What are the Stages of Pregnancy

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All smart moms-to-be know their stages of pregnancy. Are you one of them? If not, then read this and become a smart, well-informed mom-to-be.

The First Stage Of Pregnancy – The First Trimester

The first trimester is full of pregnancy symptoms such as sore breasts, heightened morning sickness, extreme tiredness, frequent urination, and more. However, don’t panic after reading this! These symptoms are temporary and you will soon learn to cope with them. They are the body’s way of dealing with the drastic changes taking place inside it due to the pregnancy.

At this time, your baby has developed its heartbeats, tiny limbs, and reflexes. A balanced diet and regular exercise is a must at this stage in order to deliver a healthy baby later. Consult your doctor to fix a workout schedule and plan a nutritious diet. Do not forget your daily folic acid and vitamin C intake.

The Second Stage Of Pregnancy – The Second Trimester

In the second trimester, you will get a bulging belly. At last, people will know you are expecting! You might encounter certain sleeping problems at this stage. And be prepared for Braxton Hicks contractions, which are popularly known as false labor.

Want to know what happens to your baby at this time? Well, your baby gets hairy all over! The hair helps in regulating the body temperature once it is out of your womb. Besides this, your baby’s senses start to develop. Now your baby can hear sounds from outside and also distinguish between light and dark! As you approach the end of second trimester, you will feel the kicks of your baby.

The Third Stage Of Pregnancy – The Third Trimester

The third trimester is better known as the baby stage of pregnancy. A lot of changes take place in your body during this stage. Your belly appears like a fully inflated balloon! Well, it’s almost time to get prepared for delivery. You should start adding to your knowledge about childbirth as well as nursing. Your baby is fully developed by this time, except her lungs that develop until the end of the third trimester. The wait for the big day has begun!

One of the keys to having an enjoyable pregnancy is to be well-informed about each trimester with respect to what’s happening to your body and to your baby in each stage. The more information you have, the less fearful you will be about the entire process.

A piece of advice: Due dates are not always accurate. You may deliver earlier or later than the date calculated for delivery. So those of you, who are curious to know their due dates, better focus their energies in knowing how to deal better with the pregnancy rather than the date. Remember; a good start will make things smoother in the later trimesters. This means a nutritious diet and a regular exercise regime in the first trimester is a must for laying a healthy foundation for the whole pregnancy process.

So, all the moms-to-be; congratulations and best wishes for a happy and a healthy pregnancy!

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