Congratulations! The first trimester of a pregnancy is truly an exciting and thrilling time. If this is your first pregnancy, then you probably have an idea of what to expect based on what you heard growing up – you know about a few of the more common symptoms (morning sickness) and that the first trimester can involve a lot of changes as your body begins to adjust to pregnancy.

Because there are so many long-held myths and misconceptions regarding pregnancy, including experiences during the first trimester, the team behind PGOMG has prepared a guide to symptoms during your first trimester of pregnancy.

*We ask that patients please schedule an appointment with their PGOMG provider if a pregnancy is suspected, confirmed by an at-home test, or if you are interested in starting a family soon.

First trimester symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Aversion to food
  • Food cravings
  • Stronger sense of smell
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Breast tenderness or soreness
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Mood swings

Every pregnancy is different, but the above symptoms describe some of the more common experiences women have during their first trimester. These symptoms can be unpleasant but for the most part should not interrupt your daily routine to the point where you are unable to attend work, school or other activities. If you find that your pregnancy symptoms are severe, please contact PGOMG in order to discuss your options with a provider.

As your baby grows and you progress through your first trimester, you may notice that some of your pregnancy symptoms lessen. Things to which you were once highly sensitive may not bother you as much or at all. On the other hand, certain symptoms may continue. Many women report that some symptoms remain, although they may vary in intensity, throughout their entire pregnancy.

Just because you may experience unpleasant symptoms during your pregnancy, particularly in your first trimester, does not mean your excitement should diminish in any way. Most women report that their symptoms pass within a short period of time or that they find remedies or a new routine to avoid triggering a symptom.