Pregnancy Information

 

Whether you think you may be pregnant or are certain that you are, there are no shortage of questions you are likely to have. Our staff would love to help you navigate those questions and offer information to help you.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Delay/Difference in Menstruation


Delayed or missed menstruation is the most common pregnancy symptom leading a woman to test for pregnancy. When you become pregnant, your next period should be missed. Many women can bleed while they are pregnant, but typically the bleeding will be shorter or lighter than a normal period. Other explanations: excessive weight gain/loss, fatigue, hormonal problems, tension, stress, ceasing to take the birth control pill, or breast-feeding.




Implantation Bleeding


Implantation bleeding can be one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms. About 6-12 days after conception, the embryo implants itself into the uterine wall. Some women will experience spotting as well as some cramping. Other explanations: actual menstruation, altered menstruation, changes in birth control pill (switching brands), infection, or abrasion from intercourse.




Swollen or Tender Breasts


Swollen or tender breasts are a pregnancy symptom which may begin as early as 1-2 weeks after conception. Women may notice changes in their breasts; they may be tender to the touch, sore, or swollen. Other explanations: hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, impending menstruation (PMS).




Fatigue or Tiredness


Feeling fatigued or more tired is a pregnancy symptom which can start as early as the first week after conception. Other explanations: stress, exhaustion, depression, common cold or flu, or other illnesses.




Nausea/Morning Sickness


This well-known pregnancy symptom will often show up between 2-8 weeks after conception. Some women are fortunate to not deal with morning sickness at all, while others will feel nauseous throughout most of their pregnancy. Other explanations: food poisoning, stress, or other stomach disorders.




Backache


Lower backache may be a symptom that occurs early in pregnancy. It is common to experience a dull backache throughout an entire pregnancy. Other explanations: impending menstruation (PMS), stress, physical or mental strains, or other back problems.




Headaches


The sudden rise of hormones in your body can cause you to have headaches early in pregnancy. Other explanations: dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, impending menstruation (PMS), eye strain, or other ailments can be the source of frequent or chronic headaches.




Frequent Urination


Around 6-8 weeks after conception, you may find yourself making a few extra trips to the bathroom. Other explanations: urinary tract infection, diabetes, increased liquid intake, or taking excessive diuretics.




Darkening of Areolas


If you are pregnant, the skin around your nipples may get darker. Other explanations: hormonal imbalance unrelated to pregnancy, or possibly a leftover effect from a previous pregnancy.




Food Cravings


While you may not have a strong desire to eat pickles and ice cream, many women will feel cravings for certain foods when they are pregnant. This can last throughout your entire pregnancy. Other explanations: poor diet, lack of a certain nutrients, stress, depression, or impending menstruation (PMS).





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Fetal Development


Week by week your body is changing, here is an inside look at some of what is happening. The information below is from the US National Library of Medicine (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002398.htm):

  • Week 5 - Your baby’s brain, spinal cord and heart begin to develop.

  • Week 6-7 - Baby’s heart continues to grow and now beats at a regular rhythm.

  • Week 8 - Lungs start to form

  • Week 9 - Baby’s toes can be seen.

  • At the end of the 10th week of pregnancy, your baby is no longer an embryo. It is now a fetus, the stage of development up until birth.

  • Week 11-14 - The head is very large—about half of the baby’s size

  • Week 15-18 - Baby begins to move and stretch

  • Week 19-21 - Your baby can hear and you should be able to feel baby moving.

  • Week 22 - Baby is more active with increased muscle development

  • Week 23-25 - Bone marrow begins to make blood cells

  • Week 26 - All parts of baby’s eye are developed and baby may startle in response to loud noises.

  • Week 27-30 - The nervous system is developed enough to control some body functions

  • Week 31-34 - Baby’s bones are fully developed, but are still soft.

  • Week 35-37 - Baby weights about 5 ½ pounds and muscles and bones are fully developed.

  • Week 38-40 - Fingernails may extend beyond fingertips.

  • In your 40th week of pregnancy, it's been 38 weeks since conception, and your baby could be born any day now.

 
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