What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Full 9-Month Summary
Pregnancy is one of the most awaited parts of a woman’s life. It is one of the initial steps that signifies the start of building a family. Men and women alike, are looking forward to taking care of the baby inside the womb. For families and loved ones to take care of the unborn, they need to know the stages of the pregnancy and the development the fetus at every stage. Every trimester of the pregnancy signifies a development of a vital part of the baby.
Let’s familiarize further on the baby’s development inside the mothers’ womb.
- One-Three Months (First Trimester)
A week right after fertilization, the egg develops into a blastocyst. Its microscopic size implants on the uterus’ wall. This will start the series of changes in the hormones and the body. The mid-first month to the second month of pregnancy is called the embryonic stage. This trimester marks the beginning of the development of the major organs. Substances like alcohol and radiation and infectious diseases can harm the developing embryo during this stage.
On the ninth week, the embryo is roughly around 1 inch in size, it will then be called a fetus. The development happening in the first trimester is very evident. The baby, from the size of a tiny pea, developing into a tadpole-shaped embryo, then slowly turning into something human-like.
- Three-Six Months (Second Trimester)
During this trimester, mothers will feel that the fetus starts moving. The movements prior to this trimester are barely noticeable by the mothers’ body, but because the fetus has grown large enough, its movement is now more obvious. The fetus in the womb is now starting to gain more weight because it is starting to build body fats. The baby is already around 10 inches long weighing about 1.5lbs. just as it turns 24 weeks old.
- Seven-Nine Months (Third or Last Trimester)
This trimester is from 28 weeks until the delivery of the baby, full-term delivery is around 37-42 weeks. The fetus is more active during this trimester and its organs are more mature. It is almost ready for full-term delivery. The fetus doesn’t move that much after 32 weeks because of its huge size inside the womb wherein movement is limited. This final trimester will position the baby ready for delivery, which is head down. The closer mothers get to deliver, the more discomfort they feel.
The baby inside the mothers’ womb changes and develops every week. These changes require care and medical attention to guarantee a safe delivery. With regular prenatal check-up, you can closely monitor the baby’s development and growth. Monitoring fetal growth and development also prepares the family for the things and pieces of equipment needed once the baby is born.
Alliance ObGyn & Consultants LLC provides prenatal and obstetrical care to all women and families who want to make sure that the baby inside the womb is well taken care of. We have experienced and licensed physicians who can help mothers during the whole three trimesters of pregnancy. Our services are geared towards a safe pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby.
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