Pregnancy Stages

  • Month 1

    Missed menstural period.
  • Month 4

    Abdomen continues to grow slowly.
    Most discomforts of early pregnancy, such as morning sickness, usually gone.
    Appetite increases.
  • Month 5

    Enlarged abdomen becomes apparent.
    Slight fetal movements felt.
    Increased size may begin to affect posture.
  • Month 7

    Increased size may affect posture.
  • Month 8

    Discomfort may result from increased size.
    Backache,leg cramps,shortness of breath, and fatigue are common.
    Fetal kicks may disturb the mother's rest.
    At the beginning of this month, weight gain totals about 18-20 pounds.
  • Month 9

    "Lightening" felt as the fetus drops into the pelvis. Breathing becomes easier.
    Other discomforts may continue.
    A total weight gain of 25-35 pounds is typical.
    False labor pains may be experienced.
  • Month 6

    Fetal movements sensed as strong kicks, thumps, and bumps.Some may be visible.
    Weight gain by the beginning of this month may total 10-12 pounds.
  • month 2

    Breats begin to swell.
    Pressure on bladder from enlarging uterus results in need to urinate more frequently.
    Possible nausea ("morning sickness")
    Fatigue is common.
  • Month 3

    Breats become firmer and fuller, may ache.
    Nausea,fatique, and frequent urination may continue.
    Abdomen becomes slightly larger.
    The uterus is about the size of an orange.
    Weight gain may total 2-4 pounds.