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Pregnancy Week by Week

After you've learned that you've conceived, getting a better understanding the pregnancy week by week schedule will help you prepare for what's to come.

You can divide your pregnancy week by week schedule into semester's as generally that is when you will notice the most dramatic changes taking place.

In the first trimester, which lasts for approximately three months, you will likely feel more fatigue than normal as well as the typical signs of nausea, increased breast tenderness and (for some women) cravings for food. At this pregnancy week by week time you want to start making any necessary changes to your diet or other lifestyle habits to ensure a healthy baby. While it is still in the beginning stages, many of your baby's systems are rapidly developing and any toxins you are putting in your body will really affect it. Furthermore, have your diet checked out to ensure you are getting what you need in that respect. By the end of this time period, you are likely will notice a bit of weight gain and will likely need to go shopping for some new sports clothing .

Next, the second trimester will take you from the end of month three until approximately month six. For many women this is the best part of their journey as many of the first trimester symptoms you experienced are now passed. It might be wise to start reducing your exercise schedule slightly and focusing on exercises that are more stretching in nature. Pay particular attention to protecting your back during this time as the added weight in your stomach area can place stress on the muscles and joints.

Lastly, when you come to the third trimester, taking you from month seven up until month nine or whenever you go into labour, you will be likely be fully ready for the baby to come. As you progress through this stage watch out for signs of an early labour, such as painful stomach cramps, a dull backache, feelings of pressure in the pelvis area and vaginal discharge. To make yourself more at ease, also practice a few 'emergency' trips to the hospital so you feel more prepared when the time comes. Also be sure to get in your regular doctor visits so you can monitor your progress. After all is in order, then just sit back and try and relax as much as possible until you welcome your new baby into the world.




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