Learn What to Expect During Certain Pregnancy Weeks
If you are expecting a baby, or trying to conceive, you may want to know how many pregnancy weeks are typical, and what to expect during certain pregnancy weeks. Read our article for a timeline of pregnancy weeks and what to expect during each phase of pregnancy. And if you are seeking an obstetrician to provide expert, compassionate, patient-centered care during your pregnancy, you can learn more about the three board-certified obstetricians on staff at Lona Sasser Obstetrics and Gynecology in Coral Springs! We can help you with the process of transferring care to our practice. Call our office, or book an appointment online!
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How Many Pregnancy Weeks Are There?
Most pregnancies last approximately 40 weeks, or 280 days. Fewer than 5 percent of babies are born on their exact due date. Every pregnancy is unique, and yours may or may not last exactly 40 weeks. It’s important to find an obstetrician you trust to guide you through the incredibly personal journey of pregnancy, answer all your questions along the way, and to deliver your infant. At our practice in Coral Springs, three doctors are taking new obstetric patients. Learn about Dr. Mary-Beatrice Squire, Dr. Lona Sasser, and Dr. Jose Berthe!
Pregnancy Weeks 1-13: First Trimester
Each woman experiences pregnancy differently. Some women feel fantastic during their early pregnancy weeks, and others experience uncomfortable symptoms. About 25% of women experience light bleeding or spotting during their first trimester. Breast tenderness, fatigue, constipation, and food cravings (and aversions) are typical. You may experience mood swings and/or heartburn. Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy; 85% of women will experience it. And of course, as your baby grows, you will experience weight gain. Gaining 3-6 pounds is recommended during the first trimester.
Pregnancy Weeks 14-27: Second Trimester
For many women, the second trimester of pregnancy is easier than either the first or the third. Symptoms you experienced during the first trimester may fade, giving you more energy to prepare for your baby’s arrival. Some common symptoms you may experience during pregnancy weeks 14-27 include bleeding gums, backache, breast growth, headaches, hemorrhoids, and changes to your skin. You will likely begin to feel the first flutters of your baby’s movements by 20 weeks into your pregnancy.
Pregnancy Weeks 27-42: Third Trimester
During pregnancy weeks 27-42, you may continue or begin to experience many of the symptoms listed above. By the end of your pregnancy, you can expect to gain 25-35 pounds. It’s possible you will gain more or less than that, depending on your weight when you became pregnant. You may experience shortness of breath, because as your uterus expands, your lungs have less room to expand when you take in breath.
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