What to Expect

Tiffani Steinly

1st Trimester

During the first trimester slight bleeding from the vagina is common for most pregnant women. This is when the baby's organs will begin to develop and blood is taken from the mother to provide nutrients for the embryo. Breasts will become more sore, while fatigue and motion sickness are common side affects. When this trimester is up the embryo will be about 3 inches long.
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Second Trimester

In this stage it is the easiest for the expecting mother. Sickness and fatigue will start to gradually decrease and hair growth speeds up. The fetus will grow more quickly and it's functioning nerves and organs start forming. The fetus eyes and ears move into place, and the expecting mother will start getting ultrasounds at this stage. Frequent urination is common as the fetus is pressed on your bladder, and back pain might start. This can be fixed by sleeping on your side with a pillow tucked between your legs.
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Third Trimester

The final trimester before your baby is a newborn. Mild contractions will start while breasts will continue to grow as they produce milk which feeds the baby. In this trimester the baby opens its eyes and the bones become fully developed, it can start to detect light and will practice breathing exercises. This is the most uncomfortable stage for the mother as swelling and weight gain will arise, causing stretch marks. The baby should start turning to get into the birthing position.
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Tips for an expecting father

The father can play an important roll during and after the pregnancy. Simply practicing how to change and baby and helping set up the appropriate equipment the baby will be using. While the mother will most likely be on work release for her new infant the dad will be in charge of providing the family income for a while, unless the mother is paid. Feeding the baby and getting up at night will be a huge help for the mother as she carried that baby for 9 months.