Feb 28, 2009

Pregnancy Symptoms Throughout Each Trimester

There are many signs of pregnancy, but not all are
felt by every woman. Some women may experience
all of these symptoms, while others may never
experience some of them during the entire
pregnancy. Remember that every pregnancy is
different and every baby grows at a different rate.
This is only to be used as a guide. If you feel you
may be pregnant, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor for a pregnancy test.

1st Trimester
(Weeks 1 - 12)
  • Absense of your period (Amenorrhea)
  • Morning sickness (nausea and/or vomiting)
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Emptying your bladder frequently
  • Tingling, tender or swollen breasts
  • Increased vaginal discharge (leukorrhea)
  • The areola (area around your nipple) may get darker
  • The blue veins in the breasts may be more noticeable
  • Little bumps (elevated glands) around your nipple
  • Food cravings or aversions
  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Constipation, heartburn, indigestion, bloating and flatulence
  • Headaches
  • Emotional

Note: Many of these symptoms continue into the second and/or third trimesters.

2nd Trimester
(Weeks 13 - 26)
  • Morning sickness may start to subside
  • Weight gain
  • Nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • Bleeding gums while brushing teeth
  • Nosebleeds
  • Increase in appetite
  • Ankles, feet, hands and face may swell a little (edema)
  • Small amounts of colostrum coming from your nipples
  • Varicose veins and/or hemorrhoids
  • The first signs of fetal movement are felt
  • Aching abdomen along the sides and the lower area (due to stretching ligaments)
  • Leg cramps
  • Faster heart rate
  • Aching back
  • Linea nigra (dark line down the center of the abdomen)
  • "Pregnancy mask" (pigmentation changes on your face)
  • The skin of your abdomen may itch from stretching
  • Absentmindedness

Note: Many of these symptoms will continue into the third trimester.

3rd Trimester
(Weeks 27 - 42)
  • Strong fetal movement that can be felt and seen from outside the stomach
  • Increasing vaginal discharge (you may need to wear pantyliners)
  • Protruding navel
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Feeling awkward or clumsy
  • Pressure in the pelvic or hip area
  • Frequent urination
  • You may do the famous "pregnancy waddle".
  • A baby!

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