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The Trimesters: Understanding the Different Stages of Pregnancy – Part 2

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 16-04-2008

Second Trimester

The baby: Your baby will continue to grow and develop normal functions. In fact, through these three months, your baby will grow to weigh two and a half to three pounds and measure fourteen inches. By the end of this trimester your baby, if it is born prematurely, will have matured enough to stand a good chance of surviving with appropriate medical care.

The mom: Your spouse’s belly will expand to accommodate the baby’s rapid growth. Thankfully, the distress caused by hormonal changes, such as nausea, will now start subsiding and allow her to enjoy this stage of pregnancy.

Third Trimester

The baby: During this last stage of pregnancy, the baby’s organs will become ready to support the baby once it is out of the womb. The baby will grow to weigh around seven pounds and measure twenty inches by the time it is born.

The mom: Carrying the extra weight will be uncomfortable as your spouse may find it difficult to move around. Swelling on the hands and feet are common symptoms during the third trimester.

Also read: The Trimesters: Understanding the Different Stages of Pregnancy – Part 1