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Your Pregnancy

Your pregnancy is a special time for you and your spouse or partner. During this time, you will experience a wide range of emotions, and you will have questions, too. Valley Presbyterian Hospital is proud to be your hospital of choice for this life-changing event. Since the health of you and your baby is vital to a successful pregnancy, we want to help you feel confident and relaxed as your delivery approaches.

We invite you to click on the links below to learn what to expect within each stage and trimester. You'll learn about preparing for pregnancy, how your body will change, and what to expect during your first, second, and third trimesters. You'll also learn about your baby's special needs, with tips on providing the best care to your child.

Remember, it's your pregnancy, and your journey, but at Valley Presbyterian Hospital we're here to help.

Pregnancy Overview

A pregnancy is divided into three phases, called trimesters. Each trimester has its own significant milestones. The first trimester is the most fragile period, during which all major organs and systems are formed. Most birth defects and miscarriages occur during the first trimester. During the second and third trimester, the fetus is fully formed, and grows and matures rapidly. The 40-week method of dividing trimesters includes:

Note that some authorities use 42 weeks instead of 40 weeks. This method divides the trimesters with the 1st trimester at 0-12 weeks; the 2nd trimester at 13-27 weeks; and the 3rd trimester at 28-42 weeks.