What Are The Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

What Are The Early Pregnancy Symptoms?

There are a few early pregnancy symptoms that expecting mothers experience.  These symptoms will vary from woman to woman.  If you have been pregnant more than once, you may be familiar with the early pregnancy symptoms that are associated with your body.

How Pregnant Am I?

If you know that you are experiencing early pregnancy symptoms, the next question that you may ask yourself is how pregnant am I?  If you are able to think to when the first day of your last period occurred, you will be able to predict your pregnancy due date.

First Signs of Pregnancy

Checking to confirm early pregnancy symptoms  and first stages of pregnancy.

Checking to confirm early pregnancy symptoms and first stages of pregnancy.

There are several first signs of pregnancy that may be your give away that you are expecting.  Every woman’s body is not the same, so the symptoms that you experience will not be exactly the same as another woman’s.


Fatigue is one of the most common early signs of pregnancy.  Fatigue under these circumstances can be severe and extreme.  You may feel as if you are too tired to get out of the bed or function in any way that does not involve resting and sleeping.  Whether the fatigue you are experiencing is mild or extreme, it is important that you do not try to treat it with caffeine.  Instead of doing this, take the time to listen to what your body is telling you and relax.

Food Aversions

Food aversions are one of the first signs of pregnancy that many women experience.  This is one instance where a woman will not partake in certain meals.  Chinese food or seafood may make you sick to your stomach and you may not be able to handle other smells.  A lot of this has to do with the high levels of beta-hCG, which is a hormone.  In order to keep from getting sick to your stomach, try to avoid the foods that you know you cannot tolerate the smell of.

Sensitivity to Smells

Aside from food aversions, many expecting mothers experience sensitivity to smells.  Such smells could include the smell of perfume or cologne, household fragrances, and similar odors and aromas may trigger a sickening feeling.

Nausea and Vomiting – Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is referred to as morning sickness.  Nausea and vomiting can be caused by several different factors, but the most common reason for morning sickness occurring is the hCG hormone.  This morning sickness, for some expecting mothers last only a few days of the first  month of pregnancy while other expecting mothers experience nausea and vomiting of pregnancy throughout their entire pregnancy.

Stages of Pregnancy

The stages of pregnancy can be measured in trimesters.  There are 40 total weeks in a pregnancy, and these weeks are divided into trimesters. ( three stages of pregnancy )  During each trimester, phenomenal milestones for a mother and her baby take place.  The first trimester occurs from the time you conceive until week 12 of pregnancy.  The second trimester takes place during week 13 through week 28 of pregnancy.  The third trimester of pregnancy takes place during week 29 of your pregnancy until you give birth to your little one.

First Trimester

During the first trimester, you may experience:

  • Fatigue and extreme tiredness
  • Swollen breasts
  • Tender breasts
  • Upset stomach
  • Morning sickness
  • Cravings for certain foods
  • Distaste for certain foods
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Constipation

Second Trimester

During the second trimester, some of your early pregnancy symptoms will remain the same, and you may have a few symptoms that were not present before.  Many women admit that their second trimester is a lot easier than the first.  During the first trimester of pregnancy, this is the time when your body is preparing itself for the events that will occur in the future.  For some women, this time is painful while other expecting mothers experience extreme fatigue.  During the second trimester, you may experience:

  • Body aches
  • Darkening around the nipples
  • Patches of darker skin
  • Numb hands
  • Tingling hands
  • Itching on the abdomen
  • Itching on the palms
  • Itching on the soles of the feet

Third Trimester

The third trimester is the long stretch!  During the third trimester, you may experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heartburn
  • Swollen ankles
  • Swollen fingers
  • Swollen face
  • Tender breasts
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Contractions

Now that you are aware of the first symptoms of pregnancy, wait to see if you notice any of these symptoms occurring over the course of one to two weeks.  If you experience any of these common early pregnancy symptoms,  take a pregnancy test, and if the results are positive, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.

To understand more about what is happening to your body when you get early pregnancy symptoms we advise you read Pregnancy Miracle by Lisa Olson.

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