The first trimester of pregnancy is a busy time for a woman's body. Hormonal changes occur rapidly, creating an upheaval in the way you look and feel. Some symptoms at 3 months of pregnancy will be exciting to experience and others not so much. Each one is ultimately temporary.
On the Outside
At three months of pregnancy, a woman sees several changes in her body. In preparation for breastfeeding, the breasts become tender and enlarged, and the veins near the surface are more pronounced. The areolas surrounding each nipple darken and are dotted with light-colored bumps due to enlarged sweat glands. The uterus grows, giving your abdomen a thicker appearance -- an exciting development that often makes your pregnancy a visible reality by three months.
On the Inside
You will likely experience increased bladder pressure caused by the growing uterus once you've reached 3 months of pregnancy. Additionally, fatigue as well as mood swings may make you more prone to irritability. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that 75 percent of women will also suffer from constipation, bloating or other bowel problems during the first three months of pregnancy. This is also the time when nausea and vomiting may occur -- telltale signs of morning sickness induced by hormonal changes.
Some symptoms experienced during the first three months of pregnancy, such as uterine growth, will continue throughout. Other symptoms, such as morning sickness and fatigue, often diminish later in pregnancy. Making dietary changes and aiming to get more rest are effective ways to deal with these temporary discomforts. Should fatigue, nausea, constipation or any other first-trimester symptom become unmanageable or linger beyond the first three months, consult your obstetrician for relief that's safe for you and your baby. Bleeding is never normal during pregnancy and should be reported to your physician immediately.