Top 10 most common pregnancy symptoms

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Top 10 most common pregnancy symptoms in pregnant women

Have you been planning to have a baby for some time, or are you simply wondering whether you might be pregnant? How can you tell if you're getting pregnant? Are there reliable symptoms you can rely on? 

Without falling into paranoia and watching for the slightest sign, it's useful to recognize the first signs of pregnancy, so as to put all the chances on your side for what's to come. If, like many couples, you are going through the PMA ordeal, you are well aware that these so-called symptoms are sometimes imperceptible, or that there is a tendency to over-interpret them. Hence the emotional aspect, which is not to be underestimated and which can be very different from one woman to another.  

Early signs of pregnancy

From the start of pregnancy and throughout the nine months, the mother-to-be's body undergoes significant hormonal fluctuations. These variations are essential for promoting embryo implantation, supporting fetal growth, preparing the body for childbirth, inducing labor and facilitating breastfeeding.

The hormonal upheaval begins at fertilization, with the production of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG), more commonly known as the pregnancy hormone. At the start of pregnancy, HCG levels rise very rapidly, reaching a plateau around the 10th week of pregnancy. 

Top 10 physical symptoms of early pregnancy

Although the first month is usually asymptomatic, some women experience physical signs very early on, and have the intuition that they're pregnant even before taking a pregnancy test. In addition to delayed menstruation, there are a number of other signs that may point to pregnancy. These symptoms will become more pronounced over the weeks and generally last for the first 3 months of gestation. Here are the Top 10 warning signs: 

1. Nausea

the main symptoms of pregnancy


Morning sickness is a common but very unpleasant symptom of pregnancy, sometimes accompanied by vomiting, although not always. It generally occurs about a month after conception. Some women experience nausea not only in the morning, but also at other times of the day, while others never experience it at all. In an extreme form, when women are unable to continue living normally, this is called hyperemesis gravidarum. It is thought to affect 4% of pregnant women. 

2. Fatigue

Many women feel very tired at the start of pregnancy. As soon as the embryo implants in the uterus, the body begins to produce large quantities of progesterone to support the development of the pregnancy. It's this hormone that often leads to a strong desire to sleep and intense fatigue at the start of pregnancy, and it's possible to experience severe fatigue as early as the first week of pregnancy, even before a positive pregnancy test result. This fatigue often manifests itself as a strong desire to sleep at certain times of the day, and the need to go to bed early. Not all women feel the same way: some experience intense fatigue at the start of their pregnancy, while others feel in great shape.

3. Tender, swollen breasts

Breast tenderness and swelling are often present early in pregnancy, making it one of the first common signs of gestation. Breasts evolve in preparation for breast-feeding. They also change as the woman gains weight. This tends to circulate the popular belief that breastfeeding damages the breasts, when in fact the body's changes take place right from the start of pregnancy, whether the woman is breastfeeding or not.

However, taken in isolation, this symptom of tender or swollen breasts is not enough to confirm pregnancy, especially as the breasts undergo various variations throughout the menstrual cycle. For example, women suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) may also experience swollen, painful and sensitive breasts.

To confirm a pregnancy, the pregnancy test remains the most reliable method.


4. Implantation-related bleeding or spotting

It's also common to experience spotting throughout pregnancy, particularly at the beginning. Vaginal bleeding affects around one in four people at the beginning of gestation, generally between the 5th and 8th week of pregnancy, i.e. around 1 to 4 weeks after the expected date of menstruation. Vaginal bleeding is not a cause for concern, and does not mean that the embryo has not implanted.

5. The urge to urinate frequently

Although the frequent need to urinate during pregnancy can be uncomfortable, it is also a perfectly normal and common symptom of pregnancy. In early pregnancy, not all women are affected, but as the uterus grows and takes up more room in the belly, it's almost impossible to escape the increased need to urinate! 

6. Odor sensitivity

Certaines femmes découvrent qu’elles sont enceintes avec les seins qui gonflent, tandis que pour d’autres, la prise de conscience survient en raison d’une sensibilité accrue aux odeurs, qu’elles soient agréables ou désagréables. Environ deux tiers des femmes enceintes pourraient être concernées par ce phénomène. Ce phénomène diminue aussi généralement à la fin du premier trimestre, lorsque la future maman s’est habituée aux changements hormonaux. Toutefois, comme l’hyperémèse gravidique, ce symptôme peut perdurer jusqu’au 9e mois.  Si les odeurs sont difficiles à supporter pour vous, faites le choix d’utiliser des cosmétiques spécifiques et testés pour les femmes enceintes qui ont des odeurs plus légères. Nous aimons particulièrement les produits de la marque Omum car ils sont développés spécifiquement pour les femmes enceintes et leur odeur est très légère. 

7. Cramps or abdominal pain

Also known as pelvic pain, these pulling sensations in the lower abdomen are similar to period pains. They are a cause for concern. In addition, lower abdominal pain can also be caused by the ligaments of the uterus, which must stretch to support the growing embryo.

8. Bloating and constipation

It's the increase in progesterone levels that slows transit and can cause undesirable effects. Women are advised to drink plenty of water to help digestion.

9. Heartburn

They are also due to hormonal changes. Not all women will suffer from it, but for others it can be a real nuisance, especially when lying down, as gastric juices tend to flow up the esophagus. There are solutions to alleviate the discomfort, but ask your doctor about them. 

10. Headaches

Headaches during pregnancy can be caused by a variety of factors, including increased secretion of hormones such as estrogen, beta-HCG and progesterone. Intense fatigue, dehydration, stress, hunger and increased blood circulation during pregnancy can also be contributing factors to these headaches. Personally, I suffered quite severe headaches for the first 4 months, so much so that I even went to see a neurologist. He confirmed that there was nothing to worry about and that they could stop overnight, or continue during and after pregnancy. As far as I'm concerned, they faded away and I didn't have any more for the duration of my breastfeeding until my period returned. That's one of the advantages of breastfeeding, and you'll also discoverother benefits in this article, which will put paid to preconceived ideas and inspire you to give this incredible adventure a try. 

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