We are here today to talk about the stages of labour so let’s start with the basics. Shall we? From the date of your last menstrual period is where the pregnancy begins. It occurs in three stages and those are first, second, and third trimester. You can visit this link here for more information.
The first trimester takes place from the date of conception until the 12th week. We all know the first change to expect when we may be pregnant and that is the missed period. A missed period is your body’s way of saying that a baby is on the way. Along with these changes you may also experience hormonal changes like frequent urination, tender or swollen breasts, mood swings, and weight gain. Goodbye, little black dress. This is the stage where your baby begins to develop a strong working nervous and muscular system, you get to know what color to paint the nursery, the eyelids close, and the head growth slows.
Weeks 13 to 27 marks the duration of the second trimester. This is the stage where a woman typically begins to get the relief needed from all of the needs to vomit and restlessness. However, you may still experience bodily changes like back pain, swollen ankles, or those dreaded stretch marks. But the one change you are sure to love is that beautiful baby bump that grows with the baby. During this you stage, you will eventually feel your baby move. The baby will also be able to hear and swallow, have its first bowel movement, and give you a good kick.
The last of the stages of labour is finally here. The third trimester usually begins in the 28th week and lasts until birth. This is the stage where the baby may begin to put pressure on your major organs, due to their increased body fat, causing more trips to the restroom and difficulty breathing. You may also begin to experience heartburn, due to the baby having hair, a protruding belly button, and the baby planning its escape.
The pregnancy is considered full term after 37 weeks. So the baby is ready to say “Ready or not! Here I come!”