Pregnancy, an Overview

First Trimester: Weeks 1-12

Second Trimester: Weeks 13-27

Third Trimester: Weeks 28-42

First Trimester-

The work of pregnancy: Baby’s heart beats around 5 weeks. At the end of the first trimester, all major organs are formed, as well as arms, legs, fingers, and toes.

Common: Fatigue, nausea, breast tenderness, increased urination, emotions up and down

Important: Prenatal vitamins, healthy diet, and establishing care with a healthcare provider that will follow you through your pregnancy. Make sure to let them know what medications that you take to ensure that they are safe for pregnancy. Remember to continue to wear your seatbelt!

Second trimester-

The work of pregnancy: You feel flutters and kicks. Baby’s gender completes development. With intensive care support, babies can survive if born prematurely as early as 23-24 weeks.

Common: Backache, bleeding gums, constipation

Important: Continue a healthy diet and exercise

Third Trimester-

The work of pregnancy: Baby is working to add layers of fat, on brain development, and lung maturity. Usually head down by 36 weeks and may or may not settle into the pelvis.

Common: Heartburn, shortness of breath, frequent urination, trouble sleeping, stretch marks, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, swelling

Important: Keep doctor’s appointments, continue healthy diet and exercise, learn signs of labor (preterm 24-36 weeks)

If something feels wrong, it probably is. Call your doctor or be seen right away!

Pregnancy an Overview
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