It can be somewhat difficult to recognize the signs of pregnancy in the early stages. Many of the early pregnancy symptoms resemble premenstrual symptoms and are often mistaken for these. Let’s take a look at some of the more common early signs and of pregnancy and how they can be detected.
The second trimester is an exciting time during pregnancy. There is a good chance that any morning sickness will have subsided and you will have plenty of energy. During this time you should also feel the baby move for the first time and towards the end of the trimester other people may be able to feel it too! Another major milestone that is reached during this stage of pregnancy is that the fetus reaches viability (ability to survive outside the womb). If you are wondering when this trimester starts, and when it ends, keep reading to find out.
Implantation occurs after the successful fertilization between an egg and sperm. The fertilized egg reaches the uterus where it implants in the lining, called the endometrium. This is how the developing fetus receives the required nutrients and oxygen from the mother before the placenta is formed. Implantation occurs somewhere between 6 to 12 days after ovulation. Implantation is commonly followed by a small amount of blood loss/discharge from the vagina.
If you know anything about pregnancy you have no doubt heard about the placenta. A placenta forms in the womb along with the developing baby. It is connected to the baby via the umbilical cord. It is an organ that connects the baby to the uterine wall. Without proper placenta formation it is difficult for an unborn baby to grow healthily and strongly.
The rupturing of the amniotic sac is referred to as waters breaking by most non-medical personnel and this may be an indicator of labor. When the amniotic sac ruptures the production of the prostaglandin hormone increases and this speeds up the contractions.
Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters even though the duration of a pregnancy is usually referred to in a weekly time scale. The trimesters are useful for breaking the pregnancy up into developmental stages. During the third trimester the majority of the weight gain takes place and the fetus is growing rapidly during this period. This is also the trimester in which labor and birth actually takes place. But you might still be wondering – when does your third trimester start? This article will answer that question and discuss the symptoms and development that takes place during this period.
Morning sickness is as misunderstood as many other medical mysteries. Some people claim that it is changes in blood sugar that cause the problem while others are sure that the pregnancy hormones are to blame. While the debate rages expecting mothers are only concerned about one thing – when does morning sickness go away.