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 can 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 on its way to making huge changes both in our bodies and habits.
While your belly has a long way before being the biggest indicator, you’re already experiencing 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.
Even as you’re trying to conceal the news, you’re already aware of the massive changes happening within these first few weeks.
The good news is that many of the unpleasant symptoms ease up in the second trimester. These symptoms can even feel reassuring to the anxious mom worried that something is off. 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.
Even 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. All this while feeling pressured to gain a decent amount of weight within those first few weeks.
Nausea can make any pregnant woman turn away all types of food. Even though your belly is still small, the thought of eating can feel like a chore instead of the pleasurable experience it usually is.
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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, adding even more fluids into your body.
So, when you feel winded and tired after climbing a simple set of stairs, rest assured you’re in good company. It’s not unusual to feel like you’d just exercised or feel fatigued after simple activities that never left you winded in the past.
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 a cherry size to a 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, it’s temporary. And you might even delay your period even more if you breastfeed. Personally, I didn’t get my cycles back until my baby was seven months old.
7. Peeing all the time
I understood why pregnant women peed often in the third trimester—there isn’t exactly a whole lot of room for the bladder to expand. 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.
You just might find yourself suddenly noticing the lavender scent of your hand soap or the extra pungent waft of cumin as you cook.
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. While nothing can compare to actually holding your baby in your arms, books and resources make that transition much easier.
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 reading 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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