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What To Expect: Symptoms Of Pregnancy In The First Trimester


You’re either trying to, have found out, or suspect that you may be pregnant. It’s an exciting time, albeit a little nerve-wracking. You and your body are about to undergo rapid changes, varying from trimester to trimester. Though your pregnancy is unique to you, it’s helpful to know which symptoms of pregnancy in the first trimester are normal so you have an idea of what to expect.

Typical Symptoms of Pregnancy During the First Trimester

Even though you’re not showing, it’s likely you’ll be feeling a lot of changes inside. The following symptoms of pregnancy in the first trimester are normal and common for many pregnant women.

Extreme Fatigue

Your baby is growing and developing faster than you think. That development takes a lot of energy, so don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly more prone to napping.

Morning Sickness and Nausea

Another hallmark early pregnancy symptom is an upset tummy. Unfortunately, the moniker of morning sickness is limiting: nausea and vomiting can happen morning, noon, and night. For those affected, it can be incredibly unpleasant. However, for most women, nausea subsides as the initial spike of HCG hormone production stabilizes.

Consult your doctor about natural nausea treatments such as ginger tea, and keep plenty of carbonated water at hand.

Changes in Appetite

We’ve all heard it from our friends who’ve already had babies: strange food cravings or aversions are usually hallmarks of pregnancy. Somewhat surprisingly, one of the symptoms of pregnancy in the first trimester is loss of appetite. If this happens to you, don’t worry: your appetite will likely return with a vengeance. Just ensure you’re getting enough nutrients for your quickly-growing bundle of joy.

Breakouts and Skin Changes

Your hormones are going crazy, and your skin might start acting up, too. Keep the faith and know that it likely won’t be long until you get that “pregnancy glow” in later trimesters.

Gaining or Losing Weight

New food cravings or nausea can wreak havoc on your typical eating habits and cause fluctuations in weight. Newfound food cravings might lead to a little weight gain, which is normal in the first trimester.

Conversely, if you have trouble keeping everything down, you might lose a couple of pounds. As long as baby is getting the nutrients they need, there’s no need to worry.

Breast Tenderness

If you haven’t figured it out by now, your hormones are creating changes for just about everything. That means your breasts will be tender and you might start noticing changes almost immediately.

Light Abdominal Cramps

It’s important to know that one of the symptoms of pregnancy in the first trimester is light abdominal cramps, which can be scary for some mommies. Gas and bloating are a part of the process, which can cause cramps. Additionally, the embryo is implanting to your uterine wall: another source of cramping.

Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • You start bleeding heavily
  • Your abdominal pain is sharp and severe
  • You have sudden thirst
  • You have any sight disturbances
  • Urinating is painful
  • You have a fever over 101F


Many women start experiencing headaches when they get pregnant. Staying hydrated and reducing stress are some of the best ways to reduce risk of headaches.

Mood Swings

If you find yourself crying over dog food commercials or feeling extra sensitive when someone cuts you off on the road, you’re in good company. Having a child is an emotional event for anyone, but this is especially true for an expecting momma. If you notice mood swings or that you’re a little extra emotional during the first trimester (and throughout your pregnancy), you can point your finger at the usual suspect: your hormones. Don’t worry: you get a pass.

Self-Care For First Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

The best way to take care of your growing baby is to take care of yourself. Self-care becomes a priority on the journey to motherhood, so be sure to slow down and try a few self-care ideas to see what eases your stress and helps you focus on your coming blessings.

Some ideas for pregnancy self-care include the following:

  • Making delicious smoothies with organic fruits
  • Prenatal massage
  • Yoga
  • Walks in nature
  • Manis/pedis
  • Preparing a cup of herbal tea (consult your doctor about which herbs are safe to drink)

Taking Steps For Your Baby’s Health

While pregnant, taking care of your wellness is a top priority: the healthier you are, the healthier your baby is.

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