What are the First Signs of Pregnancy?

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Could You Be Pregnant?

If you miss a period, you may suspect that you're pregnant. Know the common signs of pregnancy (and take a pregnancy test) to find out.

Common Signs of Pregnancy

1. Missed Period

If a week or more has gone by and you have not started your period, you might be pregnant. Keep in mind that if you have an irregular menstrual cycle (does not always happen at regular times), missing a period may not be a sign of pregnancy.

2. Nausea

Morning sickness (which really can happen at any time of the day or night), is a common symptom in the first couple of months of pregnancy. 

3. Larger, firmer and tender breasts

During the first 3 months of pregnancy, your body begins preparing to breastfeed by thickening the layer of fat and increasing the number and size of milk glands in your breasts.

If you are pregnant, you may want to buy a couple of new bras in a larger size. Good breast support will keep you more comfortable throughout pregnancy. 

The area just around your nipples (the areola) may appear wider and darker. The surface will become bumpier as the small glands on it increase in size. These tiny glands produce a delicate oil to soothe and moisturize your nipples throughout pregnancy and during breastfeeding. (Pinching or squeezing this oil out may irritate or damage your nipples.)

Now is a good time to begin learning about breastfeeding and the amazing role your breasts have in nourishing your baby after birth.

4. Skin Pigment Changes

If you have very fair skin, you may notice slight pigment changes around your lips or hairline.

5. Frequent Urination

You might find yourself needing to pee more often than usual as your uterus grows and your body needs more fluids (water) in general. Don’t drink less fluid to limit your trips to the bathroom, though. You and your baby need at least 2 quarts of liquid (plain water is best) every day throughout pregnancy.

6. Heartburn

You may also have some slight heartburn during these early weeks of pregnancy. Heartburn causes a burning feeling in the chest, burping, bloating, and/or sick feelings. It is also common on the third trimester.

BFMC Greenfield Family Medicine Katrina Hull

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