There is a reason that the second trimester in pregnancy is usually referred to as the honeymoon phase unless there are complications which could make the entire pregnancy difficult. However, the second trimester which goes from weeks 14 to 27 is when mom has an abundance of energy and appetite, and that is the time when mom is truly glowing. And, that cannot be said in the first and third trimesters of pregnancy for different reasons. The major difference between the first and third trimesters are that in the first trimester the baby is the size of a peanut or a grape towards the end of it and is at the height of its development. In the third trimester, the baby is large and developed but still needs to grow until the baby is ready to be born. However, first trimester and third trimester symptoms are quite similar. Let’s look at – of those symptoms now.
Nausea – Nausea in the first trimester is known as morning sickness unfortunately comes back in the third trimester for different reasons. In the first trimester, morning sickness is due to the increase in hormonal levels as well as low blood sugar. In the third trimester, nausea happens due to mom’s organs shifting around which includes the stomach being pushed upward with less space. In the second trimester, the hormonal levels are more stable and the baby is not too large at that point so that means mom will not have an upset stomach. However, that is not the case in the first and third trimesters. Nibbling on crackers and sucking on ginger candies can be helpful during nausea in either trimester.
Frequent Urination – In the first trimester, the surge in hormones can cause mom to do #1 a lot, as well as things shifting around in the pelvic region. In the third trimester, everything has shifted around but the baby is putting pressure on the bladder which causes mom to do #1 a lot. In the second trimester this is not so much of a problem but when you are in either your first or third trimesters, you will be needing to make frequent bathroom trips.
Insomnia – In the first trimester, your hormones are surging, and this causes mom to not sleep very well. The culprit for this is the surge in progesterone levels. And, in the third trimester, hormones are not the issue but the baby’s size is which causes mom to not sleep well either. In the second trimester, the hormones are more leveled off and the baby is still small to the point of not interfering with mom’s ability to sleep.
Breast Pain – In the first trimester, the surge in hormones will cause the breasts to be quite painful and sensitive. They also become larger. And, in the third trimester, hormones are still to blame for breast pain in addition to milk production as well. In the second trimester, the hormones are more leveled and the milk production has not come close to reaching its peak so the breasts are more comfortable at this stage of pregnancy. The best thing to do for breast pain due to an increase in size is to wear larger and comfortable bras.
Lightheartedness And Dizziness – These symptoms happen in the first and third trimesters for different reasons. In the first trimester, the surge in hormones and the drop in blood sugar, and a drop in blood pressure will cause these unpleasant symptoms. In the third trimester, fluids and blood do not circulate as well because of the increased weight due to the baby and pool in the legs. As a result, this will cause lightheadedness and dizziness. In the second trimester, your body is more used to being pregnant so the hormones are not an issue and the baby is not adding too much weight at this point.
Fatigue And Lack Of Energy – As soon as you find out you are pregnant, you may be exhausted and have no energy because your hormones are surging. Additionally, your body is working really hard to create a baby which is draining. In the third trimester, you are exhausted and have no energy due to having too much weight to drag around since the baby is large and you have the fluid as well to carry. In the second trimester, your body has done a lot of the work and the baby is still small so you are not lugging too much weight around. This is why you have more energy then. With that said, the first and third trimester is difficult and the same symptoms are experienced. However, moms that are going through these difficult symptoms must remember one thing. They are dealing with these symptoms for a miraculous reason. They are bringing in a new life!