The first 5 symptoms of pregnancy

Feb 21st, 2021

Are you pregnant? This can only be confirmed by a pregnancy test. However, even before the absence of menstruation, you may notice some signs that may indicate pregnancy. The first pregnancy symptoms appear in the first few weeks after conception. You may feel weak, your breasts are very tense, you are dizzy and your mood fluctuates.

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1. Tense, sensitive breasts

Due to hormonal changes, you may soon notice changes in your chest. They can become tense, larger, heavier, sensitive to touch. It can also darken the ring around the nipple. This usually occurs in very early pregnancy, but once the body gets used to the altered hormonal status, these symptoms can subside and be reduced.

2. Nausea with or without vomiting

Although nausea is considered one of the most well-known signs of pregnancy, it does not necessarily affect every pregnant woman. Morning sickness , which can occur at any part of the day or night, can begin as early as the third week after conception. Why nausea occurs is not yet fully known, but probably due to hormones. Despite being able to be uncomfortable, it is almost never dangerous. What’s more, research has even shown that nausea is a sign of a healthy pregnancy, linking it even to a reduced chance of miscarriage.

3. Constant visits to the toilet

Due to the increase in the amount of blood in the body and faster kidney function, a pregnant woman empties her bladder many times more than before pregnancy You may be wondering if frequent urination is a sign exclusively of the initial period of pregnancy or will it continue in the coming months. It is true that this is one of the most common initial symptoms, and you will visit the toilet more often than usual later, in the second or especially the third trimester, when the baby grows and presses on your bladder. When you go to the toilet for maybe the third or fourth time in one night, keep in mind that this is a symptom of pregnancy, so it disappears completely after giving birth.

4. Fatigue

Fatigue is already generally characteristic of pregnancy, and in the early period we feel it even more, sometimes from the first week of pregnancy onwards. This is due to elevated progesterone levels, but can also be influenced by other factors such as lower sugar levels, low blood pressure and higher blood volume. Did you know that this is as much as 30% to 50% higher in singleton pregnancies? In the case of the multifertile, this difference is even greater.

5. Change in appetite

It can turn in both directions. Maybe something you used to eat happily doesn’t suit you anymore. You can wish for something you never liked. This change is also related to hormones, and the sense of smell is also sharpened, so certain smells can cause more problems, even if they are pleasant to others. It’s similar with quantity, you may have a greater appetite or you may not even want to see food. In this case, provide a sufficient amount of water (not too much so that you do not feel sick) and essential vitamins and minerals, especially try to eat as many foods with folate, which are indispensable for healthy fetal development. These are found mainly in vegetables, oranges, legumes, bread and wholemeal products, potatoes, meat and dairy products and eggs.

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