A pregnancy is divided into three phases, called trimesters. Each trimester has its own significant milestones. The first trimester is the most fragile period, during which all major organs and systems are formed. Most birth defects and miscarriages occur during the first trimester. During the second and third trimester, the fetus is fully formed and grows and matures rapidly. The trimesters are divided as follows:
As your body prepares for baby, your breasts will grow larger during the second trimester. This is the time to invest in a good quality, supportive, and proper-fitting bra. Sales professionals at your local maternity shop and finer department stores specialize in fitting bras. Try on several styles to find ones that fit you best, are comfortable, and suit your style.
To estimate your correct bra and cup size, measure like this:
For example, if your chest measures 36 inches and the fullest part around your breasts is 39 inches, your breasts are 3 inches larger than your chest, so you would buy a size 36 bra with a C cup.
Morning sickness usually starts in the morning and wears off during the day. Your choices about how, when, and what you eat can help you get through this period. Try this:
Mostly importantly, talk to your doctor if your morning sickness is so severe that you are constantly throwing up.
Babies tend to pick their own birthdays, so it's a good idea to be prepared well ahead of time. Pack at least 1 month before your expected due date.
Be sure to write your name on all items you bring from home and leave all valuables safe at home.
Here is a handy checklist of all the things you should have packed and ready to go:
For Birthing Parent
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It is very common for pregnant people to think that they are in labor only to find out it's "false labor"—contractions that are irregular and unpredictable, don't progress over time, and slow down or stop.
|Regular and grow closer together
|Length and intensity
|More than 30 seconds at onset and last progressively longer, up to 60 seconds, and stronger
|Vary in length and intensity
|Relation to your activity
|Continue regardless of activity, grow stronger with increased activity such as walking
|Often stop regardless of activity
|Where it is felt
|Begin high in abdomen and radiate throughout entire abdomen and lower back, or vice versa
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic at Valley Medical Center provides prepregnancy counseling for a variety of medical or genetic disorders affecting pregnancy. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists offer consultative care for medical disorders affecting pregnancy or complications that may develop during pregnancy such as premature labor, toxemia, fetal-growth abnormalities, seizure disorders, thyroid disease and diabetes.
For more information about the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic, call 425.690.3477.
Valley Family Medicine physician Maika Jean-Baptiste, MD shares when to start prenatal visits, types of providers who offer care, where to get health insurance if you need it, what causes morning sickness and more.
To get recommendations, ask reliable sources—your obstetrician, other healthcare providers, family, friends, neighbors, your pharmacist or a local medical society. Find a Valley Medical Center provider with our Find a Provider directory online. Check to see if your insurance plan covers the physicians you are considering.
These points can guide you in selecting a physician who will help your child grow healthy and strong, from birth through adolescence and into adulthood: