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What To Expect During the Different Stages of Pregnancy

Columbia Shores OBGYN of Richland, WA, is here for all your medical needs during pregnancy. Dr. Daniel Bahnmiller specializes in providing quality health care to women of all ages including OBGYN services.

If you are pregnant, you're probably wondering what symptoms are normal at what stage. Every pregnancy is different, so if there are any symptoms you're concerned about, take the time to consult with your OBGYN. Together you can figure out what is normal for your body and your baby. Keep reading for typical symptoms of each trimester, but always consult with your doctor if you have a concern.

First Trimester

The first trimester lasts the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. It's important to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking as soon as you are pregnant. The risk of miscarriage is highest during the first trimester, but if you are avoiding harmful substances and taking prenatal vitamins, you're already lowering that risk. Talk to your doctor about dietary changes that could also potentially lower the risk of miscarriage.

In the first few weeks of pregnancy, there will be major changes in your hormones to accommodate the baby. You probably won't notice much growth or look pregnant yet, but the following symptoms are signs your body is working to adjust:

  • Morning sickness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Constipation

Second Trimester

The second trimester is from the 13th to the 27th week of pregnancy. Typically, women have adjusted to their pregnancy by this time and some of the early symptoms have subsided. During the second trimester, you'll start to see more steady growth, along with an increase in your appetite and weight gain. This may come along with some heartburn and backaches. Talk to your doctor about the healthy and nutrient-rich foods you need to support the baby and yourself throughout your pregnancy.

The second trimester is often when a pregnant woman feels the baby move for the first time, and you'll have an ultrasound to check the baby's organs. Many patients notice leg cramps and varicose veins appearing during this time. You may also be tested for gestational diabetes.

Third Trimester

The third trimester lasts from the 28th week of pregnancy until birth. Expect to see your OGYN more frequently as you experience more growth and feel more frequent movement from the baby. Your doctor will frequently take your vitals and measurements and may recommend a childbirth class to prepare for labor. Typically your doctor will recommend avoiding travel and extra stress up until the birth.

Columbia Shores OBGYN is here for you in Richland, WA, to take care of all your pregnancy needs. To make an appointment with Dr. Daniel Bahnmiller, call (509) 628-8866


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