Temporarily Pregnant

By: Jazmin Seegars

1st Trimester:

Baby: By the end of the third month of pregnancy, the baby is fully formed. The baby has arms, hands, fingers, feet, and toes and can open and close its fists and mouth. Fingernails and toenails are beginning to develop and the external ears are formed. The beginnings of teeth are forming. The baby's reproductive organs also develop, but the baby's gender is difficult to distinguish on ultrasound. The circulatory and urinary systems are working and the liver produces bile. At the end of the third month, the baby is about 7.6 -10 cm (3-4 inches) long and weighs about 28g


Mom: Extreme fatigue, acne, moody swings, cramps, swollen tender breasts.

2nd Trimester:

Baby: The nervous system is starting to function at this point in pregnancy. The reproductive organs and genitalia are now fully developed, and the health care provider can see on ultrasound if its a boy or a girl. By the end of the fourth month, the baby is about 6 inches long and weighs about 4 ounces. Their eyelids, eyebrows, eyelashes, nails, and hair are formed, and teeth and bones are becoming denser.


Mom: More energy, bladder pressure lessens, not as much morning sickness, appetite increases, changes to stomach skin.

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3rd Trimester:

Baby: The baby's bones are fully formed, but still soft. The baby's kicks and jabs are forceful. The eyes can open and close and sense changes in light. Lungs are not fully formed, but practice "breathing" movements occur, body fat increases.


Mom: Shortness of breath, swelling of ankles fingers and face, trouble sleeping, contractions, heartburn, baby moving lower into abdomen.

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Advice:

DONT'S:

-Don't drink alcohol.

-Don't smoke.

- Don't eat hotdogs.

- Avoid reptiles.

-Stay away from microwaves.

DO'S:

-Get regular medical exams.

-Take prenatal vitamins.

-Exercise .

-Make sure you have enough fat in your diet.

-Stay positive.

Husband's/Partner's Help:

Be supportive, do chores, read some books on pregnancy, accompany them to doctors appointments, be patient with them, compliment them no matter how they look, help them through morning sickness.

3 stages of birth:

1.) Dilation: In the first stage of labor, your cervix has to move forward and open, so your baby can be born. By the end of this stage your cervix will be fully dilated, and open to about 10cm (3.9in) in diameter.

2.) Labor: During the second stage of labor, you will push the baby down the vagina (the birth canal) and meet him or her for the first time.

3.) After birth: The third stage of labor begins once the baby is born, and ends when you deliver the placenta and the empty bag of waters that are attached to the placenta. These come away as your uterus contracts down after the birth.