Happy Pregnancy, Momma! Your body is about to go through so many changes during these next 9 months. All good ones of course 🙂 Well, all for a good cause, you may not like the changes so much but I promise, it will all be worth it!

If you want to calculate your due date, or know a high level overview, of what to expect during each trimester, you can see my post here.

In this post though, I want to dive deeper into this, not just look at each trimester but lets look at your pregnancy symptoms week by week. Some weeks you won’t experience much change from the next but some weeks you could feel like a totally different person! Welcome, to pregnancy 🙂 This is a wild and crazy journey but no matter how you are feeling throughout it, enjoy it! You are growing a miracle & your body is doing amazing things!

Before we get into your symptoms by week, I want to point something out most women don’t realize. Your due date is 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual cycle. What this means is that your first two weeks of pregnancy are acutally ovulation & menstrual cycle. So, you won’t be feeling pregnancy symptoms for EVERY week!

But, lets get right into breaking your down your pregnancy symptoms week by week.

 

Weeks 1-2

As I noted above, you aren’t pregnant the first two weeks of your pregnancy. Weird, I know. This doesn’t mean these two weeks aren’t important though. These weeks are incredibly important! These are the foundation for your pregnancy! If you have a normal 28-day cycle, around day 14 an egg will be released & will take 6 days to reach your uterus. If a sperm makes it to that egg, life is created!

So, for these weeks you won’t technically have “pregnancy” symptoms but here are a few symptoms to help you determine when you are ovulating (if you are trying to get pregnant, this will help you plan!).

  • Temperature Change
  • Change in your mucus

Temp Change

If you use Natural Family Planning, you probably already know this! But, right before you ovulate, your body temperature is at its lowest. Then, when ovulation occurs, your temperature will spike. So, if you are trying to get pregnant, this is one way you can track when you are ovulating to know when to try!

Change in Mucus

Your cervical mucus is another indicator of when you are fertile. You probably already know that your mucus changes. When ovulation is close, your mucus will be wet and watery. It will then turn to a creamy consistency and just before ovulation, your mucus will become stretchy & look more like egg whites. You will also notice an increase in the amount of mucus. Again, watch this closely if you are trying to get pregnant. This will help on your timing!

If you are tying to get pregnant, these two weeks are essential. Make sure you watch for those signs that you are fertile. Also, be proactive by taking a prenatal vitamin. I know, it seems early. But really the best time to be taking them is before you even get pregnant. Most birth defects happen within the first few weeks (usually before you even know you are pregnant), so be a step ahead and start taking them now! If you are looking for some awesome, natural prenatal vitamins, check out my post here. These are prenatals that are natural and organic, and ones that I trust! You’ll love them too, I promise.

Week 3

Congrats, Momma! You have officially made it to pregnancy & your little one is actually there….just VERY tiny! You are one day after fertilization and your baby will be about the size of a vanilla bean seed. Your baby DOES have a heartbeat but it is so faint that you won’t be able to hear it. Right now, your baby is a cluster of cells that are growing and multiplying. It will take about 4 days for your little one to reach your uterus which it will then implant into your uterine wall within about 3 more days.

Since you are so early in your pregnancy, you probably won’t have symptoms yet. But that doesn’t mean your body isn’t doing anything. You are starting to produce those pregnancy hormones that will create those symptoms a little later on. Your body is now producing HCG (which is what gives you a positive result on a pregnancy test) but it is still so early that a pregnancy test probably won’t pick it up yet.

A couple symptoms you MAY experience during week 3 are:

  • Lower Abdominal Pressure
  • Metallic Taste

Lower Abdominal Pressure

You might experience some mild cramping. This is okay! It may even feel a little like your period cramps. Don’t worry, this is normal! This could be due to a few things; implantation of the embryo into your uterus, your blood flow increasing, the lining of your uterus becoming thicker or even your uterus growing. This shouldn’t be painful though, so if you are concerned, ask your doctor!

Metallic Taste

This is a weird one, and you can thank your hormones for it. Your hormones are about to affect your entire body, including your taste buds.

You can try taking a pregnancy test this week but it still may be too early to get accurate results. The pregnancy hormone HCG can be detected in your blood and urine, but again, it may not be strong enough. So if you get a negative test, don’t loose hope yet!

Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of pregnancy! You probably still aren’t feeling much, probably don’t feel much differently than you normally do. Your little one is still very small, smaller than a poppy seed! And, chances are you don’t even know you are pregnant yet! During this week, your baby has made it to your uterus & the placenta will begin to form. This is what will keep your baby alive for the next 8 months! It carries nutrients to your baby and will then carry waste away!

During this week, most likely you still won’t feel any symptoms. If you do, chances are they are one or some of the following:

  • mood swings
  • bloating
  • cramping
  • bleeding

Typically, these symptoms aren’t much different from your normal menstrual cycle symptoms. The bleeding symptom however will be different from your menstrual cycle. This is implantation bleeding. So, when your baby (the fertilized egg) works its way & implants itself into your uterine wall, you may experience some bleeding. This bleeding, however, will not be heavy. If you don’t experience bleeding, that doesn’t mean you are not pregnant. Over 75% of women don’t experience implantation bleeding.

Week 5

Another week down! Welcome to your second MONTH of pregnancy! You still may not know that you are pregnant but you should have missed your period by now. So chances are you might be wondering or already know!  But, your baby is sure growing. From that tiny vanilla seed, your baby has now grown to about the size of an orange seed! This is an exciting week though! Most exciting part, you can finally take a pregnancy test and be confident with the results! The HCG levels should now be high enough that a pregnancy test you take at home should be accurate. Don’t be upset if it says negative though, try again next week.

During week 5, your placenta is still forming. Your pregnancy hormones will really start to increase now, so you will probably start feeling more pregnancy symptoms now. Some of these early pregnancy symptoms might be:

  • exhausted easily
  • tender breasts
  • nausea
  • frequent urination
  • excessive saliva
  • food cravings or aversions

Exhausted Easily

This can take on a few different forms. It might seem early for you to be exhausted, but no matter what stage of pregnancy you are at – growing a baby is a lot of work! You body is basically in overdrive so you will probably experience fatigue, being out of breath & low energy.

Right now, your body is working on building the framework for your baby; that life support they will need for the rest of your pregnancy. So it is normal if you feel wiped out or are out of breath from just walking up some stairs!

Tender Breasts

You may start to notice that your breast are much more tender. Some women say that this is the first sign they knew they were pregnant. So rest easy, this is another normal part of pregnancy. And get used to it, because they will probably be tender for a while.

Nausea

This is another sign women say they first had, which is when they knew they were pregnant. For some, it may be too early to experience it. There is really no rhythm to this, it can hit any time of the day or night. This again, is due to your hormones. You may also notice your sense of smell is a lot stronger, which can make this worse. You may be sensitive to certain smells. So, certain things could trigger your nausea. To help control this, make sure you keep eating. Don’t skip meals and snack frequently. You can read my post on morning sickness here, try some of these natural remedies to help control your nausea.

Frequent Urination

Most women think about this only during the last stretch of their pregnancy. However, you might experience that you have to pee like a 9-month pregnant women during your first trimester! Your hormonal changes will increase your urine production, so you may be peeing very frequently. I was up 3-4 times a night peeing during the early part of my first trimester. This should go away during your second trimester, but will be back for the last 3 months of your pregnancy!

Excessive Saliva

Again, you can thank your hormones for the excess saliva production! Worry not though, this won’t last your entire pregnancy.

Food Cravings or Aversions

I briefly mentioned this in the nausea section but there may be certain foods that make you feel sick. Just smelling them might be enough to make you nauseous or throw up (fun times, I know). But, you also may have food cravings.

Week 6

Week 6 is a big step in your pregnancy! By this time, you probably know you are pregnant! A majority of women actually find out during week 6! It’s also exciting because your little one is actually starting to take human shape now! By week 6, you may be dealing with some pretty significant pregnancy symptoms now.

Many of these symptoms are the same from week 5, but we will add a few more:

  • exhausted easily
  • tender breasts
  • breast changes
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • frequent urination
  • excessive saliva
  • food cravings or aversions
  • bloating & gas

Breast Changes

We covered your breasts being tender in week 5. Which, this week you will probably be experiencing the same. To add to that, you will experience your breasts changing as well. Your breasts will be getting larger and nipples will probably be sticking out more than they normally do. All of these changes are just preparing your body to nurse your little one.

Vomiting

Sometimes the nausea you experience during pregnancy is just that, nausea. But, sometimes it turns into more and you will actually start vomiting. Welcome, to morning sickness. Sometimes this can be caused by something you ate, sometimes by just smelling something and other times for what seems like no reason at all. Morning sickness will usually set in around week 6 for most women. If you are experiencing this, make sure you are not skipping any meals & snack often!

Bloating & Gas

You may start to look like you are pregnant…but not for the reason you are hoping for. Bloating is a common symptom along with increased gas. While many women don’t start experiencing bloating until a little later, around weeks 10-11, you may start bloating as early as 6 weeks.

Week 7

Your baby is sure growing! Still small, but amazingly the size of a blueberry! Your baby is really starting to take form now. The umbilical cord is now formed so the important nutrients your baby needs can now be carried to your little one while the waste is carried away. Your baby is also starting to form limbs & hands and feet as well as some organs. So, you can see why your body is experiencing all of these crazy symptoms, it is working hard to develop your little one!

Again, this week your symptoms won’t change much. If you weren’t experiencing many of them before…you probably are now.

  • exhausted easily
  • tender breasts
  • breast changes
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • frequent urination
  • excessive saliva
  • food cravings or aversions
  • bloating & gas
  • heartburn & indigestion

Espeically food cravings or aversions. These could get stronger as you move along through your first trimester. Just remember, don’t skip meals. Eat what sounds good and you can keep down. Your second trimester should be better in terms of food aversions, so you can get back on track with your diet when it is easier to keep down foods.

Heartburn & Indigestion

I added heartburn and indigestion for week 7. Even if you have never experienced heartburn before, you probably will at some point during your pregnancy. Hormones, are again, to blame for this. This happens when the ring of muscle that separates your esophagus from your stomach relaxes. This allows food & digestive juices to back up from the stomach into your esophagus. Since you are early in your pregnancy, your body is producing large amounts of hormones with tend to relax those muscles. So, to help with this, avoid spicy foods, fatty and greasy foods. You can also chew on sugarless gum to help. Eating slowly could also help cut back on both heartburn and indigestion.

Week 8

Happy 8 weeks! Your little one is starting to form girl or boy parts  It is too early to pick up on an ultrasound though. You will probably start to feel your pants getting tighter if you haven’t already. This is due to your uterus growing. You may think that you are only 8 weeks, and your baby is only the size of a raspberry, but your uterus is growing! Normally the size of a fist, your uterus is about the side of a grapefruit now. So yes, your pants will probably already start feeling a little snug.

Week 8 will have the same symptoms as the last few weeks, with a few added:

  • exhausted easily
  • tender breasts
  • breast changes
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • frequent urination
  • excessive saliva
  • food cravings or aversions
  • bloating & gas
  • heartburn & indigestion
  • increased vaginal discharge
  • constipation

Most likely, you will be experiencing morning sickness by now. It may be pretty mild, but you are probably experiencing some form of it, 75% of women do! Don’t be fooled by the name, morning sickness can come at any time of the day! For me, it lasted all day long!

Increased Vaginal Discharge

A new symptom you may be experiencing is with your vaginal discharge. Because your blood flow is increased to your pelvic area, it is stimulating your body’s mucus membranes. So, you will probably have a thin, milky vaginal discharge. This is normally and healthy, so just let your body do its thing.

Constipation

It might be early for you to be experiencing constipation but some women deal with it this early. Again, your hormones are to blame. As I mentioned before, your hormones are causing your muscles to relax. This means the muscles in your bowels are relaxing as well. Which means food is hanging longer in your digestive tract. Your growing uterus could also make this worse, taking up more valuable space than usual. Make sure you eat enough fiber to help with this & stay hydrated!

Week 9

Exciting news, you are officially into your last month of your first trimester! Welcome to month 3 of pregnancy, momma! What is so exciting about week 9 is that you can finally hear your little one’s heartbeat on an ultrasound! Still small, about the size of an olive, but strong heartbeat. Typically, you won’t go into the doctor until around 10 weeks. So, if you haven’t already, think about scheduling your doctor’s appointment. This will make everything feel much more real! And all of those pesky pregnancy symptoms you have been dealing with, will all be worth it once you hear that tiny, but oh so strong heartbeat!

I won’t add any new symptoms this week….but you could be experiencing some of these at a more intense level!

  • exhausted easily
  • tender breasts
  • breast changes
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • frequent urination
  • excessive saliva
  • food cravings or aversions
  • bloating & gas
  • heartburn & indigestion
  • increased vaginal discharge
  • constipation

Just remember, these are only temporary. So hang in there! Make sure you are taking your prenatal vitamins, eating a well-balanced healthy diet (what you can with having morning sickness) & staying hydrated. Staying hydrated is so important. For some women, even drinking water can make them sick. So try some simple remedies like drinking ICE COLD water, adding some flavor like lemon or mint or drinking ginger ale to help stay hydrated while combating that nasty nauseous feeling.

One more important thing is to keep moving! Stay active! This can be very hard since you are probably feeling extremely tired & wiped out. Not to mention you want to throw up every 5 minutes. But, I promise it will help if you can get up and move around. Get some fresh air and take a little walk.

Week 10

Your baby, which has technically been an embryo this whole time, is now officially a fetus! Growing more and more each day! What’s crazy, your baby is about the size of a prune this week but already starting to form teeth (under their gums of course) and bones! Week 10 can be another exciting week for some women because you may be starting to show. For some, this could just be that fun bloating still. While others, it could really be your little baby bump coming through  Don’t worry if you don’t experience your bump yet, I didn’t start showing until well into my second trimester.

Sorry to say it, but I’m adding a few more symptoms this week. Again, you can still be experiencing any of the symptoms from early weeks as well.

  • exhausted easily
  • tender breasts
  • breast changes
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • frequent urination
  • excessive saliva
  • food cravings or aversions
  • bloating & gas
  • heartburn & indigestion
  • increased vaginal discharge
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • visible veins
  • growing pains

Headaches

Yes, headaches may start to set it. Be careful when trying to combat your headaches though. It is not recommended to take ibuprofen. I would recommend trying some natural remedies such as drinking more water, laying in a dark room, using essential oils (lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus) or putting a cold washcloth on your forehead before using medication. If it doesn’t get better, most doctors approve of Tylenol but ask to make sure before you take anything.

Dizziness

You may start to feel faint or dizzy, especially when you make a sudden movement or stand up. This is because your body is still adjusting to all of that extra blood pumping through you. To help with this, take things slow! Don’t be afraid to rest! And stay hydrated and snack often.

Visible Veins

Speaking of all of that extra blood, you may start to notice that you can see more veins…probably most noticeable across your belly and breasts. They will disappear, just don’t freak out. Actually, take comfort when you see them. They have an important job of carrying nutrients and blood to your growing baby!

Growing Pain

And so it begins. Yes, you are growing! The ligaments that support your belly are going to be stretching more and more each week. Which means they are going to be stretching and getting thinner. So, you will probably start feeling that during this week or soon. As your belly gets bigger it will begin to pull on those ligaments. You may experience either a dull or sharp pain. This is normal! If the pain is extreme, talk to your doctor. Otherwise, just take things slow. Rest and take care of your body!

Let’s look past all of those symptoms for a minute though because week 10 is an exciting week! If you haven’t already, you should visit your doctor! With this visit, you should be able to hear your little ones heartbeat. I promise, it will make all of those nasty symptoms worth it and will keep pushing you into the second trimester, when things get a little easier.

Week 11

Hello, baby! Your little one is now about the size of a strawberry! Although, you may be thinking they are much bigger than that with how you are feeling & how your clothes are fitting! Not much will change in terms of your symptoms for week 11. If you haven’t experienced any or many of the symptoms from the previous weeks, you may start now. While other symptoms might be lessening. One, maybe positive?, symptom I will add is hunger. You may start to notice that you are getting hungrier. This is good! Your body is working hard, to be sure to fuel it properly. If you are still experiencing morning sickness, try to eat as much and as healthy as you can. Even though you don’t feel like it, your body still has a very important job to do. So be sure you are giving it what it needs to do that!

Also, make sure to be taking your prenatal vitamins and stay hydrated!

Week 12

Congrats, momma! You have made it to the LAST month of your FIRST trimester! This is a very exciting step! Most women say that the second trimester gets easier, so hang in there, you are almost there! Your little one is just a-growin’! Now about the size of a lime! If you haven’t starting showing, you will probably start to notice at least a little bump! Your baby has about doubled in size by now and your uterus is continuing to grow. Which you are probably feeling!

I really only want to add one symptom this week, which you may have experienced earlier. Sense of smell. You may notice that you feel like a bloodhound with how your sense of smell has increase (which, of course can make your morning sickness worse). If it is causing problems, try getting more fresh air or using essential oils.

Rest easy, these symptoms should be getting better by the time you reach your second trimester. Such as morning sickness and food aversions. Every women is different though, so don’t get discouraged if you keep experiencing these symptoms into your second trimester. I had morning sickness for 17 weeks. Just do what you can to help and remember, in the long run this is just a small moment in time. So hang in there, momma, you are doing great!

Now, on to second trimester 🙂

Week 13

Okay, so you made it to your first week in your second trimester! Your little one is still continuing to make huge improvements & your body is still going through a ton of changes. Your baby, now about the size of a lemon, is starting to look much more like a baby. Developing eyes and a more defined head!

I want to start this week off with some POSITIVE symptoms you may have! That fatigue you probably experienced most of your first trimester, that should be a thing of the past. If not now, it should happen soon! You should start gaining more energy. Also, that morning sickness you may be struggling with should soon be a thing of the past too. But, don’t be discouraged if you still have either or both of those. You just entered your second trimester, so give it a few weeks to see improvement.

However, a majority of those symptoms from first trimester could carry over:

  • nausea
  • food cravings or aversions
  • heartburn & indigestion
  • increased vaginal discharge
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • visible veins
  • growing pains

As for those growing pains, these might be to stay for the rest of your pregnancy. Your belly is, of course, going to just keep growing! Those pains shouldn’t be overly painful and constant but just remember what your body is going through!

Week 14

Boy or girl? This week your little one’s genitals are fully developed! But, don’t get too excited just yet, you don’t be able to pick it up on an ultrasound for a couple more week! But your baby is growing rapidly! Now about the size of your first, or an orange!

Most of the symptoms will stay the same from the last few weeks, however, I’ll add a few that might make you happy!

  • nausea
  • food cravings or aversions
  • heartburn & indigestion
  • increased vaginal discharge
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • visible veins
  • growing pains
  • increased appetite
  • Breast Growth
  • Less Breast Tenderness
  • Stuffy Nose

Increased Appetite

Some of you may still be experiencing that morning sickness with nausea and food aversions while some of you may be experiencing an increase in appetite. Either way, it’s normal. That increased appetite will come at some point, so if you don’t have it yet it is coming soon! Regardless, try to eat a well-balanced and healthy meal & be sure to take your prenatal vitamins. Again, if you are looking for some awesome, natural and organic, prenatal vitamins to take – check out my post here! Lots of options to pick from so you should be able to find one to fit your pregnancy & lifestyle!

Breast Growth & Decreased Breast Tenderness

If you have had breast tenderness in your first trimester, this should be going away. But, you will most likely still be seeing breast growth. This again is just your body preparing for your baby. You will probably notice them getting larger & your areolas getting darker. This is all normal!

Stuffy Nose

Yes, you may be getting a stuffy nose. This doesn’t mean you are getting a cold or getting sick. But – blame your hormones again. With your increased level of hormones, your blood flow is increasing to mucous membranes in your body…which means that they will swell and soften. If it gets bad, try taking a warm bath (with the door closed) or running a humidifier when you go to bed at night.

Week 15

Hopefully by now you have moved past the stage of nausea & can enjoy your pregnancy a bit more. Now about the size of a pear, your baby is growing & developing a skeleton! So, you could actually see it on the ultrasound!

You have, hopefully, moved past the fatigue stage however you are probably noticing that you are out of breath easier! This most likely started to happen in your first trimester but you will start to noticed it now & more and more throughout your pregnancy. Even though you aren’t that big yet, maybe not even showing, and getting around is still pretty easy – you will most likely be out of breath pretty quick!

Again, not much difference in this week’s pregnancy symptoms but I did add on a couple:

  • heartburn & indigestion
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • visible veins
  • growing pains
  • increased appetite
  • Breast Growth
  • Less Breast Tenderness
  • Stuffy Nose
  • bleeding gums
  • gaining weight

Bleeding Gums

This one seems weird, yes but everything about pregnancy and what it does to your body is a little weird. You may notice when brushing your teeth that your gums bleed. This is normal. It is normal for your gums to look red and swollen. You can blame this again on your hormones. Your hormones can cause your gums to swell which makes them more susceptible to bacteria, irritation and bleeding. So just make sure to take good care of them.

Gaining Weight

You are at that point in your pregnancy now where you should starting packing on those pounds. Don’t freak out momma, this is a good thing! Some women gain a little weight in the first trimester while others don’t due to those lovely morning sickness symptoms. But now, you should WANT to start gaining weight. This means a healthy pregnancy. Don’t overdo it thought and use this as an excuse to eat anything and everything you want. You should be gaining around 1 pound a week.

Week 16

Your baby is now as big as an avocado! And, guess what momma? Your little one can already hear your voice! So they are already getting used to hearing your sweet voice! If you haven’t already, you will probably notice your belly start to “pop”. Most likely, if you haven’t experienced this already, you have just felt bloated during your pregnancy. Your pants don’t fit but you don’t look pregnant! Well, now’s the time. You will eventually “pop” and actually look like you are pregnant! You will probably feel a lot more comfortable after this happens as well. Your uterus is growing at the same rate as your baby now, so that “bump day” is coming!

Don’t compare your size belly to another. Each woman grows and carries weight at a different rate. So, don’t worry. Your baby is still growing and developing they way they should!

The only symptom I want to add to this week is back pain:

  • heartburn & indigestion
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • visible veins
  • growing pains
  • increased appetite
  • Breast Growth
  • Less Breast Tenderness
  • Stuffy Nose
  • bleeding gums
  • gaining weight
  • backaches

Backaches

You probably knew this one was coming at some point. This could have to do with how big your belly is. But, I didn’t start showing until well into 20+ weeks but I had terrible back pain early in my second trimester. So, you could be experiencing it soon too. This is partly due, again, to the size of your belly but also how your baby is laying and moving inside of you. My little one was kicking my ribs which was causing my back pain. So, know that just because you may not have much of a belly, it is still normal to experience backaches.

Week 17

Hopefully by now your morning sickness is officially over. And with that, your appetite has probably increased. Remember, your body is supporting a growing baby, so it’s normal to be hungrier! Don’t over-do it, but be sure to eat to satisfy your hunger, now is not the time to cutting back. Keep a healthy diet. Your baby is about the size of a pomegranate & only getting bigger, so your body needs the right fuel to be able to continue to support your growing little one.

  • heartburn & indigestion
  • occasional headaches
  • dizziness
  • visible veins
  • growing pains
  • increased appetite
  • Breast Growth
  • Less Breast Tenderness
  • Stuffy Nose
  • bleeding gums
  • gaining weight
  • backaches
  • stretch marks
  • different skin conditions

Stretch Marks

Chances are, you are starting to show. As this increases, and your belly continues to grow, you might start seeing stretch marks. This is normal. Some women don’t see them at all during their pregnancy. You can help with this by keeping your skin moisturized.

Skin Conditions

You may notice some changes in your skin, now or in the coming weeks. Your hormones are off the charts, so what you are experiencing is most likely normal & will go away after pregnancy. Spots on your face, skin tags, a line going down the middle of your belly…all normal.

Week 18

One week closer to meeting your precious little one! Now about the size of a cucumber, your baby is growing and becoming much more active. You have probably started to realize more now than ever that there is actually a human inside of you. You aren’t just experiencing all of these weird symptoms for no reason!

Week 18 won’t bring too many changes, but could bring one exciting one! For the most part, you may still be experiencing the same symptoms

from prior weeks:

  • heartburn & indigestion
  • occasional headaches
  • dizziness
  • visible veins
  • growing pains
  • increased appetite
  • Breast Growth
  • Less Breast Tenderness
  • Stuffy Nose
  • bleeding gums
  • gaining weight
  • backaches
  • stretch marks
  • different skin conditions
  • leg cramps
  • baby kicks!

Leg Cramps

Yes, this is another weird symptoms/side effect of being pregnancy. Even if you have never had leg cramps before, you may start to get them. I would get them almost every night (while I never used to get them). They are definitely uncomfortable! But, they won’t last long!

Baby Kicks

You may have already felt your little one moving around in there. Maybe some little flutter kicks. If not, you probably will now. Plus, they will get much more defined. No more of those cute little flutter kicks. You will start feeling real kicks and punches! And get used to it, they are here to stay for the rest of your pregnancy

Week 19

Welcome to week 19! Your baby is now about the size of a mango! I’m sure by now you are feeling that little one move around…some of you may be tired of it already! Again, not much change this week in terms of your symptoms. You may experience a few more aches and pains but this is normal due to your growing belly & your body trying to adjust to that.

Overall though, not really any changes with your symptoms this week.

Week 20

HALF. WAY. THERE. Congrats, momma, you have made it halfway through your pregnancy! This week could bring some more changes for you. Nothing drastic, but your body will constantly be changing and adjusting for the rest of your pregnancy, so you could be experiencing something different every day! But, hang in there….half-way there!

Hopefully you still have some of that high energy! Enjoy it now because once you enter your third trimester, you will start to lose it again.

As for other symptoms, here are some additional ones you may experience:

  • occasional headaches
  • dizziness
  • visible veins
  • growing pains
  • increased appetite
  • Breast Growth
  • backaches
  • stretch marks
  • different skin conditions
  • leg cramps
  • baby kicks!
  • hip pain
  • swelling
  • shortness of breath

Hip Pain

You will probably start to feel aches and pains in different parts of your body now, including your hips. If you have hip pain, try resting more. If you have the pain while laying down, try laying in a different position or putting a pillow in between your legs.

Swelling

You may have already had some swelling. If not, you may notice your ankles and feet starting to swell. Don’t worry, this should go down after delivery. In the meantime, try to put your feet up!

Shortness of breath

You probably experienced shortness of breath in your first trimester. From here on out, it will probably become much more noticeable. As your uterus expands, it will start pushing more and more on your lungs. So just walking up the stairs can feel like you ran a marathon. Yes, doesn’t seem reasonable but totally realistic!

Week 21

Feeling your little one kick more now? That’s probably because your little one, who is now the size of a banana, has arms and legs that are in proportion to their body!

You are probably feeling a bit bigger now too  I’m guessing you have gained around 14 pounds by now, so there is a reason you feel a little slower, and maybe a little uncomfortable. For the most part, your symptoms should be the same this week.

  • occasional headaches
  • visible veins
  • growing pains
  • Breast Growth
  • backaches
  • stretch marks
  • different skin conditions
  • leg cramps
  • baby kicks!
  • hip pain
  • swelling
  • shortness of breath

One thing you may be experiencing in addition to these are your hair and nails. You will probably notice that your nails are growing faster & your hair is thicker! Because of your hormones, there are extra nutrients going to your hair & nails! Enjoy that while it lasts!

Week 22

Week 22! You baby is about the size of a coconut now! Now that you are over halfway through your pregnancy, you might start feeling those practice contractions, also called Braxton Hicks. If you are feeling squeezing sensations, or your belly getting really tight, those are Braxton Hicks. These are just your uterine muscles flexing in preparation for delivery. You also might start to notice that, if you have an innie belly button, it is starting to become an outie. This should go back to normal after delivery however your belly button might be slightly larger than it was before.

Other than that, your symptoms won’t change much. You will still experience baby kicks, stretch marks and shortness of breath. Some tips for week 22? Stay active but also rest! What I mean by this is keep an exercise routine. This doesn’t need to be anything intensive or intense. Just get up and get your body moving for a little bit. But, also don’t over-do it. Give your body the appropriate amount of rest that you need. Always remember that you are growing a baby, and there is a living human inside of you, so if you need a rest in the middle of the day…GO REST!

Week 23

Welcome to week 23! Your baby is now the size of a grapefruit, so I’m guess you have a good size baby bump now! If you haven’t yet, you have probably had to go out and buy some maternity jeans too! This week, I am going to add a few more symptoms to the list

You might still have some of the symptoms from the previous weeks. That’s okay. Here are some new ones though that could come into play:

  • snoring
  • tingling hands
  • even more increased appetite

Snoring

Even if you have never been a “snorer” before, you will probably find yourself snoring while you are pregnant. Your hormones cause your mucus membranes to swell but it could also be due to the extra weight you are carrying. Don’t worry, this should go away after you deliver!

Tingling Hands

This might seem like something to worry about, but don’t stress about it yet. If you have a little tingling sensation in your hands, it’s due to the swelling in your wrists putting pressure on your nerves. If you are working at a computer, make sure your writs are straight and not slanted forward & that your elbows aren’t below your hands.

Increased Appetite

You probably thought your appetite couldn’t increase anymore….oh, but it can. If you find yourself hungry after what seems like you just ate, it’s normal. Always remember, your body is fueling a growing human being. So you are going to be hungry a lot! Again, fuel your body with healthy foods. Don’t use this as an excuse to eat anything you want but also don’t feel bad when it seems like you are eating all the time.

Week 24

One more week down! You will probably find yourself moving slower and slower each week! But, you are just getting one week closer to meeting your little one. This week, your baby is about the size of a cantaloupe, which is one reason why you’ll be moving a little slower this week!

As far as symptoms go, you shouldn’t be experiencing anything drastically different from the past few weeks. You may have swollen feet/ankles, will still be feeling your little one wiggle and kick & will probably have some hip/back/leg pain or discomfort. You also might be experiencing some headaches. Remember to stay well hydrated & rest.

Week 25

Week 25 could bring a few more challenges to your second trimester. Your growing baby, now about the size of an eggplant could be pressing on a few things which cause you some issues. First, your bladder. Second, your digestive tract. So, with that I’ll add a few more symptoms to your list this week:

  • hemorrhoids
  • retless leg syndrome
  • frequent urination
  • symphysis pubis dysfuntion (SPD)

Hemorrhoids

Now, it’s not guaranteed that you will get these…but about half of women do. Hemorrhoids are swollen and itchy veins in the rectum caused because there is so much pressure being put on your digestive tract. And if you have constipation….that won’t help things either.

Restless Leg Syndrome

You may still have some tingling sensations in your hands. But, to go along with that you also might have some restless legs. You may find yourself laying in bed with tingling legs and a strong sense to get up and move! This could be linked to your diet, and a deficiency in iron, so make sure you are eating a well-rounded diet (along with your prenatal vitamins) & keep moving throughout the day.

Frequent Urination

You guessed it, your growing little one will also be pressing on your bladder. The need to go to the bathroom frequently will only increase from here on out.

Symphysis Pubis Dysfuntion

This is pain you could be feeling in your pelvic region. Remember, your body is going through so many changes. And each week, you are getting closer to your due date which means your body is also getting ready to deliver. You ligaments are becoming relaxed and stretchy. You can help this with doing Kagel exercises and pelvic tilts.

Week 26

Your little one is now about the size of an acorn squash, which probably means you are definitely feeling those kicks and punches and your belly button is now sticking out. Your baby will continue to get more active, so get used to all that movement! It will probably get to a point where it becomes a little more “painful” as your baby gets stronger & bigger and starts kicking you in the ribs and bladder.

Nothing too significant in terms of new symptoms, but here are a few you might start to notice:

  • insomnia
  • pregnancy brain
  • blurred vision
  • clumsiness

Insomnia

This could partly depend on how big your belly is. Some of you may still not have an overly big belly yet, which means sleeping could still be pretty comfortable for you. For all the other mommas, your growing belly, kicking baby, restless legs and multiple trips to the bathroom could be making it harder to sleep!

Pregnancy Brain

No, this is not just an excuse for moms. This is a real thing. You may find yourself forgetting things more frequently now. This is normal! While you do have more blood in your body now (about 50% more blood!) most of it is going to your growing baby instead of to your brain. You should be back to normal after delivery…..or “mom brain” will set in

Blurred Vision

You may notice that your vision is becoming a little blurry. Those lovely pregnancy hormones decrease your tear production which could lead to dry eyes. Feel free to use eye drops if you notice it getting really bad.

Clumsiness

Again, for some of you mommas, clumsiness may not set in yet because you aren’t that big yet! While some others of you feel like you are ready to deliver tomorrow! Regardless, your growing belly will probably start to throw you off balance. Your joints are loosening, your center of gravity has shifted and you have more weight added to your body. So don’t worry, this is normal

Week 27

You know what’s amazing, your uterus has stretched to about the size of a basketball by now! And, it has to since your baby is now about the size of a head of cabbage! Your uterus might not be the only thing that is growing though. You may find other parts of your body starting to swell; mainly your hands, feet and ankles. Especially if you are pregnant in the summer months, you may find this swelling a bit more noticeable. If you haven’t already, you might start to think about taking your wedding ring off. They offer silicone rings, which I wore my second and third trimester. The reason I suggest this is first, because your fingers could swell it might be hard to get your ring off.

Second, while it still seems way too early to go into labor, it could still happen. And, your fingers will probably swell during labor. If you are wearing your ring it could cause issues to the point where they could need to cut it off. So, you may just want to take the safe route and take it off now

Other than that, this week you shouldn’t notice any new symptoms really. You are probably still just going through some uncomfortable days, some backaches, leg cramps, belly pain as it continues to stretch, insomnia & clumsiness.

One thing I do want to note is your blood pressure though:

  • slight increase in blood pressure

Higher Blood Pressure

slight rise in blood pressure is normal at this stage in pregnancy. But your doctor may monitor this closely due to it being a sign of preeclampsia (which is a dangerous pregnancy complication).

Week 28

Holy cow, you have officially made it to the last week of your second trimester! Although, it may feel like you are already well into your third trimester! Hang in there, only one trimester left, you’re doing great! Your little one now being about the size of a head of lettuce.

You will most likely finish out your second trimester with the same symptoms you have had for the last couple weeks. Keep working through the uncomfortableness as your body continues to loosen up and practice contractions.

Only 12 weeks left until you get to hold your little one. Keep the end in mind as you enter into your last trimester. It can be a long one and seem to drag on…but these 12 weeks will be nothing when compared to the lifetime you get with your baby!

 

Your third trimester is the last three months of your pregnancy. It runs from 29 weeks until you give birth. Most women don’t deliver on their due date (40 weeks) so don’t count on that! But now, lets look at pregnancy symptoms third trimester wise!

Week 29

Welcome to your first week of your last semester! I’m sure you are starting to feel quite pregnant by now! Now, your baby is about the size of a head of cauliflower! Now that you have entered your final trimester you will start to feel a few more changes. You body will really start preparing for labor now. Remember that you are pregnant, and growing a little one, so take things slow & don’t be afraid to rest often!

As you continue to grow, here are some symptoms you may start experiencing:

  • itchy belly
  • backaches or back pain
  • leg pain
  • hip pain
  • insomnia
  • fast growing hair & nails

Itchy Belly

This is just because you skin is being stretched. You may also see stretch marks. This should all go away after you deliver!

Back, Leg or Hip Pain

Like I said before, this could be due to your body preparing for labor. Everything starts to loosen up. This could also be due to the extra weight you are carrying around or the movement of your little one.

Insomnia

As your belly continues to get bigger, you might find yourself sleeping less. Well, and your need to get up and pee almost every hour. Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible. If you are having pain, try putting pillows between your legs.

Fast Growing Hair & Nails

You can thank your pregnancy hormones, and actually mean it this time, for your fuller hair and faster growing nails! Your hormones interrupt your hair growth cycle. So normally in your cycle, there comes a point when your hair sheds. While pregnant, it skips over this part. After you deliver, you may notice much more of your hair falling out. This is known as postpartum hair loss. This is normal. After a while, your hair will get back into its normal routine.

Week 30

Does it feel like these weeks are flying by yet? You have already made it to week 30, only 10 more to go! 30 weeks ago your baby was just starting its journey but has now grown to be the size of a head of broccoli! With 30 weeks, you will probably still be experiencing most of the same symptoms you were before, possibly more frequently now though. Trouble sleeping, need to pee, discomfort, shortness of breath, etc. As you get bigger you will probably just notice these symptoms more.

If you haven’t felt them yet, you will probably start to feel those Braxton Hicks contractions. If you feel your belly tighten up and then relax, that is what you are feeling.

In terms of new symptoms, you most likely won’t be experiencing anything new. Think back to that fatigue you had during your first trimester, chances are it will return during your final trimester. And you could start feeling the fatigue even now. Your baby is growing and taking more and more from your body, so its working hard. It’s okay to be tired.

Week 31

One more week down! Again, this week you will probably be experiencing a lot of the same symptoms you have been feeling, maybe just a little more intense. That shortness of breath we have been talking about will continue to get harder and harder. At 31 weeks, your uterus has expanded to the point of being about 4 inches above your belly button! This goes to show how much your organs are being moved around….and in this case being pushed to give your diaphragm and lungs less room!

  • backache
  • itchy belly
  • stretch marks
  • swollen ankles/feet/hands
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions
  • frequent urination
  • shortness of breath

It is important to remember to stay hydrated, especially in your last trimester here. Again, your body is working really hard…around the clock. So it’s really easy to become dehydrated.

Week 32

Your little one is now about the size of a squash! You are probably feeling a lot of movement by now. Not only is your baby becoming more active, but they are also running out of room in there! So you will feel a lot more of that movement. Some of it could be painful, as they kick some of your organs and ribs. Just hang in there!

I want to add a few symptoms this week, since your body is getting prepared to deliver this little one! So, in addition to those symptoms from previous week you may experience:

  • leaky breasts
  • vaginal discharge

Leaky Breasts

As you move along in your pregnancy, your whole body is preparing for what is about to come, your breasts included. At first, your breasts will product colostrum which is a thick yellow milk that your little one will eat the first few days of life outside the womb! So, as your breasts become bigger, don’t freak out if you see some leaking out!

Vaginal Discharge

Again, not a flattering symptom but you may start to notice more vaginal discharge. This is actually a good thing, it is your bodys way of getting ready for delivery & prevent infection. One thing to watch out for though is your mucus plug. This will be a thick and gooey (sometimes bloody) “plug” that comes out. This covers your cervix until your body pushes it out days or hours before you deliver. Once you see it, that is one sign that delivery is right around the corner!

Week 33

This week, your baby is as big as a butternut squash, probably weighing around 4 pounds! You are probably really pack on the pounds now…and don’t feel bad about this (if you are doing it at a healthy pace, of course)! Most of your pregnancy symptoms will again, be the same. I do want to add one more new one though. So, along with those Braxton Hicks contractions, clumsiness, shortness of breath, uncomfortableness, insomnia, leaky breasts & increased vaginal discharge…you could start feeling hot (even if you are in the middle of winter).

  • One hot momma! literally….

Overheating

No, you are not going crazy. Chances are someone did not turn the heat up…you are just hot! Probably all the time. This is normal! This is probably due to your metabolic rate being very high!

Week 34

If not the case already, your pregnancy brain is probably in full force now! It is normal for you to be super forgetful! Your growing baby, now as big as a pineapple!, is taking a lot of your blood supply…which means not as much of it is going to your brain!

As with the last couple weeks, you are probably really feeling your little one wiggle, twist and move in you. One cool thing you might start seeing is body parts, like a hand or elbow and they push out on your belly! REALLY weird to see, but also really cool!

Otherwise, nothing new in terms of symptoms. You are most likely still peeing all the time, getting around slower and slower and feel like sleeping all the time. Hang in there, you’re almost there!

Week 35

Woohoo! 5 WEEKS LEFT! Your little one is now about the size of a spaghetti squash! So those lungs have even less room now and that bladder of yours is feeling even more pressure!

Most likely, you will start to feel more aches and pains. Your center of gravity has shifted and you have a human wiggling inside of you…so this is normal. You may find that your Braxton Hicks contractions are becoming more regular too. Again, just your body preparing for labor.

If you haven’t already, I would suggest putting the car seat in the car (and driving with it wherever you go!).

One new symptom you could start feeling this week is pressure “down there”. Typically, by 35 weeks babies should be heads down. This means your baby’s head should be down facing your cervix…getting ready for their journey out. Some women are able to feel their baby “drop down”. In this case, you could feel lots of pressure down there. Again, don’t freak out…this is just your body preparing!

Week 36

Congrats momma, you made it to 36 weeks! This means that if you were to have your baby now, he or she would no longer be considered premature! But, you really do want to keep that little one inside of you for a few more weeks….even if you feel like pushing them out right now!

By now, you probably have your pregnancy waddle down pretty good. Partly due to your baby being the size of a papaya now, partly due to your body is continuing to loosen and soften! This is because you are getting closer and closer to your due date. Your body knows that your ever growing baby needs to fit through your pelvic bones, so your body will continue to loosen! So get use to your penguin walk

We talked a little about your baby “dropping” in week 35. If you didn’t feel it last week you could very well feel it this week. Although, don’t expect that you will feel it, some women don’t have their baby drop into their pelvic cavity before labor begins. You should know if it happens though. You will feel less pressure on your lungs, a little easier to breathe now!, and more pressure on your pelvic bones.

One unique “symptom” that could be setting in soon is nesting. This is when you know your little one is coming soon  Nesting is when you get this energy to get everything done and ready for your little one. Take advantage of this little burst of energy but don’t overdo it. Don’t be lifting anything heavy and make sure to take breaks often and stay hydrated!

Week 37

Week 37 will most likely continue to bring those same, somewhat pesky, symptoms you have been having for the last few weeks.

  • frequent urination
  • uncomfortableness
  • back, knee, leg, etc. pain
  • stretch marks
  • Braxton Hicks
  • leaky breasts
  • vaginal discharge

37 weeks can also bring some new symptoms. Some of these you had in your first trimester, and they could be back. Some of these are also exciting, just showing how close you are getting to meet your little one!

  • nausea
  • spotting
  • breast changes
  • cervical dilation or effacement

Nausea

Yes, there is a chance that nasty nausea may be back. Hopefully not as bad as it was during your first trimester. If it is severe, talk to your doctor since this could be a since of pregnancy complications (such as preeclampsia).

Spotting

This may seem concerning but don’t freak out, this is normal. Your body is sensitive when pregnant, so if you had sex, this could have caused some bleeding. Otherwise, the pink or brown mucous just means that the blood vessels in your cervix are rupturing as your cervix dilates..just further preparing for delivery!

Breast Changes

Along with having some leaky breasts, you may notice that your nipples start to pop out. This is just to help your newborn with latching! Just another sign that it won’t be long until your little one is in your arms!

Cervical Dilation or Effacement

You probably won’t feel this but your cervix could be opening or thinning out. Dilation is measured in centimeters and effacement will be in a percentage. Pushing won’t happen until you are 10 cm dilated, so you have time before you start pushing.

Week 38

Feeling pregnant yet? I’m sure you are since now your “little” one is the size of a mini watermelon! Your days of tying your own shoes have been long gone now but you are only a few weeks away from being able to bend over, see your feet & get around again!

Really start paying attention to your symptoms now. This could be your body telling you that you are about to go into labor. For some of you, it could be any day now!

Most of the symptoms will still be around this week:

  • frequent urination
  • uncomfortableness
  • back, knee, leg, etc. pain
  • stretch marks
  • Braxton Hicks
  • leaky breasts
  • vaginal discharge
  • spotting

But, pay attention, you could have some of the following:

  • lost mucus plug
  • diarrhea
  • water breaking

Lost Mucus Plug

I touched on this one a little earlier in this post but as you are getting closer to your due date the chances of you loosing your mucus plug are higher now. This could also be one of the first signs you are going into labor, so pay attention!

Diarrhea

This could be due to your pregnancy hormones but it could also be due to your body making more room for your baby. Make sure to keep hydrated. It is so easy to become dehydrated this far along in your pregnancy!

Water Breaking

Most women thing that this is the first sign they are going into labor, but that may not be the case. For a lot of women, their water doesn’t break until well after they have started labor. For some, the doctor has to break their water because they are so far along in their labor but their water hasn’t broken.

But, for others this could be your first sign that you are going into labor. Don’t expect a huge gush of water like the movies either. It could happen like that, yes, but it could also be a slow trickle of water.

Week 39

HOME STRETCH, momma! Chances are now you are ready to just get your little one out…since now they are as big as a pumpkin! This week, keep an eye out for the same symptoms we talked about last week.

  • spotting
  • mucus plug
  • water breaking
  • contractions

They could still be Braxton Hicks Contractions…or they could be the real thing! If you thing they are real, start timing them. Not sure what to do? Use the 5-1-1 rule. Time your contractions until they happen every 5 minutes, last 1 minute for an hour. At that point, you should go in to where you plan to deliver. Still not sure? Just call your doctor.

Week 40

Happy last week of pregnancy, momma! Or not? Hopefully your baby comes this week, but it could still be a week…maybe two before you meet your little one. So again, just keep watching for those early signs of labor and call your doctor with any questions or concerns.

Week 41- 42

If you are at this point, hang in there! It shouldn’t be too much longer. If you are delivering at a hospital, chances are they have asked if you want to be induced. This will be a personal decision up to a certain point. It could get to a point when you need to be induced since your placenta may not be providing as many nutrients and oxygen to your baby. If you are deciding to wait to see if your body will go into labor naturally, continue to watch for those early signs of labor.

Regardless, you have made it to the end of your pregnancy! Hopefully you are holding your little one in your arms by now. Enjoy these first few weeks of having a sweet, sweet newborn. They grow so fast! Take things slow and don’t feel like you should be back to your normal routine right away. Whether you delivered vaginally or c-section, both require a recovery time. So take is slow, momma. Enjoy the time with your little one!

What trimester are you in? What have you been experiencing so far & what has been getting you through? Leave a comment below 🙂

All the best,
Abby
abby@mommabearsknowbest.com

 

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