Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages, which are commonly referred to as ‘trimesters of pregnancy’. Each stage of pregnancy brings new changes in a woman and the growing baby. Read on to know about different changes a mother and the child goes through.
First Trimester of Pregnancy
The first stage or trimester of pregnancy starts from 1st until the 14th week. In this stage of pregnancy, there is no obvious dramatic change in the woman's body, though many physical changes may take place due to a surge of pregnancy hormones. Hormonal changes affect almost every organ system.
Other changes during the first trimester may include:
- Food cravings
- Morning sickness
- Frequent urination
- Swelling and tender breasts
Within a few weeks, the baby starts transforming from a mere mass of cell to an identifiable human foetus. Vital organs of the baby start developing from this stage. It is important to get essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients for growth and development of the unborn baby. Pregnant women must consult the doctor to keep a track of their pregnancy and discuss things that need to be avoided.
Second Trimester of Pregnancy
- Shortness of breath
- Sensitivity in breast
- Pain and muscle ache
- Increased appetite
- Stretch marks on the stomach, breast, thighs, or buttocks
Third Trimester of Pregnancy
- Swelling of ankles, fingers and face
- Difficulty in sleeping
- A lot of movement by the baby
- Going to the bathroom more often
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