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Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms: What Should You Know?

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Many women wonder what early pregnancy symptoms they can expect once they get a positive pregnancy test. For example, are there early pregnancy symptoms you can get before your missed period? And how early can you get pregnancy symptoms? Before you miss your period, you might get some spotting that indicates implantation has occurred. Implantation bleeding occurs about 9-11 days after ovulation and can be mistaken for a very light period. You may also get some cramping before you miss your period, making you think that you are not pregnant and are going to have a period.

Before you miss your period, you might get some spotting that indicates implantation has occurred. Implantation bleeding occurs about 9-11 days after ovulation and can be mistaken for a very light period. You may also get some cramping before you miss your period, making you think that you are not pregnant and are going to have a period. Breast tenderness that happens before you get your period can be from the pregnancy and not a premenstrual sort of thing. After you miss your period, you can get an increase in vaginal discharge starting the first week after you miss your period. Then you have an increased risk, week by week, of getting

After you miss your period, you can get an increase in vaginal discharge starting the first week after you miss your period. Then you have an increased risk, week by week, of getting nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. This tends to last up until the end of the first trimester (1st week - 13 weeks) in most cases, although some women get nausea and vomiting throughout the pregnancy. A few people will get weird cravings as part of their pregnancy symptoms. Just about any food can cause cravings just as about any food can suddenly be revolting to eat, even if you liked to eat it before you got pregnant.

A few people will get weird cravings as part of their pregnancy symptoms. Just about any food can cause cravings just as about any food can suddenly be revolting to eat, even if you liked to eat it before you got pregnant.

Pregnancy Symptom Quiz

Take this quiz to see how much you know about pregnancy symptoms:

  1. Nausea and vomiting usually happen in the evening. True or false?
  2. Cramping usually means you are going to have a miscarriage. True or false?
  3. Cravings are a sign of some kind of nutritional deficiency in pregnancy. True or false?
  4. Groin pain is a serious symptom of pregnancy. True or false?
  5. Low back pain is common later on in the pregnancy. True or false?
  6. A woman may need to be hospitalized if nausea and vomiting are severe. True or false?
  7. Increased vaginal discharge is a sign of early pregnancy. True or false?
  8. Itching can be a symptom in the third trimester. True or false?
  9. Spotting can happen in a normal pregnancy. True or false?
  10. An ectopic pregnancy usually has no symptoms. True or false?

Let’s take a look at the answers to see how well you did:

  1. Nausea and vomiting usually happen in the evening. True or false? This is false. Nausea and vomiting usually occur when the stomach is empty, such as in the morning when you awaken.
  2. Cramping usually means you are going to have a miscarriage. True or false? This is false. Cramping, especially around the time of the missed menstrual period is a common and harmless symptom.
  3. Cravings are a sign of some kind of nutritional deficiency in pregnancy. True or false? This is usually false. Some women will get cravings for non-nutritive substances in pregnancy, which can be a sign of a nutritional deficiency, but most cravings have nothing to do with nutrition.
  4. Groin pain is a serious symptom of pregnancy. True or false? This is false. Groin pain can happen because the round ligament of the uterus is being stretched and often happens when you stand up too fast or twist your body in certain ways.
  5. Low back pain is common later on in the pregnancy. True or false? This is true. The change in your center of gravity late in pregnancy can cause poor posture and low back pain.
  6. A woman may need to be hospitalized if nausea and vomiting are severe. True or false? This is true. Women with severe nausea and vomiting can develop “hyperemesis gravidarum” that needs hospitalization and IV fluids to prevent dehydration and electrolyte disturbances.
  7. Increased vaginal discharge is a sign of early pregnancy. True or false? This is true. Many women complain of increased vaginal discharge, especially early in the pregnancy.
  8. Itching can be a symptom in the third trimester. True or false? This is true. Itching of the abdomen or itching all over can be a symptom in the third trimester of pregnancy.
  9.  Spotting can happen in a normal pregnancy. True or false? This is true. Some women will have spotting at around the time they miss their first period or at the time of implantation. This can be completely normal.
  10. An ectopic pregnancy usually has no symptoms. True or false? This is false. Eventually, abdominal pain, cramping, and bleeding are signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy.

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What to Do About Pregnancy Symptoms?

Most pregnancy symptoms can just be tolerated as they are self-limited and there is nothing that really works to help the symptoms. Morning sickness can be helped by always having a little bit of solid food in your stomach as having an empty stomach can make things worse. Avoid those foods that you no longer have an appetite for and give in to whatever cravings you have unless it happens to be to non-nutritive substances such as chalk and dirt. This is called “pica” and is something you should see your doctor about. If you have

If you have cramping, a hot water bottle to the low abdomen can relieve some of the pain. Round ligament pain can be severe, but it is completely harmless. Try not to get up from a sitting position too fast if you want to avoid this symptom. Itching in pregnancy can be severe and, in some cases, women are induced early because the symptom is so problematic. There is

Itching in pregnancy can be severe and, in some cases, women are induced early because the symptom is so problematic. There is medication that can be taken to reduce the itching, but it tends to make you tired. No topical agent with the exception of regular lotion will really help this symptom.

Practice good posture when sitting and walking in later pregnancy. This will help the low back pain. Local heat or ice can also relieve some of the persistent back pain many women experience later on in pregnancy.

See your doctor if you have symptoms that worry you. As long as the pregnancy is healthy, the symptoms are normal and will go away after the pregnancy is over with.

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