Even if you aren’t a mom, chances are, you know the basics of pregnancy. Future mommies have bulging bellies, swollen feet, are in pain, are usually hungry and may or may not be moody. These are the obvious signs. However, there is plenty more to the 9-month gestation period called pregnancy.
If you are curious about the details, like what happens to the body, what are the timelines, et al, you might want to keep reading.
Ah wait, before that, you might want to watch this video.
So yes, let’s begin with a basic timeline of what happens during the 9 months:
- You will have to figure out what your due date is; there is no perfect prediction. Did you know that only 1 in every 20 women deliver on their predicted due date, while others deliver within a week or two before or after the so-called due date?
- Some people use months, but pregnancies are actually counted in weeks. The average length of a pregnancy is 40 weeks, and is divided into three periods called trimesters. You might know about this fact, but everyone doesn’t!
- Many women wait for the first trimester (first 3 months) before announcing the pregnancy. This is an unspoken norm as the risk of miscarriage is significantly lesser after the first trimester.
- After your first trimester is over, or even towards the end of it, you start to appear pregnant, as you’ll get a cute little baby bump.
- Usually, within 10 weeks into your pregnancy or even later, you are quite likely to hear your baby’s heartbeat when you visit the doctor.
- At around 16 to 20 weeks, you can even see your baby through an ultrasound. It’s also possible to identify the sex of your baby if you’re curious (unless you live in India, obviously).
Let’s move onto what happens to your body during the time of pregnancy:
- Naturally, your body changes in more ways than one. Your belly will actually grow, you’ll gain weight, you may go up a cup size or two, even your skin may look brighter, you may break out, or you may even change skin tones. Your hair may become thicker and your nails may grow like never before, however, these changes may fade away after delivery.
- The amount of blood in your body significantly increases during the time of pregnancy. By the time your due date arrives, you’ll have approximately 50% more blood circulating in your body.
- This is common knowledge – you’ll be rushing to the loo more frequently, thanks to the pressure on your bladder and the increased blood flow.
- You will probably feel tired all the time, especially at the very beginning and at end of the pregnancy.
- Pains and aches such as headaches, heartburn, lower back pain, leg cramps, and nausea, dizziness, etc. are a part of pregnancy.
- Heard of morning sickness? Of course, you have! Most women tend to have morning sickness during the first trimester. However, the nausea or vomiting can happen any time, and not necessarily in the morning.
- Women develop food cravings or even food aversions during pregnancy. Never liked apple pie? Well, you may love it during pregnancy! Or if you DO love apple pie, you may end up disliking it.
- During your second trimester, you’ll probably be able to even feel your baby kick!
- Sadly, late in your pregnancy, your baby belly will come in the way of things. A lot of things. You won’t be able to bend down to pick up things, or if you want to shave your legs, you’ll again face difficulty. You probably won’t be able to drive because your belly will obstruct the steering wheel. You may bump into things, but you’ll get used to it once you understand the new dimensions. Lastly, getting out of bed or from a comfortable sofa may not be the easiest thing to do.
We hope this timeline and summary of a 9-month pregnancy came in handy! Now you know more than just the basics of pregnancy.