Pregnancy Symptoms: What to Expect

Finding out you’re pregnant can be both exciting and terrifying. Tons of questions start going through your head. What if something is wrong with the baby?  What is labor really like? What is going to happen to my body? In
Nine Healthy Months
, Charles Hux addresses the concerns of many expectant mothers. From your first trimester to your third, Dr. Hux explains what symptoms you can expect during your pregnancy, and how to stay healthy throughout it. We’ve excerpted a portion of the book for you below. Enjoy!

Common Symptoms During the First, Second, and Third Trimesters

The First Trimester (Week 1-Week 12)

o You may experience nausea and vomiting.
o You may feel more tired.
o You may experience heartburn and acid indigestion.
o You may have to urinate more often.
o You may become more sensitive to smell.
o You may have a darkening of the area around the nipple (areola).
o You may experience sensitivity in your gums and possibly bleeding gums.
o You may experience increased saliva, with a metallic taste.
o Your breasts may be swollen and tender.
o You may crave certain foods.
o You may have headaches.
o You may experience mood swings.
o You may become constipated.
o You may experience some light spotting.
o You may have an increase in vaginal discharge.
o You may experience increased perspiration.
o You may experience dizziness.
o You may break out with acne.
o You may notice that your nails and hair are healthier and growing faster.

The Second Trimester (Week 13-Week 26)

o You may still be experiencing heartburn and acid indigestion.
o Your extremities may start to swell from extra fluid.
o You may experience increased hunger now that your hormones have leveled out.
o Your breasts may start to increase in size.
o You may have nasal congestion and nosebleeds.
o You may feel achy in your lower abdomen from stretching ligaments.
o Your abdomen may feel itchy from your expanding belly.
o You may notice varicose veins on your legs that can be painful.
o You heart rate may increase.
o Your legs and back may begin to ache.
o A dark line (linea nigra) that runs from your belly button to the pubic bone may appear.
o You may experience pigment changes (chloasma) on your face and neck.
o You should be gaining weight.
o You may feel your baby move between 18 and 22 weeks.

The Third Trimester (Week 27-Week 40)

o You may have frequent urination from the baby pressing on your bladder.
o Your weight should continue to increase.
o You may have rib pain from the baby stretching out.
o You may experience hemorrhoids.
o Your belly button may protrude.
o Your saliva may begin to increase again.
o You may have shortness of breath from the baby pressing on your diaphragm.
o You may start to experience painless uterine contractions (Braxton Hicks).
o You may experience a watery discharge (colostrum) leaking from your breasts.
o You may start to notice stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, and arms.
o You may experience backaches, along with continued leg aches.
o Swelling of your extremities may get worse this trimester.
o You may experience a heavy vaginal discharge.
o You may get itchy red bumps on your belly (PUPP rash).
o You may have alternating periods of fatigue and bursts of energy.