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The Stages Of Pregnancy

By Riddhi Jain   

Pregnancy is one of the most memorable experiences in a woman’s life. It comes with a lot of responsibilities not just for the mother but father as well. And if you are going to experience this soon, this article is for you!

Read further to know more about the stages of pregnancy:


Pregnancy lasts for about 40 weeks on average. Duration for the first trimester is from the first week to the twelfth week. During the very first week of your pregnancy, you are going to witness a lot of hormonal changes in your body. The first and foremost change is- your periods are going to stop.

Other changes include:

  • A headache
  • Food cravings
  • Tiredness
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Constipation and an increase in the frequency of urination
  • Heartburn
  • Upset stomach, irregular poop timings
  • Morning sickness etc.

Stated above are few of the most common changes that occur to every pregnant woman in her first trimester. But it might change in the level of intensity because every body reacts differently to such hormonal changes. During this time, the woman is required to modify her daily routine in order to adapt to these changes like going to bed early, eating fruits, avoid snacks etc.

The Stages Of Pregnancy

The Stages Of Pregnancy


The duration of this trimester is from week 13 to week 28. The changes that your body felt during the first trimester would now fade away by the time you reach to the week 13 of your pregnancy. Other more noticeable changes are going to occur at this stage like your abdomen would increase in size and by the end of this trimester, you would start feeling the movement of your baby.

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The common changes that occur during this trimester are:

  • Severe body pains
  • Black patches on the face around the chin, upper lip, and cheeks which are called the mask of pregnancy.
  • Stretches on neck, thighs, and arms.
  • Frequent itching on the abdomen, legs, arms, stomach.
  • A line running from belly button to the pubic hair on the skin.
  • Feeling numb hands and toes.
  • The dark color of nipples and area around the nipples.
  • Sever swelling on feet, legs ankles and face.
  • Feeling of puking, vomiting all the time.

During this phase, try to rest as much as possible and eat healthy food only. Meanwhile, to make sure you don’t become lousy or lazy due to the pregnancy, go for morning walks.


This trimester goes on from week 28 to week 40. Few of the issues that you were facing during the second trimester might continue during this trimester as well, but do not worry your body will become normal once you deliver the baby.

Changes that one faces:

  • Increase in your weight.
  • Your belly button sticks out.
  • You might feel short of breath, but it is because the baby is growing big which is putting extra pressure on your organs.
  • You might feel trouble sleeping at night.
  • Baby drops down or comes into the lower abdomen as this trimester ends.
  • Frequent contractions.

This is the last stage, don’t lose your courage and be positive; your patience and efforts are going to pay a fruitful result. Be physically and mentally prepared as this trimester ends. All the best for a new life!

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