Having a Baby?

Congratulations!

You’re pregnant. At Greenville Health System, we know that pregnancy and birth are key events in the life of any family. That’s why our providers and staff consider it a privilege to be part of your birthing experience. That’s also why we strive to provide you with high-quality care in a comfortable, nurturing environment.

Pregnant women have many choices and options. From how to prepare for childbirth to who you want your obstetrician to be. Starting the decision making process early will help to make the best possible outcome for you and your baby. Registering in advance for your delivery, preparing for your birth with childbirth classes and exploring planning for your care after you return home will make your pregnancy experience easier.

What to Expect During Pregnancy

Greenville Health System is here to support and educate you throughout your pregnancy and afterwards. As your body changes throughout your pregnancy experience, each trimester brings new new milestones to your baby’s development, changes to your body, as well as new tasks and preparations to be made.

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First Trimester

The first trimester lasts from week 1 through the end of week 13 of pregnancy. During this time your baby changes from a single fertilized cell to the size of a peach. Your body will undergo extraordinary changes in a relatively short amount of time.

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Second Trimester

The second trimester lasts from weeks 14 through the end of week 27. This time will bring lots of changes for your growing fetus and, most likely, welcome relief from early pregnancy symptoms for you.

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Third Trimester

The third trimester lasts from week 28 through 40. Although you may feel that there’s no way possible you could get any bigger…over the course of the next few weeks you will get A LOT BIGGER. Hang in there. You are almost to the finish line!

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Fourth Trimester

Bringing home a new baby is a special time for both you and your partner. It takes time and patience to learn the skills to take care of your baby and your postpartum body. There’s no right way, only the way that works best for you and your new baby.

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Nutrition & Exercise

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise can enhance your feeling of well-being, and lessen some of the discomforts of pregnancy, such as backache and tiredness. In addition, your daily diet should provide proper nutrition to your growing baby and provide the necessary calories for your own needs and energy.
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