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Mothers & Babies | Pregnancy Landmarks


What will happen during the fi rst trimester?


The fi rst trimester runs through weeks 0-13.


Although you can’t feel your baby moving at this stage, the foetus is fully formed by the end of this trimester and it’s organs, muscles, limbs and bones are in place, as well as its sex organs.


Once you are aware of your pregnancy, your doctor will offer you a range of checks and tests during your fi rst antenatal visit to monitor your health and check for any problems. Eating a balanced diet throughout pregnancy is important, as is doing regular exercise, so it is worth discussing this with your doctor if you have any concerns or queries.


What can I expect during the second trimester?


The second trimester runs through weeks 13-27. As your baby puts on more weight, the womb expands to accommodate its growth and you will begin to look more pregnant. As the trimester progresses, you will also experience the first flutters of your baby’s movements, which you should expect to increase in strength and frequency throughout the pregnancy. Not every pregnant woman gets stretch marks, although if you are going to develop them, they tend to become noticeable at around week 22 on your tummy, breasts and thighs. Some mums-to-be also experience problems including backache, indigestion and piles during this stage of pregnancy.


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