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Pregnancy - Body Changes

Pregnancy is a time of many changes. Your body will go through a lot on the way to creating a new person.

Normal physical changes and symptoms throughout pregnancy

Although they can range from mild to severe, the following conditions are common during pregnancy:

Many pregnant women also have:

First trimester

The first trimester of pregnancy lasts from week 1 through week 12. Your first sign of pregnancy may be a missed menstrual period. Other early signs of pregnancy, caused by hormonal changes, include:

Second trimester

The second trimester of pregnancy (from week 13 to week 27) is the time when most women start to look pregnant and may begin to wear maternity clothes. By 16 weeks, the top of your uterus, called the fundus, will be about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel. By 27 weeks, the fundus will be about 2 in. (5 cm) or more above your navel.

You may find that the second trimester is the easiest part of pregnancy. For some women, the breast tenderness, morning sickness, and fatigue of the first trimester ease up or disappear during the second trimester, while the physical discomforts of late pregnancy have yet to start. Pressure on your bladder may be less as the uterus grows up out of the pelvis.

Common symptoms you may experience during the second trimester of pregnancy include:

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