The Way Of Life
Ke'Mya M. & Deshawna H.
What To Expect: 1st Trimester
The Mother: During the 1st and 2nd week your body starts to prepare itself. You start to have morning symptoms and you also find out your due date. During week 3 the mother starts her fertilization, her egg and the sperm is already united and the eggs is now traveling down the Fallopian Tube. During the rest of the time her body starts to work around the baby and prepare for the baby. Her breast begin to get tender, her uterus starts to get bigger, and she starts to provide for two people.
What To Expect: 2nd Trimester
The Mother: During the second trimester your body will have finished adjusting to the hormones, also known as the "honeymoon trimester". Even though your hormones have finished adjusting, you will start to notice your body changing in weight and shape causing some women to get body blues. You may notice that nausea has slowed down or stopped. You may experience abdominal aches due to the growing uterus and the stretching of ligaments. The growing uterus will limit the space for your lungs and cause you to feel winded with simple activities. During this time you will notice movement known as "quickening" and may also be able to feel the fetus hiccup. This is also the time were you may experience an increase with your sex drive and also experience bad dreams.
What To Expect: 3rd Trimester
The Mother: This trimester is very emotionally and physically hard on the body. For first time mothers the baby may come early or later than your due date causing a lot of frustration. You may notice weight gain, increase in skin temperature (fetus gives off body heat), frequent trips to the bathroom, lack of bladder control, hair growth, decrease in sex drive, Braxton-Hicks contractions (false labor), colostrum, backaches, not being able to sleep, and the feeling of not being able to breath. Towards the end of the third trimester you will notice that you will be able to breath easier once the baby has dropped into the pelvis area for delivery.