During the first three months of pregnancy, or the first trimester, your body is undergoing many changes. As your body adjusts to the growing baby, you may experience all or some of the following symptoms:
- Mood swings
Just remember that these symptoms are normal as your body changes. Most of these symptoms during the first trimester will go away as your pregnancy progresses. Some women won't have any symptoms during the first trimester.
Some of the most common pregnancy symptoms you might experience in your first trimester include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Frequent urination
- Varicose veins
- Leg cramps
- Nasal stuffiness
- Bleeding gums.
(Click First Trimester for more information on symptoms seen during this time.)
Most women find the second trimester of pregnancy to be easier than the first trimester, but it is important to stay informed about your pregnancy in this stage, too. While you might notice symptoms like nausea and fatigue going away, you will see new, more noticeable pregnancy symptoms. Your abdomen (stomach) will expand as you gain weight and the baby continues to grow. Before the second trimester is over, you will feel your baby beginning to move!
Many of the other symptoms you had in the first trimester might continue into the second, like constipation or leg cramps, so it is important to keep doing all of the healthy things you have already learned to help prevent or treat those symptoms.
Some of the common symptoms of pregnancy seen during the second trimester are:
- Aches and pains
- Shortness of breath
- Stretch marks
- Other skin changes
- Tingling and itching.
(Click Second Trimester for more information on symptoms seen during this period.)