Nausea, Queasiness and Vomitting:
This can occur off and on at any time of the day or night (not just in the morning),generally upto 14-16 weeks. This is due to changing hormones and hypoglycemia.
Swollen and Tender Breasts:
These are signs that indicate that hormone changes are taking place and preparing the woman for motherhood.
This is a result of the trememdous amount of energy used by the body for the formation of baby in the womb
This occurs because the weight of the growing uterus presses on the partially full bladder.
Aversion and cravings:
You are likely to have aversions to oily foods and cravings for citrus, salty and starchy foods because these help in quelling sickness.
Increased Vaginal Discharge:
There is generally no associated complaint with this discharge. Sometimes discharge could be significant enough to warrant a panty liner.
Darkening of Skin:
The skin around the nipples gets darker, and a thin dark line appears on the abdomen, from the pelvis upto and beyond the umbilicus.
Loss of Weight:
You may even lose weight in the first trimester because of morning sickness.
Second Trimester Complaints
Overall Healthy Feeling:
Discomforts of sickness disappear in the second trimester and you will feel a burst of energy.
As you start gaining body weight, your abdomen will become round and firm.
Increase in Heartburns:
As the uterus grows, it displaces and presses the stomach containing increased acid secretions, and thereby causes heartburns.
Constipation (or even Haemorrhoids):
As the uterus presses on the intestines, it slows the movements of foods and causes constipation. Constipation also is aggravated by the intake of iron and iron supplements.
Stretch marks may begin to appear on your breasts, hips and abdomen as a result of skin expansion over these areas.
Itching is a result of healing cracked skin (caused from stretching). Excessive itching results in marks.
Movements (quickening) of baby can be felt like tiny thumps or bubbles. These movements are first felt at 20 weeks.
Your stomach will start showing between 26 and 28 weeks. This is the time to start wearing loose maternity clothing.
Third Trimester Complaints
The enlarged uterus in the front causes a strain on the muscles and ligaments supporting the back. This results in backaches.
Also called night cramps of pregnancy, these cramps are a result of venous congestion.
Urination is frequent because of the growing uterus and the pressing of presenting part (head or breech) of the baby on the urinary tract.
Shortness of Breath:
This is due to an overload on circulation. There is also less space for lung expansion because of the uterus pressing on the diaphragm.
Baby movements, felt as kicks, become more prominent due to increased weight and larger size of the baby.
Difficulty in Sleeping:
The causes of sleeping difficulties are baby movements, frequent urination, and discomfort from weight gain.