Symptoms of pregnancy often differ from woman to woman. Not everyone experiences the same disorders and even where symptoms are common, their intensity and frequency can vary. Certainly the first warning sign is the cycle that does not arrive. However, missed periods do not automatically indicate pregnancy, as there are many reasons why it can happen. Generally, if there is a possibility that you may have become pregnant, it is advisable to take a pregnancy test. Let’s see the main symptoms together.
Not all women have the same symptoms during pregnancy. Let’s see together the most frequent ones:
It feels a bit like the days before your period, when your breasts are a little uncomfortable. In this case, however, it is also a hypothetical sign of pregnancy, as well as the presence of darker and slightly larger nipples, with dots around the halo.
Tiredness, sleepiness and fever
A strong feeling of fatigue and continuous sleepiness can also be characteristic signs of the early stages of pregnancy. Pregnancy weakens the immune system to help ensure that the body does not reject the developing fetus. Changes in the respiratory system can also make pregnant women more vulnerable to colds and flu, and fever is a common symptom of these conditions.
A person has a fever when their body temperature rises to 38 ° C or higher. Symptoms that commonly occur with fever include:
- loss of appetite
- feeling tired or sleepy
At the beginning of a pregnancy, the woman may experience a feeling of general malaise, especially in the morning. A malaise that during pregnancy can evolve into typical morning sickness and in some cases into episodes of vomiting. The cause has often been identified as psychological, but a new study strengthens the view that it is biological and linked to a specific stage of pregnancy development. In particular, the research, by the University of Warwick and published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, conducted on 256 women who kept a daily diary, identifies a window in which symptoms occur: eight to ten days after ovulation.
Pregnancy also causes an increased production of human chorionic gonadotropin, which increases urination and therefore forces women to urinate more often. Again, be careful not to generalize: urinating often is a characteristic of many women, regardless of whether they are pregnant or not.
Other symptoms can be small bleeding, the so-called implantation losses (and in their presence it is good to consult the gynecologist), increased hunger, greater sensitivity to odors, headache.
Nausea and diarrhea
The symptoms of the first week of pregnancy and the first month in general are not all the same. Among the most frequent we find nausea and diarrhea. This is due to the feeling of unusual hunger, which arises between pregnancy symptoms in the first two weeks and an alternation of hunger and loss of appetite due to small gastrointestinal disorders which can then lead to the appearance of other symptoms such as bitter or dry mouth.
In the first weeks of pregnancy there can be a sudden change in mood, which can give rise to real small depressive states, with excessive nervousness.
“How many months are you?” Is one of the most recurring questions when the belly starts to disappear. “They are 24 + 3, or 37 + 2”. It sounds like a math game and with your first pregnancy it can seem difficult to figure out how to calculate how long you expect. Most pregnancies last for about 40 weeks, and are given the onset of pregnancy about 14 days after the last menstruation. This system is especially useful in the clinical setting because it is not possible to know with certainty when conception took place. Generally, therefore, a pregnancy lasts 38 weeks, but in the uncertainty the best way to calculate the due date is to count 40 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual cycle.
In this way you will know when to go for visits to the gynecolous, when to make an appointment for the various ultrasound scans and when your baby should be born.
Article sources: Humanitas Health, Bambino Gesù Hospital, Medical News Today