Creating and giving birth to a child of your own is nothing short of miraculous, but you likely have many questions about what to expect and how to optimize the health of you and your baby along the way. At AllSafe Medical Group in Los Angeles, Torrance, and Downey, California, the team supports and educates you from the moment you find out you’re pregnant until you give birth. To get started on quality care for your pregnancy, call AllSafe Medical Group, or reserve an appointment online today.
Pregnancy is the 40-week process of conceiving and bearing a child, ending with childbirth. It all starts when a sperm from a male reaches and fertilizes the egg in your ovary. The result of the sperm fertilizing the egg is called a zygote. The zygote merges through your Fallopian tube and into your uterus, where it implants itself and begins to grow into a fetus and a placenta.
Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll visit AllSafe Medical Group frequently for prenatal care and monitoring. The team ensures that you know what to expect at every step and can detect any complications early. They also help you plan for the future stages of your pregnancy and prepare for childbirth.
The first sign of pregnancy for many women is a missed menstrual period. This isn’t a reliable indication alone because periods can be irregular, late, or absent for a number of reasons. However, you may wish to take a pregnancy test at this point if missed or late periods are unusual for you.
Pregnancy results in variations in your hormone levels that cause an array of symptoms. Your symptoms might include:
If you suspect that you might be pregnant, you should take a home test or request lab testing from your doctor. If your test comes back positive, make an appointment at AllSafe Medical Group right away for the next steps.
Your pregnancy can be broken down into three sections, or trimesters. Each is characterized by different growth and new development for your fetus. Here’s a bit about what you can expect during each trimester:
The first trimester consists of the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. During this time, your fetus develops a brain and a heart. Your placenta develops and nourishes the fetus with oxygen and nutrients.
During the second trimester, your physician will likely order an ultrasound to get an up-close view of your fetus. You can find out the sex of your baby at this point, and it can move on its own. This is the longest trimester and lasts for about 15 weeks.
The third trimester lasts for the final 13 weeks of your pregnancy. You’ll gain the most weight during this time, and you may feel exhausted. As you approach the birth, your ankles swell, and you start feeling contractions. Contractions that don’t lead to labor can happen at random in the weeks leading up to birth.
Don’t hesitate to book an appointment by phone or online at AllSafe Medical Group for help and guidance during your pregnancy.