Symptoms of pregnancy differ from women to women. The most significant symptom is of course a delayed or missed menstrual cycle. Understanding the symptoms is vital since each may be related to something other than pregnancy.
Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest symptoms. This happens when the embryo implants itself on the uterine wall and symptoms of cramping as well as spotting are noticed. Breasts become swollen or tender to the touch, or feel sore on touching. You can end up feeling fatigued or more tired during pregnancy. Nausea or morning sickness can commence. Some women are fortunate to not have to deal with morning sickness at all. Some women continue to feel nauseous throughout their pregnancy.
Lower backaches may develop and may remain as a dull ache through the entire tenure of pregnancy. Sudden rise in hormones can cause mild to splitting headaches. Frequent urination with extra trips to the bathroom at night can be highly frustrating. You will also notice that the skin on your nipples turn darker.
Some women may have food cravings or food aversions. Most women will experience cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant. It need not necessarily be only for ice creams or pickles. This craving can persist through out pregnancy. Some women may develop an aversion for their favorite food!
Sometimes there might be a white milky discharge from the vagina. This is due to the increased growth cell lining the vagina causing the vaginal walls to thicken. If itching is experienced then it is mandatory to consult the doctor. It may be a symptom of bacterial infection too.
Increased levels of progesterone can cause constipation. To counter this drink plenty of water, exercise and consume plenty of high fiber foods.
Dizziness and fainting may be due to dilated blood vessels, low blood pressure and low blood sugar. There can be a phase of mood swings as well, especially during the first trimester. These are related to hormonal changes in the body.
Excess passing of gas is also a symptom of pregnancy. Pay close attention to your diet and cut out beans and broccoli as well as carbonated beverages. Pregnancy and incontinence do go hand in hand. It is due to your growing uterus pressing down on the bladder. Drink less fluids when you go out, do some muscle toning movements to help increase bladder control.
Take care of small small things and enjoy your move toward motherhood!