What Are The Hidden Symptoms of Pregnancy?
Pregnancy can often come with a large number of physical and emotional changes, and it can be difficult to realize when these signs indicate something more than simply stress or exhaustion. As many of these hidden symptoms aren’t easily noticed and can sometimes go overlooked, here is a comprehensive list of the top hidden symptoms of pregnancy.
1. Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common pregnancy symptoms, however they’re not always easy to recognize. Most often, nausea and vomiting can start as early as 4 weeks into the pregnancy. Additionally, the vomiting can occur periodically throughout the day, or all at once.
2. Changes in Appetite
Often times, drastic changes in appetite accompany the nausea and vomiting that characterize early pregnancy. This can manifest itself in a variety of ways; a decrease in appetite or an increase in cravings may all be indicators of pregnancy.
3. Tender Breasts and Nipples
Due to the increased levels of hormones involved in pregnancy, pregnant women often experience tenderness and enlargement of their breasts and nipples. This can often occur as early as one to two weeks into the pregnancy.
4. Food Aversion and/or Food Cravings
Similar to changes in appetite, pregnant women may also experience food aversion or food cravings. Food aversions are a result of the body rejecting foods that don’t agree with the stomach, while food cravings are typically the body’s way of trying to compensate for essential nutrients it is lacking.
Exhaustion and fatigue are quite common during the early stages of pregnancy, usually due to the increased levels of pregnancy hormones. As the pregnancy continues and the baby’s growth progresses, the fatigue will lessen and eventually disappear.
6. Mood Swings
Mood swings can often be a hidden symptom of pregnancy, manifesting towards the end of the first trimester. These sudden and sometimes drastic mood changes can be attributed to the increased levels of pregnancy hormones.
7. Spotting and Cramping
Spotting, or light bleeding, can occur as early as one to two weeks into the pregnancy and can often be mistaken for a period. Additionally, cramping can occur during the early stages of pregnancy due to the stretching and growth of the uterus.
Overall, pregnancy can come with a range of physical and emotional changes that can often go unnoticed or unrecognizable. While it can be tricky to distinguish between regular stress and actual signs of pregnancy, understanding the hidden symptoms of pregnancy can allow for safer, earlier diagnosis and preparation for a new child.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these hidden symptoms of pregnancy, it’s important to consult with a medical professional as soon as possible.
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