From the moment you find out you may be a father, strong emotions start to set in. You feel as if your life begins to take on a new meaning and your surroundings become less significant compared to the changes you will notice in your partner’s body and the new little life growing inside of her.

It is important to keep yourself healthy as wells as your partner and the embryo developing into a fetus. There is no better time than now to keep up with yourselves as well as your baby.

We will offer all we can to help keep you be at ease and to keep a safe and healthy pregnancy.

If interested, BABY 411 is a great guide that I feel has helped my wife and I.  Highly recommend it. Click here or below on the image to take you to Amazon.com to purchase BABY 411.

Her Body

From the moment of conception, a women’s hormones begin to change, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) will be present in her blood. HCG can be detected in her urine about a week after she has missed her period allowing a home pregnancy test to result as positive.

During the first trimester, rising levels of estrogen and hCG can contribute to nausea and vomiting. Remember, morning sickness, regardless of its name, can occur at any time. Another change to be aware of is progesterone causing you to be more tired and sleepy. Do not disregard naps. Naps help a growing embryo and a healthy pregnancy.

In many women, her breasts may become tender and swollen as the aerolas and the skin around the nipple darken and enlarge. Her digestive system may slow down as it will increase absorption for nutrients that will help you and your baby during this growing time. The office on Women’s Health (OWH) states that reduced mobility of the digestive system may lead to common symptoms such as bloating and gas, constipation, and heartburn.

Every part of your baby’s mother will work harder during pregnancy. This includes her heart. It will pump more blood to the uterus to supply it to the fetus.

As more blood is being pumped by her heart, more blood circulates to her face as well giving her a rosier complexion or as you may know it as pregnancy glow.

One thing I suggest you do not forget is that women do go through ups and downs with their emotions during the early months of the pregnancy. She may go through mood swings, weepiness, forgetfulness, anxiety, fear, and excitement.

As a new father to be, it can all be overwhelming, but remember that the goal here during this time is to work towards a safe pregnancy that will bring a healthy and happy baby into your newfound family.

These effects may lessen or disappear by the second trimester as her body adjusts to the changing hormone levels. Sleeping may become easier and increase in energy levels may be noticed.

The nausea and vomiting can get better and possibly be gone by this time.

Other symptoms will come up as the fetus grows and develops. One symptom is feeling more pelvic pressure as if her pelvis is heavy or being weighed down by something. A visible symptom comes when the uterus grows beyond the women’s pelvis causing what is known as the baby bump. Her skin may itch as her belly expands and stretches.

At this time, a first time mom may experience quickening which are the first fluttering movements of the fetus. This may occur between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy. You may hear women may feel the fetus squirming, turning, or kicking before the 16th week when they’ve had more than one baby since they know what to expect.

 

It is critical to point out that the first two trimesters is the most delicate time for the mom and even more so for the embryo developing into a fetus. Once the third trimester is reached or around the 28th week, risks of miscarriage and premature labor lessen and prior symptoms may ease allowing the mom to feel better and comfortable. That’s not to say new symptoms won’t arrive.

During the third trimester, the uterus has enlarged and it pushes against the diaphragm, a significant muscle in the breathing process, and the mom may feel short of breath since there is less room for her lungs to expand. Mom’s face, hands, ankles, and feet may be swelling because she will be retaining more fluids as her blood circulation slows. Her bladder will also be pressed upon making her pee more frequently, and she may feel some pain in her hips, her pelvis, and her back as all these joints relax and prepare for delivery.

As the pregnancy progresses, the mother may be self-conscious as stretch marks appear on her belly, her breasts, her backside, and thighs. Varicose veins may also show up on her legs. Her breasts will begin producing colostrum as they get ready for breast feeding, and there may be some leakage of the yellow liquid.

You should also note that the baby will drop lower in her abdomen and contractions of false labor may occur closer to the due date. Adding to all this discomfort is also having it hard to find a position to sleep in and she can become extremely tired. This leads to some women wanting the pregnancy to end as the due date approaches while other women love the experience and every bit of it.

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Baby’s Development

Once the fertilized egg has implanted itself unto the uterine wall, the cell begins to grow into a fetus and the placenta or tissue that will transport nutrients, hormones, and oxygen from the mother’s blood to the developing fetus throughout the pregnancy.

From conception to about 8 weeks, the developing baby is called an embryo. The embryo’s first month consists of its starting development of brain, nerves, spinal cord, arms, and legs. At one month, this embryo is the size of a pea and will be the size of a kidney bean by its second month. During this time, bones appear. Fingers, wrists, and ankles form, and genitals develop as well as inner ears. By the end of the second month, most organs have formed.

The first trimester is critical. This is where most miscarriages take place and is why women need to care for their health and avoid harmful substances and medications or illegal drugs.

During the third month, muscles and bones grow. Buds for future teeth appear. Toes, fingers, and intestines grow and the skin is almost transparent.

At the fourth month, fingernails, eyelashes, eyebrows, and neck form. The skin will appear wrinkled. The legs and arms can bend. The kidneys will begin to work and will produce urine.

The mother will feel the movements of the active fetus in its fifth month. The fetus will begin regular cycles of sleeping and waking. Its skin will be covered and protected by lanugo which is a fine hair, and by vernix, a waxy coating.

The brain develops fast in its sixth month. Its eye begin to open and its grow grows. Even though the lungs aren’t functioning, they are completely formed.

By the seventh month, the fetus will begin to kick and stretch. It will respond to sound and light, and is able to open and close its eyes.

Different parts of the brain form and the fetus can hiccup at its eighth month. Its bones harden, but the skull remains soft and flexible to aid an easier delivery. During both eighth and ninth months, the fetus will grow and gain weight quickly. At the end of the ninth month, the fetus will have fully matured lungs that are prepared to function. The fetus will position itself head-down into the pelvis getting ready for birth.

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Doctor Visits

A woman that does not visit a health care provider on a regular basis will notice that her first prenatal visit will generally be about eight weeks after her last menstrual period. A woman should seek a care provider or prenatal care as soon as she knows she may be pregnant.

Babies with mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those babies with mothers that do receive prenatal care. Doctor can detect problems in health early when they are seen regularly.

For a healthy pregnancy, doctors may recommend seeing the mother about every month for the first two trimesters, every two weeks at the beginning of the third trimester, and about every week the last month of the pregnancy.

Prenatal care is important since it provides education on pregnancy and childbirth as well as counseling and support when needed. It helps prevent complications and it helps inform women of important steps needed to protect the fetus and the pregnancy. It is also necessary to help control any existing conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, in order to prevent serious complications and their effects.

There are many reasons why both partners should go to these visits. Many fathers don’t like to miss the first appointment when you find out you will be a father and may even hear that precious heart beat. Fathers may also like to be part of the discussion of the prenatal care, determining the due date, receiving the ultra sounds, testing for abnormalities, and the birth plan. More than just seeing that ultrasound you get between weeks sixteen and twenty that may show you the sex of your baby, it is great support for your partner, your relationship, and your family as a whole.

Preparing For Delivery

Women go through a pain caused by contractions of muscles of the uterus and by pressure on her cervix. Delivery is experienced differently. Some women describe it as severe pressure, while others describe it as menstrual cramps, and yet others as extremely strong waves that feel like diarrheal cramps.

It is important that the women receives as much support as possible during this time and to prepare for delivery and bringing your newborn home.

It is a good idea to have a birth plan, review it, and practice it if possible. You can have your home ready for the baby by cleaning carpets and floors. Along with having picked a pediatrician and installing your baby car seat, you may want to invest on a nursing bra and check your insurance for coverage on a breast pump. The new mother will thank you if she comes to need these. Pre wash the baby’s clothes and stock up on hand sanitizer.

Giving birth often requires strength and stamina, so, remember to help the mother prepare her mind and body. Learn to empower yourselves, practice relaxation techniques, and don’t forget to put thought into the birth plan.

Conclusion

In my own view, the most important thing in a pregnancy is the support both partners have for each other. All the health caring, prenatal caring, and experiencing all of it together helps what is known as the nesting instinct.

Make sure you are aware that it is important to keep the mother comfortable throughout the whole pregnancy. Shower her with your support and love. Her comfort is the baby’s comfort. Her health is also the baby’s health. Any health and medical conditions should be discussed with your prenatal care provider.

There can be ups and downs during the pregnancy. It can be hard and it will ease up. It can be an emotional roller coaster as well as it can be full of joy and the greatest moments in one’s life. Enjoy those moments. Enjoy those smiles. Enjoy the closeness and how together you hold and bond your family. It is all for your family after all.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family, and I hope we can keep helping you throughout your baby’s needs.