Understanding Different Pregnancy Stages
Soon after the delight of discovering that “I am pregnant” the mothers want to discover what is going to happen during the different pregnancy stages.
There are three pregnancy stages called trimesters. Each one lasts for about three months of the pregnancy and involves bringing new changes to your body, the development of the baby and your relationships with your partner and those around you.
Each of these stages can have very different physical and emotional effects on the mother-to-be. This article will explain in detail the emotional and physical changes you can expect during your pregnancy.
Each pregnancy stage is accompanied with many changes in both the mother and the baby, and the better understanding of these changes helps to enjoy them more.
The initial trimester is of course the beginning of the pregnancy. This stage is often characterized by hormonal changes that would cause bowel movements, increased emotional sensitivity, vomiting, dizziness and increased fatigues. The mother should also be extra careful against any sickness to protect the health of the baby as well.
During these twelve weeks of the first stage, the baby grows from two tiny cells to about seven centimeters long fetus with many of its organs(including heart) in the functioning position. Obviously this gives a deep effect on the mother’s body.
This usually returns to normal in the second trimester.During the second stage the baby polishes its body functions and goes on to develop rapidly. In the middle of this pregnancy stage the sex of the baby can be determined. At the end of this stage the baby is about thirty five centimeter long and weighs about more than 1 kilogram.
During this stage, the body of the mother starts shoring some signs of baby bump. The mother also starts to feel the movement of the baby in the womb. Personal hygiene should be closely monitored. It is also recommended to take extra sources of calcium for the skeletal growth of the baby.
The third stage of pregnancy is the third trimester and this can seem like the longest. Counted from the 28th week to the 40th week, the third trimester usually seems to drag on even though it lasts 16 weeks just as the first two trimesters.
Proper rest and diet should be practiced by the mother. This is the stage before the actual labor of the mother. When at this stage, the mother should avoid doing many physical activities that involve heavy weights.
The organs of the baby have become strong enough to survive on their own. The weight of the baby varies a lot here but on the average it is almost three kgs and about fifty centimeters in length. You will again feel tired and exhausted, but now because of carrying the baby.
The expecting mother should also understand how to prepare for the labor and actual delivery. Some signs of labor include diarrhea, cramps, back ache, dilation of the cervix, and uterine contractions.
Frequent urination, an increase in vaginal discharge, and experiencing contractions are to be expected. It is quite obvious that each stage of pregnancy is a unique and miraculous experience. If you are pregnant or are supporting someone who is pregnant, try to enjoy each stage of pregnancy as it comes and remember that no pregnancy lasts forever and it will be over before you know it.