Pregnancy Trimesters

Completely ABSURD. Grumpy, knackered, heavy, lack of sleep.. the list just went on until i held my bundles in my arms.  A complete marathon  

Pregnancy has three trimesters technically, FOUR when we include the Postpartum Period. Each of which is marked by specific fetal developments. A pregnancy is considered full-term at 40 weeks; infants delivered before the end of week 37 are considered premature. Premature infants may have problems with their growth and development, as well as difficulties in breathing and digesting. Every case is different though, and i know first hand. My daughter was born at exactly 37 weeks and very lightweight. Because of her weight 1572grams and gestation age, they classed her premature and all the cons of her being born at the beginning of the 37week mark were conveyed to us, how she may take time to catch up with her peers, how her immune system may be too weak, how she may catch every bug going, feeding issues..the list was long. Fortunately or luckily for us, since she left the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) till now at 6 years of age, she has ONLY visited the general practioner TWICE and never had anything major health-wise. She is tronger than the rest of us in that we could all catch a cold in the house and she doesn't. Her eating habits could be better though, but i dont know any 6 year old who loves all their vegetables and fruit!  So cases can differ, according to how they are breathing when born, be hopeful.

So here is my simple Pregnancy Trimester list for you; 

First Trimester (0 to 13 Weeks) The first trimester is the most crucial to your baby's development. Your body also undergoes major changes during the first trimester. These changes often cause a variety of symptoms, including nausea, fatigue, breast tenderness and frequent urination. Although these are common pregnancy symptoms, every woman has a different experience. For example, while some may experience an increased energy level during this period, others may feel very tired and emotional.

Second Trimester (14 to 26 Weeks) The second trimester of pregnancy is often called the "golden period" because many of the unpleasant effects of early pregnancy disappear. During the second trimester, you're likely to experience decreased nausea, better sleep patterns and an increased energy level. However, you may experience a whole new set of symptoms, such as back pain, abdominal pain, leg cramps, constipation and heartburn

Third Trimester (27 to 40 Weeks) You have now reached your final stretch of pregnancy and are probably very excited and anxious for the birth of your baby. Some of the physical symptoms you may experience during this period include shortness of breath, hemorrhoids, urinary incontinence, varicose veins and sleeping problems. Many of these symptoms arise from the increase in the size of your uterus, which expands from approximately 2 ounces before pregnancy to 2.5 pounds at the time of birth.