Being pregnant, again, and now having a blog this time around, I knew I had to do a pregnancy series! Introducing “Pregnancy at a Glance – Month by Month “ Hopefully you’ll find a nugget of wisdom here or there.
Pregnancy at a Glance – Month by Month
Pregnancy Month 3
What Mom may be Feeling:
Now that all the secrets are out in the open (at the very least for you) You may switch from elation and giddy joy, to anxiety, and fear.
Your reactions as you process the fact that you are nurturing a little human life inside of you will be determined by the circumstances that this baby was conceived in. As in, if you’ve been waiting years to get pregnant, you’ll probably be insanely excited. If you are now pregnant after getting rid of all your baby stuff thinking you were done for good, you’ll probably be more anxious and possibly anger.
It’s perfectly normal to have any of the emotions mentioned above (plus more). Not only are your hormones nicely contributing to the crazy mood swings, but you are processing and eventually accepting that there is a baby that is on the way.
Now is the time to process.
If you’re angry, be angry. If your insanely excited and want to tell everyone, be excited. If you keep forgetting that you are pregnant and everything is surreal, forget and slowly accept what is!
You’ll be pregnant for a long while.
You’ve got time!
By the time you get to the end of your pregnancy your emotions will either calm down, or you’ll come to accept that baby is on its way. Not only will the HUGE baby belly (near the end) help you accept that there is a baby in there. But so will those baby movements, kicks and somersaults. Nothing will take away the doubt of having a baby; like a baby moving around inside of you. But that’s not going to happen till week 20 (almost 2 months from now!) — so for now just be patient. (especially with yourself)
This is a longer month (being 5 weeks long) and chances are that you’ll not be showing yet. Obviously depending on your body type, but you can definitely expect to look like your belly is pregnant (and NOT like you just had a huge lunch) around 22-23 weeks. (the start of your 6th month!) Enjoy your regular clothes this month as you may start to feel like they are getting tight by week 13ish. This is also the last month of your first trimester. Pregnancy is broken up into three trimesters. First trimester is from week 1-13. Second trimester is from week 14-27. Third trimester is from week 28-40. (or when baby is born!)
Third month is also the notorious month for the dreaded deadline of whether or not you’ll miscarry. Click here to read my post about Pregnancy and Miscarriage.
For other topics like:
Weight gain in pregnancy — Click here.
Sex during pregnancy — Click here.
Prenatal tests and care — Click here.
Baby’s Growth and Development for this Month: Week 9-13
Baby is now about the size of a pea pod and weights about 2 grams. All the major joints are present and working (shoulder joints, arms, and legs etc.) Even the inner workings of baby’s ear is complete. Click here to check out Babycenter.ca baby video for an inside look at baby. By now the placenta has developed enough that it can support baby and work hard to create the life supporting hormones that it does.
Read more about your baby stage here at Baby Centre.ca
Picture of what Baby Looks like for this Month:
If You Have Older Children at Home:
This is the big month that people will definitely spill the beans to their “public”.
There are SO many different ways that you can announce to the world that your little one is on the way. If it’s your first, you may get really creative. If it’s not your first, you may just snatch a cute picture and slap it on FB. (sorry kids) It doesn’t really matter HOW you announce.
I would suggest that when your ready to announce to your older kids, be ready to hit “send” to the world at about the same time.
= 6 yr old kids don’t hold in these secrets well! LOL.
You announce how you want to announce. And if you think someone close to you may spill the beans before you do. I say beat them to it!! 😉 Click here to check 50 different ideas of how you could announce your baby’s arrival!
What and How to Prepare for Baby:
Buy pressure stocking.
Especially if this is NOT your first baby and you have aunts, and a mom with history of veracious veins.
Chances are you may not need them quite yet. But even if you have one pair of pressure stockings washed and ready in the drawer, your all set for when that first twinge sets in. Read up on your varicose veins by Clicking here!
Varicose veins are painful, but you CAN do something about them!
The hard-core stockings that you can buy need a prescription from your doctor, and a fitting from the pharmacist. Where they will measure your ankles and calves, etc. to get you the perfect fit. Which may sound invasive but this “perfect fit” is what really makes the stockings work the best. These will be the expensive stockings of around $100.00 + (probably could order them online — I’ve never tried)
Beware of what style you buy for which season you wear them in. Full stocking over the belly may be just what you need, but if you’re in the middle of July… this is really going to suck! You can do it if you need to. Just be ready!
You can get thigh-high, or knee-high stockings as well as over the counter $20.00 kind. These cheaper ones will not be as much pressure as the prescription ones, but maybe all you need is a little help for the fatigued legs. Just talk to your doctor. I love the knee-high stockings, as they are super easy to put on and the right price. I find they do make a difference! Happy shopping!
For a look at Pregnancy Month 1 — Click here
Pregnancy Month 2 — Click here
By: Sharon Schuler
I’m not a doctor, nurse, or obgyn. I’m just sharing some of my pregnancy experience! (x6) These are my own words but with strong direction from BabyCentre.ca. I’m not affiliate with BabyCentre.ca I just really LOVE the information I find there and I would recommend the site to all of my friends.