Pregnancy is one of the most amazing experiences a woman can have. The days of pregnancy are some of the most blessed days of her life because that is when she carries a new life in her womb. If you are curious to know as to what it feels like being pregnant, read on, as we cover the ‘Pregnancy Stages’ in this article.
When a woman is pregnant, she is carrying a new life in her womb that will be another adult one day. That apart, it is a big responsibility as well, during which a woman has to be very considerate and careful throughout.
Understanding Pregnancy Stages
Normally, from the day a woman gets pregnant to the day when she finally delivers the baby, it can be around 40 weeks. The duration of those 40 weeks is divided into three trimesters. During each week and each trimester, the body of a woman undergoes many changes. The hormones and almost every organ of the body are affected.
Today in this article, we shall be talking about the first trimester of the pregnancy period and the changes that a woman’s body undergoes during that period of three months. Read on to know more.
First Trimester – The Initial 12 Weeks
As discussed above, the 40 weeks of pregnancy are divided into three trimesters. Among them, the first 12 weeks are considered as the first trimester. It is when you get pregnant and it all starts.
During this period, a woman undergoes many changes. Let me go ahead and list them out for you with a brief explanation of each of them.
Physical And Emotional Changes
During this period, almost every organ and every hormone are affected because of pregnancy. Some of the changes that a woman can experience in her body are listed below:
- Mood Swings
The most common observation observed among the pregnant woman – a pregnant woman will have constant mood swings.
- Craving For Food
Most pregnant women are known to have a craving for sour food during this time.
- Swollen Breasts
During this period, you might observe your breasts to have swollen and also your nipples can protrude.
- Constipation And Frequent Urination
This is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. You may either face constipation, frequent urination, or both at the same time.
- Weight Change
This is a tricky part. You might either gain weight or lose some. But certainly, there will be a change in weight.
Development Of The Baby
The baby starts developing in the first stage of pregnancy. Within the first four weeks, the baby starts developing its spinal cord and a heart. Followed by that, the arms and legs of the baby start forming. Now, your baby has transformed into an embryo of size 1/25 an inch.
During the period of 4 to 8 weeks, the heartbeat finally starts and the arms and legs start to grow longer. Also, the fingers, sex organs start developing and the face starts to get its features. Still, the size will be about an inch.
During the 8th and the 12th week, you can identify the gender of your baby (which is illegal, by the way), and eyelids get closed for the development of eyes until week 28. Your baby has a fist now and the growth of his head slows down.
Conclusion – Pregnancy Stages
We have explained the changes in the woman and the baby during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. I hope this will help you understand pregnancy better. Let me know your thoughts below.