One thing I feel I need to make clear at the start of this blog is every pregnancy is different! So if like I did and you’re feeling like the size of a whale, covered in stretch marks and still suffering morning sickness, don’t beat yourself up! So what if Linda from your pregnancy group is glowing and doesn’t have a single stretch mark? No pregnancy is the same.
The First 3 Months
In my opinion the first 3 months are the worse. You feel nauseous, tired and irritable and you can’t tell anyone why! The first 3 months can also be the scariest which is why it’s important to have a good support system. Your 12 week scan will mark the end of the daunting 3 month period and open the doors on your second trimester which some people find much more kind.
The Second Trimester
The second trimester is probably the nicest, you start to get a nice sized bump, your baby starts to move and kick and in some cases the morning sickness may have eased off if it hasn’t completely gone yet! Your 20 week scan may come as a shock as to just how much your baby has grown, you may be able to find out the sex of your baby at this scan ( or if your baby wants you to know their legs will be wide open for you to see ) unless your midwife or doctor orders any more scans or you pay for one privately this will be your last scan before you deliver your baby!
The Third Trimester
Ah the third trimester, it always feels like the longest trimester of them all…at this point it is perfectly normal to feel fed up, tired and as if you’ve had enough of pregnancy. You may feel yourself counting down the days until your due date…however I hate to be the barer of bad news but only 5% of babies arrive on their due date. Towards the end of your pregnancy it is important you rest and try to relax, make sure your hospital bag is ready should you need it. You may find at this point that you’re getting sick of people messaging and ringing asking if there is any news or baby is here yet…truth is they only do it because they care and they are just as excited as you!
this was just a brief overview of the three trimesters as every pregnancy is different, so what some women may experience, others might not, so try not to panic if your friend Linda is having the nicest pregnancy ever with no horrible symptoms and you’re still suffering morning sickness everyday.