Early Pregnancy Signs

Early Pregnancy Signs

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    In general, it is best to avoid using medications during pregnancy, but in some cases, medications may be used to treat symptoms associated with pregnancy. If nausea and vomiting are severe enough to cause weight loss or dehydration (a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum), anti-nausea medications may be prescribed. Stool softeners rather than laxatives may be used to alleviate constipation and reduce hemorrhoids that can occur. Corticosteroid creams are sometimes used to sooth skin rashes associated with pregnancy.
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    If you suspect that you are pregnant because you have missed a period or have other signs of pregnancy, you should see your doctor. If you have taken a home test, a doctor can confirm the result. Your doctor can help you manage your pregnancy, assess your health and the health of your baby, and plan for the birth of your child.

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    Getting more than the usual amount of sleep can help alleviate the fatigue associated with pregnancy. Treatment options for "morning sickness" -- nausea and vomiting -- and other digestive problems are varied, but eating small, more frequent, meals is often suggested. If vomiting becomes severe or causes dehydration or weight loss, anti-nausea medications are available. Stool softeners can be used for contipation, but laxatives should be avoided. In general, however, symptoms associated with a normal, healthy pregnancy are not treated with medications, as many of these are not safe during pregnancy.
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    Being in good physical/ mental condition before the pregnancy and having a great diet/ preconceptual nutritional status may help with some of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy like nausea and vomiting but for the most part most pregnancy symptoms have a cause. Understanding the many hormonal/ emotional and physical changes a pregnant woman experiences helps symptom control by learning common comfort measures that can be taken.

    For example round ligament or broad ligament pain is very common during pregnancy. Wearing proper fitting arch supporting shoes, a good supportive bra, and using good body mechanics can go a long way in preventing some of the common back pains and ligament pains.

    Another common symptom is cramping. Many pregnant women forget they are not only replacing the fluid they use during the day but must make fresh water (amniotic fluid) around the baby every day. Often pregnant women underestimate the amount of fluid they need a day and have cramping that is caused by dehydration. Assuring adequate fluid intake daily can help prevent this common complaint.

    Some communities offer early pregnancy classes to discuss the changes a woman goes thru during her pregnancy. Most pregnancy books also cover the common discomforts of pregnancy and common relieve measures and discuss when the symptoms are more severe and medical attention should be sought.

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    Early signs of pregnancy vary from woman to woman and even from one pregnancy to the next in the same woman. Here are a few signs many women experience:

    A missed, lighter, or shorter menstrual period than usual Breast tenderness or enlargement Nipple sensitivity Frequent urination Feeling unusually tired Nausea and/or vomiting Feeling bloated Cramps Increased or decreased appetite Feeling more emotional than usual

    There may be other reasons besides pregnancy that you are experiencing some of the above. If you do not want to be pregnant, do not assume that you are; use birth control until you take the test.

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    When a mother is pregnant, there are a lot of body changes that occur in pregnancy. Most mothers focus on the fact their belly is going to get big. That does happen. Sometimes there are stretch marks. Sometimes there are not. Keeping your belly lubricated may reduce the risk of stretch marks, but there are no studies that actually prove that. In addition to that, there are a lot of physiological changes that occur to a mother's body when she's pregnant.

    First of all, moms will retain a lot more fluid when they're pregnant. If you're pregnant with a single baby, you'll actually accumulate a third more fluid than you have when you're not. So your hands will swell, your feet will swell, and when you're up and around, your feet will get big. When you lie down at night and sleep, and when you wake up, your hands will be big. Your face will be fuller and rounder. In addition, some of the hormones will make you feel short of breath.

    Now, there can be some problems related to being short of breath, but just sometimes feeling like you cannot catch your breath is common in pregnancy. The amount that the heart pumps per beat increases, so it is not uncommon for you to feel your heart pounding. In addition, the pressure in your pelvis will cause some back pressure and pain. You'll find that you can't have a full bladder because you have a basketball pushing on it, so you'll find yourself going to the bathroom more frequently. You have a few more risks for bladder infections and kidney infections. So we try and pay particular attention to decrease that chance.
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    The first symptoms of pregnancy may include a missed period, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, and breast tenderness. Increased heart rate is common as the pregnancy progresses, as are changes in blood pressure. Late in pregnancy, swelling of the legs and feet, frequent urination, and digestive problems such as heartburn and constipation are common. Skin rashes, changes in skin pigmentation, and stretch marks are also common during pregnancy. Other typical symptoms include backache, dizziness, and leg cramps.
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