Pregnanacy Symptoms Week By Week

Pregnancy symptoms in week 1, 2, 3, 4:

Not many symptoms are seen in the first four weeks of pregnancy as fertilization has just started. Early symptoms of pregnancy may include elevated body temperature, tender breasts, nausea and vomiting, constipation, fatigue and exhaustion.

A woman may experience mood swings due to hormonal alteration.

Pregnancy symptoms in week 5, 6, 7, 8:

-morning sickness may be strongly felt. A sense of nausea or vomiting may develop in the morning.

-around the 5th week the woman urinates frequently and may seem to be unaccountably tired.

-amenorrhoea (absence of menstruation) develops.

-tender breasts with darker areola are seen.

-fatigue is commonly seen starting from the 5th week of pregnancy due to an unexplained reason.

-around the 7th week changes in the face are visible.

-hormonal changes can be seen in the facial area. Some women appear fairer while some experience hyper pigmentation due to which their skin tone appears to be darker than usual. Sudden outbreak of pimples is seen in some women. This happens mainly due to the increase of progesterone level in the body.

-women experience sudden unusual food cravings.

-some women experience a heartburn or ingestion.

Pregnancy symptoms seen in week 9, 10, 11, 1 2:

-by this time the woman must have missed her second period.

-some of the early pregnancy symptoms might have eased as the body gets adjusted to the hormonal changes.

-the veins especially in the legs, appear larger. This happens as there is increased volume of blood in the body.

-the uterus is seen to be risen slightly above the pelvic bone.

-the black line called the linea nigra is seen extending from the diaphragm to the pubis area, which gradually disappears after giving birth.

-fatigue is also seen throughout the pregnancy

-by the 12th week, the symptoms of morning sickness seem to have reduced in most women.

Pregnancy symptoms seen in the 13th week to the 27th week:

This period is also known as the second trimester of pregnancy.

-increased breast size is seen mainly due to the hormonal changes occurring in the body. The initial tenderness may disappear although the nipple area may still be tender.

-weight gain is seen in most women during this time.

-changes in skin tone may be seen

-abdomen gets bigger. Stretch marks may be visible.

-nose bleeds or nasal congestion may be seen during this time of pregnancy. Minor bleeding in the gum area may be present.

-bladder and kidney infections are common. This occurs due to the changes in the urine which occur as a result of hormonal changes in the body.

-whitish, thin vaginal discharge is common. If this discharge is foul in smell or accompanied with irritation then a doctor should be consulted.

Pregnancy symptoms from week 28 onwards:

This is the third trimester of pregnancy.

-pain in the back and the hip area is generally present due to the extra weight of the baby.

-leg cramps which occur due to the pressure exerted by the uterus on the veins in the legs.

-increased vaginal discharge

-frequent urination due to the pressure that is exerted by the uterus on the bladder area

-shortness of breath is experienced

-feet and the ankles swell up. This mainly occurs due to the pressure exerted on the veins of the legs.

-little colostrum leaks out as the due date approaches. This happens due to the increase in the breast tissues.

-weak and intermittent contractions are felt in the lower abdomen and the groin area.

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