What to Expect

Kaylee Ellmaker

First Trimester

In the first trimester the egg is fertilized. This egg is what develops into a baby. In weeks 4-10 the babies organs start to develop. In the fifth week the baby is about the size of a sesame seed and the heart starts to beat. During week 8 the eyelids, fingers, and toes are developing.

The first sign of pregnancy is a missed period. The new mother should expect morning sickness, fatigue, and mood swings. Another thing to expect is frequent urination, this will continue throughout the remainder of the pregnant. Around the seventh week the first prenatal appointment should be scheduled.

Second Trimester

At the beginning of the second trimester the babies taste buds start forming. Around week 18 the baby's gender can be determined. During week 21 the babies kicks can be felt and the baby has eyebrows.

Morning sickness should go away however, the mother might still be nauseous. The mother should expect to be more energetic and have an increased appetite. Swelling in the feet and ankles might occur.

Third Trimester.

During the 28th week the baby can see light that has penetrated through the uterus. The head grows to accommodate the growing brain. Around week 33 the baby should be over 4 pounds. Finally the lungs start maturing.

The mother should expect mood swings, fatigue, heartburn, and possible dizziness. Since the baby is growing more, some discomfort might occur. The new mother should also expect to be restless.

Expecting Father

The expecting father can be supportive by paying attention to the mother's needs. Also going to all of the appointments can help because some of the check-ups can be stressful. Talking is a major thing because communication is key in a relationship especially one that is about to drastically change. Patience is another the father needs to have. The mother is going through something new and can become frustrated talking through it will help.