Pregnancy is considered to be one of the happiest times of a woman’s life. It is a chance to bring another life on her and a chance to take care and raise a human being.
Most couples, especially first time couples are both excited and scared in having a baby, simply because they don’t have a clear idea of what to expect during pregnancy and what to do in certain situations. With some research and reading, asking the parents about the situation and regular doctor consultations, pregnancy can be manageable for any woman.
Bearing a child brings so many changes in a woman’s body, from physical changes to hormonal and emotional aspects. So how will you know you’re pregnant? Well there’s an obvious sign, because pregnancy affects hormonal patterns, the first sign will be missed menstruation.
Other signs will be directly affecting the body and health such as tenderness and swelling of the breasts (breasts increase in size and the nipples darken), weight gain (about 22 to 26lbs after giving birth), fatigue, nausea, frequency of urination, sensitivity to smells and mood wings.
Some women also develop cravings for unusual foods or substances like cornstarch, ice, or clay, this is called the pica condition and may indicate woman’s deficiency to some nutrients and vitamins specifically iron. Cramping should also be observed, as it is a sign of an early stage of bearing a child.
Many women who experience cramping in the first trimester of their condition get scared, as they thought it’s a sign of miscarriage. However, cramping is a normal symptom and is common to all women.
Cramping usually happens when the fertilized embryo inside the womb goes inside the inner walls of the uterus, doctors call this implantation cramping. It is a sign that the uterus is preparing itself to carry an embryo. Below is a list for more signs and symptoms of pregnancy.
Usually, women experience cramping right after the implantation phase, some women however, experience cramping after a week or even two weeks.
Some women may experience implantation bleeding; the pinkish spotting or discharge is a sign for this.
Because the breasts increase in size and as it swells, sometimes a woman will feel soreness especially around the areola of the breasts.
There will also be an increase of basal body temperature. Basal body temperature means, the lowest temperature of the body that appears in resting periods. This is a sign of ovulation and the rise of temperature is usually felt in the oral cavity.
Feeling nauseous with vomiting will be experienced in the early stage of this condition. And because there’s a huge hormonal change in the woman’s body, mood swings in the form of depression and euphoria is common in the first months of pregnancy. Some women in the first few weeks of the phase feel weepy and emotional.
Because there’s an increase amount of progesterone in the women’s body during the early weeks, constipation becomes common. This is caused by the food slowly passing through the large intestine. As a result, fainting and dizziness followed by headache becomes common too.
Indeed there are so many complications that make pregnancy so uncomfortable, but with right counseling and healthy diet, it can be one of the most memorable moments of your life.