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Stages of Pregnancy: What to Expect per Trimester

Woman experiencing the different stages of pregnancy

Pregnancy is one heck of a journey. You’ll experience changes after changes, challenges after challenges as you go through the different stages of pregnancy.

If you’re an expecting momma and you want to know what other things you should expect to experience, then you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll talk about the first to the third trimester and what each stage could bring forth. Let’s start!   Pregnant woman in different pregnancy stages   Content Overview:   First Trimester 
  •  What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 1 - 12)
  •  Baby’s Development (Weeks 1 - 12)
Second Trimester
  •  What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 13- 28) 
  •  Baby’s Development (Weeks 13 - 28) 
Third Trimester 
  •  What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 29 - 40)
  •  Baby’s Development (Weeks 29 - 40) 
Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy  

First Trimester

What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 1 - 12)

The first trimester is when our body goes through soooo many changes. I felt really nauseous during the first three months and experienced what I call the “PMS x 3” symptoms. It was crazy!  Our hormones are all over the place during the first trimester—signaling a significant change that’s about to happen in our body and that will affect every organ system. We may have to adjust our routines to accommodate these changes in our bodies. I remember not being able to stay up later than 10 pm while I was pregnant. I was too sleepy! I should also say that every momma’s body is different and that each pregnancy can be a unique experience. But, take comfort in knowing that the difficult symptoms may go away as we move into the second and third trimesters. Hang in there, momma!  

Baby’s Development (Weeks 1 - 12)

Month 1 (1st to 4th week)

[caption id="attachment_1763" align="aligncenter" width="493"]One-month-old embryo Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development[/caption]   The amniotic sac starts to form around your fertilized egg to help protect the growing embryo. The placenta also develops during this time as it acts as a “supplier” of nutrients from momma to baby.  During this stage, the embryo develops blood cells. Circulation begins too as the heart is starting to take shape.    Here are critical updates on your baby’s development by the end of the first four weeks of pregnancy:  
  • The heart is forming, with the heart tube beating 65 times per minute. 
  • The brain and spinal cord (nervous system) are forming.
  • Tiny arm and leg buds are forming. 
  • The embryo is ¼ inch long.
 

Month 2 (5th to 8th week)

[caption id="attachment_1764" align="aligncenter" width="493"]Two months old fetus Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development[/caption]   Your baby’s nervous system (consisting of the neural tube, the brain, and spinal cord) is well-formed by this period. Stronger bones are also starting to develop.  Your baby’s face will continue to take shape—tiny folds of skin form as ears on the side of the head. The eyes are forming along with the fingers and toes. Isn’t that wonderful? By the end of the 8th week, the embryo officially turns into a fetus!    Here are the vital fetal developments by the end of the 8th week of pregnancy:   
  • Every major organ has started to form.
  • Sex organs begin to form.
  • Facial features are developing.
  • The legs and arms are growing longer. 
  • The umbilical cord is visible. 
  • The baby is almost 1-inch long, weighing less than 1 ounce.
 

Month 3 (9th to 12th week)

[caption id="attachment_1765" align="aligncenter" width="493"]Three months old fetus Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development[/caption]   By this time, your baby’s limbs, fingers, feet, toes, and ears are developing to their complete form. And the growing nerves and muscles can now enable your baby to make a fist and open and close their mouth. The internal systems, such as the circulatory and urinary systems, are now starting to work. The baby’s liver is formed and is producing bile.    After the 12th week, the critical developments in your baby are now completed. And did you know that going beyond the first trimester decreases your chance of a miscarriage? Now onto the next stage, yeah?     Here are the key developments in your baby by the end of the first trimester:   
  • External sex organs are developing. 
  • The nerves and muscles are working in tandem.
  • The eyes are now protected by a closed eyelid, which will only open after week 28.
  • Your baby is now almost 4 inches long and weighs about an ounce.
 

Second Trimester 

What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 13 - 27)

My second trimester was more manageable than the first one. I wasn’t feeling the awful “PMS x 3” symptoms I had in the first trimester. Still, I think you must know that changes in your body may still happen during this stage.  You’ll be having a visible bump by this period, and that’s proof of a growing baby in your tummy! You may also feel flutters and nudges in your stomach by the end of the second trimester as your baby starts to move and exercise their growing muscles.  These, and all the other changes you’re bound to experience, may cause you a lot of discomfort and stress, so try to prep yourself and your partner—mentally and emotionally. Stress could also cause a lot of other issues during pregnancy, so do watch out for that. The bottom line is that you should take good care of your physical and mental health. Okay, momma?   RELATED: How to Avoid Stress During Pregnancy?  

Baby’s Development (Weeks 13 - 28)

Month 4 (13th to 16th week)

[caption id="attachment_1766" align="aligncenter" width="493"]Four months old fetus Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development[/caption]   The baby’s nervous system is now starting to operate. The baby’s genitalia and reproductive organs are fully formed by now, and you can see if you’re having a girl or a boy through ultrasound. Exciting! Your baby’s face is starting to develop eyebrows, eyelids, and eyelashes. Their nails and hair are starting to grow, too. Also, they can now do small movements, such as making faces, yawning, stretching, and sucking their thumb.    Here are the critical changes in your baby’s development after the fourth month:   
  • Meconium (or your baby’s first stool) is developing in your baby’s intestinal tract.
  • A translucent layer of skin begins to form. 
  • Their musculoskeletal system continues to develop. 
  • Their sucking reflex is triggered, and they’re beginning to do sucking motions with their mouth.
  • Your baby is now about 4 to 5 inches long, weighing about 3 ounces.
  Month 5 (17th to 20th week) [caption id="attachment_1767" align="aligncenter" width="493"]Five months old fetus Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development[/caption]   Your baby will start twisting and turning as they continue to develop (and exercise!) their growing muscles. The term for this first movement is quickening, and it may feel like a flutter in your tummy.  Layers of protection will form around your baby during this stage. Fine and soft hairwhich is called lanugowill cover your baby’s back, temples, and shoulders. They will eventually shed this a week or so after birth.  Another layer of protection for your baby is a milky, waxy substance called vernix caseosa. It’s supposed to cover their skin from exposure to the amniotic fluid. It’s pretty amazing how the body supports your baby’s growth!    Here are some of the developmental milestones in your baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy:   
  • Your baby can now start to hear and even swallow! 
  • The fingernails, toenails, eyebrows, and eyelashes are now fully formed.
  • Your baby will start moving more. 
  • Your baby is about 6 to 9 inches long and weighs about 9 ounces.
  Month 6  (21st to 24th week) [caption id="attachment_1768" align="aligncenter" width="493"]Six months old fetus Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development[/caption]   As your little one continues to mature, they gain the ability to respond to sounds. Their responses could be movements or an increase in their pulse rate. They may start to hiccup, too!  Your baby’s skin is reddish at this stage, and veins are peeking through their translucent skin. Their eyelids start to part, and they may start blinking their eyes.    Here are some remarkable developments in your baby after 24 weeks of your pregnancy:   
  • The baby’s lungs are formed but still not functional.
  • Their bone marrow starts to produce blood cells.
  • Their taste buds are forming in the tongue. 
  • Fingerprints and footprints are formed.
  • Your baby now has a regular sleep cycle.
  • If you’re having a baby boy, his testicles begin to drop into the scrotum. 
  • If you’re having a baby girl, her egg cells are forming in the ovary.
  • Your baby is now about 12 inches long and weighs about 1.5 pounds.
  Month 7 (25th to 27th week) [caption id="attachment_1769" align="aligncenter" width="1026"]Seven months old fetus Image Source: babycenter.com/pregnancy/your-baby/fetal-development-week-by-week_10406730[/caption]   In the last month of the second trimester, your baby’s hearing is fully developed. They will start responding to the sound of your voice or any loud noise by jumping or kicking. You will feel a nudge in your stomach when they do! So as they start recognizing your voice (and your partner’s), begin to talk, read, and sing to them.  The baby continues to grow during this stage, so make sure to eat healthy food and get lots of rest! These will help in your baby’s major growth spurt and in the toll that the pregnancy is taking on your body.    By the end of the second trimester, here are some developmental milestones that you could expect:   
  • Your baby starts passing urine in the amniotic fluid. 
  • Their lungs continue to develop and are producing a substance called surfactant that aids their breathing.
  • Their skin is becoming less transparent and wrinkly as they continue to put in more weight.
  • Their doctor can now hear their heartbeat through a stethoscope.
  • Your baby is now about 13 inches long and weighs almost 2 pounds.
 

Third Trimester 

What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 28 - 40)

At this stage, your body is making room for a baby going through major growth spurts. You can expect to gain more weight and experience swollen ankles and feet (edema). So momma, continue to eat nutrient-dense food and load up on your H2O so you can stay healthy and meet your baby’s growing nutritional needs.  

Baby’s Development (Weeks 28 - 40)

Month 8 (28th to 32nd week)

[caption id="attachment_1770" align="aligncenter" width="1026"]Eight months old fetus Image Source: babycenter.com/pregnancy/your-baby/fetal-development-week-by-week_10406730[/caption]   By this time, your baby’s internal organs and systems are well-developed, except for the lungs which may still be immature. Their brain is also fast developing at this stage.  They will continue to put on weight as they develop more body fat reserves. The baby’s more responsive to stimuli too, so you will feel them kicking more often.    Here are the key developments in your baby after 32 weeks:   
  • Their body begins to store vital minerals like calcium and iron.
  • The eyes can now open and close. 
  • Their bones are fully formed but still soft. 
  • The fine protective hair (lanugo) on their skin begins to shed.
  • Your baby is now about  15 to 17 inches long and weighs about 4 to 5 pounds.
 

Month 9 (33rd to 36th week)

[caption id="attachment_1771" align="aligncenter" width="1026"]Nine months old fetus Image Source: babycenter.com/pregnancy/your-baby/fetal-development-week-by-week_10406730[/caption]   Your baby will continue growing rapidly during this stage. Their reflexes begin to get coordinated, too! As they get bigger and heavier, they have less space to respond to sounds, touch, and light. But, they still react by blinking, closing their fists, and turning their head. And of course, the occasional kicking.   As you come closer to your due date, here are the continued developments in your child:   
  • Their body fat increases.
  • The protective whitish coating (vernix caseosa) thickens. 
  • Your baby is now about 16 to 19 inches long and weighs between 6 to 7 pounds.
 

Month 10 (37th to 40th week)

[caption id="attachment_1772" align="aligncenter" width="493"]Ten months old fetus Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development[/caption]   In this period, you could pop out into labor any time. Remember that the human gestation period is 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. Your pregnancy reaching up to 40 weeks or 10 months is a full-term pregnancy, even though people typically say that it’s 9 months. [bctt tweet="Remember that the human gestation period is 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. Your pregnancy reaching up to 40 weeks or 10 months is a full-term pregnancy, even though people typically say that it’s 9 months. " username="getmilksta"]   You could go beyond your due date and have an extra one or two weeks. For mommas who will be going through normal (vaginal) delivery and still haven’t gone into spontaneous labor during the extended due date, your doctor might induce you through medications or certain medical techniques.     Here are the last stages of development in your baby during the last month of the third trimester:   
  • All their organs and internal systems are now functional. 
  • The baby may move into a head-down position in preparation for his or her delivery. 
  • The average birth weight is between 6 to 9 pounds, while the average length is between 19 to 21 inches. 
  By the end of the 37th week, your baby is considered full-term and is ready to meet the world!  

FAQs: Answering Your Q’s About Pregnancy

Mom having questions about pregnancy trimesters  

When do I start to feel pregnant?

Pregnancy happens 2 to 3 weeks after sex. Some women may experience pregnancy symptoms as early as the week after a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus wallwhich is the beginning of pregnancy. This is immediately the week after a missed period.  But typically, early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, exhaustion, and morning sickness kick in after 5 to 6 weeks of pregnancy. This period is about two weeks from when you first missed your last menstruation.   

When does the second trimester start? 

The second trimester starts from the 13th week of pregnancy and ends in the 27th week.   

When does the third trimester start?

The third trimester starts from the 28th week of pregnancy and ends until you give birth.  

Which trimester is the most critical?

The first trimester is the most critical period in your pregnancy since this is when the baby’s organ systems and body structure begin to develop. At this time, the embryo will be extra sensitive to harm caused by exposure to alcohol, certain medications, stressors, and toxic chemicals When the mother and the embryo (or fetus) are exposed to the things mentioned above, major birth defects in the body and in the internal organs can happen. There’s also a higher chance of miscarriage during the first trimester.  The first 12 weeks of pregnancy is such a delicate time, momma. Make it a point to nourish yourself, get plenty of rest, and be aware of what you need to avoid during this time.   [bctt tweet="The first 12 weeks of pregnancy is such a delicate time, momma. Make it a point to nourish yourself, get plenty of rest, and be aware of what you need to avoid during this time." username="getmilksta"]  

Which pregnancy is more difficult: boys or girls?

Having baby boys is linked to long hours in labor and needing more help during delivery. Boys are also more likely to be born prematurely and are less likely to survive a preterm birth than girls.  Mommas carrying boys also have a higher risk of pregnancy complications, such as placenta abnormalities, gestational diabetes, and high blood pressure. There’s still no conclusive evidence as to why this happens but genetic factors may play a role in this.   

Which trimester do I gain the most weight?

Women gain the most weight during the third trimester of pregnancy. This is due to the baby developing more body fat and growing bigger, denser bones during this period.   

Any bad signs during pregnancy that I should be concerned about?

Pregnancy is an overall tough process that takes a toll on your body. But if you’re experiencing any of these warning signs at any stage of your pregnancy, contact your healthcare provider right away:   
  • Blood or liquid leaking from your vagina
  • Unusual and extreme pain in your stomach or back 
  • Frequent, debilitating headaches 
  • Muscle tightening (contractions) in your stomach every 10 minutes or more often, even before the last three weeks of pregnancy 
  • Fever and convulsions
  • Blurry vision
  • Swollen feet, fingers, and face 
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating 
  • Frequent vomiting and diarrhea 
  • Decreased movements (kicking, jumping) from your baby after 28 weeks 
  • Feeling depressed and thinking of harming yourself or your baby
  My advice is to plan a method of procedure with your partner or your loved ones should these symptoms come as an emergency. List down the contact number of the nearest health facility, contact number of your OB-GYN, and other logistical strategies you can do as a family.    RELATED: Anxiety During Pregnancy: What Should I Do?   

If you’re an expecting momma and you want to know what other things you should expect to experience, then you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll talk about the first to the third trimester and what each stage could bring forth. Let’s start!

 

Pregnant woman in different pregnancy stages

 

Content Overview:

 

First Trimester 

  •  What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 1 – 12)
  •  Baby’s Development (Weeks 1 – 12)

Second Trimester

  •  What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 13- 28) 
  •  Baby’s Development (Weeks 13 – 28) 

Third Trimester 

  •  What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 29 – 40)
  •  Baby’s Development (Weeks 29 – 40) 

Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy

 

First Trimester

What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 1 – 12)

The first trimester is when our body goes through soooo many changes. I felt really nauseous during the first three months and experienced what I call the “PMS x 3” symptoms. It was crazy! 

Our hormones are all over the place during the first trimester—signaling a significant change that’s about to happen in our body and that will affect every organ system.

We may have to adjust our routines to accommodate these changes in our bodies. I remember not being able to stay up later than 10 pm while I was pregnant. I was too sleepy!

I should also say that every momma’s body is different and that each pregnancy can be a unique experience. But, take comfort in knowing that the difficult symptoms may go away as we move into the second and third trimesters. Hang in there, momma!

 

Baby’s Development (Weeks 1 – 12)

Month 1 (1st to 4th week)

One-month-old embryo
Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

 

The amniotic sac starts to form around your fertilized egg to help protect the growing embryo. The placenta also develops during this time as it acts as a “supplier” of nutrients from momma to baby. 

During this stage, the embryo develops blood cells. Circulation begins too as the heart is starting to take shape. 

 

Here are critical updates on your baby’s development by the end of the first four weeks of pregnancy:

 

  • The heart is forming, with the heart tube beating 65 times per minute. 
  • The brain and spinal cord (nervous system) are forming.
  • Tiny arm and leg buds are forming. 
  • The embryo is ¼ inch long.

 

Month 2 (5th to 8th week)

Two months old fetus
Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

 

Your baby’s nervous system (consisting of the neural tube, the brain, and spinal cord) is well-formed by this period. Stronger bones are also starting to develop. 

Your baby’s face will continue to take shape—tiny folds of skin form as ears on the side of the head. The eyes are forming along with the fingers and toes. Isn’t that wonderful?

By the end of the 8th week, the embryo officially turns into a fetus! 

 

Here are the vital fetal developments by the end of the 8th week of pregnancy: 

 

  • Every major organ has started to form.
  • Sex organs begin to form.
  • Facial features are developing.
  • The legs and arms are growing longer. 
  • The umbilical cord is visible. 
  • The baby is almost 1-inch long, weighing less than 1 ounce.

 

Month 3 (9th to 12th week)

Three months old fetus
Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

 

By this time, your baby’s limbs, fingers, feet, toes, and ears are developing to their complete form. And the growing nerves and muscles can now enable your baby to make a fist and open and close their mouth.

The internal systems, such as the circulatory and urinary systems, are now starting to work. The baby’s liver is formed and is producing bile.   

After the 12th week, the critical developments in your baby are now completed. And did you know that going beyond the first trimester decreases your chance of a miscarriage? Now onto the next stage, yeah?  

 

Here are the key developments in your baby by the end of the first trimester: 

 

  • External sex organs are developing. 
  • The nerves and muscles are working in tandem.
  • The eyes are now protected by a closed eyelid, which will only open after week 28.
  • Your baby is now almost 4 inches long and weighs about an ounce.

 

Second Trimester 

What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 13 – 27)

My second trimester was more manageable than the first one. I wasn’t feeling the awful “PMS x 3” symptoms I had in the first trimester. Still, I think you must know that changes in your body may still happen during this stage. 

You’ll be having a visible bump by this period, and that’s proof of a growing baby in your tummy! You may also feel flutters and nudges in your stomach by the end of the second trimester as your baby starts to move and exercise their growing muscles. 

These, and all the other changes you’re bound to experience, may cause you a lot of discomfort and stress, so try to prep yourself and your partner—mentally and emotionally. Stress could also cause a lot of other issues during pregnancy, so do watch out for that.

The bottom line is that you should take good care of your physical and mental health. Okay, momma?

 

RELATED: How to Avoid Stress During Pregnancy?

 

Baby’s Development (Weeks 13 – 28)

Month 4 (13th to 16th week)

Four months old fetus
Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

 

The baby’s nervous system is now starting to operate. The baby’s genitalia and reproductive organs are fully formed by now, and you can see if you’re having a girl or a boy through ultrasound. Exciting!

Your baby’s face is starting to develop eyebrows, eyelids, and eyelashes. Their nails and hair are starting to grow, too. Also, they can now do small movements, such as making faces, yawning, stretching, and sucking their thumb. 

 

Here are the critical changes in your baby’s development after the fourth month: 

 

  • Meconium (or your baby’s first stool) is developing in your baby’s intestinal tract.
  • A translucent layer of skin begins to form. 
  • Their musculoskeletal system continues to develop. 
  • Their sucking reflex is triggered, and they’re beginning to do sucking motions with their mouth.
  • Your baby is now about 4 to 5 inches long, weighing about 3 ounces.

 

Month 5 (17th to 20th week)

Five months old fetus
Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

 

Your baby will start twisting and turning as they continue to develop (and exercise!) their growing muscles. The term for this first movement is quickening, and it may feel like a flutter in your tummy. 

Layers of protection will form around your baby during this stage. Fine and soft hairwhich is called lanugowill cover your baby’s back, temples, and shoulders. They will eventually shed this a week or so after birth. 

Another layer of protection for your baby is a milky, waxy substance called vernix caseosa. It’s supposed to cover their skin from exposure to the amniotic fluid. It’s pretty amazing how the body supports your baby’s growth! 

 

Here are some of the developmental milestones in your baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy: 

 

  • Your baby can now start to hear and even swallow! 
  • The fingernails, toenails, eyebrows, and eyelashes are now fully formed.
  • Your baby will start moving more. 
  • Your baby is about 6 to 9 inches long and weighs about 9 ounces.

 

Month 6  (21st to 24th week)

Six months old fetus
Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

 

As your little one continues to mature, they gain the ability to respond to sounds. Their responses could be movements or an increase in their pulse rate. They may start to hiccup, too! 

Your baby’s skin is reddish at this stage, and veins are peeking through their translucent skin. Their eyelids start to part, and they may start blinking their eyes. 

 

Here are some remarkable developments in your baby after 24 weeks of your pregnancy: 

 

  • The baby’s lungs are formed but still not functional.
  • Their bone marrow starts to produce blood cells.
  • Their taste buds are forming in the tongue. 
  • Fingerprints and footprints are formed.
  • Your baby now has a regular sleep cycle.
  • If you’re having a baby boy, his testicles begin to drop into the scrotum. 
  • If you’re having a baby girl, her egg cells are forming in the ovary.
  • Your baby is now about 12 inches long and weighs about 1.5 pounds.

 

Month 7 (25th to 27th week)

Seven months old fetus
Image Source: babycenter.com/pregnancy/your-baby/fetal-development-week-by-week_10406730

 

In the last month of the second trimester, your baby’s hearing is fully developed. They will start responding to the sound of your voice or any loud noise by jumping or kicking. You will feel a nudge in your stomach when they do! So as they start recognizing your voice (and your partner’s), begin to talk, read, and sing to them. 

The baby continues to grow during this stage, so make sure to eat healthy food and get lots of rest! These will help in your baby’s major growth spurt and in the toll that the pregnancy is taking on your body. 

 

By the end of the second trimester, here are some developmental milestones that you could expect: 

 

  • Your baby starts passing urine in the amniotic fluid. 
  • Their lungs continue to develop and are producing a substance called surfactant that aids their breathing.
  • Their skin is becoming less transparent and wrinkly as they continue to put in more weight.
  • Their doctor can now hear their heartbeat through a stethoscope.
  • Your baby is now about 13 inches long and weighs almost 2 pounds.

 

Third Trimester 

What Mommas Can Expect (Weeks 28 – 40)

At this stage, your body is making room for a baby going through major growth spurts. You can expect to gain more weight and experience swollen ankles and feet (edema). So momma, continue to eat nutrient-dense food and load up on your H2O so you can stay healthy and meet your baby’s growing nutritional needs.

 

Baby’s Development (Weeks 28 – 40)

Month 8 (28th to 32nd week)

Eight months old fetus
Image Source: babycenter.com/pregnancy/your-baby/fetal-development-week-by-week_10406730

 

By this time, your baby’s internal organs and systems are well-developed, except for the lungs which may still be immature. Their brain is also fast developing at this stage. 

They will continue to put on weight as they develop more body fat reserves. The baby’s more responsive to stimuli too, so you will feel them kicking more often. 

 

Here are the key developments in your baby after 32 weeks: 

 

  • Their body begins to store vital minerals like calcium and iron.
  • The eyes can now open and close. 
  • Their bones are fully formed but still soft. 
  • The fine protective hair (lanugo) on their skin begins to shed.
  • Your baby is now about  15 to 17 inches long and weighs about 4 to 5 pounds.

 

Month 9 (33rd to 36th week)

Nine months old fetus
Image Source: babycenter.com/pregnancy/your-baby/fetal-development-week-by-week_10406730

 

Your baby will continue growing rapidly during this stage. Their reflexes begin to get coordinated, too! As they get bigger and heavier, they have less space to respond to sounds, touch, and light. But, they still react by blinking, closing their fists, and turning their head. And of course, the occasional kicking.

 

As you come closer to your due date, here are the continued developments in your child: 

 

  • Their body fat increases.
  • The protective whitish coating (vernix caseosa) thickens. 
  • Your baby is now about 16 to 19 inches long and weighs between 6 to 7 pounds.

 

Month 10 (37th to 40th week)

Ten months old fetus
Image Source: webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

 

In this period, you could pop out into labor any time. Remember that the human gestation period is 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. Your pregnancy reaching up to 40 weeks or 10 months is a full-term pregnancy, even though people typically say that it’s 9 months.

Remember that the human gestation period is 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. Your pregnancy reaching up to 40 weeks or 10 months is a full-term pregnancy, even though people typically say that it’s 9 months. Click To Tweet

 

You could go beyond your due date and have an extra one or two weeks. For mommas who will be going through normal (vaginal) delivery and still haven’t gone into spontaneous labor during the extended due date, your doctor might induce you through medications or certain medical techniques.  

 

Here are the last stages of development in your baby during the last month of the third trimester: 

 

  • All their organs and internal systems are now functional. 
  • The baby may move into a head-down position in preparation for his or her delivery. 
  • The average birth weight is between 6 to 9 pounds, while the average length is between 19 to 21 inches. 

 

By the end of the 37th week, your baby is considered full-term and is ready to meet the world!

 

FAQs: Answering Your Q’s About Pregnancy

Mom having questions about pregnancy trimesters

 

When do I start to feel pregnant?

Pregnancy happens 2 to 3 weeks after sex. Some women may experience pregnancy symptoms as early as the week after a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus wallwhich is the beginning of pregnancy. This is immediately the week after a missed period. 

But typically, early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, exhaustion, and morning sickness kick in after 5 to 6 weeks of pregnancy. This period is about two weeks from when you first missed your last menstruation. 

 

When does the second trimester start? 

The second trimester starts from the 13th week of pregnancy and ends in the 27th week. 

 

When does the third trimester start?

The third trimester starts from the 28th week of pregnancy and ends until you give birth.

 

Which trimester is the most critical?

The first trimester is the most critical period in your pregnancy since this is when the baby’s organ systems and body structure begin to develop. At this time, the embryo will be extra sensitive to harm caused by exposure to alcohol, certain medications, stressors, and toxic chemicals

When the mother and the embryo (or fetus) are exposed to the things mentioned above, major birth defects in the body and in the internal organs can happen. There’s also a higher chance of miscarriage during the first trimester. 

The first 12 weeks of pregnancy is such a delicate time, momma. Make it a point to nourish yourself, get plenty of rest, and be aware of what you need to avoid during this time.

 

The first 12 weeks of pregnancy is such a delicate time, momma. Make it a point to nourish yourself, get plenty of rest, and be aware of what you need to avoid during this time. Click To Tweet

 

Which pregnancy is more difficult: boys or girls?

Having baby boys is linked to long hours in labor and needing more help during delivery. Boys are also more likely to be born prematurely and are less likely to survive a preterm birth than girls. 

Mommas carrying boys also have a higher risk of pregnancy complications, such as placenta abnormalities, gestational diabetes, and high blood pressure. There’s still no conclusive evidence as to why this happens but genetic factors may play a role in this. 

 

Which trimester do I gain the most weight?

Women gain the most weight during the third trimester of pregnancy. This is due to the baby developing more body fat and growing bigger, denser bones during this period. 

 

Any bad signs during pregnancy that I should be concerned about?

Pregnancy is an overall tough process that takes a toll on your body. But if you’re experiencing any of these warning signs at any stage of your pregnancy, contact your healthcare provider right away: 

 

  • Blood or liquid leaking from your vagina
  • Unusual and extreme pain in your stomach or back 
  • Frequent, debilitating headaches 
  • Muscle tightening (contractions) in your stomach every 10 minutes or more often, even before the last three weeks of pregnancy 
  • Fever and convulsions
  • Blurry vision
  • Swollen feet, fingers, and face 
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating 
  • Frequent vomiting and diarrhea 
  • Decreased movements (kicking, jumping) from your baby after 28 weeks 
  • Feeling depressed and thinking of harming yourself or your baby

 

My advice is to plan a method of procedure with your partner or your loved ones should these symptoms come as an emergency. List down the contact number of the nearest health facility, contact number of your OB-GYN, and other logistical strategies you can do as a family. 

 

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Milksta Momma’s Takeaway 

Every momma’s pregnancy journey may be different. And for most of us, it can be a mixed bag. One day it’s exciting and life-affirming, and another day it’s scary and anxiety-inducing.  During pregnancy, we go through so many physical, hormonal, and emotional changes. But remember that we’re literally growing a human being inside us! So it’s important that we know what to expect during this highly sensitive stage of our life and what we can do to triumph over these fears and changes.  Don’t forget to nourish yourself as you nourish the little one inside you, momma!    [bctt tweet="Don’t forget to nourish yourself as you nourish the little one inside you, momma! " username="getmilksta"]

Milksta Momma’s Takeaway 

Every momma’s pregnancy journey may be different. And for most of us, it can be a mixed bag. One day it’s exciting and life-affirming, and another day it’s scary and anxiety-inducing. 

During pregnancy, we go through so many physical, hormonal, and emotional changes. But remember that we’re literally growing a human being inside us! So it’s important that we know what to expect during this highly sensitive stage of our life and what we can do to triumph over these fears and changes. 

Don’t forget to nourish yourself as you nourish the little one inside you, momma! 

 

Don’t forget to nourish yourself as you nourish the little one inside you, momma! Click To Tweet

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