According to WebMD's pregnancy guide, expectant mothers gain weight around week 12 and, depending on skin elasticity, develop stretch marks around the breasts, abdomen, hips or buttocks. By week 16, women should be visibly pregnant with leg veins becoming more apparent. Some acne is to be expected.Continue Reading
Once a pregnancy enters its 12th week, the chances of miscarriage drop significantly. WebMD states. The end of the first trimester marks the full development of the baby's limbs and extremities, with fingernails, teeth and toes just starting to form. Although the baby's reproductive organs are developing, at this stage the sex is difficult to determine.
Though not immediately necessary, the mother should acquire maternity bras and clothing, and she may find it more comfortable to wear looser clothing. By week 16, the baby's arms and legs are moving and the nervous system is functioning while the mother's uterus begins to grow upward in the abdomen. The mother can begin considering what kind of prenatal tests she wants performed. Because pregnancy relaxes the bowels, she may experience constipation that can be alleviated through diet and moderate exercise. WebMD advises sleeping on the left side in order to help improve circulation and investing in a pregnancy pillow for increased full-body support.Learn more about Pregnancy
A woman can become pregnant at any time during ovulation, which may happen a week before her period. While it is not typical for a woman to become pregnant right before menstruation begins, she may not know the timing of her ovulation cycle.Full Answer >
According to New Health Guide, morning sickness starts after conception in the first trimester of pregnancy as early as the second week of a woman's pregnancy. Approximately 50 percent of pregnant women experience some symptoms of morning sickness.Full Answer >
According to WebMD, the average woman should gain between 2 to 4 pounds during her first trimester of pregnancy. After the first three months of pregnancy, the woman should expect to gain approximately 1 pound per week until she has the baby.Full Answer >
To treat sciatic nerve pain in the buttocks during pregnancy, women can change positions from sitting to standing or vice versa when pain occurs and alternate short walks with moments of rest to ease the pain, recommends WebMD. Sciatic nerve pain can also be relieved with a heating pad or an ice pack on the buttocks for 15 to 20 minutes every two to three hours. It may also help to take a warm shower to relieve discomfort.Full Answer >