Expecting a baby is an exciting time for parents-to-be. Along with the joy of parenthood comes the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. Knowing what’s normal and what’s not is an important part of preparing for the arrival of your new little one. Here are some common pregnancy symptoms to look out for during each trimester!
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy is experiencing nausea and vomiting, often referred to as morning sickness. This symptom occurs due to the changes in hormone levels during early pregnancy. Other first trimester symptoms may include fatigue, food cravings, breast tenderness, increased urination, mood swings, and dizziness.
The second trimester is generally considered the easiest period of pregnancy as most common discomforts during this trimester will ease. During the second trimester you may experience abdominal pain or cramping, back pain, constipation, heartburn, indigestion, leg cramps, swelling in the feet and ankles, headaches, and stretch marks.
The third trimester can feel like a roller coaster ride of emotions, physical discomfort, and excitement all at once! Common third trimester symptoms include shortness of breath; Braxton Hicks contractions; and difficulty sleeping due to the size of your growing baby bump. Other symptoms that may arise include abdominal pain, pelvic pressure, increased urination, swelling in the face, fingers, and ankles, and an increase in vaginal discharge.
It is important to remember that each woman’s pregnancy is unique, so some of these pregnancy symptoms may vary from woman to woman. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy.