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Stages of Pregnancy
A normal pregnancy lasts for between 37 and 42 weeks, an average of 40 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period.
Pregnancy is divided into three periods of three months each. The period of pregnancy, or gestation, is divided into three trimesters. It's a useful way to help describe the changes that happen during pregnancy.
*The first trimester is week 1- week 12,
*Tthe second is week 13 to week 27 *The third is week 28 to week 40.
In the first trimester, your baby’s body and organs develop, in the second trimester, your baby’s organs mature and in the third trimester, your baby gets bigger and lays down stores of fat.
Pregnancy is a period of considerable changes in a woman´s body. These changes, affecting virtually every part of the body, are all geared towards growing and delivering a healthy baby, without harming the mother.
Pregnancy is divided into three periods of three months each. Each trimester brings with its own unique set of experiences.
Some changes that occur during pregnancy may take months to revert to normal after delivery such as;
+ Pigmentation changes,
+Loss of abdominal muscle tone
+ weight gain
last for some years after birth. Interestingly, you may even find that the hormones that soften your cartilage to allow for easier deliver have left your hips slightly wider and your feet a size bigger. If you have concerns about the way in which your body has changed, ask your doctor for advice on exercise and diet plans to help you bounce back faster.
What happen after delivery?
Your shape in the first few days after delivery.Your body will have seen some significant changes over the past few days.
Your breasts will be larger at first and while you’re breastfeeding regularly. If you don’t intend to breastfeed from the start, you needn’t do anything. But on the third or fourth day, your breasts may be tender because the milk is still being produced. Wearing a firm, supportive bra may help. Your breasts will get smaller again in a week or so. Speak to your midwife if you’re very uncomfortable.
Your abdomen will probably be quite baggy after delivery. Despite delivering your baby, plus the placenta and a lot of fluid, you’ll still be quite a lot bigger than you were before pregnancy. This is partly because your muscles have stretched. If you eat a balanced diet and get some exercise, your shape should soon return to normal.
Breastfeeding helps because it makes the womb (uterus) contract. Because of this, you may sometimes feel quite a painful twinge in your stomach or period-type pain while you are feeding.
It’s quite common after having a baby to leak urine accidentally if you laugh, cough or move suddenly. Pelvic floor exercises can help prevent this. If the problem lasts for more than three months, see your doctor, who may refer you to a physiotherapist.