The third month is usually an important period in any woman’s pregnancy. Lasting between 8-13 weeks, this is the time where the first trimester comes to an end and it’s also the first stage of the baby’s growth and development.
3 Months Pregnant Symptoms
Although first-time mothers may get scared because of the new body changes, most expectant moms are usually excited at this stage even if they aren’t sure of what next to expect. Some of the 3 Months Pregnant Symptoms include:-
- Frequent Urination as a result of increased pressure applied to the bladder by the uterus which significantly reduces its volume.
- Gum bleeding i.e. gingivitis. The increased levels of estrogen hormone in the body cause the teeth gums to soften and prone to bleeding.
- Nausea and vomiting especially during the morning hours.
- Weight gain caused by the fetus’ growth.
- Fatigue and mood swings caused by increased body metabolism and reproductive hormones.
- Nose bleeding as a result of increased blood levels and blood pressure.
- Increased breast growth and tenderness caused by the hormonal action.
- Dislike or increased cravings for certain types of foods are quite common during this period.
- Varicose Veins caused by the growing uterus compressing blood vessels leading to a slowed down blood circulation hence swelling of the veins found in the legs.
- Heartburn caused by the uterus exerting pressure on the stomach resulting in the stomach acids being pushed upwards.
- A slight increase in the amount of vaginal discharge due to increased levels of estrogen.
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3 Months Pregnant Ultrasound – What to Expect
A 3 Months Pregnant Ultrasound is usually done to check if the baby has any abnormalities. Ultrasound images at this stage usually show a grown baby with developed facial features such as eyebrows and lips. The baby can sometimes be seen to be grimacing or squinting. All the body-muscles are normally developed at this point although some will still continue to develop until after week 28. Check out this 3 months pregnant ultrasound picture below.
The fetus’ brain will still be developing at this point, although natural movements such as twisting of wrists and elbows, fist clenching, and arm bending will increasingly become frequent. Furthermore, the fetus will start to develop hair covering known as lanugo which will act as its insulator throughout the pregnancy. This hair is usually shed just before birth.
3 Months Pregnant Belly Size
A 3 Months Pregnant Belly Size normally appears as a small, little visible bump. The uterus at this stage is usually the size of a grape-fruit and it’s lifted up above the pubic bone, covering the whole pelvic region.