Most Common and Uncommon Pregnancy Symptoms
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Most Common and Uncommon Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy can either be a cause to worry or celebrate, but how do you know if you are pregnant? Pregnancy symptoms and PMS symptoms are very closely related, but the causes of the symptoms are different. Do you know if you could be pregnant?

Whether you are trying to get pregnant or otherwise,the first sign that you might be pregnant is always cause for alarm and increased awareness.  However, pregnancy symptoms vary from woman to woman and may not always be the same.  In fact, some woman do not have any pregnancy symptoms until later on in their pregnancy.  Alternatively, pregnancy symptoms can also be other ailments that should get checked out.  Whatever the case, there are many common and uncommon symptoms of pregnancy.

Missing a Menstrual Cycle

This is the most common indicators that you may be pregnant, but it is not a foolproof indicator.  Drastic dietary changes or stress can also cause the absence of your period.  If you do find that your period is two (2) weeks late or more, it is suggested to get help from a doctor or to take a home pregnancy test.  

Mood Swings

Hormonal changes can cause mood swings or irritability at the beginning of pregnancy and throughout. Rapid hormonal changes can cause moments of extreme anger, sadness or even crying fits for no apparent reason.  This is completely natural, but does lessen towards the middle of pregnancy.

Nausea, Vomiting and Aversions

The nausea and vomiting is contributed to the larger legels of estrogen that occur during the 2nd to 12th week of pregnancy.  These elevated levels can slow the emptying of the stomach and can be a cause of nausea in pregnant women.  The nausea normally happens in the morning, hence the term "Morning Sickness", but it can happen at any time of the day.  Some women even still have the nausea after the 12th week of pregnancy, though this is not common.

Another symptom would be food aversions.  Most women find that they are turned off and sickened to the smell or sight of certain foods during pregnancy. 

Frequent Urination

Frequent urination is very common all through pregnancy, but the causes change.  In the beginning of pregnancy frequent urination is caused by hormones that can cause the kidneys to be enlarged as well as the production of hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin.  hCG is thought to stimulate the bladder causing the frequent urination.  Later on in pregnancy frequent urination is caused by the uterus enlarging and pressing on the bladder or kidneys.

Fatigue and Sleepiness

Most newly pregnant women complain of extreme exhaustion and fatigue.  This is caused by the drastic hormone and progesterone changes as well as other factors.  Lower blood sugar and blood pressure can also cause sleepiness as well as a woman feeling shaky and weak.  

Breast Tenderness

Also because of hormones, breasts tend to be more tender as well as enlarged.  While this can also be a symptom of PMS, it can also be a symptom of pregnancy. Throughout the pregnancy, the breast tenderness and enlarging will continue.  

Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding is a common symptom of pregnancy but does not happen in every woman.  This bleeding or spotting usually happens about 6-12 days after the egg is fertilized and attached onto the uterine wall.  White discharge can also happen in place of or along with implantation bleeding.  This discharge is due to the fact that the vaginal walls thicken immediately after conception.

Pregnancy symptoms vary depending on your body and you may or may not have all of these symptons.  If you are experiencing one or more of the above, it is suggested to be tested for pregnancy.  The body is a complicated thing and most pregnancy symptoms also mimic PMS.  That is why it is better to test and know than to continue on thinking that it is just PMS.  

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