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Pregnancy Stages

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The pregnancy has been confirmed, the initial shock has worn off, and there are countless questions that you are going to want answered. If this is the first baby, you really don't know what to expect and you would like to know something about the stages of pregnancy your body will be going through.

The Journey of Pregnancy

Every woman is going to experience something different with her pregnancy. The stages are divided into trimesters of 3 months each. Each stage is a new development in the pregnancy and the growth of the baby. The first trimester is the very beginning of the pregnancy. Changes will occur in the body and the pregnant woman will begin to experience things like fatigue, morning sickness, and emotional sensitivity. This is all a perfectly normal occurrence as the pregnancy makes itself known.

Moving to the Second Stage

By this time, the baby bump will begin to show, and at times you will be able to feel movement. The fatigue and tiredness that was evident in the beginning will begin to be less noticeable as time goes on. Hopefully, the morning sickness and nausea that has plagued you will abate somewhat by this time, too, and the pregnancy 'glow' will appear. This is the time to concentrate on taking extremely good care of yourself, eating healthy and getting plenty of rest and exercise.

The Third and Final Trimester

The baby is completing its growth by this time and you are getting bigger while becoming a bit uncomfortable. You may find that you become tired easily, and may have a hard time sleeping at night. Naps during the day are becoming an everyday occurrence. The make this period as comfortable as possible, it is important to try to take a walk each day to keep the body healthy. In addition, it is important to try to get at least 8 hours sleep a day and continue eating healthy foods. Should anything not seem right, consult your doctor immediately. After such a long wait, the time is growing near when you will be able to welcome a new life into this world.

Labor and Delivery

It's almost over by this stage. Symptoms of impending labor are evident and you may have a constant backache, cramps, and diarrhea. When the water breaks, don't panic as this is all part of the process leading up to the delivery of the baby. The contractions will start, and become harder and closer together as the birth grows near. Now is the time to get the things together that you have pre-packed for your hospital visit, and be on your way. The time you are in labor can't be determined or compared to anyone else since each woman is different and no two deliveries will be the same.

The end result will be a new addition to your family, and the long nine months you have endured, and the pain of the labor will be forgotten as soon as you hold that baby in your arms. A new baby will bring overwhelming joy to new parents, and the time it took to get to this point will be well worth the effort.