First Trimester (Week 1 - 12)
- Your period stops or becomes very light.
- You may feel nausea or queasiness, especially in the morning. Some women
- Your breasts swell and may be tender.
- You have to urinate more often.
- You feel tired.
- You may become constipated and have
- You may have headaches.
- You experience mood swings — feel angry,
sad, or happy for no reason.
Six Weeks: By twenty-one days after fertilization, the embryo's tiny heart has begun beating.
DID YOU KNOW... Pregnancy is counted from the first day of a woman's last period.
This means that at conception, the unborn child is already considered two weeks old!
Second Trimester (Week 13 - 26)
- You gain weight.
- You can feel the fetus moving.
- The skin on your stomach stretches and may get dry.
- Your breasts get bigger.
It helps to wear a supportive bra.
- You may experience ongoing heartburn,
indigestion, and constipation.
- You may get nosebleeds.
- Your feet, hands, ankles and face may swell.
- A dark line develops on your skin between your
navel and your pubic area.
- A temporary "mask" or darker area of pigmentation may
develop on your face.
Eighteen Weeks: By this time
eyebrows, eyelashes, and fine hair appear. The child can grasp with his hands, kick, or even somersault.
Third Trimester (Week 27 - 40)
- You can see the fetus move from the outside.
- Your navel pushes out.
- You begin to get backaches.
- You begin to walk differently to accommodate the weight of the fetus.
- You experience painless "practice" contractions.
- You have shortness of breath.
- Finally, labor and delivery!
The unborn child is covered with a
fine, downy hair called lanugo and a waxy
substance called vernix. The fetus still has much growing to do, but
some babies could survive if born this early.
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