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Pregnancy

10 Feb 2012
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OVERVIEW

Pregnancy is the process in which a fetus grows and develops inside a female's uterus.

Usually lasting between 38–40 weeks, pregnancy is typically divided into three stages:

First trimester (weeks 1–12)

  • Fertilization occurs
  • The embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus
  • Morning sickness (nausea) can occur during this stage

 

Second trimester (weeks 13–28)

  • The fetus grows and develops major organs and body systems
  • Weight gain will occur during this stage

 

Third trimester (weeks 14–40)

  • The fetus continues to grow and develop, and will change position, dropping into the lower pelvic area in preparation for birth
  • The majority of weight gain will occur at this stage

 

For information about nutrition during pregnancy, see: Ministry of Health – Food & Nutrition Guidelines for Health Pregnant Women.

 

For more information about maternity care and services in New Zealand, see: Healthpages – Pregnancy & Childbirth Services.

 

VIDEOS

 

Video: Pregnancy, Weeks 1–4

 

 

Video: NHS – Antenatal classes

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

Ministry of Health – Pregnancy
Ministry of Health – Pregnancy Services
Pregnancy Help Inc.

 

International

NHS – Pregnancy Guide

 

RESEARCH

The New Zealand Medical Journal
British Medical Journal

 

 

FORUMS

Ohbaby.co.nz – Forum
Mumsontop.co.nz – Forum
Thepregnancyforum.com

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.

 

 

Updated April 2012
Image credit: Louisa Stokes