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To prepare for what pregnancy is like, here are the main symptoms you might expect over the 3 trimesters of pregnancy.
The first trimester is all about change. Your body is making some pretty big changes as it gets ready to grow a baby – after all it’s probably the most important thing it’s ever done!
The first trimester is from week 1 to the end of week 13 of pregnancy, and during this period your baby is undergoing a massive amount of development and growth. A lot of things change for you too, here are a couple of the most common symptoms you can expect.
- We’ve all heard of it, the nausea that accompanies early pregnancy. This is not confined to the morning, and normally kicks in around week 6. Ginger tea may help to reduce the feelings of sickness.
- Your mood will swing; from up to down, then back up again as the hormonal balance in your body changes.
- Your breasts are going to get bigger, and feel very tender. This is all part of the process.
In the second trimester, your baby will grow a lot – but you will have some respite from the early symptoms of pregnancy. For many women this is the most comfortable trimester, as many of the early pregnancy symptoms reduce or disappear totally. You will likely get your appetite back, and toward the end of this trimester your bump will be very noticeable and resemble a pregnant belly.
This second trimester starts in week 14 and end at the end of week 27. You will likely notice new pregnancy symptoms, as some of those early ones disappear. This is what to expect.
- Your body needs to push more blood to mucous membranes, and (yep you guessed it) even the ones in your nose. So you might have some cold like symptoms and find it hard to breathe through your nose. You might even start to snore whilst you sleep.
- As your body redirects blood around your body it will reduce your body’s blood pressure. Therefore if you stand up too fast, or move too quickly and get your heart going you might feel a little dizzy. Take your time, and ask your partner for that cup of tea instead of making it yourself.
Your ankles and feet will swell
- Due to a combination of reduced movement and new blood flow, your feet and ankles will swell. This normally starts around week 22 and lasts until birth.
- Your gums will feel a little funny, and might even bleed a little. This is all perfectly normal, but you should go to the dentist just incase its gingivitis.
Cramping of the legs
- Muscle cramps in the legs are very common in the second trimester, and might last until the third. It is a combination of hormones and reduced nutrients (calcium and magnesium). Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet, as well as taking a good pregnancy supplement as this will help to reduce the frequency of cramping.
Lower abdomen aches
- This is a stretching of the ligaments in your tummy as it stretches.
- These are simply veins that become visible (can also materialise as hemorrhoids) and should disappear following birth.
- Often referred to as ‘baby brain’ you might become a little forgetful. Don’t let this worry you, it’s perfectly normal and before you know you will be back to your usual sharpness.
The third trimester is when your belly will get big – really big! You might not think it could any bigger but your baby has a lot of growing to do in this amazing final leg of your pregnancy. So although you might be feeling a little ‘over it’, hang in there, it’s almost over and you get to meet your amazing little baby.
The third trimester starts in the 28th week and ends – well, when you give birth. This is what’s coming over the last few months.
General abdominal aches and pains
- Those lower abdominal pains you felt in the second trimester become more general belly aches and cramps. This is due to your bump getting way bigger, stretching those ligaments.
- Your body has been through a lot, having grown another little human being inside your tummy. It will begin to take effect, making you feel pretty ‘zonked out’. Just take it easy and ensure you are eating well.
- Again, all due to the size of your baby, your uterus will push up into your stomach giving you heartburn. Try and find comfortable positions to alleviate the pain, and if it’s unbearable contact your doctor.
- You’re pretty big now (and balance is hard), baby brain is full on with hormones going bonkers in your body. You might become a little clumsy – don’t worry about it. Just take it in your stride and try and laugh about it.
- These can be persistent through your second and third trimester, and are simply visible veins (can also be hemorrhoids). Don’t panic, these will likely disappear after you have given birth.
- Relaxin’ is a pregnancy hormone that prepares your joints for childbirth. But with the additional weight your centre of gravity is shifted, meaning you might get some back ache.
- Hormones change everything during pregnancy, including your dreams. They can become vivid and very memorable. So why not save them as dinner time stories to share with your partner.
- These don’t happen in everyone, and are driven by genetics. Caused by little tears they can become more visible as you get bigger. Just keep that moisturiser to hand.
Bladder control issues
- If you laugh, sneeze or move really quickly you might pee. It’s simply all that extra pressure due to your baby growing. Just keep doing pelvic floor muscle exercises to keep them strong enough to stop you being wet.
- Yup, your boobs will leak. This is just their way to getting ready for breastfeeding. You might want to use pads to absorb any leakage.
Braxton hicks contractions
- Your body will start to practice labour, and you might feel some small minor contractions. They are not ‘real labour’, and will be irregular and before your due date.
Don’t worry if you don’t experience all of these, or they come in slightly different orders. Your pregnancy is unique. If you ever feel concerned about your symptoms arrange to see your GP.
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