Early signs and symptoms of pregnancy

Sometimes it is not so easy to understand the signals sent by the body. So can you with the first signs of pregnancy go. If you notice any of these symptoms, you may ask yourself: Am I really pregnant?

With our list of early signs of pregnancy, we want to help you answer this question. You should keep in mind that you might only feel some of these pregnancy symptoms. If you are unsure, it is best to contact your doctor or take a pregnancy test at home.

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Early signs of pregnancy

Every pregnancy is unique. Nevertheless, there are a number of early signs that include in the first days of pregnancy Some of them may even occur before your period stops.

Here you can find a List From early pregnancy symptoms:

The absence of periods: One of the first signs of pregnancy is a missed period. However, if you have an irregular cycle, this sign can also be deceiving.

Implantation bleeding: Spotting can be a sign of pregnancy. This may be an implantation bleed. This occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus.

Cramps: Some pregnant women experience mild uterine cramping during the first trimester. A hot water bottle or a warm bath can relieve the cramps.

Heat waves: Pregnancy hormones and metabolic changes can raise your body temperature. So you feel very warm more often. Your body tries to compensate for this or to cool itself down by sweating more.

Heart palpitations: Hormonal changes can also cause palpitations. If this pregnancy symptom lasts longer than a few seconds, or if it occurs regularly and more frequently, consult your doctor. This is important to rule out possible other causes.

Mood swings: If you find out that you are pregnant, it’s a big event. It’s normal to experience a wide range of emotions, from joy and excitement to fear and doubt. It may help to talk about your emotions with your partner, family or friends.

Bloating and constipation: You may feel bloated due to the changes in the digestive system. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get some regular exercise.

Heartburn: The muscles that keep stomach acid from entering the esophagus relax during pregnancy. This is why heartburn can occur. Eat smaller meals at regular times and avoid fried foods, citrus fruits, chocolate and spicy foods.

Acne: The overproduction of sebum in the skin can promote the formation of pimples during pregnancy. Clean your facial skin daily with a non-greasy lotion. You can also ask your doctor for advice about anti-acne treatment.

Dizziness: Low blood sugar, stress and fatigue can cause dizziness. You may also sometimes feel like you are going to faint. Eat smaller meals regularly and try to avoid excessive stress during pregnancy.

Weight gain: Some women gain between half a kilogram and two kilograms during the first months of pregnancy. Your health care provider can tell you about appropriate weight gain during pregnancy.

Stuffy nose: In the early stages of pregnancy, nasal mucous membranes may swell and become dry. This can cause nosebleeds. Set up a humidifier to moisturize the mucous membranes. You can also use a saline nasal spray and should drink plenty of fluids.

headaches: Headaches can be another first sign of pregnancy. This is caused by the increase in estrogen levels. You can also get tension headaches, which are triggered by stress or fatigue during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about possible headache medications that may be right for you.

Frequent urination: If you have to go to the bathroom more often than usual, this can also be an early sign of pregnancy. The kidney produces more fluid and this gets into the bladder. Do not drink less water because of this. On the contrary, it is important that you drink enough fluids now.

Painful, swollen breasts: Right at the beginning of your pregnancy, your breasts may swell or become larger and painful. After your body gets used to the hormonal changes, these symptoms usually subside again.

Morning sickness: This is a typical pregnancy symptom and usually occurs after the first month. Some women get nauseous at other times of the day as well. Still others don’t suffer at all. It is best to eat a snack before you get up and eat smaller meals throughout the day. How to keep blood sugar levels stable.

Cravings and sensitivity to smell: The first signs of pregnancy also include changes in taste and smell, as well as food cravings. Continue to pay attention to a balanced diet at the beginning of pregnancy. Talk to your health care provider if you experience strong cravings for things other than food (such as chalk or soil).

Fatigue: It is natural to feel tired during pregnancy. Take enough time to rest and relax.

Skin changes: Changes in skin pigmentation may occur such as darkening around your breasts, dark spots on your face, or a dark line running from your navel to your pubic bone.

Do all women have early pregnancy symptoms

Every pregnancy is unique. Therefore, you may also notice only some of the signs. When pregnancy symptoms start to appear also varies for each woman. Some don’t recognize pregnancy signs until a week after their period has stopped. Others notice something before their period even stops. In general, however, the absence of periods of first clue On a possible pregnancy. In addition, symptoms in your second pregnancy may be quite different from those in your first pregnancy.

If you suspect pregnancy, you can also easily check for this with a Pregnancy test at home check. Even if the test is negative, there is still a possibility of being pregnant. To be on the safe side, repeat the test after one week. If the test is positive, ask your doctor to confirm your pregnancy. You can also try our Pregnancy calculator use to find out the possible birth date of your little treasure.

Other symptoms during pregnancy

During your pregnancy, your body will do some strange and, above all, quite wonderful things. Some of these physical changes (such as morning sickness) often gradually subside during pregnancy, while others (such as heartburn or nasal congestion) may persist throughout your pregnancy.

Here you will find some of the changes that occur in the second trimester or in third trimester may occur:

Discharge: Having a sticky, clear or white vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy. However, if it is accompanied by a strong odor or itching and inflammation of the vagina, please contact your health care provider.

Cramps or pain in the lower abdomen: In advanced pregnancy, you may experience cramps. These can be caused by either disc pain or the so-called Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Back pain: Back pain can be caused by hormonal changes, weight gain, or a change in posture. Despite the growing belly, you should try to maintain good posture. Sleep on your side and continue to exercise during pregnancy to prevent back pain.

Frequent urination: Although frequent urination often subsides in the second trimester, it can return in the last trimester. This is because your growing baby is sliding deeper into your pelvic floor. This puts pressure on your bladder and you feel a stronger urge to urinate.

Itching: Where your skin stretches during pregnancy (for example, on your abdomen and thighs), it may begin to itch. Avoid scratching yourself and use a moisturizer instead. Also a lukewarm shower or bath can help. Too hot water, on the other hand, can dry out your skin.

Stretch marks. Stretching your skin can cause stretch marks to appear on your stomach, thighs, buttocks and breasts (also called stretch marks). A healthy and gradual weight gain during pregnancy can minimize the occurrence of these streaks.

Shortness of breath: Because your growing baby can also put pressure on your lungs, you may sometimes feel "out of breath". Good posture gives your lungs more room to expand.

Various aches and pains. At each stage of pregnancy, different symptoms can occur: Toothaches, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, swollen joints or calf cramps. Here you can learn more about the ABCs of pregnancy symptoms and what you can do about them.

Most of these physical changes and symptoms include quite normal And don’t have to worry about. However, there are also pregnancy symptoms that you should not ignore. These may include severe headaches, changes in vision, or sudden swelling (edema). If you notice something that doesn’t feel right, consult your health care provider.

The daily discomforts of pregnancy can be very tiring for you to be. Remember that the time until your due date will fly by and you will soon be able to hold your little treasure in your arms. Enduring the – sometimes somewhat annoying – pregnancy symptoms will therefore pay off in the end!

Have a look at our Pregnancy calendar and find out what changes in each new week or trimester with you and your darling. You have embarked on an exciting adventure – enjoy the journey.

The advice and information given here is in no way a substitute for medical care by appropriate professionals. Always consult your doctor for a professional diagnosis and treatment.

About the origin of this article:
All content in this article is based on trusted expert and public sources, such as the BZgA (German Federal Center for Health Education), the arzteblatt (German Medical Journal), or the "Guidelines of the Joint Federal Committee on Medical Care during Pregnancy and after Delivery (Maternity Guidelines)". You will find a detailed list of all sources used at the end of this article. The advice and information given here is in no way a substitute for medical care by appropriate professionals. Always consult your doctor for a professional diagnosis and treatment.

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