Pregnancy Development Stages And Symptoms

Pregnancy Development Stages And Symptoms

Generally a typical pregnancy lasts 40 weeks from the first day of LMP or last menstrual period to the child birth. Preganancy is divided into 3 trimesters – first trimester, second trimester, and third trimester.

First Trimester

From the day of Conception to about the 12th week of pregnancy is generally known as the first trimester.

The first trimester signs may be

A missed period.

Nausea  or morning sickness

Frequent urination

Tender, swollen breasts.

Nipples may protrude.

Extreme fatigue

Cravings or aversion to certain foods

Mood swings

Constipation

Headache

Heartburn

Weight gain or loss

Some times you need to revise your daily routine due the symptoms you experience in your first trimester. Some women need to go to bed earlier or eat and the other need frequent or smaller meals. The symptoms may vary from women to women.  Some may experience a lot of discomfort, and others may not feel any at all.

Second Trimester

From 13th week to 28th week is considered as the Second trimester.

when a women enters the second trimester nausea or morning sickness and fatigue may disappear. There will be a lot of changes to the body. The bump starts to grow due to growing baby inside the bump. You may feel the baby movements by the end of the second trimester.

In second trimester you may notice the following symptoms

Back, abdomen, groin, or thigh pains

Skin Darkening around your nipples

Stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, thighs, or buttocks

Numb or tingling of hands

Itching on the abdomen, palms, and soles of the feet.

Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face.

A line on the skin running from belly button to pubic hairline (linea nigra)

Third Trimester

From 29th week to week 40 or till birth is considered as the third trimester

Along with the second trimester discomforts the new one will also start, as the baby is growing and causing more pressure on your internal organs, you may feel difficulty in breathing and have to urinate more frequently. This is normal and once you give birth these problems should go away.

In the third or final trimester symptoms include

Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face.

Hemorrhoids

Tender breasts and leaking of watery pre-milk called colostrum

Your belly button may protrude

The baby “dropping,” or moving lower in your abdomen

Contractions, a sign of real or false labor

shortness of breath,

heartburn, and difficulty sleeping

Now you have come know the stages in pregnancy and the symptoms in each stage. If you are pregnant and facing these symptoms and then take proper care and consult doctor if needed.

Have a healthy pregnancy