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Various Pregnancy Stages

Pregnancy is a joyous but stressful journey of pregnancy stages in an average woman’s life. Pregnancy is an individual experience and each woman reacts differently. Staying fit and healthy should be your goal throughout the rapidly changing stages of pregnancy during your journey to motherhood. The nine months of pregnancy are customarily divided into three trimesters, of three month each. Each stage of pregnancy has an individual but predictable character with its unique effects on both the mother and the baby’s development.

The Distinct Pregnancy Stages

It is very important for a woman to know and respect the limitations of the body and the growing fetus during her pregnancy. Good diet, light exercise, positive attitude and adequate relaxation should

become a part of your daily routine for the birth of a healthy and happy baby. The three distinct pregnancy stages or trimesters are the distinct stages of baby’s growth in the womb.

The first trimester is the start of pregnancy. Hormonal changes during the first three months of pregnancy will increase fatigue, nausea, bowel movements, excessive urination and heightened emotional sensitivity. Do not be too shocked or frightened by these changes, just deal with them in a most sensible ways to overcome them. Guard against any infections and sickness to protect your baby’s health.

The second pregnancy stage is called the second trimester. Your body starts showing the ‘baby bump’ and you can feel the baby’s movement. Initial fatigue and nausea abates and you develop the ‘bloom’ of pregnancy with a general glow of wellbeing. Keep a meticulous routine of personal hygiene, and take adequate calcium for the growth of baby’s skeletal system.

he third pregnancy stage is the last trimester, as baby completes its growth. As the belly grows you feel more tired, so take adequate rest and diet to ensure proper oxygen and nutrients to the baby. Avoid lifting heavy weights and discomfort of any kind. Soon your baby will be born. This last stage of pregnancy culminates in labor. The three stages of labor are - the dilation of the cervix, the delivery of the baby and the delivery of the placenta.

Recognizing The Start Of Labor

Some of the signs and symptoms of labor are: uterine contractions, period-like cramps, backache, diarrhea, breaking of waters and dilation of the cervix. As the contraction become painful and intense, the cervix dilates to about 10cm and you have an intense desire to push. There is burning and pain as baby's head emerges from the vaginal canal, and finally the baby slips out followed by placenta. Do not be embarrassed by bowel motion, as it is common during this pregnancy stage of labor.

While you are experiencing the varied joys of pregnancy, share the events and feelings with your partner to make him feel the joys of impending fatherhood during your varied pregnancy stages.

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