How will I feel during the 1st trimester of my pregnancy?

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Dr. Deborah Raines, MSN
Nursing Specialist

At four weeks, the pregnancy may not be confirmed, yet. However the woman may begin to exhibit some of the early pregnancy symptoms such as breast tenderness, headache, backache, or fatigue. It is important to remember that many of the early pregnancy symptoms are similar to those many women may experience before their period. This is also the time that the woman may miss her period or have an atypical period.

The onset of the symptoms of pregnancy differs for each woman. Some women experience symptoms within a week of conception while others take a little longer to develop symptoms. These symptoms include breast sensitivity and swelling, tiredness, increased urination, heartburn, constipation, a dislike of certain foods and food smells, emotional swings, stomach upset and vomiting, and vaginal discharge. Spotting—small amounts of blood—is normal. A slightly higher body temperature, as when ovulation ends, may continue through the first trimester (but fever-level temperatures may cause problems for the baby, and should be discussed with your doctor). Over the rest of the 1st trimester, these symptoms can increase or decrease depending on the person.

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1st Trimester Of Pregnancy

The 1st trimester of pregnancy refers to the first three months after your last period. Different women react in different ways to pregnancy but there are a few things that you can expect while in the 1st trimester. Spotting is a ...

common occurrence but if bleeding becomes heavy, or is followed by pain or cramping, consult with your doctor. One of the first signs you may be pregnant is that your breasts become tender because your body is going through hormonal changes. Fatigues, morning sickness, and frequent urination are all products of the growing fetus and the hormonal changes that your body is going through. If you experience any of these symptoms in the extreme, visit your doctor to ensure that you are progressing normally.
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