Stages of Pregnancy

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Pregnancy usually consists of three main stages, otherwise known as trimesters, each consisting of three months. Each trimester is marked by changes in both the pregnant woman's outward body chemistry and in the baby growing inside of her.

In the first trimester or three months, a pregnant woman's uterus will be around the same size as a grapefruit, the baby inside of her, the size of a cherry. During this stage she will likely experience some or all of the following: morning sickness (which may occur at more times than just the morning), sensitive breasts, a tendency to tire out easily, headaches, the need to urinate frequently, and various other symptoms.

In the second trimester, weeks four through six, the pregnant woman will start "showing" as the baby continues to grow. In preparation for birth, the baby will grow hair on his or her body as a sort of insulation against the temperature in the outside world. The mother will start having Braxton Hicks contractions. Also, she may begin to feel her baby kick and move as he or she starts developing sensory perception.

In the third and final trimester, the last three weeks of pregnancy, the mother is almost ready to give birth. In fact, since many births take place anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the due date, pregnant woman should keep in contact with the their doctors. Also, many woman find classes on breastfeeding and childcare helpful during this time.

Links:

pregnancy-period.com

Pregnancy Period helps keep pregnant woman informed about the stages of their pregnancy. Also, the site contains information about things such as how to know you're pregnant, taking care of yourself during pregnancy, and proper after pregnancy care. Pregnant women and their partners and family will likely find this site full of valuable information.

medicinenet.com

Medicine Net gives pregnant women and other interested individuals this chance to see pictures of the different stages of pregnancy. Also, it provides written information on and descriptions of these stages. Links to information on a variety of symptoms--dizziness, fatigue, heartburn, leg cramps, morning sickness, etc--experienced by pregnant women is also provided.

smartmomma.com

Smart Momma keeps pregnant women informed about what to expect in each stage of pregnancy. It even has a search engine feature which allows women to enter what month or week they currently are in their pregnancy, hit search, and then see a list of common symptoms for that week or month.