Your Body During Pregnancy

Your Body in the 1st Trimester

The first trimester of a pregnancy is measured from 0 to 12 weeks (the first 3 months).  Your body will be adjusting to the changes it experiences as the baby grows. You may experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting and some moodiness. You may also find that you are having heart burn and increased appetite and/or cravings which may result in weight gain. This is all completely normal.  However, a large number of women do not experience any of these symptoms and that too is very normal.

During the first trimester, the baby changes from a few cells into an embryo.

Once you find out you are pregnant, you will want to begin your prenatal care to ensure both you and your baby stay healthy. You will want to discuss with your doctor any medical questions you have and what type of prenatal vitamins you should be taking.  Since the baby will be depleting nutrition from you, it is important that you take a prenatal vitamin and eat well to ensure that you feel your best.

If you do not have medical insurance or know of a doctor for your prenatal care, we can assist you in receiving medical coverage and care.

Once you know you are pregnant, it is highly recommended that you stop the use of alcohol and recreational drugs.

In the first trimester of the pregnancy, you will most likely not be noticeably pregnant to others and will not feel movement from the baby.

Your Body in the 2nd Trimester

The second trimester is measured from 13 to 25 weeks (months 4 through 6). You will hopefully find that some of the symptoms you may have experienced in your first trimester have gone away, though, this is not the case for some women.

In the second trimester, you may experience small amounts of movement (kicking) for the first time. The baby will continue to grow and you will most likely experience weight gain.  Most women begin to show by the end of the second trimester, although, this is dependent on body type, genetics and whether you have had previous pregnancies.

In the second trimester, you can receive an ultrasound to determine the gender of the baby if this is something you would like to know.

Your Body in the 3rd Trimester

The third trimester is measured from 26 to 40 weeks (7 months to delivery).  Toward the end of pregnancy, concealment of the pregnancy is difficult.  You may feel a little uncomfortable as you may begin to experience ‘false labor’. You can also register at the hospital for your delivery. We would be more than happy to assist you with this if you would like.

You will continue to experience weight gain as the baby will gain about a pound a week toward the end of the pregnancy. You may experience fatigue so you should get as much rest as possible to help you stay physically strong.  You will begin seeing the doctor more frequently until delivery. Though fictional characters on television and in movies always seem to start labor when their water break, this actually only happens in a small number of cases.  Once you deliver the baby, most women are discharged from the hospital within 24-48 hours and make a full recovery very quickly.

DISCLAIMER – The medical information given on Adoption Planners, Inc. website is of a general nature, at best. If you have questions regarding your pregnancy, they should be directed toward your doctor or a medical professional.  The information on a medical subject present on this website cannot replace the advice of a medical professional. 

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