What does each trimester mean in pregnancy?

What does each trimester mean in pregnancy?

Niharika Sachdev

One of the most beautiful achievements in life is bringing a baby into this world. But before the baby is born, your body undergoes several changes. And, if you are pregnant for the first time, some of these changes may not be what you have expected. Fret not, in this article, we take you on a trimester-wise journey and tell you about the possible changes to expect. This article will also describe what each trimester means. Read along to know more.

First trimester:

This is essentially the first twelve weeks after fertilization. During this time, some mothers may gain weight, some may start seeing the baby bump, while other mothers would have varied symptoms. This is because everyone’s body is unique, and the changes may vary from mother to mother. However, here are some of the common changes which happen in the first trimester.

  • Morning sickness
  • Tender breasts
  • Food cravings and aversions
  • Tiredness
  • Heartburn

Second trimester:

This trimester means the easiest period of pregnancy. At least, that’s what most mothers have to say. You may not experience any of the changes from the first trimester. It starts from the 13th week and goes on till the 26th week. In this period, your morning sickness and fatigue will be gone, and you will feel better overall.

During this trimester, many mothers await weeks 16-20. It is during these weeks that they can see evident development of the baby. This trimester also helps the doctor to sight any early complications during the pregnancy. As a mother, in your second trimester, you can discuss with your doctor what type of birthing procedure would you prefer. Also, your doctor will be in a better position to give you details about both – natural and C-Section delivery. Here are some of the changes which you may experience at this time of your pregnancy.

  • Fast hair growth
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Backache
  • Leg cramps
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Growing belly and breast
  • Vaginal discharge

Third trimester:

The third trimester means the most important period of your pregnancy. The duration of this trimester is from the 27th week to the day your baby is born. During this phase, you will experience several evident physical changes. Feeling tired and restless are common changes experienced by most mothers.

Many mothers also tend to feel excited during this time, as it’s almost time for the baby to arrive. However, many soon-to-be mothers also feel anxious and can get a bit worked up about which type of delivery will they have i.e. normal or C-Section delivery.

Some of the changes which you will experience in your third trimester entail:

  • Frequent urination
  • Weight gain
  • Swelling
  • Fluctuations in blood pressure
  • Increase in skin temperature
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Varicose veins in the legs

It is mesmerizing how your body can adapt to bring a new life into this world. Every mother experience certain ups and downs in her pregnancy. Consult your doctor whenever you have questions about the various changes taking place in your body. If you find the overall experience overwhelming, journaling the moments can help too.