Receiving the ultrasound scan print-out of the tiny life growing inside you is probably the most unbelievable experience. If this is your first step into the most wondrous journey of your life, let us give you a quick run-down on what is going to happen in the next nine months. Pregnancy stages are divided into weeks, also known as trimesters. At the beginning, you will not notice that big of a change to your physical appearance but there are certainly a lot of things happening within. Let’s take a closer look at what happens at each trimester and what you should be expecting at each stage.
- First Trimester (0-12 weeks) This is the most critical stage of your pregnancy where the placenta develops to transfer nutrients from you to your baby and waste transfer from the baby. The brain, spinal cord, central nervous system tissue is formed at this time as well. What’s more, this is when the skin, facial features, sensory organs, bones and limbs are developed.What to expect: Fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, morning sickness and to be 1 to 1.5kg heavier.
- Second Trimester (13-27 weeks) At this stage, your baby is growing fast and your baby’s movement can be felt by you. The baby’s skin goes through rapid growth with the eyebrows, eyelashes and nails beginning to grow. Your baby’s heartbeat can also be heard by a stethoscope and the sex of your baby can be determined. What to expect: Food cravings, food/smell aversions, pregnancy glow, baby’s movements and to be 6 to 7.5kg heavier.
- Third Trimester (28-40 weeks) You’re getting closer to the finish line!Now, your baby is about 36cm long and weighs between 900 to 1,800g. He gets increasingly active and responds to external stimuli, including sound, pain and light. What to expect: Backaches, Braxton Hicks contractions, spotting/bleeding, enlarged breasts and to be about 12 to 17kg heavier.
Did you know? 25% of pregnant mums never experience morning sickness!
Throughout these nine months, you’re sure to experience many more changes, so embrace them as it happens, as that’s all part and parcel of the process. Our advise to you would be to love this part of your womanhood and always marvel at how your body is supporting the life of another that is growing inside of you. Got a question or two on pregnancy? Write to us below!