Stages of Pregnancy - Month by
Understanding the Three Trimesters of
The three distinct stages or trimesters that a woman has to go through during the nine-month
period of pregnancy have a direct bearing on both the mother and the baby. Each pregnancy stage lasts for three
months and has different emotional and physical implications.
The Three Stages of Pregnancy
Stage 1: First Trimester
The first trimester is
associated with strong emotions, ranging from over excitement to shock. It is not uncommon for women to complain
of nausea and fatigue during this stage. Other frequent complaints are morning sickness, a loss of energy,
increased weight, changes in breast size etc. More significantly, missing menstrual cycles, which are clearly
indicative of pregnancy, occur during this pregnancy stage. Since the embryo begins to develop around this time,
any ignorance can lead to birth defects.
Stage 2: Second Trimester
During the second
pregnancy stage, the effects on pregnancy are clearly visible externally as well as internally. Apart from the
belly bulging out, there are changes in skin color and texture on the face as well. Internal changes include the
first baby movements, swelling of the uterus and the inability ability to digest certain foods as the process of
digestion slows down.
Stage 3: Third Trimester
The third pregnancy
stage is characterized by anxiety, about the nature of delivery and impatience of getting over with it, after
carrying the baby for a long period of six months! The growth in baby's size in the body can result in back
pain, cramping, lack of energy, reduced control over bladder functions, and even an out-of-breath feeling. No
wonder, there is overwhelming relief at giving birth, but in some cases, post partum depression may also set in
because of the void created as a result of being accustomed to that 'another person' grow
Labor is the last phase
of the third pregnancy stage, when the delivery actually takes place. There are varied symptoms of labo r-
cramps, backache, and diarrhea and last but not the least, contractions. The important thing to remember is that
once the contractions are five minutes apart or the waters break or if one starts bleeding from the vagina; one
should head for the hospital immediately.
Post Pregnancy Period
Once the baby is born,
a majority of the symptoms associated with pregnancy subside. However many women continue to struggle to fight
the weight gained during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is one of the
most wonderful aspects of a woman's life during which proper pregnancy week by week monitoring and care should
be given to the expected changes during each pregnancy stage. This will make the whole experience can be more
joyous and less stressful.
pregnant woman should be aware of the progress in her pregnancy week by week, through each of the pregnancy
stages. Like, she
must know how to deal with morning sickness in the first
trimester and how to avoid post partum depression in the last trimester.