3 Months Pregnant
— You can share the good news with your family and friends!
Congratulations! You have passed the first third of your pregnancy. When you are 3 months pregnant, it is the last month of first trimester. The most vulnerable period of the pregnancy has gone away and there is decreased risk of pregnancy complications like miscarriage. Most of the pregnant women wait until this time in order to share the good news with their family and friends.
Though it is the most exciting period for many women, remember that you do not get too anxious as it can harm your developing baby. By this time, you should understand that your pregnancy is real and you may start planning your finances. Even though it is too early to buy things for your baby, you may start buying diapers, feeding bottles, etc.
What happens with you when you are 3 months pregnant?
When you are 3 months pregnant, you may notice various changes in your body. Here are the most common symptoms during pregnancy month 3:
Morning sickness: Morning sickness is most common during 3rd month of pregnancy. For some women, it becomes even worse during pregnancy month 3. Fortunately, by the end of this month, the hormone levels that are responsible for morning sickness will begin to decrease and these symptoms will likely to disappear.
Frequent urination: There will be a shift in your pelvis when you are in pregnancy month 3. This condition is because the uterus is growing larger to make more space for the fetus. The growing uterus puts great pressure on your bladder and thereby increasing an urge to urinate more frequently.
Nose bleeds: If you observe nose bleeds during pregnancy month 3, this may continue for the rest of the six months. Though it is not the case with every pregnant woman, some may experience it. The increased blood volume during pregnancy can make the small and sensitive vessels in the nose to break easily and thus causing nose bleeds. If you notice morning nosebleeds, it may be due to the dirty sleep environment.
Constipation: Increased hormone levels and a growing uterus can cause constipation during pregnancy. The growing uterus puts great pressure on your intestines thus making it more difficult for them to function normally. To prevent severe constipation during pregnancy, you need to make some diet changes and drink plenty of fluids, but don’t take laxatives.
Headache: Headaches are most common during pregnancy and this condition is mainly due to the increased hormone levels as well as increased blood flow. Enough rest, relaxation and cold compresses can give effective relief. Remember that using pain relief medications like aspirin and ibuprofen are not recommended during pregnancy. Acetaminophen may be recommended but make sure to take your doctor’s approval.
Increased libido: Once your hormones are stabilized, your sex drive will become to normal state. Most women are afraid of intercourse as it may harm to the growing baby. Don’t worry about it, as it is completely safe and the baby is well protected by amniotic sac. After the orgasm, you may feel slight discomfort in your abdomen and is completely normal and will go away in few minutes.
Bloating: Bloating and flatulence are most common in your pregnancy. Most pregnant women experience increased gas during pregnancy so there is no need to be embarrassed.
What happens with your baby when you are 3 months pregnant?
By the end of 3rd month of pregnancy, your baby is about the size of 3.5 inches long and 0.7 oz. weight. When you are at the end of first trimester, your baby is almost identifiable as a human. All the features and body systems have start to develop, along with reproductive organs, however you typically can’t tell the sex yet during this period.
Facial development: The facial features of the baby have almost begun their development. Eyes and ears will begin to attain their shape, but their complete development takes few months. Eyes begin as black spots at the sides of the face and gradually they move at the center. Baby’s eyelids are almost developed and they can protect the eyes. Lip contours begin to appear and the vocal cords and salivary glands begin to develop.
Bone and muscle development: There is a rapid development of cartilage bones. Also, the muscles have begun to be set down. Nerves, muscles and brain have started their functioning and so the baby can even make movements. As the baby is smaller in size, the movements may not be recognizable.
Organ development: The development of internal organs will become rapid during pregnancy month 3. By this month, baby’s heart is almost developed and you can even hear the heartbeat during your 3 months pregnant ultrasound. Baby’s heartbeat during this period is double than that of an adult.
Body development: During this month, your baby’s body will become more balanced. Baby’s head is quite big when compared to the remaining body size. Gradually the head begins to attain its shape, but it will take few months. Brain development continues until the birth of the baby and 250,000 neurons are added for every minute.
What are the physical changes that occur in a 3 months pregnant woman?
By the end of 3rd month of pregnancy, your first trimester will come to an end. From this month onwards, you pregnancy will start to show. By the end of this month, you may gain up to five pounds, but still you won’t need any maternity clothes. You can fit well in your old jeans.
Rapid hormonal changes and increased blood flow can bring a new glow to your face and you will look more and more beautiful than earlier. The increased blood flow to the cheeks gives them a blush and also the oil secretions due to the hormonal changes give your skin a soft and shiny look. Too much fat deposition can also cause acne breakouts during pregnancy.
Also, you will notice a rapid development in your hair and nails. You may also observe yellowish or brownish patches called as chloasma anywhere on your face. This condition is also called as pregnancy mask. You may also notice the line that goes from belly button to pubic area become even darker.
What care should be taken by a 3 months pregnant woman?
When you are in 3rd month of pregnancy, most women are very much responsive about their condition. So, it is the time to think about some new responsibilities.
- Consuming a healthy diet is very much important. Make sure that the diet is rich in calcium and iron. As it is time for rapid bone development in your baby, it is much essential to consume enough calcium.
- Consider taking child birth classes. It can help to ease the stress and pain at the time of labor.