Life begins at conception. A mother, depending on the situation, may become very happy or very frustrated with the news that she’s carrying a baby. This depends on whether the baby, the pregnancy was planned, or whether it was accidental. Regardless, all life is a gift and we must guard it by keeping the pregnancy and letting the baby have the pleasure of coming into the world and beginning to live.
Pregnancy is a journey. Through it all, mothers face many challenges. These challenges may not be the same for all mothers. Different women go through different experiences during pregnancy. Pregnancy usually has three phases. The first trimester, the second trimester, and the third trimester.
The first trimester is the first three months. This is when most women realize that they are carrying life. During this phase, the body has just realized that there is something extra that it needs to do. Various hormones are released during this stage to ensure that the baby stays in the uterus and remains safe. Through these hormones, some become intense and bring about early signs of pregnancy. The first sign that a woman is pregnant is that she misses her monthly periods. Nausea and vomiting become part and parcel of her morning and evening routine. Fatigue and general body weakness also appear in this first phase.
The second phase is the fourth to sixth month. During this period, for most women, the belly begins to swell. The baby starts to form into a human-like creature. The eyes and digestive system begin to develop. The appetite of most women increases during this time and the rate at which pregnant mothers consume food may be shocking in some instances. Most mothers also develop food preferences or cravings.
The third and most important stage is the seventh to ninth month of gestation. During this period the baby begins to fill out and look even more like a human being. Toward the time of delivery, the baby usually shifts and the head is facing down, ready to be born.
During birth a series of activities take place. Birth hormones trigger the uterus, cramping begins, and the vulva begins to dilate to create a passage for the baby on its way out.
When the baby is finally delivered, your role automatically shifts. The first weeks after birth may prove to be difficult, but after some time, you develop a motherly instinct, and a bond is created between you and your baby. You will spend these first few weeks changing diapers, feeding the child and making sure that the baby is fine and comfortable. The role may come with a lot of pressure, but you should relax and ask for help when you need it. After a few weeks, these roles of motherhood will turn into daily routines, and from then till forever, these roles will remain part and parcel of your life.
During the few first weeks after delivery, a woman may experience some changes both physically and emotionally. These changes may include postpartum blues, excess hair loss, hot flashes or night sweats, post-baby belly, painful breasts and post-partum thyroiditis.