Pregnancy Stages What Does It Mean To Me?


Congratulations you have taken your pregnancy test and you have found out that you are now pregnant. Your family is excited and is wondering how far along you are. There are three stages to your pregnancy what does this mean to you?

Your pregnancy is measured in trimesters, starting from the first day of your last menstrual period, totaling 40 weeks. The first trimester of pregnancy is week 1 through week 12. The second trimester is week 13 to week 27. And the third trimester of pregnancy spans from week 28 to the birth.

Pregnancy facts that you need to know are:

First trimester (week 1-week 12)

During the first trimester your body undergoes hormonal changes that effect every organ system in your body. You may experience any of the following:

Extreme tiredness
Upset stomach
Cravings or distaste for certain foods

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@ iStock Photo/RichLegg

Mood swings
Weight gain or loss

Fortunately, most of these discomforts will go away as you enter other trimesters of your pregnancy.
Second trimester (week 13-week 28)

You can now see your baby growing inside of you. You might notice that symptoms like nausea and fatigue are going away. Your abdomen will expand as the baby continues to grow and your weight will increase. You should start to feel your baby beginning to move!

You may experience an increase in body aches, stretch marks , carpal tunnel syndrome


Third Trimester(week 29-week 40)

The third trimester is an exciting time. Some of the same discomforts you had in your second trimester will continue. You may find that you have difficulty breathing and notice that you have to go to the bathroom frequently This is a result of the baby getting bigger and your baby is putting more pressure on your organs. Remember you are close to the final countdown!
Learn more about surviving your third trimester.

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