First Trimester Dangers
The baby (then known as a zygote, emryo or fetus) is at high risk during this trimester. Since the growing zygote,
embryo, or fetus is so delicate at this point, a mother should be extra cautious. There is a great danger of miscarriage at
this point. During the first trimester, a miscarriage can occur when the under developed embryo, zygote, or fetus dies and
is discharged from the uterus, through the vagina. A woman can put her baby at a great risk of dying or preventing normal
development during this trimester, or any trimester by smoking, doing drugs, drinking, being exposed to radiation, taking
unnecessary medication, and/or getting hurt in the abdomen (falling, abuse, etc.). During the embryonic stage (15th day after
conception through the 8th week), the mother should be very cautious. During this stage, the cells of the embryo are multiplying
and are taking on different functions. During this process, tissue differentiation, the growing embryo is most likely to be
harmed by exernal sources (teratogens) such as viruses, radiation, etc.).
Second Trimester Dangers
In the second trimester if pregnancy, the baby is starting to develop features. During this trimester, there aren't
many dangers to the developinf fetus. By now, the baby's safety depends solely on the mother's health. That is why pregnant
women should get tested for diseases, such as diabetes and hypertention. Such diseases are not only a danger to the mother,
but also a great danger to the development and life of the fetus. The fetus is also still at risk of being miscarried. If
this occurs, a woman would have to give premature, vaginal birth or undergo a Caesarian section.Precautions such as smoking
and drinking still apply in this trimester.
Third Trimester Dangers
By the time a woman is in her third trimester of pregnancy, the baby is almost fully developed. There aren't many extremely
serios risks at this point, because the fetus has a very high chance of surviving. However, someting can still go wrong. Any
extreme physical harm can hurt the baby or terminate the pregnancy. Also, the umbilical cord can strangle and kill the baby
due to the limited space in the uterus. The same precautions taken in the first and second trimester still apply.
It is extremely important for mothers to know all about these dangers. She will do herself and her baby/babies a huge
favor. Just by being aware of these risks make a difference. Every mother should know these dangers so that they know what
to watch out for. Okay, maybe the word "danger" comes off as alarming, but don't sweat it. These precautions are
quite easy to take. After mommy watches ot for these dangers, she can deliver a healthy baby. HOW EXCITING!!!
BY: STEPHANIE JEAN