Pregnancy Stages

Roneasha Brown , Daione Blackburn Hr.6 .

First Trimester (Mother/Baby's Development) 12 weeks

Measured from conception to about the 12th week of pregnancy. Womans hormones begin to change. The womans period begins to stop when there is a sign that she is pregnant. the symptoms that occur when her body changes are: Morning sickness, swollen breasts,mood swings, food cravings, headaches, throwing up and heartburn.


During the first few weeks the baby's heart begins to form, arms and legs appear and now the baby is called an "Embryo"and is 1/2 of an inch long. All major organs and external body structures are starting to form also. The sex organs begin to form and the umbilical cord is easily seen. At the end of 8 weeks, the baby is a fetus and starts to look more like a human. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/hp.asp


Second Trimester (Week 13-28)

Most women feel like the second trimester of their pregnancy is much easier than the first. symptoms like Nausea,fatigue, and throwing up are going away. new stuff will start happening to the body and the abdomen will grow as the baby continues to grow. At 16 weeks the womens body changes to make room for the growing baby and they may experience things like: body aches, back or thigh pain, stretch marks, a line on their belly button, bad acne, and their feet will start to swell.


At 16 weeks, the baby's muscle tissue and bone continues to form. the skin also starts to appear. you can see through it. the baby starts to make sucking motions with their mouth and they are now about 4-5 inches weighs almost 3 ounces. 20 weeks is here and now the baby is more active! their eyebrows, eyelashes, fingernails, and toenails have formed.

Third Trimester (29-40 weeks)

Many women start to breath difficultly and they have to go to the bathroom more often. this happens because the baby is getting bigger and putting more pressure on their organs. there might be some new body changes such as: heartburn, ankle and face swelling. you may gain a lot of weight very quickly. your belly button may stick out more. The woman will have more trouble sleeping and contractions may occur which could be a sign of fake or real early labor. As the due date is approaching the cervix becomes thinner and softer.


At 32 weeks the baby's bones are fully formed,but still very soft. their body begins to store vital minerals, such as iron and calcium. The baby gets bigger and bigger and has less space to move around. Hands and feet start to wiggle and the baby can be about 16-19 inches long and weigh about 6 1/2 pounds. By the end of 37 weeks the baby is fully developed and the organs are ready to function on their own. Healthy babies may be different in size!




Advice for Dad

Our advice for the father would be to take care of his responsibility because he was also a part of making this baby. A job would be very helpful while mom stays at home and handle everything. its always important for the baby to have plenty of diapers and wipes,you could never have too many of those! clothes and bottles are also very important. those are all needs. The mom should teach the father how to make a bottleand what to give the baby when he/she starts to cry so that way the Dad would be an expert at anything that deals with making the baby happy again!