To have a baby for each spousal couple is very meaningful. For this reason, a woman who gives birth to a baby is really in need of knowing information in pregnancy process. During pregnancy, you will encounter 3 stages: first trimester (week 1 – week 12), second trimester (week 13 – week 28) and third trimester (week 29 – week 40) with both emotional signs and physical signs will be appearing with you as follows.
In fact, some women are not conscious of their pregnancy at a very early period. They don’t know they are pregnant because they lack knowledge in pregnancy symptoms. More than that, it is quite difficult for them to recognize the unclear signs at the first stage of pregnancy. Although a missed period is one of the most obvious signs of pregnancy, they may already be 2-3 weeks pregnant by the time they realize. This doesn’t mean that there are not any other symptoms for them to find whether they are pregnant or not. In reality, some early symptoms of pregnancy begin even before a missed period. Please listen to your body with changes in your body!
Such changes as flu like symptoms, fatigue, headache, implantation bleeding, mood swings, nausea, changes in your breasts, frequent urination, and odd food cravings can let you know. As reported by the scientists and doctors, many of these symptoms mimic pre-menstrual symptoms and can occur a few days after conception occurs. Accordingly, if you have sex with a man without birth-control, please be sensitive to these little changes. You can thereby be aware of your pregnancy despite its early process.
Besides, women of pregnancy can find the other symptoms as follows:
- Extreme tiredness: you may feel sick at any time, and don’t want to do anything.
- Tender, swollen breasts: your nipples might also stick out.
- Upset stomach with or without throwing up (morning sickness)
- Cravings or distaste for certain foods
- Mood swings
- Constipation (trouble having bowel movements)
- Need to pass urine more often
- Weight gain or loss
Second trimester (week 13 – week 28)
Until these three months, most women find the second trimester of pregnancy easier and more comfortable than the first. In this new period, nausea and fatigue are going away. But you should get noticed about the new alterations to your body. Your abdomen becomes bigger and can be seen more easily by other people. How wonderful it is! A baby starts moving and you can feel this marvellousness in your belly.
Of course, you still have to suffer from some uncomfortable changes and signs:
- Body aches, such as back, abdomen, groin, or thigh pain
- Stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, thighs, or buttocks
- Darkening of the skin around your nipples
- A line on the skin running from belly button to pubic hairline
- Patches of darker skin, usually over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip. Patches often match on both sides of the face. This is sometimes called the mask of pregnancy.
- Numb or tingling hands, called carpal tunnel syndrome
- Itching on the abdomen, palms, and soles of the feet. (Call your doctor if you have nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue combined with itching. These can be signs of a serious liver problem.)
- Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face. (If you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight really quickly, call your doctor right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.)
Third trimester (week 29 – week 40)
In this last trimester, you should be considered by your husband or your close relatives more carefully because she can start labor unforeseeably. The moment of a baby’s going out off your belly is extremely sacred.
However, to experience this spiritual moment, you still have to withstand some other tokens of pregnancy process:
Plus, many women find breathing difficult and notice they have to go to the bathroom even more often. This is because the baby is getting bigger and it is putting more pressure on your organs. Don’t worry, your baby is fine and these problems will lessen once you give birth.
Some new body changes you might notice in the third trimester include:
- Shortness of breath: you find difficult to breathe. Even sometimes you breathe heavily. Don’t worry about this status. It will lessen or disappear when your baby is born.
- Heartburn: from time to time, you can’t stop heartburning. Please consider it as a very normal symptom within the child bearing process.
- Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face: although you cannot possibly avoid the fact that your ankles, fingers, and face are swelling, you shouldn’t make light of it. If any sudden or extreme swelling is appearing with you, be quick to visit your doctor for a timely prescription or a suitable therapy to give away the situation of preeclampsia.
- Hemorrhoids: for some circumstances, you may find it difficult to shit. You’d better eat foliate food or follow your doctor’s advice.
- Tender breasts: your breast may be leaking out a watery pre-milk called colostrum.
- Your belly button also may stick out
- Trouble sleeping: as usual, you may find it really easy for you to fall asleep. But now with a big abdomen, you get difficulty in sleeping. Please relax yourself. You will find better with a head at ease.
- The baby “dropping”, or moving lower in your abdomen
- Contractions: they can be a sign of real or false labor. As you near your due date, your cervix becomes thinner and softer (called effacing). The time of giving birth to a lovely baby is coming to you.
The process of childbearing is thought to be a difficult one for a woman. In contrast, it is extremely meaningful to you and your beloved husband, making your family become more atmospheric and happy. Please take care when you are pregnancy.