Pregnancy Symptoms Week by Week

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Restless Legs in Pregnancy

restless legs during pregnancyRestless leg syndrome is an uncomfortable pregnancy symptom that strikes in the second and third trimester. Having restless legs can make it difficult for you to sleep. This problem tends to be worse in the seventh and eighth month of your pregnancy, or roughly between 28 and 32 weeks pregnant. Fortunately, this symptom goes away within a month of you giving birth.

If you’ve ever had restless leg syndrome when you’re PMSing, you know exactly how unbearable and uncomfortable it can be. And right before your period, restless leg syndrome only lasts less than a week. For pregnant women, they can feel this discomfort for months. [Read more →]

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Itching in Pregnancy: What’s Normal and What’s Not?

itching in pregnancyAre you itching like crazy? Itchiness in pregnancy is a normal symptom in the second and third trimester, and it’s often nothing that should worry you. Many pregnant women will experience itchy skin around their abdomen and breasts. Some expecting mothers have itchiness and redness on their palms and the soles of their feet.
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Braxton Hicks Contractions (False Labor Contractions)

False Labor contractionsStarting in the second trimester and continuing until you go into real labor, you may experience an intermittent, painless tightening of your uterus. This is a Braxton Hicks contraction, also called pre-labor contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions are getting your body ready for the task of labor.

In the second trimester, it will be easy for you to distinguish Braxton Hicks contractions. They will occur sporadically (randomly). They may strike a few times one day, and you won’t feel them again for another week or two. Braxton Hicks contractions are typically painless earlier in pregnancy, but they can become increasingly uncomfortable – even painful – in the third trimester and as you approach your due date.
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Blurry Vision and Vision Changes in Pregnancy

blurred vision pregnantYour vision is not immune to the havoc that pregnancy hormones can create. If you’ve noticed blurry vision, or vision that’s not as sharp, don’t fret. Blurry vision is a normal pregnancy symptom that may strike in the second and third trimesters, and it’s caused by the same build-up of fluid that makes your legs, feet, and ankles swell (normal edema of pregnancy).
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Mucus Plug (Bloody Show)

pregnancy mucus plugWhen you’re pregnant, the mucus plug prevents bacteria and harmful germs from entering your uterus and potentially harming your baby. In the weeks or days before labor starts, you will lose your mucus plug. The passing of the mucus plug is considered one of the first signs that labor will soon start.

For first time-mothers, they can lose their mucus plug one or two weeks before labor starts. In subsequent labors, you can lose your mucus plug and go into labor shortly afterwards.
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Heartburn in Pregnancy

pregnancy heartburnHeartburn (also called “acid reflux” or “gastroesophageal reflux”) is a common pregnancy symptom that can be quite a nuisance when you’re expecting. Over 50 percent of all pregnant women will suffer from severe heartburn in pregnancy, especially in the second and third trimesters. (But heartburn can also strike in early pregnancy – the first trimester.) Heartburn can range from mild to severe, and it’s usually never a sign of a serious problem. It’s just a pregnancy symptom you must struggle with when you’re carrying a bun in the oven.

When you have heartburn, it feels like a horrible burning sensation in your chest that occurs after eating. The burning, irritated sensation can come from the bottom of your breastbone to your lower throat. It’s uncomfortable, and it can be hard to deal with.
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Bloating in Pregnancy

pregnancy bloatingAre you feeling quite bloated lately? Bloating is a pregnancy symptom that will affect 100 percent of mothers-to-be at some point in their 40-week journey. Bloating is caused by pregnancy gas – the excess gas that’s stuck in your intestines.

Bloating can make your tummy feel swollen, and it can make your belly look even further along than it actually is. When you’re bloated and pregnant, you are probably cranky and feeling quite uncomfortable. After all, no woman wants to feel like a hot air balloon. Bloating comes with lots of abdominal discomfort, and it also makes you feel gassy and just plain yucky.
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Pregnancy Hot Flashes

hot flash in pregnancyHot flashes aren’t just a menopausal symptom. They can also affect pregnant women. Hot flashes a lesser-known pregnancy symptom that can make life unbearable.

An estimated 10 percent of all pregnant women will have hot flashes at some point during their 40 weeks of pregnancy.

Pregnancy hot flashes are common in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, but they can also strike in early pregnancy. And unfortunately, hot flashes won’t go away after delivery, either.

Roughly 90 percent of new mothers will suffer from postpartum hot flashes.
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Gas in Pregnancy

gas in pregnancyGas has to be one of the most embarrassing pregnancy symptoms that you’ll experience. It’s common for expectant mothers to be gassier than normal, so you should expect plenty of burping and even flatulence. Sadly, farting is just another way for your body to relieve itself of that excess gas.

This pregnancy symptom can start as early as your first trimester and last until you have your baby is born.

Although it may be hard to believe, the average person will pass gas 14 times every day. This might be through a belch or flatulence. And when you’re pregnant, the gas you spell is even higher and this can lead to very embarrassing moments . . . at the most unfortunate times.

Pregnancy gas is often accompanied with other uncomfortable gastrointestinal discomfort, such as bloating.
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Hip Pain in Pregnancy

hip pain in pregnancyToward the end of your pregnancy, it’s common for pregnant women to complain of hip pain and discomfort. This pregnancy symptom is normal and often nothing to worry about. It is due to hormonal changes and the physical demands of carrying a huge baby inside your womb.

Your hip pain may range in severity from mild to severe. Some pregnant women find that their hip pain is so uncomfortable that it wakes them up in the middle of the night. Others experience painful hips when they awake in the morning.
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