Pregnancy can easily be the most amazing thing a woman or any parent-to-be could ever experience in life. But at the same time, pregnancy can also be a daunting and trying time, especially if you have absolutely no idea what pregnancy entails. It’s important to know what to expect during the 9 months of pregnancy. You should be aware of what’s considered normal at any point in the pregnancy, and you should also be aware of any indications of danger. Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, with each trimester being 3 months long. Here’s a basic break down of your baby’s development and what you can expect during each trimester.

Stages of Pregnancy
Stages of Pregnancy

First Trimester

The first day of your pregnancy is also the last day of your period. This is the time when you can expect to feel the most drastic changes in your body. All of the pregnancy hormones will begin to kick in during this trimester, and this is the time when your body goes through “morning sickness.” This can be characterized by fatigue, nausea, heartburn, and many other symptoms that vary from woman to woman. During this trimester, your developing baby will have started forming its brain by the 3rd week. By the 11th week of this trimester, your baby will have started developing its limbs. Your “morning sickness” symptoms should disappear by the end of the first trimester, and you can look forward to being able to enjoy your pregnancy in the next trimester.

Second Trimester

You know you’ve entered into the second trimester once you feel more settled into your pregnancy. If you had “morning sickness” during the first trimester, it should stop by the time the second trimester starts, which run from week 13 through week 28 of your pregnancy. You should begin to see a glow about you, or at least other people will begin to take notice of it. That’s normally accompanied by the development of a small bump, which signals your baby’s growth in size. Midway through the second trimester, your baby should be about 6 inches long. You should begin to see more detailed features during your sonograms including distinguishable fingers, nails, and even eyebrows and eyelashes. Expect some stretch marks to appear as your belly gets bigger, and you can also begin to expect some movements from your baby by the end of the second trimester.

Third Trimester

By this point of your pregnancy, you’ve become an expert in carrying your baby around. The third and final trimester goes from week 29 to week 41. You can expect more pronounced movements from your baby during this time, as it continues to grow and develop. The organs will continue to develop during this time, and by the end of week 38, your baby should be at its expected height and weight. Your belly should’ve expanded even more at this point, and your cervix will begin to soften in preparation for birth. Your desire to deliver your baby will increase more and more as your due date gets closer. By the time your baby is ready to come out, you’ll be just as ready to meet him or her as well.