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Recognising Pregnancy Symptoms

Recognising pregnancy symptoms.


Pregnancy brings about substantial transformations, both in your body and your emotions. Familiarising yourself with the various 'pregnancy symptoms' can empower you to navigate this journey with a sense of assurance. Let's delve into these symptoms, divided by trimesters. Every pregnancy journey is different and unique so your symptoms may differ from other mums-to-be. Please reach out to your midwife/GP if you have any questions or concerns.



First Trimester: Early Pregnancy Symptoms

The first trimester of pregnancy is often associated with pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, tender breasts, and fatigue. You may also experience frequent urination and an increased heart rate due to hormonal fluctuations. Some mums even report a heightened sense of smell and food aversions. Remember that these symptoms are your body's natural response to the changes it's going through.



Second Trimester: A Shift in Pregnancy Symptoms

Many women find the second trimester easier than the first. The morning sickness and fatigue often lessen or even disappear however not always. As your baby grows, you might notice other pregnancy symptoms like body aches, stretch marks, and skin changes. Many mums also experience exciting developments such as feeling their baby's first movements!



Third Trimester: Preparing for Arrival

In the final stretch of pregnancy, your body prepares for the birth of your baby. Typical pregnancy symptoms in the third trimester include backaches, shortness of breath, and trouble sleeping. You may also experience false contractions known as 'braxton hicks' as your body prepares for labour. Take it easy when you can, the third trimester is often exhausting.


Remember, every pregnancy is unique. The pregnancy symptoms we’ve discussed can serve as a general guide, but always consult your healthcare professional for advice tailored to your specific needs. Visit here for more Carol App pregnancy-related resources designed specifically for new mums just like you!

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