What to Expect on Your Pregnancy Calendar

December 11, 2013

Most women have a huge amount of questions after becoming pregnant. It can be difficult to accurately understand what is expected to occur in each trimester and throughout the nine months until delivering your baby. You may be wondering what symptoms to expect on a typical pregnancy calendar. Each pregnancy includes three trimesters, which involve different growth spurts for the baby as well as different symptoms that you’ll likely be experiencing.

First Trimester
The first trimester of your pregnancy consists of the first 13 weeks after conception and is considered the most crucial to the baby’s development. Many people avoid announcing their pregnancy during the first trimester because it’s the most common time for problems to occur, which mainly includes miscarriages or birth defects. The baby will begin to have organ development, as well as development of the body structure. The amniotic sac is immediately formed around the fertilised egg to protect the baby as the baby then grows to 6-7mm long in the first month. Its facial features then develop, as well as its ears. In the last month of the first trimester, the baby is fully developed and is approximately 7.5-10cm long.

The first trimester can often be the most difficult for pregnant women, as symptoms range from nausea, fatigue, tender breasts, and extreme mood swings due to the hormonal changes that begin to occur.

Second Trimester
The second trimester consists of the 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy and is widely considered the most comfortable for the mother, as the harsh symptoms experienced in the first trimester begin to subside. You can still experience symptoms like morning sickness or sensitivity to certain smells, but it will most likely not be extreme enough to disrupt your daily routine. Many women enjoy the increased levels of energy that do not require as much sleep as the first few months of pregnancy.

However new symptoms will likely begin and can include aches and pains throughout the body, heartburn, and constipation on a daily basis.

At this point, the baby will begin to become more mobile and be large enough to cause fluttering movements that you’ll likely be able to feel. This is the fastest stage of development for the baby as its nerves, organs and muscles are formed. The child will then begin to hear while also accumulating fat and have developing bones on the skeleton. In week 14, the gender can then be determined and revealed through a sonogram.

Third Trimester
The third trimester begins in the 27th week and lasts until the 40th week when delivery is expected to occur. Many women begin to feel very uncomfortable at this point in the weeks leading up to their child’s birth and may find it difficult to sleep comfortably or even walk long distances.

This is often when stretch marks begin to occur on your body as your stomach stretches to make room for your growing baby. Other symptoms that are common include hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and disruption of sleeping patterns.

The best part is knowing that the baby now begins to open its eyes in week 28 while the eyelashes have begun to form before the eyes fully open. The bones become fully developed in week 29 and the baby begins to  breathe in week 32. The baby will then begin to detect surrounding light while also having its fingernails grow in the same period before it is born in week 40.

Are you expecting? Share which week of your pregnancy calendar you’re in now!

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