What are Symptoms of Pregnancy

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Every woman is unique in her own way and each and everyone will have slightly different experiences related to pregnancy. However there will be some common symptoms

that everyone will go through. Also, because the early symptoms of pregnancy are

often like what happens right before and during menstruation, those symptoms aren't always recognized. There are some of the most common early symptoms of pregnancy. But the fact that you notice some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are pregnant. The only way to tell for sure is with a pregnancy test.

A pregnant woman could have all of the below symptoms, or maybe have only one or two.

Missed Period:

The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy and the one that prompts most women to get a pregnancy test is a missed period. But not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy. There are reasons, besides pregnancy, for missing a period. It might be that you gained or lost too much weight. Hormonal problems, fatigue, or stress are other possibilities. Some women miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills. But if a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you may want to get a pregnancy test.

Spotting and Cramping:

A few days after conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy - spotting and, sometimes, cramping.

Breast Changes:

Breast changes are another early sign of pregnancy. A woman's hormone levels rapidly change after conception. Because of the changes, her breasts may become swollen, sore, or tingly a week or two later. Or they may feel heavier or fuller or feel tender to the touch. The area around the nipples, called the areola, may also darken.

Fatigue:

Feeling tired is normal in pregnancy, starting early on. A woman can start feeling unusually fatigued as soon as one week after conceiving. It's often related to a high level of a hormone called progesterone, although other things such as lower levels of blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and a boost in blood production can all contribute. If fatigue is related to pregnancy, it's important to get plenty of rest. Eating foods that are rich in protein and iron can help offset it.

Morning Sickness:

Morning sickness is a famous symptom of pregnancy. But not every pregnant woman gets it. A pregnant woman's hormone levels can slow the emptying of her stomach. That contributes to nausea, often called morning sickness, though it can happen at any time during the day. Also, some women crave, or can't stand, certain foods when they become pregnant. That's also related to hormonal changes. The effect can be so strong that even the thought of what used to be a favourite food can turn a pregnant woman's stomach.

Frequent Urination:

For many women, this starts around the sixth or eighth week after conception. This could also be caused by a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or overusing diuretics. If you're pregnant, it's most likely due to hormonal levels.

Constipation:

During pregnancy, higher levels of the hormone progesterone can make you constipated. Progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through your intestines.  To ease the problem, drink plenty of water, exercise, and eat plenty of high-fibre foods.

Mood swings:

These are common, especially during the first trimester. These are also related to changes in hormones.

Headaches and back pain:

Many pregnant women report frequent mild headaches, and others experience chronic back pain.

Dizziness and fainting:

These may be related to dilating blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar. 

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