Week by Week Pregnancy Guide

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					First Trimester These are the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy. During this time, the
mother's body goes through many changes since a baby is growing in her. Most
women complain of nausea, backaches and morning sickness. At this point, the
mother is supposed to book her first prenatal appointment where she gets a
comprehensive medical checkup. The doctor performs an ultrasound to confirm the
viability of the pregnancy. On the 12th week of the week by week pregnancy, you will
be able to hear the heart beat of the baby.
  Second Trimester This is the 3rd to 6th month of the pregnancy that is roughly
between weeks 13 to 28. At this time, the body is used to the pregnancy and this
reduces the pregnancy symptoms. Most mothers start thinking of their baby's needs by
buying clothes and furniture. You are supposed to continue visiting your health
provider every 4 weeks to check on your progress. Women experience physical
changes at this stage where they can start putting on maternity clothes to show off
their bumps proudly. When following the week by week pregnancy guide you will
notice that the baby grows rapidly during this period. The baby starts moving in the
belly at around 18th to the 22nd week. The sex of the baby is determined at the
second trimester through an ultrasound. To get more energy during this period, the
mother should exercise regularly.
  Third Trimester This is the final stage of the pregnancy journey. This is between
weeks 29 to 40. At this point the baby grows rapidly both in weight and height. The
baby's lungs and respiratory systems develop at this stage. Between weeks, 37 and 42
the baby if fully mature and ready for birth. When the time is almost up the mother
will experience Braxton Hicks contractions that eventually lead to strong labor pains
and finally lead to the delivery of the baby. On delivery, the baby weighs around 7.5
pounds and is about 18 to 21 inches. The week by week pregnancy guide shows that
mothers begin to experience some of the discomforts that they experienced during the
first trimester.
  It is very important to follow the week by week pregnancy guide to know the
condition of your pregnancy. This helps the pregnancy to be more fun as you will be
following all the steps before you deliver your beautiful baby. Ensure you visit your
health provider regularly to keep everything in check. Mothers should eat proper diets
and do away with unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking which can cause harm
to the unborn baby.

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