Pregnancy Symptoms

Overview

Some pregnancy symptoms appear shortly after conception while other early signs of pregnancy don't appear for a few weeks or even a month or two. If you're pregnant or planning to conceive, it's a good idea to become well-informed and have an idea of what to expect.

The most popular early pregnancy sign is a missed period. However, there are other bodily changes and early symptoms of pregnancy even before it's time for the menstrual cycle.

One of the first signs can be breast tenderness and pain. As the body begins to change to support the new life, hormonal changes can cause this breast pain, tenderness, and cramps in the lower stomach. Cramping early in the pregnancy is common.

Vaginal discharge is also a fairly common symptom. Many women have some sort of discharge while carrying a child and while it might seem alarming, it's usually perfectly normal. Discharge during pregnancy is normal, along with brown discharge or brown spotting, early in the pregnancy. It's a good idea to talk to your doctor about these things just in case, but this type of spotting during pregnancy and even a little bleeding early on is a pretty common occurrence.

Nausea during pregnancy is commonly called morning sickness and affects a lot of women, usually after they're about six to eight weeks pregnant. It typically goes away somewhere between 15 and 20 weeks. Breast soreness will sometimes last the entire time a woman is pregnant. Breast tissue is preparing for the production of breast milk and can even start to feel hot to the touch as the changes take place.

Even though cramps, discharge, spotting and even vomiting and nausea are fairly common experiences during pregnancy, it's important to discuss your specific symptoms with your doctor. Pain during pregnancy isn't always normal. Lower abdominal pain, especially sharp or sudden pain, could indicate an ectopic pregnancy or tubal pregnancy. It's also normal to be hungry during pregnancy or to urinate more frequently; at the same time, either of those signs could also indicate gestational diabetes.

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