A routine pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, starting from the first day of your last normal menstrual cycle. It’s separated into three trimesters that mark general stages of fetal development.
In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, you will undergo important hormonal changes that influence nearly every system of your body. These changes are responsible for both stopping your menstrual cycle and causing a variety of early symptoms, including:
From weeks 13-28 of your pregnancy, your initial symptoms may ease or disappear. As your baby grows, however, you may begin to experience:
From week 29 until you deliver, your baby continues to grow every day, leaving less room for your:
Many women experience shortness of breath and the urge to urinate throughout the third trimester.
Prenatal care typically begins with a positive pregnancy test and continues throughout a woman’s pregnancy. To confirm your pregnancy and establish a due date, your OB/GYN will perform an extensive health exam including a pelvic exam and an ultrasound. As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll have routine ultrasound screenings and other tests to monitor your progression. Routine screenings include:
Regular prenatal checkups occur:
The obstetricians at Connecticut Women OB/GYN specialize in providing prenatal care and delivery for women with high-risk pregnancies. A high-risk pregnancy may mean that you or your baby require special monitoring or care throughout your pregnancy, or it may mean that you’re more likely to have medical challenges before, during, or after delivery. Some of the factors that qualify a pregnancy as high risk include:
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, your OB/GYN can help you manage your situation for the best possible outcome.