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Understanding the Three Trimesters

Understanding the Three Trimesters

What to Expect Throughout Your Pregnancy

Many moms-to-be may find themselves wondering what they can expect to experience throughout the various stages of pregnancy for both them and their baby. The experts at Henry County Hospital are here to break down each developmental stage of pregnancy.

First Trimester - Weeks 1 through 12

The first trimester is arguably the most important time of your pregnancy when it comes to fetal development. During this period, your body goes through extensive hormonal and physical changes that cause a barrage of unpleasant symptoms.

Some symptoms you can expect during your first trimester include:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea
  • Gaining weight
  • Smell sensitivity
  • Vomiting

During this period, your baby undergoes the following changes:

  • The brain and spinal cord begin to develop
  • The heartbeat can be detected
  • Sex organs begin developing
  • Fingers and toes begin to form

Second Trimester - Weeks 13 through 28

During your second trimester, it is likely that your initial pregnancy symptoms may subside. During this period in your pregnancy, your abdomen will continue to expand to make room for the growth of your baby. You may even begin feeling your little one’s movements.

Some new symptoms you can expect during your second trimester include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Constipation
  • Darkening of the areolas
  • The formation of a dark line forming from the belly button downwards
  • Heartburn
  • New stretch marks

During this period, your baby experiences the following milestones:

  • Your baby can swallow
  • They will begin to sleep and wake regularly
  • Muscle tissue, bone, and skin begin to form

Third Trimester - Weeks 29 through 40

At this stage in your pregnancy, your little one is reaching the end of fetal development, forming major organ systems and increasing in size rapidly. You may feel additional pain and discomfort at this point in your pregnancy as your baby moves into the birthing position.

Some symptoms you can expect during your last trimester include:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Difficulty catching your breath
  • Leaking breasts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Urinary incontinence

Birthing Care Services in Henry County

At Henry County Hospital, you can expect a five-star experience when you choose to grow your family with our family-centered birthing care services. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff helps your family make the first days healthful and comfortable. after welcoming your little one into the world.

From education to emotional support, we focus on your individual health and wellness. Learn more about our birthing center today.