Symptoms During Pregnancy

Is this normal?

Knowing what symptoms to expect during pregnancy can alert you to something that might be abnormal.

A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks and is grouped into three stages, or trimesters.

Symptoms and early signs of pregnancy that begin in the first semester include:

  • The absence of menstrual periods
  • Breast changes including swelling or tenderness
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings

Symptoms of late second and third trimesters of pregnancy can include:

  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Swelling of the ankles or fingers
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Mild contractions

Many of the later symptoms result from the weight gain and enlarging uterus in late pregnancy.