These 40 weeks are further divided into three stages: the first, second and third trimester. Below are some characteristics or symptoms you need to be aware of during each stage:
- The first trimester is usually characterized by morning sickness, regular bouts of vomiting and nausea, mood swings and constant upset stomachs. It is also during at this stage that pregnant women will start craving for and totally detest certain food and smells
- The second trimester is usually described as the temporary “holiday or vacation” from pregnancy. Morning sicknesses, vomiting and nausea are reduced and even go away permanently during this stage. A pregnant woman will also have lesser mood swings and will be a bit more “emotionally stable”. The mom-to-be will also start feeling movement from her baby in her womb.
- The third trimester is characterized by increased feelings of lethargy and bouts of back pain. During this last stretch, a woman needs to get small amounts of exercise.
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