Pregnancy: Each stage explained

Pregnancy happens in 3 stages called trimesters:

The first trimester is the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or months 1, 2 and 3. It starts on the first day of your last period. Everyone is different and pregnancy is not the same for each person. Many people say they feel bloated, tired or emotional sometimes. Tenderness in your breasts is also common. Nausea and vomiting, also known as morning sickness, is common in the first trimester. If you’re feeling really ill, it’s best to visit your healthcare provider to get help.

The second trimester is the next 15 weeks, or months 4,5 and 6. You might feel healthier and stronger. You’ll probably start to see your stomach and breasts getting bigger and start to feel your baby kicking.

The third trimester is the last three months of pregnancy. It starts at week 28. Your baby gets much bigger and turns on his or her head to get ready for delivery. Because your baby is growing so much now, your body has to make room for it. That means sometimes you might feel sore, faint or moody.

Important!  Visit your healthcare provider at every scheduled visit. This is so they can check up on you and your baby’s health. Remember to ask your healthcare provider anything you’re not sure of or are scared of.

It is important to know about all the organs that make up the female reproductive system when you are pregnant. Click here to learn more.

Want to learn more about what options you have when you are pregnant? Read this article.

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