Signs & Symptoms of Being 3 Months Pregnant

By BlakeRyan
Pregnancy can be an exciting and scary time for a woman.
Pregnancy can be an exciting and scary time for a woman.

For many women, being pregnant is a wonderful and exciting experience. For some though, it's scary, especially if it is happening for the first time and a woman does not know what to expect. There are many changes that occur in a woman's body during pregnancy and even afterward. It's important and helpful to know what some of the signs and symptoms are that occur early in the pregnancy, around three months gestation. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help expectant parents feel at ease, as they will know that what they are experiencing is normal. For some women, pregnancy can go undetected for weeks or even months, and knowing some of the signs and symptoms may help some women find out that they are pregnant if they did not know beforehand.

Energy Level

In the third month of pregnancy, a pregnant woman may have more or less energy. For some women, they feel better after getting past the weeks of nausea and vomiting that occur in the first month or two of pregnancy, so they may find that their energy level has come back. Another reason a woman's energy level may come back and she begins to feel more like herself is because her hormones have leveled out and are not all over the place by this stage in pregnancy. Some women may still be dealing with some nausea and may not notice a difference in energy level quite yet.

Vaginal Discharge

Some women may notice a slight increase in their vaginal discharge during this time of pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones makes a woman's cervix produce fluids that help cleanse the vagina and fight infection. The increased moisture from the cervix flows out of the vagina, causing an increase in vaginal discharge. With the increase of discharge, a woman is more susceptible to yeast infections and the skin between the vagina and anus becomes more brittle, which can cause it to tear more easily during delivery. Wearing cotton underwear can help with the increase of discharge as they are more absorbent, or wearing a pantie liner can prove helpful as well.

Frequency of Urination

Frequency of urination is a common symptom of being three months pregnant and tends to last all through the pregnancy. Because the uterus is growing and expanding from the fetus growing, it pushes on the bladder, causing a woman to need to urinate more frequently.

Weight Gain

As the fetus grows, the pregnant mother also grows in weight gain. A pregnant woman normally has a large appetite, as her body adjusts to the pregnancy hormones and developing the baby, and she must gain weight as the months go on. This weight gain tends to be more noticeable around the third month of pregnancy and beyond.

Increased Fatigue/Moodiness

During the third month of pregnancy, a woman's metabolism increased a great deal, and this makes the energy demands of a body increase also. Building a baby takes a lot out of a woman, and the hormones that seem to constantly be changing only add to the stress and fatigue. All of these factors combine to make a woman feel very tired during early pregnancy. Also due to the increase of hormones in early pregnancy is moodiness. Many woman feel more irritable and don't feel good about their body image or just about anything.

Nose Bleeds

This is one of the less common symptoms of being three months pregnant, but it can happen. Because of the increase in blood volume from pregnancy, sensitive blood vessels in the nose can break and cause nose bleeds.

Nausea

Morning sickness affects the majority of pregnant woman and occurs early in pregnancy and even into the third month and, for some unlucky women, beyond that time period. Though it is called norming sickness, it can hit at any time of day or night. There are no exact reasons for this, but the fluctuations in blood sugar levels from pregnancy are thought to contribute to some of it. As a woman's body reacts to the changing hormones brought on from pregnancy, this may contribute to nausea and vomiting also.

About the Author

Based in Hardwick, Vt., Blake Ryan has been writing for eight years. She began as the editor in chief for her school newspaper, where she wrote reviews and how-to articles, and edited other's works. She enjoys writing poetry, short stories, and informational pieces. Blake attended Peoples Academy High School in Morrisville, Vt. and is currently a student at the Community College of Vermont.