When You Are Expecting!!!

Anna Schilling Hour 2nd

1st and 2nd trimester

The first trimester of pregnancy is marked by an invisible — yet amazing — transformation. And it happens quickly. Hormones trigger your body to begin nourishing the baby even before tests and a physical exam can confirm the pregnancy. Pregnancy might leave you feeling delighted, anxious, exhilarated and exhausted — sometimes all at once. Even if you're thrilled about being pregnant, a new baby adds emotional stress to your life. You will have abdominal pain, problems with urination, morning sickness, and swollen breasts.

During the second trimester, your baby is growing quickly. Between your 18th and 22nd week of pregnancy you'll have an ultrasound so your doctor can see how your baby is progressing. You also can learn the sex of your baby, unless you'd rather be surprised. The morning sickness and fatigue that plagued you during the last three months should be fading, leaving you feeling more energetic and like your old self again. Your breasts become darker and browner and you may start having backaches.

3rd and 4th trimester

The third trimester of pregnancy can be physically and emotionally challenging. Your baby's size and position might make it hard for you to get comfortable. You might be tired of pregnancy and eager to move on to the next stage. If you've been gearing up for your due date, you might be disappointed if it comes and goes uneventfully. As your baby grows, his or her movements will become more obvious. These exciting sensations are often accompanied by increasing discomfort and other third trimester pregnancy symptoms.

Symptoms like weight gain, fatigue again, stretch marks, swelling of the face, hands, and ankles.

The 4th trimester it's tough to be around these red-faced, screaming young babies. It makes your skin sweat, your blood pressure climb, and causes great frustration when nothing you do seems to calm them. No wonder, most of us who have ever had to care for a crying newborn have probably muttered to ourselves, "Why couldn't they just come with a crying off-switch?" Well, perhaps they do and we just overlooked it!

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Advice for Fathers

Some fears that fathers have is to be replaced in the affections of their lover by their baby is a fear that is quite common. This in totally unfounded fear if one does not fulfill one's own. Another fear is mostly issues. So, try to spend as much time as you can with your children before they go off to college.