What You May Be Feeling

Dec 18, 2010 No Comments by

As always, remember that every pregnancy and every woman is different. You may experience all of these symptoms at one time or another, or only a few of them. Some may have continued from last month, others may be new. Still others may be hardly noticed because you’ve become so used to them. You may also have other, less common, symptoms. Here’s what you might experience this month:


  • Stronger and more frequent fetal activity
  • Increasing vaginal discharge
  • Achiness in the lower abdomen and along the sides
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, bloating
  • Occasional headaches, faintness or dizziness
  • Nasal congestion and occasional nosebleeds; ear stuffiness
  • Sensitive gums that may bleed when you brush
  • Leg cramps
  • Backache
  • Mild swelling of ankles and feet, and occasionally of hands and face
  • Varicose veins of legs
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Itchy abdomen
  • Protruding navel
  • Stretch marks
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Scattered Braxton Hicks contractions, usually painless (the uterus hardens for a minute, then returns to normal)
  • Clumsiness
  • Enlarged breasts
  • Colostrum, leaking from nipples (though this premilk substance may not appear until after delivery)


  • Increasing excitement (the baby’s coming soon!)
  • Increasing apprehension (the baby’s coming soon!)
  • Continued  absentmindedness
  • Strange and vivid dreams
  • Increased boredom and weariness with pregnancy or a sense of contentment and well-being, particularly if you’re feeling great physically

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