Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy may be entirely new to you and you may have many questions and concerns about your situation. We realize your circumstance is unique and this is a critical time in your life. We are here to help, and the first step is to verify you are pregnant.

Symptoms of pregnancy include:

Spotting or light bleeding: If pregnant, this symptom is usually associated with implantation bleeding and is considered one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. The embryo usually implants to the uterine wall between 6 to 12 days after conception. When this implantation occurs, some women will experience light bleeding or spotting.

Missed period: A delayed or missed period is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. Some women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically this bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period.

Nausea or morning sickness: Experienced to some degree by most expecting women, nausea (with or without vomiting) can occur at any time of the day. It usually appears during the first trimester and subsides after that for most women, but some will experience nausea all throughout their pregnancies.

Swollen or tender breasts: Another frequently cited symptom of pregnancy is changes in the breasts. These changes are usually indicated by swelling or tenderness. Changes to the breasts can start as early as 1 to 2 weeks after conception.

Fatigue or Tiredness: Following conception, many women report feeling tired as a sign of pregnancy. This fatigue is commonly experienced by those who are expecting.

Headaches: Experiencing headaches at the onset of pregnancy is another common early symptom. Experts believe that the sudden rise of hormones in your body leads you to experience the headaches. Headaches during pregnancy may also be caused by the increase of blood flow.

Frequent urination: Don’t be surprised if you feel like you have to pee more often. Increased urination starts for most people between 6 to 8 weeks, and will pick back up or continue throughout your pregnancy as the expanding baby and uterus place pressure on your bladder.

Food cravings or food aversions: Don’t be surprised if you find yourself drawn to something you normally do not care for, or avoiding things that you normally like. It is fine to allow yourself the freedom to pursue those cravings and avoid the things you don’t want as long as you are getting the nutrition you need for a healthy pregnancy.

Mood Swings: Expecting mothers frequently experience mood swings. This is primarily caused by the hormonal changes that affect the neurotransmitters of the brain. It is important to note that mood swings are normal; however, if you find yourself struggling with depression or extended periods of sadness, you should contact your healthcare provider.

Each and every pregnancy is unique and these symptoms may vary. If you are experiencing some of these symptoms, especially if you have missed one or more periods, make an appointment with us to take a free pregnancy test and talk about your options.

Source: American Pregnancy Association

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