What to Expect in Each Trimester of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers. However, it can also be overwhelming, especially for first-time mothers. In this blog, we'll explore what to expect in each trimester of pregnancy.
First Trimester (Week 1-12):
The first trimester is when the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus and starts to grow. During this time, expectant mothers may experience morning sickness, fatigue, and breast tenderness. It’s important during all stages of pregnancy to eat a healthy diet and take prenatal vitamins as directed by your obstetrician (OB). Expectant mothers should also avoid smoking, alcohol, and drugs.
Second Trimester (Week 13-28):
The second trimester is often referred to as the "honeymoon" phase of pregnancy. During this time, many women experience increased energy and a decrease in morning sickness (YAY!). The baby's movements become more frequent and noticeable. This is also when the baby's sex can be determined through an ultrasound. Expectant mothers may experience some discomfort as their body changes and the baby grows.
Third Trimester (Week 29-40):
The third trimester is when the baby grows the most and gains weight rapidly. Expectant mothers may experience Braxton Hicks contractions, back pain, and difficulty sleeping. They may also experience swelling in the legs, feet, and hands. As the due date approaches, the baby may drop lower in the pelvis, making it easier to breathe but increasing the need to urinate. It is important to prepare for labor and delivery during this time.
Each trimester of pregnancy comes with its own set of challenges and changes. However, with proper prenatal care and attention to one's health and well-being, expectant mothers can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.