Pregnancy symptoms will vary widely from woman to woman. Through the three trimester stages of pregnancy different symptoms are common and most disappear shortly following delivery.
Common early symptoms are nausea, fatigue, breast tenderness, breast enlargement, and frequent urination.
Most symptoms are the result of hormone level changes or physical interaction with the rapidly growing fetus itself.
Alongside these normal pregnant symptoms troublesome complications can arise in an established pregnancy that should be immediately reported to a doctor.
These include dizziness, infection, vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain and/or cramps, eyesight problems.
- menstrual cycle stops
- nausea and vomiting
- tenderness of breasts
- enlargement of breasts
- increase in frequency of urination
- enlargement of abdomen
- increase in vaginal discharge
- increase in resting heart rate
- swelling in the legs
- frequent urge to urinate when lying down
- breathing rate increases
- shortness of breath during routine activities
- congestion of nasal passage and ear tubes
- change in tone of voice
- excess saliva
- craving for strange foods
- darkening of skin surrounding the nipples
- blotchy, brown pigment on forehead and cheeks
- abdominal stretch marks
- blood vessel appearance on legs and above the waist
- increased perspiration
- mood swings
- change in pelvic posture
Common complications are skin rash, vaginal infections, gestational diabetes,or persistent nausea and vomiting. All are treatable and should be reported and addressed promptly.
Other complications or related conditions are covered in greater detail in the following sections.
The first pregnancy symptom for the majority of women is the lateness of their menstrual period.
Cheap, off-the-shelf pregnancy testing kits are very accurate and can be taken several days apart to confirm results. Final confirmation can be made by blood or urine tests by a doctor.
There is limitless pregnancy information available in print and online.