Are you a Pregnant or Expecting a Baby? The Stages of Pregnancy
If you had been looking forward to become pregnant, then the news that you are pregnant can make you really excited. Pregnancy can be a very special time for you. As soon as you know that you are pregnant, or even if you are preparing to become so, it is wise to know all ins and outs. What you should eat, and what not? What all you should do, and what not? And finally when it is confirmed that you are pregnant, then it is also essential to know the different stages of pregnancy and what can you expect in different stages. Here we list down a broad outline of different stages of pregnancy:
The First Stage of Being Pregnant
First stage comprises the first three months of your pregnancy. Some women experience nasty symptoms in the first stage. You can experience some or all of the listed symptoms include morning sickness, fatigue, stress, sore breasts, headaches, and nausea.
Sometimes, there are also signs of stress in women visible, during early pregnancy. Some short term stress is natural as you prepare yourself for a new arrival, and adjust your life accordingly; but a long term stress can harm potentially to you and your baby. In such cases, you should not fail to consult your doctor.
You can also get cramps in early stages, very similar to dysmenorrheal, which many women get during monthly periods.
As you come closer to the second trimester, your uterus is now shaped like a grapefruit and your baby is the size of a cherry.
You would need to be careful with your prenatal care and dietary routine at this time. Exercising is important; exercise regularly, but not heavy ones. It is better to talk to your doctor regarding the kind of exercise you can do.
The Second Stage of Being Pregnant
Third to sixth month off your pregnancy falls in the second trimester. Your belly might start to show at this point, and you may have to go through some sleeping disorders.
Your baby, during this stage, develops hairs all over the body. Your baby also undergoes many other developments. The senses are developed, and he or she can distinguish light from darkness. The baby can recognize even your voice, and is around 10” in size.
The Third Stage of Being Pregnant
This last three months of pregnancy, falls under the third trimester. By now you should start preparing for delivery. Your belly inflates to the maximum extent. At this stage, you might get back pains due to wait of growing belly. You might have to go for urination more frequently.
You can consider joining childbirth and breast feeding classes now. The classes make you more confident and help you to prepare mentally for the big day.
As for your baby is concerned, he or she is fully developed and all her vital organs are working. The lungs are the only part which continues to develop, till the time of birth and after that too. You can start the countdown, as you come more and more near to your due date.