Pregnancy comes with lots of happiness and memories. It defiantly going to change our life by emotions, feelings and relations.
The initial proof that you are pregnant is Pregnancy Test. But actually before you miss your period, you might suspect that you are pregnant by some sign and symptoms.
Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman, some might experience every symptom, just a few or not at all. Here I am mentioning some of them and I am also try to give some tips and tricks that might works for you.
- Missing period
Missed menstrual period is very first sign of pregnancy.
2. Tender swollen breast and nipple
You can find tender and swollen breast because hormones in your body preparing your breast for lactation. The ducts are growing and prepared as they fill with milk in early pregnancy. All of this makes your breasts sensitive and swollen. There are few tricks that might be helpful.
- Wear a more supportive bra, or if you are not comfortable with bra then use breast pad
- Keep your hands off
- Try cold compression
- Take warm shower
- If pain is too much, then ask your doctor about some pain killer
Fatigue is very common symptom while you are pregnant. Some women may feel exhausted throughout their pregnancy, while some may hardely feel tired at all. Fatigue is common symptoms during first trimester then it tends to go away during second trimester, but usually returns back in third trimester.
During early pregnancy hormonal changes are likely to cause fatigue. Your body carry more blood and nutrients to growing baby.
- Follow healthy diet, eat variety of organic fruits and vegetables and avoid processed food. And make sure you are getting enough calories
- Exercise daily, even though you are tired
- Take walk or swimming, will make you feel better. It also improves your sleep and it will improve your mood by releasing endorphin.
- Get enough sleep
- Limit you caffeine
- Take time to relax
- Stay hydrated
- Take your prenatal vitamins regularly
4. Nausea and vomiting
More than 50% women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness is a nauseas feeling in the morning during initial phase of pregnancy. Morning sickness may accompanied by vomiting. Which is result of hormonal changes happening in your body.
Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby. But if it is too excessive and you are not able to hold food in your stomach, you may have Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This condition can be harmful to you and your baby due to lack of nutrition and electrolyte imbalance.
- Eat small meal
- Drink small amount of fluid during day to avoid dehydration
- Drink ginger and lemon juice, or drink limonoid or eat watermelon to relieve nausea
- Try sea-bands or psi wristbands, they are available at every drug store and work by stimulating acupressure point to reduce nausea
- Clear your mind, reduce stress by practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation and prenatal yoga
- Ask someone to cook for you, open your window, turn of fan if smell bothers you.
If non of these work for you, ask your doctor – there are safe medicines available which help you to ease your symptoms. There are some don’ts,
- Do not lie down after eating
- Don’t skip your meal
- Don’t cook or eat spicy meal
5. Frequent urination
Frequent urination is due to hormonal changes, initially your uterus expand and presses on your bladder, even your baby is tiny- so you will need to go more often. And at the end fully developed baby descend in your pelvic in preparation for delivery, which put presser on your bladder, and you feel frequent urination.
- To prevent frequent urination at night, try not to drink too much water just before going to bed
- Avoid beverages and caffeine
- Lean forward while you pee, so that your bladder get properly empty
6. Food craving and aversion
Having food craving during pregnancy, is due to hormonal changes, that might be due to lacking in diet or increased need of certain vitamin and minerals.
It may seems logical that, if you crave for certain food during pregnancy, that craving is just your baby’s way of telling you what to eat. So don’t give up on your cravings.
Food eversion is likely food craving, are possibly caused by hormonal changes. And your food eversion is associated with morning sickness. This is how you can prevent aversion,
- If you have aversion for certain food, try to find substitute for them.
- Make your food in new way. Example, if you got sick with fried egg, try to make omelet
7. Mood swing
Hormonal changes during pregnancy may trigger your regular mood swings, ultra sensitivity, strong and intense feeling. Mood swings are mostly experience during 6-10 weeks and at the third trimester, when your body prepares for birth.
- Get plenty of rest
- Spend some quality time with your partner
- Stay physically active
- Spend time with your friends
- Try to play indoor games
- Try meditation and prenatal yoga class
- Get massage
The progesterone hormone is responsible for excess gas production during pregnancy. While during your body produces more progesterone to support your pregnancy, which makes your intestinal muscle relax. This allow gas to build up, which leads to bloating, burping and flatulence.
- Physical activity
- Eat small meal at regular interval
- Try to remove gaseous food like, potato, cabbage until you get relive
- If you are vegetarian and your protein source is legumes and lentils, which can make you bloated then try to soak them overnight and then consume it.
- Include high fiber food in your diet
- Chew your meal properly
- Avoid carbonated drink
High progesterone level leads to relaxation of intestinal muscle, pressure of growing uterus on intestine and prenatal vitamins causes constipation during pregnancy.
- Drink plenty of water
- Stay physically active
- Try to include fibers in your diet
- Practice prenatal yoga
- Have some probiotics in your diet
Cramps during pregnancy is similar to cramps during periods. Cramps usually occurs when the uterus expand, and the ligaments and muscle which supports the uterus stretches. You might experience this while coughing, sneezing and changing your position in bed.
- Take warm bath
- Try to do relaxation exercise
11. Slight bleeding or spotting
Implantation of embryo is the common cause of slight bleeding and spotting in your early pregnancy.
- Avoid sex
- Take plenty of rest
- Use pad rather than tampons
- Consult your doctor