The Stages of Pregnancy

Madeline May, Staff Writer

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There are many different stages in pregnancy. Many different things happen during these stages to a woman’s body, and the developing child. The stages of pregnancy are separated into 3 different time spans. The first trimester, the second, and the third. Each having a certain amount of weeks, which eventually all add up to 40 weeks, the full term of pregnancy. 

The first trimester is 13 weeks long, and is the most crucial to your baby’s development. During this 13 weeks, your baby grows rapidly. They begin to develop a brain, and a spinal cord, along with their heart. By the end of the first trimester the baby’s sex organs are fully developed and you should be able to find out the gender. Although, they will usually tell you your childs sex during the second trimester at your 20 week anatomy scan. 

That brings us to the second trimester. The second trimester lasts from week 14 to week 27, and is often called the “golden period” because many of the unpleasant effects of early pregnancy disappear. During this trimester the baby’s organs become fully developed, and the baby will begin to swallow and hear. This trimester is also when you will be able to feel the first movements of your baby, and they will develop a sleeping pattern. The mother will also notice her belly growing much larger during this trimester. 

This brings us to the third trimester, the final stretch of pregnancy. During this trimester the baby’s brain and neuron development is in full effect. Your baby has begun to use the five senses. They can even begin to dream, and have rapid eye movement. But best of all, this is when your baby is welcomed into the world, and those long 9 months are finally over!