Sunday, July 6, 2008

Pregnancy Stages

1st-3rd month:
After the end of three months you get lot of weight and due to hormonal changes you may feel tired. Plan to get extra rest, sneaking in sleep when you can and slow down. By the end of third month you should feel more energetic. You may need to urinate more frequently now. This is common during the first and last three months of pregnancy. Start wearing loosely fitting clothes for more comfort.

4th Month:
You may feel more energy. Sickness and fatigue may stop in this period, and you may also notice our belly looks larger because of the growth of baby.

5th Month:
You should move and stand often because of changes in your circulation. Throughout the remainders of your pregnancy continue to do this. Your breasts may begin to leak a yellowish fluid called colostrums in preparation for breastfeeding and you may begin to feel movement of baby in this month

6th Month:
You may gain 3-4 pounds this month, and during the latter stages of pregnancy your feet may swell. Putting your feet up may help reduce any ankle swelling. Have wide, comfortable shoes, preferably with no heel.

7th Month:
You may gain 3-4 pounds in this month. You may tire easily. Ask for help, if you work, try to work shorter hours or a more flexible schedule if possible, and try of take more and more rest.

8th Month:
You may gain 3-4 pounds this month and increases in frequency of urination, backaches, anxiety, heartburn, and may shortness of breath occur. Try to have larger maternity clothes, if necessary. You will be growing quite a bit these last few weeks.

9th Month:
You may gain 3-4 pounds this month. Your stomach may change shape as the baby begins to position itself for birth. It may be easier to breathe now, but you may have to urinate more often. Get plenty of rest!

Getting boy or girl?
It takes about 20 minutes for the lucky winner to find his way in, over the next ten to 30 hours of conception; the sperm's nucleus merge with the egg's as they combine their genetic material. If the sperm carries a Y chromosome, your baby will be a boy; if it's an X chromosome, you'll be welcoming a girl.

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