You may not look like you’re pregnant in the early weeks. Discover 9 telltale signs you’re in the first trimester, from symptoms to cravings.
Looks can be deceiving. You might see a woman in her first trimester and not even realize she’s pregnant. In fact, we spend a majority of our pregnancies with a fairly flat belly that can still fit into regular clothes.
Still, those first several weeks can reveal some of the biggest signs of pregnancy.While the third trimester is all about waddling and body aches, the first trimester is already well on its way to making huge changes both in our bodies and habits.
Because while your belly has a long way before being the biggest indicator, you’re already experiencing clear signs that you’re pregnant.
9 signs you’re in the first trimester
While no one else can tell you’re carrying a baby, you have an inkling (or know for certain) that you are. The good news is that many of the unpleasant symptoms ease up in the second trimester. In the meantime, take a look at these 9 signs you’re in the first trimester weeks:
1. A serious lack of appetite
During the first trimester with my twins, I was only able to gain a measly two pounds those entire 13 weeks. The culprit? I had zero appetite.
Worse, once favorite food like oatmeal and chicken curry were no longer appealing. I could barely eat the recommended alternatives of bland food like crackers and yogurt.
2. Extra fatigue
It may not look like it, but your body is hard at work making your baby and the placenta. You’re also pumping more blood and managing an influx of hormones. So when you feel winded and tired after climbing a simple set of stairs, rest assured you’re in good company.
3. Anxieties and worries
What mom hasn’t felt a twinge of worry or anxiety, especially in her first trimester? After all, this is a critical period of formation. I felt so worried about losing the baby and overwhelmed about all the things I had to do or avoid.
The first trimester is also when we’re grappling with the thought of having a baby in the first place. Even if you had planned your pregnancy, the reality is setting in, coupled with all the worries that come with it.
4. Constant nausea
I was lucky: Neither of my pregnancies found me actually vomiting in the toilet. But the nausea? That was a whole other beast.
By far the worst symptom I felt in the first trimester was the feeling of wanting to throw up, but never being able to. It was like partying the night before and being hung over the next day… for several weeks straight.
The worst part is that nausea affects so much of your day. Getting work done becomes impossible when you can barely keep your head up.
5. Constantly checking the size of your growing baby
I know I’m not the only one who’d check in every week to see whether my baby went from cherry size to walnut!
Sites like Baby Center and The Bump draw pregnant moms to their sites every day by showcasing how big our growing babies are. I always got excited to see what new size the baby is and the changes developing in their little bodies.
6. No period
One of the most telltale signs of being in the first trimester is realizing you “skipped” your period! For the next couple of months, you can now enjoy not having a period for a while.
Be warned though: After giving birth, your uterus will shed its lining, which means you’ll feel like you have your period every day for several weeks. Thankfully that goes away, and you might even delay your period even longer afterward, especially if you breastfeed.
7. Peeing all the time
I understood why pregnant women peed a lot in the third trimester—there isn’t exactly a whole lot of room for the bladder there. But the first trimester? I found myself heading to the bathroom often, even with no belly to show.
But constant peeing is yet another one of those pesky symptoms that don’t make those first few weeks comfortable. Your body is going through so many changes, including pumping extra blood that’s making your kidneys produce up to 25% more urine.
8. Sensitivity to smells
Like food and nausea, first trimester moms develop a sensitivity to smells that can make the days extra challenging. We’re not always talking disgusting smells, either—regular scents that would go unnoticed can now make you queasy.
9. Buying baby books
After I found out I was pregnant, I went on a mission to find every useful baby book I could get my hands on. From what to expect to baby sign language and even to raising a “green baby,” I was hooked on baby books.
And no wonder—for many first-time moms, this is our introductory dip into parenthood. We’re clueless and feel the need to load up on information we may be missing.
For many of us, the first trimester is a private time, perhaps even hiding the fact that we’re pregnant. But not only is your body going through so many changes, your mind is also looking forward, preparing for the baby.
So, while no one may notice you’re pregnant during those early weeks, you definitely know you are. You’re juggling nausea and fatigue with food aversions and sensitivity to smells. You’re also feeling more anxious about upcoming changes, and loading up on as much information as you can before the big day.
The first trimester is our introduction to parenthood, and our bodies are bombarded with overnight changes. The early weeks can often be the most challenging part of pregnancy—even if we don’t have the belly bump to prove it.
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Tell me in the comments: What are your signs you’re in the first trimester?