Pregnancy Milestones by Trimester
posted by Maria Oneida, MD | November 30, 2017
A woman reaches several milestones throughout her pregnancy, and they differ for every trimester. Here’s a look at what milestones you can expect both during and post-pregnancy.
During the first three months of pregnancy, your baby’s basic organ system begins to develop. You’ll be tired more often, and will likely have to use the bathroom more often. Some pregnant women also experience constipation. Some milestones you may hit include:
By the beginning of the second trimester, many mothers feel more energetic and have less nausea—though some experience more headaches. It’s important to stay hydrated during this period. Certain milestones include:
Try to stay active during the third trimester. You may feel some tightness in the uterus (Braxton-Hicks contractions), that are preparations in the uterus for labor. You’ll have more regular check-ups to avoid complications. Other milestones include:
Some women call the period after pregnancy the “fourth trimester,” and it’s vital to keep taking care of yourself during this period despite most of your focus naturally being on the baby. Take offers from friends and family to help, and ensure you get enough rest. Don’t worry about normal tasks like cleaning—focus on the baby and yourself.
Your doctor can offer more information on common pregnancy milestones.
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“Fetal development timeline.” BabyCenter.com. https://www.babycenter.com/0_fetal-development-timeline_10357636.bc
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.