> 1st trimester – weeks 1 to 12
> 2nd trimester – weeks 13 to 27
> 3rd trimester – weeks 28 to 40
> prenatal care obtained by Obstetrician or Midwife
> habits include healthy eating, prenatal vitamins and refraining from drugs, alcohol
and risky sexual behaviour
morning sickness, increased urination, swollen breasts, fatigue, cravings due to
increased hormone levels (HCG)
1st trimester // weeks 1 – 12
CHANGES IN EMBRYO: fertilization and implantation (weeks 3-4), all major organs and external body structures have begun to form – womensheath.gov
2nd trimester // weeks 13 – 27
CHANGES IN EMBRYO: characterized by maturation and growth of organs, development of lungs, movement noticed
3rd trimester // weeks 28 – 40
CHANGES IN EMBRYO: characterized by rapid weight gain, maturation of lungs
Varies between individuals, may depend on age, stage of pregnancy, religious or cultural beliefs, previous mental health and if you are being pressured by others.
some things to think about…
Have I considered the benefits of parenting?
Have I considered the risks of parenting?
Which risks and benefits matter most to me?
What if I decide to change my mind?
Am I willing to make any necessary changes needed to prepare for parenting?
Are there people in my life or community who will support me?
Are there circumstances in my life that would make parenting difficult?
How do my values and beliefs impact a parenting decision?
What will I think about my decision in 20 years?