During your pregnancy you will experience many changes, both emotionally and physically. It is an exciting time and you may even want to keep a journal of the changes as they occur.
Knowing what these changes are and what to expect will help eliminate the worry and anxiety that may arise.
FIRST TRIMESTER Conception to 12 weeks
» More changes occur during this trimester, both to the mother and the baby, than any other time during the pregnancy.
» The baby is more susceptible to harm from alcohol, drugs, and illnesses.
» The mother may experience nausea, heartburn/indigestion, tender breasts, headaches, or faintness.
» At the end of the first trimester, the baby will weigh approximately 1⁄2 to 1 ounce and will be 3 to 4 inches long.
SECOND TRIMESTER – 13 to 28 weeks
» This trimester is usually the most enjoyable for the mother because nausea, extreme fatigue, and breast tenderness usually subside.
» Physical changes for the mother may include: nipples getting darker; pressure on blood vessels resulting in hemorrhoids or varicose veins; and skin changes (dark splotches) occurring on the face.
» The baby’s heart and kidneys continue to develop, fingernails form, body hair develops, and periods of activity occur when the baby kicks or moves.
» The placenta and umbilical cord fully develop during this period
» At the end of the sixth month, the baby weighs approximately 1 1⁄2 pounds and is 11-14 inches long.
THIRD TRIMESTER – 29 to 40 weeks
» The mother may feel more uncomfortable as she continues to gain weight and the baby continues growing and taking up more room in the abdominal cavity.
» The baby continues developing and maturing.
» Between the 37 and 40th week the head will settle into the pelvic canal.
» During the last month the baby weighs 6-8 pounds and is 18-21 inches long.