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  • 1. The Stages of Pregnancy
    By Brandi Dixon
  • 2. First Trimester
  • 3. The first trimester of pregnancy lasts for three and a half months or 14weeks. During this stage of pregnancy you may experience the dreaded morning sickness ( which can occur anytime during the day and sore and enlarged breast. During this stage it’s vital that you get enough vitamins, minerals and nutrients as they are essential for growth and development.
  • 4. Nutrition and Exercise
    During the first trimester it is important to have a well balanced, healthy diet with adequate fiber to promote the baby’s growth and mother’s energy and comfort.
    Take prenatal vitamins as prescribed.
    Avoid the use of alcohol and tobacco.
    Daily exercise that suits your level of fitness can help decrease fatigue and stress
  • 5. Second Trimester
  • 6. This second stage of pregnancy lasts until the end of the seventh month and is many times the easiest stage of pregnancy as most women will start to regain their energy. During this stage your stomach will begin to expand and those around you will start to notice that you are pregnant. At this point you may also feel your baby beginning to kick and move. If you wish, you can find out whether you are having a boy or a girl.
  • 7. Nutrition and Exercise
    2500 calories/day
    Continue a well balanced diet
    Continue to take prenatal vitamins
    Modify your exercise regimen if needed to protect weight bearing joints, back and abdominal muscles
    Take care with lifting and carrying
  • 8. Third Trimester
  • 9. As you enter into the final trimester of your pregnancy you may notice that you feel more sensitive, emotional and anxious. Be rest assured, these feelings are very natural. It’s common to begin worrying about what kind of mother you are going to be. Many times, the increases size and weight of your baby can cause increased pain ( often in your back), make you feel more uncomfortable and anxious.
  • 10. Nutrition and Exercise
    Continue to avoid the use of alcohol
    2500 calories
    You may reduce the intensity of your exercise regimen if you become to winded
    Stretch and tone to prepare for childbirth
    Continue prenatal vitamins
    Continue to maintain a well balanced diet with plenty of fiber