Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
Congratulations, you’ve decided you’re ready to start a family or add another special member! This is an exciting time, but waiting to find out if you are pregnant may test your patience. While a missed period and positive pregnancy test are the best way to know if you’re expecting, you may experience some of these other symptoms.
Top 8 Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
1. A missed period
A missed period tops the list as the number one sign of pregnancy. If you also experience an irregular period, you should take a pregnancy test.
2. Breast changes
Breast changes can occur and you will likely develop breast tenderness and swollen breast due to hormone changes.
3. Nausea or vomiting
Nausea with or without vomiting can happen right on the heel of a missed period. Some may experience nausea in the morning or all throughout the day, while others experience it in the evening.
You may experience fatigue during the beginning of your pregnancy. Your progesterone levels increase in pregnancy which can make you sleepy.
5. Change in appetite or food aversions
Foods you once loved may no longer sound appetizing. Some women lose their appetite altogether or find themselves raiding the refrigerator every hour.
6. Mood swings
Your progesterone and estrogen levels are high during pregnancy and can impact your mood. Prepare your partner as it’s not uncommon to experience mood swings.
7. Body changes
Other symptoms that can occur are constipation, heartburn, gagging reflex, backaches and sensitivity to smells.
8. Decline in milk production if breastfeeding
If you’re still breastfeeding your infant and become pregnant, you may experience a decline in milk production.
If you are pregnant, many of the symptoms and body changes will start to fade as you reach the second trimester. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Together, you can find relief and comfort for your pregnancy.
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