Prenatal Development

For New & Experienced Mothers

How To Prepare For The Pregnancy and the BABY

  • You should right away start taking Prenatal Vitamins To help the baby develop.
  • You should not smoke or do any other bad health habits while your pregnant it can affect your baby.
  • Before your due-date you should have a suitcase ready for when its time to leave to the hospital.
  • Eat Healthy!
  • Exercise

Trimester 1

  • Some symptoms in the first few weeks of pregnancy are
- Morning sickness

- Breast Changes

- Slight spotting and cramps

  • In Trimester 1 it takes a whole week for the fetus to reach the uterus.
  • The babies heart is the first to grow.
  • In the first 4 weeks the baby is as big as a poppy seed!

Trimester 2

  • By about 16 weeks you will begin feeling movement from your baby.
  • Crowding if often felt by this stage and you will become less and less comfortable.
  • Your baby now is the size of an Avocado!
  • You may start to see stretch marks and a little of weight put on!

Trimester 3

  • By 28 weeks you may find yourself sleeping less and less, it is important to take time to relax and rest.
  • Your baby is starting to develop more fat so her wrinkly skin will start to get smoother.
  • Your baby is now the size of and eggplant
  • The lungs are mature enough that the baby will have a chance of survival if born now!
  • By 32 weeks your body and your baby's body are pretty much ready for arrival

Quick Facts on Signs of Labor;

  • Lightening- baby settles into mother's pelvis
  • Bloody show- mother loses mucus plug
  • Water Breaking- loss of amniotic fluid
  • Contractions-tightening and releasing of uterine muscle
  • Dilation- cervix opening grows(measured in cm.)