First Trimester Symptoms

The first trimester is somewhat different for many women, in that the symptoms vary a great deal, apart from the fact that not every woman will be aware that she is pregnant! The first sign will generally be when she misses her period, and after that the most common scenario is to wait a few more days while trying to figure out if there are any strange symptoms of changes. To make sure, one would generally do a pregnancy test. Home pregnancy tests are commonly used and they are quite accurate if instructions are followed. But apart form that, it is important to know some of the most common pregnancy symptoms women typically experience during the first trimester. Let us go over these symptoms in more detail.

Morning Sickness

Probably the most common first trimester symptom – nausea and vomiting, or commonly referred to as morning sickness, is also the most dreaded symptom of all for many pregnant women. It is frustrating, and literally, nauseating to wake up like this every morning. And unfortunately there isn’t much you can do other than trying to eat small meals throughout the day to ease digestion and allow your stomach to be filled up a bit since nausea is worse if your stomach is empty. Your doctor may also prescribe a supplement of vitamin B6.


Since the woman’s body changes a great deal, especially with regards to its metabolism, an increase in hormones, and a reduced flow of blood to the brain, headaches tend to be quite common during the first trimester. It is worth noting that not all pills you used to take when you were not pregnant are considered to be safe during pregnancy. Therefore, try to avoid medications as much as possible, or ask your doctor to prescribe something that is safe. There are also some things you can do to relieve some of the pain, such as getting some fresh air and reducing stress. It is a good idea to massage your temples, and use a hot or cold compress.

Frequent Urinating

Even if you are in the first trimester, your uterus will be growing. This in turn causes more pressure on your bladder, resulting in the need to urinate more often.

Feeling More Tired

A very common side effect of pregnancy is fatigue. This is due to various reasons, namely, the need for extra iron for the baby’s blood cells, your ovaries producing more progesterone, and an increase in blood volume. All these contribute to fatigue. Prenatal vitamins may help, and it is important to try to sleep more so as to reduce this symptom.

Swollen Breasts

Your breasts tend to feel more swollen and much more tender. Even at this early stage of pregnancy, the breasts will already start to prepare for the possibility of breastfeeding the child. Expanding milk ducts may cause some pain and so it is a good idea to buy bras that are a bit larger with hooks that allow for different adjustments.

Changes In Mood

The first trimester is often referred to as a period when a woman goes through a roller-coaster of emotions. Some women feel quieter and somewhat withdrawn, others get tearful quickly, and others seem to get angry for no reason at all. Sympathetic people around you will prove to be a great help. Your body is undergoing several changes, and that is why you are feeling so many different moods and emotional ups and downs.

Changes In Libido

Some women feel more intense and sexually aroused during the first trimester of pregnancy. This is because the increase in hormones and the blood flow will have an effect on the woman’s vagina and clitoris. However some women may experience contrary effects and feel somewhat turned off. It is important to talk with your partner about what and how you are feeling.

Sharpened Sense Of Smell

A heightened sense of smell during pregnancy is another common symptom. You may need to steer clear of the kitchen for a little while. Especially if there is a certain food that sets you off.

Food Cravings

Craving for certain foods is a very common symptom. Likewise, you may feel aversions for certain foods too. Food cravings should not lead you to eat whatever you yearn for, especially if it is not healthy during pregnancy.

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Breathing Difficulties

Pregnant women sometimes experience breathlessness. This is because they tend to inhale deeper so as to better supply the additional blood with more oxygen. Apart from that, the baby will be transferring more carbon dioxide to the woman, and this also leads to a feeling of breathlessness at times.


Your skin will most likely produce more oil and as a result acne problems might emerge during the first trimester. Acne generally subsides later on in the pregnancy, and so there is no need to worry that much. An oil-free moisturizer, and a gentle cleanser might help. Make sure you stay away from certain skin products that might contain certain chemicals and additives which may be harmful for your baby.

Changes In Your Eyes

Fluctuating hormones may have an effect on your eyes as well, causing them to dry out. Corneas may thicken and curve, and vision might change too. Using some eye drops to lubricate your eyes might prove to be helpful, and a visit to an eye doctor to see if there is a need to temporarily adjust your prescription glasses might be a good idea.

The good news is that you are just around the corner from the second trimester. A lot of ladies say the second trimester is much easier to go through and most even say it's enjoyable.​

It can be a hard time for some, but ask any mother and they will tell you that it is all worth it in the end. Just keep focused on the reason you are doing all this and the time will fly.​