It’s difficult to say when human beings historically became conscious of reproduction and pregnancy, but at some point, they became aware of the process. This gave rise to care and protection of the pregnant woman, health and nutrition, safety and successful delivery of a healthy baby. Pregnancy is marked by distinct stages, in which the woman and the fetus undergo certain transformations. It’s important to know about these stages so that you can take better care of yourself and the growing baby and become aware of the different alterations – both physical and psychological – that make you better prepared and equip you for a safe, easy and fruitful experience.
1: Stages of Pregnancy
The typical pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks, counting from the date of your last menstrual period (LMP) till the birth of the child.
This span is divided into three trimesters, but changes take place during six major stages – in weeks 1, 4, 8, 12, 24 and 40. Each trimester and stage may bring different experiences and though there is discomfort and an alteration to the routine of normal life, unless there is significant interference with daily activities, they are considered normal.