How do you know when “feeling different” means you are pregnant? The first signs of pregnancy can show up a few weeks after conception. Desert Blossom Women’s Care knows the common signs and symptoms you could experience.

Missed Period or Spotting

If your cycle is pretty consistent, a sudden change could be a sign of pregnancy. If your cycle is irregular, you might have skipped a month; only a pregnancy test can tell you for sure. Between 25 and 30 percent of new moms get spotting from implantation bleeding before their period, and some cramping. If this pain is doubling you over, is intense on one side, or happens outside of your period, call your midwife.

Fatigue

Do you feel exhausted all the time? It might be because you’re building a placenta for your baby. That, and your blood sugar levels and blood pressure are lower, and your estrogen and progesterone are higher. Hold out until your second trimester for a bump in energy, but before that, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy, energy-boosting foods.

Nausea and Smell Sensitivity

Despite the name, morning sickness can happen at any time. Hormones and a sudden increase in your sense of small are to blame. Ease your nausea by eating frequent small meals, keeping crackers by your bed, taking vitamin B6 , and keeping ginger tablets, ginger ale or tea around. If you can’t keep anything down, talk to your midwife or women’s health center — you could have a problem such as hyperemesis gravidarum.

Food Cravings and Aversions

Some foods can make you sick, even if you normally love them. You also might discover intense food cravings aren’t just a myth. Indulging your cravings is fine as long as you’re getting all of your important nutrients; if you have strong aversions, avoid the foods triggering your aversion and find alternate nutrient sources.

Mood Swings

Now and throughout your pregnancy, you might be moody. Again, hormones are to blame, although the sudden life change means you’re probably feeling stressed. Give yourself a break and keep yourself healthy by eating well, getting enough sleep and taking some deep breaths.

Changes in Your Breasts

Your areolas could darken, and small bumps called Montgomery’s tubercles could show up. They’ve always been there, but now they’re going to produce oils that lubricate your nipples once nursing starts. Your breasts might be tender for a bit because they’re preparing to feed your baby. Use warm or cold compresses to ease any discomfort, get a professionally-fitted bra with room to grow, and consider wearing lightweight, soft, cotton bras.

Bathroom Habit Changes

If you need to urinate more, it could be because of your hormones and growing uterus. Hormones also are to blame if you’re constipated. In this case, drink a lot of water, eat fiber-rich foods, and talk to your midwife about a different prenatal vitamin.

Increased Basal Body Temperature

If you’re charting your basal body temperature, you might notice you get some higher-than-normal readings. Normally, your waking temperature peaks when you ovulate, and decreases until your period begins. If you’re pregnant, though, your temperature reading will stay high.

Trust Desert Blossom Women’s Care With Your Pregnancy Journey

So your pregnancy test is positive. What now? If you’re looking for a midwife in Arizona, Desert Blossom Women’s Care can help. Our certified nurse-midwives can take care of you and talk to other members of your healthcare team, while celebrating your pregnancy and birth. To schedule an appointment, get in touch.

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