There is a lot of debate on this one – some say it’s impossible to feel symptoms until you at least have enough pregnancy hormones that can be detected in your blood or urine…but if you scour the Internet, you will find many people who will challenge that. This time around, I knew I was pregnant long before I took a pregnancy test. Don’t ask me why – I just did! I honestly felt like I had very early pregnancy symptoms, so when I took that pregnancy test, and it showed up positive literally in seconds (which happened with Jack as well – no waiting five minutes for me), I wasn’t surprised at all. As your pregnancy test was positive and you are now experiencing painful bleeding, it is important you are seen by your doctor/midwife.
Avoid digestive overload. Skip the three big squares.
Second trimester symptoms include backache, weight gain, itching, and possible stretch marks. Third trimester symptoms are additional weight gain, heartburn, hemorrhoids, swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face, breast tenderness, and trouble sleeping.
If lifestyle changes are not adequate, treatments with medications that are minimally absorbed into the body (and therefore not a potential threat to the fetus) could be started. Treatments include antacids (for example, Maalox, Mylanta), alginic acid/antacid combination (Gaviscon), and sucralfate (Carafate).
Many of the causes of upper abdominal pain are harmless, but feeling intense pain here can signal a serious problem. Talk to a doctor or midwife about any unusual or very painful sensations.
Although some tests are designed to detect pregnancy before your missed period, waiting until the first day of a missed cycle is best. As long as you use the test correctly, they’re very accurate. Eat several small meals each day rather than three large ones, and eat those meals slowly. Avoid foods that can cause the valve between the stomach and esophagus to relax, including fried, spicy or fatty foods. Other symptoms you may experience in pregnancy in addition to heartburn include backaches, headaches, bloating, cramping or light spotting, frequent urination, food cravings and aversions, constipation, darkening of your areolas, and mood swings.
These chemicals can cause the lower oesophageal sphincter (ring of muscle) that separates your oesophagus (gullet) from your stomach to relax. This allows stomach acid to leak back up into your gullet more easily (acid reflux). If you have indigestion (dyspepsia) while you are pregnant, you may not need medicine to control your symptoms. Some antacids are combined with another type of medicine known as an alginate.
If none of these remedies help, talk to your doctor about taking a liquid heartburn reliever. Generally, these are safe to take during pregnancy, but it’s always good to run it by your doctor first.
If you experience headaches that become worse or come on suddenly, headaches that are different than normal, headaches that are accompanied by vision changes, sudden weight gain, pain in the upper right abdomen, or swelling in the hands and face, contact your healthcare provider immediately as this could be a sign of preeclampsia. Headaches during pregnancy can be a result of hormonal changes, tension, congestion, constipation, lack of sleep, dehydration, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, and even caffeine withdrawal. In some cases, it is caused by preeclampsia. Hormonal changes are one of the biggest reasons for fatigue and sleep issues during pregnancy. These changes may have an inhibitory effect on muscles, which may result in snoring, and in heavier women increases the risk of developing sleep apnea.
These changes can often result in acid reflux, the most common cause of indigestion. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid flows back up from the stomach into the oesophagus (gullet) and irritates the lining (mucosa). Sympathetic pregnancy (couvade) describes a situation in which otherwise healthy men – whose partners are expecting babies – experience pregnancy-related symptoms. While some research suggests that couvade might be common, it isn’t a recognized mental illness or disease. Further studies are needed to determine whether couvade is a physical condition with psychological causes.
If you are pregnant, it’s never too early to start thinking about prenatal classes.
If it is associated with itchiness, pain, a bad odour or pain on passing urine then it may be due to an infection. Seek treatment from your GP. Widespread itching over the body is not common in pregnancy.
The feeling of wanting to throw up (nausea) is not uncommon. Each woman is different; some will only feel the urge to vomit, and some will actually vomit. Remarkably, researchers still cannot reliably pinpoint what actually causes morning sickness. Feeling the burn badly?