What To Expect In Each Trimester Of Your Pregnancy

Video Series: What To Expect in Each Trimester of Your Pregnancy

Kiwi couples share their experience of each pregnancy trimester in these short, authentic videos. A must-watch to understand more about the road ahead!

 Pregnancy – Article by mum+

Three Kiwi couples share their experience of pregnancy with you in these short videos. You can learn a few things about what to expect during each trimester.

What to expect in your first trimester: 0-14 weeks

Viewing time: 3m 55s

What you will learn in this video:

  • We are introduced to Chrissie who is in her first trimester of pregnancy.
  • She explains that it was important for her to find a midwife early in pregnancy.
  • Scans and blood tests are offered throughout pregnancy, with the first scan at 12 weeks.
  • It is so important to look after yourself in this trimester (and always!), avoiding alcohol, drugs and smoking and trying to eat healthily
  • Supplements recommended during this trimester are folic acid (helps prevent spine deformities in your baby) and iodine (supports baby brain development)

What to expect in your second trimester: 14-28 weeks

Viewing time: 3m 59s

What you will learn in this video:

  • Introduced to Rachel who is 26 weeks pregnant
  • At week 16 your baby starts to hear you and Rachel recommends reading to the baby from this point
  • A midwife’s role is to support mum and baby and strive for the best outcome for both
  • You can contact your midwife with any concerns during pregnancy
  • A scan is available at 20 weeks
  • A blood test at 28 weeks will check your general wellbeing and any signs or pregnancy-related diabetes.
  • You should still be taking iodine during the second trimester, but there is no longer a need for folic acid.
  • Rachel has felt more energetic and ‘well’ during her second trimester and urges you  to enjoy your pregnancy

What to expect in your third trimester: 28 weeks until birth

Viewing time: 4m 30s

What you will learn in this video:

  • Jane is 36 weeks pregnant and tells you about her recent diagnoses of gestational diabetes and how it has altered her birth plans
  • Jane has got her hospital bag ready and explains it’s important to be ready for birth
  • Her partner found the antenatal classes useful – they are full of expectant parents going through the same thing as you
  • Why not try breastfeeding classes during your third trimester?

Better health outcomes for New Zealanders

The Ministry of Health leads our health and disability system

The Ministry of Health has responsibility for the management and development of healthcare in New Zealand. They provide heaps of useful information for you and your family and you can find out more here.

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