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First Symptoms of Pregnancy

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The first time you become pregnant the symptoms can come on very strong, although not for everyone. The very first symptoms of pregnancy can be similar to things experienced right before a period so they are not always noticed as the first signs, these symptoms can include:

  • spotting;
  • cramping;
  • a milky white discharge;
  • tender and/or swollen breasts;
  • fatigue;
  • food cravings or aversions;
  • nausea related to morning sickness;
  • a missed period;
  • mood swings;
  • back pain;
  • frequent urination;
  • headaches;
  • constipation;
  • backaches;
  • fainting or dizziness.

A woman who has become pregnant can experience all, just a few, or none of these symptoms. A good rule of thumb is that if you think you may be pregnant, visit a doctor to get a pregnancy test. Early fetal development is important and it is crucial to get the proper nutrition during the first term.

Find out more about this topic here:  How early can you get Pregnancy Symptoms?

Spotting or Cramping

In the first few days after becoming pregnant you may notice some spotting or experience cramping. Which happens because a few days after the egg has been fertilized, it attaches itself to the uterine wall. This can happen anytime from six to twelve days after fertilization and is called implantation bleeding. 

While some women can mistake this implantation bleeding with the start of their period, the cramping and bleeding is much less than what would be experienced with the start of a period. If there is no bleeding a white, milky discharge can be noticed coming from the vagina. 

The thick discharge can be attributed to the thickening of the vaginal walls, which begins happening almost immediately after conception. The discharge itself is created because of the amplified growth rate of cells lining the vagina.

Breast Changes

Breast changes can be another very first sign of pregnancy. Because of a rapid hormonal change in a woman’s body immediately after the formation of a zygote, her breasts may become swollen, tingly or tender one to two weeks after conception. The areola, which is the area around the nipples, may darken and her breasts may give the impression that they are heavier, feel tender to the touch or are fuller. It should be noted that other things can cause changes in the breasts. However, if the changes are pregnancy related, the symptoms should ease within several weeks.

Excessive Tiredness

Excessive tiredness can be a very typical symptom starting in the first term of the pregnancy — as early as one week in. It can be caused by an elevated level of a hormone known as progesterone. Other things that can also contribute to fatigue are low blood pressure, low blood sugar, or the increase in blood production that happens during pregnancy. When you have such a rapid increase in blood production, you tend not to have enough iron to go around, therefore causing anemia. This can be countered by eating foods rich in iron and protein.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness could be called the most well-known side effect of pregnancy, but not all pregnant women experience it. While the particular cause of morning sickness is unknown, it is usually attributed to hormonal changes. Unlike the name suggests, morning sickness can strike at any time of the day. Morning sickness’ main symptom is nausea, which causes lack of appetite and vomiting. In addition to nausea women in the first stages of their pregnancy can also experience strong food cravings or aversions. 

These are also thought to be caused by changing hormones. The aversions can be so strong that what was once a woman’s favorite food can turn her stomach just from the thought of it, and the cravings are just as strong.

Missed Period

The most recognizable first sign of pregnancy is the first time a woman misses a period. This usually prompts her to get a pregnancy test, however not all missed or late periods are produced by gestation. Late or missed periods could be caused by stress, extreme weight gain or loss, hormonal changes, or inadequate nutrition. Some women do experience bleeding while pregnant, which you should ask your doctor about. In any case, if you think you could be pregnant and you have missed a period for the first time, you should get a pregnancy test or schedule an appointment with your doctor for one.

Frequent Urination

Frequent urination can begin between six to eight weeks after conception. It is caused by hormonal changes, but can also be caused by non-pregnancy related issues. Constipation can also be another early sign of pregnancy, caused by high levels of progesterone. Progesterone causes food to pass more sluggishly through the bowels, causing constipation. To help ease the problem, drink plenty of water, eat foods high in fiber, and get sufficient amounts of exercise.

Mood Swings

Mood swings can be another sign of pregnancy, particularly during the first term. That is when they are more noticeable. The mood swings, too, are thought to be caused by hormone changes and are very common among first-time mothers. Not only because of the hormone levels, but also because of the new emotional pressures and worries you are going through.

Fainting and Dizziness

Fainting and dizziness can also be first signs of pregnancy. The fainting and dizziness are caused by dilating blood vessels, lower blood pressure, or lower blood sugar. Your doctor should be contacted to inform him of the spells and to get advice on how to prevent them.

Read also: Understanding the Earliest Symptoms of Pregnancy

All in all, there are many different symptoms that can occur during the first term. A woman’s body is going through many changes during that time, many of which happen rapidly. While your body is adjusting to carrying a new life inside of it, you should be prepared for the emotional changes that come along with a changing body. You should never feel shy about asking your doctor any questions you may have. Not all of these symptoms are experienced by every woman during pregnancy; all can be thought normal if they are experienced. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of pregnancy for the first time, contact a professional, they certainly are always there to help.

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