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WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF PREGNANCY?
Apart from the interruption of the menstrual cycle, which happens to every woman, pregnant women experience different combinations of symptoms.
Women who do have symptoms might start experiencing them just a few weeks after getting pregnant.
Here are some of the most common pregnancy symptoms:
- Cramps: The very first symptom that a woman might experience is cramping.
Pregnancy-related cramps can happen when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine walls.
This symptom often goes unnoticed because it can easily be mistaken for menstrual cramps.
- Tender, swollen breasts: Many pregnant women have tender or swollen breasts.
This change can be noticed just a couple of weeks after conception (the very beginning of a pregnancy).
Hormonal changes ignited by pregnancy might make the breasts tender, swollen, tingly, or sore.
The woman’s breasts might also get fuller.
- Nausea: Nausea (sometimes called morning sickness) is often associated with pregnancy.
Women might experience nausea, with or without vomiting, throughout the day—not just in the morning.
A rapid increase in hormone levels affects the stomach’s functions and sometimes causes nausea.
In addition, some pregnant women develop an increased sensitivity to certain smells, and that can also trigger nausea.
- Fatigue: Fatigue is very common among newly pregnant women.
The rise in hormone levels increases the woman’s need to sleep, and the rise in blood production drains her energy.
- Bloating: Pregnancy-related bloating can easily go unnoticed because it is also associated with the menstrual cycle.
However, bloating due to pregnancy is usually more extreme. This is due primarily to the thickening of the uterine lining, as well as the slowing of the digestive process.
- Constipation: Another potential consequence of the slowdown of the digestive process is constipation, especially in the early and late phases of pregnancy.
- Mood swings: Increased hormone levels can also impact emotions, making pregnant women more emotional and moody.
- Dizziness: Pregnancy causes blood vessels to expand, which decreases both blood pressure and blood sugar. These changes can induce dizziness and light-headedness.
All of these symptoms are associated with several conditions other than pregnancy. Therefore, their presence serves only as an indication of a potential pregnancy, not as proof.
Only a pregnancy test can provide a definite answer.
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