You stare at the positive pregnancy test, your heart racing. The sense that life is about to change completely washes over you. Everyone reacts differently to this monumental news, and whether you’re excited, apprehensive, or nervous, we’re here to guide you through the tidal wave of emotions and physical changes that are about to begin for you and your baby.
You’ve made it through the first trimester of your pregnancy, which can be rife with discomfort, nausea, and a lot of physical changes. Now that you’re in the second trimester, there is a lot to look forward to! Indeed, the second trimester is often referred to as the “Honeymoon Phase” of pregnancy because for many (not all!) women those difficult symptoms tend to ease up, and pregnancy may even begin to feel enjoyable. At the same time, you may begin to feel as though the pregnancy is more real. Your bump will begin to show, you’ll feel your baby’s first movements, and you may even learn your baby’s gender if you wish!
You’ve been counting down the weeks for half a year now. Maybe the time has gone quickly for you, or maybe you feel like you’ve been pregnant forever. You may find yourself nesting hard or waking in the middle of the night fretting over whether you’re ready for this baby to arrive. The third trimester can be difficult physically too, and you might be feeling the strain on your internal organs and musculoskeletal system. No matter how uncomfortable you feel, remember you’re almost there, and soon you’ll forget all this discomfort as you gaze at the newborn baby in your arms.
Congratulations on your new little one and welcome to the fourth trimester! The fourth trimester, the three-month period after your baby is born, is considered to be a continuation of your pregnancy. During this time, you’ll establish yourself as a source of comfort for the newest member of your family. At the same time, you’ll be faced with a myriad of changes as your body recovers from childbirth, complete with emotions that may change you forever.