9 Months Of Pregnancy - By Marina Fogle
Finding out you’re pregnant leaves women awash with emotions and confused as they try to understand what will happen in the next nine months.
Marina Fogle, founder of The Bump Class gives an introduction to your pregnancy and what to expect as it progresses. If you’ve just been floored by that great big + on your pregnancy test, you’re probably keen to know what the next nine months have in store for you.
Pregnancy can be tough for some, amazing for others but come what may, it will culminate in the best day of your life. Your pregnancy is split by the medical world into three trimesters. Even though pregnancy lasts 9 months, it’s actually calculated in weeks, with 40 weeks being the finish line. This is a bit misleading as it’s dated from the first day of your last period, so by the time you find out you’re pregnant, you’re already often about 4 weeks pregnant.
The 1st trimester lasts until the end of week 12 and is when most of your baby’s development takes place. A heartbeat can be detected from about 6 weeks and amazingly by 10 weeks all the vital organs are fully formed and functional. By 12 weeks your baby has a complete skeleton and will be beginning to move around a lot, although you won’t be able to feel this. Although you can have scans earlier, the scan at 12 weeks is really important.
It checks that the baby’s development but also, combined with a blood test and the maternal age, will estimate the likelihood of chromosomal abnormalities. As miscarriage before 12 weeks is fairly common, most people wait until they’ve had this scan before sharing the happy news. As exciting as finding out you’re pregnant can be, the first trimester is often the hardest for women.
Morning (or all day) sickness is common and you’re likely to be feeling exhausted. Considering the amount of development that your baby is doing it’s not surprising so don’t feel guilty if you have to be resting in the day. The good news is that the second trimester is when most women start to feel amazing. As the nausea wears off and the maternal glow starts to take effect you can start to get excited about becoming a mother. But your body is still working hard.
By week 15 your baby will begin to grow hair on his head (and eyebrows!). Your bump might start to show at around 16 weeks but for many women it’s much later. At around 17-20 weeks you might begin to feel your baby move. Initially this will feel like little flutters in your tummy but they’ll gradually build to become quite strong.
By 20 weeks your baby can hear noises outside the womb and by about 26 weeks he can blink and see light and dark. At 20 weeks is when you have your next really important scan. The Anomaly scan will check the baby’s development and will look in more detail at individual structures and organs.
The 3rd trimester is all about the baby growing and as this happens, you will have to start slowing down. By 32 weeks all your baby’s senses will be developed and you’ll notice your baby’s movements changing as the space gets tight. A good thing to remember is that your baby is term from 37 weeks so you should be ready for the arrival from then.
Most first time babies are born closer to 41 weeks so it might be a waiting game, but one thing I can assure you, it’s well worth the wait. A good antenatal class is hugely beneficial to pregnant women. Advice on the internet is conflicting and often inaccurate.
Make sure you seek professional advice from a trusted source. For more information about The Bump Class look at www.thebumpclass.com or email marina firstname.lastname@example.org. Marina Fogle is one of our Honestly Healthy Heroes and a true expert in her field. If you have recently had a baby and are looking to get back into shape, why not try our Fridge Fill. We can create tailored plans to help you get back on track all the while taking the stress of having to prepare healthy dishes with new little ones around. Everything is prepared for you, delivering nourishing alkaline food straight to your door.