Pregnancy is indeed a miracle. Your body changes drastically to support the growth of your baby. The miracle of pregnancy is based on the physical changes the body naturally assumes to support the developing fetus. From the moment of conception, your body begins to create a welcoming environment for the baby to develop. The onset of early pregnancy symptoms week by week begin immediately upon fertilization of the egg.
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Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week
The First trimester is the first three months of pregnancy.
Symptoms in week 1 are implantation spotting from the fertilized egg in the uterine lining.
The first full week of pregnancy is week 2 when morning sickness may make its first appearance, fatigue, an overproduction of saliva, urinating more often, pressure in the lower abdomen, tender and/or swollen breasts and emotional instability. Your appetite may increase as a expectant mother needs to ingest 1 1/2 her normal caloric intake.
In week 3 is in full force at this point.
In week 4 the pregnant woman will gain weight at a faster rate and still exhibit some of the same symptoms from week 2. The growing abdomen may begin to itch from the growth and fatigue may increase. Water retention and varicose veins may also appear.
In week 5 you may be showing if you have weakened stomach muscles from a previous pregnancy. You also have an increase in oil production which could result in pimples at this time.
In week 6 breast soreness continues and now you may also start experiencing heartburn and indigestion.
In week 7 your hormones are running rampant and you may notice your skin is pimply and you are steadily gaining weight. Your blood volume will increase up to 50% and your veins will become more visible on your abdomen, legs and breasts.
In week 8 you may notice that smells bother you but your nausea has subsided.
In week 9 the uterus will shift up and forward away from the bladder so you’ll have less frequent bathroom trips.
In week 10 round ligament pain may begin as your uterus stretches to fit your growing baby.
In week 11 constipation may become a problem as your bowel muscles relax. You may also notice your areolas on your breasts are darkening as your body prepares for breast feeding.
In week 12 fundal height will be rising upward past your hipbone, the distance from the top of the uterus to the pubic bone.
Second trimester is the 2nd 3 months of pregnancy.
In week 13 an increase in blood volume could lead to a stuffy nose or nose bleeds and your feet may swell by the end of the day.
In week 14 your belly button is only 1 1/2 to 2 inches above your uterus and you may have felt your baby move for the first time.
In week 15 you may experience postural hypotension or low blood pressure.
In week 16 dry skin may become a problem and the mask of pregnancy may become apparent.
In week 17 the uterus forces your belly button becomes an “outie” and the area around your pubic hair has darkened.
In weeks 18 – 24 the baby’s movements have become stronger. Your weight gain is between 10 and 15 pounds and water retention is a problem. Your back may hurt from the weight of your uterus and you may be experiencing leg cramps from the calcium buildup. At this point you watch your belly move when the baby squirms about and your mood swings are extreme.
The third trimester is the final stage of pregnancy symptoms week by week.
In weeks 25 – 31 watch for gestational diabetes and preterm labor. By keeping a close eye on your vaginal discharge you can determine if preterm labor is an issue. Soreness may result in your back and legs from the pressure of your uterus. You will probably have Braxton Hicks contractions, a type of pre-labor practice your body goes through to ready itself for the real thing.
If you have bouts of shortness of breath its because your uterus is so close to your rib cage. It’s time for more leg cramps plus hemorrhoids, varicose veins, swelling itchy skin, heartburn, indigestion and up to 24 pounds of weight gain. You’ll feel fatigue constantly. Sleeping is an issue and the only comfortable position is lying on your left side. Increase your intake of iron, calcium and folic acid as your baby’s needs for these vitamins has increased to match his development.
In weeks 32 – 36 the feelings of heartburn, indigestion and constipation are a real problem. Drink plenty of water and eat small meals. Braxton Hicks contactions may be more common place as well. Your appetite decreases because your stomach has less space as your uterus grows. Swelling is a problem in your legs and feet. If you’re carrying twins, you may go into labor. The doctor will watch for dilation of the cervix to see the baby’s position.
You’ve gained up to 30 pounds at this point. Vaginal discharge is thicker as your body prepares for delivery. You could start to experience false labor pains. The baby is now sitting on your bladder and your center of gravity shifts making you feel awkward when you move. The baby is shifting for delivery. Any day now, you’ll have that long awaited bundle of joy makes it’s appearance in the world, but you have until 42 weeks before it’s officially over due. Congratulations, you’re a mom after you have crossed all the pregnancy symptoms week by week