Pregnancy can be an amazing (and strange) time. Making a baby is hard work – there are so many hormones and changes happening inside your body at any given moment. Some women experience a whole array of symptoms and some may not experience any. However, here are some of the most common pregnancy symptoms that might arise, especially during your first trimester.
5 Common Pregnancy Symptoms You Might Experience
Fatigue is an extremely common pregnancy symptom, especially in the first trimester. As your body adjusts to creating an environment for the new embryo, it’s working very hard. You might feel more tired than usual – or downright exhausted. This is completely normal! Many times fatigue lasts during the first three months and your energy begins to return during the second trimester. Fatigue may return again in the third trimester due to discomfort and trouble sleeping.
Nausea and/or vomiting
Nausea and vomiting in the first trimester is more commonly known as morning sickness. Morning sickness is somewhat of a misnomer because nausea and vomiting can occur any time during the day or evening. It’s very common for pregnant women to feel sick to their stomach during the first trimester and occasionally during the third trimester.
While doctors aren’t quite sure what causes nausea and vomiting, it’s thought to be caused by the body’s reaction to the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is produced at higher levels during the first trimester than at any other time during pregnancy. Regardless, nausea and vomiting are very common pregnancy symptoms.
Note, if you experience excessive vomiting and an inability to keep food or water down, you need to see your doctor. There is a rare form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum that a few women experience. Sometimes hospitalization to replenish liquids is required for the health of you and your baby.
Sensitivity to smells
Another common pregnancy symptom is sensitivity to smell. Sometimes, pregnant women might find they have a heightened sense of smell and can’t handle scents that they used to find pleasant. Your favorite hairspray may now make you gag or a certain food can smell incredibly amazing and cause a craving. There are some theories as to why this happens.
“The plasma volume (blood flow) in your body increases by up to 50 per cent in pregnancy, so anything moving from your blood to your brain reaches it faster and in larger quantities. This heightens your responses and some experts think that’s why you react more strongly to smells,” says midwifery teacher Denyse Kirkby, author of My Mini Midwife. “Your olfactory centres – the receptors that pick up smells – may also be affected by this increased flow.”
Whatever the reason, sensitivity to smells definitely makes this list of the most common pregnancy symptoms.
Many T.V. shows and movies portray pregnant women experiencing wild cravings in the middle of the night. What you might not know is that many pregnant women experience food aversions instead of cravings. Basically this means that you may not want or like certain types of food during early pregnancy. While you may have once loved rotisserie chicken, now the smell or even thought of it makes you want to gag. This is normal and you might even find your food aversions will abate during the second trimester so chicken is no longer off the menu.
For many women, frequent urination can be one of the first signs of pregnancy. During these early months, your urinary system goes through some major changes. For example, pregnancy hormones stimulate your kidneys to expand and produce more urine, which helps your body get rid of extra waste more quickly. And as your baby grows, their weight may press on your bladder which can cause you to go more frequently.
You may experience these symptoms – or you may not.
Every single pregnancy is different. Some women have one or two symptoms, some women have all of them, and some experience none. Either way, symptoms don’t express the health of your pregnancy or your baby. Some women are nauseous their whole pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby – other women never feel a thing and still give birth to healthy babies. The most important thing you can do is to go to your doctor and get regular checkups.
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