3 Months Pregnant: What to Expect and Do

At 3 months pregnant you’re entering the homestretch of your first trimester. Some closest to you and the most observant may notice subtle changes in your appearance that indicate pregnancy. You may also begin to feel different and “fully pregnant” as your body begins to rapidly change and grow and your little belly becomes visible.

What symptoms may I experience at 3 months pregnant?

It’s around this time that many people say a woman begins to glow as the hormonal changes become stronger as a double dose of female hormones are running through your body. It’s at 3 months pregnant that your blood’s hormone level has reached its maximum. Early symptoms like nausea, fatigue and morning sickness begin to even out and even subside during this time as your body becomes used to being pregnant.

You will likely continue to experience mood swings at 3 months pregnant. As well as swelling breasts and abdomen. Stretchy pants start to become a necessity around this time as your weight begins to increase.

“Pregnancy brain” may also kick into high gear around this time. Hormones, stress and lack of sleep can all contribute to this symptom. Be patient with yourself and try things like sticking to a routine, writing notes and setting reminders to make things easier to manage.

What will my stomach be like at 3 months pregnant?

You can expect a tiny baby bump to begin forming at 3 months pregnant. It’s likely noticeable but easily covered by choosing the right outfit. This is a great time to begin documenting how your belly looks so you can track the journey of your growth throughout the coming months.

How has the fetus developed at 3 months pregnant?

The third month of development is one of the most important for a growing embryo. At 3 months pregnant, the fetus begins to form new organs and organ systems as well as develop organs that have already began to grow. The fetus begins to look like a human at 3 months with a very large head in comparison to its small body and tiny, but growing, limbs. The baby’s circulatory and urinary systems are functioning well by this time.

At 3 months pregnant, the fetus has a liver that produces bile and developed genitals, though you need to wait about one more month to detect the baby’s sex. The baby’s muscles are developing, which explains why it begins to move more. Its facial muscles are functional and the baby can do things like open its mouth and wince inside the womb as well as clench its fists.

The baby’s heart pumps about 25 quarts of blood each day. Its skin is forming with a “coat” of hair called lanugo, which protects it until birth. By the end of the third month of pregnancy your baby will be about one-third of its birth length and weigh about an ounce.

At this time, the baby has developed reflexes. If you have a 3 month ultrasound you may be able to see the baby react to a mother’s pregnant belly being poked.

3 Month Testing

Genetic testing may be done around 3 months pregnant to test for certain birth defects and genetic disorders. Feel liberated to ask many questions as this can be a confusing process for parents. Many issues or indicators can work themselves out as a fetus develops so it’s important to remain positive and not read too far into tests if a doctor says there is no need to.

The 3 Month Ultrasound

Many mothers have their first ultrasound at 3 months pregnant. The decision to have an ultrasound is completely up to you but may or may not be supported by your doctor or covered by your insurance company. Your baby’s features are developed enough to see a discernable picture via ultrasound and check for a strong fetal heartbeat. At 3 months your doctor may being estimating the size of the fetus as well. If you do not have a 3 month ultrasound you will have a checkup during this time.

Sharing the News that You’re Pregnant at 3 Months?

Many parents-to-be choose to share their pregnancy news around the third month of being pregnant. At this time, the risk for miscarriages become much lower and the chance of carrying the baby to full-term are high enough that sharing the news make sense. Consider who you’d like to tell and know that once you tell one or two people, your whole social circle will likely find out very soon.

Your announcement plan should also include your workplace. Find out your work’s maternity and paternity plans before announcing and be willing to work together on a plan for your time off. The more you prepare now, the less stress you’ll feel when the baby comes. However you approach the announcement, never apologize or feel guilty for having a baby and taking the time off to care for your new little one.