Pregnancy Symptoms By Trimester

As you may already know, a pregnancy is divided into 3 trimesters.

I’ve organised all of the symptoms that I’ve found, in this article, by trimester. It will definitely be something I use for myself when I get pregnant, but I hope that it will be useful to someone else as well.

(If you can think of any symptom that is missing from these lists, tell me and I’ll add it! Let’s all help each other out šŸ˜Š)

The first trimester lasts from week 1-13.

At this stage, you may experience:

  • Tender breasts
  • Morning sickness
  • Urinating more frequently
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in food preference
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Metallic taste
  • And more!

Symptoms to consult your doctor or midwife about:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Sudden thirst (a bit confused about this one)
  • Painful urination
  • Fever over 101.5 F
  • Severe puffiness in the hands/face
  • Visual disturbances

Note that there is a key theme around the symptoms that might indicate something is wrong: Severity. Anything severe should be checked out.

The second trimester lasts from week 14-27.

At this stage, you may experience:

  • Symptoms from the first trimester (may or may not persist)
  • Congestion
  • Mild swelling of feet and ankles
  • Sensitive gums
  • Leg cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Achiness in lower abdomen
  • Varicose veins
  • Feelings of apprehension
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Weight gain
  • Growing belly and breasts
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Skin changes
  • Nasal problems
  • Dental issues
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Urinary tract infections
  • More energy than first trimester
  • Leg cramps
  • Aching back, pelvis and hips
  • Stomach pain
  • Feeling the baby move

Symptoms to consult your doctor or midwife about:

  • Same as first trimester
  • Gestational diabetes symptoms (extreme thirst, frequent urination, extreme fatigue, snoring) — but uh, I wouldn’t see the doctor just for snoring, personally.
  • Symptoms of preeclamsia (sudden weight gain, severe swelling in hands and face, vision changes).

The third trimester lasts from week 28-40.

These are, supposedly, the easiest months.

At this stage, you may experience:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Backaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heartburn
  • Spider veins
  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Stretch marks
  • Vivid dreams
  • Clumsiness
  • Lack of bladder control
  • Leaky breasts
  • Growing breasts
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Swelling
  • Weight gain

Symptoms to consult your doctor or midwife about:

  • Bleeding
  • Sudden swelling
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Severe dizziness
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Rapid weight gain

Signs of Labour:

  • Lightening
  • Bloody show
  • Labour contractions
  • Water breaking

Bloody show sounds like something Dracula would star in, but ok. And lightening like, well, the lights on the stage. Maybe you’re giving birth to a little Dracula baby? JKJK. If you do, though, I want to know.

Again, if you know a symptom that you’ve read about or experienced that is not on the lists, please tell me in the comments šŸ˜ƒ


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