Be it the morning sickness, mood swings or the enthusiasm to welcome that little bundle of joy, pregnancy can be full of wondrous and wearisome challenges. Are you eager to know what happens to you and your baby during the different phases of pregnancy?
Well, pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks. For the ease of understanding, this has been further grouped into 3 trimesters.
1. First Trimester – Week 1 to Week 12
Missing on your period is the first sign that your pregnant. This is the time when your body undergoes many changes. You might even need to make a few alterations to your daily routine. By the end of 12 weeks, most of your baby’s vital organs begin to grow. The umbilical cord will be clearly visible now as you undergo your ultrasound. Some early symptoms that you may experience include –
- Nausea and heightened sense of smell
- Extreme Tiredness
- Breast changes
- Craving or distaste for certain food items
- Headache accompanied with weight gain
2. Second Trimester – Week 13 to Week 28
Since you have already had it for 12 weeks now, this phase may seem like a cake walk. But that certainly does not mean that the need to keep yourself informed about your pregnancy has declined. A few of your early symptoms may seem to fade away during this phase. Your abdomen will expand to make more room for your growing baby. Your baby will also begin to move and start gaining weight by the end of 28 weeks as it begins to store fat now. Symptoms may include –
- Back and body aches
- Stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts or thighs
- Swollen ankles and fingers and your changing shape
- Patches of darker skin on your cheeks or forehead
- Breathlessness and emotional discomfort
3. Third Trimester – Week 29 – Week 40
You are almost there now. Some of your discomforts might increase. Since the baby is getting bigger, your organs will tend to feel more pressure. Difficulty in breathing or having the urge to use the bathroom often is very common. The baby’s bones are fully formed now and the vital organs are also ready to function. Some of the symptoms might include –
- Contractions which may seem like real or false labor
- Tender breasts
- Sticking out of your belly button
- Trouble sleeping and growing fatigue
4. Welcome the baby
Your cervix will become thin and softer now to help your vagina open up. Your baby is considered to be fully grown now and is ready to begin the journey called ‘life’.
Remember, just as each woman is different, so is each pregnancy. If you have been pregnant before, this term might seem an entirely different experience altogether. But there is surely nothing to be alarmed about. Stay calm and focused though you might want to hire an event planner and throw a bash to welcome your baby!
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