Pregnancy: How Will I Feel?

First Trimester: Week 1-12

You may experience:

  • Constipation
  • An increase in fatigue
  • More frequent need to urinate
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Morning sickness: nausea or vomiting particularly upon awakening
  • Strange food cravings
  • Tender and/or swollen breasts
  • Weight gain (sometimes even weight loss)

Second Trimester: Week 13-28

At this point, your body's hormones are more regulated which may mean your nausea may subside. However, your baby experiences significant growth during this time, which in turn may present a new set of symptoms.

These include:

  • Darkening areas on the skin, usually on the face
  • Body aches, particularly concerning the back, stomach, groin and legs
  • Noticeably itchy palms, feel and stomach
  • Swelling mainly in the ankles, face and fingers

It is advised that you talk to your doctor if you experience extreme fluctuations in symptoms, such as gaining weight very rapidly, yellowing skin, or nausea that does not subside with time.

Third Trimester: Week 29-Birth

It likely that you will experience many of the symptoms from the second trimester, as well as other symptoms, such as:

  • Heart burn or acid reflux
  • Development of an "outie" belly button
  • Swelling especially in the ankles, fingers, and/or face
  • Sore, tender breast which may leak a watery substance called colostrum
  • Trouble breathing

Premature, false contractions may also be experienced during the third trimester. These false contractions are usually resolved with activity, such as walking. Contact your medical provider if you experience more than four contractions in an hour.