The Characteristics of Each Stage of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a joyful time for most of the women in the world and their partners. It is also a very critical phase of one’s life which needs to be handled well and with a great deal of sensitivity and responsibility. Knowing and understanding the different stages of pregnancy would help both the partners to cope much better with the changes the demands of pregnancy require.

The Three Different Stages of Pregnancy

There are, basically, three main stages of pregnancy of pregnancy: first semester, second semester, and third semester. Each of these semesters is of a three-month duration. The following paragraphs will outline briefly what each of these stages entail.

The first semester stage of pregnancy is for many, the toughest of all because most women experience all the undesirable symptoms during this time. This stage is characterized by morning sickness, vomiting, sudden craving for sour food, mood swings, tenderness in breasts, total lack of appetite or the opposite (i.e. continuous hunger), lower back pain, increased urination urges, and so on. While most of these symptoms disappear like magic when you step in the second semester, the first semester remains the most bewildering of all.

The second semester stage of pregnancy is particularly calm and full of relief following the tumultuous first semester. During this semester, however, the body changes dramatically as the baby grows and becomes visible in the belly. The mother-to-be will start feeling the movement of the life she is carrying inside her womb. There have been occasions when during this stage, the facial and neck skin of the pregnant woman changes to a slightly darker tone. This symptom will usually get reversed after the birth of the baby.

The last stage of pregnancy, the third semester, is the body’s birth-preparatory stage. It is during these last three months that the baby becomes a complete human being ready to exist independently from the their mother. This is the time when parents-to-be should subscribe to preparatory classes which will prepare them to handle the new entrant in their lives with confidence.

Each one of the stages provides something new to lean. The body as it is passing through the many stages needs to be aided to cope. This can be done only if the would-be parents take classes for parenting and preparation so they can understand what is happening in each stage, and what is expected of them so the transition can be smooth and with the least inconvenience to the mother-to-be.