Jul 12, 2011 7:28 PM
Congratulations, you're pregnant! And you're probably curious and a little anxious about what's going to happen with your body and your baby over the next nine months. Here are some highlights.
For most women, especially first-time moms, it's almost impossible for anyone to tell they're pregnant during the first trimester. As a brand-new expectant mother, you're not showing much, if at all, and the only telltale outward sign might be that smile you just can't suppress.
But inside, both your baby and your body are already working at top speed, like the Apple factory before a new iPad launches. During the next 13 weeks, your baby will:
Meanwhile, there's a lot going on with you, too:
Doctors often call this the "honeymoon trimester." Many women have put the nausea, sore breasts, and fatigue of the first trimester in the rear-view mirror. You're big enough to proudly show off a growing belly but not yet so ungainly that turning over in bed requires help.
During this trimester, your baby will:
You're changing, too -- inside and out:
During the third trimester, Perez-Delboy says, "It's all about weight gain -- for baby and mom." As delivery day nears, you may be feeling fatigued, ungainly, and short of breath, but you may also be enjoying the beauty of your rounded belly. Meanwhile, inside that belly, your baby:
Your body's getting ready, too:
During the first few weeks of gestation, it might be hard to believe you'll ever reach the fabled 40-week mark, when you finally get to meet your baby. But after giving birth, women sometimes look back at their pregnancy with feelings of nostalgia. So enjoy these brief months when your baby lives nestled under your heart as you anticipate the moment when he's snuggled in your arms instead.