What to expect

Allyson Johnson, Hr. 6

Trimester 1 (Months 1-3)

  • Mom~There's no ultrasound image of your baby for weeks 1&2, pregnancy due date is calculated using the first day of your last menstrual.
  • Baby~ 6 weeks baby's tongue and vocal cords are beginning to form, tiny tooth beds start to appear, 10 weeks yolk sac is no longer needed and starts to disappear, Baby's eyelids are now fused shut. fingers are now separated with fingernails starting to grow, 13 weeks starting to swallow and urinate amniotic fluid, head is now proportional, has its own set of fingerprints.
  • Babycenter.com for baby
  • parents.com for mom

Trimester 2 (Months 4-6)

  • Mom~ breasts might keep growing, abdomen expands, uterus might start contracting, skin changes, stretch marks most likely, nasal and gum problems, dizziness, leg cramps, vaginal discharge, emotions may be everywhere.
  • Baby~ 17 weeks umbilical cord is growing stronger and thicker, sense of hearing is developing, 19 weeks hair is sprouting on scalp, brain is designating specialized areas for smell,taste,hearing,vision, and touch, 24 weeks lungs are developing "branches", working it's facial muscles, 27 weeks can now open and close it's eyes, sleeps and wakes at regular intervals.
  • mayoclinic.com for mom
  • babycenter.com for baby

Trimester 3 (Months 7-9)

  • Mom~ size and position might make it hard to get comfortable, continued breast growth, weight gain, braxton hicks contractions, backaches, shortness of breath, heartburn, swelling, frequent urination, emotions worrying about giving birth, frequent appointments.
  • Baby~ 31 weeks accumulating more fat under his skin, has taste buds now, 35 weeks gain about an ounce per day over next few weeks, amniotic fluid around baby is starting to diminish, 39 weeks lungs are fully mature now, 41 weeks skin is probably peeling a bit after long bath in amniotic fluid.
  • mayoclinic.com for mom
  • babycenter.com for baby

Advice for expectant father

Have an honest and open relationship with your wife or girlfriend. Don't dismiss your concerns. Signing on for extra hours may make your wife/girlfriend feel abandoned. Accompany your wife/girlfriend to at least some of the doctor's appointments. Settle issues with your boss early! Change your priorities to taking care of your child and not doing your own thing. Finding support is out their and it's okay to find support.