Week-Wise Pregnancy Symptoms - Uncover The Signs And Changes That Occur Each Week

Week-Wise Pregnancy Symptoms - Uncover The Signs And Changes That Occur Each Week

Week-Wise Pregnancy Symptoms - Uncover The Signs And Changes That Occur Each Week

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey that lasts about 40 weeks (almost ten months). The newly pregnant mother experiences distinct emotions, physical changes, and feelings each week. Most mothers often misunderstand pregnancy symptoms and keep worrying about them due to the lack of awareness.

Are you ready to know various pregnancy symptoms? If so, you'll love this article. As you read the article, you'll uncover signs and changes that occur each week throughout the pregnancy. So, without any further delay, let's get started.

List of Week-Wise Symptoms Of Pregnancy

Now, let's discuss the multiple signs and symptoms a mother experiences each week during her gestation period.

Week 1

Although you aren't pregnant this week, doctors calculate week 1 just after the end of your last menstrual cycle. In the first week, you experience bleeding, mood swings, painful breasts, abdominal cramps (mild to severe), headache, and other related symptoms.

Week 2

In the second week of pregnancy, the pregnancy symptoms include white discharge, the rise of body temperature, lower abdominal pain, and breast tenderness. These symptoms generally occur due to ovulation, where the mature egg is released and travels towards the fallopian tube.

Week 3

In the third week, the egg ball attaches to the uterus lining and causes mild abdominal cramps, bleeding, and mild spotting. The bleeding in this stage is also known as implantation bleeding and is quite common. However, if the women experience severe cramping or bleeding, it's suggested to consult a gynecologist.

Week 4

If you take a home pregnancy test, you get a positive result confirming the pregnancy. The symptoms include fatigue, breast tenderness, constipation, mood swings, increased smell sensitivity, and bloating. It perhaps takes a few more days to show up all pregnancy symptoms for a few women.

Week 5

The increased levels of hormones contribute to most of your mood swings. For instance, happy and delightful emotions turn to depression, anger, or fear for no reason at all. A few other less noticed symptoms are fatigue and changes in breast size that you were experiencing from last week.

Week 6

In week six, most people notice robust pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness, high smell sensitivity, food cravings, food aversions, and nausea. Usually, women take small meals with a pinch of ginger to avoid constipation, nausea, or bloating.

Week 7

Early symptoms of pregnancy during the seventh week include frequent urination. Usually, this occurs due to the increased uterus size that presses the bladder and makes your kidneys work harder to remove waste from the body.

Week 8

You can now observe a complete set of pregnancy symptoms such as mood swings, frequent urination, fatigue, bloating or other digestion-related complications, change in breast size, increased saliva production, dehydration, headaches, and stress.

Week 9

Most women experience severe gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, constipation, morning sickness, or nausea week 9. However, these symptoms get reduced from the fourth month of pregnancy.

Week 10

Do you observe radiant and glowing skin? If so, it's generally known as "Pregnancy Glow." In contrast, a few people also suffer from acne. Other common symptoms include growing breasts and belly.

Week 11

The pregnant moms notice slight cramps due to the increased baby bump. Sometimes it can be painful too. Furthermore, the white discharge makes you pretty uncomfortable, indicating the elimination of bacteria from your body.

Week 12

Do you have a fair skin complexion? If yes, you can notice veins due to the increased blood flow. Since the blood volume in pregnant women increases by 50%, it shows visible veins.

Week 13

This is the last week of the first trimester, and all your uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms will be reduced by this week. Other common symptoms of this week include dizziness and low BP.

Week 14

Congrats! You entered the second trimester. The symptoms include increased sex drive, energy, and appetite. Generally, it's time to consult a doctor frequently for checkups. Also, it's advised to start workout routines to combat pregnancy symptoms.

Week 15

Unlike the first trimester, the second trimester offers you a bunch of weird symptoms, including leg cramps, nose blocks, and sensitive gums.

Week 16

The common symptoms during this week include skin darkening in specific regions such as around the nipples, cheeks, navel, nose, armpits, and inner thighs. If you've got dark skin, this symptom spreads across other parts of your body.

Week 17

And here comes the pregnancy brain and backaches. In general, pregnant women forget most of the things and are often referred to as "Pregnancy Brain." Moreover, most moms experience baby kicks from week 16 to week 25.

Week 18

By this week, strangers notice you're pregnant, and your body preps you for breastfeeding. Also, if you experience severe weight gain, it'll be delivered along with stretch marks.

Week 19

Heartburn is one of the significant symptoms in week 19. Usually, the LES(aka Lower Esophageal Sphincter) muscles relax due to the continuous production of hormones, which causes heartburn. So, it's advised to take smaller meals, excluding acidity-inducing meals. Meanwhile, moms suffer from frequent constipation as the baby presses the intestines.

Week 20

Although the moms feel a bit of pain when the baby kicks, it's one of the most pleasurable moments. The most common during this week are intense baby kicks, leg pain, varicose veins, swelling, dry eyes, and poor sleep.

Week 21

The round ligament pain increases as the baby grows in your womb. Also, you notice an increase in the size of the hips, groin, and belly. This is why most pregnant women in the fourth or fifth months look heavy. Difficulty in breathing is an additional symptom caused due to the excessive pressure on the lungs by the uterus.

Week 22

No matter how much weight you gain during pregnancy, you always have a certain glow on your face. Often most women experience thick and shiny hair, growing nails, and radiant skin due to the adequate nutrients in their bodies.

Week 23

As discussed earlier, the symptoms such as backaches, constipation, stretch marks, white discharge, and leg pain continue this week. Moreover, your belly continuously increases in size and leads to breathing shortness and other digestive-related issues.

Week 24

A few women feel a high sex drive, while others are not even interested in it. Tingling hands, excessive snoring, and massive weight gain are a few other symptoms.

Week 25

The tingling hands continue this week. So, make sure you sleep on a pillow instead of your hands. Rotating and shaking your wrist help you combat the tingling effect.

Week 26

Moms suffer excessively due to poor sleeping patterns. Thus, it leads to various illnesses such as anxiety, tiredness, and other physical issues. Leg cramps, frequent urination, hands, and feet itchiness are a few other symptoms.

Week 27

The women who don't get severe backaches and leg cramps experience hemorrhoids. Usually, the excessive blood flow causes itchy and bumped veins that pop up around the rectum. This condition is further worsened by constipation. In general, Thai pain can be eliminated using ice packs or cool water pads around the rectum.

Week 28

Now, you're in the third trimester. You gradually feel body exhaustion, aches, and pains. A few women also report SPD (the condition of softened ligaments near the pubic bone).

Week 29

At this stage of pregnancy, your body preps for breastfeeding. So, you can observe the release of juicy fluid from the nipples.

Week 30

Although heartburn, swelling, and other symptoms of pregnancy have not reduced, you experience some extra symptoms such as increased stretch marks. These are pretty common and vanish after delivery.

Week 31

It's time to face a few first trimester symptoms again. Symptoms during this week include breast tenderness, frequent urination, peeing, and excessive tiredness without doing any work.

Week 32

You experience contractions that are often referred to as "Braxton Hicks" caused due to the hardening of the uterus. These contractions lifespan is about 30 seconds to two minutes. Usually, they change by changing the position of your body. However, if you feel excessive contractions, contact your doctor immediately.

Week 33

As your baby presses the bladder, you experience frequent urination, difficulty in breathing, heartburn, and mild discomfort.

Week 34

Yaay! Few more weeks to go. The symptoms of this week include fatigue, headache, heartburn, swellings, constipation, fluids released from nipples, and blurry vision. In addition, you also experience your baby kicking frequently.

Week 35

As the delivery date approaches, you experience regular contractions. In addition, you also gain immense weight within a short span that leads to leg pains, hand pains, fatigue, poor sleep, and breath shortness.

Week 36

Since you're pretty nearer to the labor, the little ones move towards the pelvis. As a result, you can now enjoy hassle-free breathing and slight pressure in the internal organs.

Week 37

The symptoms of this week include discomfort in the pelvis, pressure in your abdominal region, and mild spotting after sex. Make sure you contact the doctor if you experience severe bleeding.

Week 38

Usually, the small ball-like tissue protects the baby from germs. However, a few weeks before the delivery, this tissue is released from the body, leading to discharges.

Week 39

The symptoms during this week include backache, pelvis pressure, tiredness, pelvic pressure, and contractions.

Week 40

This is the last week of pregnancy, causing poor sleep, swelling, frequent urination, and slight discomfort in the pelvis till the delivery.


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