Trimesters

Pregnancies are divided into three trimesters. Ask questions about what to expect during each one here.

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Miscarriages
Spotting While Pregnant
Trimesters
First Trimester

Is spotting during the first trimester normal?

Yes. Spotting during the first trimester is very normal and sometimes spotting may go along with mild cramps. Many times the spotting is caused by your uterus growing and breaking small vessels for more room. However if you are having spotting which continues to bleeding and filling a maxi an hour for 3 hours along with heavy cramping there is a great chance you are having a miscarriage. When you are in this situation Dr's advise on an immediate call and will have you come in, even though there is nothing they can do to stop the miscarriage, before or during, if there is a problem with you...i.e bleeding wont stop or anything more problematic happens they can help you.

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Spotting While Pregnant
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Is it normal to spot during the first trimester?

Yes, providing it is not heavy or very painful

The doctor told me I'm more than 6 weeks pregnant which I find it hard to believe because I did a home pregnancy test a couple of weeks after my last period and it showed negative. So judging by my own instinct and the home pregnancy tests I had

been taken subsequently after my last cycle, I think I'm just about getting into my 4th week. I still feel uncomfortable with male doctors but since female doctors in my hospital have not been available, so it leaves me no choice. Should I/ Can I really believe what my male doctor tells me?

Yesterday I went to the ER right after I got off the plane from a trip because I have

been spotting for the past two days. At first, it was just dark brown spotting accompanied with mild cramps and bloating sensation just like a period. After an ultrasound and a pelvic exam yesterday, the nurse told me I didn't need to go to the ER again unless I experience severe cramps, bleeding and/or blood clots. The doctor said everything was fine; the embryo was where it's supposed to be and my cervix was closed but I'm not "out of the woods yet". Today, the color of my spotting/bleeding has become more liquid-like and bright red with occasional small blood clots and prickling sensations. I called the ER and was told that I could go back to the ER whenever I feel the symptoms have gotten worse, but all they will do is perform the same procedures again - ultrasound and a pelvic exam.

What should I do at this point?

I'm very worried that the insertion of the speculum and/or the continuity of spotting and bleeding is going to cause any deformity of the baby.

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I also recommend going to see your OB. No bleeding during pregnancy is "normal", though it is common. Even spotting should be looked at. DO NOT think that just because you are spotting, everything is automatically okay. During my first pregnancy, I had very little spotting in my 9th week. The spotting lasted 8 days before I finally thought to go to the ER...everyone kept telling me, "oh, it's normal." NEVER!! I ended up having a missed miscarriage and the next day my body aborted the embryo. Now, in my 2nd pregnancy, I'm having more spotting and I'm not taking any chances. I'm not trying to scare you, but rather, make you aware that although it's common for many women, it's not normal during pregnancy and it always merits a doctor's opinion and checkup.

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I recommend going to the doctor immediately, even if you have to make $5 monthly payments on the visit, I had it happen after 4 weeks for a day, and then at 11 weeks, i had another spot which turned into a miscarriage. that is the most emotionally and physically painful thing i have ever gone through. GO TO A DOCTOR if you care about this child.

It is completely normal. I have been having light brown spotting for the past week and a half. I a had a ultrasound today and everything was fine!!

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I was sent this link from someone on another site. First of all, regarding the first post above, the one that states "Go to a Doctor if you care about this child" First of all, that is a horrible thing to say, of course we all care about our unborn children. Also, I must let you know that if you are having a miscarriage there is NOTHING you can do to prevent one and nothing you can do to stop one. Most m/c's happen due to the fetus having chromosone issues and no doctor can fix that. While spotting in pregnancy is common, it shouldn't be considered normal. Most doctors don't want you to come in unless the spotting turns bright red and is accompanied with cramps as well. God Bless you all and good luck!

Yes. Spotting during the first trimester is very normal and sometimes spotting may go along with mild cramps. Many times the spotting is caused by your uterus growing and breaking small vessels for more room. However if you are having spotting which continues to bleeding and filling a maxi an hour for 3 hours along with heavy cramping there is a great chance you are having a miscarriage. When you are in this situation Dr's advise on an immediate call and will have you come in, eventhough there is nothing they can do to stop the miscarriage, before or during, if there is a problem with you...i.e bleeding wont stop or anything more problematic happens they can help you.

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i am 7 wks pregnant and am having light spotting. while seaching for some answers i found this reliable information off of www.providence.org. answers were given from a director of obstetrics and gyneocology. compared to some other websites that gave some scary advice, i felt a little relieved after i read the following info.

in the first 3 months of pregnancy spotting is quite common. it can be attributed to early development in the uterus; your body is producing more blood to carry nutrients to the fetus. a little bleeding is not uncommon. unless there is a lot of bleeding, like a normal period, along with severe cramps, there is no cause for concern.

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spotting could be considered normal or dangerous sign of miscarriage, depending on the individual. I had two miscarriages within one year and they both started with "light spotting". I would contact your health care provider immediately.

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http://www.umm.edu/pregnancy/stayhealthy/articles/vagbleeding.HTML

I thought this website's answers were good. The key is to distinguish between spotting (a little blood, don't need a pad/liner) and bleeding (more blood, bright red or needs a pad)

spotting is probably just "hormonal changes." and bleeding is something you need to see your MD about. might be a miscarriage.

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Spotting during the first 3 months of pregnancy does occur but spotting red blood is not normal hun. Everytime you experience spotting you will need to contact your doctor for a examination and to make sure the pregnancy is safe.

First off, try not to freak out regardless because stress will only make things worse. Second, every woman and every pregnancy is different, even doctors disagree on how much blood should be present before you go in for a checkup. I've had 3 healthy babies and 2 miscarriages and being an army wife I've had several OBGYN's so I can tell you there is no black or white on this subject, period. If you are worried, CALL YOUR DOCTOR and they will tell you their medical opinion. Sometimes women bleed in pregnancy for reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with the health of the baby (such as spotting after intercourse) and go on to have normal deliveries. Sometimes there are no warning signs at all and the baby doesn't make it. The ONLY ONLY ONLY way to know for sure whether your baby is healthy or not is to do bloodwork and a sonogram, and the only person that can answer all these questions is a medical doctor or a midwife that knows your history and your pregnancy.

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Fetal Development
Fetal Movement
Trimesters

Is fetal movement in the second trimester irregular?

Second Trimester Fetal MovementSome woman feel their baby move in the first trimester. It is usually a fluttering feeling in their stomach. You will not feel the baby move everyday. It depends on how active you are and how comfortable the baby is. Here is a tip if you are concerned. During my pregnancy, when I would have periods of non-movement with my baby, my OBGYN informed me to lie in a tub full for warm water. The warm water will help your blood circulate more through your body, which in turn will wake the baby up and cause him/her to start moving around.

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  • If you want to know for sure if it's the baby moving, like the last person said you should take a warm bath (NOT hot) and also, try a juice box that has a little sugar. This tends to make babies more active, and may help you to feel the movement. And no, it's not irregular - many moms have been known to feel movement between 17-18 weeks. Also, if you're not a first time mom, you may be more tuned in and you may feel your baby move earlier.

first time Mums often don't feel the baby move until around 20 weeks, second time around you are more 'tuned in' and feel it earlier. However the baby has plenty of room to move and as you can only feel it if it touches the front of the uterus (just under the skin where the nerve endings are) you will not feel much especially if the placenta is at the front as well.

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How do you find a listing of colleges that follow a 3-3-3 trimester system or 2-2-2-1 bimester course system?

The trimester system is widely known as the "quarter system" in higher education, while the bimester system is widely known as the "semester system". The semester system was the only one available until the early 20th century, when the University of Chicago pioneered the quarter system, which is seen as somewhat more difficult and demanding. Other elite schools that use the quarter system include: Stanford University, Dartmouth College, and Northwestern University.

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Pregnancy Symptoms
Trimesters

What is severe vomiting that continues into the second trimester known as?

This is called hyperemesis gravidarum. It can last right up until the baby is born and most treatment is ineffective - moms are often hospitalized for dehydration and given IV fluids. At it's worst it can cause electrolyte imbalance, which means the mom to be can go into heart failure.

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Cramping During Pregnancy
Trimesters
First Trimester

Are dizziness and cramping normal in the first trimester?

Yes, dizziness, cramps and headaches are all normal in pregnancy - most often caused by hormonal fluctuations.

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Health
Drug Side Effects
Trimesters

Is it safe to take Apo- Metronidazole during your third trimester?

You should NEVER take Apo-Metronidazole during the first trimester, but the third trimester of pregnancy is still up for debate, and therefor not recommended by most doctors. You should speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking the medicine while pregnant. Always talk to your doctor about medication issues if you're not sure.

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Pregnancy Symptoms
Trimesters
Second Trimester

Is dizziness in the second trimester normal?

Dizzyness in the second trimester is normal! Many women experience a drop in blood pressure as the body tries to adjust to an increase in blood volume.

The typical pattern is lower than normal blood pressure in the second trimester followed by a slow rise in the third trimester which we hope doesn't go up much above your non-pregnant blood pressure!

If you are feeling dizzy from low blood pressure, try to stay cool (I always got dizzy in the shower!), lie down, and drink some water.

You may also be dizzy from low blood sugar because the baby goes through several growth spurts in the second trimester which can really make mom hungry! If you think this is why you are dizzy, drink juice or something which will give you quick sugar, then eat some protein to keep your blood sugar level up long-term.

If you are dizzy a lot, have other symptoms (such as blurry vision or headache), or faint, please call your practitioner!

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Pregnancy
Periods while Pregnant
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What are the Nine months of pregnancy?

It takes nine months for a baby to develop in your womb. It is normally described as 40 weeks because doctors can never exactly predict when you concived, so they say 40 weeks even though a baby only takes 36 weeks to develop.

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Miscarriages
Trimesters

Early cramping 3rd trimester?

This could be Braxton Hicks contractions. However, if they are accompanied by blood or get very painful, you must go to the hospital ASAP

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Pregnancy
Pregnancy Symptoms
Trimesters

When does the 1st trimester of pregnancy start?

Pregnancy actually begins two weeks before you conceive (when the egg fertilizes the sperm). You generally find out you are pregnant two weeks after you conceive, by this time you would be four weeks pregnant techinally alhthoug a lot of people may consider themselves to be only two weeks pregnant. The first trimester begins at the techinal week 1, before you are actually "pregnant" and have conceived. Weeks 1-12 are the weeks of your first trimester.

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Pregnancy
Pregnancy Symptoms
Trimesters

Can weight loss be a sign of pregnancy?

no if you have weight gain thenit is a sign of pregnacy

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How many weeks pregnant is considered your second trimester?

13 to 26 weeks is considered your second trimester! 13 to 26 weeks is considered your second trimester!

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Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care)
Ultrasounds
Trimesters

How many weeks does an unborn baby get fingernails?

About 15 to 16 weeks.

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Pregnancy Symptoms
Trimesters

Is pain in your left side normal in the first trimester?

It could be nothing or it could be gas or it could be something that needs to be looked at. Call your doctor and they will be able to answer your questions better.

I was Only 8 weeks pregnant with the same symptoms on my right side, the ultrasound showed a 10cm ovarian cyst, that's the size of a grapefruit/Softball.Now I'm 14 weeks pregnant,they are most likely going to remove it in a few weeks. Tell Your OB/Gyn ASAP!Don't worry though, ovarian cysts are very common, they usually just go away no harm done.But in my case it's too large� dissolving.Don't worry, good luck & God bless!!!

It could also be a sign of a tubal or "ectopic pregnancy" which unfortunately, they would have 2 remove, it couln't survive.Call your OB/Gyn ASAP!They may send you to the ER.

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Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care)
Trimesters

Will having a cold effect your unborn child?

Pregnancy lowers the mother's immune system, making her more suceptible to colds and other illnesses, but having a cold during your pregnancy will not effect the baby. A mother can't pass the cold to her baby.

It's best to contact your doctor before you take any medications. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids (water is best) and get extra rest while you have the cold.

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Women's Health
Trimesters

Would cause vaginal swelling during your third trimester?

There is a lot of pressure on the lower part of your body (waist down) by the third trimester because the baby is quite heavy now (and then there's all the amniotic fluid too). It is very normal to get this kind of swelling

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Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care)
Trimesters
First Trimester

Is it safe to use cream bleach for face or body after the first trimester?

  • Jen, Waxing, plucking or shaving the unwanted hair is safe, but hair removal creams (depilatories)contain chemicals that haven't been extensively studied. Just to be on the safe side I would avoid it. The skin is the largest organ of the body so anything you put on your skin in dissolved into the body.
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Parenting and Children
Trimesters

Is it normal to have extreme fatigue in the second trimester of pregnancy?

Yes, it's quite normal, but when you have your next appointment with your doctor PLEASE MENTION THIS to him/her in case you may be a little anemic. Nothing to worry about as long as your doctor knows.

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Miscarriages
Medication and Drugs
Antibiotics
Trimesters

Is it safe to take 500mg antibiotics while pregnant or can that cause a miscarriage and what other ways can a miscarriage occur during your first trimester?

Did your doctor prescribe 500 mg. antibiotics with the knowlege that you were pregnant? If yes, then you are doing the right thing by taking them because you need to protect your baby from whatever infection you may have. If not, stop taking them and contact your doctor immediately. There are safe antibiotics to take during pregnancy.

I know it is so hard not to, but don't worry about having a miscarriage. A miscarriage is spontaneous and almost never with anyone or anything to blame. It's a hard pill to swallow, but when you miscarry, it is usually a good thing because there was probably something wrong. So don't worry. Just take care of yourself and be sure to seek prenatal care. That's the best thing you can do to have a healthy child.

The safety to pregnancy actually typically depends more on the type of antibiotic rather than the dosage. Some antibiotics are typically thought to be safe during pregnancy. Others are not. These medications do not usually cause miscarriages, but birth defects.

Miscarriages may be caused in many ways - like the answerer above posted, usually they are spontaneous and caused by a problem with the fetus or uterus. Other potential causes of miscarriages include trauma or cervical incompetence.

If you are concerned about miscarriage, please see your OB/Gyn for evaluation.

J. DeLaughter, DO

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Medication and Drugs
Antibiotics
Trimesters
Medications and Vaccination During Pregnancy

Is it safe to take antibiotics during your third trimester?

There are many drugs, that fall under the category of antibiotics. Some of them are safe during the pregnancy, while others are not. Your gynaecologist knows about the same. Generally drugs become safer in third trimester of pregnancy as compared to first trimester of pregnancy. You are not supposed to take drugs of your own during pregnancy. Antibiotics are the class of drugs that must be prescribed to you by your doctor. You are requested to tell your doctor that you are pregnant, specially in the early months of pregnancy. Next time you go to the doctor, mention the same again. Do not presume that she or he knows the fact.

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Pregnancy Symptoms
Trimesters
First Trimester

What does a pregnant woman feel inside her stomach during her first trimester?

If you are talking about the baby moving, most women don't feel anything until at least 16-20 weeks, which 4 or 5 months. Some women who have had children before, or women who are very slim may feel movement slightly earlier than others.

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Trimesters
First Trimester

Do pregnant women feel craps in the first trimester?

Some women have cramping throughout the entire first trimester, while other don't. The cramping is usually caused by the uterus stretching and their body getting used to being pregnant.

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Trimesters

How many weeks is considered third trimester?

Weeks 28-42.

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Spotting While Pregnant
Trimesters

When should you contact a doctor if you are bleeding during the first trimester?

Contact your doctor immediately, even if the bleeding is very light.

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