What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Pregnancy?

By BSc, MSc (embryologist), BSc, PhD (senior clinical embryologist) and BA, MA (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 04/10/2014

As the pregnancy goes by, the symptoms that the woman experiences vary accordingly. Those pregnancy symptoms are not only physical but also emotional.

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Importance of pregnancy symptoms

Knowing the main symptoms is interesting both for the mother and the father.

For the mother, because she will be able to understand her reactions at a given point due to the fact that each stage of the pregnancy is tied to an emotional state.

As for the father, it is also interesting because it is useful for him to get more involved in the pregnancy and he is able to understand the changes his partner is going through.

Symptoms by trimester

During the first trimester, among the most frequent symptoms we can find weariness, nausea, extreme breast sensitivity and frequent urination.


On the second trimester of pregnancy you feel good physically, and full of energy. You should make the most of this period to stay active and make exercise. Remember: the stronger your muscles are, the better you'll do during labour.

Insomnia may appear during the third trimester and you will also feel tired quite often. You can also be bothered by indigestions, heartburn, or mild uterine contractions. Try to sleep as much as possible.

In the tenth month of pregnancy your insomnia may get worse. Braxton Hicks contractions might be quite intense and this can lead you think that the baby is already coming. You should try to make relaxation exercises.

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Authors and contributors

 Cristina Mestre Ferrer
Cristina Mestre Ferrer
BSc, MSc
Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences, Genetics & Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV). Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the UV and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Embryologist at IVI Barcelona. More information about Cristina Mestre Ferrer
 Silvia Jiménez Bravo
Silvia Jiménez Bravo
BSc, PhD
Senior Clinical Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree & PhD in Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Certificate of Clinical Embryologist from ASEBIR (Asociación para el Estudio de la Biología de la Reproducción). Director of embryology laboratory at Reprofiv. More information about Silvia Jiménez Bravo
Adapted into english by:
 Sandra Fernández
Sandra Fernández
Fertility Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) from the University of Valencia (UV) and Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus (Edinburgh, UK). Postgraduate Course in Legal Translation from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Medical Translation, with several years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. More information about Sandra Fernández

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