Embarking on the journey of maternity obstetrics, this exploration delves into the comprehensive realm of women’s health during pregnancy and childbirth. Maternity obstetrics encompasses the vital care and medical expertise provided to expectant mothers, ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy journey, successful labor, and the delivery of a precious new life.
Maternity Obstetricians specialize in caring for people during preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and the first several weeks postpartum
The first trimester or the first three months of pregnancy is the period from conception to 12 weeks.
By the end of the first month; the foetus is about ¼ inch long; smaller than a grain of rice.
By the end of second month; it is called a foetus instead of an embryo; it is about 1 inch long and weighs about 1 gm.
At the end of the third month; the foetus is about 4 inches long and weighs about 30 gm.
As the most critical development of the baby has taken place; your chances of miscarriage drops considerably after 3 months.
The middle trimester of pregnancy is often thought of as the best part of the pregnancy experience as by this time; the morning sickness is gone and the discomfort of the first trimester has faded.
The foetus will start developing the facial features and you may also start to feel movements as the foetus flips and turns in the uterus. The sex of the baby gets confirmed.
This is the final part of your pregnancy and you may be tempted to start the countdown thinking and hoping that your due date comes early; but it is this period of pregnancy in which the foetus prepares for birth; gains weight and attains maturity.
The baby continues to mature and develops more body fat and continues kicking. The baby can see and hear. Most internal systems are well developed but the lungs may still be immature.
The baby is about 18 inches long and may weigh from 1.8 to 2 kg.
The baby continues to grow and mature. Lungs are almost developed.
It can blink; close the eyes; turn the head, grasp firmly and can respond to light and touch.
The baby is about 17 to 19 inches long and weighs from 2.2 to 2.9 or 3.0 kg.
The baby is fully mature and you can go in labor anytime.
You may notice that the movements are less as the space is tight and the liquor is also reducing.
And as the body starts to prepare for delivery process; the baby tries to come down in the pelvis and that may make things little uncomfortable for you due to pressure in the pelvis.
The baby may be about 18 to 20 inches long and may weigh from 2.5 to 4 kg.
In conclusion, maternity obstetrics is a cornerstone of women’s healthcare, ensuring the well-being of both mother and child throughout the transformative journey of pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
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