Pregnancy is often considered a miraculous and life changing event. Undoubtedly as you continue your pregnancy you will have questions about your own growth and development and that…
Congratulations! In roughly nine months, you are going to be a new mother. Although you won’t look pregnant in the first trimester, you will definitely feel it. From morning sickness to fatigue to breast tenderness, the first 13 weeks of pregnancy is often the most challenging. The higher levels of hormones can wreck havoc on your body, your mood, and your life.
Welcome to your second trimester of pregnancy. You are most likely feeling much better now than the first trimester. Your baby is growing quickly, the organs are beginning to function, eyebrows are forming, the skin is covered with vernix, the genitals are develop and fine hair is covering the body. This is the trimester that you will feel your baby move and predict the baby’s gender.
Congratulations! At 28 weeks pregnant, you are into your third and final trimester of pregnancy. You may want to start counting your baby’s kicks. Although it’s not medically necessary for you to count fetal kicks (unless your midwife or doctor has advised you to), it’s a good way to feel more secure in knowing your baby is healthy.
Childbirth classes will give you a general overview of what to expect during your labor and delivery, including your options for pain relief versus more natural methods, vaginal birth versus cesarean section, and related subjects. Plus, childbirth and prenatal classes in the third trimester offer a wonderful way for you to make friends with other pregnant couples.
It’s important for you to learn about both giving birth vaginally as well as by a cesarean section. Even if you are dead set on having a vaginal birth, you should learn about the reasons for an unplanned cesarean birth and what goes on during a cesarean section in the event that you require an emergency C-section.
As you close in on the final weeks of your pregnancy, you may find yourself consumed with thoughts of your labor and delivery. You may be nervous about the pain of labor, or perhaps you are worried that your labor will drag on for hours and days. In the last month of your third trimester, try to educate yourself on the labor and delivery process.
Many women have extreme mood swings from about 35 weeks pregnant and on. Ok, many women have mood swings their entire pregnancy, but you may find them particularly dramatic around this time. During the last few weeks of pregnancy you should definitely consider a prenatal massage or two, particularly if you haven’t already.