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

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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