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It is normal to be anxious during pregnancy, especially if you are having your first child. Just make sure to consult and keep all of your obstetrician's appointments. This will help you track the progress of your unborn child and you can ask all the possible questions about pregnancy. Below are some telltale signs that will allow you to see whether you are having a healthy pregnancy.
Morning sickness refers to vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea that occurs in early pregnancy stages. In most cases it starts around week 6 and lasts up to week 12. In fact, with the peak being at the 8th to 10th week. Even though the name suggests otherwise, morning sickness occurs at any time and you may feel sick throughout the day. Some of us may be losing weight as well which is a severe case of morning sickness. But doctors have found that this may occur when the HCG hormone is at its highest level in your body.
You might think having these symptoms for the many weeks is brutal. Luckily, you should derive comfort from the fact that hormones are working well and your baby is thriving. Your obstetrician will prescribe the right supplements to reduce the effects. There is no cause for alarm if you do not experience morning sickness at all. If you are having a more sensitive stomach, a little or no morning sickness is normal throughout pregnancy.
Feeling very tired when pregnant is common. Hormonal changes in your body are responsible for the fatigue. During pregnancy, the progesterone levels decrease, making you always sleepy and you may have lingering tiredness. Your body goes through many changes during this time, which may lead to emotional stress and constant mood swings. These contribute to your decreased energy levels.
Whether the pregnancy was planned or unplanned, it is common to be anxious about the baby. You may even have conflicting feelings about pregnancy and motherhood. Too much anxiety and worry cause constant throbbing headaches during pregnancy. You should understand that your emotions contribute to your physical wellbeing. The physical changes your body undergoes and the increased emotions are a common part of any pregnancy.
The normal blood pressure range for women between the ages of 25 to 45 years is 120/80 to 124/83 mm Hg. However, blood pressure levels often fluctuate during pregnancy. Doctors consider blood pressure that is equal to or greater than 130/80 mm Hg to be high. While anything below 90/60 mm Hg is low enough to cause alarm.
It is advisable that you let your doctors check your blood pressure during pregnancy to find out whether it is within the normal range or high. Well-managed high blood pressure is not harmful when pregnant. However, if it not well managed, it can cause dire health complications for you and your unborn baby.
There is a chance that you may experience frequent heartburns during your pregnancy. They occur when the progesterone hormone causes the relaxation of the valve between the stomach and the esophagus. Remaining upright after a meal may prevent heartburn.
During pregnancy, you may experience mild uterus cramping similar to the menstrual period cramps. As a result, you feel pain in the lower back of the abdomen. The mild cramping and pains may be due to implantation, gas, or constipation. It may also be because of the expansion of the womb to accommodate your little one.
The mild pain often ends on its own. However, if the cramping pain is accompanied by heavy bleeding or spotting, you should seek medical help immediately. Also, seek medical care if the cramping is excruciating and you have high fever, nausea, or you experience dizziness.
You may have the weirdest food cravings during pregnancy, and this is normal. No one has the answer to why food cravings occur during a pregnancy. It is thought that the cravings may be a message from your body that lacks a particular nutrient in the food. Experts also state that increase in the level of hormones during pregnancy can change your senses of smell and taste. Certain foods may entice you while others may be repulsive. Some food cravings may appear to be entirely off, but they do not represent any threat to you or your baby.
Food aversions are very normal during pregnancy and do not pose a real danger to you or your baby. However, being unable to eat many types of food could affect the growth of your baby.
Certain symptoms during pregnancy do not always mean that something is wrong. However, if you feel constant pains or aches, then that might be an indication that something is wrong. Never miss the prenatal appointments. Look for yourself and make sure to consult your doctor immediately if you feel that something is off.
I concur lol
pregnancy is different. Do what you and your doctor agree on. Seeing dr on time as well
Morning sickness was the worst!
Morning sickness worst thing ever first trimester
Just remember, each pregnancy is different. Do what you and your doctor agree on.
Good info on cramping I’ve been a bit concerned about that. I’m always fatigued though, hopefully the symptoms stop there.
I have morning sickness, afternoon sickness, all day sickness… definitely not fun!
thankfully I have been blessed to no get morning sickness
morning sickness is the worst!
Only been dealing with swelling and hurting legs. But This too shall pass.
I am glad for the extra details on cramping! I have been worried about it, and I’m glad to know I am not the only one experiencing cramps.
@Leah – yes it is.
The increased weight on the feet causes feet to swell. There are also a number of hormonal changes taking place during pregnancy that can cause an increase in body temperature.
All the above and then some. Is it normal to have hot/ numb feet and hands?