Pregnancy is an exciting milestone for any soon-to-be parents, and proper prenatal care can make all the difference in your journey toward parenthood. At Aurora OB/GYN in San Antonio, Texas, Karen Allsup, FACOG, MD, provides complete pregnancy care from the moment you find out you’re expecting to the day you give birth. Call Aurora OB/GYN today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about pregnancy.
Pregnancy, also called gestation, is the time when a woman carries a fetus in her womb. It occurs when a man’s sperm fertilizes a woman’s egg. Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks (nine months) from your last period to your due date.
While pregnancy is an exciting time in any soon-to-be parent’s life, proper preparation can help you enjoy this period without anxiety. The experienced obstetricians at Aurora OB/GYN support and guide you through your pregnancy.
Most women discover they’re pregnant about four to seven weeks after conception. The clearest sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Symptoms of pregnancy include:
Other signs that you might be pregnant are moodiness, cramping, and light spotting. Some women also feel congested or constipated.
Pregnancy occurs in three stages:
The first trimester begins at conception and lasts 12 weeks. Many hormonal changes happen during this time. You can experience nausea and vomiting, heartburn, weight gain or loss, and food cravings.
During the second trimester, the physical signs of pregnancy begin to show. Your abdomen swells to accommodate your growing baby. Meanwhile, nausea and vomiting can start to subside while your fingers, ankles, and feet can swell. The second trimester begins in the 13th week and ends in the 28th.
The final trimester of pregnancy starts at week 29 and ends when you give birth. Pregnancy can become physically uncomfortable as your baby grows and puts excessive pressure on your organs. You can experience a frequent need to urinate, back pain, trouble sleeping, hemorrhoids, and false labor contractions.
The Aurora OB/GYN doctors provide every pregnant patient with individualized care. Your prenatal care plan can include:
Call Aurora OB/GYN today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about pregnancy.