Week By Week Early Signs Of Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on February 1, 2012

Pregnancy is a great experience and is very exciting for the couples as well as family and friends. There are a number of changes that the body goes through during these stages and thus it is important that you take care of yourself as well as your baby. There are a few early signs of pregnancy that will help you to determine that you are pregnant but it is not necessary that every woman will go through all of them. Some women may experience these signs in small variations while some others may not experience any of it. Thus it depends from person to person but most of them go through these.


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You certainly know you are pregnant if you have skipped your period and pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last period. There are a number of hormonal changes that every woman undergoes due to which all the changes in behavior and body occur. During the first trimester, you may feel extremely tired, your breasts become tender and even swell up where your nipples might stick out and a stomach upset which is termed as morning sickness where you may or may not throw up.

You might experience terrible mood swings and develop an irresistible craving towards certain food or dislike certain foods to a great extent. You might also feel the urge to urinate frequently, have headaches, suffer from constipation, heartburn and so on. The second trimester that is the period from the 13th week to the 28th week is relatively easier as compared to the first trimester as symptoms of nausea and fatigue start to fade away and is replaced by more noticeable symptoms wherein your stomach expands as the baby is growing. You will be able to feel the movements of your baby by the end of this trimester. During this stage, you will have more of body aches especially pain in the back, groin, abdomen or pain in the thighs. You may also get stretch marks on your buttocks, stomach, breasts or thighs and the skin around your nipples begins to turn dark. Also, your ankles, feet, face and fingers swell up. During the third trimester, your urge to urinate increases even more as the baby is growing that is applying pressure to the organs. A lot of women also find difficulty in breathing and are not able to sleep in the night.

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