All first trimester pregnancy symptoms

Morning sicknessCommon among first trimester symptoms, nausea and vomiting affect up to 85 percent of moms-to-be, and not just in the morning.
A hankering for certain foods or an intense dislike of others is often linked to morning sickness. These cravings and aversions can be unpredictable, but up to 80 percent of pregnant women report cravings, and up to 85 percent say they're repelled by certain foods.
Heightened sense of smellMany women report having a sharper sense of smell during pregnancy. Get moving. Even if all you want to do is lie on the couch, take a short walk or just do some light stretching.
Take your prenatal vitamin. It will fill the gaps if your appetite for food is at an all-time low, and because it contains iron, it can help stave off anemia. Pregnant women actually inhale deeper in order to better supply all the extra blood with oxygen. You're sailing along on your early pregnancy adventure at (so far, so good, you're thinking — just a touch of tenderness around the nipples, a little urinary frequency, a few blue veins across your chest, but nothing you can't handle).
If you're among the estimated three in four women who suffer from symptoms related to this misnamed malady in the first trimester of pregnancy, you already know the bad news: Although that nauseous, queasy feeling in your stomach often starts when the sun rises, it can hit at any time of the day or night. The good news: For the vast majority of expectant moms, the worst of it is over between weeks 12 to 14 (though a few women continue to experience symptoms into the second trimester, and a very few, particularly those expecting multiples, may suffer some well into the third). Not all pregnant women experience morning sickness — and not in the same way, either. Physical or mental fatigue can also exacerbate the symptoms of morning sickness (conversely, severe morning sickness can increase fatigue).
Morning sickness is more common and tends to be more severe in first pregnancies, which supports the idea that both physical and emotional factors may be involved. However if you’re not able to keep anything down, including fluids, it may be a symptom of hyperemesis gravidarum, a more serious condition which affects up to 2 percent of women with morning sickness. One of the most known symptoms of pregnancy is the fun "morning sickness." I had it all day though, so I never found this name really fitting.
As soon as you spotted the positive sign on your pregnancy test, you probably envisioned yourself with a pleasant, round bump — but chances are you'll only gain a few pounds during the first 12 weeks. It's probably safe to say you know to avoid alcohol during pregnancy, but there are some off-limits foods that may surprise you.
Another reason you likely won't gain much weight in trimester one: Your little one is very little.
Even sans belly, you may feel like a different person during the first three months of pregnancy. Even if you do manage to pack on a few pounds, you likely won't start showing until trimester two. While it's not clear exactly what causes morning sickness, it's believed that the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin may be to blame: The more of it in your system, the more nauseated you'll be. Here's some help for every woman coping with nausea during pregnancy, especially during the early months.

Also sometimes known as nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), symptoms typically start around week 4 to week 9 of pregnancy and peak somewhere between week 7 and week 12. It could be triggered by the increased level of the pregnancy hormone hCG (which peaks around the time morning sickness is worst).
If you have a sensitive command center (you always get carsick or seasick, for instance), you’re more likely to have more severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
The idea is to keep your belly a little bit filled all the time (don't overfill it, and don't let it get completely empty). No, not the double cheeseburger combo (that's the last thing you need right now) — the protein-and-complex-carbohydrate (dried apricots, crackers, dry whole-grain toast) pregnancy diet combo. It's true what the old wives (and midwives) have been saying for centuries: Ginger can be good for what ails a queasy pregnant woman.
Thanks to a much more sensitive sense of smell, pregnant women often find once appetizing aromas suddenly offensive — and offensive ones downright sickening.
If your morning sickness is severe, you may want to talk to your doctor about taking Diclegis, an FDA-approved drug to treat nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. Often the biggest troubling symptoms that you feel during the first trimester go away by the time you enter into the second trimester. It generally goes away by 12-20 weeks, but if you're unlucky like me you may have it the entire pregnancy. It's normal and expected to be tired during the first trimester, but it usually goes away during the second trimester. This symptom can be common in early pregnancy as your body expands it's workload and works to increase your blood volume.
That infamous pregnancy fatigue is probably making you eager to cozy up to the couch right now so you can read up on all that you’re experiencing. And although your first trimester is technically 13 weeks long, it will feel like way less time has passed. For instance, while it's important to bone up on calcium, be cautious that you're not eating products made with unpasteurized dairy products, which can contain pregnancy-unfriendly bacteria like Listeria. When you're able to confirm your pregnancy in week 5, your sweetie will be as small as an orange seed. In your first trimester, you may begin to notice you have a super sense of smell — and that could even start to rub you the wrong way.
Your doctor will give you a blood test during your first prenatal visit to check your iron stores. And since that sense of smell is extra-keen in a newly pregnant woman, morning sickness causes many women have strong aversions to certain foods and smells, too.
In fact, some research has found that women who do experience some nausea during pregnancy are significantly less likely to miscarry than women who don't experience any (though most women have healthy babies, whether or not they experience morning sickness). Emotionally, first timers are more likely to be subject to the kinds of anxieties and fears that can turn a stomach – while women in subsequent pregnancies may be distracted from their nausea by the demands of caring for older children.

It’s been shown in more than one scientific study to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. They cause no side effects and are widely available at drug and health food stores and have been shown to lessen pregnancy nausea.
You'll likely be prescribed to take two tablets daily at bedtime, and if your symptoms are not mitigated, your dose can be increased to a maximum of four tablets daily with the approval of your doctor.
The hormones that are introduced can bring with them interesting, painful, and annoying symptoms, which many women experience during the early pregnancy and first trimester.
For most women, these 5 symptoms will go away or drastically lessen once you are in the second trimester, but of course there are some (like me) who may have some linger for longer. It's triggered by the fun hormones of pregnancy and it's signalling those milk ducts to form. To the rescue: This quick list of exactly what you can expect in your first trimester as an expecting mom.
Here's why: The pregnancy calendar counts your first week of pregnancy as the last day of your period (even though the egg and sperm haven't met yet). And while your baby will be hard at work developing his brain and growing itty-bitty bones, he'll only measure up to the size of a peach by the time your first trimester is through.
As to when you'll really start showing, every woman is different — but expect to "pop" sometime in your next trimester.
The rapid stretching of the uterine muscles likely doesn’t help, nor do other body changes (such as that keener sense of smell or the metallic taste many women experience during pregnancy). To head off heaving, stock your nightstand full of trail mix, crackers, and cold cereal to munch on first thing in the morning.
This symptom typically goes away after a few weeks so if it persists, this warrants a call to your doctor.
But there's actually no way to know you're pregnant for sure until week 5, when your hcG hormone level (which turns your pregnancy test positive) is finally high enough to confirm you're really expecting (and that's assuming you take the test the second you miss your period). Well, in these pregnant parts, it's called morning sickness…and chances are you'll be bunking with it for the next few weeks. Choose only sweet foods if they’re all you can tolerate (get your vitamin A and protein from peaches and yogurt at dinner instead of broccoli and chicken). Actually, that one-a-day can decrease nausea symptoms (especially if you take a slow-release vitamin that’s higher in quease-combatting vitamin B6). If your symptoms are particularly rough, ask your practitioner about taking a vitamin B6 supplement.

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