I'm Having A Baby, What to Expect?

Ayla Hicks & Kyrah Smith

First Trimester

Parent: I've received a missed period first. My breast began to change becoming larger, and tender as my hormones also changed causing changes in my breast tissue. (this prepares the body for breastfeeding.) I begin to experience some nause and vomiting which lasted between eight and twelve weeks. I began feeling very tired as the days went on because the demand for energy increased. Looking at my stomach, a dark line appeared from my naval downward. A frequency of urination due to pressure on my bladder increased also.

Baby: From four to ten weeks, my baby's organs have developed and some began to function. He/she is an poppy seed sized embryo. At five weeks, the baby is the size of a sesame seed and the brain has started to develop. Around six weeks, the nose, mouth, and ears start to develop also. Seven weeks crept around and my baby's hands and feet emerge from arms and legs. By the time eight weeks come around, the fetus has all the organs including the heart that is already pumping. Bone formation has begun. Twelve weeks, the baby sex can be determined. The baby teeth are present in the gums. Fingernails and toenails are forming. The baby can also move in the amniotic fluid, but the movements are small, mother cannot feel yet.

Second Trimester

Mother: My Uterus has risen in the abdomen decreasing pressure on the bladder by now. My breast may begin to secrete colestrum and I may feel the baby's movement. Most parents, like myself, experience back and leg pain, constipation, varicose veins, or mild swelling of the ankles, feet, hands, and face.

Baby: The baby has hair, as well as eyebrows and eyelashes.