7 Most Common First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

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The first trimester of pregnancy is a very exciting, and sometimes stressful time. Many changes are taking place in your body and those changes often happen very quickly. So, what symptoms should you be prepared for in your first trimester? Read on to find out!

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1. Morning Sickness

Perhaps the most famous symptom of early pregnancy, “morning sickness”, as all women know, really doesn’t have to occur in the morning. It can be “afternoon sickness” or even “all day every day sickness” in some cases.

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Morning sickness stems from the rapidly increasing hormone levels during early pregnancy. They throw the body off course and can lead to lots of nausea.

2. Fatigue

Prepare to be tired for most, if not all, of your first trimester. The body is going through so many changes, it’s easy to get rundown and tired.

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Take lots of naps and take it easy during this very busy time. Don’t lose hope: the fatigue of the first trimester often eases up once you enter the second trimester.

3. Swollen, Tender Breasts

Hormonal changes during early pregnancy leave breasts swollen, tender and sore. Keep in mind that this is perfectly normal, and will eventually ease up. Invest in a good, comfortable bra to try to alleviate breast pain.

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4. Constipation

Constipation is extremely common during the first trimester of pregnancy, although it’s not usually talked about too much. Pregnancy slows the movement of food through the digestive system, and this can lead to constipation. Make sure to get enough exercise, drink plenty of water, and eat high fiber foods in order to combat constipation.

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5. Mood Swings

If you have never experienced pregnancy mood swings, you are in for a wild ride. The sudden huge influx of hormones causes many women to be overly emotional, and your moods might be a roller coaster ride for a while.

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Add in the fact that having a baby really is an incredible, life changing event, and it’s clear to see that emotions run high during pregnancy.

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6. Heightened Sense of Smell

Many women report having a heightened sense of smell during their first trimester. No one really knows why, though. One theory is that it helps you stay away from foods that have a high bacteria content or natural toxins, which could harm the fetus during this crucial period of development. When combined with the increased nausea, an increased sense of smell can be a very unwelcome change during the first trimester.

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7. Headaches

Headaches are also incredibly common during the first trimester. Most experts say that this is due to the metabolism changes and hormonal changes during the first few months of pregnancy. Most doctors agree that Tylenol is a great choice for pregnant women.

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As you can see, there are many different symptoms that you might experience during your first few months of pregnancy. These are just a few of them, as there are actually many more strange symptoms that are considered normal during pregnancy.

If you are having a weird symptom, just ask your doctor. Chances are, it’s completely normal.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.