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Know Your Pregnancy SymptomsWeek By Week

All smart moms-to-be keep a tab on their pregnancy week by week. Whether you want to show off to your friends how much you know about pregnancy or you just want to keep yourself well-informed, whatever may be the reason, it's a must to know what's happening inside your body.

First Trimester

The first trimester comprises of the first three months (1st-14th week) of your pregnancy. The first two weeks fly past and you don't even realize that you're pregnant. It starts from the first day of your last period and ends when your egg gets fertilized by a sperm.

The third week is full of pregnancy symptoms, as your fertilized egg gets implanted in the uterus and your body undergoes changes to accommodate the new life. There is a chaotic situation in your body with all the hormones going haywire. This explains the appearance of those nasty pregnancy symptoms. Your fetus starts its development.

From the sixth week to the fourteenth, your fetus undergoes rapid development. Your baby gets its heart beats; its organs have begun to form; and its size doubles. You notice darkening around your nipples towards the end of this trimester.

Second Trimester

The second trimester comprises of the mid three months (15-26 weeks) of your pregnancy. As your second trimester starts, your baby starts moving its lips, feet, and head. Your uterus moves upward, therefore, you get an urge to urinate frequently. By the 17th week, your baby starts blinking, swallowing, and sucking. By the 20th week, your baby has a regular sleeping pattern. It's important to go for regular prenatal checkups in this period so that you are assured that everything is normal week by week.

As you approach the end of the second trimester, your baby's senses develop. She also begins twisting and moving. You feel the kicks! Your doctor can also hear your baby's heartbeats by placing an ear on your stomach.

Third Trimester

By the time the third trimester begins, you should be almost ready for the big day. The last three months are relatively tougher than the previous ones, as the baby is almost ready to come out in the world. Again, you will experience bouts of symptoms. This time you might get back pain due to the tremendous pressure exerted by your inflated uterus.

All the vital organs of your baby are developed, except the lungs that continue to develop after birth. Her senses are working. She has hair all over her body to regulate body temperature. By 34th week, your baby develops her own immune system.

You should be prepared to distinguish between false labor and true labor at this time. Enroll in childbirth classes. They help you to mentally prepare yourself for labor and delivery.

Most babies are born between the 35th and 40th week. Some might take two more weeks after the 40th week to come out into the world.

Maintain a balanced diet and exercise regime, plus regular visits to your doctor for week by week analysis. This is the key to a happy and healthy pregnancy!

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