Common Symptoms of Pregnancy

Common Symptoms of Pregnancy

Pregnancy symptoms will vary from person to person. Ireland’s Baby Show highlights the most common ones.


Some women suspect that they’re pregnant within the first few days of conception, whilst others notice nothing until they have missed a period or two. Other women may not even detect pregnancy symptoms for several months.


The earliest pregnancy symptoms can begin in weeks one to four before missing a period. These signs include:

  • Going to the toilet more often
  • Having to go to the toilet during the night
  • Constipation


This is the clearest indicator of pregnancy however a missed period can also be attributed to stress or ill health. In addition, some women may continue with a light period during their pregnancy.


  • Fatigue or extreme exhaustion
  • Morning sickness – this is not limited to mornings with bouts of queasiness or vomiting happening at other times of the day. Severe morning sickness can lead to dehydration and malnutrition
  • Larger breasts
  • Tender or sore breasts – similar to the way breasts might feel pre-menstruation
  • Light spotting (pinkish in colour)
  • More likely to get emotional or upset due to hormonal changes in the body
  • Senses such as smell and taste may alter with certain foods or drinks becoming more or less appealing
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Excess wind and bloating as gastrointestinal tract slows down
  • Stress incontinence from coughing, sneezing or laughing due to a weakened pelvic floor muscle
  • Growth of hair on the face or stomach area due to hormonal imbalance
  • An increase in discharge – the body’s way of protecting the uterus from infection
  • The development of piles
  • Cravings for certain foods or non-foods such as dirt, clay or chalk – a condition known as Pica
  • Dry skin
  • A bout of pimples or acne
  • Nasal stuffiness or susceptibility to colds

These are the main symptoms experienced during pregnancy. However, this is not a definitive list of all pregnancy symptoms. Should you be concerned by any of your symptoms, please do not hesitate to call your doctor or midwife. 

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