Pregnancy comes along with many symptoms. Not every mama gets every symptom, and that is totally normal. This may not be settling to many mama's because then the fear sets in- could something be wrong with me or the baby? Every pregnancy is different, and not every woman has the typical pregnancy symptoms. When a mama is pregnant she (normally) wants to feel pregnant and be able to embrace it. It is understandable why a lack of symptoms or a certain one can make a mama not feel pregnant.
If every mama around seems to get morning sickness, it can be scary and weird when morning sickness does not happen. If a mama is being followed by medical professionals during her pregnancy it can help ease any worries and help reassure her if things are going normally. Pregnancy is exciting but it is also scary to not know 24/7 if everything is going okay in the womb. If a mama feels a lack of symptoms it can be worrisome that something has gone wrong with the baby or herself.
A mama cannot compare herself to her friend's pregnancy or even her own previous pregnancies, because every baby and mama are different. A mama may go on to have a healthy and happy pregnancy without certain symptoms while others may have those pregnancy symptoms and have something go wrong. There is no telling what will happen in pregnancy, and it is best to go by the gut instinct and medical advice.
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Some women have a very regular menstrual cycle, while others do not. It is common for women to skip months and even spot. It is common in pregnancy to have implantation bleeding, and some women can take that type of bleeding and think it is just another normal episode of spotting for them. A woman who has a cycle that is exact and keeps track should be able to tell when they miss a period and when things are different. For those with weird cycles, this can be tough.
When a woman’s period is not regular it can make ovulation and timing super confusing. When going into the OBGYN they ask you the first day of your last period, and if you have no idea it can be confusing as to when the due date is, and what is normal around that week.
14 The Girls Don't Get Bigger
Another super common pregnancy symptom is breast growth and/or tenderness. This can be blamed on the increase in the hormones progesterone and estrogen. During pregnancy, it is common for breasts to swell, nipples to get bigger and darker and feelings of sensitivity and pain. Some women do not experience this, and that is okay if you are receiving medical care during pregnancy. Not every woman receives every “common” pregnancy symptom and that is totally fine. Some women might blame the breast pain (if they are having it) on what they believe is their impending period. A lot of women get breast pain before and during their period, and some women can attribute the pain to a period when they are in fact pregnant. For many this is one of the first signs of pregnancy and for others they do not deal with this issue.
13 The Negative Pregnancy Test
Some women track ovulation/their cycles while some have no idea when they ovulate and when they should be conceiving. Some women get pregnant by total accident and by the time they go to test they do not know how far along they are. A mama can still be pregnant and it can be too soon for results to show on a pregnancy test. If a woman is pregnant, her HCG levels rise daily and a few days to a week later a pregnancy test should be able to pick up a positive pregnancy test. Results can also depend on the test itself. Some tests are made to show results sooner while others are not. A mama will eventually know if she is pregnant due to either a positive test later on or a blood test by her doctor.
12 The Baby Doesn't Kick
Feeling baby kicks is something every pregnant mama looks forward to. It is understandable though why some (or probably all) women panic when they do not start to feel movements. Since every pregnancy is different, some mama’s do not feel baby move until closer to 25 weeks while some can feel as early as 13. This can depend on how many pregnancies a mama has as well as the location of her placenta. For some, having an anterior placenta can make baby movements harder to feel. When a mama feels her baby starting to move it can be a sigh of relief, and for mama’s who do not, it can be very worrisome. The positioning of the baby can make a big difference as well. By the third trimester for sure a mama should be able to feel baby move. A mama who is under medical care during her pregnancy will be followed to see if movements and everything is normal and okay.
11 A Sudden Boost Of Energy
It is common to feel fatigued during pregnancy. It is totally understandable, a mama’s body is working extra hard to inhabit and grow another life….that’s exhausting! Some women feel the exact opposite during pregnancy and are full of energy. They have the energy to work, workout, keep up with the other kids, cook, clean, and maintain a social life without skipping a beat. Of course, it is always best to follow the doctors’ orders in terms of activities are allowed to be partaken in, but a pregnant mama should feel extra lucky that she has energy. All women’s bodies are different with how things such as pregnancy are processed. There is no danger to the baby if mama is not the “normal” fatigued and exhausted.
10 The Body Doesn't Change
It is expected to get larger when pregnant due to weight gain as well as baby getting bigger. Some women look pregnant very early on while some do not look pregnant for much longer than those around her. It is normal to wonder if baby is doing okay in there if there is such a small or non existent baby bump. Most of the time, this is okay because mama’s body carries and supports a baby differently than others around her. This does not mean that this is okay all of the time and speaking to a medical health professional about this is a smart move. Some women take a while to show in their first pregnancy but show much sooner in the following pregnancies. Each mama’s weight gain and presence of her bump is a case-by-case situation, but is understandable why mama’s may not feel pregnant without a huge bump to prove it.
9 There's Morning Sickness
It is common for women to throw up when pregnant, but if a woman does not throw up, that does not mean something is wrong. It is common for some women to scape by with no throwing up (just nausea) or neither. A lot of people tie morning sickness to one of the first signs of pregnancy, and while that is true for many, that is not the golden rule for pregnancy. Some women can handle the HCG levels rising and feel great while others toss their cookies for the first (and even second) trimester. Some women have a brief wave of morning sickness and blame it on food poisoning or a tummy bug instead of what is happening. It is common for women to not feel pregnant because they skipped over one of the most common pregnancy complaints, but that does not mean anything is wrong- they are just some of the lucky few.
8 No Change In Hunger
We hear about women who wake up at 3 am demanding pumpkin pie due to cravings and others who go on to make their partners make them weird concoctions. Yes, it is common to have pregnancy cravings during pregnancy but it is also common not to have cravings. It is common for women to instead of obsessing over food to instead have no desire for a certain food. It is common for a woman pre-pregnancy to love cinnamon raison bagels and once pregnant she cannot stand the sight, smell or thought of them. Some women do not despise a food or crave a food- they remain the same as before pregnancy. Every woman’s body is different and if anything becomes worrisome it is always best to bring it up to her doctor.
7 Intimacy Gets Better
It is totally understandable why love making changes while pregnant. For many mamas-to-be love-making changes in a negative way. Her desire for love making may drastically decrease due to exhaustion. As a mama starts to get bigger her belly may get in the way and/or she starts to become self-conscious of her rapidly changing body. To accompany that, pain during love making is common as well. The increase in blood flow during pregnancy, large uterus, and/or sensitive cervix could be to blame for this issue.For some women, love making does not go down an uncomfortable or painful road. For some, mama’s being pregnant increases her libido and/or does not have much pain or complaints of being uncomfortable. This is great for women who want to keep the romance alive with her partner in the bedroom! As long as doc gives the okay, love making can be super fun for some during pregnancy
6 Mood Swings Are Nonexistent
It is assumed that pregnant woman have mood swings, but that is not the case for every pregnant woman. It depends on how a woman’s body handles the hormones and how she perceives her feelings about them. Some women get more mood swings than normal while others seem to stay the same. This has nothing to do with how the pregnancy is progressing. If a mama is visiting regularly with her OBGYN everything will be monitored by them. Society tells us from movies and books that pregnant woman should be crying over a carton of ice cream mixed with pickles, and that just is not the case for every woman. Many women do have pregnancy mood swings and should not be embarrassed by them, sometimes it is just a part of being pregnant. Other woman can float by pregnancy without a mood swing or breakdown.
5 There's No Pain
Round ligament pain is a very common pregnancy complaint. This is due to the stretching of the ligament that supports the uterus as it grows. This pain normally involves sharp or jabbing pain in the lower belly area. Most pregnant mama’s do not love this, but it may be comforting to some because it is a sign that they are growing and the pregnancy is probably okay. Some mama’s do not get this pain, for whatever reason. This can make those mama’s nervous because they do not feel their body changing like other pregnant mama’s as the weeks go on. Once again, everybody is different and no two pregnancies are exactly alike. A mama’s doctor is the one to make the determination if the pregnancy is progressing and healthy, and even if a mama feels no aches and pains, that does not mean there is an issue .
4 The Breakouts Don't Come
Some women have to re-live their teenage years while pregnant experiencing acne all over again. Acne is common during pregnancy and is due to once again, the rising hormones levels. No one enjoys acne, but some just have to deal with it during pregnancy. It is best to ask your doctor how to deal with this problem during pregnancy so certain dangerous ingredients in facial creams/washes can be avoided.
There are the lucky expecting mama’s who do not get a single pimple during pregnancy. This is not only totally okay, but it can make pregnancy a bit more enjoyable. Some women expect that with pregnancy comes acne, and that is not true for everyone. For those it impacts, it can be a humiliating and very unpleasant symptom that they wish they could avoid, and for others they ignore it and move on with their life. Some women blame the acne on (what they think) is their menstrual cycle. It is common for women to breakout when its that time of the month.
3 The Signs Show Up Much Later
Besides a positive pregnancy test, many women feel first trimester pregnancy symptoms to tell them that they are pregnant. Many women complain of mood swings, food cravings, bloating, aches/pains, and morning sickness. Some women sneak by the first trimester with no symptoms and it can make a mama-to-be not feel pregnant at all. Some women may get these symptoms in the 2nd or even 3rd trimester. This happens to many women and that does not mean their pregnancy is unhealthy. Many women deal with this issue and go on to finish their pregnancy in a healthy way. Getting symptoms later on can be stressful, shocking, and flat out annoying. Pregnancy symptoms can change on a weekly, monthly or even trimester basis. It is hard to predict what will happen, but it is best to be mentally prepared. The first trimester may be problem free but that does not mean the rest of the pregnancy will be.
2 You Wake Up With Out A Dream
Not everyone remembers their dreams, but during pregnancy it is common for women to have vivid and/or weird dreams. Like every pregnancy symptom, this does not apply to every woman. There are many women who do not have dreams any different than they were pre-pregnancy. A woman can have one vivid crazy dream and never have another the rest of the pregnancy, have one every night, or never have one at all. It is common to have weird dreams but not remember the full details of them. There are no “norms” when it comes to dreams, every person dreams (or does not dream) differently at various times in their life. It is common during pregnancy to dream about fears about pregnancy, parenthood and labor. Or women can dream about zombies and talking hot dogs- there is no limit but there also is not a norm either.
1 There's No Swelling
Swelling is another pregnancy symptom that is worried about and/or discussed often. Swelling of the feet, hands, face, and joints are common for many women when expecting. Some women are lucky enough to not have any swelling. Swelling can be blamed on the extra retention of fluid as well as blood. Of course, too much swelling can be very dangerous and if mama notices severe or sudden swelling it is best to contact her OBGYN. The lack of swelling is not a bad thing, it just means mama is extra lucky. Living a healthy lifestyle of exercise and a good diet can help a mama avoid some swelling. Some women may do all of the right things and still get swelling due to an underlying issue. Either way, if mama is keeping up with an OBGYN they are being monitored for this issue. If a mama does not have swelling, there is nothing to be worried about, but it may make her not feel as pregnant as her pregnant friends with swelling.