What are early pregnancy symptoms?
Many people notice symptoms early in their pregnancy, but others may not have any symptoms at all.
Common signs and symptoms of pregnancy can include:
- Missed period
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Feeling tired
- Peeing more often than usual
Some early pregnancy symptoms can sometimes feel like other common conditions (like PMS). So the only way to know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You can either take a home pregnancy test (the kind you buy at the drug or grocery store), or get a pregnancy test at your doctor’s office.
What are the stages of pregnancy?
Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. The stages of pregnancy are divided into 3 trimesters. Each trimester is a little longer than 13 weeks.
You’ll go through many changes during each trimester. Some people feel lots of discomfort. Others don’t feel much at all.
During the first trimester, you’ll probably have lots of body changes, including:
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Morning sickness
- Cravings or distaste for certain foods
- Mood swings
- Needing to pee more often
- Weight gain or loss
Most of these symptoms go away when you get to the second trimester. This is when your belly gets bigger and you’ll feel the fetus move. You may also notice:
- Body aches
- Stretch marks
- Darkening of your areolas
- A line on your skin running from your belly button to pubic bone
- Patches of darker skin
- Numb or tingling hands
- Itching on your abdomen, palms, and feet
- Swelling of your ankles, fingers, or face
In the third trimester, some of the same symptoms may continue. You may also experience:
- Shortness of breath
- Needing to pee even more often
- Your breasts leaking a watery pre-milk called colostrum
- Your belly button sticking out
- Trouble sleeping
- The baby “dropping” or moving lower in your abdomen
If you aren’t sure if your symptoms are normal, call your doctor or midwife.