I. The first trimester is the beginning of your baby’s growth and development.
Source: Mayo Clinic Staff. (2012). Fetal development: the first trimester. Retrieved March 6, 2013, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-care/PR00112
A. Conception typically occurs about two weeks after your last period begins. The sperm and egg unite in one of your fallopian tubes to form a one-celled enity called a zygote.
B. The fifth week of pregnancy, or the third week after conception, marks the beginning of the embryonic period. In the ninth week of pregnancy your baby’s arms grow, develop bones, and bend at the elbows. Toes form, and your baby’s eyelids and ears continue developing.
II. Your baby’s development takes on new meaning in the second trimester. Highlights may include finding out your baby’s sex and feeling your baby move.
Source: My personal experience as a new mother.
A. While you’re adjusting to the changes in your body, your baby’s development takes on new meaning. Fourteen weeks into your pregnancy your baby’s sex will become apparent.
B. Your baby’s movements are becoming coordinated and can be detected during ultrasound exams by sixteen weeks into your pregnancy. Twenty-three weeks into your pregnancy your baby’s tongue will soon develop taste buds.
III. Your baby’s development continues as you approach your due date during the third trimester.
Source: Lichoff, K. (2013, February 23). Personal Communication; Nurse -…