It also takes a lot of energy for your body to cope with the massive changes involved in a pregnancy and to support a growing baby!
How long does tiredness last in early pregnancy? Though this number may vary significantly from woman to woman, this is usually the amount of time it takes for your body to adjust to the massive changes going on to help your baby grow and for your exhaustion to subside.
How many hours of sleep do I need while pregnant? The National Institute of Health recommends that pregnant women get a few more hours of sleep than they normally would, be that in one single stretch or broken up into a night of sleep and several naps during the day. Morning Sickness and Nausea Contrary to the name, this can actually happen at any time of day. This symptom usually occurs about a month into pregnancy, though some women may experience it earlier or never at all. While some mild nausea and vomiting may occur, severe nausea and vomiting that results in the inability to hold down water and causes weight loss hyperemesis gravidarum needs to be addressed by a physician.
This severe form of morning sickness is usually due to increased hormone levels. Is morning sickness a sign of a healthy pregnancy? A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked nausea and nausea with vomiting to a substantial reduction in the risk of pregnancy loss. Many women with perfectly healthy pregnancy never experience morning sickness.
Frequent Urination This is caused by your kidneys working overtime to process the extra blood a pregnant body generates. The pregnancy hormone hCG human chorionic gonadotropin boosts blood flow in the pelvic area, which also causes frequent urination.
Later on, the same symptom will be caused by the baby putting pressure on your bladder. Can I prevent frequent urination during pregnancy? Here are the top few: Lean forward when you pee to completely empty your bladder. Ditch diuretics like caffeine. Voluntarily dehydrating yourself will only deprive your body of much-needed fluids and increase your chances of getting a UTI. When should I see a doctor about frequent urination during pregnancy?
If you feel like you always need to pee. Other signs of a potential UTI are urination with pain, burning, or blood, as well as increased urine odor. In addition to making you pee a lot, hCG is the hormone that pregnancy tests look for. It doubles every days in early pregnancy and has the highest concentration first thing in the morning. This means that if you want to take a pregnancy test very early on, you should do so immediately after you wake up.
If this isn't doable, you can mimic these levels of concentration by not using the bathroom for at least four hours and drinking normal amounts of water too much will dilute your urine. Other signs and symptoms of pregnancy in the first month: Since these are typical of PMS, they are often not recognised as a pregnancy sign. Food Cravings and Aversions: Most people have heard about food cravings in pregnancy; foods you've always loved might also suddenly become repulsive to you and vice versa.
Like most other pregnancy symptoms, this symptom is caused by changing hormone levels. Often, hormonal changes in early pregnancy can make you feel bloated. Since this is typical of a normal period, however, it can be hard to tell if this is a normal part of your menstrual cycle or something more.
There are many reasons for headaches during the first month of pregnancy; stress may be one of them, but hormones and the increased volume of blood caused by pregnancy can also be factors. In early pregnancy, this is thought to be caused by the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the uterine muscles as well as the valve between the esophagus and the stomach.
Later on, heartburn is caused by the baby putting pressure on your abdomen. This is often described as incredible hunger, and often lasts throughout one's entire pregnancy. Unfortunately, the old medical myth that mothers-to-be should "eat for two" is entirely incorrect. Contrary to the popular belief that this makes for a healthy baby, in fact, it does just the opposite. Eating too much while pregnant may cause you to gain excessive weight, putting you at higher risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, backaches, and needing a C-section because your baby is larger than it should be.
Nasal Congestion and Nosebleeds: High hormone levels and increased blood production can cause swelling and drying in your nose's mucous membranes. This can lead to a stuffy or runny nose and frequent nosebleeds. For the same reasons, you may also experience bleeding gums during pregnancy. This is also caused by progesterone.
Though this muscle-relaxing hormone comes in handy when you're giving birth, it can be a pain when it acts on intestinal muscles and slows things down a little too much. Faintness is another side effect of progesterone, which can also relax your blood vessels, causing blood pressure to drop and dizziness to occur. Back pain, particularly in the lumbar regions, is another possible negative side effect of the pesky hormones progesterone and relaxin, both of which can loosen the ligaments around your pelvis and lead to instability and pain.
Relaxin can affect the spine as well, which only makes matters worse. On top of these hormonal changes, the change in your posture and shift in your center of gravity during pregnancy are other common culprits of back pain.
The additional weight of your growing baby also increases pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in the surrounding areas such as your back and pelvis. This is an unfortunate symptom, brought about by pregnancy hormones altering the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina. For some women, this is a very early pregnancy sign. Heightened Sense of Smell: This symptom is less common and is poorly understood. One theory for increased olfactory sensibility is hormones again! Excessive Saliva Production ptyalism: This is usually due to heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.
What if I don't have any symptoms? Like any month of pregnancy, this first one differs greatly from woman to woman. The timing of that first pregnancy symptom also varies widely—both between women and between each of their pregnancies.
People have reported feeling symptoms of their pregnancy: One week after conception. You might notice some very light bleeding, known as "spotting," as early as one week after conception. This is caused by the fertilised egg implanting in the lining of the uterus. Although it is noticeably lighter than a period, people often mistake it for one, especially as spotting can be accompanied by mood swings, cramping, and breast tenderness.
At the end of month one. Many people start to suspect pregnancy when they miss a period. This is often the first symptom, and by this point, you can verify with a pregnancy test. Months as many as nine into the pregnancy. Some women may not experience any symptoms at all during the first month. It is also possible to go several months without realising that you're pregnant, particularly if you have irregular periods. In rare cases, unsuspecting women have been admitted to the emergency ward with mysterious stomach pains only to learn that they are in labor.
This has happened to someone I know, so it's not just something that happens on TV! Some women claim to have felt conception, either as a pain or as some other sensation. This is disputed by the medical profession, but who can say for sure? What if my pregnancy symptoms suddenly disappear? While it is not terribly unusual for some women not to experience any symptoms or very mild ones in their first trimester, if you had symptoms before and they suddenly disappear, call your doctor immediately.
This may be a sign of miscarriage and should be seen to immediately even if you have no other symptoms of a miscarriage. When exactly does your first month of pregnancy begin? Source How many weeks pregnant am I?
We measure pregnancy timing by gestational age, which starts on the first day of your last period. This means the first way to guess how many weeks pregnant you are is to count the number of weeks that have passed since your last menstrual period.
Since you are most likely to conceive two weeks after your period when you're ovulating , this means that when people talk about the first month of pregnancy, they are effectively talking about the two weeks before you conceived and the two weeks after you conceived. So although you're officially "one month pregnant," you've only actually been pregnant for two weeks!
Is that confusing or what? This means that though we commonly think of pregnancy as lasting 9 months, it's actually closer to 10 roughly 40 weeks from your last period. This strange convention is used because most people can't be percent sure of their dates of conception, and this method at least provides a standard starting point. Though this will give you an idea of how many weeks pregnant you are, the surest way to know your gestational age in early pregnancy is to get an ultrasound.
So when did I actually get pregnant? You are considered "pregnant" when your fertilized egg which has already begun to divide successfully attaches to your uterine lining. This process, which is known as implantation, begins about 6 days after fertilization and takes days to complete. Below is a video of how a baby develops during its first month.
Knowledge of the biology taking place can help explain many early pregnancy symptoms, such as spotting. The One Sure Way to Tell If You're Pregnant Although these are common first-month pregnancy symptoms, it's important to be aware that they may not necessarily indicate pregnancy.
They can also be premenstrual symptoms, signs of other medical conditions, or the result of factors such as a change in your diet or heightened levels of stress. If you experience these symptoms at an early stage, it is a sign that you should take a pregnancy test.
A positive pregnancy test is the only way to be certain without taking a trip to the doctor's office.