate the pregnancy due date. You can also calculate the due date with the help of a pregnancy calculator. If you don’t have this calculator, download one to help you keep a better track of your dates.
Let us now move on to the details of each stage of pregnancy.
- The first stage of pregnancy also called the first trimester brings with it several changes. The first pregnancy symptoms include exhaustion, nausea, and swelling in your breasts. You might also need to rush to the bathroom more frequently than before. During the first month, the baby starts to show a heartbeat. The limbs of the baby begin to develop. In the second month, that is after seven weeks of the pregnancy period are complete; the baby starts to develop vital organs and facial features.
- It is very important to be very careful of one’s diet and do regular exercise during this period. You also need to visit your healthcare specialist as per schedule.
- In the second trimester, the baby grows at a rapid pace. The baby develops a stronger heartbeat and body hair by the end of the sixteenth week. Morning sickness and fatigue reduces in this trimester. In some women, the desire for sex increases during the second trimester. This is because of the increased blood flow to the breasts and the sexual organs that lead to heightened sensation. The fetus begins to respond to the environment and the noises around during this stage. Your baby is now around 11 to 14 inches long and weighs approximately 1 ½ pounds.
- By the time you reach the third pregnancy stage, you are bound to become impatient. While both you and your partner are waiting to hold the baby in your arms, don’t forget to start preparing your home for the newborn. Physically, the third trimester is the most uncomfortable. Backache, cramps, heartburn and the frequent urination during these months can exhaust you completely. Some woman also experience Braxton-Hicks contractions of the uterus. The baby in the last month of pregnancy weighs seven to eight pounds and is more than 20 inches long. It responds to light and even closes and opens its eyes. The head settles into the pelvic canal anywhere between 37 and 40 weeks. After that it is ready to come into the world.
Knowledge about the various pregnancy stages can help you handle your pregnancy period better.