Now that you have heard the great news that you are embarking on the exciting and wonderful journey of motherhood, do you feel scared, excited, both??? Pregnancy brings a lot of changes both in your body and in your life. Knowing what to expect during your pregnancy can help you prepare for what you will be experiencing and enable you to enjoy and relax despite the many changes going on in your body.? If you?re a first-time mom, you probably have a lot of questions running through your mind and maybe even feeling a bit of panic because of them. Below are some of the most common questions regarding pregnancy from determining the expected due date to the different stages of pregnancy.
How does one determine the expected due date?
Your expected due date is often calculated based on the 1st day of your last menstrual period (LMP).?? Using this date, your doctor will calculate the 40 gestational weeks of pregnancy.? But keep in mind, that this is only an estimate of your baby?s expected arrival.? A lot of babies are born within two weeks of the due date so don?t stress yourself out if your baby didn’t come out on that particular day. After all, he or she can?t read a calendar yet!
What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
A missed or delayed period is the most obvious sign that a woman might be pregnant. But like all symptoms of pregnancy, not every woman experiences the same symptoms or even the degree to which they experience them. There are some women who do bleed during pregnancy and if you are one of those, it is best if you consult with your doctor to find out what is normal bleeding and what is not.
Some of the other notable symptoms include fatigue, morning sickness, frequent urination, the darkening of areolas (the skin around your nipples), and food aversions or food cravings. Lower back pain, tender breasts, dizziness, constipation, mood swings, and headaches are also common signs of pregnancy.
Some pregnant woman may not even show any signs of pregnancy even after a few weeks of conception while others experience the symptoms within the week itself.?? It is very important for pregnant women to understand the different symptoms and signs because some may be related to health issues rather than pregnancy.? Thus, consulting your health care provider is a must at this stage.
What are the different stages of pregnancy?
Expectant moms need to wait 280 days or 40 weeks for her baby to completely grow and develop inside her body.? The stages of pregnancy are divided into three-month segments which are known as trimesters.? In the first trimester, the baby transforms from a tiny cell into a fetus.?? The placenta grows to nourish and filter the oxygen for the baby.?? The ducts and glands slowly develop to provide milk for the baby at birth. You may occasionally feel morning sickness and prefer to take a nap most of the time.? The doctor?s advice is to get enough fiber so you can cope with pregnancy constipation.
In the second trimester, the baby?s organs start to grow and develop.? The baby is also covered with vernix caseosa, a creamy and white substance that protects your baby?s skin from getting exposed to amniotic fluid.? During this stage, morning sickness decreases and pregnant women generally feel happier and more energetic.
During the third trimester, your baby begins to store some fat and his or her skin may turn red or pink.? At this stage, you may feel more discomfort like indigestion, back pain, and pressure on your bladder because of the increasing size of the baby.
Your doctor?s care is very important during this period of your life.? Make a doctor?s appointment as soon as you learn that you are pregnant.? Follow your doctor?s advice so you can have a healthy and enjoyable journey.? When you know what to expect during your pregnancy, you can be better prepared for motherhood.