What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Changes to Expect During Pregnancy for Each Trimester

Pregnancy is an exciting time but can be a confusing and an apprehensive time for first time mothers. That is why we have created a blog for pregnant women explaining what they can expect during each phase of their pregnancy. The 40 weeks of pregnancy are often grouped into three trimesters. [1]

First Trimester – Weeks 1-13

During your first week of pregnancy, you may notice changes in your body such as light spotting, mild abdominal/back cramping, tender breasts, or morning sickness.

In your first trimester, you should see Dr. Hill every four weeks. At your first prenatal visit, which should occur 6-10 weeks into your pregnancy, Dr. Hill OB/GYN will do the following:

  • Assess your current health and discuss with you about any potential risk factors
  • Complete a thorough physical exam and take a urine and blood sample for testing
  • Perform an ultrasound and determine your baby’s gestational age

Second Trimester – Weeks 14 –27

During this time, you should start to feel some of your appetite appear and gain about a pound a week. Along with your belly growing and becoming more noticeable, you may begin to feel more achy and tired.

However, you may experience the excitement of your baby moving for the first time!

In your second trimester, you will see Dr. Hill every four weeks. At these appointments you can expect that Dr. Hill will check or perform the following:

  • Your weight, blood pressure, and urine
  • Your belly, baby’s heartbeat
  • Possible glucose screenings
  • An ultrasound to check for any physical abnormalities and if you would like, find out the gender of your baby

Third Trimester – Weeks 28-40

During this phase, many women find breathing difficult and notice they have to go to the bathroom more often. [2]

Other body changes you may experience include:

  • Heartburn
  • Stretch marks and itchy skin
  • Lower back and hip pain
  • Sciatica
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and loss of appetite

Between two to four weeks before giving birth, your baby will drop and get settled down lower into your pelvis in preparation for delivery. This is also about the time that your milk glands fill with colostrum.

In your third trimester, you should be seeing Dr. Hill every two weeks, then after week 36, you should see him every week until you have your baby. You and your baby will once again be examined, and Dr. Hill will also do regular vaginal exams to check your cervix. Be sure to discuss with Dr. Hill any questions or concerns that you may have about the labor delivery process and your birthing plan.

Delivering Your Baby

When it is time to deliver your baby, Dr. Hill will be by your side! As your prenatal doctor, he will also deliver your baby at a local Youngstown hospital in which he has staff privileges. He specializes in VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section).

Do you have any questions for Dr. Hill about your pregnancy journey? Book an appointment today at our upscale office in Youngstown, Ohio as your trusted prenatal partner.

 

References

  1. ACOG – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “How Your Fetus Grows During Pregnancy,” accessed April 16, 2021, https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/how-your-fetus-grows-during-pregnancy.
  2. OASH – Office on Women’s Health, “Stages of Pregnancy,” accessed April 16, 2021, https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/youre-pregnant-now-what/stages-pregnancy.

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