The onset and degree of pregnancy symptoms
will vary within women. Many women experience them within days of conception, others
take a few weeks before pregnancy symptoms kick in and a lucky few feel no discomfort at
all. The early pregnancy symptoms listed on this page generally can be felt once
implantation occurs (8 - 10 days from ovulation) and will lessen after the first
It is frustrating to realize that many pregnancy symptoms
are very similar to those that occur right before menstruating. However, combined
with high temperatures and a longer luteal phase - they are key indications that you have
achieved pregnancy success!
Nausea and vomiting may come as early as a week into the
pregnancy. Many women experience illness in the morning (morning sickness), some in
the afternoon or evening, others feel feel nausea throughout the entire day. There is no
explanation as to why pregnant women feel this or even a solution as to how to prevent it
- however, eating small frequent meals, and snacking on saltine crackers seems to give
some kind of relief. Eating a protein/carboy hydrate at bedtime (try an apple and a
glass of milk) tends to lessen the nausea that occurs in the morning.
Breasts may be very tender, swollen and start to
enlarge. Many times the veins within the breast will become more visible. Your
nipples may start to darken in color, become more erect and be extremely sensitive.
These symptoms are due to increasing amount of HCG hormone that begins at implantation.
Pregnancy causes the uterus to swell and it will start to
enlarge for the growing fetus immediately. The uterus puts pressure on your bladder
making you feel the need for more frequent urination. Many women start to feel this
symptom within a week or two after pregnancy has occurred.
Feeling Tired /
This one is pretty obvious. When pregnant your body is
going through some major hormonal changes. HCG levels alone go from 0 - 250,000
mIU/ml in just twelve weeks. Your temperature is also higher due to the amount
progesterone circulating through your body which will also make you feel a little
Light bleeding (spotting) may occur approximately 8 - 10
days from ovulation. It usually happens around the same time you would have gotten
your menstrual period. Some women assume they have started their period when in fact
they are pregnant. The spotting is caused from implantation which is when the
fertilized egg burrows into the endometrial lining.
Dizziness and/or Fainting
When standing in one place you may feel dizzy or even faint.
The growing uterus compresses major arteries in your legs which causes your blood pressure
to drop making you extremely light headed. Skipping meals or going too long without
eating may cause you to feel dizzy or faint. When not eating frequently
enough it causes low blood sugar. Blood sugar is the primary source of food for your
baby so it will be depleted much more quickly.
Pregnancy hormones will slow down bowel functions to give
maximum absorption time of vitamins and nutrients. Unfortunately, this symptom
usually only gets worse as the pregnancy progresses.
Raging hormones are the cause of this...along with having to
put up with all the other symptoms. This symptom should decrease soon into the
second trimester but until then, a healthy diet, moderate exercise and plenty of sleep
should help the crabbiness somewhat.
The uterus is very swollen and starts to push upward as it
grows. The increasing levels of HCG will also slow down digestion making your
stomach not empty as fast which increases the stomach acid.
- But Well Worth It!
precious baby arrives, you will soon forget the bouts of nausea and the
discomfort you are now experiencing.