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Physical Changes

In the first trimester of pregnancy you may experience:

  • enlarged, tender breasts
  • increased frequency of urination
  • fatigue
  • nausea and vomiting (morning sickness)
  • increased vaginal secretions
  • light-headedness and shortness of breath
  • increased sensitivity to smells
  • changes in your taste preferences and food cravings

In the second trimester of pregnancy you will begin to “show,” as your abdomen enlarges to accommodate your expanding uterus.

Between week 13 and week 26, you may experience:

  • a decrease in the symptoms of morning sickness
  • less urination
  • less fatigue
  • small bumps on the areolae and secretion of breast fluid
  • quickening (movement of the baby)
  • sore legs and varicose veins
  • lower-back pain
  • swelling in your hands, feet, and/or face

In the third trimester, you may experience:

  • increased fatigue
  • stretch marks on your abdomen and breasts
  • leg cramps
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • hemorrhoids
  • heartburn
  • shortness of breath
  • sinus and allergic sensitivity

As the time for birth approaches, many women experience:

  • a lightening – a decrease in the distention of the abdomen, improved breathing, increased urination
  • an increase in Braxton Hicks contractions