Would you run a marathon without any training? No, of course not, that would be crazy. Labor is a marathon. It is one of the most physically and emotionally challenging workouts you will ever go through so why on earth would you go into it without any training? This is why you need to take a birth class. A birth class prepares you for what to expect, it prepares your partner, and even does some emergency preparation in the event something comes up that you are not expecting. In labor things can move really quickly, if you aren’t familiar with different options or procedures you could be making hasty decisions. If you are knowledgeable you will be able to make sound decisions because you came prepared. Bottom line is taking a birth class and educating yourself increases the chances that you are going to get the birth experience you want.
Welcome to the third and last trimester! The third trimester goes from weeks 28 until your baby’s birth. Your pregnancy is measured in forty weeks, but some babies like to hang out in your belly a little longer and can go a week or two past their due date. If you are in your third trimester, congratulations, you are in the home stretch until you get to meet your little guy or girl. This trimester can be a bit challenging as your belly keeps growing and you have some new symptoms as a result of carrying around more weight and you may also find yourself anxious to have your baby and ready to be done being pregnant. Keep in mind, you are almost at the finish line and when you get to meet your baby all of the hoopla that came along with being pregnant is 100% worth it, so hang in there!
Everything you can expect during weeks 13 to 27 of your pregnancy. The second trimester is also known as the golden trimester. For many women this is their favorite trimester and the period of their pregnancy that they enjoy the most. You should overall be feeling better and have a lot more energy. This trimester brings on a ton of physical changes. These 15 weeks are also a major period of growth and development for your baby. You will get to find out if you are having a boy or a girl and also be able to feel the baby kicking. This episode gets into more specifics on the physical changes you can expect to see, changes to your sex drive, maternity clothes, Braxton Hicks contractions, stretch marks, and everything going on with baby.
Everything you can expect and what to do to thrive during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. This will probably be the biggest adjustment period for you as you get used to the idea of being pregnant, make some lifestyle changes, and deal with all of the physical and emotional changes that are going on. The first 12 weeks are also a major period of growth and development for your baby. You may not see a whole lot going on outside during the first 12 weeks but you will definitely be able to tell there is a whole lot going on internally, and emotionally. We get into more specifics on morning sickness, hormones, baby's development, common symptoms, and how you can get some relief from some of the not so fun side effects of being pregnant.