When Do Common Pregnancy Symptoms Start?

Do you think that you might be pregnant?

Women often realize that they might be pregnant with a missed period. Each stage and trimester brings on new symptoms for women. Wondering if what you are experiencing is pregnancy related? Here is a list of common pregnancy symptoms that women experience and the steps to take to confirm pregnancy.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy symptoms begin during your first trimester and last until the end of your third trimester. Did you know that not every pregnant woman has symptoms? Symptoms may not appear for several reasons: her body does not react with changing hCG levels, pregnancy tests show up as negative based on her hCG levels, she does not experience common pregnancy symptoms, her periods were never regular, or she was using birth control and became pregnant. At eight weeks pregnant, 90% of women will experience pregnancy symptoms (Baby Center).

Common First Trimester Symptoms

  • Missed period
  • Swollen / Sore breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness / Headaches
  • Mild cramping
  • Bloating
  • Increased urination
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea / Morning sickness
  • Food cravings / Food aversions

Common Second Trimester Symptoms

  • Congestion
  • Leg cramps
  • Achiness or Pressure in lower abdomen
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Gestational diabetes

Common Third Trimester Symptoms

  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Stretch marks
  • Vivid dreams
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Swelling
  • Braxton hicks contractions

Every woman experiences pregnancy differently! No two pregnancies are the same – even for mothers who have experienced multiple pregnancies of her own. This, also, means that symptoms can be experienced at any time; not necessarily during specific trimesters. 

Pregnancy Symptoms That You Should NOT Ignore

If you have any concern that you or your unborn child are in danger, contact 911 and your doctor, immediately. 

Pregnancy symptoms that you should never ignore include:

  • Your baby is moving less than usual
  • Vaginal bleeding; especially excessive bleeding
  • Fever
  • Severe headache or nausea
  • Excessive itching on your body
  • Rapid Heartbeat

Schedule doctor visits to keep your baby safe and healthy. There are many things you can do to help nurture a healthy pregnancy. Try your best to avoid stress, manage healthy meal plans, stay active, and visit your doctor for regular visits. 

Women might experience all pregnancy symptoms, If there is ever cause for concern, contact your local emergency providers immediately. You and your unborn baby’s life matter. 

Support At Options for Women / River Falls

At Options for Women, we know that you are looking for services and support – at a human level. We are here for you. Options for Women offers free and confidential pregnancy testing, Limited Obstetrical Ultrasounds, STI Testing, material assistance, community resources and referrals, and more. We care about you.

Are you experiencing common pregnancy symptoms? Meet with a nurse or client advocate who will answer your questions and help give you peace of mind. Together, we will go over your pregnancy options. You are not alone. Give us a call or schedule your FREE and confidential appointment today.


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