What to Expect During Each Trimester of Pregnancy

The journey of pregnancy can be the most exciting, thrilling time of a woman's life. Waiting as your bundle of joy grows inside of you is a feeling that can't be compared to anything else. However, we all know a baby is not formed overnight!

A woman goes through three main “seasons” during pregnancy, known as trimesters. Knowing what to expect during each of these trimesters may help relieve any anxiety you may be experiencing.

A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks, starting from the first day of your last menstrual cycle. These 40 weeks are grouped into three different trimesters. During each of these trimesters, you will experience a variety of changes in your body. This article will further explain these stages and what you can expect throughout each of them.

First Trimester (Weeks 1-12)

A woman may not realize she is pregnant until well into her first trimester. This is especially the case if a woman does not have regular menstrual cycles. During the first trimester, your body is dealing with many hormonal changes which can affect other body functions and organs.

Some common symptoms women in their first trimester experience include:

Most of these symptoms will dissipate as the pregnancy progresses. You may experience one, all or none of these symptoms. Each woman is different, and so is each pregnancy. What you experience during your first pregnancy may be totally different with your second.

Nausea is the most common issue women deal with during the first trimester. The Mayo Clinic offers some great advice on how to relieve nausea, such as eating small amounts of low fat and non-greasy food, drinking plenty of liquid and wearing a motion sickness arm band.

Second Trimester (Weeks 13-28)

Many women find that they begin to feel better during the second trimester. Oftentimes, the nausea and fatigue from the first trimester ends or is not as severe. However, the second trimester brings about many other physical changes, such as:

Third Trimester (Week 29-birth)

You’ve made it this far and now the arrival of your baby is just weeks away! First, though, here is what you may experience:

If any of the symptoms experienced during pregnancy becomes severe, contact your physician immediately.

At All About Women, we will walk your through each and every phase of your pregnancy. If you are pregnant or are considering starting a family, schedule an appointment at our Lake City or Gainesville location to speak with one of our highly experienced pregnancy care physicians and midwives.

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