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What to Expect in Each Trimester

First Trimester

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.

Increased Fatigue:
This is a result of the trememdous amount of energy used by the body for the formation of baby in the womb

Frequent Urination:
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.

Thickening Waistline:
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:
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.

Fetal Movements:
Movements (quickening) of baby can be felt like tiny thumps or bubbles.  These movements are first felt at 20 weeks. 

Pregnancy Bulge:
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.

Leg Cramps:
Also called night cramps of pregnancy, these cramps are a result of venous congestion.

Frequent Urination:
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.

Fetal Movements:
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.

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amy.8 years ago
it's nice to read articles regarding pregnancy and other related things.information regarding all these things gives an overall knowldge about prgnency blues.....keep up the work
all the best:)
deepa.8 years ago
i am haveing a samll bleding and pain nder my tommy
malar.8 years ago
during this trimester i countered that i usually have evening sickness that i feel like vomitting after 7pm. this is my 6th pregnancy but now it is the 4th child alife
Che.8 years ago
i am definitely urinating a lot and feeling some braxton hicks. from time to time i also feel very tired and unable to sleep well at night.
sara.8 years ago
i am very tired and very cranky.i get pains in my stomach occasionally but not all the time and my feet hurt.
sara.8 years ago
i am very tired and very cranky.i get pains in my stomach occasionally but not all the time and my feet hurt.
ava.8 years ago
i am experiencing strange tingling sensations just under my skin mostly under my breasts. i am 35 weeks pregnant and would like to know if anyone else has experienced the same
debbie.8 years ago
i have bruise like marks on my thigh,like broken veins, iam 28weeks now.
sheelpa.8 years ago
i want to now why stomach is paining i am 13weeks pregnent this my first pregnency.i want 2 know is there any problem with that.
Meenu.8 years ago
last month i missed my periods.but after 8 days it between i didn't find any sign of pregnancy like morning sikness,no pain in breast ect...but this month i again missed my period ..but it starts after 2 days of due date but this time i feel pain in my breast and i feel some changes in my behaviour..was i pregnent both times or not?????
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