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Pregnancy Symptoms: What Happens First


Pregnancy Symptoms: What Happens First

Pregnancy Symptoms: What Happens First

Do you know the early symptoms of pregnancy? Know what to expect during pregnancy, from nausea to fatigue.

Can you be pregnantThe evidence for your pregnancy is on a pregnancy testBut even before you miss your period, you may suspect or hope that you are pregnantLearn the first signs of pregnancy and why these signs appear.

Traditional signs and symptoms of pregnancy

Initial pregnancy signs and symptoms may include:

  • Missing a period If you are of childbearing age and one week or more has passed and your expected menstrual period has not started, then you may be pregnantBut the symptom can be misleading if your menstrual cycle is irregular.
  • Breast swelling and pain in themHormonal changes in the early stages of pregnancy may cause your breasts to be sensitive and soreThis discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.
  • Nausea, with or without vomitingMorning sickness that may affect you at any time during the day or night usually begins one month after pregnancyDespite this, some women experience nausea in the earlier stages, while others do not experience nausea at allAlthough the cause of nausea during pregnancy is unknown, hormonal changes are likely to play a role.
  • frequent urinationYou may find yourself urinating more than usualThe amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancyThis causes the kidneys to excrete excess fluid that ends up in the bladder.
  • ExhaustionFeeling fatigued high among early pregnancy symptomsDuring early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone riseThis causes you to feel sleepy.

Other signs and symptoms of pregnancy

Less common signs and symptoms that you may have during the first trimester of pregnancy include:

  • Mood swings The increase in hormones in your body in the early stages of pregnancy can make you irritable and quick to cryMood swings are also common.
  • BloatingHormonal changes in early pregnancy can cause you to bloat similar to how you feel at the start of your period.
  • Light vaginal bleeding (spotting)A small amount of spotting is sometimes one of the early signs of pregnancyIt is usually known as implantation hemorrhage, and it usually occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus 10 to 14 days after conceptionImplantation bleeding occurs around the time of your periodBut it does not appear in all women.
  • Painful contractionsSome women experience mild uterine cramps in the early stages of pregnancy.
  • ConstipationHormonal changes cause the digestive system to slow downThis leads to constipation.
  • Reluctance to eatWhen you become pregnant, you may become sensitive to some smells and your sense of taste may changeAs with most other pregnancy symptoms, these feeding choices may be attributed to hormonal changes.
  • Nasal congestionChanges in hormone levels and blood production can cause the mucous membranes of the nose to become swollen, dry, and bleed easilyThis may cause the nose to become blocked or runny.

Are you really pregnant?

Unfortunately, many of these signs and symptoms are not pregnancy-specificSome may indicate that you are about to have a certain disease or that your period is about to startHowever, you may become pregnant without experiencing many of these symptoms.

However, if you miss a period and notice some of the signs and symptoms above, you should do a home pregnancy test or see a health care providerIf the result of a home pregnancy test is confirmed, make an appointment with your health care providerOnce your pregnancy is confirmed, you can start getting prenatal care.


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