- Your due date is calculated from your last menstrual period, though it's not a perfect prediction. Only about 1 in 20 women deliver on their due date; most deliver within a week or two. Almost 1 in 8 women end up delivering the baby prematurely (three or more weeks before their due date).
- Pregnancies are usually counted by weeks. A typical pregnancy is about 40 weeks long and divided into three trimesters.
- You'll need to decide when to share the news. Many women choose to wait until after the first trimester, when the risk of miscarriage drops significantly.
- You'll probably start to show – that is, be visibly pregnant – by late in your first trimester or the first part of your second.
- You're likely to hear your baby's heartbeat at your first or second visit to your healthcare provider, usually 10 weeks into pregnancy or later. You'll see your baby on an ultrasound during your mid-pregnancy visit (around 16 to 20 weeks), if not sooner. Mid-pregnancy is when your caregiver may be able to identify your baby's sex.
- Your body will change in many ways during pregnancy. Naturally, your belly will grow and you'll gain weight. In addition, you can expect your breasts to grow a cup size or more (and possibly become painful or sensitive). Your skin may look brighter, get darker, or break out; your hair may become fuller; and your nails may grow faster. On your belly, you may see stretch marks, notice a dark line (called the linea nigra) appear from your belly button to your pubic bone, and watch your innie belly button "pop" and become an outie. Most of these changes will fade after pregnancy.
- You'll end up peeing more frequently, thanks to increased blood flow in your body and pressure on your bladder from your growing uterus.
- You might feel really tired during pregnancy, especially at the very beginning and again at the end.
- You might experience a variety of aches and pains and other symptoms throughout pregnancy, from headaches to heartburn, low back pain, leg cramps, nausea, swollen hands and feet, bleeding gums, dizziness, and more. Many women feel their best during the second trimester. And some lucky moms-to-be feel pretty good all the way through – that's normal, too.
- About 3 in 4 pregnant women have morning sickness during their first trimester. Despite being called "morning" sickness, the nausea or vomiting can happen at any time of day.
- You might develop food cravings or food aversions during pregnancy, coupled with changes to your appetite.
- You'll start to feel your baby kick sometime in your second trimester, probably between 16 and 22 weeks.
- Size guide when buying maternity and nursing wear. Your chest dimensions will reach maximum size at about 32 weeks, so it's a good time to start buying nursing wear for breastfeeding.
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Am I more likely to get pregnant if my husband wears boxers rather then briefs?
Yes, but you’ll have an even better chance if he doesn’t wear anything at all.
What's the difference between a pregnant woman and a light bulb?
You can unscrew a light bulb.
When is the best time to get an epidural?
Right after you find out you're pregnant.
What do a pregnant woman and a burnt cake have in common?
You should have taken it out earlier.
Should I have a baby after 35?
No, 35 children is enough.