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Now That You're Expecting - 6 Pregnancy Symptoms After a + Pregnancy Test
Now That You’re Expecting…
6 Pregnancy Symptoms After a Positive Pregnancy Test
When it comes to pregnancy, every woman is unique. While some may experience early signs long before a positive pregnancy test, others may not notice many body changes until further along in their pregnancies, if at all.
However, if you’re like most women, you’ll experience at least some of these early pregnancy symptoms during your first trimester:
1. Mood swings: As early as four weeks into your pregnancy, pregnancy-related hormone changes may cause you to experience some moodiness. You may feel up, down, or a combination of both at the same time, so do what you can to rest well, eat well and be well.
2. Bloating: Increased progesterone slows down digestion so that more nutrients can be absorbed, resulting in an early pregnancy bloat. Many women experience this bloat soon after they conceive, even though it will be months before the bloat becomes a baby bump.
3. Constipation: Bloating is often accompanied by constipation. As your digestive system slows down, it may take longer for your body to eliminate waste. Be sure to drink lots of water and eat more fiber to keep your eliminations consistent and comfortable.
4. Food aversions or cravings: Hand-in-hand with a sensitivity to smells, you may also begin to experience either food aversions or cravings. Often, aversions can lead to nausea or morning sickness (which can actually happen at any point in the day). Yet, you may also find you begin to crave certain foods over others.
5. Nausea, dizziness or morning sickness: The queasy feeling of morning sickness typically begins around six weeks of pregnancy, but it can also strike earlier or later in your pregnancy (or hopefully not at all!). For most women, nausea and dizziness start around nine weeks.
6. Headaches: Headaches in early pregnancy are different than PMS headaches—they may be a result of low blood sugar. So even if you’re feeling strong food aversions, nausea or morning sickness, be sure to eat something, even if it’s just a bland snack like crackers or cereal.
While these first trimester symptoms may be uncomfortable, they will likely subside as your hormonal levels become more balanced. All of these symptoms are normal in the first 12 weeks, but always talk with your doctor if you have concerns or questions throughout your pregnancy.
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